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FTC introduces changes to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, parental permission now required to collect information
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (or COPPA) was first introduced back in 1998, but you don’t have to look very far to realize the internet has changed quite a bit since then. Today, the FTC is attempting to address some of those changes by introducing the first major revision to the act. Among the biggest changes is that operators of websites or online services will now have to seek permission directly from parents in order to collect information from anyone under the age of 13 when they have “actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information through a child-directed website or online service.”
In another change related to that, the FTC has also clarified that “personal information” now includes geolocation data in addition to photos and videos, and it says it has closed a loophole that allowed apps and websites to collection information through plug-ins. The agency will not, however, hold companies like Apple and Google liable for apps from other companies which attempt to collection information from children, and it will permit “contextual advertising” to children without the need for parental consent. You can find the FTC’s full announcement of the changes after the break.
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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system will include a Kid’s Corner option that provides a unique parental control feature to the company’s mobile handsets. Kid’s Corner, previously known as Kid’s Zone, will be a separate Start screen environment designed for children to access apps, videos, games, and music that is shared by a parent. Thanks to a tipster, we’ve learned that Windows Phone owners will be able to setup a Start screen with the specially controlled apps on, and a child will access the feature by swiping from the left on the lock screen.
Once Kid’s Corner is activated, children can then obtain full access to any games, music, videos, and apps that are enabled — including game scores and app passwords. Kid’s Corner is…
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Amazon’s $ 79 Kindle may be the least flashy of the the bunch, but the Seattle company is starting to push out a new software update that adds some much-needed functionality to their cost-conscious e-reader.
One of the biggest additions to the mix is support for Kindle Format 8, Amazon’s relatively new e-book file format. The $ 79 Kindle seems to be bringing up the rear in that respect, as the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and most of the Kindle mobile apps have already been updated to play well with those newer KF8 files.
It may sound like a minor enhancement, but it affords content creators and publishers (among other things) much finer control over the styling and layout of an e-book. As such, it also opens up the $ 79 Kindle to content like comic books that lean heavily on the Kindle Panel View feature, as well as children’s books that use fixed layouts and text popups.
If that wasn’t enough, the update also packs improved parental controls to keep the young ones out of the Kindle Store or the device’s experimental web browser. Also on board is a new, slightly crisper font that Amazon claims will make for a more “paper-like reading experience,” and a new grouping meant solely for dictionaries within the main book listing to help clean up some of the clutter.
All thrilling stuff, no? You can expect your Kindle to get the update via WiFi within a few weeks, but you can always download and install it yourself if you’re the impatient type.
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So you’ve got yourself Kindle Fire and a house full of young, impressionable children. What to do? Have no fear, update 6.3.1 is on its way, bringing with it parental controls like password protection for purchases, content disabling in the library and the ability to block access to the device’s Silk browser. The world will be a safer place once the update starts rolling out over the air in the next few days.
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Microsoft is attempting to patent a way to use the Kinect as a scanner for parental control software.
The idea would see the Kinect being transformed into a scanner that will detect an individuals body shape to determine whether they are a certain age. The technology could be used to restrict access to games and media for children. Geekwire’s Todd Bishop discovered Microsoft’s latest patent last week and notes that the technology could be implemented easily thanks to Microsoft’s detailed skeletal tracking used to control Kinect games.
The technology would work by scanning the dimensions and body shape of a potential game player. Microsoft’s Kinect sensor would digitally measure the proportions of an individual’s body and estimate their age based on the overall figures. The patent describes the ability to scan head width to shoulder width, and torso length to overall height as well as arm length. The technology would then restrict access to TV shows, movies and games based on the estimated age of the individual.
The patent in question was originally submitted in March 2010 and made public last week. Microsoft has not yet been granted the patent for such a system. It’s not clear whether Microsoft plans to implement the idea in future versions of its Kinect software. given the company’s push into Xbox entertainment, it’s certainly a feature that you could see in the Xbox dashboard in the future.
Kinect may act as a parental control body scanner in future originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
Cloud gaming service OnLive has been getting better and better. We had a blast checking out the OnLive booth at E3 this year, and you better believe the service’s usage will have gone up since GameStop inadvertently gave OnLive a ton of great publicity yesterday. But OnLive isn’t resting on its laurels, as new features are rolling out today.
The first on our list is Parental Controls, which is kind of a necessity on just about any gaming platform. Where there are games, there is gruesome, violent, and profane content. Definitely not suitable for small kids. Parents can now set certain restrictions on the account to block M-rated games, chatting with strangers, Brag Clips, or spectating.
OnLive has also introduced a beta version of Group Voice Chat. Before today, OnLive already had a strong social element with its Game chat (for multiplayer sessions) and Spectator chat (for people watching others play). Group voice chat will let you chat with friends whether they’re playing, watching or picking their nose. Even in beta, the Group chat feature should work fine on all of OnLive’s supported devices.
And rounding out our new feature line-up: yet another opportunity for you to brag on Facebook. OnLive has today integrated Facebook achievement sharing, which automatically posts any game achievement direct to Facebook. OnLive has already been doing this with Brag Clips, which are little videos of certain stellar moves or big-time wins you’ve done within a game. If it just so happens that your game has Brag Clip Achievement configured, the achievement will get blasted out to Facebook alongside a Brag Clip, so your friends have proof of your ability to dominate.
OnLive says these newest features are the product of customer requests, and that they’re far from the last. So if you’re an OnLive junkie and have a great idea to make the platform better, ask and ye might receive. No harm in trying, right?
Loaning out your precious DSLR to a friend who doesn’t know shutter from aperture? Got a classroom full of trainee photographers whose lesson requires they be set to a particular mode? Canon’s hoping you’ll drop an extra $129 on a version of the critically-acclaimed EOS 7D that lets you control how your lackeys fire off shots. The $1,829 EOS 7D Studio Version adds four tiers of password-protected locking controls, plus an optional barcode and data transfer kit (to organize and commit large photo sessions to databases) using a custom version of the company’s WFT-E5A wireless transmitter for just $770 more. We can’t say we know anyone who’d use these features, but hey — if enough corporations spring for the advanced model, perhaps the original will drop in price. PR after the break.
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