Duolingo’s ABC app will teach kids how to read and write

Duolingo will release a new app in the coming months with a new audience in mind: children as young as four. It will be called Duolingo ABC, and the company told Wired UK that it will initially focus on teaching kids to read and write in their native tongue. from

Five Foot Lens and 3.2 Gigapixel Camera Produced for Night Sky Photos

Last month, engineers packaged up the largest optical lens ever created, before shipping it 17 hours from Tuscon, Arizona to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in central California. The lens is five feet in diameter and four inches thick; it required a truck to transport it. from

Google forces Android phone makers to offer digital wellbeing tools

All recent and upcoming Android devices will have digital wellbeing tools. According to Google’s GMS agreement seen by XDA Developers and 9to5Google, the tech giant now requires devices that run its platform to have a digital wellbeing solution, including parental controls. from

Fat Bear Week’s bears survived a historically hot summer

Despite the online excitement about Katmai National Park’s fat bears this year, the critters struggled harder than usual to plump up. The heat hit an important bear food source — salmon — hard, and that makes the bears’ future uncertain. from

LG puts its transparent OLED TVs in Harrods windows

Despite years of trade show demonstrations, we haven’t seen jaw-dropping transparent OLED screens put to much practical use. from

Apple’s macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes

Apple’s latest desktop operating system update, macOS Catalina, will mark the official end of iTunes after nearly two decades. But that transition is proving to be complicated for a certain subset of Mac users who’ve relied on the software to help manage their jobs: DJs. from

Siri can now play Spotify tracks on iOS 13

With Spotify’s latest release for iOS 13, you can finally ask Siri to play albums, songs and playlists, confirming a rumor that the two companies were working together. To use it, you simply install the update and ask Siri to play a track “with Spotify. from

macOS Catalina review: transition period

It’s been a messy fall for Apple software releases. iOS and iPadOS have already been updated multiple times to address bugs, and they still have issues as of early October. Now, macOS 10. from

Amazon announces its first-ever Kindle for kids

If you want to get your kids to read more instead of watching TV, Amazon hasn’t forgotten about you or your kid. Alongside the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet the company announced today, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle Kids Edition, its first-ever e-reader aimed at children. from