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MiiPC kids' Android PC lets parents clamp down on apps (hands-on)

BERLIN -- Are your pesky offspring constantly playing Angry Birds when they should be doing their homework or using Wikipedia to revise for a test? The MiiPC could put an end to those parents' woes.

This Kickstarter-funded box, shown off at the IFA trade show in Berlin, is an Android computer that lets parents see which apps are being used, as well as clamping down on how much time kids can spend using any particular software.

The MiiPC itself connects to a monitor, though my demo saw the tiny computer wirelessly hooked up to an Android tablet, which you'll be able to do yourself for a startup fee of about 10 euros (roughly $13 US). It has a basic desktop, which shows available apps.

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