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First kids' tablet allows parents to control screen time

Amazon is soon to launch its first ever tablet aimed at kids - the Fire HD Kids Edition.

As well as featuring a more robust build, the tablet gives parents options to help manage screen time and encourage learning goals.

Amazon's Fire HD Kids Edition. Credit: Amazon/Business Wire

The tablet also has the option of blocking in-app payments - avoiding the headache of children racking up bills via online games.

Amazon says it also comes with over 5,000 books, movies, TV episodes, educational apps, and games.

Prices start at $149 (£92) but there are no confirmed plans to launch the product in the UK yet.

Amazon's full range of new products

Amazon has announced the imminent arrival of six new devices:

  • Kindle Voyage - the new top-end e-reader is less than 8mm thick and weighs just 180 grams (6.4oz) - £169
  • Kindle - The updated original e-reader featuring double the storage space and a touch display - £59
  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 - The new top-of-the-range tablet with better sound and faster graphics - £329
  • Kindle Fire HD - Essentially a smaller version of the HDX, Fire HD comes in two sizes and five colours - £79 for six-inch, £119 for seven-inch
  • Kids Edition - a child-proof Fire HD with options for parents to set time limits on gaming - no confirmed UK launch

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Mostly bright and warm with some showers in the south

It will be a murky to start for many but brightening up with warm sunny spells as low cloud and mist becomes confined to northeastern Britain. There is a risk of heavy, thundery showers in the south, most likely in the south-west, although many places will stay dry.

The low cloud, mist and fog in the north-east will spread westwards across central parts overnight. The risk of thundery showers persists in southern Britain.

Come tomorrow, there will be scattered heavy, thundery showers across south and central areas. Elsewhere it will be rather cloudy but mostly dry aside from some rain in North Scotland.

Amazon unveils range of new e-readers and tablets

Amazon has unveiled a slew of new devices including updated versions of its popular Kindle e-reader and Fire tablet lines.

The new Fire HDX tablet Credit: Amazon/Business Wire

The online retail giant announced Kindle Voyage, which is says is its thinnest and highest-resolution e-reader yet.

The company also showed off three new tablets for the first time, including a new tablet - the Fire HDX 8.9 - which is in direct competition with Apple's iPad.

It also announced a Kids Edition of the tablet that runs a simplified mobile operating system that is icon-based designed for younger users to take advantage of apps and other media.

Vehicle tax will be enforced 'from electronic records'

A spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has said that changes to the rules of tax discs will not affect the agency's ability to enforce the law:

There is absolutely no basis to these figures and it is nonsense to suggest that getting rid of the tax disc will lead to an increase in vehicle tax evasion.

We have a proven track record in making vehicle tax easy to pay but hard to avoid, with over 99% of all vehicles taxed. Given the systems now in place we take enforcement action direct from our electronic records rather than requiring a tax disc.

– spokesman, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

British Muslims urge IS captors to 'see the errors of their ways'

More than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK have signed an open letter calling for the release of British aid worker Alan Henning.

The letter, printed in The Independent, is also supported by the Muslim Council of Britain which represents more than 500 Muslim organisations:

We, the undersigned British Muslim Imams, organisations and individuals, wish to express our horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines and the threat to the life of our fellow British citizen, Alan Henning ...

We plead with those holding Alan Henning to see the errors of their ways. To embrace the word of the Quran and accept that what they are now doing constitutes the worst condemnable sin.

– open letter

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Expert: Those targeted in raids likely motivated by events in Syria and Iraq

An expert on terrorism and Islam has said that those targeted in the overnight raids were likely motivated by what has been happening in Syria and Iraq rather than in Australia.

Greg Barton, acting director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World at Monash University, described the raids in two Australian cities as "massive" and the "largest in history".

British hostage's friend urges IS to 'show him some mercy'

A British aid worker who was with Alan Henning when he was captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for mercy for his friend.

In an interview with BBC News, Majid Freeman had this message for Mr Henning's captors:

Please show him some mercy and understand he is a humanitarian aid worker. He's not a fighter, he's not come there for no political reasons, he's come there strictly to help the people. Please, please don't kill him.

– Majid Freeman

He also spoke of Mr Henning's motivation in going to Syria:

When he seen the difference he made himself on the ground. When he went to the refugee camps, when he held a baby in his hands himself, it was very powerful for him. I think that changed his whole life.

– Majid Freeman

Australian PM says police acted to prevent 'demonstration killings'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the overnight raids were prompted by fears that "demonstration killings" were being planned.

Speaking at a press conference, he said that police acted on intelligence showing directions from "an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL ... to conduct demonstration killings here in this country".

"So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have," he said.

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