Last Updated Feb 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST Capcom is generating nasty news because one of its games, Smurfs' Village, has children spending exorbitant amounts on in-app purchases without their parents' knowledge -- including one 8-year-old putting $1,400 worth of virtual Smurfberries (or whathaveyou) on her mom's credit card. Now Apple (APPL) has reportedly pulled Capcom aside to do something about this PR fiasco, but that's just a bunch of bullsmurf: From the lack of password requirements to make purchases to the missing parental controls, it's easy for kids to run up serious bills in the Apple App Store. It's up to Apple, not the third-party companies, to do something about it. Easy for Kids to Make App Purchases without Parental Approval The Washington Post,The in-app purchases have also catapulted children's games such as Smurfs' Village and Tap Zoo, by San Francisco-based Pocket Gems, into the ranks of the highest-grossing apps on iPods, iPhones and iPads. But the practice is … [Read more...] about The Apple App Store: Dangerous for Kids?
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Last Updated Jul 21, 2009 9:48 AM EDT Vic Gundotra, Google's developer evangelist, argues that mobile applications will be sold through Web browsers rather than app stores controlled by handset makers, most mobile apps today are sold through app stores. Microsoft Windows Mobile (for which there is no app store at this point) aside, Apple's iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Google's Android and Research in Motion's BlackBerry operating systems all support the open source Webkit or HTML 5 standard, which in theory should make it easy for developers to create applications for all those devices. The reality, however, is somewhat different. William Bereault, director of research and development for Apple App Store mobile apps vendor Never Alone Anymore, told me last week in New York that, "in theory you can port the apps to another OS, but it's not easy," he said. Never Alone Anymore decided to focus on Apple's App Store, at least for the time being, because Apple provides a familiar payment system … [Read more...] about Apple App Store Vs. Android Vs. BlackBerry Vs. Ovi Vs–.
(MoneyWatch) Conventional wisdom holds that while Android's app store is more agile, it is far more susceptible to malware. Apple, on the other hand, screens all the apps headed for iOS, so it's relatively secure. And that general assessment might still be true, though Georgia Tech recently demonstrated that Apple's app screeners are relatively easy to fool. Indeed, researchers were able to get a particularly nasty example of malware into the store. Google Play store suffers from malware Malware threats materializing on smartphones How to avoid dangerous or malicious smartphone apps A Georgia Tech team created an app that, on first run, appears benign, but quickly reconfigures itself into malware that's capable of steaming contacts and sending emails, taking photos, sending tweets, and even redirecting Chrome to a page with additional malicious software. The app was approved and landed in the app store. Because, researchers say, the app was only tested for a few short seconds, not … [Read more...] about Researchers upload malware to Apple app store
For Apple (AAPL), it is a milestone: $10 billion in app sales in 2013, with $1 billion of that coming in December alone. While the mobile application market is red hot, that also translates to higher revenue for software developers who focus on the niche. Apple says it has paid a total of $15 billion to app developers. As Steve Ranger pointed out on ZDNet, if you go through past Apple announcements and do some simple math, it translates to $8 billion paid to developers in 2013 alone. That is a large chunk of money. But these figures have other implications. One is that, on average, Apple takes 20 percent of App Store sales. However, the official cut is 30 percent. With $8 billion going vendors, the total (not counting sales of Apple's own software) should have been $11.4 billion. So why isn't the actual total higher or Apple's take well in excess of $2 billion? The logical answer would be that vendors with the most popular software packages are getting a special rate unavailable to … [Read more...] about Apple App Store: Big pie, but not for developers
Less than three years after its launch, the Apple App Store reached its goal of 10 billion downloads this morning. To promote the milestone, Apple promised to give away a $10,000 App Store gift card to whomever buys the 10 billionth download, but the company has not revealed who that winner is. The store launched in July 2008 with just 500 apps and now touts the availability of more than 300,000 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Growth of the store's popularity has been swift; in its first nine months, the store hit 1 billion downloads and followed that up with 5 billion downloads in June 2010. The App Store has been such a resounding success for mobile computing that Apple's competitors have been forced to launch similar ventures. Google, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Samsung all offer apps through their own app storefronts. But the venture has not been without controversy. Early on, Apple's app approval process often frustrated developers, who were … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads