What’s old is new again. Tamagotchis and vinyl make a comeback in this week’s staff picks.

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Good morning! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

Tamagotchi’s mini-sized 20th anniversary pet is as demanding as ever (Read by Alexandria H.)

Do you remember Tamagotchi, the digital creature that taught kids about the responsibility of caring for a pet without actually having one? This year marks its 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, the company responsible for the silly but notoriously addicting toy is launching a new, smaller version available in six new designs and characters. If you suddenly see a bunch of adults playing with the egg-shaped toys next month, don’t judge. I might be one of them.

UMG’s vinyl recommendation and delivery service launches in the US (Read by Camillia S.)

Attention audiophiles: UMG recently launched The Sound of Vinyl, a customizable delivery service for vinyl records, in the U.S. after operating in the U.K. and Australia for a few years. The service texts you a “taste profile” quiz to determine what music you like, and recommends albums based on its findings. You can get pricing, availability, and even purchase an album via text, but if that seems like too much, you can just order from the online store. As someone who loves browsing record stores (if you’re in New Jersey, Princeton Record Exchange is a must visit!), I think this takes away from the experience of finding that super rare Joni Mitchell album or buying a $2 album that’s in mint condition.

Living smarter with tech: How to be a better family member (Read by Heidi B.)

It’s all too easy to be sucked into an endless cycle of checking texts, emails, and social media feeds on your smartphone. While too much screen time is bad for anyone, it can be even worse if you have children that are constantly picking up on your habits. This video offers seven simple tips to balance family time and screen time, and how to establish healthy tech boundaries for kids and adults alike. I’m not a parent, but I will definitely be incorporating some of these in my own life!

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