Interesting: On the one hand, I hear a Nickelodeon executive saying kids are hard-pressed to spend $10 in the Apple App Store, and on the other I read that Apple reached a settlement with an untold number of “parents who sued the company for making it too easy for kids to rack up charges by [...]
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A lot of people find targeted advertising creepy – and just plain wrong if targeted at kids, especially little ones. Well, if your kids have iPhones and they have the latest operating-system software, iOS 6, then you can help them turn off apps’ ability to “learn” their interests and target ads at them. Apple calls [...]
As mobile apps multiply like rabbits and the number of kids downloading and playing with them seems to keep growing, the usefulness of app ratings to parents seems to be growing too. CTIA – the mobile phone industry trade association – gets this. It recently announced an app rating system it has been working on [...]
European children “now start going online when they are seven, and 38% of 9-to-12-year-olds who are online say they have a social networking profile, in spite of age restrictions,” the European Commission reports. So it has formed “a new Coalition to make a better and safer internet for children” as part of its Digital Agenda [...]
Someone should find out how many parents there are at Apple, Amazon, and other tablet makers. But maybe it doesn’t matter – no matter how many there are, they’re just not thinking like parents in designing and marketing iPads, Kindles, and other tablet devices. They need to stop compartmentalizing their lives so much and put [...]
The iPhone’s location tracking is an important privacy concern, but do take politicians’ very public linkage of it to predators with a huge grain of salt.
It’s more ok to “jailbreak” an iPhone now, thanks to a decision by the US Copyright Office – meaning users are even less likely to get sued, but jailbreaking is still a breach of contract, if not of federal copyright law.
Kudos to Apple for building extra layers of privacy and safety right into the iPhones of users who use apps that reveal their physical location. “Apple has long provided pop-ups that ask users to approve an app’s use of location information before that app can get access,” reports New York Times computer security blogger Riva [...]
More and more, I’m seeing tweets about people becoming mayors of coffee shops in my Twitter stream. They’re playing Foursquare on their phones, which pushes their “checkins” or location disclosures out to their Twitter followers. Foursquare is part cellphone social-mapping game, part Yelp (another way to find food, drink, or friends using your phone’s geolocation [...]
Some of Apple’s just-announced news is good for families thinking about laptops for a new school year – now just one basic Macbook at $999 and a new Macbook Pro with much longer battery life for just $200 more, CNET reports. Apple also unveiled its new Snow Leopard operating system, to which Leopard users can [...]