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  • This Week In Accessories: An Inexpensive Leather iPhone 5 Case And More

    This Week In Accessories: An Inexpensive Leather iPhone 5 Case And More

    Welcome back to This Week in Accessories. Even though it was a relatively slow week, lets take a look a few interesting new iOS device companions.

    Weave for the iPhone 5 from Acase

    Acase is proving that you don’t need to break the bank to have a leather case for your iPhone 5. The Weave is a simple sleeve that will keep the handset safe. A soft inner lining helps protect the screen and case. Users can retrieve their iPhone 5 from the hand-stitched sleeve with an elastic strap system.

    The Weave is available in black, brown, and dark brown for $24.95. You can find it at Amazon.com or directly through Acase.

    Animatone Snug from iFrogz

    While we covered a lot of accessories being introduced at CES 2013, a kid-friendly option from iFrogz flew under my radar. The Animatone Snug is a cute plush toy with a front pocket designed to hold an iPhone or iPod touch.

    When a device is inserted in the pocket, the company’s NearFA technology helps to amplify the sound of the speaker. The feature requires 2 AA batteries, and will last for 16 hours of continuous play or six months of standby.

    Two versions of the Snug, Charlie and the pictured Priscilla, cost $49.99 and will be available through iFrogz and other retailers soon.

    BattleTank from Desk Pets

    The line of robotic vehicles from Desk Pets is growing with the addition of the new BattleTank.

    Controlled by the free iOS app and an IR adapter that plugs into the headphone jack of any iOS device, the tank comes with two modes that allows it to roam freely or charge into battle against other tanks in multiplayer mode. The tank also comes with a built-in USB charger. Charging the tank 40 minutes will allow more than 25 minutes of play.

    I previously reviewed the similar CarBot from Desk Pets and was really surprised by the amount of fun that came in such a small package.

    The BattleTank is available in white, olive, and green and can be purchased from Desk Pets for $24.99.

    New iPhone 5 Cases from X-Doria

    While spring is still almost two months away, X-Doria has announced a number of cases that will compliment the season.

    The new Dash Icon will feature puff prints that have a raised surface and a unique feel. The case will be available in some interesting styles, including Herringbone, Color Burst, Orange Bloom, Dandelions, and Cubes.

    With an interlocking, honeycomb design, the Engage Form HC has a glossy inner structure that contrasts with the outer, matte body. A raised front lip also protects the iPhone’s screen when placing the case face down. Available colors include glacier, maple, and charcoal.

    Inspired by rippling water, the Engage Form RP is formed with strong polycarbonate that helps protect the iPhone 5. Glossy rings on the back of the case stand out against the matte body. Buyers can choose from a black, purple, or blue version of the case.

    The different cases range in price from $24.99 to $29.99. All of the styles can be ordered directly through X-Doria.

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  • Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Concerns

    Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Concerns

    Developer of the iOS app Path, has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it collected the address books of users without their knowledge or consent.

    As part of the settlement, Path must establish a comprehensive privacy program and obtain independent privacy assessments every other year for the next two decades. And the company will also pay $800,000 to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children under 13 without permission of their parents a violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

    “Over the years the FTC has been vigilant in responding to a long list of threats to consumer privacy, whether it’s mortgage applications thrown into open trash dumpsters, kids information culled by music fan websites, or unencrypted credit card information left vulnerable to hackers,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “This settlement with Path shows that no matter what new technologies emerge, the agency will continue to safeguard the privacy of Americans.”

    Path also issued a statement on its blog:

    Today the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it reached a settlement pending court approval with Path regarding alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA). The gist of the FTC’s complaint is this: early in Path’s history, children under the age of 13 were able to sign up for accounts. A very small number of affected accounts have since been closed by Path.

    As you may know, we ask users’ their birthdays during the process of creating an account. However, there was a period of time where our system was not automatically rejecting people who indicated that they were under 13. Before the FTC reached out to us, we discovered and fixed this sign-up process qualification, and took further action by suspending any under age accounts that had mistakenly been allowed to be created.

    We want to share our experience and learnings in the hope that others in our industry are reminded of the importance of making sure services are in full compliance with rules like COPPA. From a developer’s perspective, we understand the tendency to focus all attention on the process of building amazing new things. It wasn’t until we gave our account verification system a second look that we realized there was a problem. We hope our experience can help others as a reminder to be cautious and diligent.

    Throughout this experience and now, we stand by our number one commitment to serve our users first.

    The controversy kicked off last February. A Path fan and iOS developer discovered that version 2.0 of the app automatically collected private information, including any available first and last names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook and Twitter usernames, and dates of birth from a user’s address book without permission.

    Path quickly apologized and issued an updated version of the social networking app that stopped the practice. All user data that was collected without permission was also deleted from the company’s servers.

    Thanks to the publicity from the Path incident, Apple designed a feature in iOS 6 that forced third-party apps to explicitly request user permission to access personal information.

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