Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | Are Your Children Racking Up Charges From Mobile Games? Here’s How to Fight Back Supported by Tech Fix Parents are often surprised by unauthorized credit card charges. The culprit: Bait apps, which lure children into buying virtual junk online. Preventing these purchases isn’t easy, but it can be done. ByBrian X. Chen Feb. 6, 2019 Is your child a “whale”? A teenager once spent $6,500 on Facebook games over two weeks, according to a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The report follows actions by the Federal Trade Commission five years ago that required Apple and Google to issue millions of dollars in refunds to parents whose children made unauthorized in-app charges. In 2017, the F.T.C. made a similar arrangement with Amazon. At the heart of … [Read more...] about Are Your Children Racking Up Charges From Mobile Games? Here’s How to Fight Back
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The Faangs (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google-owner Alphabet) have been the darlings of the stock market for years. These tech giants have helped to change how we shop, communicate, work – even how we watch movies. But as they have grown in size, fears have also grown, especially about what they may do with so much of our personal data. And the season seems to have changed in 2018 – alongside a series of scandals and setbacks, the Faangs bore the brunt of the stock market selloff this year. In fact, their combined market capitalisation (the total value of all their shares) has fallen by more than $1 trillion since their peak in the summer. This was the year that the Faangs were defanged. Facebook The social media giant arguably had the toughest year of the tech giants. The Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March when it emerged that the UK-based political consultancy had harvested millions of personal data from Facebook users. The revelations sparked … [Read more...] about For Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, 2018 was the year when trust in the tech giants evaporated
I'm not just a nerd and editor here at Mobile Nations; I'm also a pretty big gamer. When I first heard about Google's Project Stream game streaming service I signed up with every email account I had. When I got the email saying I was invited to give it a try, I jumped at a chance to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey by beaming it over the tubes to a Chrome browser tab. After spending a bit of time playing it, I'm here to say that Sony and Microsoft should better get their ducks in a row because Google might make a traditional game console obsolete. Seriously. It's that good. Here's my quick take on the good and the bad of streaming a performance-hungry 3D AAA title over the internet. This isn't a review of Assassin's Creed Odyssey — we have one of those already. It's also worth noting that Project Stream is a closed invite-only beta so the billion Chrome users aren't all hitting the servers at once. Setting it up Project Stream, as mentioned, runs inside the desktop Chrome browser … [Read more...] about Google’s Project Stream is so good that Sony and Microsoft should be worried
caption Google CEO Sundar Pichai source Justin Sullivan / Getty Staff To comply with an antitrust decision by the European Union, Google no longer requires Android phone makers to give Google apps preferential treatment. The down side for manufacturers using Android is that if they want Google Play or Gmail on their handsets, they will have to pay. Google is appealing the EU’s decision but must begin complying or risk getting hit with more penalties. The European Union appears to be getting what it wants from Google, at least partly. Following a crackdown by regulators in Europe, Google said Tuesday in a blog post that it will no longer require EU-based mobile-device makers that use Android to accept a bundle of the company’s apps. The downside for device manufacturers is that Google for the first time will now charge for many of its most popular apps. Google said that it plans to introduce a new “paid licensing … [Read more...] about Google will charge phone makers money for its Android apps in Europe — an unprecedented change that it says is to comply with regulators
What has Google done wrong?The EU believes that Google has abused its dominant power in ways that are designed to crowd out other businesses. Officials say that since 2011, the company has "imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators." These restrictions have ensured that Google has been able to "cement its dominant position in general internet search."Officials say that the search engine has "made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators." The payments are allegedly intended to ensure that carriers only installed Google Search on their devices. And since users are often satisfied with their default option, Google's products remained the most used across the continent.The other part of the charge relates to how Google ships versions of Android to the manufacturers who put it on their devices. There are, you see, two different flavors of Android, "Android GMS (Google Mobile Services)," and "Android AOSP (Android … [Read more...] about Why does Google owe the EU $5 billion?