The Mobile News App

Sharing of news, exciting or mundane, is one of our most favorite activities. On a daily basis, we share a number of updates on our social networks. Gathering information from various sources, following latest trends- these are what interest us the most. But this does have a fair share of hassles and involves considerable effort. That’s where Mobile News Apps come in as a boon!

What is a News App?

A news app is an OmniReader which gets news feed from multiple different categories like Fitness, Food, Art, Hollywood, Bollywood, Photography, Politics, Art and similar topics of interest. The feed is generally customized according to the user’s geographical location, undoubtedly a lucrative advantage for local digital natives!

They not only focus on premium content publishers but also get quality content written by well-known authors.

What are some features of News Apps that make it ‘right up our alley’?

When we are sharing information, or reading up on the web, we instinctively want things to happen faster. That’s exactly what a news app provides. It consolidates the information in one place. This also allows us to skim through the information immediately. Moreover, it is possible to read the entire story on the app itself without needing to go to the original webpage. Some news apps allow bookmarking so that we can get back to the exact place where we stopped, just like a real book!

Digital natives like us like personalizing our space on the web. A good app will have an option to customize the reading space according to your choice. If you select your interest areas, the news app will compile all articles related to them from top publishers and make it available to you.. Also, it brings you the complete story and not parts of it. True to its purpose, it can be linked to all your social networks like Facebook, Twitter and others for easy sharing of interesting content with friends and family!

A few premium apps do not have the hassle of creating accounts and provide an easy login feature. Just logging in through Facebook will do the trick. All servers are synced for easy access and browsing!

With so many lucrative advantages, and with browsing and sharing becoming so easy, a mobile news app is the way to go if you want to stay updated all the time. Install one and enjoy surfing and sharing!

Facebook Alumni Admits Social Programming, But Can It Be Fixed? – Advanced Dank Unicorn

Facebook staff are now coming clean about the unintended consequences of social media, but nobody seems to have any suggestions on how to fix it. I do.

It seems that those who have had a big hand in how Facebook functions are now coming around to concerns I was sharing a few years back, that is, that the dynamics of its platform reward behavior which is detrimental to critical thinking and self-awareness.

read: What Does the Like Button Really Do?

“There are likely millions of ways in which our ‘likes’ may have…unintended effects. And these effects, though perhaps not intentional, are shaping the world we live in. While using social media reward tools is a conscious action, the outcomes it produces are something far harder to determine. So we should exercise a high degree of awareness about our use of this tool. We should reserve our ‘likes’ for things that we not only truly and actually appreciate, but only for those that we find great meaning in. We have cheapened likes through overuse and as a result it is cheapening our values. We may give these likes with the very best of intentions, but that is merely the content of ‘liking’. Far more influential on the world we live in than content, is context. And the context of the like mechanism is incredibly complex. When something is incredibly complex, it is wise not to use it unless you are certain it is absolutely appropriate.”

Recently the first and former president of Facebook – Sean Parker, as well former vice president of user growth – Chamath Palihapitiya, expressed their concerns.

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said.

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” Palihapitiya said. “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem—this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

Here is where I do a bit more telling you I told you so.

“How do we get billions of people to stop engaging in a behavior that provides dopamine hits and gratification of their Id, especially when they are in denial and the behavior itself digs them deeper into the pit? We are on the precipice of a social and intellectual crisis, that if unchecked, will beget even more serious existential issues for humanity in the coming years.”

“Human beings do have social needs, to varying degrees for each individual. Another issues of memes and rehashing tropes is that it buys social currency with almost no effort. When ones social needs are met too easily, they become less valuable. When social standing is paid for in clicks, those clicks become less meaningful over time, which means that the people dependent on them will need to click more to get the same effect. Eventually their entire social life becomes predicated on getting more low-paying clicks to feed their addiction. And during this time the individual stagnates and perhaps even regresses from the heights of their potential.”

from: Social Media, Memes & Universal Simultaneous Behaviors

“It feels good to score dopamine hits via cynical virtue signals. Feeding into the nihilism that underlies modernity has its rewards. But it is also irrational and tends to traumatize rather than inspire. If you think exchanging fatalistic symbols for social status is worth a lifetime of self-righteous dread, horror and anxiety – well, I hope that works out well for you.”

from: Nothing’s Fucked Here, Dude – The Parable of the Pancakes

Now I haven’t engaged in this little game of told you so merely because it feels good to be right. In this situation it is actually pretty horrifying to be right. I did it because I have some suggestions that I hope somebody with the power to do so will take seriously now that we can rule out that I am just a paranoid crank.

  1. Get rid of the like button or any other reaction functions which work as rewards, or alternatively, bury ideas which deviate from the norms.
  2. Stop user reports of other users and encourage blocking. People who use social media with ill-will would then find their world shrinking and have incentive to become a better person. Bans make bad users feel like martyrs, and strengthens their ideas among peers who agree.
  3. Stop curating the feeds. Just show people the posts of the friends, pages and groups they subscribe to in the order those posts are made. Put your ads wherever you want, but leave the rest of it alone. Neither Facebook’s internal values or the number of reactions should determine what gets seen, and by whom.
  4. Do not allow comments on links that have not been opened by the user for the amount of time that content would take to consume. An article that takes 4 minutes to read on average, or a four minute video, should produce an effect in which the post the link came from cannot be commented on during that time. Too many people are just having automatic reactions to the title, introduction or pictures of links; and not engaging with the content itself. This feeds click bait producers, creates groupthink and erodes critical thinking. It will not work all of the time,but it is a start.
  5. Create a reputation community by having user reviews. However there is a real danger of quantifying such a system, which means any arbitrary ratings should be avoided. Instead there should be mediated forums with testimonials of users by users. And there should be open and transparent mediation systems in place to resolve reviews deemed unfair, cruel or patently false. Mediation should not be strictly rules-based, but social roles filled by trustworthy members of the community.

If Facebook, and social media in general, cannot work ethics and self-awareness into their products then there will eventually be a backlash against them. The self-preservation of these technologies requires this sort of adaptability, so in the end there will not be a choice. But there can be a choice to engage sooner than later, before the unintended consequences of these problems themselves become social viruses that erode our humanity further.

As a final note of interest, the article linked and quoted near the top was sent to me by a friend who has abandoned social media, which is where we met. Shortly after his disappearance I did a little sleuthing and got his e-mail address and we have kept in touch since. He says I was the only one of his Facebook friends not from his real life who had done so – a heavy indictment of the fragility of friendships predicated on a medium of validation-loops. But also an example that there can be distant friendships outside of social media, and the monopoly they think they have on our social lives is not as complete as they believe it to be. If your friends are really your friends, it would take more than no social media to keep you apart.

 

 

 

The Effects of Social Networking on Breakups

With social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter, society is constantly linked in to everyone else's lives. It's especially the fifteen minutes of fame for the average person in some ways. When you meet that special someone, everyone knows because pictures are plastered all over your page. Your photos result in being tagged on these websites and your tweeting twit-photos of your new beaux and all is calm.

So what happens when the relationship ends and you have this collection of memories that you're forced to click through every time you get an update on your page? Do you de-tag the pictures right away? Do you delete the sweet comments that he left you at the peak of your past happiness? Or would deleting such moments send the message that you are just bitter about the breakup? What would he think? You can not go to your mother for advice like you usually do because she's never been this technologically involved in a relationship. There is no protocol that has been standardized yet and it is today's generation that is being forced to figure it all out.

Not only do you have to deal with the post-breakup etiquette of what you should and should not remove from your page, but now you're getting updates in the news feed that your ex is already on to the next. He's being tagged in pictures by his buddies while he is out and about with other girls at the bars downtown. Instantly, your filled with rage and jealousy that he's acting this way certainly this is not the man you knew only a week ago. Did you ever really know him at all? Due to a few Facebook photos, you're now second-guessing the worth worth of relationship once you had. When you split up, it was very amicable and you vowed to stay friends, but now? Now your blood is boiling because of the mirage of a man he depicted himself to be. You consider blocking him on the sites, the ultimate diss, but you do not want to seem so dramatic. You take a deep breath and mentally vow not to click on his page again.

This works for about 6 minutes and your back to your cyber stalking in no time at all. Your analyzing the conversation threads between he and everyone else, looking for even the smallest sign that shows he misses you. When you do not see a sign; your insides curldle. As the weeks go by, you're still avidly checking his profile, especially because the weekend's coming up so he's bound to have some Friday night plans posted, and although you will not be involved in them, you still just want to know. To your disgust, you notice that his relationship status has already changed to "In a relationship with some girl you never hear of." You immediately click her name, as your short of breath to enlarge her picture and your instantly sickened to find out she's pretty. Maybe she just looks good in that one picture? You click her profile praying her page is public, and it's not; you curse the invention of privacy settings. However, to your avail, she does have one public photo album titled "profile pictures." You begin to click away.

After the 20 minute session that has spiraled into a whirlwind of self-mutilation, you logout, take a deep breath, and call your girlfriends to go grab some ice cream. Cyber ​​space has put you through enough today.

Facebook just served up an ad to us based on what it heard us talking about

I know it’s hard to believe, and nobody here has any reason to take my word but it happened and I’ve deleted my account and removed my Facebook and messenger app from my phone (disabled Facebook because it’s bloat ware that can’t be uninstalled.)
I saw a video a month or so ago making this claim that the Facebook and/or messenger app was listening to their conversations and serving ads based on them repeatedly talking about cat food. I was very skeptical but it just happened to us. Last week I mentioned to my wife that I wish they made a roomba that mops not knowing one already exists. We did not search online in any capacity for anything related to cleaning, mopping, vacuum or roomba. Last night I got an ad for a roomba mop. I didn’t know they existed until then. The only explanation for that to me is that Facebook really is listening for keywords through the mic.
Again, I don’t expect anybody to believe me, I didn’t really believe it even though I saw a video of it happening. It took it happening to me for me to believe it.

Edit: when I say listening to our conversations I don’t mean our written conversations on Facebook Messenger, online, or otherwise. It straight up listened to our conversation through the microphone

Facebook Game – Tennis Mania Review

Tennis is one of the sports which is worth playing either in real life or in a virtual one. In Tennis Mania, players will be thrown in with a ghost player (Real player skills being recorded by the server and then loaded as if you are playing with a real player) into a one to one match.

The game is straight forward and follows the rules of tennis, there will be fault and scoring accounted on where the ball lands. All player has to do is to ensure that the ball they hit landed on the other side of the court and hopefully do not get a fault.

The game play is rather easy as there are only 3 keys in use. The keys are consisting of the left and right arrow keys and the space bar. Running around the screen and getting a better position is rather useless in this game as I found that the AI can perform super accurate counter shot even you shoot it to the other side of the court. Furthermore, players will keep missing the tennis ball as it fly pass way over to the other side of the court. The game is rather one sided, it is very hard for me to score even one shot at times.

Graphic

Very plain and nothing much can be said about the graphic part.

Sound

No music, only sound of ball getting hit and bounce. This is rather disappointing.

Conclusion

I would really like to play tennis in Facebook, but Tennis Mania is not one of them. Aside from the game play not being balance, I also find that the application loves to publish your status of your wall and flood your friends’ Facebook walls as well. Avoid this game at all cause unless you really love tennis.

Rating to this game is a 1 out of 5.