Three Uses For iOS Parental Controls That Don't Involve Kids

Plenty of the features in iOS have secondary uses that you might not have thought about, and that includes the parental controls. You can find them under the Restrictions heading of the General tab in Settings and whether you're a parent or not, this special PIN-protected mode can come in very handy. » 9/19/14 10:23am 9/19/14 10:23am

How to Install Parental Controls on All of Your Gadgets

Let's face it, the internet is a wicked cesspool of filth and debauchery filled with weirdos, pervs, and foul-mouthed trolls. You can ensure that your kids remain untainted by these corrupting influences while they surf the web simply by activating the integrated Parental Controls of every major OS and gaming system.… » 1/18/14 12:00pm 1/18/14 12:00pm

Every Phone Should Have This Windows Phone 8 Childproofing Feature

Kids these days just can't keep their grubby hands off smartphones and tablets. Once they see the big shiny screen, it's over. Boogers wiped on your home button, drool trail on the display—it ain't pretty. But what's worse is if they accidentally tap into your phone's personal information: private pictures, salacious… » 8/30/12 4:36pm 8/30/12 4:36pm

How to Fend Off Unwelcome Callers

Creepy stalkers, annoying telemarketers, jilted lovers: The list of people whose calls you don't want can get long. And you might feel short on options for keeping their profane digits from polluting your sacred caller ID. You're not. » 10/13/10 1:00pm 10/13/10 1:00pm

iPhone 3.0 Features Slightly Clueless "Objectionable Content" Warnings

Amidst all the great stuff in iPhone 3.0, there's bound to be a few oddballs that just aren't as impressive or useful as we'd like—for example, "objectionable content" warnings on such harmless apps as Shazam. » 6/18/09 12:30am 6/18/09 12:30am

Xbox 360 Fall Update Full Details (DivX! XviD!)

Update: Apparently there's actually something good in this update! Too bad they didn't actually include it in the press release, but the Xbox 360 will support DivX and XviD! Hurray! Here's what we got from the Xbox team: » 11/30/07 12:40pm 11/30/07 12:40pm

AT&T Introduces Pay-For-Play Parental Controls for Cell Phones

AT&T's mobile division is going to follow Disney Mobile and others by introducing its "Smart Limits" parental controls: parents use a web interface to set call blocking, calling hours, text message and download limits. But unlike many similar child-protection systems, this one will cost users $4.99 per month—per kid. » 9/04/07 9:29am 9/04/07 9:29am

Disney D100 Cellphone Gets The FCC's Green Light

The FCC approved the D100, a Disney-branded, quad-band GSM cellphone sure to be a hit on the playground. Interestingly, the 12-button keypad can be switched a a more simple four-button one since kids have be proven to be unable to operate more than four buttons at a time. The usual parental controls are here as well,… » 8/09/06 1:57pm 8/09/06 1:57pm

Sprint Announces Sanyo SCP-2400 With Parental Controls

You've got to keep an eye on their kids. One day they're playing with their Transformers action figures and the next they've knocked up 3 broads, knocked over 2 banks, and knocked down a poor old 84 year old lady, breaking her hip. Only you (and your wife) can prevent this with the Sanyo SCP-2400. » 6/29/06 3:44pm 6/29/06 3:44pm

Bob: Children Hate Him, Parents Best Friend

Bob will become a hated name in households throughout the world if this product comes to market. Bob lets mom and dad assign each of their kids a pin number, and when parents install this timer in between an AC power source and anything that plugs in such as computers, TV or games, it will precisely control the amount… » 3/24/06 12:30pm 3/24/06 12:30pm

TiVo to Announce KidZone Parental Censorship Service

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers will be touting KidZone in an announcement this morning, a service that hides all that big bad grown-up stuff from the wee ones. Expected to be launched in June of this year, KidZone lets parents control what their children watch and the environment from which they choose the programs. The product… » 3/02/06 8:37am 3/02/06 8:37am