walled garden

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walled garden

A network or service that either restricts or makes it difficult for users to obtain applications or content from external sources. Cable TV and satellite TV are walled gardens, offering a finite number of channels and programs to their subscribers. When AOL was king of the Internet providers, it did an excellent job of keeping users on AOL-affiliated sites.

In 2007, Apple's iPhone was a walled garden with a basic set of applications. Soon after, Apple opened the iPhone, encouraging third-party developers to write apps as long as they were approved by Apple. Thus, the wall was broken, but not entirely, because Apple can disapprove any app that is submitted to its online store (see jailbreaking). Google Play (formerly Android Market) accepts all apps as long as they are not xxx rated. See iPhone and Android.

Company and Home Walled Gardens
Any organization can filter URLs and create a walled garden for its employees, preventing them from casually surfing the Web. Likewise, a computer can be set up to keep children from websites deemed inappropriate by parents. See parental control software.
References in classic literature ?
She went through the door and found that it was a garden with walls all round it and that it was only one of several walled gardens which seemed to open into one another.
We stood for a moment petrified, then turned and fled through a gate behind us into a walled garden, fell into, rather than found, a fortunate ditch, and lay there, scarce daring to whisper to each other until the stars were out.
Here there stood a white house within a walled garden, and in the pantry of this domicile we found a store of food--two loaves of bread in a pan, an uncooked steak, and the half of a ham.
To his right was a walled garden, some lawns and greenhouses; to the left, stables, a garage, and two or three labourer's cottages.
As soon as she was alone within the walled garden she sat herself down on a coop, and seriously screwed up her mouth for the long-neglected practice.
It was here," she said, as they passed through the walled garden seawards, "that I saw you first--you and the other gentleman who was so kind to me.
Of the proceedings in the walled garden there is no need to speak in detail.
One may imagine the consternation of the four seconds and the activity of the two surgeons in the confined, drowsy heat of that walled garden.
The Arena Racing Company wants to build a total of 14 four-bedroom homes in the north and south walled gardens next to Newcastle Racecourse.
The Vale council, in partnership with Dunraven Estate, carried out the substantial repair work to the walled gardens between July and November this year.