Disney sued for allegedly spying on children through 42 gaming apps

A federal class action lawsuit filed last week in California alleges that the Walt Disney Company is violating privacy protection laws by collecting children’s personal information from 42 of its apps and sharing the data with advertisers without parental consent.

The lawsuit targets Disney and three software companies — Upsight, Unity, and Kochava — alleging that the companies created mobile apps aimed at children that contained embedded software to track, collect, and then export their personal information along with information about their online behavior. The plaintiff, a San Francisco woman named Amanda Rushing, says she was unaware that information about her child, “L.L.,” was collected while playing mobile game Disney Princess Palace Pets, and that data was then sold to third parties for ad targeting.

The class action suit says this violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was enacted by Congress in 1999 and designed to protect the privacy of children online. COPPA requires that companies designing apps for children under the age of 13 obtain consent from parents before collecting personal information. In 2013, the FTC revised COPPA, expanding what counts as personal information to include things like geolocation markers and IP addresses. The update also requires third-party advertisers to comply with the rules.

In total, the lawsuit names 42 Disney apps it says run afoul of COPPA. The plaintiff is seeking an injunction barring the defendants from tracking and sharing data collected without parental consent, as well as “appropriate relief, including actual and statutory damages and punitive damages,” plus all costs related to prosecuting the action.

Disney has responded to the lawsuit, saying:

“Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families. The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in court.”

This is not the first time Disney has faced COPPA violations. In 2011, the FTC levied a $3 million civil penalty against subsidiary Playdom after it illegally collected and disclosed personal information from “hundreds of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents’ prior consent.”

Source:-theverge

The SIM-unlocked Alcatel IDOL 4S quietly goes on sale through the Microsoft Store

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Looks like speculation that Alcatel’s Idol 4S running Windows 10 Mobile going carrier-unlocked (GSM) after a T-Mobile exclusivity ended were true. As spotted on MSPU Microsoft has begun to make the rather powerful – and impressive – Windows 10 Mobile phone available for purchase in the US through their store.

Asking price is still the same $470, which includes the VR goggle package and 21MP rear camera.

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Specs

CPU Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz
Display 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Dragontrail 2.5D Glass
Memory 64GB ROM
4GB RAM
microSD
Camera 21 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Battery 3,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
420Hrs Standby
15Hrs Talk
Continuum Yes
VR Yes
Windows Hello Yes (Fingerprint)
Audio Dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound
Dimensions 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm
Weight 152g
HD Voice Yes
VoLTE Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Calling 1.0
Bluetooth BT 4.1
A2DP, OPP, HFP, AVRCP, PBAP

The rest of the specifications and color (‘Halo Gold’) are all the same as well. In fact, it’s likely the same device as our review unit, which was unlocked as well and worked brilliantly on AT&T with no issue.

Microsoft notes that the unlocked version should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, H20, Straight Talk, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and select prepaid carriers.

 

 

[Source:- Windowscentral]

 

The SIM-unlocked Alcatel IDOL 4S quietly goes on sale through the Microsoft Store

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Looks like speculation that Alcatel’s Idol 4S running Windows 10 Mobile going carrier-unlocked (GSM) after a T-Mobile exclusivity ended were true. As spotted on MSPU Microsoft has begun to make the rather powerful – and impressive – Windows 10 Mobile phone available for purchase in the US through their store.

Asking price is still the same $470, which includes the VR goggle package and 21MP rear camera.

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Specs

CPU Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz
Display 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Dragontrail 2.5D Glass
Memory 64GB ROM
4GB RAM
microSD
Camera 21 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Battery 3,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
420Hrs Standby
15Hrs Talk
Continuum Yes
VR Yes
Windows Hello Yes (Fingerprint)
Audio Dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound
Dimensions 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm
Weight 152g
HD Voice Yes
VoLTE Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Calling 1.0
Bluetooth BT 4.1
A2DP, OPP, HFP, AVRCP, PBAP

The rest of the specifications and color (‘Halo Gold’) are all the same as well. In fact, it’s likely the same device as our review unit, which was unlocked as well and worked brilliantly on AT&T with no issue.

Microsoft notes that the unlocked version should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, H20, Straight Talk, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and select prepaid carriers.

Supporting Continuum, VR, and a handy fingerprint reader the Idol 4S is also one of the slimmest and nicest looking Windows phones we have seen.

In my full review of the Idol 4S, I had nothing but outstanding things to say about the hardware, design, execution, and price. While the Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem and app situation are well known and the Idol 4s’s camera pales to a high-end Lumia, it is still the best option for the Microsoft fan who see little value in going to iOS and Android.

 

[Source:- Windowscentral]

 

No Man’s Sky Mod Lets Players Fly Through Caves, Underwater

No Man’s Sky Mod Lets Players Fly Through Caves, Underwater

The latest mod for No Man’s Sky lets players navigate their ships close to the planet’s surface, through caves, and even underwater, but it isn’t perfect.

When No Man’s Sky was first announced, gamers’ minds were racing with the thought of an 18 quintillion-planet galaxy that was ripe for exploration. However, once No Man’s Sky officially launched it became clear that the exploration would have some restrictions or limitations. Luckily, the PC version of the game has mod support, which allows players to bypass some of the limitations in No Man’s Sky and experience the game as they imagined.

One of those mods that helps make No Man’s Sky feel like a true exploration title is the low flight mod. As the name implies, the low flight mod allows players to get closer to the surface and even go through caves and underwater.

Without mods, No Man’s Sky players can only get so close to the surface of a planet before the game pushes them backwards. Moreover, if a player heads towards a planet or object at a high speed they will simply bounce off instead of crash. It’s a detail that doesn’t bother every player, but some feel it takes away from the realism. There are not many dangers in No Man’s Sky as it stands, so the fear of crashing could force players to be a little more cautious.

It’s important to mention, though, that this low flight mod does not make crashes possible. Instead the mod simply allows players to get close to the surface of a planet, but if they get too close their ship will only take some damage.

But be warned that getting too close to the surface or going through caves or underwater can lead to a ship taking devastating damage. This shouldn’t lead to anything game breaking – at worse players will have to recover theirresources from their ship’s grave – but it’s better to be aware.

 

That being said, it’s hard to see what this low flight mod would add to No Man’s Sky outside of the ability to explore caves and underwater areas. Since the ship can’t mine for resources there really isn’t any point in going to these areas outside of seeing what they look like. Flying lower to the ground might add to the realism, but it also has the potential of getting the player’s ship stuck.

To say that No Man’s Sky has been one of the more polarizing releases of this year would be to put it mildly. While some praise Hello Games for their procedurally generated universe, others feel they were misled by early marketing materials and quotes from the developers. Either way, the game has a ton of buzz surrounding it and the mod scene is only just getting started. Not to mention the developers have not added anything “new” to the game since launching No Man’s Sky a few weeks ago.

 

[Source: GR]

 

3 Ways to Drive Community Engagement Through Email

3 Ways to Drive Community Engagement Through Email | Social Media Today

Ongoing engagement is critical to the success of an online community. Without active dialogue and member participation, communities fail to meet the expectations of organizational leaders and stakeholders. Increasing engagement enables companies to build a community that’s healthy and successful, as well as achieve high customer retention and user satisfaction. However, increasing online community engagement can be a challenge. Email is an effective way to keep your community top of mind and build quality user participation.

Here are three ways email can effectively build engagement in your online community:

1. CREATE A MESSAGE THAT RESONATES

We’ve found that one of the best ways to engage with an audience is to first understand their interests. At DZone, our users are some of the world’s smartest (and best) software developers and technology professionals – they’re short on time and have low tolerance for anything that isn’t useful. These are important points to understand as we grow our community. Keeping these points in mind guides the way we choose to communicate with our users.

With email, we’re able to deliver a message that resonates with our audience and encourages community engagement. According to Pardot, the top three uses of email marketing are newsletters (66%), promotional content (54%), and welcome series emails (42%). Our Daily Digest newsletter keeps users informed on site activity and encourages them to like, comment on, and share the posts they find compelling.

We also refine our emails to meet the specific interests of our community members. In addition to the Daily Digest, we send spotlight emails for each portal, or Zone, and highlight top reads based on topics such as Java, Big Data, and DevOps. The more targeted the message, the more beneficial the emails are to our users.

2. ENCOURAGE ACTIONS

Once you identify the interests of your audience, you want them to take action. This can include a call to action, such as read the latest blog post or download a new eBook. In our case, we use email to showcase community content and direct people to DZone.com. Through consistent messaging and relevant information, our Daily Digest email increased our non-organic traffic by 100%. This increase in web traffic has resulted in significant levels of engagement.

3. KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING

Emails create a dialogue and build meaningful user experiences. On DZone.com, users receive email notifications if someone responds to their comments. This builds an ongoing conversation between community members We have also incorporated email notifications into the AnswerHub solution. Users can configure their settings to receive email notifications when someone responds to their question or a new topic of interest is published.

Many of our clients also use email to create engagement. For example, Hybris sends out regular emails highlighting community health and stats, including the number of questions asked and the top users with the most reputation points. This creates a level of transparency among community members and encourages them to participate more frequently.

Creating community engagement isn’t always easy, but email can help organizations overcome this challenge. Email enables companies to cater messaging to the specific interests of their audience. This allows them to deliver a more valuable user experience can result in higher quality engagement. Email also keeps communities top of mind and motivates members to participate on a regular basis.

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]