Tag Archive: Purchases


How to limit child purchases on Fortnite for Android

With Fortnite on Android avoiding Google Play, here’s how to limit child purchases on the platform.

Fortnite is skipping Google Play on Android and the beta is already in full-swing. If you have a child eager to play Fortnite on their Android device, its imminent full release is great news. But as a parent, you’ll be missing out on the parental controls that come with Google Play.

Children might be inclined to make unauthorized purchases in Fortnite,  [Read More…]

Save an additional 20% on your Prime Day purchases by using American Express Reward points

The savings just keep piling up.

We already know that we will see millions of deals across the world on Prime Day, but did you know that you could drop the prices even lower by just shopping with your American Express points? Amazon frequently offers an additional percentage off select purchases when you checkout and pay for part of the transaction using your Rewards points, and come Prime Day, the company is offering 20% off on a variety of  [Read More…]

My Logitech Harmony remote is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made

My Logitech Harmony remote makes my mismatched smart home “just work”.

I have what I like to refer to as a piecemeal smart home. I’m fairly certain I’m not alone here and have different bits and pieces from various companies like Philips, Samsung, Nest, Ring, Leviton and more attached to my Wi-Fi and do my best to find ways to get them all working together. I’d love to have a custom wired automated house of the future  [Read More…]

Save on digital purchases with a $50 Google Play gift card for $45

This one doesn’t come around too often, so don’t miss out.

Amazon is offering $ 5 off Google Play gift cards of $ 50 or more when you enter promo code GOOGLE at checkout. This digital gift card will be emailed to you quickly after purchase.

The promo code is limited to 1 use per customer, but if you want to save more on your Google Play purchases, head over to Walmart where you can grab 10% off digital  [Read More…]

Loot boxes and in-app purchases: A necessary evil or the scourge of the gaming world?

It’s time we talk about micro-transactions in video games.

You may have read about the controversy surrounding loot boxes and micro-transactions in full-priced video games. The topic has been a point of frustration for many of us, but it’s been getting a lot of attention over the past few weeks, largely due to EA’s recent attempts at implementing those mechanics in “Star Wars Battlefront 2.” If you need a refresher, our friends over at Windows Central have  [Read More…]

Kick off your weekend with $1 movie rentals and $5 purchases at Amazon

Team Thrifter is back again, this time with some great deals on Amazon movie rentals and purchases ahead of Prime Day!

Before you know it, we will be in the midst of the Prime Day madness, but before that, we should all take some time this weekend to sit back, relax, and watch a movie. Amazon’s latest offer brings $ 0.99 rentals and $ 4.99 purchases to Prime members. The deal, as you’d expect, doesn’t cover the company’s entire  [Read More…]

Google finally matching in-store purchases to online activity, vastly raising value of ads

Keeping track of in-store purchases is the final step of measuring effectiveness of online ads.

Google is finally figuring out how to close the most precious link in the loop of online advertising: knowing when someone makes an in-store purchase in response to an online ad. Google has announced that it will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions, matching the data to its anonymized profiles of Google users to whom it serves ads online.

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Google purchases VR company Owlchemy Labs

Owlchemy Labs is a 23-person team working on VR games for the last six years. The company got into VR early and has had a few big hits like Job Simulator (you might have seen all of YouTube playing it at one point) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

This success has resulted in an acquisition by Google, which allows the company to further their VR endeavors. With projectors like Cardboard and Daydream, Google is invested in mobile VR.

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Amazon will refund $70 million in accidental in-app purchases

A great reminder of why most app stores now require a passcode.

Amazon has effectively rescinded its appeal this week against the 2016 federal court decision which found the online retailer guilty of illegally billing users for unauthorized in-app purchases. Amazon had been ordered to provide refunds to those who had been affected.

In 2016, a US federal judge ruled that Amazon had failed to properly inform users before charging for in-app purchases, which are frequently found  [Read More…]

Fitbit purchases Vector, the Pebble competitor

Fitbit moves to compete with Android Wear in 2017.

Fitbit has acquired yet another smartwatch maker, this time a small Romanian outfit, Vector, made up of former Citizen employees.

The move comes barely a month after Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble, a more well-known smartwatch builder in North America, yet Pebble and Vector share many similarities.

Vector built a series of round smartwatches that used e-paper displays to extend battery life to 30 days in some cases, in  [Read More…]