Commemorating the 30th anniversary of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Mattel has created a game app that puts the power of Grayskull in the hands of fans.

There’s no Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella or Courtney Cox, but it’ll do.

By the way, happy holidays from Tablettoddlers.  We’re going off the grid and returning with a vengeance on Jan. 2.


F.T.C. Broadens Rules on Children’s Online Privacy

In a move intended to give parents greater control over data collected about their children online, federal regulators broadened longstanding privacy safeguards covering children’s mobile apps and Web sites, reports the NY Times.

The new rule significantly expands the types of companies required to obtain parental permission before knowingly collecting personal details from children, as well as they types of information that will require parental consent to collect.

Nickelodeon to Introduce New Kids Show Via Apps

In another example of media companies coming to the realization that parents are increasingly putting mobile devices into preschoolers’ hands and laps, Nickelodeon announced via this NY Times article it will introduce a new show, “Wallykazam,” via educational apps before debuting on television in 2014.

Digital driving TV.  The future is happening before our eyes, folks


Comcast App Allows Parents to Take Shows, Movies On the Go

For the first time, a parent who is a Comcast customer can download (not just stream) a movie or TV program and keep it on their mobile device for up to two weeks.  Previously, you would have to be on a Wi-Fi connection and stream it when you wanted to watch it.  Now, the Xfinity TV Player app makes it a lot easier.

In other words, !SERENITY NOW! for long car rides and airplane travel.  Thank you, Xfininty!



Sourcebooks Put You in the Story

Sourcebooks recently introduced an app that allows parents to alter books to include a child’s name throughout the copy.

The app, Put Me in the Story, takes best-selling Sourcebooks titles like “Dream Big Little Pig,” an inspirational book by the figure-skating Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, and “The Night Night Book,” a rhyming board book, and essentially enables mom or dad the ability to add a child as a character throughout.

Has anyone tried this yet?  Curious to hear.