Practical Nerd: Microsoft toys with itself, again

A favorite tech industry truism is that Microsoft got where it is today by copying others. Now, it’s finally copying itself. With the type of fanfare usually reserved for the announcement of each holiday season’s must-have Elmo toy, Microsoft last week launched its “playful learning” initiative, fully propelling Kinect for Xbox 360 into the children’s… Read More


Amazon’s Quidsi unit spins out new toy site

Quidsi, the folks who revolutionized the way moms and dads buy diapers online, now have a new category in mind: toys. The unit of today is rolling out a new toy site called which offers more than 20,000 collectibles, games, books, puzzles and more. “ helps every type of gift giver find the… Read More