Cinemax brings softcore porn to Apple App Store

In a clear break of Apple’s strict no-porn policy, Cinemax’s app Max Go has been approved by the App Store. Among other channels, the app includes softcore porn programming, Max After Dark. The app clearly informs users that it includes “frequent/intense sexual content or nudity.” Additionally, only 17+ users will be allowed to download it from the App Store and parental controls are available in the app. In other words, its not hiding anything from Apple.

Apple’s app approval process has long been known to be arbitrary and inconsistent. But we thought that with last year’s purge of racy applications, Apple sent a very strong message to adult companies and developers – adult apps are not allowed in the Apple App Store. The news was disappointing to many, at least Apple was finally giving us a clear answer.

Last year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that it was the company’s “moral responsibility” to keep the porn off their phones. Around the same time, he took a little jab at us and our beloved Android when he said the following:

You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.

And then there is Apple’s no-porn policy:

Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings,’ will be rejected.

So what gives?

Although no indication has been given as to why Cinemax was given the green light, one can’t help but wonder if the programming giant has been given preferential treatment. It wouldn’t be the first time. After the Great Purge of 2010, which included the ban of bikini apps, many were baffled to see Playboy, Victoria’s Secret, and Sport Illustrated Sports Edition available. Yet, even Playboy couldn’t slip some extra skin in their application. As a result, the gentlemen’s magazine developed a HTML5 web app.

At MiKandi, our stance continues to be that the mobile phone belongs to the consumer who owns it and that they should be able to download and purchase the applications that they desire. We may be a small app store market, but we’re proud that we treat our developers and customers fairly and equally.

Get MiKandi today!

If you’re an adult and you’re tired of being told what you can and cannot have on your device, get yourself an Android and download MiKandi. MiKandi is the world’s first and largest adult app market.

You can download MiKandi onto your Android 1.6+ device in three simple steps:

  1. Change your device’s settings to allow installations from third parties. To do this, go to Menu> Settings> Applications and tap Unknown Sources. (AT&T customer? There are some things you should know first.)
  2. Go to m.mikandi.com on your mobile browser. Tap the blue Download Now button.
  3. Once the download is complete, you’ll be prompted to install. Review the permissions, tap Install, and voila! Our bevy of the world’s best adult apps at your fingertips.

Are you a developer?

If you’re a developer and you’re tired of unclear and arbitrary content restrictions, join the MiKandi family today. Register your free developer account at developer.mikandi.com.

‘Gay cure app’ no longer available in Apple App Store

After a month in the Apple App Store, the controversial and offensive app that offers a “healing alternative” for those to prefer the company of the same sex has been removed. Whether this removal will be definite is unclear.

So let’s get this straight (ba-dum-dum!): CGI breasts- offensive. Telling the LGBTQ community that their orientation is a ‘sin that will make your heart sick’- not offensive. Are we missing something?

Don’t get us wrong- we believe everyone is entitled to freedom of speech. But are we wrong in thinking that app stores should consistently enforce their policies regarding ‘offensive’ material?

MiKandi loves our LGBTQ developers, customers, and apps. So we’re waving our rainbow flag, and presenting you our list of hot lesbian, gay, and TG apps, all found in the MiKandi App Market for adults!

Benny Morecock’s Shake and Wank
By: BennyMoreCock.com
Free

Hidden Gay Movies
By: Toasty Development
199 Gold

Bobby and Mark eBook
By: Digimediaapps
160 Gold

Just Boys eBook
By: Digimediaapps
975 Gold

RainbowLite
By: Nayden
Free

Lesbian Erotic Stories
By: Ario
99 Gold

Lesbian Solitaire
By: Zinnia
Free

Lesbian Love 1 eBook
By: Digimediaapps
499 Gold

Hidden Shemale Movies
By: Toasty Development
199 Gold

How to protect yourself from malicious apps

Google Android has been taking a lot of heat after it’s been revealed that over 50 malicious apps were distributed through the Android Market. Unlike the Apple App Store, the Android Market isn’t heavily screened, making it easier for developers to publish their applications than in other official OS markets. Google relies on user feedback and ratings to police the market, as well as requiring users to accept permissions before downloading and installing applications. On one hand, the openness of Android can be attributed to its exponential growth. But on the other, many are asking is the price of such openness too high?

From WSJ:

While that may leave Google’s Android Market more vulnerable in some respects, security experts say all mobile operating systems are open to similar kinds of attacks. In the past, Apple has also pulled apps from its App Store after they were discovered to send information about users and their phones to outside parties without the users’ knowledge or consent.

Practice Safe Downloading

Like the Android Market, the MiKandi App Store makes it easy for developers to publish and monetize their apps. But every once in awhile a bad apple comes along and tries to ruin the batch. So, how can your protect your device from malicious apps? One thing to note is that in order to install any Android app, malicious or not, you must accept the app’s permissions. Pay attention to what the app is asking access to and ask questions if you have them. For example, a wallpaper application should not need access to your contact list.

App Download Best Practices

Below is a list we complied back in December 2009 of precautions you should take before downloading anything (mobile or web).  Please take the time to review as it can be the difference between a working Android and a hacked one.

  1. Put on your sleuth cap. Research the developer of the application before downloading. Applications in the MiKandi marketplace are not created by MiKandi. Developers use our marketplace to connect with you, the end user.  So before you hop into bed with an app, get some deets on the Developer.  A Developer’s contact information can be found in the app description.  If it’s not, just give us a shout at info@mikandi.com and we’ll send you the info.
  2. Read the fine print. Always read the legal information and privacy policy the Developer provides and review what information they want to collect.  In order to install an app, you will be notified of security permissions the app is requesting access to.  Be wary of apps that request more access than necessary.  Be cautious about sharing your personal information, and click Cancel if you are not comfortable with granting access.  In the end, it’s best to refer to the first guideline and email the Developer with any questions.
  3. Be cautious who you share your location with. Some apps allow you to share your location with the Developer, friends, or public at large.  Refer to Guideline #2 and find out why the app you want needs that information.  There are many fun apps out there that require access to your location.
  4. Listen to the tribe. MiKandi’s review process is driven by the community, as opposed to imposing our own review process. We leave the feedback to our community of users.  Take note of what other end-users are saying about the app you want.
  5. Report abuse. Obviously, illegal content is NOT tolerated on MiKandi.  If you discover an app with illegal content, please report the app in question at developer@mikandi.com

Developers are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding their application.

Developers who stock apps on MiKandi are subject to the MiKandi Terms of Use.  All apps are subject to MiKandi’s Privacy Policy.

 

 

Global Android Activations

 

Check out this sweet data visualization of global Android device activations from October 2008 to January 2011. Peep the spike in American activations at 1:30. Looks like a bunch of you got Moto Droids for Christmas.

We couldn’t help but notice one missing annotation at 1:32. On November 29, 2009 there should be a note that reads “MiKandi Launches”. ;)

It’s all good, we’re just going to go ahead a fix that for them:

Android FTW!

Google revamps the Android Market

Android Market

Android Market

It looks MiKandi isn’t the only one to overhaul their app store.  Over the next two weeks, Google Android will be rolling out a major update to to Android Market.  Just like MiKandi users, folks with devices running Android 1.6 will see the changes.  If your device runs Android 1.5 and you want MiKandi and the new Android Market, there may be a manual update or root available to you.  (Cliq users, see this manual update from Motorola.)

According to to this blog post from Google Android, the focus of the redesign was to improve merchandising and discoverability, something that plagues larger app markets.  The Market’s answer to this problem is a carousel of promoted apps on the home and category screens, more categories, and related apps.

In addition to the carousel, the Market will include two new popular categories- Widgets and Live Wallpaper.  The Market will also be “adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead.”

Opening an app page, you’ll see a new tab called “Related”.  From here you can view related apps , making it easier to find apps of similar interest.  We expect the developers may have mixed feelings about this.  ;)

As mentioned above, we haven’t had a chance to see the new market first hand, but from the looks of it, it seems that Google Android has come to many of the same conclusions that we came to when we redesigned the MiKandi App Store three weeks back.  Namely faster performance, intuitive navigation, and better search capabilities.  We also sought to reduce the number of screen changes and deliver relevant apps as quickly as possible.  Browsing the MiKandi App Store, you’ll notice that we have only three major screens- MiAccount, App Store, and MiTheater.  Directly from App Store users can browse by changing their filters (Featured, Top Paid, Top Free, Latest, Highest Rated) and categories (All, Entertainment, Games, Social, Erotica, Mobile Sites, News) without changing screens or scrolling.

We haven’t received the update to any of our devices yet, but we’re excited to see what’s in store for the Android Market these up coming weeks.

Apple awarded anti-sexting patent

Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent application submitted by Apple in 2008 which prevents users from sending “objectionable” (read: sexy) text messages.  Regardless of in-good-fun jabs we make against Apple, we respect that they set themselves as a “family friendly” company with family friendly products.  But we also wonder: Are they wasting their time?

From Tech Crunch:

The “Sexting” patent background info states that the problem it solves is that there is currently “No way to monitor and control text communications to make them user appropriate. For example, users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language.”

The control application will include parental controls in which parents can set the child’s ‘user age’ or grade level.  Once set, the child will not be able to text mature language (or language inappropriate for his or her age), and will prevent him or her from sending “unauthorized texts.”  We wonder who determines what kind of language is inappropriate for each user age group?

Apple and parents are fighting an uphill battle.  Kids will curse.  They’ll talk about tits and ass, and say “motherfucker” and have a general curiosity about sex.  Whether this feature will really put a dent in the “sexting” trend is unlikely.  Kids are crafty, and they’ll think of another way to communicate as soon as a barrier is put in front of them.  Just like you did when you were 15.

Opponents can gripe that “Steve Jobs hates sex!” or that parents shouldn’t buy kids smartphones.  The truth is this: Parents will want parental controls, and just like any company Apple has the right to determine what products they want to offer and in what markets.  That will not change.  What we take away from this, and what we appreciate most about this patent, is that Apple is giving the device owner control instead of placing a broad restriction on all iThings across the board.

iPhone Blocks Nipples – Android Apps Allow Porn

How did we miss this one?  Look for the MiKandi shout out at the 2:30 mark.  Mee Kandi?  Muh-Kahndi?

Fart > Titties? In what world?! (Hint: Apple’s)

I call shenanigans!!  Wired reported that Apple’s director of applications technology, Phillip Shoemaker, has been selling apps in the Apple App Store under the company name Gray Noodle.  No biggie.  But this guy, this guy!, has been selling fart and urination apps.  \/\/ Whateva!

So you can’t get bikini apps, but farts?  Why not?  It’s ok, everyone does it!  It’s natural.  Just like sex…. wait. a. minute.  SHENANIGANS!

In all seriousness, Apple has every right to decide what’s in their store, but open up the mall for other players (MiKandi).  C’mon!  You handle the farts, we’ll handle the breasts.  Judging from the abundance of fart apps in the App Store, it’s a win-win.

Disney about to aquire Playdom- coooool!

I’ll be honest- I’m a sap for Disney.  I may have at one time cried tears of joy as the tram approached the entrance to DisneyLand.  This “one time” may have been a number of trips over the past few summers.  What?!  DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!  It’s the happiest place on Earth.

So you can imagine me uttering “that’s so awe-shum!” as I was going through my TechCrunch headlines this morning.   The MiKandi Crew got a chance to spend time with some of the fine fellows at Playdom the past few days at Casual Connect in Seattle, where they hosted an open bar mingle session at the Triple Door.  Over drinks and appetizers, we talked mobile gaming apps, the mobile ecosystem, and got much appreciated advice and wisdom from Director of Publishing, Matthew Davie.  More on our trip to Casual Connect and that conversation in later posts.

According to sources, Playdom is in the late stages of acquisition discussions.  Disney, who is already an investor in Playdom, recently acquired Tapulous, a developer of iPhone and Android applications earlier this month.

From TechCrunch:

We’ve heard a wide range of speculation on the price Disney is paying for Playdom but haven’t confirmed anything yet. It’s probably safe to assume it’s a multiple of that $345 million valuation, though. Zynga, Playdom’s much larger competitor, has likely been valued at more than $2 billion in recent financings.

Does the deal make sense for Disney? There are a number of arguments that it does. Disney is weak in the social space, and despite making investments in MMOs, such a the acquisition of Club Penguin in 2007, digital revenues continue to make up a tiny percentage of overall revenue.

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Grindr to swing all ways

Grindr, the awesome hook up app for gay men that still isn’t on the Android market or MiKandi (hint), is going tri.

The location based app finds folks in your vicinity that are down for a hook up.  Grindr lets you create a profile, upload a photo, add your location, and start browsing hotties in your area in minutes.  The people nearest you and online will appear first.

A quick visit to their site suggests that the insanely popular (and useful!) app is going straight and lez.  Upon visiting the site, viewers are asked to define thyselves: Gay, Lesbian/Straight, or a non-iPhone user.  Those in the minority (straight, lezbean, or non-iPhoner) are then prompted to sign up for Grindr’s newsletter with the promise that good things to come will be coming soon.  Sweet!