February 26, 2013
A lot of people have suggested to us that we add in-app purchases to our app to generate money from our users, but the recent settlement between Apple and users whose kids racked up hefty bills via in-app purchases shows exactly why we refuse to use these features in our Chinese game app for kids.
From the outset, we knew we had a responsibility to parents and kids to not dangle purchases in front of children playing our apps the way so many “free” apps these day do constantly during use.
The Apple settlement, filed February 22, is clear evidence that families think this is an unfair practice and a deceptive way to make money. The fact that Apple is now giving $5 iTunes credit to each afflicted party also shows the tech giant is facing growing resentment towards in-app purchases.
January 22, 2013
Author’s Note: If you’re looking for a Chinese alphabet that resembles English, check out our article explaining Pinyin.
We’ve heard parents ask about a “Chinese alphabet for kids” a lot, and each time we have to clarify that Chinese traditionally doesn’t really have an alphabet. But while Chinese people don’t really use an alphabet, there are two predominant phonetic systems that are basically alphabets, but Chinese people never use these to communicate — they’re seen as a learning aid for foreign people and small children. Instead, Chinese people read and write using Chinese characters, which are often comprised of shared base elements known as “radicals”.
January 19, 2013
We’re happy to announce the Chinese Fridge iPad app is now available for beta testing!
Everyone in the general public is welcome to contact us to request an app store promo code that will allow them to download the beta version of the app for free. Promo codes are limited, however, so please apply as early as possible for the best chance of getting one for beta testing — we can’t guarantee everyone will get one.
We hope all our beta testers will give us feedback to help us improve the game before launch, and are particularly focused on testing with kids to get feedback from the game’s intended audience, so if you plan to have your child play Chinese Fridge or other Chinese games for kids, we strongly encourage you to apply to be a beta tester.
January 18, 2013
Many people have asked me why I decided to create Chinese Fridge — where the idea of a Chinese game for kids came from, how I created the app and what I hope to accomplish from it. The answer to all of these questions lies in my personal educational experience throughout my childhood and my desire to improve access to education for future generations.