Friday, February 20, 2015

Google is planning to launch a version of YouTube for children on Android devices Monday, according to USA Today.
The app, called YouTube Kids, will be free and will offer an easy-to-use interface as well as a selection of YouTube content appropriate for children.
The reasoning behind the new app, which has been rumored to be in the works since March 2014, is simple: Kids love YouTube, but parents are worried not all of the content on the service is appropriate for their children.
"Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids," the project's group product manager Shimrit Ben-Yair told USA Today.
Besides filtering content and search phrases that are not appropriate for children, the app will offer several features in the way of parental control. For example, parents will be able to set a limited amount of time for which the app can be used, after which it automatically turns off and requires a password.
The app will be Android-only for now; an iOS version is not mentioned in the report.
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YouTube to launch kid-friendly Android app on Feb. 23

Yahoo announced its new Mobile Developer Suitetoday at the company’s first Mobile Developer Conference. The platform is designed to help developers understand, measure, advertise, monetize and enhance their apps.
Yahoo’s Mobile Developer Suite has five new products: Flurry Analytics Explorer, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo App Marketing, Yahoo Search in Apps, and Flurry Pulse.
These technologies are the combination of efforts from Yahoo, Flurry (which joined Yahoo in August 2014) and BrightRoll (which Yahoo acquired in December).
Prashant Fuloria, Senior Vice President of Advertising Products at Yahoo, explained how the three companies complemented each other:
Flurry has a deep understanding of the mobile developer’s needs and the mobile ecosystem, and Yahoo is a place with an enormous audience across devices and sophisticated technology. Since our investment in Flurry, we have been hard at work integrating the best of both companies, and now BrightRoll, to create comprehensive suite of solutions for developers.

Here’s an explanation into what each of the products can do, from the press release:
Flurry Analytics Explorer - An update on the Flurry Analytics developers have come to know and love, developers can now answer even more complex questions with Explorer, an easy-to-use data exploration interface that returns insights in seconds. No need to write code, build queries, wait for calculations, or implement a new SDK.Flurry Pulse - Flurry Pulse makes it easy for developers to share app signals with partners using their existing Flurry SDK implementations and the click of a button. Pulse can help limit SDK proliferation and additional engineering work, by pushing signals from your app to your partners of choice.Yahoo App Publishing – With the same tools that we use to successfully monetize our own apps, developers can now monetize their apps with high-quality native, video and display ads using the combined capabilities of Yahoo Gemini, BrightRoll and Flurry. This combination offers developers the most engaging, seamless, beautiful advertising experience for users and the most effective advertising formats to monetize their apps.Yahoo Search in Apps – This offering makes it easy for developers to integrate Yahoo Search directly into their apps. This enhances the user experience by allowing users to search the web from within the app, and can create an additional monetization channel for developers.Yahoo App Marketing – With the power of Yahoo Gemini, one of the fastest growing native and mobile search marketplaces, developers can efficiently acquire new users, grow engagement and track results. Developers can buy targeted native and video advertising across Yahoo’s network of premium content, Tumblr and thousands of mobile apps. Through Yahoo App Marketing, developers can use just one platform to gain exposure to an enormous audience of highly engaged and active users across desktop, mobile and social.
Readers: What do you think of the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite?

Yahoo Launches Mobile Developer Suite

Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it’s Satya Nadella’s main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we’ve seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures.

Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register yourself for a Bing Rewards account, and that was it. The only problem with the deal is that it initially was only available for US users. If you were left out in the cold with this deal, Microsoft has decided to change the rules of the game and expand the deal across the globe to a certain degree. The reason why there is a limitation is either because there’s some sort of glitch in the service, or the service is only available where Bing allows you to create a Rewards account. To give you an example, I’m currently in Guatemala City and the link didn’t work for me.
Still, hit the source link at the bottom, and if it works for you, make sure you share your country in the comments down bellow.
Source: Microsoft

100GB of free OneDrive storage goes international, sort of

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