Sunday, May 03, 2015
Facebook responds to the market? Who would have believed it? Should my students delete and reinstall their existing (free) Apps?
Now share selective Facebook information with applications
Nowadays, most of the applications we use have an option to either fill all details manually to resister on that particular app or just "Log in with Facebook" and all the required information will be transferred automatically. Now most of us lazy heads go for the latter option but rarely do we notice that the app has access to information that we might not want to share.
Last year Facebook proposed a fix to this problem in the F8 conference in San Francisco and following that developers were given one year to make the necessary changes in their application. Now that the one year is complete Facebook has automatically updated its protocol. Now you will have the liberty to share information on a need to know basis which also can be moderated by the user. The user can allow specific information like birthday and residence to be shared but at the same time they can restrict from sharing other details like friend list.
Not every app has updated according to the new protocol so the apps can get buggy but Simon Cross, a Facebook product manager, says that such cases are highly unlikely. According to a report from Recode, the apps that gained information before the new privacy settings were in place, will still hold the shared data. To get that back or to get it deleted the user will have to directly talk to the developers of that specific app.
“Sticks & stones may break my bones, but Apps can really hut me?” Anonymity protects those who speak truth to power. Unfortunately, anonymity is also a place where cowards hide.
Anonymous Messaging Apps on Campus
Once again, students' technology usage is prompting panic. This time, the scare involves anonymous messaging apps.
This past week alone, the following headlines crossed my desk: "Do your kids Yik Yak? Time for a chat." "The Folly of Banning Yik Yak on School Campuses." "A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak." "Investigating the Yik Yak Attack." "If Yik Yak is the problem, education is the answer, say local school boards." "Student Government Poses Yik Yak Resolution."
… Yik Yak is just one of several anonymous messaging apps (available for free on iOS and Android). … Yik Yak is made for and marketed specifically to university students. Yik Yak allows users to anonymously read and write "Yaks" within a ten mile radius. Because of that geographical limitation, Yik Yak purports to be more a more local and "intimate" messaging board.
Much of the concern about Yik Yak involves the ongoing fears of technology as a vehicle for cyberbullying, along with assumptions that anonymity serves to encourage this sort of abusive behavior. Yik Yak has also been used to make bomb threats and shooting threats.
A very simple RSS reader replacement.
You can think of Alltop as the “online magazine rack” of the web. We’ve subscribed to thousands of sources to provide “aggregation without aggravation.” To be clear, Alltop pages are starting points—they are not destinations per se. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance your online reading by displaying stories from sources that you’re already visiting plus helping you discover sources that you didn’t know existed.
For my gamer students.
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