Post Tagged with: "Apps"

Google Settles In-App Purchase Case for $19 Million

Google has agreed to pay $19 million to customers to settle a case about children who made in-app purchases without parental consent. The Federal Trade Commission brought the case against Google, claiming that the company did not take appropriate steps to prevent unauthorized charges. Since 2011, customers have reported children making unauthorized purchases ranging from [...]

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FTC Sues Amazon Over Unauthorized In-App Purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming that the web retail giant failed to take steps to stop in-app purchases made by children. In the complaint, the FTC charges Amazon with making it easy for children to make purchases in games and other apps on mobile devices such as the Kindle [...]

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Mobile App Usage at All-Time High

The latest mobile app report from comScore confirms what many people probably already know: mobile usage is at an all-time high and continues to grow. Mobile platforms, such as smartphones and tablets, accounted for 60% of users’ total digital media time in May, up from 50% a year ago. More notably, mobile apps continue to [...]

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Apple to Refund $32.5 Million over In-App Purchases

Apple’s App Store racked up over $10 billion in sales last year, but not all of those sales were intentional. The company has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to refund at least $32.5 million to customers over in-app purchases. This agreement settles a complaint from the FTC that Apple charged customers millions [...]

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FDA Will Only Regulate Few Medical Apps

With a growing number of healthcare and diagnostic apps available for download, the FDA is taking a less involved approach. Most of the numerous medical apps out there are harmless according to the FDA and, therefore, don’t need to be regulated. Instead, the agency will only apply scrutiny to those apps that constitute a potential [...]

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Mobile App Store Downloads Projected to Reach 102 Billion in 2013

A new report from research firm Gartner shows another strong year for mobile app stores. Total app downloads worldwide will reach 102 billion this year, which is a significant increase form the 64 billion downloads in 2012. Gartner expects that figure to keep climbing and predicts an incredible 269 billion apps will be downloaded in [...]

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Windows Store Hits 100,000 Apps Milestone

It seems no company can resist tooting its own horn and that fact is especially true when it comes to the number of apps available on their platforms. Microsoft is the latest to sound the bugle with the announcement that its Windows Store has reached 100,000 apps in the eight months since Windows 8 launched [...]

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Apple App Store Reaches 50 Billion Downloads

Apple’s App Store has passed the 50 billion downloads milestone. Though it was launched in 2008, the majority of those downloads have occurred in just the last year. Back in January, Apple reported that the store had reached 40 billion downloads, with almost half of them occurring in 2012 alone. As part of a promotion, [...]

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Yahoo Purchases Two More Mobile Startups: Milewise and GoPollGo

Yahoo continues to buy up every mobile startup it can get its hands on, with the latest acquisitions being Milewise and GoPollGo. The purchases are described as acqui-hires, since Yahoo is shutting down both services and integrating the employees into its New York office. While it’s unknown what they will be working on, presumably the [...]

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Yahoo Cleans House, Shuts Down Old Services

Yahoo is following in Google’s lead by doing away with some old services. The company announced its intent in a blog post on Friday, along with a list of the products that will be discontinued. These include Upcoming, Yahoo Deals, Yahoo SMS Alerts, Yahoo Kids, and the Yahoo Mail and Messenger apps for feature phones. [...]

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