Family Asked To Cover Up Nude Snow Woman – Icy reception – Jezebel

Must have been near an Apple Store…!

Family Asked To Cover Up Nude Snow WomanElisa Gonzalez and her kids were asked to clothe their Venus de Milo snow sculpture after New Jersey police received complaints.

WTF is with America anyway?

via Family Asked To Cover Up Nude Snow Woman – Icy reception – Jezebel.

Apple Backflip – Wobble Back in Appstore!

Please RETWEET this…

A week of campaigning has paid off – phew – for a while there the world was without an app to jiggle boobs with!

BUY WOBBLE HERE

ready for sale

This company has lost 1000’s of dollars in the last week due to Wobble being removed from sale..

What did we have to change? Well not much.

If you support our position that the Appstore should not be censored,  I’d really appreciate it if you blog tweet and generally spread the word that Wobble is back in the store, let’s try and get it up past Playboy and show Apple what you think of their rules :-)

A small indi developer has managed to pressure Apple into changing their minds.

I’m convinced that:
a. Wobble should never have been removed from the store in the first place. It was not overtly sexual.
b. Many other Apps were wrongfully taken down too. But some are back.
c. Apple didn’t realise what a huge stir this would cause and have tried to fix the problem. A week late.
d. It is going to take a lot of hard work to get Wobble back to where it should be – most people in tech have written that it has been removed, many consumers now wont even look for it.

Warning to Parents – The Appstore is NOT Safe. NSFW

Is this an astonishing act of double standards and complete policy failure or what?

Parents who thought it was ok to let their children roam through the Appstore unsupervised should be aware that it has not been cleaned up – in fact just the opposite – new adult content has been added since the purge!
[ I have published a tutorial to show you haw to block this stuff if you need to]

Believe it or not, Apple have released this App on the very day that Apple were attempting to dress up their Appageddon with the BS “save the children” spin.

I mean Apple, really WTF???

That sure as hell looks like sexual innuendo to me, and just might be construed as overtly sexual

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More Than 10,000 Deleted Now

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Well a week is a long time, Apple have finally reactivated the count up in the top of iTunes. showing how many pages of Apps are available.

In the Entertainment section alone there are now 893 pages, which works out to 17860 Entertainment Apps, down from >22,000 to begin – so about 5000 gone in entertainment. Our earlier post shows that entertainment apps made up about 1/2 of those deleted – so we’ll assume now that there are now more than 10,000 Apps in the bin – probably about 5000 man years of development torn up by Apple.

HOW TO – Block Inappropriate Content on iPods & iPhones.

If you are a parent, you should read this.

In today’s lesson I am going to show you how to make sure that your kids don’t get into things that they shouldn’t in the Appstore.

If Apple weren’t so goddam mystical and secretive , this is what they should have told you when you bought the iPod for your 10 year old over the holidays – at the bare minimum they should have told anyone that complained about the Appstore content, to set their iPod up like this…

It is easy to setup your kids iPods so that:
a. they can’t browse the Appstore
b. they have restricted content on the Appstore and in iTunes
c. if they do browse either of the above, they don’t see what you don’t want them to.
d. they don’t see Youtube, can’t buy Apps, can’t do in app purchases etc etc.

At the end of today’s lesson you will be able to contact Apple and tell them that you want all the apps they deleted reinstated. All is forgiven.

Please don’t take this as patronising, I only bothered to look today – and have now blocked my kids from all sorts of things that are inappropriate! My sarcasm is aimed at Apple here for not responding to people that complained with information on how to set the ratings up in their kids iPod/iPhone.

Are we ready?

  1. Go to SETTINGS

 

2. Tap “GENERAL”
3. Tap Restrictions. photo (1)

4. Enter a Pin number. photo (2)

5. Turn off all the stuff you don’t want your kids to see or access photo (3) 

6. Scroll down, see that Apps line – tap that: photo (4)

7. Now – YOU decide what you want your kids to see. photo (5)

For example, you can select 4+ and only cute pussy cats and bunny rabbit will be available, or 17+ and the user of the iPod will see a whole lot more.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE the App is still visible in the lists and the descriptions are there, BUT the screenshots aren’t!!

What Does Bewildered Mean

I. Must. Be. Going. Insane…

Why did “The girls of Break.com” just get approved?

This defies belief – am I missing something? I haven’t heard of Break.com – but are they a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format??

Mr. Schiller – is Break.com a “well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format” to which you refer in the NYT – or is the Appstore  policy here being implemented randomly to keep developers intrigued and bloggers busy?!

This appeared in the appstore today according to Appshopper (despite the release date it shows in the image below??)

breakcom

After just telling the world via the NYT that the iTunes store is a safe place for women and children, Apple approve this!

I would think that most people would get a touch more excited with the “overtly sexual content” in the pics of real girls in this App than the cartoon one we had in Wobble – maybe the Apple reviewers have been watching too many animated Pixar shows or something and don’t get aroused with real humans any more?

What is going on in Apple land, I had such respect for them…

NYT – Apple Responds

What a crock of s**t 
(not the article in general – I’m talking about the quote below)

Apple have lost any credibility that they had – this is just BS.

“When asked about the Sports Illustrated app, Mr. Schiller said Apple took the source and intent of an app into consideration. “The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format,” he said.”

So it’s ok for a well known company to produce and display adult material to our children, but not ok for somebody to show cartoon pics of a female body

This is wrong on so many levels – I bet the parents of kids who view the Playboy App screenshots will be much happier that the bare arse is shot by a playboy photographer!

These images are allowed by Apple in the Playboy App:
comehither cleavage bare arse in playboy app

And this one is not:
wobble-ad-itunes-v01 What makes it worse is that a LOT of people now think that the store is a safe place for their kids to go to without supervision – it just isn’t because Apple have applied their guidelines unevenly.

Look at the comments on the Playboy App, people hate it – also note that the ratings system has been frozen for several days now, it still shows the same numbers as it did a few days back. That’s probably linked to the page numbers that are also frozen they show how many Apps have been deleted.

Update – Techcrunch just picked up the story

If Apple Were Serious: Censorship

Some of the content in this post is NSFW – ie screenshots from the iPhone Youtube App

If Apple were serious about the safety of their younger customers and parental control they would do the following:

1. Allow removal of default icons on the iPod Touch and iPhone
2. Properly introduce the ratings system so that 17+ Apps do not display in results if the user is <17.
3. Allow parental controls to be set for each device and password protect this.

But they wont, they’re on a slippery slope, along with everybody else who has attempted to be a censor and arbiter of taste.

I’ll elaborate…

I am a parent of 3 children, and they all have iPod touches, I am far less concerned about them browsing the Appstore than browsing the web on their device.

None of the Apps that were deleted over the weekend had ANYTHING in their preview pages or screenshots that kids wouldn’t see at a beach (at least a beach in Australia; neck to knee swim costumes for women  went out in the 20’s). Apple had already vetted these Apps and prevented the display of anything dubious. To be honest most kids below about 14 simply aren’t interested in that stuff anyway – they are looking for free games.

What is more, all of the iPods in this house are setup under the one account, and it’s my Apple account – so they have to come to me to install anything, I put the password in and they go away happy with their new stickwars game or whatever.

HOWEVER… we have wifi, they therefore the kids have web access – there is no way for me to control what they see on the web, because the default Browser has no parental controls – don’t get me wrong – I don’t think it should have!! BUT as a parent, I should be able to delete the existing browser and add a different browser – like this one.

Likewise, I should be able to delete Youtube, here are some videos available on Youtube.
Web results for pussy on left, iphone results after watching one NSFW video and tapping more videos – frankly I’m a little surprised, I hadn’t looked on Youtube before now!

So the brouhaha about censorship of the Appstore is really the tip of the iceberg, there are people out there that now think the iPod and iPhone have been declared safe. It was a token kneejerk gesture.

SCREENSHOTS FROM iPHONE YOUTUBE APP:
Youtube search for pussy      photo

BBC Radio Interview

Despite an interesting blending of some of my words from an old Wobble promotional video, the interview I did yesterday with Iain Mackenzie of the BBC sounds ok. 

(NOTE – the promo video is showing images that we inserted to demo the software, they do not and did not ship with the App)

UPDATE – here is a link to the full interview with Jon Atherton and article from BC

Listen to interview here – from 13:20min
bbc player
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The interview was quite heavily edited of course, since I blathered on a bit :-) and the whole story was only 1.5 minutes long.

Anyway – if you are interested, it got into the BBC News for the last minute and a half of the broadcast – you can listen to it here – flip forward to about 13:20 by moving the slider along.

I am not sure if there is a longer version on the BBC tech website somewhere – the story got cut short in the player at the end.

Wobble Premium Updated

We have updated the Wobble App on the Appstore and are awaiting its approval. Our last App took about 6 hours for approval (last Friday) so we’d expect Wobble to be approved today.

It now fully complies with Apples guidelines and in fact the AT&T guidelines – so it would be difficult to see how it would be declined by Apple.

Below are the before and after screenshots of the splash page. Other screens are also updated, as you can see it’s now even better than a G rating in fact it is TV-Y – that is suitable for ANY children, I’m now proud to say that our application is as mundane as Dora the Explorer – hopefully it will be as popular…

wobble-ad-itunes-v01  wobble-ad-itunes-censored

As you can see we’ve used some graphics from our Trolls App, which is also being updated at the moment.

Plot Thickens – is AT&T to Blame?

Or being blamed? Are we all to be treated like 10 year olds?

We’ve done a bit of digging. And the rules that the guy at Apple told me the other day on the phone – and have been published around the interwebs seem to be very close to the rules listed below for AT&T mobile apps development.

Whilst the USA provides about 70% of our revenue, it *looks* like these new guidelines from Apple might be coming from AT&T. So effectively an American company forcing Apple to comply has affected our income worldwide where guidelines might not be as stringent???

However, it still doesn’t explain the following:
1. Why Apple can’t tell developers what the guidelines are – I have asked numerous times for them to publish the guidelines to avoid wasting everyone’s time.
2. Why the guidelines weren’t clearly published now or previously to Appstore developers – why not be clear?!
3. Why Apple approved any apps at all in the past that they knew would breach AT&T policy eventually – were they just seeing how it went and deferring a decision?
4. Why this hasn’t been implemented smoothly across all apps – there are still apps in the store that breach rules, one in particular that has been moving up the charts quickly for the last few days…
5. It doesn’t tell us why these guidelines exist at all – this is a phone that has the web on it – are they going to proxy your web traffic next to comply with the rules below???

Above all, it doesn’t tell us why Apple have gone through the motions of ratings for appstore games. Was this some weird experiment with our livelihood to see what would happen?

There is more to this story!

Of course, Apple might have just cut and paste the AT&T Rulebook…

The Rules from MEdia Net Search ATT  website are

All apps and other downloadable content must strictly follow these guidelines:

  • Images must comply with the standards for the TV and MPAA ratings G and PG.
  • Video and audio must comply with the standards for the TV ratings G, TV-Y, TV-Y7, and PG and for the MPAA ratings G and PG.
  • Games must comply with the standards for the ESRB ratings EC, E, and E10+. (Games rated T with a mobile-version rating equivalent to E10+ are acceptable.)
  • All content should be appropriate for children who are at least 11 years old.(emphasis mine)

Your submission must NOT contain any of the following elements:

  • Nudity, including partial nudity
  • Depictions of sexual activity or sexual behavior
  • Profanity
  • Hate speech
  • Depictions of violence, especially intense violence that results in blood, gore, injury, or death
  • Explicit references to or explicit depictions of alcohol, drug use, tobacco use, and gambling

SAVE YOU SOME TIME – for completeness, here are the ratings – reproduced from wikipedia

Ratings

TV-Y

(All children)[1]

Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. These programs are not expected to frighten younger children.[2] Examples of programs issued this rating include Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and The Backyardigans. Additionally, on some TV-Y programs, an E/I logo will be shown through the program’s entirety if it contains educational content.

TV-Y7

(Directed to children 7 and older)

These shows may or may not be appropriate for some children under the age of 7. This rating may include crude, suggestive humor, mild fantasy violence, or content considered too scary or controversial to be shown to children under seven. Examples include Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny Test and SpongeBob SquarePants.

TV-Y7-FV

(Directed to children 7 and older (fantasy violence))

When a show has noticeably more fantasy violence, it is assigned the TV-Y7-FV rating. Action-adventure shows such as Digimon, the Pokémon series (after being transferred to The Pokémon Company, where it was formerly rated TV-Y) and Power Rangers are assigned a TV-Y7-FV rating.

TV-G

(General audience)

Although this rating does not signify a program designed specifically for children, most parents may let younger children watch this program unattended. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations. Networks that air informational, how-to content, or generally inoffensive content (such as the Food Network ,HGTV and Disney Channel) or older archive programming (such as Game Show Network‘s shows and the classic cartoons shown on both Cartoon Network andBoomerang) usually apply a blanket TV-G rating to all of their shows (unless otherwise noted). Some teen shows, such as Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, and iCarly (formerly rated TV-Y7) are given a TV-G rating if their content is considered too strong for a TV-Y7 rating.

TV-PG

(Parental guidance suggested)

This rating signifies that the program may be unsuitable for younger children without the guidance of a parent. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. Various game shows and most reality shows are rated TV-PG for their suggestive dialog, suggestive humor, and/or coarse language. Some prime-time sitcoms such asEverybody Loves Raymond, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Simpsons, Futurama (on FOX and adult swim airings), and Seinfeld usually air with a TV-PG rating. Recently,Cartoon Network has been using the PG rating to rate shows that may contain suggestive dialogue, crude humor, or scary elements, such as Total Drama Island, 6teen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Gundam Wing and reruns of Goosebumps (on FOX, Goosebumps was rated TV-Y7 for scary/disturbing content)[3]. Also, on Nickelodeon, Invader Zim is also rated TV-PG when uncut. The uncut MTV airings of The Ren & Stimpy Show are rated PG. Many[which?] feature films rated PG and some movies originally rated PG-13 and R are edited for content in order to earn a TV-PG rating when shown on broadcast and cable television. On August 1st, 2008 WWE programming went to this rating to appeal to a wider range of sponsors. Many[which?] music videos are also given this rating, though some[which?] music videos have content that is a lot higher than what the rating indicates.

The TV-PG rating may be accompanied by one or more of the following sub-ratings:
  • D for some suggestive dialogue
  • L for infrequent coarse language
  • S for some sexual situations
  • V for moderate violence

Apps are Still Disappearing

971 page sin entertainment

At this rate it will have an impact on Apple revenue! 😉

I’m sorry that I didn’t get a screenshot when this all started on Friday… Anyone got a window open still or better stats source?

If you look at iTunes in the center panel you will see how many pages of apps there are – at 20 per page – the total number of pages was over 1100 in the entertainment section on Friday midday (au time) so about 22,000 Apps in entertainment.

By about 24 hours ago that was down to 974 pages of Apps.

Today that is 971 or 19,420 in just the entertainment section – that is 2580 deleted so far but Apple are clearly not finished yet:

UPDATE: here is some interesting data  Macrumors reported  originally from  Appshopper.com  showing over 5000 apps deleted by Apple. So far, the removals represent about 3% of the total number of apps in the App Store – Note my numbers above are just Entertainment section.