A new level of In-App-Evil: Watch out for Legion/Mydoo Ads!

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Letting a small kid play with your Iphone for 5 mins, nothing much can happen, right? 23 open tabs, some moved icons, maybe a few failed in-app purchases… Right? Wrong.

At a recent family gathering, my daughter of 2 years played with a relative’s Iphone, clicked on an ad, and got herself a 4€ / week subscription to Legion GmbH / MyDoo International. By clicking on an ad. That popped up in a free game for small children. In a game that is available on the Apple app store. There is no password or any complicated process, just a click on an ad, and apparently, that stuff is legal in Germany (German link). I can’t tell you how the ad looked, we weren’t looking, but you know how those ads block the entire screen. It’s very easy to misclick, especially if you happen to be the target audience for those games.

Wow. That’s great. We were informed by a text message from Legion (at least something, right?). And our request to cancel was accepted without fuss. Still, google MyDoo International and you find a lot of cases, and many people found out after a few weeks paying.

Easy fixes for this: Go into flight mode (usually no ads) or use Guided Access.

just played: Shadowrun Dragonfall
just watched: Co-Optional Podcast #124
just reread: Time in History by G.J. Whitrow

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Silence :/

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My band’s tour was cancelled, which was very stressful and unpleasant … in the aftermath of that, I find myself working productively (now that the tour organization and details are solved in this unpleasant fashion), and replanning the next week. Maybe I can invest some time into this blog again. I need it to take notes of what I do, of the passage of time, to project ideas and thoughts and to make people aware of me (all these things are productive), so I refuse to let this die down again here 😀 But: I promised to re-invest the days of the cancelled tour into finishing the album. If THAT is complete, I have much more free time. 🙂

just played: Sims 4
just watched: Co-Optional Podcast #37
just reread: Heinlein – Stranger
in a Strange Land

Back from Berlin, more bloggage next week

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Just back from a compressed trip to Berlin for a new project, looking very good! I hope I will be “forced”/allowed to go to Berlin once a month for the next months. I love the city, so yea!
Otherwise, I need to get back into my new-found work routines, that little trip messed it up a bit. So, the next 3 weeks will be work, album recording, blog, and preparation for my band’s tour at the end of the month.

just played: Sims 4
just watched: Total Biscuit Content Patch #203
just read: Still Monte Christo, almost done …

Got a new idea for a small series of posts ..

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… which will belong into the music category, and will spotlight a bit of my personal stuff. I will transfer some of my very old stuff from tapes to digital, and we will all gather around to laugh at it. Will be fun. I am also a bit more active on Twitter.

Next few days, I have a lot of sound design to do, I hope I will not become super silent here.

just played: worky work
just watched: co-optional podcast (on youtube) #004
just read: gamasutra interview with the makers of Kingdom