Plex now has a new account management feature called Home, which allows the creation of restricted profiles as well as more fine-grained sharing options.
Virgin Mobile’s new prepaid plan can be anything you want it to be from a bare-bones emergency calling service to a custom unlimited Facebook plan.
ItsOn started out selling mobile plan customization tools to carriers as a cloud-based service. Now it’s becoming a carrier, using its own cloud service to show what the world can do with individually tailored voice and data plans.
Kajeet plans to offer some kind of 4G mobile broadband service for kids, though it was a bit stingy with the details. Chances are it will start selling dongles and hotspots directly to families, turning modems into virtual nannies.
The British government is considering once again whether to apply mandatory filters to block all adult content on the internet. But what’s the point of campaigning for a technological solution when the technology itself doesn’t work properly?
The Wall Street Journal says that Facebook is evaluating how it could use parental control technologies so that it can allow kids under 13 to use its main site. Critics say this could be a privacy disaster, while some have advocated Facebook create a kids-only “sanctuary.” Facebook has no choice but evaluate some kind of kid-safe strategy – it is against its terms of service for under 13-year-olds to use the site, but lots of surveys suggest kids are doing their own work-arounds. Facebook could be unintentionally violating COPPA regulations about collecting data on children. AOL used to have a pretty good business in parental controls, so this might be a revenue opportunity for Facebook. Premium kids-only sites have never really taken off. Mathew Ingram has some analysis, and a poll.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board intends to apply its familiar game-rating stamps to mobile apps, providing a way for parents to monitor and restrict the games and content their kids download. Five mobile operators and Microsoft(s msft) have signed on but Apple and Google are missing.
Parental Controls in Snow Leopard are an absolute hit with parents. But the usefulness of those tools don’t just stop at the kids. From blocking websites to tracking time, they can also be used to increase your own personal productivity. Here’s how.
Keeping your kids safe and out of trouble on the Mac is easy with the help of the OS X Parental Controls and a few third-party tools.
Does one set out to create a computer literate family, or to cultivate a creative family familiar with the modern communication capabilities of today’s age? The distinction is subtle, but the benefits of the latter strongly outweigh the former.