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
game for the iPhone and other Apple gadgets, was released a month ago and quickly became the highest-grossing application in the iTunes store. Yet it's free to download.So where does the money come from? Kelly Rummelhart of California has part of the answer. Her 4-year-old son was using her iPad to play the game and racked up $66.88 in charges on her credit card without knowing what he was doing.Rummelhart had no idea that it was possible to buy things - buy them with real money - inside the game. In this case, her son bought one bushel and 11 buckets of "Smurfberries," tokens that speed up gameplay."Really, my biggest concern was them scratching the screen. Never in my wildest dreams did I think they would be charging things on it," the 36-year-old mother said.She counts herself lucky that her son didn't start tapping on another purchase button, like the "wheelbarrow" of Smurfberries for $59.99.Rummelhart joins a number of parents who have been horrified by purchases of Smurfberries … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple App Store: Catnip for Free-Spending Kids?
Mac users who have the latest version of Apple's computer operating system, called Snow Leopard, will be prompted to update their software starting Thursday. When the upgrade is complete, an icon for the new Mac app store will appear in the dock. After launching the store software, people can browse through more than 1,000 programs for Macs. Some are free, and some will cost money; people can log in and buy software using their existing iTunes account information. As with the existing app stores for Apple's other gadgets, people can see lists of the most popular programs and rate software they purchase. Also similar to the existing system, software developers will name their own prices. Apple will vet all of the applications before they're accepted for sale in the store. The iPad and iPhone have been successful in part because of the tens of thousands of games and other programs available as free or paid downloads in Apple's app stores. Apple may be looking to the Mac app store to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple: App Store for Mac Goes Live
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
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday revealed new video and book-reading services that are designed for the iPad but bypass Apple Inc.'s fees on content sales. Wal-Mart started to stream video from its Vudu service to the iPad's Web browser, and Amazon announced the Kindle Cloud Reader, which lets users read e-books. Amazon, the leading seller of e-books, has a Kindle app for the iPad. However, Apple recently forced it to remove a button that launches Amazon's Kindle website, where users buy books. Apple wants companies to sell their content through its iTunes system, where it gets a 30 percent cut. Media companies are finding Apple's fees hard to accept. So they are getting around that by avoiding apps that must be distributed through Apple's App Store, where Apple's fee policies apply. Earlier this summer, The Financial Times created an app-like website for its newspaper to avoid Apple's fees. The Kindle Cloud Reader is a "Web app," nearly … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Steve Who? Amazon, Wal-Mart bypass Apple App Store
(CBS) - The release of web-based apps from both Amazon and Walmart yesterday seem like a direct challenge to Apple's App Store; Amazon released a Kindle cloud reader app and Walmart released an app for its Vudu streaming video service. Apple recently began enforcing a rule demanding 30% of all revenue from sales made through apps downloaded from the App Store. As these two new apps are accessed via browser, users can purchase content from Amazon and Walmart on their iPads - and Amazon and Walmart can cut Apple out of the deal. The Atlantic writes that Amazon and Walmart have "challenged Apple to a duel." The Financial Times calls the moves by Amazon and Walmart, "the biggest shots yet across the bow of Apple's App Store." What do you think? Will Apple lose control of the apps that run on its devices? Are Amazon and Walmart being greedy? Complete coverage of Amazon at Tech Talk … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon, Walmart challenge Apple app store with new web apps
(CBS/AP) - Congratulations are in order for the people at Apple Inc. and the App Store developers who have made them billions of dollars. The Associate Press reported on Thursday that the App Store has exceeded 15 billion downloads. Apple said more than 200 million of its iOS devices have been sold around the world to people in 90 countries. The figures are said to include the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.The company crossed the 10 billion downloads mark in January. There are more than 425,000 paid and free apps available on Apple's App Store, and more than 100,000 were made specifically for the iPad tablet. The iPhone is widely considered to be a game changer for hand-held devices. It was first released in June of 2007. The iPod Touch followed with a launch in September of 2007. The iPad was launched in April of 2010. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple App Store exceeds 15 billion downloads