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Abdul checks out Bitcoin

Dec 3, 2013   //   by Abdul   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Abdul checks out Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

Everyone handles currency. We use it to buy things; from groceries to homes, money plays a huge role in our lives. Today, our currency is controlled by the government, so it can be hugely affected by the government. What if there was a currency that wasn’t owned by anyone, nor would anyone have any control over it other than the people using it? This is exactly what an individual thought of, and he created a digital currency which he called Bitcoin.

Why it’s cool?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that you trade online. You can use it to send and receive money, buy products, or just as an investment! Many people have started to use Bitcoins and many e-commerce (online stores) accept Bitcoins.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not controlled by a bank, government or individual. There are a certain number of Bitcoins currently on the market, and they grow with each transaction of Bitcoins. Bitcoin miners are computers that process Bitcoin transactions. Bitcoin miners calculate large algorithms to process these transactions, which is why Bitcoin miners need to be very powerful computers. People who are using their computers to “mine” Bitcoins (process transactions), get Bitcoins as a reward for their work. There is a catch though, there is a cap of 21 million Bitcoins, once this number has been reached, no more Bitcoins will minted. It is estimated that the cap will be reached by the year 2141. Also, it is important to keep in mind that as more Bitcoin’s are minted, more algorithms will need to be done to “mine” Bitcoins, meaning that it will take longer for Bitcoins to be mined. It is estimated that the number of Bitcoins mined will be halved every 4 years.

Will Bitcoins be successful?

There have been many reports of Bitcoins being used for illegal transactions. This makes sense as Bitcoin transactions are anonymous, which means that they won’t be able to be tracked, making it a perfect currency for many illegal transactions. This is made many people and countries hesitant about Bitcoins.

Bitcoins have seen quite a bit of success so far. The price of Bitcoins have gone from under $10 in 2011, to over $300 today. Many people and companies have started using Bitcoins, and the future outlook is good! There are also been a few Bitcoin ATMs making it easy for people to access there money! In conclusion, Bitcoins seem to be very promising, and it will be very interesting to see how they turn out.

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Salmah checks out Nerdy Nummies

Oct 29, 2013   //   by Salmah   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Nerdy Nummies
Nerdy Nummies

Nerdy Nummies

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Nerdy Nummies on YouTube by Rosanna Pansino

Why it’s cool
I love to watch Nerdy Nummies videos on YouTube because Rosanna Pansino (Ro) makes amazing cupcakes.

When the movie Despicable Me 2 came out, lots of people made comments on her YouTube channel to make Minion cupcakes. Minions are little yellow helpers that do whatever their master tells them to do. It was cool because Ro used Twinkies to make the Minions and I love Twinkies! I hope I can make the Minion cupcakes at home.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
Nerdy Nummies is very entertaining because Ro makes baking really fun. In her videos, she makes a lot of funny noises and sounds. Also, she uses characters from other shows, like Rarity from My Little Pony and Ralph from Wreck it Ralph. Ro also changes things up by inviting guests to help her bake.

You should check out her YouTube channel and see for yourself.

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Jahmari checks out More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Oct 18, 2013   //   by Jahmari   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jahmari checks out More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

What’s cool!
Hey guys it’s Jahmari. I just read More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the author is Alvin Schwartz. It’s cool because in the story there are all different monsters and killers like a ghost, vampires, butchers and zombies. Another thing that is cool about the book is that some of the stories have morals. One of the story`s moral is: don’t always listen to other people’s opinions.

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If you like scary stories like me you should check this book out and, it is also just in time for Halloween so you may get creeped out like I did when I read some of the stories. Also I think that you should check this book out because in the book there are a bunch of short stories all in one book, so you can read one or two or all of them at once. A lot of the stories have creepy pictures too. One story, The Dead Man’s Hand, has a gross illustration of a cut off hand. This book is great if you’re planning to have a Halloween sleepover because the stories may scare all of your friends and keep them up all night! I recommend using a flashlight for an added scare effect.

It’s Educational/It’s Entertaining
The book is entertaining because I like reading scary stories and I really like short stories. The book is also educational because the stories are based on old folk tales.

Also my favourite story is called The Bed by the Window. I like it because it was really scary, and it taught me a lesson. The lesson is, don’t want things just because people brag about them, it may not be worth it.

If you really like More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark you can read the other two books in the series also written by Alvin Schwartz.

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Emily checks out Disney Infinity

Oct 8, 2013   //   by Emily   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Emily checks out Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity
– a video game

Why is it cool?
Disney Infinity is lots of fun! I play it on the WiiU, but it is also available on other systems too.

The games involve characters from Disney and Pixar movies like The Incredibles, Monsters University, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The starter pack comes with 3 characters (that each have their own mini figurine) and 2 power disks (that boost the characters special powers). When you place the figurine on the game pad (that comes with the game) that character appears on the screen in the game (super cool).

The games have special missions for the characters to complete, but I can also explore the worlds on my own (in an area called Toy Box) and create fun stuff like mazes and race tracks for my brother to try.

Is it educational?
No, it is just fun to play!

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Jahmari checks out Injustice: Gods Among Us

Sep 11, 2013   //   by Jahmari   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jahmari checks out Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

The game was made by NetherRealm Studios. Injustice is one of the best superhero games I played in a long time.

Why it’s cool
If you have a WiiU or PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 you can play Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Something that’s cool about Injustice: Gods Among Us is that Injustice has a unique way of playing because you can be two superheros or two villains. Every superhero has a story.

Another thing that is cool about Injustice is that on the Injustice website you can catch up on news, plus you can check the leader boards and see if you are one of the best.

Something cool about Injustice is that you can play online with strangers and your friends.

Something that is cool about Injustice: Gods Among Us is that they have a lot of stages. If you click X on Xbox 360 and square on PlayStation 3 you get two stages in one.

What I like about Injustice is that they have different costumes for certain people.

Something that is cool about Injustice is that you can train to get better.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think it is entertaining because they have superheros in it and I love fighting with superheroes or villains.

If you’re trying to pick a game, I say pick Injustice: Gods Among Us.

I think kids my age should play it because there are superheros in it and kids my age like superheros. But kids 7 and under should not play it because it is too violent for them.

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Abdul checks out Sony SmartWatch 2

Aug 28, 2013   //   by Abdul   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Abdul checks out Sony SmartWatch 2

Second time’s the charm?

Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony SmartWatch 2

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Sony SmartWatch 2

Why it’s cool
Sony has been testing some new waters, smart watches. Smart watches are essentially “smart” watches; they do much more than a conventional watch.

Sony’s SmartWatch 2 connects with your Android phone and lets you read your texts, emails, control your calls and music, and of course it can tell the time. You have many different styles of clocks to choose from, both analog and digital!

This isn’t Sony’s first smart watch, as you can tell by the name. Sony’s original SmartWatch wasn’t much of a success, not many people know about it. Sony is trying to change that by adding a bigger 1.6” screen, better build quality with the aluminum design, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 will be a great asset to anyone who uses there Android phone for communication/media, and wants to simplify his/her life. The ability to install apps onto the SmartWatch has created a world of opportunities: there are already 200 apps for the watch and many more are expected to come as developers get their feet wet.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The purpose of Sony’s SmartWatch 2 is entertainment for the most part.

Is it worth buying?
Sony’s new SmartWatch 2 could create a new market combining the world of smartphones and watches. It has quite a bit of features that put it a step ahead of the few competitors, like the Pebble SmartWatch.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that the Sony SmartWatch works with Android exclusively, which means its not compatible with iOS (iPhone) or BlackBerry.

There are also rumours about Apple and Google releasing their own smart watches, so it might be a good idea to wait and see what they bring to the table.

If your the type of person who needs this watch, you’re going to have to wait until September. Prices haven’t been officially released, but it is rumoured that Sony’s SmartWatch 2 will cost you about $100-$150.

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Salmah checks out 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip.com

Jul 31, 2013   //   by Salmah   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip.com
8 Ball Pool™ By Miniclip.com

8 Ball Pool™ By Miniclip.com

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8 Ball Pool™ By Miniclip.com

Why it’s cool
8 Ball Pool is a cool because you can play pool with friends and family from around world. You can compete with them in games and tournaments.

Also, if you win the pool match, you win coins to buy new cue sticks and move up to better, more challenging tournaments.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
8 Ball Pool is both entertaining and educational.

It is educational because you are learning about using angles and force (my mom says that’s “Physics” & “Geometry”!). You can also improve your game by learning from your opponent. If the opponent is better than you, you can pick up new tricks and ideas for winning. If the opponent is not so good, you learn from their mistakes.

The app is entertaining and also slightly addictive. The more you win, the more you want to play again. Sometimes, you can watch a commercial or an ad and get free coins. Also, every day you get a “Free Spin” to earn coins so that you can enter tournaments. I play on my parents’ iPhone and they get daily reminders for me to take my “Free Spin”.

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Inés checks out Iron Man 3

Jul 24, 2013   //   by Inés   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Inés checks out Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3

Why it’s cool:
Iron Man 3 is a story about a man who has super powers and builds these mechanical metal suits. He is married to a girl named Pepper. He is on a quest to find the Mandarin.

The Mandarin is a guy who has a lot of power, it seems. He interrupts TV broadcasts and they don’t know where the signal is coming from. The Mandarin is a terrorist and they fear that no one will be able to stop him. So it is Iron Man’s job to protect Pepper, his great love, and other civilians, especially the President.

This is a great movie because Iron Man has a cool robotic suit and only works for him. It scans his face so it can identify him. There is a voice that tells him what to do and how much fuel he has left. He is very attached to his robotic suit. They have a close relationship. By wearing the one suit he can control all his other suits if he chooses. So what he does, the other suits do. For example, when he moves his arm up the other robots move their arms up. This is why I think it’s a cool movie.

Is it educational?
It is not educational. It is more of a fun-filled, action-packed movie with some funny bits too.

So if you like action-packed movies with cool robotics and a bit of comedy and romance, I think you will enjoy Iron Man 3.

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Emily checks out The Baby-Sitters Club

Jul 17, 2013   //   by Emily   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  2 Comments

The Baby-Sitters ClubCheck this out!
The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin

Why is it cool?
The Baby-Sitters Club books are for ages 7 and up. It’s about 4 girls named Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey who form a baby sitters club to get money to buy stuff. It tells you about all of the weird, scary, and funny baby sitting jobs they have.

Once you start reading The Baby-Sitters Club you’ll never want to stop. It’s interesting and eye catching, the best kind of book!

There are 4 The Baby-Sitters Club books, they are called The Summer Before, Kristy’s Great Idea, The Phantom Phone Calls, and Stacey’s Secret. In all the books you can feel how Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia add Stacey feel and that’s why I like them. For example, in the book The Phantom Phone Caller, I could feel how scared Claudia was when her neighbours came to her house and told everybody that they were robbed.

Is it educational?
No, it’s not educational, it’s just fun to read.

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This annualized game made over $1B within 15 days of launch. Why so many fans? Bilal checks it out.

Jun 4, 2013   //   by Bilal   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on This annualized game made over $1B within 15 days of launch. Why so many fans? Bilal checks it out.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II – The new instalment from the most famous and highly anticipated series!

Why it’s cool:
The latest instalment from this series broke all records and who knows what records this game will demolish.

This game takes place in the year 2025, where warfare has become way more reliant on robots, computers, and weapons that are controlled by a person thousands of kilometres away. But, all of this has made us lazy and we forget what happens when the enemy steals the keys to what is supposed to protect us.

This game gives us a warning about the future because it shows that we can’t rely on technology for everything because we never know when it could turn against us or just stop working.

Just the trailer release for this game has sparked trends on YouTube where people are making videos about predictions about the game and everything the can grasp from those awesome two minutes.

This series is basically the foundation of the consoles that people buy today. For example, I personally bought my own Xbox just to play this series because it is everything my friends talk about and I personally really enjoy these kinds of games.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think it is entertaining because it is a video game but it can be educational because it gives us a lesson about the future.

The game is awesome because the graphics are awesome and also the new game modes are fun and make the game unique.

I can’t wait until the end of 2013 when the next Black Ops 3 launches!

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