If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more
Ezy Invoice helps you handle purchases, customers, products, invoices, transactions, and other relevant information and documents crucial to your business. It lets you store all information in organized databases, which are easy to access.
This program's free version limits you to only six customers and ten items in your inventory, which probably won't be enough for most businesses. It also doesn't allow multiuser network connections to a database. On first launch, the program's built-in wizard guides you through the process of creating a new database for your business. You'll be asked to provide different information, … Read more
Amazon CEO and co-founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post is now final. According to the Associated Press, all of the I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed and the newspaper is now officially under Bezos' ownership.
The Amazon CEO entered into an agreement with the Washington Post Co. in August to buy its newspaper publishing businesses for $250 million, including its flagship newspaper after decades of family ownership. Bezos bought the business as an individual entity, not through Amazon.com.
In a memo to Post employees shortly after the announcement, Bezos said he … Read more
Google has just thrown down $235 million to buy up some more office space in Mountain View, Calif., according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. This is the company's largest land purchase so far for this year.
The money bought six buildings, or 400,000 square feet of office space, in the Silicon Valley town. Two of the buildings are currently leased to security software company Symantec. The Silicon Valley Business Journal speculates that Google may be looking to make some extra cash as a local landlord as it waits for Symantec's lease to expire.
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Apple has begun notifying the parents how they will be compensated for large bills racked up by their children through unauthorized use of in-app purchases in games and apps sold through the App Store.
An e-mail sent by the "Apple In-App Purchase Litigation Administrator" describes how the approximately 23 million people, as part of a class-action lawsuit, can apply for compensation. Parents have until January 13, 2014, to claim a $5 iTunes gift cards for charges less than $30, according to the e-mail. The maximum compensation parents can expect is the total amount charged during a single 45-day … Read more
Turns out, I've been giving you bad advice. Or at least outdated advice. In my post on this topic from last year (in the heady days of iOS 5), I showed you how you could simply swipe on an app on your purchased list right on your iPhone to hide it. For no good reason at all (at least any that I can see), iOS 6 did away with this functionality. Perhaps iOS 7 will bring back the ability to cull your purchased list from your phone, but for now, it requires a trip to iTunes. *sad trombone*
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Path, the social network designed to be more personal than Facebook, will be launching a subscription service in the second quarter of this year.
Path co-founder and Chief Executive Dave Morin told CNET that a premium paid version is the next step for monetizing the young app, but he did not reveal what features users would paying for in a subscription, or how much it would cost.
Launched in 2010, Path is an app that's marketed as a network just for close friends and family members, limiting users to 150 friends. Because of that, it encourages users to share … Read more
When setting up a new device, it's nice to go back and make sure you've downloaded all of your purchased apps (or any purchased content for that matter), but Google's Play store app doesn't make it easy for this to happen at the moment. Currently your download history contains both free and paid apps, with no way to separate the two.
After you install the free or … Read more
In-app purchasing will finally make its way to the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.
Nook Media, the recently formed subsidiary of Barnes and Noble, announced the news today, saying that it's partnered with mobile-payment provider Fortumo to bring in-app payments to its line of Nook tablets. Fortumo will provide the tools to developers to integrate in-app purchases. The company's platform also includes real-time data on revenue and analytics.
For the customer, the experience of in-app payments should be similar to what they've found elsewhere. The platform will allow for one-click buying; simply clicking the "Pay" … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The settlement that will give some iTunes customers a refund for in-app purchases made by minors marched one step closer to approval today.
The two sides met in a federal courthouse here to hash out some final details before it's passed along to a judge for approval early next week.
As part of the proposed settlement, Apple will be required to pay out $5 in iTunes credit to those who say purchases were made on their device by a minor, and without them being aware of it. The company plans to send notices to more … Read more