All apps could offer subscriptions in the future, Tinder bans under-18s, you may need to change your Twitter password, Xbox Live Gold members can try EA Access, and Presidential Blitz mocks Trump and Clinton.
Apple Opens Up App Subscriptions
— Lauren Goode (@LaurenGoode) June 8, 2016
Apple is preparing to make some important changes to the iOS App Store, some of which could seriously affect consumers. Ahead of WWDC 2016 (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference), Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, revealed all to The Verge.
The biggest change is Apple’s approach to subscription-based apps. Right now, most apps either cost a one-time fee, or are free to download and supported by ads or in-app purchases. Apps offering subscriptions are rare, partly because Apple has restricted the types of apps which can operate with subscriptions. But that looks all set to change.
Apple is opening up the range of apps that can offer subscriptions to all categories. It’s also offering developers an incentive to not only sell subscriptions but to keep people paying it. Right now, Apple takes 30 percent of all subscription fees paid through the App Store. However, going forward, Apple is planning to only take 15 percent of fees after the first 12 months.
With games being the most lucrative type of app by far, this change is likely to prompt games developers to start charging subscription fees for the biggest titles. They’ll make money, Apple will make money, and consumers will be forced to pay for it all or lose access to their favorite apps.
Tinder Is Now Adults-Only
Tinder is removing the option for teenagers to use the dating app, turning it into an adults-only affair from next week. Until now, anyone over the age of 13 has been allowed on Tinder, although they have been restricted to interacting with people of a similar age (13-17). That is if everyone involved is being honest about their age.
Tinder told TechCrunch:
“On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week.”
This isn’t a surprising move, as Tinder has a reputation as a hook-up app. Which isn’t something any parent would want their teenage son or daughter doing. Tinder connections are also based entirely on looks, which is, again, not a good lesson to be teaching children.
The problem Tinder now has is ensuring everyone plays by the rules. While Tinder states this “impacts less than 3 percent of the global user base,” those people suddenly shut out of Tinder are bound to find a way around the ban. After all, it’s not exactly hard to lie about your age online.
32 Million Twitter Passwords Leak Online
Twitter says it is confident the hack claim is bogus. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/owz8aGklUF
— Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) June 9, 2016
The login credentials for 32 million Twitter accounts have been found online, after a Russian hacker tried to sell them for 10 bitcoins (worth around $6,000 at the time of writing). The credentials include a username, password, and associated email address.
According to LeakedSource, which indexes data breaches, this isn’t the result of a hack on Twitter itself, but on individual users. Whether as a result of phishing emails or malware, these up-to-date, working login credentials have found their way online for all to see.
With around 10 percent of Twitter users thought to be affected, this is a rather serious problem. And you should consider changing your password if you would rather be safe than sorry. LeakedSource has previously detailed the LinkedIn hack and an old MySpace hack.
Xbox Live Gold Members Get EA Access
If you own an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership then you can try EA Access out for free between June 12 and June 22. EA Access is Electronic Arts’ subscription-based service offering access to a number of games each month. All you need to do to get started is download the EA Access Hub App from the Gold Member area on your Xbox dashboard.
EA Access includes access to The Vault, an ever-changing roster of games which currently includes Battlefield Hardline, FIFA 16, Dead Space, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, Titanfall, Need for Speed Rivals, and Madden NFL 14. EA Access usually costs $29.99-per-year or $4.99-per-month, but is free for the duration of this offer.
Trump & Clinton Star in Presidential Blitz
And finally, Donald Trump (he’s your fault!) and Hillary Clinton are all but guaranteed to be facing off against one another for control of the White House. So, why not help them along by playing Presidential Blitz. And don’t worry, as this free browser-based game is an equal opportunities offender.
Play as Trump and you’ll have to collect bricks to build your wall while avoiding the media and liberals, amongst other things. Play as Clinton and you’ll have to collect money while avoiding millenials and bankers, amongst other things. Guaranteed fun for Bernie supporters everywhere. [H/T CNET]
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