You bought your son an iPhone on Christmas and found your iTunes account budget getting beyond control? Whether it is accidental app purchase or you want to prevent children from over-buying we are officially announcing ways to prevent app purchases.
Even iTunes makes things it easier for you by enabling complete control on purchases by minors. It can allot a budget for the store stopping overspending right away. Another important and critical matter is the new iOS in-app purchases which means that you don’t need to be in iTunes every time to purchase an app.
A few days ago a report disclosed parents got shocked after getting iTune bills. In most of the cases the buyer is ignorant of the purchase. In any case, in-app purchase is not to be blaimed for, but yes, we have a solution for that too.
The in-app purchases consist upon ads and quick buying app add-ons or similar stuff that can range from $5 to $100 and can empty pockets of impulsive or ignorant buyers. Especially when you know that minor are using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you can just simply turn the in-app purchases disabled to control this issue once and for all.
Restricting the in-app purchase on iOS enabled devices is simple enough. Just open your iDevice, tap the Settings options and move to General settings then tap Restrictions. Just tap the “Enable Restrictions” option and put a memorable code in the area. This would activate the In-App purchas restriction.
Once you have applied the restrictions, it would allow anyone to enter the code within 15 minutes to perform an in-app purchase. This would be done for every individual purchase, securing your pocket.
Have a pocket friendly in-app purchase!
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A few days ago, some very interesting rumors concerning Siri, Apple’s new voice assistant service for the iPhone 4S surfaced. According to the folks at jailbreaknation.com who claims to have a source close to Apple – the company is said to be testing Siri on devices other than the iPhone 4S, namely the iPhone 4 (and the iPad 2?). Apparently Apple has given its employees access to a special software build that brings Siri to older devices (in case you didn’t already know, at the moment Siri is (officially) only available on the iPhone 4S) and if testing goes well, we should see Siri on non-4S devices in the form of an update in the near future.
If these rumors turn out to be true, it looks like Apple could be blurring the line between the iPhone 4 and the 4S – since Siri is one of its main “upgrades”, with another one being the improved camera. People with an iPhone 4 wouldn’t see the need to upgrade, for Siri functionality, but then again consumers weren’t going to upgrade just for the voice assistant anyway. Would this lead to increased iPhone 4 sales (since it’s more affordable)? What do you think?
Does the high-res Nexus 7 beat out the iPad mini? Why has Apple’s average selling price gone down? Is Google’s new Chromecast dongle an Apple TV/Airplay killer?
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It doesn’t matter whether you are a true fan of the classic Cut the Rope game or a complete newcomer (which would be especially surprising given that it has received over 250 million downloads worldwide), Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift will serve as a tool to help get you in the mood to celebrate!
The premise of the game remain the same as always: swipe your finger such that you cut the ropes and feed Om Nom candy (all while avoiding spiders, spikes and other obstacles).
As you progress through the various levels, the puzzles become harder and harder to solve. Of course the difficulty is in direct proportion to the addiction level so it becomes impossible to put this title down once you get started.
Like the other titles in the Cut the Rope series, this one has very whimsical and fun graphics and a soundtrack that is sure to become part of the tunes you hum because you can’t get them out of your head (no matter how hard you try).
An in-game tutorial helps get you through the initial levels as you get used to the puzzle solving
What I liked: I have always enjoyed the fast pace of Cut the Rope and very much appreciate how easy it is to get started playing without a huge learning curve (though higher levels certainly can be very challenging).
What I didn’t like: The price tag on this app is a little bit confusing. Your initial download of the app is free but there are regular ads in-game that try to encourage you to make purchases.
To buy or not to buy: Holiday-themed apps are fun, festive and really do serve to motivate toward celebration at this time of year, making Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift a fantastic download!
- App Name: Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift
- Version Reviewed: 1.5
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chillingo Ltd
- Price: Free