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This is a video of a couple zombies impressively parkouring around a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Obviously, if real zombies turn out to be this nimble, everyone’s getting their brains eaten. Except me. I’m throwing myself into a volcano like that little troll at the end of Lord of The Rings.
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YouTube recently announced subscription-based channels, and you probably won’t want to pay for most of them. But for a channel dedicated to ’90s cartoons, or for The Rap Battle Network, you just might.
On Thursday, YouTube announced in a blog post that they would be rolling out a slate of subscription-based channels — ones you’ll have to pay for. Rumors of this announcement were swirling earlier in the week, which raised the question of whether people would actually pay to watch YouTube. The overwhelming response was: nope. Not gonna do it.
But now the 53 channels have been announced — and yes, a lot of them are generic, market-tested fare like Pets TV, Recipe TV and Cars TV. But! But! A handful of the channels actually look pretty awesome too! Here are eight channels that you might actually pay money to watch.
If you love 90s cartoons…
DHX Retro is like the BuzzFeed Rewind of paid YouTube channels. There is so much nostalgic cartoon goodness: Inspector Gadget, Super Mario Brothers, Sabrina The Animated Series, Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legends of Zelda, Paddington Bear.
If you're obsessed with British television…
Google Play, Apple’s App Store Might Face “Legal Undertakings” In OFT’s Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids
The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly pressured or encouraged to pay for additional content in ‘free’ web and app-based games”.
The OFT says in a press release that it cannot identify the companies that are subject to investigation but a spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch it is contacting Apple and Google as part of this process — being the proprietors of the two largest app stores: the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Once the investigation has concluded — and if the OFT is unhappy with what it learns and the discussions it’s had — the spokesman said it “can seek legal undertakings from court”. Companies subsequently ignoring any court directions could face “an unlimited fine”, he added.
The OFT is concerned that developers are designing children’s content to deliberately encourage kids to make payments after the initial free download/access. It’s not citing any examples or naming any problematic apps at this point but it’s not hard to find instances that are likely to have triggered the investigation — such as the five-year-old British boy who accidentally made in-app purchases totalling £1,700 in 15 minutes playing Zombies vs Ninja. Or the British six-year-old girl who amassed a £900 bill in half an hour on the My Little Pony app.
The OFT points out that “direct exhortations” (ie strong encouragement) to children to make purchases themselves, or ask another adult to do something that results in a purchase, are unlawful under the Consumer Protection (from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008. The sort of in-app purchases that might fall foul of the regulation could include membership, virtual currency/rewards, additional levels, faster gameplay and additional game features, it added.
The OFT said it has written to companies that are offering free web or app-based games asking for information on in-game marketing to children. It is also asking for parents and consumer groups to contact it with information about “potentially misleading or commercially aggressive practices they are aware of in relation to these games”.
The spokesman said the aim of the investigation is to get more “clarity” about the digital market for kids’ games, and the sorts of behaviours/mechanics apps are utilising, by talking to games developers, app stores, parents and consumer groups.
The investigation will also specifically consider whether the full cost of games aimed at children is being made clear when they are downloaded/accessed. ”The information [gathered during the investigation] will be used to understand business practices used in this sector, to establish whether consumer protection regulations are being breached and if so what the consumer harm is,” the OFT said today, adding that it “expects to publish its next steps by October 2013″.
Commenting in a statement, Cavendish Elithorn, OFT Senior Director for Goods and Consumer, added: “The OFT is not seeking to ban in-game purchases, but the games industry must ensure it is complying with the relevant regulations so that children are protected. We are speaking to the industry and will take enforcement action if necessary.”
The spokesman stressed that the OFT hopes to be able to solve any issues uncovered through “conversations” with the various companies involved — including Apple and Google — rather than taking the court route . ”We hope this is going to be resolved by talking to the big companies,” he added.
Google declined to comment on the investigation when contacted by TechCrunch.
At the time of writing Apple had not responded to a request for comment.
Both Google’s and Apple’s app stores require developers to sign developer agreements in order to successfully submit apps, and both have been known to remove content that violates these developer guidelines — so app stores are already in the app policing business.
Google’s Play Store developer guidelines include the following (vague) stipulation, for instance, that could potentially be used to boot freemium kids’ apps that are misleading about the potential costs:
Developers must not mislead users about the applications they are selling nor about any in-app services, goods, content or functionality they are selling.
Apple does more policing of its store than Google, with iOS developers required to submit apps for approval prior to publication on the store. “We review all apps to ensure they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material”, Apple notes on its developer site, warning app makers to: “Before submitting your new or updated apps for review, check out the latest App Store Review Guidelines and Mac App Store Review Guidelines.”
There are also signs that Cupertino has been looking more closely at some of the problems posed by having kids interact with apps. Earlier this month it relocated age ratings from the bottom of app listings on its store, to the top near the title where they are easier for parents to spot.
This change is likely to have been triggered by concerns about apps powered by user-generated content that can contain adult material appearing in the app store where children could find them — such as Twitter’s Vine video app — rather than specifically helping parents prevent kids making in-app purchases.
Here’s the OFT’s summary of the investigation:
Many children’s web- and app-based games are free to sign up to or download. Some of those games give players the opportunity to ‘upgrade’ their free accounts through paid-for membership, providing access to parts of the game not available to non-paying players. Others encourage in-game purchases to speed up gameplay or to give access to extra game features.
The OFT will look into whether those children’s games are in line with the Consumer Protection (from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008 to ensure that any commercial practices they include are not misleading or aggressive. In particular, the OFT will consider whether children’s web- and app-based games directly encourage children to buy something or to pester their parents or other adults to buy something for them. [see note 1]
The OFT will gather information on this issue for the next six months and is interested to hear from businesses operating in the market and mobile app platform operators. The OFT will also consult with relevant UK and international regulators.
The OFT is also keen to hear about potentially misleading or commercially aggressive practices experienced by parents whose children play these games, and also from consumer groups with an interest in this area.
note 1: The Regulations, under Annex Practice 28, prohibit advertisements from including direct exhortations to children to buy something or to ask their parents or other adults to buy something for them.
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OUYA is coming quickly (tomorrow is the scheduled ship date for the earliest Kickstarter backers), and current reports of emulators of timeless gaming consoles created the Android device are producing some buzz. Today, emulator developer Robert Broglia, who ’ s responsible for some of the most preferred Android emulators consisting of Snes9x EX+, has revealed to OUYAForum that he ’ s dealing with emulators for Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, NeoGeo and more.
Snes9x Ex Lover+ is the first he ’ s hoping to release, with an examination APK (Android file bundle) due soon, though he states he succeeded ’ t have his own OUYA to test out the emulators prior to April, because he pre-ordered the console only after it completed its Kickstarter run. Broglia prepares to port variations of many of his Android-based game console emulators, however, including ones for TurboGrafx-16, Atari, Sega Saturn and ColecoVision, in addition to those discussed above.
Broglia charges for the emulators he provides on Android, however OUYA has its guidelines about material that state content should contend least some kind of free-to-play or free-to-try. Likewise on tap are an x86 PC emulator that will enable use of classic DOS games software on the OUYA, along with a Commodore 64 emulator, both from separate developers. In shorts, the OUYA is set to become a fond memories machine for players who expanded up in the 80s and 90s.
Currently one OUYA emulation task has been authorized for addition in the official marketplace, however when I called OUYA straight to learn about whether or not they have an official position on emulation, I received no response. As pointed out, the Google PLay shop has emulation apps available, and designers have commented in the past about how open the marketplace is for the upcoming Android console.
Previous gadgets have constructed their whole existence around game emulation, consisting of the GP2K Wiz and Canoo from South Korea ’ s GamePark holdings. OUYA ’ s focus is much wider, but as a basic, living-room based means to bring games of old back to people ’ s tvs (even if the technique of doing this isn ’ t strictly legal), it might hold considerable attract particular niche audience above and past its other merits.
Update: OUYA got back to us with the following regarding its main position on emulation:
OUYA will accept emulators as long as they follow our material guidelines and are not sent with any games.
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The Harlem Shake is a global phenomenon that needs no introduction — the YouTube dance craze has practically been done to death — but a Colorado ultimate frisbee team’s high-flying hijinks have propelled the meme into the news yet again. On February 15th, Colorado College students on Frontier Airlines Flight 157 donned a banana suit and Abraham Lincoln mask, and shook their way to fame somewhere over the Grand Canyon.
As of Friday evening, the video has garnered over 1,000,000 YouTube views and plenty of attention — including from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which confirmed that it was looking into the incident.
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Now would be a happy times to refresh your Twitter password. The social network has actually exposed that there was at least one attack on its servers today that might have accumulated e-mail addresses, passwords (fortunately encrypted) and session tokens for about 250,000 individuals. The real threat to individuals is unidentified, but Twitter raises our eyebrows when it recommends that this was more than simply a laid-back scripting hack: it claims the intrusion effort was “extremely high-end,” and that various other companies may have gone through a similar breach. You’ll understand that you were right away affected just if you see Twitter send out a notice of a forced password reset, like what you see visualized above. We ‘d be cautious, all the same– when such efforts apparently increase in frequency by the day, it’s not a bad idea to remain on guard.
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At least a few enthusiasts were gutted when HP exited webOS hardware prior to the Touchpad Go can even have the distinction of a news release. WebOS Harbors’ Simon Busch can’t resurrect HP’s miniature tablet strategies, but he can give us an inkling of what we missed with his brand-new alpha port of Open webOS for the Nexus 7. The conversion is surprisingly complete given its basis on a related Galaxy Nexus edition: along with supporting core functionality like the accelerometer and WiFi, it at last cuts the cord and works separately of a COMPUTER connection. The only clear defect is periodic lag. We ‘d still be careful with a rough construct of an OS that wasn’t ever meant for Google’s tablet; if that’s no barrier, however, the Nexus 7 port is the next-best method to relive HP’s initial vision for 2011.
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The FCC occasionally gets a peek at hardware and exposes absolutely nothing but a design number to hint at just what’s passed with its labyrinth. The current declaring leaving us scraping our heads is for the ASUS P1801-T, a “tablet” which might be the last version of the Transformer AiO prototype we saw back at Computex. Exactly how did we arrive at the AiO? Well, the design number is a feasible clue– ASUS’ Eee Slate B121 has a 12.1-inch panel, so P1801-T may point to this device having 18 inches of screen. As ASUS’ dual-OS prototype all-in-one is the just (sort of) tablet we have actually seen with approximately that many inches, we assume the company is getting documents done before an appropriate launch at CES 2013. A “P1801″ running Android 4.1.1 has actually additionally popped up at GLBenchmark, with Tegra 3 graphics and therefore a Cortex-A9 CPU inside by default. If ASUS is keeping two OS’s as per the AiO prototype, that processor caters for just one Microsoft product– Windows RT. We’ll just be kept questioning till we hear something official, however a minimum of for us, an 18-inch Android / RT super-tablet and part-time desktop sounds like it might be a hard sell.
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Amazon could delight in just really thin to void margins on its Kindle hardware, according to most market watchers, however it looks to be formulating a plan to extend device sales profits thanks to extended warranties. That ’ s according to trademark filings discovered by GigaOM in a brand-new report today. The wording of the application suggests Amazon is following Apple ’ s lead, wishing to duplicate the Mac maker ’ s success with its AppleCare extended hardware protection plans.
GigaOM notes that Amazon ’ s patent is practically exact same to Apple ’ s however it would apply to “ Kindle ” items, and items and services connected with that name. The hallmark would cover “ upkeep, repair, updating and installment services, ” along with repairing services, and a second hallmark filing connected with the first reaches “ insurance and warranty services. ”
In the consumer electronics room, extended warranties are huge business. As a former worker of Best Buy myself, I could inform you that margins on big-ticket products like PCs were razor-thin, and that the Product Service Program (PSP) we were encouraged to shill were the real moneymakers, along with add-ons. Best Buy has never ever been very open about the amount of of its bottom line originates from the PSPs it pushes, however they ’ re clearly of crucial worth to the store ’ s profit, provided how tough they push them, And of sketchy worth to consumers provided that nowadays, merely informing a Finest Buy staff member that I made use of to be one when they introduce into their PSP pitch is often sufficient to get them to stop.
Apple has done a much better job of making its very own AppleCare service appeal to customers, and numerous disinterested third-parties will actually advise picking them up. The company has dealt with legal obstacles in Europe around AppleCare and exactly how it works with EU policies ensuring customers two years of standard protection on customer electronic devices acquisitions, however Apple is dealing with those issues and continuing to offer its extended warranties in afflicted nations, albeit in different ways than they ’ re offered in the UNITED STATE and other locations.
Amazon partners with a third-party service provider, Service Net, to provide Kindle extended warranties, but in accomplishing this, it ’ s leaving cash on the table long-term. An AmazonCare (they won ’ t be so brazen about really call it that) providing would assist it include income to device sales with fairly little cost. That ’ s something which would offer a great deal of upside for a gadget-maker that now has to compete with Google on pricing, a company which is perhaps more willing and able to disregard revenue margins on hardware in pursuit of getting its gadgets into more hands.