South Korea FTC forces Google and Apple to change app refund practises
Jul08

South Korea FTC forces Google and Apple to change app refund practises

The FTC in South Korea may have done consumers all over the world a favour as the fair trade commission in the country has implemented changes to make getting app purchase refunds easier. We have all been burned by that app that looked great but wasn't, or worse simply didn't work, while stories are numerous of unwitting parents who have let their kids use their devices and rack up thousands of dollars in accidental purchases. In...

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Reading Rainbow is Back on Your Android Device

For those of you who remember Reading Rainbow, I am guessing you have great memories of the show and my guess is that feeling helped the company reach its Kickstarter goal to help fund a new app for Android devices.  While Reading Rainbow began in 1983 this project had a goal of bringing it into the electronic age and to a new generation of children. This Kickerstarter project goal was a lofty 5 million dollars and somehow they have...

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Amazon’s App Store flourishes on eve of smartphone launch
Jun18

Amazon’s App Store flourishes on eve of smartphone launch

Amazon has always openly admitted that its hardware exists purely to drive sales in its digital stores. That is the reason the company builds and sells its high end Kindle HDX tablets at a loss. With the company's first smartphone set to land tomorrow (with 3D) the device could once again merely be a conduit for consumers to buy goods. This time though Amazon will be more focused on apps now that its app store is a reasonable success....

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Google launches dedicated I/O app
Jun12

Google launches dedicated I/O app

If you want to check out Google’s I/O developer conference but will be out and about when it is on, the company has an app for that. "I/O Live Stream Here" will be something you will be seeing a lot over the next few weeks, but Google has created a dedicated Android app that will let you see the keynote speech, other talks, and also follow other events and happenings at the tech extravaganza. It could turn into a memorable I/O too,...

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20% of all smartphone and tablet apps are only opened once
Jun12

20% of all smartphone and tablet apps are only opened once

I am a self-confessed app addict. I have used thousands from paid to free, from amazing to awful, and the thing is I am certainly not alone as apps more than anything else have driven the mobile boom. Most of us probably have a few if not dozens of apps that we simply never use, in fact if you look at your device right now there are probably a number of apps that never get opened. Applications gave smartphones features that they never...

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