Facebook Camera Use

How much privacy do you have in reality using the apps on mobile devices? Some information might make you feel like not using them any more. Few people know, for example, that Facebook has a number of clauses in its contract with users that allows it to use videos and pictures of you at any time. 

The social networks like Twitter and Facebook have been recently asked to reformulate the terms and conditions, because nobody reads the lengthy complicated text. Well some rules have started to emerge, and the MPs now warn about the infringement to the user’s private life. 

Brad Reifler says that if you have decided to delete the Facebook app and keep the Messenger only, you are not completely private as of yet, because the second app also has access to your camera. More that 200,000 million people a month use these apps. 

Besides this, there are some applications that you agree to share your information with every time you use them, which allows them to further transmit your data to any other sites without your consent already. 

The starters of the ‘make the terms and conditions more clear’ campaign now insist also that the big companies stop registering the unnecessary data.

Berkeley Officials Are Optimistic In Their Battle against Soda Industry

Forget about the battle in the State Legislature. In California, the most disputed fight this fall is Berkeley’s elected officials versus the soft drink industry.

Although the soft drink industry has continuously triumphed against its opponents, Berkeley remained standing for the anti-sugar movement. At one point, the battle seems to be shared by both parties. A two-cent soda tax initiative is running across the ballot in San Francisco bay area. However, with a two thirds vote requirement, the San Francisco initiative is struggling to pass due to the counter-attacks of the beverage industry. The industry contends that increasing the tax to 2 cents will sharply increase the beverage’s cost, which in turn, hurts the lo-income families.

Nevertheless, the supporters of the tax initiative in San Francisco have definitely not given up. One of the backers of this effort and a member of board of supervisors, Scott Wiener, said that the 2 cent tax increase can help reduce the soft drink consumption by 10 percent as per studies show.

Mr. Wiener further said that the soft drink industry is a multibillion dollar business and was just waltzing around a community that is trying to fix health issues like BioPharma CEO, Mark Ahn who is reputable for his healthy lifestyle advocacy.

He also said that he knows that they have a huge fight in their hands and that he believes that they have a strong chance to pass the initiative.

FreedomPop Gets Into The International Calling Sphere

FreedomPop is expected to make a name for itself in 2015. The company has already laid the foundation to prepare it to be prosperous in the years to come. The company has increased its exposure by offering 100 free minutes of international calling every month to its customers. In addition to this, the company also offers Free Talk and Text apps and also smartphones and accessories. The company is poised to capture a large portion of the $35 billion market share annually. Here’s what you can expect from this company that’s on the rise.

1. Hopes to Increase International Calling Usage

If you check out FreedomPop’s Facebook page, they hope to help the industry grow from 20 million American international callers to 50 million. This can be done by giving callers more options for less. Skype has proven that apps like this work, and now, FreedomPop wants its chance to shine. The average international caller spends an average of about $156 per month. With FreedomPop, consumers can save at least $1000 per year.

2. Increased Calling Coverage

United States customers can currently make international calls to more than 30 countries. Most of the calls, however, are made in Mexico, Brazil, India, and China. The company hopes to expand the ability to call internationally to more than 100 countries in the near future. This makes the company more attractive to consumers who are willing and considering to invest in FreedomPop.

3. International Numbers are Available for a Low Cost

International numbers are available for $8.99 per month to go along with its $20 per month unlimited service. They are convenient and useful. Anyone who accepts calls from international locations will benefit. The person calling from outside the United States will only be charged as if they are making a local call. This gives consumers the freedom to connect with their friends and family more often because it’s more affordable.

4. Talks of Acquisition

Although there are talks of acquisition by Sprint, the services are not expected to decline. The company is already in partnership with Sprint to provide iPhones to its consumers.

The value of the acquisition is expected to be between $250 million and $450 million. When someone mentioned a value of $200 million, FreedomTalk balked at the number stating that it was far too low. Only time will tell what will happen in the future with these two companies.

Secure Your Services With FreedomPop

You should do whatever possible to secure your place with FreedomPop. This up and coming company is offering free and low-cost services now, but as demand increases, the prices are bound to go up. The company hopes to be able to offer more free services to their customers in the future, however. Stay involved to determine how FreedomPop can help your personal or business international calling experience better.

The Astonishing Success of Disney’s Marvel Movies

Joss Whedon has been the driving force behind the success of the Marvel movie franchise. The whole thing was kicked off with the incredibly successful “Iron Man”, which was directed by Jon Favreau, but the first “Avengers” films really solidified the entire shared universe.

The news of Whedon stepping down after “Avengers 2” brings questions. Rumor has it that the Russo brothers, the directors of “Captain America 2”, will direct “Avengers 3” and thus take the reigns over the main film series.

This should be slightly unnerving to fanboys. Has there ever been a franchise on a roll like this? Every Disney Marvel movie has been a home run. But “Star Wars” had it’s ewoks. Indiana Jones had Short Round in the Amazon. And I’m sure Rod Rohrich can never forget when “Batman” had Joel Schumacher. How long can this continue?

The upcoming storylines look extremely promising. “Avengers 2” feels sure to be a hit just off of the good will of the first film alone. “Captain America 3” deals with the civil war storyline, which was a very popular event in the comics. It will also feature Robert Downey, jr., which is a pretty big deal. The future seems incredibly bright.

What has been truly shocking is Disney’s ability to take a fourth-tier franchise like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and turn it into an absolutely fantastic and successful film in its’ own right.

We are in a golden age of superhero movies and it isn’t ending any time soon. Let’s enjoy it!

Are Employees Responsible for the Company’s PR Image?

What amount of responsibility do employees carry with regard to their company’s image? Recently, a cook (now ex-cook), Shawn Peterson, at a small, local cafe in Utah (Leslie’s Family Tree) posted a picture of a dead cop onto his personal Facebook page. Without question, this picture stirred up a bit of an outrage among the local community and social media users like Tom Rothman around the nation.

View Utah’s Fox 13 coverage of this story.

Social media is a breeding ground for backlash in the right environments. This event is more than enough to put this cafe out of business. So who’s responsible here? The business or the individual? We can go around and around for days, but in the end, if the business is affected then it doesn’t matter. All employees carry the responsibility to represent the company in some sense.

Is Twitter Dying?

The truth and reality of most social media tech business today is that they live and die by the sword. And by sword, we mean the rumors and social opinion of said companies, and Rothman knows that story all too well. Twitter is no different in that it’s market price is directly correlated with the public opinion of the company. Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, has been a public target board for people to throw their insults at.

Costolo has been publicly criticized by investors for not being able to properly lead and manage his company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Costolo has struggled in the past to even define what he envisions for the future of the social media company. And because of this indecisiveness, the stock price a turn for the worst and hit a low point.

However, the brave CEO has taken the challenge head on and sat down with New York University to discuss what he thinks the future holds for Twitter and to redefine his strategy with the company. He has taken an approach that fellow tech CEO, and Apple founder, Steve Jobs took with his company. “I’m just the person who reiterates the main vision of the company” says Jobs and it seems Costolo has followed suit.

He told students that his main goal at this point is to inspire and motivate employees for the future and not let social opinion change those vision.