Presidential Alerts and the future of mobile communication
Thursday, October 4, 2018 by Richard Harris
FEMA has sent their first emergency test message to all of the mobile devices throughout the United States. They reported every American who owns a smartphone - which is about 75% of the population, should have received the test alert. In total the message went out to a total of 225 million devices right around 1:18 PM CST reading "Presiden...
How to Design Mobile Games to Avoid Anti Gambling Statutes
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by David S. Almeida
Big Fish Casino, Castle Clash, Double Down Casino, Game of War, Slotomania. These are just a handful of the mobile games that have come under class action scrutiny in the last 18 months as plaintiffs’ lawyers try to convince courts that popular games run afoul of state anti-gambling laws. This list makes evident that the recent lawsuits are not limited to virtual ...
Creating Apps for Kids What It Means to be COPPA Compliant
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Gai Havkin
A cute little interface and amazing content is often thought to be the right recipe for a killer app for kids. No doubt these are the main ingredients, but in order to have an app that’ll truly make it in the long run, a developer must be very thoughtful regarding the app’s monetization strategy AND genuine kid-friendliness - not only in interface and content - but also...
The Success Checklist: What mHealth Investors and Entrepreneurs Should Know
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lisa Clark
A healthcare start-up developer has an intriguing concept for an app or a software solution. It may be an app tied to a sensor that is designed to transmit a diabetic’s blood glucose levels to her physician, or an app that has a proprietary algorithm that analyzes a heart patient’s water retention to predict congestive heart failure.The developer has partners who may ha...
The Key to Developing Apps for Smart Wearables
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
I’m a golfer and recently received a catalog by mail from one of the national US golf retailers (yes companies still use the mail for marketing).As I was leafing through the catalog, I came across a number of GPS golf watches (priced from $149 to $300) that can be used on the golf course to calculate yardages so that you know what club to hit with. I am familiar with th...
IoT meets VR: The Next Concern Over Mobile Privacy
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Adam Grant
In the beginning of this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it seemed as if every sponsor and vendor was introducing a product that demonstrated a deep commitment to mobile technology and its interaction with the “Internet of Things.” Clearly, 2014 appeared to be the year mobile technology would move from a consumer’s interaction only with th...
App Law and Which Way I Ought To Go From Here
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Adam Grant
On March 21, the FTC issued a press release that caused me
to reflect on a certain piece of famous literature I read as a child. As I read
the press release, I thought about Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland, and how it could
provide guidance to mobile app developer’s when considering how the law
regulates a child’s use of an app. Lewis
German Federal Court Bans Aggressive Game Advertising to Children
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Richard Harris
PC Magazine is reporting that a German Federal Court has ruled that aggressive marketing is prohibited, stemming from a lawsuit against gaming company Gameforge.
The suit was brought by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) who sued Gameforge because it tried to sell armor and weaponry directly to children through its Runes of Magic game.
Runes of Mag...
Australian CCA warns app developers targeting children
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Richard Harris
Are there app developers out there abusing the system to try and lure people into buying more products - you bet there are. With any good system also ushers in the people that will learn to take advantage of it.The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network feels that some app developers are becoming greedy and cashing in on young smartphone and tablet users by t...