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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?

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Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It's designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It's a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.

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There's a common refrain among people of a certain age: "Wow, I'm really glad I wasn't a teenager in the age of smartphones and Snapchat." They're not wrong. After polling over 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 different countries, a new UNICEF study confirms that being a teen online these days is fraught with risk, danger and the potential for abuse.

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Video: OK, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this Year 3 student's school project — a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland — is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river.

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Video: Oh to be a kid again when even lawn work could be fun. This genius kid strapped himself up in a leaf blower and started spinning around in circles because the air blowing out was so powerful. He looks like he's having the time of his life! He looks like a superhero first learning the powers of his suit! He looks like he wants to spin forever! Curse the adult who jumps in and "saves" the day.

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Kids are great, aren't they? But you don't necessarily want them using all of the apps, viewing all of the websites, and tweaking all of the system settings that a grown-up has access to. Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS each have tools for creating child-friendly accounts — here's how to set them up.