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Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child Purchases

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child Purchases

Apple Agrees to Refund Unauthorised Child PurchasesConsumer electronics giant, Apple, has agreed to refund at least $AU36 million to US customers whose children made purchases from its online App Store without parental consent.

The US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – says Apple has also agreed to modify its practice – which until now had allowed children to make purchases on a mobile device 15 minutes after a password was entered.

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez says Apple failed to inform parents of the 15-minute window that could allow children to make purchases ranging from $1 to $100 for each app.

Ms Ramirez says that because of the loophole, “children ran up millions of dollars in charges without their parents’ knowledge and consent,” a violation of federal rules, saying that “consumers will be obtaining full redress” for any unauthorised charges :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Standout, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For TechAustralian consumer watchdog Choice says locals are paying twice as much as they should for computer hardware, software and digital downloads. In it’s latest research – The Digital Price Divide – the consumer group says Australian prices for products such as music, personal computers, console games and computer software are on average 50 per cent higher than those in the United States.

In a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing, the group noted that across 44 software products, Australian prices were 34 per cent more expensive than comparative overseas prices. Choice also found that Australians are paying 51% more for iTunes music, 88% more for Wii games and 41% more for computer hardware than US consumers.

One piece of Microsoft software was nearly $9,000 more expensive in Australia than the United States, Choice said via it’s website that it would be cheaper to pay someone’s wage and fly them to the US and back twice, and get them to buy the software while overseas.

“For this amount, it would be cheaper to employ someone for 46 hours at the price of $21.30 per hour and fly them to the US and back at your expense – twice,” Choice said in its submission.

Choice identified international copyright discrimination as one of the causes for the disparity. But group spokesman Matt Levey says the most likely reason is Australia’s relative affluence :: Read the full article »»»»


Apple Pulls Viddy Video-sharing App from iStore Over Porn Content

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Pulls Viddy Video-sharing App from iStore Over Porn Content

Apple Pulls Viddy Video-sharing App from iStore Over Porn ContentApple has pulled the popular mobile video-sharing app Viddy from its App Store after receiving complaints that the program contains pornographic user-uploaded content. The app, which allows users to upload and edit 15-second videos on their iPhones, was removed Thursday. Business Insider reports that Viddy CEO Brett O’Brien is now working on having the offending clips removed. O’Brien explained that Viddy is not meant to be a “haven for explicit content,” but that the rapid growth of its user base had made it difficult to properly monitor all uploaded videos.

Based out of Venice, California, with a work force of 10, Viddy recently secured a $6 million Series A round from investors Battery Ventures, Bessemer Ventures, Greycroft Ventures, Qualcomm and others. The start-up has also locked content deals with Disney, rock outfit Linkin Park and rap artists Snoop Dogg and T-Pain. The Viddy app received 40 million views in January.


Apple TV, version 1.0 beta

Posted: October 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Favorite New Thought, M.Aaron Silverman, Standout, Technoid Computer News, Über Monitor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple TV, version 1.0 beta

Let me make this clear – seems to have been slightly grey in previous posts: APPLE WILL PRODUCE A TELEVISION! It won’t be TV as we know it, IT WILL BE a new generation iMAC!

Highpants has trumpeting the possibility of an Apple-made TV set since March this year “Not happy with the Apple TV set top box, Apple is launching into the Television  market, the first true Smart TV’s are about to roll of the production line. Apples ethos has always been to ADD gadgets to our lives, the Apple iTV won’t be a computer, it will be a true Television Set++”

In the latest round of rumours – kicked of by  at the Washington Post and befuddled by the Wall Street Journal’s Mark Gongloff – experts are finally admitting to reading more than their own write-ups, in the form of Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs biography . . . Read the full article »»»»


Cult of: AppleTV version 0.0.9 beta

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Google, Hardware, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cult of: AppleTV version 0.0.9 beta

CULT OF APPLEThe Apple rumour mill is at it again!  This latest rumor may seems like a rerun, but this one has been updated. The latest iteration of the longstanding rumor is that Apple will get in to the business of selling TVs by building a digital TV based on iOS. That’s according to multiple Silicon Valley sources cited by Venture Beat. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told Venture Beat that he predicted Apple would produce a TV set by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

Technoid has trumpeting the possibility of an Apple-made TV set since March this year “Not happy with the Apple TV set top box, Apple is launching into the Television market, the first true Smart TV’s are about to roll of the production line. Apples ethos has always been to ADD gadgets to our lives, the Apple iTV  Read more: www.highpants.com

Just a thought: Wouldn’t Apple Inc be better off making a 40 inch iMac, all the technology we’re raving about below, loaded into a pc with the biggest IPS monitor money can buy, ease of use, integration. Surely a new Cinema sized iMac makes more sense?

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Google Music Beta: But Why?

Posted: May 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, Cloud, Google, Kiss My . . . | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Music Beta: But Why?

GOOGLEHot on the heals of Amazon’s Cloud Player, but without the ability to purchase or download tunes, Google has released Google Music. Google is graciously allowing users to store music collections in virtual online libraries in what amounts to a pretty weak  challenge to Apple’s popular iTunes and Amazon’s Cloud we’re sat her kind of wondering why Google has bothered?

Google Music Beta is essentially an extension of Google’s long-lived Google Doc’s. Google Doc’s has over the past 12 months transformed from being a Document Creation and Storage Cloud to a Store anything web based app. The release of Google Music Beta sounds very much like a cheap trick, there is literally nothing in it.

Google Music does not sell songs, it simply allows users to store personal collections in the internet “cloud” for streaming to smartphones, tablet computers or other gadgets, geewiz – thanks Google.

Google Music is being rolled out on an invitation-only basis in the United States to test the service, which the California internet giant envisions eventually making available worldwide. However in a press release, Google Australia said it didn’t “have a timeline to announce for an Australian release” or the rest of the galaxy for that matter :: Read the full article »»»»