families

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea

Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids

As YouTube reels from a series of scandals related to its lack of policing around inappropriate content aimed at children, obscene comments on videos of children, horrifying search suggestions, and mo

Google’s parental control software, Family Link, launches to public

Family Link, Google’s parental control software for Android devices, is now exiting its beta testing period and is now generally available to anyone in the U.S. without the need for an invitatio

Starz expands, promises 40% larger content library, more kids’ shows by year-end

As premium cable networks transition to become over-the-top services aimed at cord cutters, they’re finding that they need to offer more diverse content libraries, in order to compete with strea

KidPass raises $5.1 million for its children’s activity subscription service

KidPass, a monthly membership program that gives parents access to a variety of kid-friendly activities across their city, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding, the startup reported this week.

Circle with Disney raises $10 million for its parental control device for families

Circle Media, the company behind Circle with Disney – a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions – has raised $10 million in Series A funding,

Current launches a Visa debit card for kids that parents control with an app

A startup called Current is today launching a new way for parents to dole out allowances to their kids: with an app. The company offers a Visa debit card that would allow teenagers to shop in stores

Lucy wants to make it easier for expectant parents to find and book support services

Lucy, a Bay Area startup, which was founded this April and launched its beta today, reckons it's found an underserved not-so-niche market to target: expectant parents. The team presented on stage toda

Winnie helps parents find family-friendly places, share their experiences

A new mobile app called Winnie is launching today to make parents’ lives a little easier, by offering information about nearby kid-friendly places, as well as detailing what sort of facilities f

New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

The company behind a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions, Circle with Disney, launched last winter in partnership with Disney for its included media c

Google Family Library goes live this summer, will allow families to share Google Play purchases

Apple device owners in the same family can share content like music, videos, e-books and apps through iCloud’s Family Sharing. Now, it appears that Android owners will have a similar option. Jus

Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member’s ride in real-time

Uber today announced a new tool that will allow family members and other loved ones to track each others’ trips using its service. Called simply “Trip Tracker,” the addition is a fea

Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

At New York’s Toy Fair trade show over the weekend, Mattel unveiled its new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device

Nick Allen Is Out As CEO Of Shuddle, Doug Aley Steps In To Lead ‘Uber For Kids’ Startup

The cost of competing against Uber can be high, and today comes news of another casualty in that race. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Nick Allen, the founder of Shuddle, has stepped down

Disney Now Has Its Own GIF App And iOS 8 Keyboard

Disney has now somewhat belatedly joined the ranks of the numerous app publishers offering their own custom keyboards for iOS 8 users with the launch of an iOS application called Disney Gif. The new

Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

Shuddle, a car service founded one of the co-founders of Sidecar which focuses on providing rides to busy families – including kids and seniors – is today launching a new mobile applica

Google Play’s New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps

Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being &#

Tandem Lane’s App Makes It Easy To Share Photos Offline

Because grandma and grandpa may not be using Facebook, a new startup called Tandem Lane is launching a mobile application today that allows families to stay better connected with members of the olde

Family-Focused Mobile Social Network 23snaps Hits Half A Million Users

While the proliferation of baby photos <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/11/10/rather-scrubs-facebook-and-twitter-replaces-things-you-dislike-with-things-you-like/">may be unwelcome</a> across

Knoala, A New Parenting App From Ex-Slide Employees, Aims To Make Playtime More Fun

A team of ex-Slide employees (and later Google employees following the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2010/08/04/google-buys-slide-for-182-million-getting-more-serious-about-social-games/">acqui
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