Shortly after Apple introduced new parental controls for in-app purchases on iPhone or iPad games, the company is being slapped with a lawsuit that says it hasn't done enough.
Earlier this week, Garen Meguerian of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against Apple that says the company's policy for in-app purchases doesn't go far enough to prevent children from buying currency or points inside apps and games. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, requests class-action status and asks for unspecified damages and legal fees.
Meguerian brought the suit after his 9-year-old daughter downloaded … Read more
The data on the latest PC market share for the first quarter of 2011 is out today and it is not good for the sector. PC shipments were down year-over-year for the first time in almost two years. In other words, the bounce back that PC makers saw after the recession? It's officially over.
IDC says global PC shipments shrank 3.2 percent from a year ago, worse than the already meager … Read more
Correction at 10:04 a.m. PT on April 15: This story initially mischaracterized the vote that occurred Tuesday. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the payroll tax legislation on first reading, but a second reading and vote is required. That is scheduled for April 19. The story's headline and text have been rewritten to reflect that reality.
SAN FRANCISCO--As expected, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today moved closer to approving a payroll tax cap for some businesses willing to move to the city's Mid-Market neighborhood.
The legislation and subsequent amendments passed on first … Read more
Try as they might, Panasonic and Sony have yet to convince consumers that 3D TV is a necessity.
Released today, a new study commissioned by The NPD Group found that while people know more about 3D TV now, they're not generally any more convinced of why they need one.
A year and a half into the 3D TV era kicked off by Sony and Panasonic and since joined by others, 45 percent of people who said they wouldn't buy a 3D TV said the reason is it is too expensive. And 42 percent of people said the reason … Read more
The maker of the educational tablet said today that it received a huge new funding round, and that it is changing strategic direction. With $20 million of the $30 million infusion coming from Intel Capital, as a part of the agreement Kno is going to make educational software and will not produce its own hardware, according to a Kno spokesperson.
The touch-screen tablet market is getting crowded, so it's not a huge surprise the company made this choice. Even more challenging is pricing: it's been tough for the field to beat the iPad, which starts at $499, though Android tablets are getting closer.
Intel and Kno will work together on all hardware design efforts from now on, according to the company.
This story was corrected at 3:20 p.m. to note that Intel and Kno will be jointly handling future hardware design, and future Kno software will be available for many devices, not just Intel.… Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Finding that industry standard servers weren't meeting their needs, Facebook began designing its own servers and the data centers they sit in starting a year ago. Today the company shared the specifications for others who want to build their own servers like Facebook as part of an open-source effort they're calling the Open Compute Project.
"What we learned as we transitioned from being a small start-up--one office in a garage--to where we are today--a slightly bigger start-up--is that there are a couple ways you can go about designing data centers and servers," said … Read more
NFC, for the uninitiated, is short for near-field communication, a chip technology that, when placed in two different devices, lets small amounts of data be sent over very short distances between them. This can include credit card information, train ticket info, a coupon bar code, and more.
Though there are already credit cards with NFC chips inside, this year those chips are going to make the leap to mobile phones in significant numbers. A burgeoning industry is growing up around mobile payments using NFC technology--one that has the potential to be … Read more
The list of customers affected by the Epsilon database breach continues to grow.
The breach, which took place last week but was announced over the weekend, compromised the e-mail addresses and some names belonging to the customers of many major U.S. companies that outsource their marketing and e-mail communications to Epsilon.
The company said Monday that 2 percent of the companies it counts as clients are affected by the security breach. There is no official list of affected companies that's available, and a company spokesperson said Epsilon cannot release the names of its clients. Epsilon is in the … Read more
Texas Instruments plans to purchase fellow analog chipmaker National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion, the companies announced today.
TI is paying cash for National Semi. Stockholders will get $25 per share, an $11 per share premium over the $14.07 National Semi shares closed at today. Both boards have already approved the deal. There is a "break-up fee" of $200 million.
TI says the companies' sales force together will be "10 times larger" after the acquisition. Combined, the two could capture a 17 to 18 percent market share, company executives said on a conference call this … Read more
Sprint is reportedly setting up a mobile payment network via cell phones, Bloomberg reported today.
The carrier's Vice President of Product Platforms Kevin McGinnis told Bloomberg that Sprint phones will eventually have near-field communication (NFC) chips inside and those phones can be waved over a terminal installed in retail stores in order to pay for items.
Items paid for via NFC will show up on a user's credit card statement, and not their cell phone bill. Sprint will likely not take a percentage of each transaction, but instead take a share of revenue generated from coupons or deals … Read more