This Groot Bag Is Super!

first_imgShare This!Although I know that Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, and more have their following among Disney fans, my personal favorite bags are made by Loungefly. While at Disneyland, I spotted this beauty at World of Disney. It’s Groot!“Wood” this be on your wish list? Let us know in the comments.last_img

Disney Comes to Hulu

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This morning, Hulu and Disneyannounced that Disney will join NBC Universal, News Corp., and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity holder of Hulu. Thanks to this, Hulu will now be able to feature shows from ABC’s prime-time lineup like “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Private Practice,” as well as shows from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet. Hulu will also now feature a select number of programs from the Disney Channel and library titles from Disney. We heard a number of rumors about this deal in the last few days, so this announcement doesn’t come as a great surprise. Neither Hulu nor Disney disclosed the financial terms of the arrangement, but according to most reports, Disney will take a 30% stake in the joint venture. Disney will also get three seats on the Hulu board.Hulu = Online TV? Hulu was already on the brink of becoming the de facto standard for watching TV shows online, and adding Disney to its line-up only consolidates this position. Advertisers have been flocking to Hulu, and while it is getting some serious competition from TV.com, which is owned by CBS (which doesn’t have a deal with Hulu), this new deal should give it a nice boost in the next few months.It should be noted that ABC’s own online player features 720p HD versions of all its major prime-time shows, something that Hulu currently doesn’t offer, so to get the best quality, users will still have to go to ABC.com. CC-licensed image used courtesy of Flickr user Raymond Brown.center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Apple Is Blacklisting European Users Who Game Its App-Refund System

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app refunds#App Store#Apple Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Apple is striking back at users who’ve figured out how to abuse its new refund policy for digital purchases in Europe—by blacklisting them from future reimbursements.To conform with the EU’s consumer protection laws, Apple rolled out a new policy last month that lets European users who purchase apps, songs, ebooks or other digital media claim refunds within 14 days of purchase. But some customers have discovered they can demand their money back on repeated purchases—apparently even if they keep the downloads. See also: How Apple’s New App-Refund Policy Could Hurt DevelopersIt may be tough to police everyone, but Apple’s ready to put the kibosh on at least the worst offenders who try to game the system. In other words, ask for too many refunds in a short time period, and the company will flag the behavior and revoke your refund privileges, iDownloadBlog reports. Apple has already sent messages to users through the App Store, alerting flagged users with the following prompt: “I acknowledge that if I download this app within fourteen days of tapping ‘Buy,’ I will no longer be eligible to cancel this purchase.” The user then has the choice of canceling the download or acknowledging the message to proceed while waiving the right to any refund. https://twitter.com/rosyna/status/554752303794647040/photo/1Clearly the company doesn’t want users treating the refund policy like a trial period for paid apps or to let unscrupulous types get away with shady practices. Its latest move seems designed to nip that in the bud. While the refund policy and its woes remain limited to Europe for now, the company could be eyeing it as a test of sorts for more universal changes down the road. In that way, how Apple handles refunds abroad could influence the way it approaches its App Store policies at home, which can directly affect the developers who stock its digital shelves everywhere. Photo by Ben Husmann; screenshot courtesy of Twitter user Rosynacenter_img adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Missouri governor stands by open-records policy

first_img(AP) Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s spokesman says his office will continue to shield certain contact information from public-record requests.Spokesman Steele Shippy on Tuesday defended the practice following complaints from Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway.At issue is the Republican governor’s response to public record requests made by The Kansas City Star and others. Parson’s office has cited the First Amendment in redacting phone numbers, addresses and emails of private citizens who contacted the governor.The newspaper reports that Galloway requested that the state attorney general weigh in on whether Parson broke the law by making those redactions.Parson’s office has argued that it’s an issue of free speech and that constituents wouldn’t contact elected officials if they believed that information might become public.Shippy called Galloway’s criticism a “lame partisan political attempt.”last_img read more