Apple clarifies how tips should work in iOS apps

After a recent crackdown on tips within various live-streaming and messaging apps — particularly in China — it looks as if Apple has finally made it official. If an iOS app allows tipping now, it will have to do so as an in-app purchase. That means…

Amazon refunds $70 million your kids accidentally spent in apps

Last year, a federal judge ruled Amazon was on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids in free-to-play apps. This week, the online retail giant officially started issuing over $70 million in refund…

Amazon owes parents cash refunds for their kids in-app purchases

Back in April, a judge found Amazon liable for in-app purchases made by children without their parent's permission, and now he's established a method for the retailer to pay them back. According to Reuters, Amazon will have to set up a notice-and-cla…

Kanye West hates in-app purchases on kids games

When Kanye West runs for president, we know what at least one item on his platform will be — and there will probably be plenty of parents agreeing. We guess he doesn't consider his wife's app a "kid's game," though, considering it's using the same…

Google tightens Android app rules for device interference and in-game purchases

Google Play Store at Google IO 2013

Google occasionally updates its Play Store rules to weed out inconsistent or shady behavior in Android apps, and we’re witnessing one of its larger clean-ups today. The company’s new guidelines more explicitly ban device interference: titles in the Play Store can’t modify settings or other apps without permission, and they can’t install bookmarks or icons that pitch a third-party service. Google is also adamant that any in-game purchases of virtual goods must go through its billing system. As usual, new apps have to follow these guidelines right away, while developers with existing apps have a 30-day grace period to make any changes. The policies won’t necessarily stop rogue code from sneaking into the Play Store, but Google can at least say that it gave fair warning.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Google Play Support

IMDb updates Android and iOS apps, lets US users buy movie tickets directly

IMDb updates Android and iOS apps, lets US users buy movie tickets directly

Last year IMDb updated its mobile application to bring folks HD-quality movie trailers to aid in their cinematic decision making. Today, iOS and Android users living in the US can act on those decisions with the addition of in-app movie ticket purchases. Purchases themselves are processed through Fandango, but doing so merely requires navigating to a preferred movie in IMDb, then choosing your preferred theater and time. The updates are available now, so head on down to the source for the new digital goodies — Monday movie night awaits!

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Source: Google Play, App Store

Parents who sued Apple over in-app purchases can now claim compensation

Parents who sued Apple over inapp purchases can now claim compensation

Apple’s dedicated “in-app purchases litigation administrator” has had a busy few days. According to CNET, he or she has been emailing some important news to the 23 million parents who’ve been involved in a long-running class action lawsuit over in-app purchases racked up by their kids. The email says that individual claims for compensation can now be sent to Cupertino as per the terms of the original settlement back in February. Disputed transactions under $30 will qualify for a nominal $5 iTunes voucher, while bigger bills may be fully refunded in cash — but only for strings of purchases made within 45 days of each other, back when there were no repeat password requests or disclaimers to get in a seven-year-old’s way. There’s a deadline of January 13th, 2014 for at least some types of claim, by which point Apple’s litigation administrator may well find themselves diverted to another urgent case.

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Source: CNET

UK investigates in-app purchases for possible consumer law violations

App Store apps for kids

Suffice it to say that unmonitored in-app purchases by kids have proved problematic — most of all for the parents who first learn about them through a gigantic bill. The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is concerned enough that it’s launching an investigation into whether mobile- and web-based games for the junior set are running afoul of consumer protection laws. Its six-month study will explore whether or not those games are “misleading or aggressive” when they goad kids into parting with real cash for virtual goods; the regulator also hopes to hear from game developers, app store operators and the parents themselves. OFT senior director Cavendish Elithorn tells the BBC that the investigation won’t likely ban in-app purchasing when all is said and done, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the outcome involves more than just a few app store disclaimers.

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Via: Electronista

Source: Office of Fair Trading, BBC