Anyone who has ever used an app on Facebook knows the personal access screen. The first time you use any app on the platform, you are presented with the "This app needs to access your personal information" screen. Whether it be name, birthdate, friends list or anything else in your profile, it all goes through this single validation screen. While a little annoying sometimes, it is there for a reason: you don't want apps accessing your personal information when you don't expect it.
Don't get too comfortable with this policy, however, as Facebook has made agreements with companies like Zynga and EA, that will allow them to access your personal information without permission, with just the click of a "Play Now" button. The only information available through the instant play feature is your basic information (name, profile picture, birthdate, friends list) and information that you choose to provide as public. If you have made anything, like phone number and physical address, private, it will not be accessible to the app without permission.
I'm not really sure that the annoyance of a single permission dialog the first time you start a new game really warrants a special feature to bypass your personal privacy. When I access an application, I appreciate the platform letting me know what information it wants to know about me. It actually will influence my decision about whether or not to use the app; if the app is requesting information that is seemingly irrelevant to the usage, I might decide not to interact with it.
By allowing me to bypass that decision, I will be much less likely to use any Facebook apps. Hopefully, while giving people who are less interested in the usage of their information the ability to start playing immediately, they will continue to give the rest of us the ability to see what information the app or game wants to know. Are you like me, worried about who has access to your personal information, or are you excited about the ability to play now? Let us know in the comments section.
Just about everyone on the Internet has had some sort of interaction with social networking pioneer, Digg. If you are reading this on our website, you can even see its integration at the bottom of the article. Just because you know of it, however, does not mean that you use it. That is the problem that has led to this week's decision to sell the remaining assets of the company to Betaworks for a mere $500,000. Compared to the
$35 million MySpace sold for, that is pretty insulting.
Now, that is not to say the company was only valued at $500,000. The remaining assets involved only the domain, code, data and traffic rankings. All of the patents held by the company, such as the "click to up vote" patent, have already been sold to LinkedIn for around $4 million, with licensing rights to be given to Betaworks. In addition, the team has been sold to the Washington Post for $12 million. That brings the total in at about $16.5 million, still far below the value of the other once mighty social giant, MySpace.
So, what went wrong and what does founder and former G4 host Kevin Rose have to say about the end of an era? Hit the break to find out.
As we predicted, it looks like Samsung isn't bothered by Microsoft
designing their own tablet. As discussed just a couple weeks ago, Microsoft also announced that they would not be making their own smartphones and instead were happy with Nokia as a manufacturer and wanted to continue its relationship with Samsung for WinPho8.
The good news is that Samsung is likely to come out with Windows Phone 8 devices in the future, but for now, the company has announced that they will launch a tablet with Microsoft's Windows RT software when the OS hits the market later this year. Samsung has said that they've already created a device built on Windows' new ARM-based OS, according to sources who have asked to not be recognized. Those sources also said that the device should be available during launch week. This also follows suit with Samsung's previous statement that they would support the alternate version of Windows, and Microsoft's direct challenge to Apple's iDevices. Interestingly enough, HP has said last week that they would not be supporting the Windows RT effort and will instead focus on Windows 8 proper hardware.
How will this affect Samsung's devotion to the mobile world? We have our thoughts after the break.
Last week, it was made public that
Apple's design concepts trumped its environmental position. I don't think this came as a huge surprise to anyone, considering Apple has worked pretty hard to incorporate incredibly harmful chemicals in their products that no one else seems to use, and they seal their products so that no one can get into them, including people trying to prevent those chemicals from getting into the water supply.
To Apple's surprise, people were not happy about the decision. Most notable among those upset was the City of San Francisco, who announced the decision that city funds would only be able to be spent on electronics that bear the EPEAT certification. None of this is all that surprising, but what happened this week is. In an uncharacteristic move, Apple decided to reverse its decision, something that would never have happened under Steve Jobs. In fact, Bob Mansfield, Senior vice President of Hardware Engineering, wrote a letter of apology to consumers, explaining that what had happened was a mistake and that Apple would fix it. In contrast, when the iPhone had its
antenna problem, Jobs not only didn't apologize, he blamed the other manufacturers.
So, what does Apple have to say about this marketing blunder? Hit the break for more.