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Google is shutting down its Rivet reading practice apps

Google is shutting down its Rivet reading practice apps

Back in 2018, Area 120, Google's experimental product division, introduced Rivet, a free reading-practice app for kids. It has since dropped the beta label and gained smartphone support, making it more accessible to a higher number of parents and children. As Rivet is a Google product, it was safe to assume the app could be axed unexpectedly, which is precisely what the company just announced.

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Google brings 'teacher approved' badges to Play Store to keep your kids away from the mountains of crap out there

Google brings 'teacher approved' badges to Play Store to keep your kids away from the mountains of crap out there

The days of plopping kids in front of a TV to distract them are waning — these days, it's usually a tablet loaded with apps. But picking out the right sorts of apps for your kids can be tough. Google hopes to make that a bit easier for parents with two new changes coming to the Play Store: A new Kids tab filled with apps best suited for them, and a new "teacher approved" app rating to mark the cream of the age-appropriate crop.

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