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Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.

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Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

There’s an app out there this Summer called "Yo." This app has been released to the iTunes App store, originally getting rejected by Apple because of its super-simplicity - they thought it wasn’t finished, or that it was a joke based on its April 1st submission date. Now that the app is out and gaining steam - 50,000 users strong in just a few months - it’s also earning investment dollars.

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Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Supposing you’ve got a Chromecast and you’ve never heard of Qplay before, you’re in for a treat. This week the folks at Qplay - previously working with their own Chromecast-like hardware - have updated their app to work with Chromecast natively. Coming from the people that created TiVo, this app allows you to collect all of your favorite networks for video, photos, and music, in one place for casting to Chromecast.

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Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.

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