Tech News

Google Targets Ad-Supported Apps, Amazon Adds Extra Security… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 19-11-2015

Google labels apps that rely on ads, Amazon adds 2FA, Twitter starts testing bigger and longer polls, Push Me Pull You is bound to cause arguments, and a reason not to buy Star Wars Battlefront.


Google Warns About Ad-Supported Apps

Google looks set to start labeling apps which contain advertising, making it clear from the start which apps rely on advertising to make money. Google has already instituted this on family-friendly apps, but it’s now being expanded to cover all apps available on Google Play.

According to Droid Life, the “ad-supported” label will appear early next year. App developers have until January 11th, 2016 to declare whether their apps contain ads of any kind. The email that developers are currently receiving about the issue explains things more clearly:

“At Google I/O, we launched “ad-supported” labels for apps in the Designed for Families program. Today, we’re announcing the expansion of this program to all apps on Google Play. Early next year, users will start to see the “Ads” label on apps that contain advertising, both inside and outside Designed for Families.”

This makes perfect sense, because users deserve to know what they’re going to be getting when they install an app. Most developers either charge upfront, offer in-app purchases What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] "I can’t believe it!" my cousin said to me the other day, "someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!". Sounds familiar? How... Read More , display ads, or do a combination of the three in order to make money. Informing people which is these applies before they even download an app seems fair enough.

Amazon Adds Two-Factor Authentication

Amazon has finally added two-factor authentication (2FA) What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More , which should help secure your account against hackers. Which, seeing as most people have a credit card or debit card permanently attached to their Amazon account, is long overdue. According to Engadget, Amazon tested 2FA in a private beta, and is now rolling it out to the masses.


To enable two-factor authentication on Amazon, just head to Your Account, select Change Account Settings, click Edit under Advanced Security Settings. You can now “Get Started” with what Amazon is calling Two-Step Verification.

Two-factor authentication is supported by an increasing number of services Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication? Not long ago, Tina told you all about two-factor authentication, how it works, and why you should use it. In a nutshell, two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification as it’s sometimes called, is an additional... Read More , including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google, and Apple. So it really was about time Amazon started offering it.

Twitter Is Testing Better Polls

Twitter is reported to be testing expanding its new Polls feature You Can Now Pay to Watch YouTube, The Dangers of Tesla Autopilot... [Tech News Digest] YouTube Red adds subscription fees, testing Tesla Autopilot, Android stops draining your battery, polling your friends on Twitter, Mythbusters stops busting myths, and Back to the Future in 90 seconds. Read More to include more choices and more time to vote. As is stands, Twitter Polls can only offer two choices and run for 24 hours. However, according to The Next Web, this could soon be four choices and a whole week of voting.

TechCrunch has unearthed various examples of these extended polls being tested in the wild, which suggests Twitter is at least considering adding more options. In the meantime you should read our guide to Twitter Polls Twitter Polls: Everything You Need to Know Can't decide whether to order Chinese or pizza tonight? Ask! Twitter has finally launched a built-in option to conduct public polls. It's completely free and works on both mobile and desktop. Read More before asking some questions of your own. They can be as serious or as ludicrous as you like… it’s only Twitter!


Push Me Pull You Is a Bizarre Game

Push Me Pull You is a new game set to launch on the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More next year, and it’s fair to say it’s just a little bizarre. The Push Me Pull You is a fictional creature which has two heads, one each end of its body. And this title uses that as its core gameplay mechanic.

This is a local multiplayer game 6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming There are still some titles that faithfully provide an excellent couch experience for multiple players. They either allows for up to four people to play at once, or provide an entertaining enough experience to keep... Read More which sees players have to work cooperatively to win a game not dissimilar to soccer. We can see it causing arguments aplenty as couples fail to agree on tactics. So, Push Me Pull You may be one for drunken nights in with friends rather than bonding with your significant other.

A Rant Against Star Wars Battlefront

And finally, Star Wars Battlefront, the reboot of the Battlefront series of video games, is out now. But should you buy it? The reviewers can’t make their minds up, but a lack of content is the one thing dragging the score down. A lack of content fixed by the $50 season pass!

Yep, Electronic Arts wants you to pay $60 for the new Star Wars game and then drop an extra $50 on the DLC (downloadable content). Because a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, such shitty tactics Big Game Studios Are Killing the Video Game Industry The big names in gaming—like EA, Square, Valve, Blizzard, and Ubisoft—have a big problem. They've lost sight of their most important market: gamers. Read More are fair. But not here. On Earth. In 2015. [H/T Reddit]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you mind seeing ads when using apps? Will you be employing two-factor authentication on Amazon? Do you a) love b) hate c) like or d) dislike Twitter’s new Polls? Is Push Me Pull You the strangest game you have ever seen? Will you be buying Star Wars Battlefront?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

Image Credits: Travis Wise via Flickr

Explore more about: Amazon, Google, PlayStation 4, Star Wars, Two-Factor Authentication.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Enjoyed this article? Stay informed by joining our newsletter!

Enter your Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. David
    November 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    When are they going to start insisting that the details of in-app purchases are disclosed in the ad on Google Play? It's a pain in the ass to download an app only to find out that the in-app purchases are 1) necessary to actually use the app, and 2) required to get any value out of the app at all. I don't mind paying for a good app, but I want to know up front what I'm going to pay for it. Nobody implements in-app purchases properly, the way shareware used to be done, except Poweramp; you get X number of days of full use and then it stops working until you buy. And if game play or other features require purchases, disclose it in the ad instead of wasting everybody's time.

  2. Anonymous
    November 20, 2015 at 1:48 am

    What is actually required is to force have developers to also offer one time payment version of their so called "freebies". Like Colonel Angus I also assume these are ad supported but the extent varies from app to app. Some are acceptable while some are simply not.

  3. Anonymous
    November 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

    the ad supported labeling seems sorta redundant, but maybe in the future it can become more helpful, seems to be something everyone just assumes already at this point.

  4. Anonymous
    November 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I just assume that any free app I download from the Play Store is ad supported. I have run across a few freebies that didn't employ ads, but they are few and far between.

    II just added the two step verification. Overdue, but glad Amazon added it.