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Apple obviously felt the sting of a recently settled lawsuit as they have added a warning to free apps that have in-app purchases. This will allow parents to easily identify which free apps offer in-app purchases and hopefully prevent their kids from going crazy with micro-transactions.
The warning doesn't appear to be present on the mobile App Store or on the Apple website. It is confirmed to be showing in the App Store that is contained within iTunes. We do expect it to eventually show up on the mobile version of the App Store.
An interesting idea that could spring from this new warning is the ability to filter apps that allow in-app purchases. Apple has clearly identified free apps that contain in-app purchases. Now all they need to do is implement a parental filter to prevent those apps from being used or downloaded. Apple has not said that this feature will be implemented.
While addressing the House of Representatives committee on IT pricing today, Adobe Australia and New Zealand managing director, Paul Robson, was questioned about the higher prices in Australia for their Creative Suite 6 software.
Considering Adobe charge Australians a not so down under 167% more, the question is a very big one to answer. Australians are paying $3175 compared to their US friends paying just $1899 for CS6. Robson said that consumers in Australia were paying the extra costs because they were automatically redirected to Adobe's Australian website, giving them the ability to access local discounts and community groups.
Robson didn't explain exactly why Australians pay more for Adobe software, saying that Adobe's use of Australian-only pricing or "geoblocking" was a "well established and legal process".
Adding to the growing pile of resignations and upper-echelon members of the technology industry is the rumor that Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announce he will step down from his position.
The news is coming from an FCC official, who says Genachowski is stepping down from the agency after a four-year term that saw him focus on improving Internet access across the United States. The FCC chairman told FCC staff of his plans earlier today, according to an industry source. His exit from the FCC has been rumored for weeks, with his term set to expire in June.
Possible replacements for Genachowski are Lawrence Strickling, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Karen Kornbluh, the recent ambassador for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and finally, Blair Levin, who is a former FCC staff member and now industry analyst.
Samsung may be getting ready to launch their Galaxy S4, but this doesn't stop them from working on a thousand and one other devices, especially in the very lucrative emerging markets.Samsung may be getting ready to launch their Galaxy S4, but this doesn't stop them from working on a thousand and one other devices, especially in the very lucrative emerging markets.
Samsung have plenty of devices in the low- to mid-range market, such as the Galaxy S3 Mini, but they're also wanting to hit the super low-end emerging markets, such as India and Indonesia. These markets are pretty much controlled by feature phones, with Samsung clawing considerable amounts of the market share with devices in the sub-$100 market.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the South Korean electronics giant has seen their market share in Indonesia rise from just 2% in 2010, to a market-dominating 50% in the last quarter.
One source is reporting that Frommer's will no longer be selling print versions of the book. The brand name was acquired by Google last August for $22 million, though Google declined to comment on the future of the series at the time. Skift is reporting that no future Frommer's books will be printed.
The source says that the last two Frommer's books to be printed were from the Day-by-Day series, specifically the Napa and Sonoma and Banff and the Rockies versions. The source reportedly spoke with authors who were supposed to be having travel books published in the future.
Some of the authors stated that they were informed by editors at Google that the books would not be published, while other authors were told that there would be a delay before new contracts were signed.
Wiley's Unofficial Guide series was sold to Google and this series will continue in print and eBook form. "The Unofficial Guides will continue to be published in print and also be available as eBooks. The creators of the Unofficial Guides, Menasha Ridge Press, will enjoy greater autonomy and editorial control than under Wiley."
J.D. Power and Associates' new study shows that Apple leads the pack when it comes to consumer satisfaction. This is the ninth time in a row that Apple has topped J.D. Power's survey, though not everything remains the same. Second place is in fierce contention by four different manufacturers.
Apple is the only company to be above the study average, coming in with a score of 855. Just one point behind the study average, Nokia comes in at a satisfaction rating of 795. Samsung pulls a close third with a score of 793. Just behind Samsung is Motorola with a score of 792. HTC brings up the rear with a score of 790.
Once you move down the list, the scores drop off. LG received a score of 744 and BlackBerry only scored 732. Interestingly enough, about 17 percent of those surveyed said that they encountered some sort of bug or glitch. Bugs and glitches really detract from the user experience and companies should probably focus heavily in these areas.
Going green is the big push right now and has been for the past several years. Apple releases its "Apple and the Environment" report to show just how Apple's business affects the environment around us. The latest report shows that while Apple is moving towards green energy use, its overall production of CO2 is still increasing.
Apple has started to brag that its data centers are 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources. Even with this change, Apple's overall production has increased by 34 percent. Apple attributes this increase to its overall increase in products sold. It's true that Apple produces less CO2 per dollar revenue.
Since 2008, Apple has reduced its emissions per dollar revenue by 21.5 percent. Apple has also increased renewable energy at its corporate facilities by 114 percent. However, facilities only contribute 2 percent of Apple's emissions. 61 percent, or the large majority, come from the manufacturing of the devices.
The Ninth Circuit of Appeals has ruled that Isohunt's founder, Gary Fung, is liable for copyright infringement committed by the site's users because he possessed "red flag" knowledge that infringement was occurring. In its 59-page ruling, the Ninth Circuit court upheld most of a lower-court's decisions.
The main takeaway from this ruling is that if a site's operator is found to be inducing copyright infringement, they are no longer allowed in the safe harbor. The Court was able to identify that Fung induced copyright infringement through his posts on the Isohunt forums:
[Fung] communicated a clear message by responding affirmatively to requests for help in locating and playing copyrighted materials...posted numerous messages to the isoHunt forum requesting that users upload torrents for specific copyrighted films.
HTC CEO Peter Chou is so committed to the success of the HTC One that he has reportedly said that he will quit his job and leave HTC if the upcoming One smartphone is a flop.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chou said that in the event that the HTC One is a failure, he will resign his position at the company. At the moment, things are not looking good for Chou as HTC's flagship release has been delayed until the end of this month due to delays.
The delays were first thought to be caused by HTC's new "Ultra Pixel" camera technology, or its aluminum uni-frame body, but we recently discovered that is not the case. In fact, HTC is having issues getting many of its components due to being downgraded from a tier one manufacturer.
Ebay has announced that they are changing its fees in order to become more competitive with Amazon. Some of the fee changes will take place April 16, while others will remain the same until May 1. In the end, most sellers will end up paying lower fees, though this won't be the case for everyone.
Part of the reason Amazon has been so successful is that they don't charge listing fees. "For most of our sellers the complexity of our fees were keeping them from being on eBay and preventing them from having full transparency into their profitability from selling on eBay," Michael Jones, vice president of merchant development, said.
If you only list a few items each year, Ebay is going to offer 50 free listings per month. Ebay will then take 10 percent of the sale price, if the item sells. If you happen to be a higher-volume seller, final value fees will range between 4 percent and 9 percent, depending on the product category.
"There will be some sellers who will pay a little bit more on eBay, but most sellers will be impacted positively by this."