RIM Pushing Content Ratings to BlackBerry App World
Research In Motion today indicated that it is performing an upgrade on its BlackBerry App World that, when complete, will deliver content rating to the storefront. RIM says the rating system is based on feedback from its carrier, consumer, and developer partners. Applications will be given ratings such as G (appropriate for most users) or T (appropriate for users in their teens and up). RIM believes the rating system will help parents better manage the content their children are consuming via their mobile phones. RIM also plans to push out a device-side client that will allow parents to set rating filters. After the filters are set, only apps that meet the filter's requirements will be visible when browsing App World.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
AT&T Debuts Rugged Mobile Hotspot
AT&T today announced the Unite Explore, a mobile hotspot that's been ruggedized to withstand abuse. The hotspot has earned the mil-spec 810G and IR65 ratings for protection against shock, temperature extremes, vibration, water, and dust.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Verizon Smart Family Is A Refreshed Way to Manage Kids' Smartphones
Verizon Wireless today debuted Verizon Smart Family, a revamped service to help parents keep track of how their kids use their phones. The app allows parents to manage screen time by pausing the internet, to check battery status, and to view texts and calls.