Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining ‘free’ games at kids

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An iPhone-owner whose daughter downloaded $200 worth of “Zombie Toxin” and “Gems” through in-app purchases on his iPhone has been allowed to pursue a class action suit against Apple for compensation of up to $5m.

Garen Meguerian of Pennsylvania launched the class-action case against Apple in October 2011 after he discovered that his nine-year-old daughter had been draining his credit card account through in-app purchases on “free” games incluing Zombie Cafe and Treasure Story. This month, Judge Edward J Davila in San Jose District Federal Court has allowed the case to go to trial, rejecting Apple’s claim that the case should be dismissed.

Meguerian claimed that Apple was unfairly targeting children by allowing games geared at kids to push them to make purchases. He describes games that are free to play but require purchases of virtual goods to progress as “bait apps” and says they should not be aimed at children:

Numerous gaming apps are offered for free, although many such games are designed to induce purchases of what Apple refers to as “In-App Purchases” or “In-App Content” i.e. virtual supplies, ammunition, fruits and vegetables, cash and other fake “currency”, etc within the game in order to play the game with any success.

These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of Game Currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more.


Steve Jobs passed away, 1955 – 2011

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., passed away Wednesday.

A visionary inventor and entrepreneur, it would be impossible to overstate Steve Jobs’ impact on technology and how we use it. Apple’s mercurial, mysterious leader did more than reshape his entire industry: he completely changed how we interact with technology. He made gadgets easy to use, gorgeous to behold and essential to own. He made things we absolutely wanted, long before we even knew we wanted them. Jobs’ utter dedication to how people think, touch, feel and interact with machines dictated even the smallest detail of the computers Apple built and the software it wrote.


Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4, Prevents Hacking & Jailbreaking

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The main objective of this version is to prevent the hacking in Apple iOS devices which occurs through malicious pdf file. Another objective is to prevent the jailbreaking which occurs as a consequence of the previous effect.

In previous versions, the iOS device is easily vulnerable to attacks. It happens because of mishandling of fonts embedded in pdf file by iOS devices. It is quite common to download a pdf file through e-mail or web pages. Sometimes the downloaded file may be malicious and there is possibility that the file could inject malware into the iOS device — that gives a chance for the hackers to access the hardware of the iOS device.

iOS 4.3.4 has already been jail-breaked using RedsnOw and PwnageTool.

Read more: http://www.gizmocrazed.com/2011/07/apple-releases-ios-4-3-4-prevents-hacking-jailbreaking/#ixzz1SRzU7hdb


iPad Earns One Percent of Global Web Traffic

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

iPad traffic is starting to get on the global Internet traffic map.

In fact, according to a report from NetMarketShare, Apple’s iPad makes up one percent of Web traffic worldwide and 2.1 percent of online traffic in the United States.


Samsung asks U.S. to ban iPad, iPhone imports

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the importation of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods, ratcheting up its dispute against Apple.

The filing, dated Tuesday, says Apple’s iPhone, iPod digital music player and iPad tablet infringe on five of Samsung’s patents involving telecommunications standards and user interface inventions.

Samsung also filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple in a Delaware federal court on Wednesday,

The complaints are the latest salvo in a growing legal battle between the two consumer electronics giants.

In April, Apple sued Samsung in a California federal court, claiming the South Korean firm’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung then countersued in California, and Apple last week filed another lawsuit in South Korea. An Apple spokesman could not be immediately reached on Wednesday.


Apple slammed over iPhone, iPad location tracking

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users — records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge.

It’s not clear if other smartphones and tablet computers are logging such information on their users. And this week’s revelation that the Apple devices do wasn’t even new — some security experts began warning about the issue a year ago.

But the worry prompted by a report from researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden at a technology conference in Santa Clara, Calif., raises questions about how much privacy you implicitly surrender by carrying around a smartphone and the responsibility of the smartphone makers to protect sensitive data that flows through their devices.

Much of the concern about the iPhone and iPad tracking stems from the fact the computers are logging users’ physical coordinates without users knowing it — and that that information is then stored in an unencrypted form that would be easy for a hacker or a suspicious spouse or a law enforcement officer to find without a warrant.


Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at news event

Filed under: — Aviran

Spotted at Rupert Murdoch’s splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple’s newest iPad.

A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass screen at a press conference to mark the debut of News Corp’s Daily online paper in New York on Wednesday.

A source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features. News Corp and Apple declined to comment.


Apple Approves a BitTorrent App for iPhone

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A BitTorrent app called IS Drive has appeared in Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, despite the company’s past refusal to approve BitTorrent apps because they could be used for Internet piracy.

The app is intended as a tool for managing ImageShack (ImageShack)’s torrent download service, but it can be adapted to manage downloads from other torrent sites like IsoHunt and Mininova.


Title: Safari 5.01 Released

Filed under: — James Mowery

Few days ago Apple announced the release of version 5.01 of their web browser, Safari. New in version 5.01 is support for extensions – 3rd party applications that add functionality to the software. Mozilla’s Firefox was the first browser to support extensions, with Google’s Chrome browser being the second major browser to support extensions.

The announcement comes in context of quite a few recent changes to Apple’s Safari browser. The 5.x versions of Safari support HTML 5.0 (still a working draft from the W3C). Most notable is the support for the video tag, meaning that videos can be streamed without using an application (usually Adobe Flash).

As of June 2010, the W3C reports that Safari has 3.6% browser market share – putting it behind Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, and just a little ahead of Opera. Despite its small market share, Safari is a very good browser. Usually a little late to adopt new technologies, recently it has been catching up and is really one of the most modern browsers in terms of support for web standards.

Support for extensions is the last big thing that safari really needed to be comparable to any of the bigger browsers. Safari has all of the major features, and the ability to add extensions should allow developers to add functionality that it may be missing.

Though its market share is low, Safari is a good, modern browser, and the ability to add extensions makes it all the more worth considering.

Whether or not this new functionality will impact its market share remains to be seen.

About the author: James Mowery is a computer geek that writes about technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to led tv.


US government legalizes iPhone ‘jailbreaking,’ unlocking

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The U.S. government on Monday announced new rules that make it officially legal for iPhone owners to “jailbreak” their device and run unauthorized third-party applications. In addition, it is now acceptable to unlock any cell phone for use on multiple carriers.

According to The Associated Press, the government approved a handful of new exemptions to a federal law that prevents the circumvention of technical measure that prevent users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works. The report noted that every three years, the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office authorizes exemptions to ensure existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material.

In addition, another exemption was approved that would allow all cell phone users to unlock their device for use on an unapproved carrier. Currently, Apple’s iPhone is available exclusively through AT&T, but unlocking it can allow for voice calls and EDGE data speeds on rival carrier T-Mobile.

Other exemptions announced Monday allow people to break protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws; allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy protection measures on DVDs to embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos; and allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices (dongles) if the hardware no longer works and cannot be replaced.


Consumer Reports confirms iPhone 4 antenna problems

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Consumer Reports tested three iPhone 4s and several other AT&T phones in their RF isolation chamber that simulates varying levels of signal from every carrier, and found that the iPhone 4 was the only handset to suffer signal-loss issues.

What’s more, CR directly says that its findings call Apple’s explanation of a miscalculated signal meter into question since the tests “indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary suspect.” CR found that simply putting duct tape over the bottom-left corner is enough to alleviate the issue — we’re guessing that’s Jony Ive’s worst nightmare — and says that while the iPhone 4 has the “sharpest display and best video camera” of any phone it’s tested, it simply can’t recommend the device until Apple comes up with a permanent and free fix to the antenna problem.


Early iPhone 4 owners in grip of reception problem

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The first slew of iPhone 4 complaints are in, among them that just holding the iPhone 4 a certain way can interfere with calls.

Apple Inc. redesigned the fourth generation of its smart phone, replacing sloping edges with a stainless steel band that wraps around the more squared-off sides. The metal band acts like a sturdy skeleton for the delicate phone, and it does double duty as the device’s antenna.

Some people said the iPhone 4 would disconnect mid-call when the phone was nestled in their hands in such a way that the lower-left corner of the device was covered.

While some iPhone owners reported no problems at all, others say the issue is intermittent: “It’s only every once and a while,” Lawrence Ho, 27, said outside the Apple store on New York’s Fifth Avenue on Friday.

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