Developers worried about new rules for phone apps

Updated 18 December 2012
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Developers worried about new rules for phone apps

WASHINGTON: Developers of smartphone software are bracing for regulations that they say will stifle creativity and saddle small businesses with legal and technical costs.
The changes, which the Federal Trade Commission expects to approve this week, would update a 14-year-old law prohibiting the collection of personal information from preteens.
Businesses say they fear that under the FTC proposal, routine transfers of data that pose no threat to a child’s safety will be treated the same as the improper gathering of information. They say responsible software developers will err on the side of caution and the result will be less kid-friendly content available on the Internet.
FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says “you have to give the benefit of the doubt to privacy” when it comes to children.


AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

Updated 22 June 2018
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AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

We all get consumed by the Eid-shopping monster telling us to buy everything in sight. The trick is to not let it.

This Ramadan, my Eid shopping companion was Noon, a Saudi app catering to all your shopping needs. It has a wide selection of products, including clothes, makeup, electronics and perfumes. 

Since not every Saudi has a credit card, the online store makes shopping much easier by implementing a “pay in cash upon delivery” service.

Making use of mind-blowing offers, I made sure to restock on all my favorite perfumes before Eid.

A major upside to the app is how affordable everything is, and I was delighted to find some makeup brands that are not available at shopping centers in Jeddah, such as SIGMA and e.l.f.

What I love most about Noon is that there is always a daily deal or sale going on, so make sure you check these out.