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Google wants your children
Tue, 19/08/14 – 0:43 | No Comment

Google is revamping certain services in order to make kid-friendly versions so that it can target children under age 13 in many markets, including the United States, legally. Officially, children are not targeted or offered Gmail, YouTube, and other accounts, though there isn’t much blocking them from getting accounts there. Legally, to target child-age users, Google must make kid-friendly versions that require adult OK’s and block certain inappropriate content.

Legally, this realm is a tough one to navigate, but several companies successfully do so, usually as part of their business model. Many online games, kid-targeted brands like Disney, etc. use filters and blockades to allow children in and keep unwanted content out. Google, however, wasn’t built from the ground-up to do this and has a broad base of users in its various services that are not children. So the task will be far more complex for the search giant.

Google says that the reasoning is simple: kids are already online and using the company’s services and parents are often complicit in this. In order to advertise to those kids specifically, however, Google would have to target them and to legally do that, they’d have to comply with federal and some state regulations first. Hence the moves.

Of course, this is not without its naysayers. Some privacy and child safety groups question how smart this is and whether it will create nonchalance among parents who will trust Google to keep their kids safe online rather than being vigilant themselves.

Google had already been working on a children’s version of YouTube as a means of capturing the numerous underage users who already populate the site. The company has not released details on planned roll outs or when/if these changes would actually take effect.


Startup wins big with app testing platform
Fri, 15/08/14 – 7:13 | No Comment

VM5 clinched the top prize at TechCrunch’s Beijing Startup competition for creating a platform that allows users to test an application without the need to install or even download it.

Google eyes building undersea cable between Asia and the US
Fri, 15/08/14 – 7:09 | No Comment

Google has formed a consortium with five Asia-based telecom companies to build a super-fast undersea cable that runs from the US to Asia.

Huawei smartphone deliveries soar by 62 per cent
Fri, 1/08/14 – 5:57 | No Comment

Thanks to stronger sales channels and higher brand awareness in other countries, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s smartphone shipments in the first half of 2014 surged 62 per cent compared to the same period a year ago, according to Reuters.

How Kim Kardashian conquered mobile gaming with copy-paste
Mon, 28/07/14 – 6:30 | No Comment

Right now, one of the top games in the iOS App Store is Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. This game came out of nowhere and suddenly became a smash hit, despite, one critic comments, “..having about as …

No, Microsoft is not making a Google Glass killer
Tue, 15/07/14 – 1:01 | No Comment

Microsoft is working on a wearable headband that can communicate with a smart phone and other devices, but contrary to rumor, the Alice Band is not a “Google Glass killer.”
The device is, instead, an experiment …

Samsung forecast slowing smartphone market
Fri, 11/07/14 – 9:54 | No Comment

Samsung expects its operating profit and sales to decline in the second quarter over the same period last year.

Google Glass can be used for hacking, says experts
Fri, 11/07/14 – 9:48 | No Comment

Devices with video-capturing capabilities, particularly Google Glass, can uncover the PIN code of your tablet or smartphone, according to cyber forensics experts working at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

In Hong Kong’s subway, your boss is a computer
Mon, 7/07/14 – 11:01 | No Comment

Every night, the Hong Kong subway system undergoes maintenance and engineering repairs, just as does every other subway system in the world. Unlike the others, though, the HK subway’s engineering team has a unique supervisor. …

Smartphones more vital than deodorant and toothbrushes
Fri, 4/07/14 – 8:55 | No Comment

Nearly half of all adults in the United States say they would not be able to endure a single day without using a smartphone, according to a research commissioned by the Bank of America.

“Buy now” button spotted on Twitter
Fri, 4/07/14 – 8:53 | No Comment

Tweets with a “Buy now” button temporarily surfaced on Twitter, reported tech news site Recode. However, nothing happened when users clicked on the button.

Supreme Court says ‘no’ to Google Street View appeal
Mon, 30/06/14 – 16:54 | No Comment

Google attempted to appeal a lower court’s decision to allow a class-action lawsuit against Street View to go ahead, but the Supreme Court says it doesn’t need to look at the case and so it …

Chatbot passes Turing Test
Mon, 9/06/14 – 2:18 | No Comment

In what is both ground-breaking and unsettling news, a Russian chatterbot dubbed “Eugene Goostman” has become the first to pass the Turing Test. This intelligence assessment, started in 1950 by Alan Turing, the mathematician and …