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It looks like Google's about to fix the most annoying thing about Google TV

It looks like Google's about to fix the most annoying thing about Google TV

User profiles are extremely handy for online streaming services, if only so I can stop seeing random episodes of The Big Bang Theory show up in my HBO Max feed (which should be nothing but 90s WB superhero cartoons). Google apparently thinks that kind of separation will be useful for its revamped Android TV interface, because said profiles are on their way.

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Google TV's new parental controls are now available in the US

Google TV's new parental controls are now available in the US

Earlier this month, Google announced new parental tools would finally be coming to all Google TV devices, beginning with its latest Chromecast, and the company has kept to its word. New child profiles are starting to appear for users in the US, improving how kid-friendly content is managed on its streaming software.

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Google's new family website will help you keep your kids safe online

Google's new family website will help you keep your kids safe online

Google has launched a new website for parents on families.google today. But if you were hoping for a whole slew of new and improved parental controls for Android, Chromebooks, and Google Accounts all collected in one central place on the web, you might be disappointed. The website is merely a resource that gives parents an overview of which tools there are for safeguarding their kids online and what they need to look out for.

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Google TV will get kids profiles and Family Link screen time management later this month

Google TV will get kids profiles and Family Link screen time management later this month

The Chromecast with Google TV has a lot more capability than previous Chromecasts, thanks to its new Android TV-based interface. Google is looking to expand its powers further with new software updates, which should also apply to other Google TV hardware (whenever it arrives). The company announced new tools for managing what kids watch, and how long they can watch it.

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Parents can now share Spotify Kids playlists

Parents can now share Spotify Kids playlists

While Google shunned kids from using its music streaming service when it sunset Play Music, Spotify only recently launched a dedicated app for children, Spotify Kids. The application only consists of hand-picked, child-friendly audio content and comes with a more playful UI. Now Spotify has announced that it's adding support for shared playlists, allowing parents to share their favorite music with their kids.

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Wondershare’s FamiSafe parental control app is only $39 ($21 off) for a full year this Black Friday (Sponsored)

Wondershare’s FamiSafe parental control app is only $39 ($21 off) for a full year this Black Friday (Sponsored)

With the pandemic ramping up around the world again, children everywhere are picking up smartphones, tablets, and computers to keep up with school and hang out with friends at home. While these devices are great for keeping kids connected, too much screen time is a larger issue today than ever before. To help monitor and rein in how much your child uses their smart devices, you should invest in a parental control service like Wondershare's FamiSafe app, now only $38.99 ($21 off) for a full year subscription.

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Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Earlier this month, Google whitelisted a few extensions for kids' Chromebooks managed via Family Link, like Zoom, Hangouts, and some educational tools — only installable with parental permission, of course. This makes life easier for those who need to rely on video conferences for learning during these stay-at-home times, but it's still a tiny selection. To improve the situation, Google is now testing support for all extensions on managed Chromebooks in Chrome OS 83+ (we tested using Dev 83 and 84).

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Netflix expands parental controls, introducing profile PINs and more

Netflix expands parental controls, introducing profile PINs and more

Netflix is giving users more controls who can access which profile and what titles they can access from within. Most of these additions are for meant to tailor the viewing experience for kids, but for groupies sharing a single account, at least one of the changes will relieve some people from having their content suggestions bombed by their fellow viewers.

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