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Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on

Here’s an interesting change: Tumblr’s iOS application just received an update which now lets you turn on or off adult-oriented, NSFW search results just by toggling a switch in iOS’s Settings. That’s right: you can now switch on or off the Tumblr porn with ease. Weirder still, Tumblr’s note about the change in the App Store update text says this was implemented per Apple’s content guidelines.

Why is that weird?

Because Apple’s developer guidelines at least today explicitly tell app developers not to do this sort of thing.

Above: Tumblr’s iOS app update text

While Apple has never permitted explicit apps whose sole purpose is to serve pornography, it long ago carved out an exception for social networks hosting user-generated content, provided they agreed to filter and hide the NSFW content by default.

This is an issue that greatly impacts Tumblr, given that its blogging network is actually composed of a lot of porn. In fact, according to website analytics service SimilarWeb, adult content is the top category that drives direct clicks to Tumblr’s desktop site, accounting for 20.53% of clicks, compared with the next-largest referring category, books and literature, which drove just 7.61% of clicks.

Above: Tumblr’s new porn toggle

Tumblr has always had NSFW content, saying that its policy about this sort of material is a live-and-let-live kind of thing, but it draws the line at actually hosting sexually explicit videos. (Embed them, it says.)

To be allowed into the iTunes App Store, Tumblr has had to filter out and hide this content in its iOS app by default. There’s a loophole, though as I’m sure many of you know.

According to Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, apps like Tumblr are allowed to show the NSFW content if the user turns the setting on via the services website.

Here’s the full text, per Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, about how this system is supposed to work, emphasis ours:

Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. hot-or-not voting), making physical threats, or bullying do not belong on the App Store and may be removed without notice. If your app includes user-generated content from a web-based service, it may display incidental mature NSFW content, provided that the content is hidden by default and only displayed when the user turns it on via your website.

Tumblr clearly fits in that latter category of apps that display incidental mature NSFW content, but it’s now being told to put a toggle in iOS’s Settings?


The most logical explanation for this sort of change is that Apple will allow this setting to be locked down via its parental controls at some point. That’s not the case right now, though.

Under Settings > General > Restrictions, you can block the kids from using Apple’s built-in apps, block app downloads, and can block apps based on their current rating. (Tumblr is rated 17+, for example). However, there is not a way to force something like a Safe Search toggle switch to remain on.

Above: iOS 10’s Restrictions screen

It’s possible that Apple will roll out improved parental controls in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, which is expected to be announced at WWDC this summer. Perhaps it directed Tumblr to implement this setting in preparation of that change. (And maybe Apple didn’t expect Tumblr to code the fix so quickly or call it out in the apps update text!)

Other apps where adult content could be a concern like Google, Twitter, Reddit, Flickr, 500px, and Pinterest don’t currently offer this sort of toggle switch in the iOS Settings, even though they may offer content filtering mechanisms of their own in their apps or on their websites.

Tumblr used to have in-app Safe Search controls as well, somehow bypassing Apple’s rules. This is an area Apple has cracked down on before, as with third-party Reddit apps. But in that case, the Reddit app makers were advised that after removing their toggle switches, users would have to turn on NSFW content from the Reddit website, as per Apple’s guidelines. Tumblr is doing it differently.

Of course, another explanation is that Apple is just chilling out about NSFW content in general, but that seems far less likely given the company’s historical position on a being a family-friendly App Store.

“Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone,” Steve Jobs famously said.

Apple has not responded to requests for comment about the matter. Tumblr declined to comment.

Disclosure: Yahoo owns Tumblr, and is in the process of being acquired by Verizon; Verizon owns TechCrunch parent company AOL.

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Who said it: tech CEO or communist leader? Take our quiz

This week Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to advance human potential and promote equality. But hes not the only tech billionaire in a Che Guevara shirt.

Capitalism is catechism in Silicon Valley. The civic religion is entrepreneurism and evangelism is a marketing tool. But for an industry that worships at the altars of the marketplace, the rhetoric of billionaires has gotten a bit confusing.

Just this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his latest plans to invest $3bn from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organization whose mission statement Our hopes for the future center on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality would not sound out of place coming out of the mouth of a die-hard communist.

Zuckerberg is not the only billionaire who sounds like he has a Che Guevara shirt in his closet. Take our quiz and see if you can tell the source of the quote: techie or communist?

We have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.
It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.
In every struggle for human dignity and social justice in every struggle for better wages and working conditions, against racism and patriarchy, for protecting our living environment, and for our rights to adequate health, education, and housing (among our other needs), the concept of human development is implicit.
Workers rights are human rights.
Childhood should not be spent in a factory.
Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.
Working too many hours isnt just unfair, its unsafe.
We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.
The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.
The system is that there is no system.
If we have a correct theory but merely prate about it, pigeonhole it and do not put it into practice, then that theory, however good, is of no significance.
Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution!
The most fundamental issue is economic equality.
If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.
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MOMO: Best Stock App to Discover New Trade and Investment Opportunities. Now Available on Apple App Store

MOMO on iPhone

MOMO Stock Discovery is now available in the App Store for iOS users.

MOMO provides a new way to stay up to date on stock market activity and solves an age-old problem for people who are too consumed with work and life activities to keep up with big investment opportunities.

Before MOMO, busy traders and investors would learn of a stock following a big move in evening news or online after a fifteen, twenty or even fifty percent change; resulting in “chasing” profits and poor outcomes.

Brent Gaynor, Founder of Mometic states, “With over 6500 stocks in the US stock market alone, it is very difficult to discover which stocks are breaking out among all the noise. Media outlets only report on what the masses view as popular and outdated watch-lists are manually entered, unwieldy with more than a dozen or so entries and do little to uncover new trading opportunities. MOMO filters out the 6500 US stocks that are not moving, so you can concentrate on those that are – before others.”

MOMO Features

MOMO was purpose-built to instantly report new daily stock highs and lows enabling users to discover and alert themselves to important price activity. MOMO utilizes cloud backend processing and a real-time datafeed optimized for mobile data usage. MOMO also integrates with iOS extensions and leading social stock service, StockTwits, to deliver timely social insight. “MOMO is just the type of app we created StockTwits API’s for. With our trending stocks, MOMO users can quickly identify momentum stocks with strong social signals and quickly engage with others – a powerful combination,” says Howard Lindzon, Founder of StockTwits and Robinhood investor.

Gesture-based design provides natural one-handed usability.

MOMO is designed to be an immediate asset. Discrete menus maximize screen-viewing area and intuitive controls don’t overcomplicate its purpose.

Follow the buzz with StockTwits

A natural partner, StockTwits is a “Twitter for Stocks” that gives MOMO users the latest news and social insight. If you see a “ST” on the MOMO stream – it signifies the stock is receiving notable StockTwits activity.

Monitor 52-week highs and lows at a glance

New 52-week milestones are highlighted within the stream for easy recognition whether long or short.

Share with your friends, advisor, or colleague.

Integrated sharing features in MOMO let you quickly tap and send real-time breakout activity via iMessage, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and StockTwits.

Stay notified when your phone is in your pocket

MOMO stock alerts are the easiest and fastest alerts in the business. Features include alert frequency settings and iOS notification integration.

Leave the desktop with extended hours support

Keep tabs on volatile after-hours activity due to earnings, economic events, and analyst upgrades/downgrades. MOMOs datastream and stock alerts are both fully functional in pre-market and after-hours trading.

** iOS Version Now Available for iPhone and iPad **

Use Link or search:”MOMO Stock Discovery”in Apple App Store


How much does MOMO cost?

MOMO is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and available as a paid subscription, available monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Monthly subscriptions are $ 10.99 with significant quarterly and annual pre-payment discounts.

Is there a free trial?

Yes, and our trial process is unique. Get familiar with MOMO everyday for up to 5 minutes a day until you decide you want unlimited use. You receive unrestricted and un-delayed data to experience MOMO with no ads or distractions.

Does it work on X platform?

We developed MOMO to be platform independent. After we get 1.0 on iOS released; Android and desktop versions will follow.

Blogger or press inquiry?

We have a MOMO review guide, stock photos and are readily available to discuss MOMO. Contact us at

About Mometic

Mometic builds specialized financial apps and products that address unique and unanswered problems. Privately held, Mometic is based in Dallas, TX. For more information visit

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Fitnet Handpicked as Top Healthy Living App in Apple Watch Store

Blacksburg, Va. (PRWEB) April 23, 2015

Fitnet, the only fitness app that combines biometric sensors, workout buddies, trainers, and now, an accurate calorie counter during video exercise, is featured as a top app in both the Healthy Living and Health and Fitness categories in the Apple Watch App Store that launched today. The app, recently dubbed “the Jane Fonda of the Digital age,” now allows clients to use it as a true wearable – in fact it is the only third party app providing accurate calorie burn counter, cardio zone and heart rate during exercise on Apple Watch. Fitnet has utilized key Apple technologies including HealthKit, WatchKit and CloudKit to ensure the accuracy of its wearable features and integration into Apple Watch.

Fitnet 3.0 also steps up its fitness game with the addition of weeklong Fitness Challenges. These five-day, 10-minute per day challenges – such as “Buns, Guns and Abs” and “Burpee Bonanza” – were created to make fitness on Fitnet an even more fun, competitive and social experience. For only $ 1.99 per week, clients can participate in workout challenges that begin each Sunday and end on Saturday. This feature, coupled with the health data from Apple Watch, allows Fitnet to score and rank thousands of people from around the world daily. With clients in over 200 countries, and already five million calories burned, Fitnet is gamifying its experience and creating a global fitness challenge like no other.

“Fitnet 3’s tight integration with Apple Watch allows our clients to become even more accountable for their personal health and fitness goals,” said founder and chief geek of Fitnet, Bob Summers. “This, combined with our new weeklong challenges, truly gamifies the experience and makes the process more personal and meaningful. Our ultimate goal is to get clients in the habit of working out 5 days a week – a great accomplishment for anyone in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.”

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal demonstrated that people are most motivated in a fitness program when they are able to workout with someone else. Enhancements and widespread adoption of wearable technology is giving consumers the opportunity to gamify their experience; and not only workout with just one or two fitness buddies but with their entire social network.

Created to spark the competitive spirit in its clients, Fitnet is gamifying this feature one step further by giving participants two “Challenge Coupons.” These coupons allow participants to invite two friends to join them in the weekly challenge for free. All challenge participants are then scored each week through both the biometric sensor scoring system or Apple Watch. The participants are then ranked based on the number of challenge segments completed and number of “nets” earned. Clients can view their results through any Apple device, including the Apple Watch, to keep track of their standing in real time within each week’s challenge.

Fitnet is no stranger to the iTunes App feature pages, after both its iPhone release and integration with Apple Health, Fitnet was immediately recognized as a top health and fitness app on iTunes. In addition, Fitnet has received recognition from Mashable, TechCrunch, Yahoo Tech, BGR, Microsoft and Google. The comprehensive mobile fitness experience has received funding from CIT, Valleys’ Ventures, Mozilla Foundation and National Science Foundation.

Fitnet 3.0 is available now as a free download with over 250 workouts and counting on iTunes App Store, Apple Watch App Store and Google Play. Clients can purchase $ 1.99 challenges and monthly fitness training subscriptions starting at only $ 9 per month.


About Fitnet

Launched in 2014, Fitnet is the only fitness app that delivers a personal fitness experience combining wearable technology, biometric sensors, fitness coaching and online workout buddies. The comprehensive fitness solution is accessible, easy-to-use and fun for all ages and skill levels. The app’s cost-effective tools provide accurate and real-time feedback, which motivates clients to reach their health and fitness goals anytime, anywhere. The Fitnet application is used in over 200 countries and its clients have collectively burned over 5 million calories since the launch on January 1, 2014. For more information, visit or follow @fitnethealth on Twitter.

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Kreol Magazine announces the launch of its global mobile app for Apple and Android devices

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 16 April 2015

International publication Kreol Magazine has now launched a new magazine app, available to those using Apple and Android devices all over the globe.

The Creole culture magazine has created this intuitive new app, available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and soon also to be available on Kindle Fire – to make it easy to read the great features and stories from the magazine at any time and from anywhere, making it more accessible all across the globe.

The new app is a mobile-friendly redesign that has been enhanced with images, galleries and exclusive online content including the same great stories and features that appear in the print version of the magazine. The app has been designed with the user experience in mind, allowing content to be read either online or offline and in landscape or portrait view, as well as incorporating a quick and easy search functionality, a contents menu, a bookmark feature, sharing capabilities and full online support.

With the slogan “separated by water but united by culture – Creole culture bible at your fingertips”, Kreol Magazine is designed to showcase the people, places and traditions of the vibrant Creole culture that spans five continents. Regular features include spotlight pieces on professionals with a Creole heritage, articles about Creole celebrities, pieces on Creole culture, music, literature and art, as well as historical reports that focus closely on the countries that Creoles call home. The magazine aims to become a common thread that links all Creole countries and communities, which celebrates their unique cultural and ethnic identity and showcases Creole delights on the world stage.

The editor of Kreol Magazine, Georgina Dhillon says, “We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Kreol Magazine app. We are confident that the new app will make it far easier for our readers to access our exclusive content in a way that is convenient for them, showcasing all of the same great features and stories from our print magazine but with additional exclusive information and a mobile-friendly design. Our aim is to increase our global readership, and to become an integral part of the culture of Creole-speaking countries and communities across the globe.”

The Kreol Magazine app is free to download, with both the current and previous issues available for just £2.99 each. Users can opt for an auto-renewing 12 month subscription, priced at just £5.99 for four issues, which will deliver new issues directly to their mobile device.

For more information about Kreol Magazine, visit

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Yale, Apple Teachers Say Consider Math Comics for School

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) February 09, 2015

Yamie Chess Math Comics ( a math learning eBook series for middle school students on mobile phones and tablets, being distributed February 10 by Google Play and Follett Shelf to 70,000 school districts, libraries and classrooms throughout the U.S., have been assessed by a leading Yale University educator and 3 Apple Distinguished Educators.

“The Yamie Chess comics do a great job of motivating kids to learn math through cute stories about a fantastical world populated by entertaining characters representing dark and light chess pieces,” said Yale University statistician Professor Michelle Lacey, PhD (Yale), a U.S. Government scientist and Yale University Fellow, who works at Tulane University Department of Mathematics.

“The mathematical topics are taught through clear examples, and the scope of each comic strikes a nice balance between mathematical content and fun narratives that are likely to keep children engaged. Furthermore, for those readers who are really interested in learning about chess strategy there’s plenty to think about in these comics,” continues the Yale University expert, who explains her in-depth criticism at the parents area of Yamie Chess’ site at

The Yale review comes less than 12 months after School Library Journal awarded Yamie Chess the School Library Journal Best Education Pick at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

Edited by Caltech engineer Gerardo Morabito and 4-time New Jersey and Pennsylvania chess champion, Tom Bartell, an American International Master of chess, the first 5 math eBooks from Yamie Chess teach children as young as 7 years old basic algebra, geometry and number skills, through a cartoon world where each character is a chess piece.

“Math classrooms require a great deal of reading to solve problems and Yamie Chess’ comic book provides students with an opportunity to dive right into a magical math world,” said Monica Burns, a nationally-respected Apple Distinguished Educator with many years of classroom experience in the New York Department of Education. Ms Burns, whose full review is available at is a regular contributor to George Lucas’ Educational Foundation, Edutopia, in addition to Apple Education events.

Another Apple Distinguished Educator, Kirsten Van Niekerk from the University of Cape Town who leads the mathematics department at Dulwich College Suzhou in China, has independently voiced support for Yamie Chess’s new math comics, citing strong learning value in the education resource available to over 51+ countries through Google Play on February 10 to download for smartphones and tablet computers.

Available soon on Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and Singapore/Malaysia based platform e-Sentral to South East Asian countries, the first 5 titles in the Yamie Chess math series are: “A Tale of Sleepy Numbers” (numbers & operations), “The Math King of Dallas” (linear algebra and fundamentals of geometry), “He’s Arithmetic, I’m Geometric” (math sequences and series), “No Calculators, Please!” (arithmetic and long division) and “Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels”, which is the eBook version to Yamie Chess’ MIT- endorsed softcover math book aligned to the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points.

About Yamie Chess

Proudly manufactured in America, Yamie Chess is a Harvard- and MIT-supported math education program advised by a group of experienced math teachers and several prominent U.S. chess masters, including Jeremy Silman–known for creating Wizard’s Chess in Harry Potter.

A recipient of The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, Yamie Chess supports the families of United States military through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Toy Industry Foundation ( In 2014, the company donated over $ 30,000 of educational aids to children of active servicemen and women on Air Force Base Langley in Virginia; Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; U.S. Army Fort Belvoir Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S. Naval Station Mayport Jacksonville, Florida and AYPYN’s-Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood.

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Apple Patent Offers In-Depth Look at Apple Pay's NFC Technology

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