A new study known as SCAMP - Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones - is being launched to find out if children are affected by mobile phones and WiFi. It’s being run by Imperial College London on behalf of the UK’s Department of Health.
SCAMP will focus on brain functions, including memory and attention.
The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published a set of principles that clarify its position on the legal obligations of the online and app-based games industry.
It follows last year’s investigation into gaming industry practices that were potentially misleading or broke consumer protection laws in other ways.
Podcast - 22nd January 2014
In this week's podcast, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge talk about the new Zapp mobile payment scheme, Google's healthcare plans and an ultra-secure smartphone.
Also on the agenda are HP's new phablets, Jimmy Wales joining a UK MVNO, Apple's in-app purchases and plenty of research about tablets.
New research published by price comparison service uSwitch.com shows that 27% of UK children have their own tablet device by the time they’re 8 years old. That’s almost 3.5 million children.
In fact, 10.7% of children were using touch-screen devices before they were 2 years old.
The US government's Federal Trade Commission says Apple has agreed to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to customers who paid for in-app purchases downloaded by children without their parents’ consent.
In addition, Apple is now required to ensure "that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers" before charging them for items sold in mobile apps.