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The very concept of in-app purchases is a great one, assuming you're interested in buying what the seller has to offer that way in the first place. But almost every month, it seems like some little kid gets their hands on mom or dad's iPad and goes on a spending spree, and more often than not, Apple winds up on the hook for the charges. Haven't these people ever heard of parental controls?
AT&T announced Monday that the wireless carrier will introduce two new Mobile Share packages this Friday, in an effort to serve customers who require less than 1GB or 4GB of shared data, which are the current minimums. Starting July 26, a meager 300MB plan will be available for $20 per month (plus additional per-device costs), which will drive the monthly costs for feature phone users down to $50, or $70 per month for smartphones. By comparison, the new 2GB plan will cost $50 per month, plus $45 per smartphone. "Now, even more customers are able to enjoy the full benefits of their device, on the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, at a great value," AT&T Mobility Senior Vice President of voice and data products Mark Collins said in a press release.
The birth of a new prince wasn't the only happy news coming out of the U.K. on Monday. The Inquirer reported that the father of an eight-year-old girl who racked up more than £4,000 (over $6,000) worth of in-app purchases over several weeks has had those charges wiped out by Apple. Apparently, little Lily Neale had access to dad Lee's Apple ID password, but had never been properly educated about the value of money. After initially being denied a refund, Neale took his case to the press, portraying in-app purchases as the work of the devil, which finally got Cupertino's attention. Hopefully the money will be invested into Lily's future education instead...
Adobe announced Monday that a new public beta for the Kuler website has launched, adding three of the most-requested features from users. Much like the Kuler app for iPhone, the web app now allows users to load existing photos and use them to extract a new theme, along with a new color wheel, now in two sizes. Last but not least, the borders around individual colors in a theme have been reduced, so users will have more color to play with. The existing version of Kuler remains in its present location, while the beta is available by following this link -- and as always, the web app is free to use.
Ars Technica reported Monday that Samsung will be holding its first-ever developers' conference in San Francisco, a curious announcement for a company that doesn't actually own an operating system of its own. Sure, it's one of the partners for the alternative mobile OS Tizen, but the Samsung Developers Conference promises "new Samsung tools and SDKs" come Oct. 27-29. The event must be raising more than a few eyebrows at Google, which owns the Android operating system Samsung has used to rise to power, and executives at Apple must also see the irony here as well.
Hey, Utah! The fall television season is fast approaching, but you won't have to miss a single episode of your favorite shows, because the folks at Aereo announced Monday (PDF link) that their live TV with DVR service is winging your way on August 19. The controversial service will blanket 2.8 million residents of Salt Lake City and surrounding regions, who can now pre-register on the Aereo website for priority access to sign up. And look out, Chicago -- Aereo is coming your way on September 13, too.
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