Reason Why Facebook is Blocking Some Apps

Apps that does not add enough value to Facebook can no longer use Facebook’s data to protect its assets.

From a blog entry published by Facebook, they explained that they have changed their policies to clear up this certain issue.

The social network published a blog entry today, explaining that it’s changed its policies to clarify this stance since they did not respond to the press previously when asked about why they have denied access to their API for a number of apps.

Their statement was that if an app does not let users share content that was created on Facebook, the app may not use the platform’s data. Specifically, Facebook has blocked the access of a Twitter owned video sharing loop called Vine.

Oddly enough, Twitter did the same thing last year for similar reasons; it declined access to its API for apps like Tumblr and Facebook’s Instagram.

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Apple Fires Supplier Who Hired Underage Workers

It has recently been reported that Apple fired its China-based labor supplier after the company discovered that their supplier employed 74 underage workers.

In its latest Supplier Responsibility report, Apple has detached its affiliation to its China-based labor supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics (PZ), after discovering that the supplier is hiring dozens of child laborers. Upon knowing about this hideous act of child labor, Apple reported the violation to the local authorities.

The agency who provided the child laborers to the company falsified the documents of the child laborers, changing their ages to prevent the authorities from knowing about their agenda, which in turn caused their company to face charges and their license suspended. PZ Electronics was required to pay the expenses due to the child laborers, who were then returned to their respective families.

This specific expose was comprised in Apple’s annual report to help provide the safety of its employees and partners in production, and with this, Apple pledged to work on preventing further abuses that might occur under their company.

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Research Shows Facebook Could Make Users Feel Miserable

Recent research shows that people who stay on Facebook for a long time prying on their friends’ photos, statuses and career achievements could make them feel miserable.

Researchers from Humboldt University in Berlin and Technical University in Darmstadt conducted the said study, asking around 600 Facebook users how they felt after browsing through the said social media site. Results showed that more than one third of the respondents felt depressing after being on Facebook, although the negative feeling did not really come from the constant changes that Facebook makes every now and then, rather those negative feelings come from jealousy.

The study also showed that Facebook users who are in their 30’s and above tend to get insecure about their friends’ activities and achievements posted on the social media platform. Men tend to brag about their accomplishments both in their careers and families, while women obsess over physical appearance and social status. The researchers also discovered that passive users who constantly read their news feeds and browse their friend’s timelines were the group of respondents who were most likely to feel bad about themselves.

This cybernetic problem leads to a real-life dilemma, which is turning regular Facebook users into insecure people, discontented with their own normal lives thus making Facebook a very stressful environment for all its users.

The group of researchers did not specify how to get over this particular dilemma, but perhaps the best thing to do when you start feeling depressed the next time you log in to your Facebook account is to just basically be impassive, learn to cut down on your negative, harsh, and unrealistic thinking.

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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

I kicked off my 2013 with a Zombie novel because I was really getting impatient from waiting for the season comeback of The Walking Dead. I am just really grateful of Goodreads as it has been my guide to great books recently. I have my Goodreads account for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I made use of it. LOL

I found a good zombie book written by a Spanish author and the first book in his series was translated in English, so I decided to go with it. I immediately looked for an ebook, bought it and just started with my adventure.

Plot from Goodreads:

The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…

My Review: It was a bit boring at first as it’s written in diary form, sort of like Jonathan Harker’s diary in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But like the said novel, the story gets better as it progresses; it’s naturally written style, I think, is what made this novel easy to read, while the events made it more exciting to read. Loureiro, although I have never read his previous works, captured me with every line of this book with its realistic turn of events and its heart-pounding horde chases, gun shootings and car drifting. I am honestly getting impatient waiting for the English version of the second book.

I’m giving this book five cookies for the awesome flesh-hunting, heart-pounding adventure. :)

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Bohemia by Veronika Carnaby

Bohemia is really my type of novel, considering that I have this burning passion for everything nostalgic, and it’s really not that hard to fall in love with it. Here’s the summary from

In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the “ideals” of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world.

Veronika Carnaby’s way of weaving words, events and characters together is totally capturing. It was as if I am slowly being taken back into time in the 60’s and watch everything happen before my eyes. She really did paint pictures with words, and that’s my number one basis of a great book.

Bohemia is very realistic as well. Considering the time-table of the story, I think it was really difficult for a person to write something based from a very different era, but everything came naturally with Bohemia, from the jargon, the culture to the fashion. It’s that sort of book that makes you crave for more as the story progresses and leaves you disappointed in the last page because you think there should be more to it.

Veronika Carnaby was able to bring back the 60’s in this modern world and introduced it to another generation with downright success through her debut novel.

Bohemia is a very easy read, in my opinion, it’s not too long but it’s not too short as well, and it’s really capturing. I personally recommend it to anyone who’s planning to build a reading list, or to add it to their existing ones as this is really a great addition to any booklover’s shelf. Four cookies.

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