The new policies, detailed on Apple’s developer portal, limits the collection of personal data when it comes to apps for kids and young children without parental agreement.
This now extends to the collection of photos, videos, and audio. Apple already had a limitation on name, address, and telephone number that remains in place, but the update expands the scope of “personal information.”
(App discovery and monetization will be among the key topics of discussion at the upcoming Tablet Ecosystem conference coming to New York on November 13, 2013).
As MacRumors reports, the changes are designed so that Apple complies with the U.S. government’s recently-expanded Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which stipulates that apps must not collect personal data from children under 13 years old without ‘verifiable parental consent’.
Apple has gone one step further in this by detailing that developers must not collect photos, videos or audio from an underage user. The App Review Guidelines also ask developers to not allow underage [...]
The report, which is entitled Future App Stores: Discovery, Monetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013-2018, states that games will account for 40% of all downloads by 2017 and expects this trend to see app stores improve “stickiness” by developing social functions for gameplay.
If that is good news for gaming app developers however, non-gaming folk will be alarmed to read that Juniper Research expects most downloads to be for free apps in four years’ time.
Indeed, the researcher claims that just 5% of consumers will pay for smartphone and tablet apps, which is even less than the 6.1% of consumers who profess to do so in 2013.
(App discovery and [...]
The recently launched workout app features Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez,. The latest financing round was led by Trinity Ventures and follows an earlier investment by Google Ventures.
FitStar’s first app features video of Gonzalez leading users through several dozen exercises that can all be done without the assistance of any equipment. The app also responds to the user and customizes the difficulty of the exercises based on their fitness level.
(Venture capital and fund raising for apps will be a key topic of discussion at the upcoming Tablet Ecosystem conference in San Francisco on September 12).
Of course there have been many high profile duds along the way (e.g. Facebook), so it’s not like getting in early is a guarantee of success. But now a new fantasy trading community called Wall Street Magnate (WSM) let’s you try your hand at investing with no risk.
The site uses real-world financial information to offer a realistic online experience of using current data from all of the major US Stock Exchanges. There’s also a social component so you can compare your performance to other players, boast about a big score and track what your friends are investing in.
“Tablets are a major priority for us,” Lewis Schlossberg, cofounder of [...]
Video discovery app ShowYou is now offering content creators a way to more easily monetize their video streams within their apps.
Instead of a bunch of videos you like that people can view individually, everything you share is now part of a channel that ShowYou users can sit back and enjoy like a television network.
The company is also launching the ShowYou Channel Platform, which lets anyone monetize channels made up of their own content. ShowYou is offering its platform as a software-as-a-service, so you’ll pay a monthly fee as well as additional fees depending on viewer numbers.
That's different than the revenue-share model of [...]