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Angry Parents Sue Apple, Claim Apps Made Their Kids Addicts

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Device, iPad, iPad | Posted on 20-04-2012

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Apple appsApple seems to be getting sued a lot recently. First, it was the elderly woman suing Apple for a broken nose, and now we have parents suing the company. A host of parents have banded together to file a class action lawsuit against the technology giant for game apps that, according to the parents, have turned their kids into addicts. The main reason for the uproar seems to be expensive in-app purchases made by the parents’ kids.

Really? Parents are blaming Apple for their kids becoming addicted to apps? First off, Apple doesn’t even make the games that they put on their devices. The apps are made by developers who just use Apple devices as platforms for their product. It’d be like suing Sony because you are addicted to some television show you watch on your Sony t.v.; it just doesn’t make much sense.

However, the main thing here is that it isn’t Apple, or even the app developers’, fault that kids are becoming “addicted”, it’s the parents’ fault. First off, the parents should monitor what their children are doing on their devices. Don’t just hand over your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch all willy nilly without first checking up on what your kids are doing with them.

Second, explain to your kids that it is NOT OK to just go buying stuff whenever they please for that game they are playing. If you get a bill that shows you recently spent $100+ in app purchases, tell your kids that what they are doing is wrong. If that doesn’t work, then take the device away from them! No access to the device means no chance for your kid to go buying stuff. Problem solved.

What’s even worse is that these parents are suing Apple, the biggest technology company in the world. Not only will they probably not win, but even if they do, it won’t make any type of financial dent in Apple’s funds and has also given world-wide recognition to the idiocy and poor parenting skills of these individuals. Good luck living that down.

Source: The Stir – Outraged Parents Sue Apple Computer for Turning Their Kids Into Addicts

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Strike Two from Apple on the “Anti-Gay” App from the App Store

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer, Computer Accessories | Posted on 02-01-2011

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Manhattan DeclarationThere’s the pitch from Jobs, swung on and a miss! Strike two for the “Anti-Gay” app. That’s right, Apple has once again rejected this so-called “anti-gay” app from the Apple App Store for the second time. The app, known as the “Manhattan Declaration”, was kicked from the app store late in November after a petition, started by Change.org, gathered 7,700 signatures in protest.

The first version of the app that was rejected asked users to answer a four question survey with one of the questions being “Do you support same-sex relationships?”. If answered “yes”, the app told you that the answer was incorrect. In the resubmitted app, the developers removed the survey. However GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) had this to say about it:

“The Declaration is a 4,700-word statement signed by many Christian religious leaders and citizens that claims to speak ‘in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas.’ It calls relationships among LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans-gendered) people ‘immoral sexual partnerships,’ and says marriage ‘is not a civil right’ for them, among sending other anti-LGBT messages.”

According to Apple, their second rejection was for the same reasons as the first which was that the app is likely “to expose a group to harm” and “to be objectionable and potentially harmful to others.” Apple says that both of these things are in direct violation of the iOS SDK Terms of Service. It has also been reported that the developers of the app plan on taking the issue to the Apple’s App Review Board after the holidays.

As it has been noted with the first rejection of the app, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is the ultimate appeal board. He is in control of almost every decision at Apple and is most definitely in control if anything controversial or potentially reputation-threatening appears in the media. There is no question that he will be directly involved in this case. The bad thing for the developers is that Steve Jobs is a famous liberal, so chances of an appeal going further with Apple are probably slim to none with slim about ready to walk out the door.

Source: Examiner.com

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