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Apple Pays for Unauthorized App Purchases by Kids

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Apple has settled with parents who sued the company for making it too easy for kids to rack up charges by buying add-ons to games and other apps.

Think twice before you plan a vacation with your settlement money, though. According to the court documents, posted in full on Monday by Apple Insider’s Mikey Campbell, the company is agreeing to give qualifying customers a $5 iTunes credit or, in certain cases, $5 in cash.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment on the settlement.

The company has always required users to enter their passwords when they download an app, but the company used to also allow them to make additional in-app purchases for 15 minutes without reentering a password.

As The Washington Post reported, parents complained that some children were able to accumulate hundreds of dollars in charges during that small window, drawing the scrutiny of state and federal regulators. The suit highlights children who spent between $99 and $300 on in-app purchases — charges that were then passed on to the credit card bills of their unsuspecting parents, the Apple Insider report said.

Apple changed the policy in March 2011 to require a password for purchases, even on newly downloaded apps.

Under the terms of the new settlement, Apple will send notices to more than 23 million iTunes accounts that made in-app purchases, but the size of the class is still not clear. To qualify, Apple customers have to prove that they were charged for in-app purchases made by a minor, had not given their account password to the child and have not already received a refund for their charges.

Users who spent more than $30 on in-app purchases can opt to get the $5 payment in cash, but will have to file paperwork detailing which apps they used to accumulate those charges.



The Mom Vivant / Debbie Baldwin / What kind of girl is Siri?

 The new “it girl” in offices across the country will do anything a man tells her.  She’s available 24/7, only speaks when spoken to and can help you pick the best place for vegan or remind you to call your mother. Her name is Siri. This digital hottie gives new meaning to the fantasy every guy has of having the “it girl” in his back pocket. Siri is, of course, the latest application from the whiz kids at Apple. She is designed to be a digital secretary. Can you imagine the code it takes to be able to answer almost any question you are asked?

If you ask Siri to find you a good barbeque joint she will with ease. Not only that, if you then ask her to find tacos, she will remember you were looking for restaurants and give you nearby Mexican spots. She even has a sense of humor – if you ask her to talk dirty to you, she’ll say, “soot, clay and mud.” Now Siri is not perfect. She’s only human after all. Some mischievous kids programmed an Apple store demo to call users by a naughty word. When a little boy asked Siri how many people there are in the world he was told to, “shut the (expletive deleted) up.” So, she gets a little moody from time to time, she’s thin, smart, helpful and quiet. If they can teach her to cook, we’ll be obsolete.