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Peter Capaldi has long been a treasured member of the Doctor Who family, for reasons that go beyond his role on the show - like his geeking out over his longtime fandom, or sending heartfelt letters to younger fans of his now-retired Doctor. He may have passed the sonic screwdriver to the Thirteenth Doctor, but he'll always be the Doctor at heart, as shown in this latest letter to a boy worried about the pain of regeneration.

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Google, along with fellow tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, has drawn increasing scrutiny this year over concerns that its "concentrated authority resembles the divine right of kings," as the New York Times put it. In recent months, it's faced stumbling blocks when it returned misinformation and conspiracy theories during crises such as mass shootings, and became embroiled in the ever-expanding Russian electoral interference scandal. But one particularly disturbing note concerned Google subsidiary YouTube and its YouTube Kids section, which everyone seems to have recently realised was promoting weird-arse, creepy content to children via algorithmically suggested videos and a seeming lack of moderation.

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Maybe it's happened to you. You're cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa from Frozen jealous and then the Joker appears, ready to fight. This would seem like a weird video to any sane adult. But the weirdest thing is that it's actually made for kids.

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Kids' smartwatches are usually intended to help parents feel at ease that their children are safe when they're not around. But as it turns out, a number of these devices may do more harm than good. A 49-page report on smartwatches for children (with the unfortunate title of #WatchOut) details all the ways in which they are a security nightmare.

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"My dad does high tech coding at Envato (that's is where he works)! I've always wanted to code like him it Looks so cool! I know HTML tags all of them! My dad knows all tags AND IT IS SO COOL!!!?????" - One very happy Moonhack participant.

Last week 28,575 kids (17,167 of them Australian), from 484 coding clubs in 56 countries broke the world record for the most number of kids coding in one day.

49 per cent of all participants were girls, many in the crucial nine to 11 age group.

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Video: You know those weird things you thought as a kid that make absolutely no sense now? Like the thoughts that were weirder and more personal than thinking Santa Claus was real or that there were monsters under your bed. Those ones. Hearing them now is obviously silly, but seeing those wonderfully wonky ideas come alive through animation is even more embarrassing.

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While Touch ID may feel like the most secure way to prevent others from accessing your phone, it cost Bethany Howell $US250 ($349). While the Arkansas mother napped on the couch in the week before the holidays, her 6-year-old daughter Ashlynd borrowed her thumbprint to unlock her phone and opened the Amazon app.

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Kaptain Kristian's latest explainer video is a fun one: he explains how the anapestic tetrameter rhyming style of Dr. Seuss helped us better understand language as kids, all while rhyming in the video himself. It's stupid catchy (obviously, because it's done in the style of Dr. Seuss) and so easy to listen to, which is the point because that catchiness and fun is basically a trick Dr. Seuss books used to make us all want to read on our own.

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Video: Stephen King's dark imagination as an adult always makes people wonder what the hell happened to him as a kid. But King didn't have that unusual of a childhood. He's more interested in everyone else's curiosity about how he grew up and their assumption that something horrific must have happened for him to write about such dark things.

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Video: Freeline skates are a pair of skates that are completely separate from each other, and simply riding them seems impossible. A skateboard is one solid deck, and roller blades are attached to your feet. But freeline skates? Each part has two inline wheels, and somehow you have to somehow control both at the same time by doing a wave-like motion without losing your balance.

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There's a growing amount of tech out there, from apps to wearables, designed to help you keep tabs on your children: where they are, what they're up to, who they're talking with, and so on. Here's how to watch what your kids are up to without making them feel like they're constantly living in a surveillance state.

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They say parents will do anything for their kids, but surely there has to be a line that gets drawn somewhere after dressing up like Santa, but before having to wear this Piggyback Driver helmet. It lets kids steer where they want mum or dad to go while getting a piggyback ride, but shouldn't kids just be happy that they don't have to walk?

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Stockland's Robotics Challenge launches today, and calls on school children across Australia from 8 to 15 years to submit a creative idea on how robotics technology could improve their community. The winner will be flown to the Sunshine Coast to take part in the Stockland Young Innovators Day and meet Chip, a humanoid robot and the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Last Monday, I woke up to a series of strange, muffled noises next to me. "May-tah kuh!" My hand was caressing something furry. "Do you want to hear a song about a cheerleader?"

I blinked a few times and found myself staring into a pair of eyes illuminated by what I imagine is the kind of light you see right before you die.

What the f**k am I touching? Is someone talking to me? Did I accidentally smoke salvia in my sleep?