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Earlier this month, Fleshlight launched a new product that they called the Fleshlight LaunchPAD, which is basically a holster that attaches to an iPad and allows the user to have enhanced video chat sex or POV masturbation sessions. I wrote that any advancement in sex toys for boys is welcome in my book but a closer look at the product had me feeling kind of… Meh.

After a great conversation with MiKandi founder and former sex toy designer Jennifer McEwen and a sillier one with my boyfriend during which he mimed the different ways a penis-haver could use the LaunchPAD while walking down a busy city street, I realized that this toy could use some major improvements.

Because I know the boys are all jealous over the fact that they have practically no sex toys while the girls have all the fun, I’m not going to just hate on the Fleshlight for their maybe-not-totally-necessary iPad holster. Instead, in the spirit of sex-positivity, here are our suggestions on ways Fleshlight could vastly improve on the current design, plus one truly innovative and interesting way that it could be used.

Number one is that they really need to get on the haptic technology bandwagon. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of haptic tech, the best explanation is those racecars in old school arcades that would shake as you “drove” them. That’s haptic technology, at its most basic level.

With the advancement and popularization of cell phones, that technology can now be applied to more grown-up toys. For example, companies like Vibease and OhMiBod have pioneered apps that connect to vibrators and dildos, allowing couples to get down and dirty even when they’re on opposite sides of the world.

For the Fleshlight LaunchPAD, haptic technology only makes sense. While I’m not an engineer, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be too hard to sync the motions happening in a porn video, for example, with the actions inside a Fleshlight. The Fleshlight Vibro already has vibrating technologies built in, so why not team up with a software engineer who specializes in haptics to create an app that communicates with the Vibro?

Along those same lines, I’d love to see Fleshlight develop the toys that we’ve all been waiting for: one that truly lets you feel like you’re fucking your partner (or porn) through the computer. I’m not sure what the drag is on the development here (not enough knowledge? stalling for Oculus Rift?) but it is way past time for you sex toy designers to get up on it. The first person who does it right is going to make billions.

Any sex toy designers who are interested in developing this toy should check out Ambrosia Vibe, which met their minimum funding goal on Indiegogo in one week. Claiming to be the world’s first bionic dildo, the Ambrosia Vibe transforms actions taken on the dildo onto a vibrator that then stimulates the wearer.

A sexual experience that combined the Ambrosia Vibe on one end and the Fleshlight LaunchPAD using the Vibro on the other, connected via haptic technology and a video feed would be so awesome. Video chat sex is already great but can you imagine how much greater it would be with these toys? I can.

Haptic technologies are really just the tip (couldn’t resist) of what could be done with the Fleshlight LaunchPAD. My favorite suggestions out of the conversations I’ve been having around this toy is using it for gender exploration. This could be a great tool for trans folks who are trying to decide if they want to go in for full genital surgery or even just for people who are interested in getting a taste of what it means to be a different gender.

Going further down the haptic tech/gender exploration rabbit hole, what if a user could strap on the Ambrosia Vibe and use it to fuck a Fleshlight that was connected via haptic tech to another Ambrosia Vibe that was fucking their partner?

I think my brain just exploded.

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There is a common perception that the adult entertainment industry is a technology leader whose innovations are so irresistible and unique that mainstream users eventually adopt them: finding homes in our homes and businesses for hi-tech products and services originally intended for the consumption, delivery or production of porn.

However, even a casual examination of the historical examples of erotica’s interface with technology reveals that the premise of the adult entertainment industry innovating technology that later becomes adopted by more mainstream markets is overblown at best, despite this being a widespread belief.

One might first go back to Guttenberg, where the first job off the printing press was a copy of The Bible, with the first mass-produced porn following shortly afterwards. This watershed moment in history was perhaps the first technological innovation in communication since a tower or other elevated, manmade construction provided greater reach to an orator’s voice and the ability for larger audiences to see him.

Consider also, that at the time of Guttenberg, the church did not encourage individual Bible ownership by ordinary people — it was the exclusive province of the clergy. As a result, it is reasonable to suspect that the first examples of mass-market porn greatly exceeded the number of Bibles printed at this time; so while the average person of the era may have associated the printing revolution with porn, porn was not the motivator for this epoch innovation.

It is just the first example of how porn popularizes mainstream innovations.

The best (or at least a more current) example of this may be in the dominance of JVC’s VHS over Sony’s technically superior Beta format during the VCR format wars.

Many observers contend that a tidal wave of VHS porn videos fueled a cycle of consumer demand that extended to playback and recording devices, as well as to the rapid spread of video rental outlets as a distribution channel — crediting the porn industry with a win for VHS. Certainly, home video turned porn into a commodity quickly embraced by consumers, in part due to the easy availability of sexually explicit fare that despite previous generations of film-based “stag” reels, never approached the critical mass achieved by tape-based home video, but the dominance of VHS has a less salacious explanation:

Sony’s Betamax was a proprietary format that would have limited revenues for other companies seeking a slice of the home video market, and as such propelled a JVC-led VHS consortium to dominance, due to VHS’s lack of stringent licensing terms. One can find a current corollary on the digital video front, where Adobe’s proprietary Flash format fell into disfavor, despite its once widespread acceptance — trounced in favor of open source solutions enabling more freedom for users and more profits for tech companies.

Once again, the adult entertainment industry did not invent home video, nor did it necessarily sway the consumer market towards the choice of one format over the other — but it is reasonable to assume that porn played a significant role in speeding up the mass-market adoption of this breakthrough technology.

The same can be said for personal computers and the Internet, e-commerce, streaming multimedia, broadband, and more — these technologies all stemmed from the mainstream — but the rapid growth in popularity of these tools among consumers may rightfully be laid on porn’s doorstep. The same goes for hi-definition video, webcams and live video feeds, augmented and virtual reality, haptics and more.

Another aspect of this equation involves the lower cost of VHS camcorders (or as was common, video cameras tethered to separate recorder decks), which were fast adopted by wannabe Spielberg’s hoping to film their own sexual escapades; producing homemade skin flicks and giving birth to massive amounts of amateur porn produced since.

This phenomenon democratized porn and significantly contributed to its broader societal acceptance.

Likewise, amateur porn arguably fueled the rapid uptake of camera phones — with this trend continuing through the present day, as evidenced by the “selfie” craze. Solidly within the mainstream realm today, the popularity of self-shot, self-depicting digital imagery traces its current uptick back to younger adults and other users sharing their sex lives through this new, self-expressive creative medium: a convenient alternative to swapping old-school Polaroid pictures.

These examples illustrate that porn does not necessarily invent the technologies that may become quite closely associated with it, but it decidedly influences society’s view of adult entertainment and the folks who produce and consume it. Thus, familiarity with fornicators flashing their assets in front of a camera, rather than leading to contempt, lead to greater understanding and acceptance of this artistic medium.

This normalization of pornography continues today, as consumers realize that porn is an everyday thing, rather than the stereotypical portrayal as the province of organized crime, where exploited “sex slaves” perform under duress with an unseen mobster’s hand, just out of camera frame, pointing a gun at their heads and demanding their obedience.

There are also certain business practices said to have originated in adult and then spread to mainstream, such as affiliate programs and various billing techniques. Here again, however, adult affiliate programs — considered revolutionary by some observers — are merely an evolution of sales commissions, which are as old as commerce. Likewise, looking at timeworn magazine or newspaper subscriptions settles any notion that adult “invented” recurring billing. Even the immensely popular adult “tube” sites stem from mainstream powerhouse YouTube, from which they get their name.

Altogether, the abundance of evidence, whether real, rhetorical or circumstantial, shows that while porn popularizes mainstream innovations, it rarely if ever creates them — with the next example of the trend set to unfold as immersive, wearable technology such as Oculus Rift and Sony’s Morpheus, promising an unheard of level of “presence,” emerges. While it is doubtless that many alien monsters will be virtually slain in the gaming world these devices are initially targeting, while furthering the promise for medicine and science, the massive consumer adoption needed to bring these devices to the mass-market will not likely occur until the next generation of porn is ready for their use.

Providing the next best thing to being there, who, after all, could resist ownership?

 

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The war on adult content leaves many in the grey area of the adult industry stranded on precarious ground.

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Recent months have marked a sharp increase in the types of businesses that are closing their doors to adult content creators. March saw a number of mainstream payment processors and crowdfunding sites take a staunch position against adult performers, even when their use of these services had nothing to do with creating adult content. In April, Chase closed the bank accounts of a number of adult performers and their partners, including those of performers who were not using their accounts for business. Last month, MailChimp briefly suspended the account of an adult boutique over an innocuous newsletter rounding up sexy apps currently on the mobile market. And now Google is taking further steps to make it harder for adult businesses to make a profit.

Earlier this month, Google sent out a message to adult sites using AdWords to announce that the search giant will no longer accept ads that lead to adult sites.

“Beginning in the coming weeks, we’ll no longer accept ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts including, but not limited to, hardcore pornography; graphic sexual acts including sex acts such as masturbation; genital, anal, and oral sexual activity,” the e-mail from the Google AdWords Team read. “When we make this change, Google will disapprove all ads and sites that are identified as being in violation of our revised policy. Our system identified your account as potentially affected by this policy change. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your ads and sites to comply so that your campaigns can continue to run.”

The e-mail included a link to the Google Advertising Policy log, which added, “Under this policy, sexually explicit content will be prohibited, and guidelines will be clarified regarding promotion of other adult content. The change will affect all countries. We made this decision as an effort to continually improve users’ experiences with AdWords.”

Further communications from the Google AdWords Team last week reveal this change will impact not only sites that feature pornographic visuals, but any sites that contain language referring to sexual acts, something that will impact educators in the field of human sexuality.

Sexually explicit content includes graphic depictions of sexual acts, including but not limited to hardcore pornography. This also includes graphic sexual acts such as mastrubation, genital, anal, and oral sex. We will restrict the content similar to the nature of the examples below: images or language depicting any sexual acts in progress, images or language depicting masturbation or genital arousal, images or language depicting any type of genital, anal, and oral sexual activity, language explicitly referencing arousal or masturbation, explicit language to reference genitalia. [...] This includes but is not limited to graphic language describing a sex act or images (computer generated images included) depicting a sex act.

The AdWords Team noted that nudity and “other” adult content will not be prohibited, but that guidelines will be imposed on these types of content as well — a move that will, without doubt, impact a number of photographers and artists.

While this change to AdWords doesn’t affect sites’ page ranking on the search engine itself, it nevertheless represents another example of Google’s increasingly consistent attitude toward adult content across its products. Almost a year ago, Google prohibited the monetization of adult blogs on its free hosted blogging platform Blogger.

“Do not use Blogger as a way to make money on adult content,” read the Blogger Content Policy after the update. “For example, don’t create blogs that contain ads or links to commercial porn sites.”

As with the AdWords change, which tells adult content creators to change their ads so these are not in violation of new terms, the Blogger update ignored that for many bloggers — those posting their sexual experiences, sex toy reviews, erotica, and news in the adult industry — adult ads were often the only monetization option available to them because of their chosen niche. Adult content creators to whom blogging had long since become a source of income faced a simple choice when Blogger cut them off: stay and blog for free or self-host.

Many of these bloggers turned to self-hosting, which costs money to set up and maintain, and lost all incoming links that they had accumulated over the years, which affected their ranking. This is a great loss, as ranking has been increasingly difficult for adult content creators on the search giant. There are two main reasons for this. The first is evident: if Google determines that a site is “adult,” it doesn’t show up on a search when a SafeSearch filter is on, which is its default setting. The second reason is less obvious: an “adult” label makes it difficult for sites to rank normally due to changes in the search algorithm that require that searches specifically signal that the person making the query is looking for adult content — even when SafeSearch is turned off. (To get a sense of how this works, go ahead and run an Image Search for “tits” and then run one for “tits porn.”) Naturally, a lot of users don’t use search in that way unless they are looking for porn, which has the effect of reducing discoverability for adult content producers whose products are not within the porn category but still fall under the Google-imposed “adult” label.

Reliance on AdWords came as a way to slightly even the playing field for adult content creators, by giving their sites prime real estate through ads. As part of Google’s advertising arm, AdWords delivers relevant text ads alongside search results on Google and a number of partner search networks such as Ask.com and AOL, as well as displays relevant media ads across over the million websites and mobile apps in the Google Display Network.

It hasn’t been an easy relationship. For years now, advertisers using AdWords to drive traffic to adult properties faced some level of restriction. A number of adult properties were banned outright, such as those containing “sex-related services and information” and sites that either provide or promote sex work. In 2011, the ambiguity of what, exactly, “promote sex work” means got Google into hot water when they cancelled an AdWords campaign for the Dublin-based Turn Off the Blue Light non-profit, whose site focused exclusively on lobbying for sex workers’ rights.

For adult properties that were not banned, ads were possible, but these ads — marked “Approved (adult)” by Google — could not include images or video, only text, and were blocked in some 30 countries. Even in countries without such restrictions, “Approved (adult)” ads only triggered when people performed adult-specific searches — meaning that all keywords chosen by these advertisers when placing the ad had to be specifically adult in nature. Additionally, members of the web and mobile Display Network were free to bar adult ads on their properties, greatly decreasing the potential exposure for “Approved (adult)” ads.

Despite these restrictions, a number of adult properties successfully leveraged AdWords to get visibility, contributing to Google’s $50 billion advertising revenue last year. But as has been made clear by Google’s recent messages to advertisers of adult properties, this relationship will be coming to an end as early as mid-month, though the revised policy may not appear until July.

The American organization Morality In Media has taken credit for this change, as part of a joint effort with Enough is Enough, Concerned Women For America, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Covenant Eyes, and Net Nanny Community. In May, this coalition met with Google to discuss how to “protect individuals, families and children from exploitation” by putting an end to the tech giant’s involvement with pornography but is highly unlikely that pressure from these groups truly had any influence on the company. For some time now Google has been making policy changes across its products to uniformly distance itself from adult content.

In 2006, the tech giant began collaborating with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and joined both the Technology Coalition, which fights online child sexual exploitation, and the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography, a group of 34 leading banks, credit card companies, electronic payment networks, third-party payment companies and Internet services companies dedicated to eradicating child pornography. Fighting child pornography is a laudable cause and there was little reason to believe that it would impact adult content creators that were operating within the bounds of the law.

But it wasn’t and isn’t simply a matter of child pornography, as Elliot Schrage, former vice president of global communications and public affairs at Google, would clarify in 2007, when he said, “When a child isn’t seeking out objectionable content, but someone deliberately forces such content on them, this amounts to exploitation — and requires government involvement and cooperation by ISPs and other online services.” In short, Google believes that showing adult content to a person who has not given consent or — in the case of a minor, cannot give consent — to view adult content, is “exploitation.”

Over the years, the tech giant has taken more and more steps to restrict the visibility of any adult content to prevent this scenario from happening. Before Schrage clarified the company’s position, Google already had put SafeSearch in place on its search engine to offer users content control. This content-control was pretty hit-and-miss at the beginning, prompting a Harvard study to note, “Google SafeSearch seems to lack a principled or rational basis for allowing certain pages while blocking others. [...] A manual review of additional sensitive search results indicates that this apparent arbitrariness extends to a large number of search terms including searches about sexual health, pornography, and gay rights.”

In 2009, Google enabled users to lock SafeSearch on, making this setting impossible to change unless the person wishing to do had the Google account password of the user that had enforced that restriction. And, as mentioned previously, at the end of 2012 Google tightened its web and image search function to require that users clearly signal that they are looking for adult content in order for it to show up in search results at all, regardless of whether SafeSearch is on or not. At the time, Google clarified: “We are not censoring any adult content [...] you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous.”

In 2010, Google introduced Safety Mode to YouTube, its video-sharing network. Learning from SafeSearch, YouTube’s Safety Mode was launched with the option to lock the filter on the browser, making change possible only with the Google account password of the user that had enforced that restriction. A lesser-known aspect of YouTube’s Safety Mode is its connection to SafeSearch — turning on one also turns on the other.

YouTube, it should be noted, prohibits sexual content outright, but also maintains age-restrictions on videos that contain “Vulgar language, violence and disturbing imagery, nudity and sexually suggestive content and portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities.” Users are encouraged to preemptively age-restrict their own videos, but YouTube might do it for them. The imposed age-restriction can be appealed by “Partners,” people who are part of the YouTube advertising program, but only once. Age-restricted videos are invisible by default, requiring that users log in to their Google accounts and verify their age before they can access them, and are not be eligible to join the YouTube advertising program — though videos from giants like Hollywood and the music industry that one might think would fall under the age-restriction category, such as Beyonce’s “Partition” music video, seem to always get a pass.

In January of 2012, Google’s social network Google Plus lowered the age requirement for users from 18 to 13, which spurred a spree of image-flagging across the social network as the Photos Team made a dash to tidy things up for the newcomers. Due to ambiguity in policy, the results were uneven and concerns about accidentally running afoul of the policy remain a reality for photographers, models and artists on the social network. In April of 2014, Google Plus enabled Pages on Plus to age-restrict much like YouTube, by marking themselves “18 and over” or “21 and over.” To date, Google Plus has not made age-restriction available to Profiles.

Shortly after the Google Android Market metamorphosed into Google Play in March, 2012, they began to stringently enforce restrictions on adult content that they had, up until then, been fairly lax about, going as far as to ban a Reddit app because sometimes posts appearing on that networking service direct to adult sites. At the end of March of this year, Google Play expanded its restrictions on apps to include erotic content as well. If the adult restriction was ambiguous, the ban on erotic makes the situation even worse.

In April, 2012, Google introduced its cloud storage service, Drive, with a content policy that prohibits sharing files that are sexually explicit. “Writing about adult topics is permitted as long as they aren’t accompanied by sexually explicit images or videos, or any material that promotes or depicts unlawful or inappropriate sexual acts with children or animals. Additionally, we don’t allow content that drives traffic to commercial pornography,” reads the policy — meaning that sharing a Doc with colleagues about anything as benign as a spreadsheet of traffic stats for adult URLs could result in account suspension. Individual user tests on this have revealed that the nudes taken by the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz are considered pornographic and sharing them is limited by the service.

In June of 2013, Google updated its developer policy for Glass apps (called Glassware) to prohibit “nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material” and briefly suspended the developer account of the adult Android app store Mikandi for releasing Tits & Glass, an app that would enable users to create and share adult content using the wearable technology. That very same month, Google banned the monetization of adult content on Blogger.

In November of 2013, Google introduced Helpouts, which connect people who need help with experts via Hangouts video chat (previously GTalk and Plus in-network Messenger). The tech giant made its position on adult content abundantly clear from the get-go, banning experts on topics such as: “Dating sites, dating services, general dating advice or companionship services; Abortion; Birth control; Adult dating, companionship, or escort services; Excessively exposed skin/nudity; Non-fine art containing nudity/adult concepts which are gratuitous or intended to be sexually gratifying, lingerie; Sex toys and other sexual wellness products; intimate massage; Strip clubs; Adult job searching sites; Mail order brides; Content intended to arouse; Pornography; Otherwise sexually explicit content.”

A month later, it was revealed that the Android KitKat update packed a list of 1,400 banned words to prevent these from auto-completing or auto-correcting due to their “adult” connotations (bizarrely, this list included things like “lactation,” “uterus,” “STI,” and “preggers”). A similar list of banned words for predictive search on Google Instant had been discovered shortly after its launch in 2010, but it recently drew attention once again when activists found that “bisexual” was still on that blacklist in 2014.

A number of the moves that Google has made in the past decade are to ensure that it is not seen as profiting from pornography, but a great deal more have been made to prevent adult content from showing up when people don’t want it. Unfortunately, based on accounts from the many users who have reported suspension for content violation on any number of Google services — myself included — and the amount of content that should be age-restricted or disallowed by those same standards, but isn’t, it’s obvious that the company doesn’t have an internal consensus on what qualifies as “adult” content. This lack of clarity on the part of Google has created an unsafe environment across its services for adult content creators, who are basically waiting for the inevitable accidental policy violation that will result in their loss of access to everything from Gmail to Google Calendar.

Unlike porn sites that might be considering turning to ICM Registry’s dot-xxx top-level domain, its adult-only search engine, and ad networks, “gray area” adult content creators that are not in the business of pornography will not fare better in that competitive pornography-centered space — and that’s not even getting into the obvious concerns about how trivial it would be to block the domain extension in the root zone, thus censoring the entire digital adult ghetto.

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Pornostagram Changes Name to Uplust

From XBIZ

With a new name, new look and new features, Pornostagram.com, a social networking platform that welcomes hardcore images and sex talk, has changed its name toUplust.com in an effort to avoid any confusion with the popular Instagram hub.

Read the article on xbiz.com

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Monetizing Mobile Apps

The Mobile Team at Apptentive share common mistakes to avoid when monetizing mobile apps.

Read the article on apptentive.com

Retention is King

Managing Partner of Quint Growth, Jamie Quint, asks “How do we get better at keeping the users we already have?”

Read the article on andrewchen.co

 

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook took the time to blast Android yesterday while giving an audience of 6,000 developers an update on iOS7 adoption. Citing some 130 million new customers in last 12 months, Cooks shared that half were Chinese customers who switched from Android for “a better experience.” A stat that Cook remarks as incredible. But is it really?

Android has an enormous 78.6% marketshare in China. Apple has only recently began to adoption efforts in China, so of course it’s only logical that new customers will come from the dominating OS. I mean, where else would they come from? Even with 65 million new Chinese users coming from Android to iPhone, it’s much too early to scoff at the mobile OS Hulk.

The Delicate Balance Between Security and Openness

That said, Cook brought up some interesting critiques of Apple’s largest mobile competitor. Particularly that it’s fragmentation problem is not only driving customers away, but exposes the ones who stay to “a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilites.” The way Google releases updates to Android leaves users at the mercy of OEMs or carriers- and as well as at the mercy of Google, as OEMs and carriers first need Google to release the updates to them before they can pass it down the wire. Buying direct from Google is the only way to be sure you’re getting the latest updates as they’re released.

Security and user protection are often cited as reasons to justify more restrictions. In his speech, Cook concedes that Android does dominate the market- the mobile malware market, that is. I find the timing interesting given last week’s exploit against Apple’s ‘Find my Phone’ feature, in which cyber attackers hacked into iPhones and demanded payment in return for unlocking them. It’s important to remember that we’re not talking about malware, but an exploit in Apple’s features that gave the attackers access to hijack the devices. For all the restrictions Apple imposes on its users, it’s still susceptible to security breaches. Do the higher restrictions in the name of security justify the loss of consumer freedom? It all depends on what you what you value more- freedom to make your own decisions or ease of mind.

People love Android because it’s always strived for a balance between security and openness. No OS is 100% safe, but by educating users to practice due diligence when downloading, folks can reduce their chances of becoming victims of cyber attacks. Here are our tips for protecting yourself.

Practice Safe Downloading

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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 it as it can be the difference between a working Android and a cracked 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 details 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
  6. Install a mobile security app. Lookout provides trusted protection against phishing, malware, and spyware. You can download the app free on MyLookOut.com or in Google Play.

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.

MiKandi Permissions Explained

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When you download any Android app, you must allow the app certain permissions before it can install on your device. Here is the list of permissions MiKandi asks for before you install, and why.

Your Personal Information (read sensitive log data)
This gives us access to MiKandi log data only. It does not give us access to log data of other apps. We retrieve this debug information so we can help improve the app, such as when the app crashes or other login problems.

Network Communication (full internet access) 
MiKandi needs internet access to stream content and apps to you.

Storage (modify/delete SD card contents) 
This allows you to manage (install/uninstall) free apps on your SD card though MiKandi.

Phone Calls (read phone state and identity) 
MIKandi uses this permission to track different versions of Android, so that we can do a better job of serving you content that is optimized for your device.

System Tools (retreive running applications) 
MiKandi uses this permission in order to install and manage applications that you download through MiKandi.

Network Communication (view network state) 
This tells MiKandi if you are connected to the Internet via data or WIFI.

My Accounts (discover known accounts) 
This allows MiKandi to securely store your account credentials on your device.

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Winzz, the Taiwan-based company behind the wireless virtual reality sex toys for long distance couples, announced last week earbuds that promise to enhance how you watch porn.

The so-called world’s first 6-way earphone delivers sound that is “so close, so real, so 4D experience” through “360 degree surround sound” that adjusts female voices to soud “more pleasing and less sharp” and male voices to be “fuller and rounder.” The earbuds will run you $24 with coupon. Not too shabby, but methinks they might want to charge a little more and get a designer better versed in Photoshop.

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Source lovepalz.com

 

 

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Ovuline, the company behind Ovia, the popular medical iTune apps, released a heatmap on its American users’ bedroom romps of the babymaking variety.

Ovuline gathered data from 4.35 million instances of sex from hundreds of thousands of users who are trying to conceive and put that data on an overlay of a map of the United States. The result was an interesting visual of who’s getting down and where. According to the data, Idahoans are the most anxious to add to their litter, while residents of Washington DC ain’t got time for that, clocking in a paltry 4.62 days a month. The other Washingtonians rank at 6.35 days a month, Oregonians at 6.51 days a month, making the Pacific Northwest (which we proudly call home) the most sexually active region.

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Remember that this data concerns users who are trying to get pregnant. If House of Cards has taught me anything, it’s that people in DC know how to get down and often. According to my calculations (aka thinking of random numbers in my head), if we include recreational sex, that number would increase to 35 days a month.

The top 5 states (highest to lowest):

  1. Idaho, 7 days
  2. Vermont: 6.94 days
  3. Nebraska, 6.92 days
  4. Wyoming, 6.9 days
  5. Iowa: 6.83 days

The bottom 5 states (lowest to highest):

  1. Washington DC, 4.62 days
  2. Mississippi, 5.27 days
  3. New York, 5.53 days
  4. Kentucky, 5.62 days
  5. Delaware, 5.7 days

For good measure, here’s a heatmap of MiKandi‘s US customers and our top and bottom states searching, browsing, and downloading our adult apps.

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MiKandi porn app heatmap

The top 5 states (highest to lowest):

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia

The bottom 5 states (lowest to highest):

  1. Vermont
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Maine
  4. South Dakota
  5. Delaware

Learn more about Ovuline’s findings on their blog.

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Adult tech companies have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously and treated fairly by the digital world.

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Today’s tech scene is startup-fueled and app-driven, actively encouraging disruption in every sector imaginable. Except sex. -Joshua Rivera

Recently, there’s been a lot of coverage on the challenges businesses face if they choose to operate in the adult space. While these restrictions are sadly nothing new, I’m happy to see that they’re coming to light. MiKandi has been around since 2009, and we and our registered developers have had our share of unnecessary obstacles over moral objections to perfectly legal content. There’s a misconception that anything related to the adult industry = PROFIT, but in truth the business climate is becoming increasingly hostile for next-generation adult companies.

It’s not just about Google and Apple purging their markets of anything sexual. It’s not being allowed to use MailChimp or similar newsletter services. It’s not being able to find a bank that will take your business. It’s being slut-shamed by your personal bank. It’s sites enabling their users to steal and distribute your content on their platform while prohibiting you from recouping your losses through affiliate promotion. It’s not being able to accept money via American Express or Paypal or Google Wallet. It’s having to settle for incredibly high rates from credit card processors that want to charge an upwards of 13% of each transaction (thankfully, not our processor, who we love dearly). While one on one these restrictions are small, collectively they’re catastrophic. Keeping up with the technical obstacles is expensive and time-consuming. Unless your adult company has strong technical chops or enough money to spend on full time engineers, you’re not going to make it. MiKandi is tech-first, so we’ve been able to weather this perpetual storm. But how is this business climate fair to sex entreprenuers who aren’t?

Last week, I spoke with Joshua Rivera at The Daily Beast on what the digital world can do to help facilitate innovation and distruption in an industry that’s been given the shaft by Silicon Valley. Hear from myself, Cindy Gallop from MakeLoveNotPorn.tv, and Tina Gong from HappyPlayTime.

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“The collective gripe about the way mainstream service companies treat those of us in the adult space isn’t just that they ‘slut-shame’ adult businesses,” says Jen McEwen, co-founder of MiKandi, an adult app-store. “It’s also their lack of transparency when they do it.”

Read the rest: Silicon Valley’s Soft Sex Ban

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MiKandi is looking for a talented and ambitious engineer to help us design, create, and expand our multiple content delivery platforms across mobile and web. Your work will be used by millions of adults worldwide. We promise a career that will be fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding. As a close-knit team, your role with us will be significant. Be prepared to share your feedback, offer suggestions, and collaborate closely with everyone on the team. You’ll have a voice at MiKandi.

Our ideal candidate will have

  • 3+ years of software development experience. No degree? No problem. Nothing beats hands-on real-world experience.
  • Strong architecture experience.

Strong algorithms experience.

  • Strong database, data storage, and data manipulation experience.
  • Solid programming skills in PHP or Java (Android). Are you better versed in another language, but experienced in the above? We still want to hear from you!
  • The entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for elegant code and learning.

And if you possess the following, even better!

  • Experience with SQL, HTML5, CSS3, Redis, and CodeIgniter.
  • Experience in systems management and hosting infrastructure.
  • A keen eye for UX and design principles.
  • A love of board, card, and video games.
    • And burgers.
      • Also, microbrews.
        • Cats, dogs, or pandas wouldn’t hurt either.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • 401(k) with 50% match
  • 100% employer paid medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Parking subsidy or paid bus pass
  • Frequent catered company lunches
  • Bagel Friday!

How to apply

If you’re as passionate about programming as we are, you’ve probably worked on some projects in your spare time. Send us some of your work along with your resume, even if it’s not complete. We’d love to geek out with you on the work you’ve done.

About MiKandi

MiKandi is a fast growing company that thrives on entrepreneurialism and creativity. We provide a cutting edge solution to developing, marketing, and managing mobile applications within the adult industry. As a next-generation adult company, we are focused on creating innovative products backed by strong tech and an unrelenting commitment to treat adults like adults.

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