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Mozilla Combines Social API and WebRTC

December 2nd, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Firefox

theweatherelectric writes “Mozilla has put together a demo which combines WebRTC with Firefox’s Social API. Over on Mozilla’s Future Releases blog, Maire Reavy writes, ‘WebRTC is a powerful new tool that enables web app developers to include real-time video calling and data sharing capabilities in their products. While many of us are excited about WebRTC because it will enable several cool gaming applications and improve the performance and availability of video conferencing apps, WebRTC is proving to be a great tool for social apps. Sometimes when you’re chatting with a friend, you just want to click on their name and see and talk with them in real-time. Imagine being able to do that without any glitches or hassles, and then while talking with them, easily share almost anything on your computer or device: vacation photos, memorable videos — or even just a link to a news story you thought they might be interested in – simply by dragging the item into your video chat window.’”

Source: Mozilla Combines Social API and WebRTC

Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

October 12th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

Firefox

An anonymous reader writes “Last week, Mozilla announced it will prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight to update their plugins, but refused to detail how the system will work. Now, the organization has unveiled ‘click-to-play plugin blocks,’ which will be on by default in Firefox 17, starting with the three aforementioned plugins. (Expect more to be added eventually.) Furthermore, you can try out the feature for yourself now in Firefox 17 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux.” Also coming in Firefox 17 is support for Mozilla’s “Social API.” The announcement describes it thus: “Much like the OpenSearch standard, the Social API enables developers to integrate social services into the browser in a way that is meaningful and helpful to users. As services integrate with Firefox via the Social API sidebar, it will be easy for you to keep up with friends and family anywhere you go on the Web without having to open a new Web page or switch between tabs. You can stay connected to your favorite social network even while you are surfing the Web, watching a video or playing a game.”

Source: Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

October 5th, 2012 10:56 admin View Comments

Social Networks

Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes with “a response to some of the objections raised to my last article, about a design for a distributed social networking protocol, which would allow for decentralized (and censorship-resistant) hosting of social networking accounts, while supporting all of the same features as sites like Facebook.” Social networking is no longer new; whether you consider it to have started with online communities in the mid-90s or with the beginnings of sites many people still use today. As its popularity has surged, it has grown in limited ways; modern social networks have made communication between users easier, but they’ve also made users easier to market to advertisers as well. There’s no question that the future of social networking holds more changes that can both help and harm users — perhaps something like what Bennett suggests could serve to mitigate that harm. Read on for the rest of his thoughts.

Source: Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

September 12th, 2012 09:48 admin View Comments

Intel

MojoKid writes “During the Day Two keynote address at Intel Developer’s Forum, Renee James, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Software & Services Group, talked about software development, security and services in an ‘age of transparent computing.’ During the security-centric portion of the keynote, James brought out a rep from Intel’s McAfee division to show off a beta release of their McAfee Social Protection app. If you’re unfamiliar, McAfee Social Protection is a soon to be released app and browser plug-in for Facebook that gives users the ability to securely share their photos. As it stands today, if you upload a photo to Facebook, anyone viewing that photo can simply download it or take a screen capture and alter or share it wherever they want, however they want. With McAfee Social Protection installed though, users viewing your images will not be able to copy or capture them. In quick testing, various attempts with utilities like Hypersnap, Snagit or a simple print screen operation to circumvent the technology only resulted in a black screen appearing in the grab. Poking around at browser image caches resulted in finding stored images that were watermarked with the McAfee Security logo.”

Source: Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Social Robots May Gain Legal Rights, Says MIT Researcher

September 4th, 2012 09:35 admin View Comments

Robotics

dcblogs writes “Social robots — machines with the ability to do grocery shopping, fix dinner and discuss the day’s news — may gain limited rights, similar to those granted to pets. Kate Darling, a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab, looks at this broad issue in a recent paper, ‘Extending Legal Rights to Social Robots.’ ‘The Kantian philosophical argument for preventing cruelty to animals is that our actions towards non-humans reflect our morality — if we treat animals in inhumane ways, we become inhumane persons. This logically extends to the treatment of robotic companions. Granting them protection may encourage us and our children to behave in a way that we generally regard as morally correct, or at least in a way that makes our cohabitation more agreeable or efficient.’ If a company can make a robot that leaves the factory with rights, the marketing potential, as Darling notes, may be significant.”

Source: Social Robots May Gain Legal Rights, Says MIT Researcher

Book Review: Navigating Social Media Legal Risks

August 13th, 2012 08:33 admin View Comments

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benrothke writes “In the documentary Scared Straight! a group of inmates terrify young offenders in an attempt to ‘scare them straight’” (hence the show’s title) so that those teenagers will avoid prison life. A 2002 meta-analysis of the results of a number of scared straight and similar intervention programs found that they actively increased crime rates, leading to higher re-offense rates than in control groups that did not receive the intervention. For those considering the use of social media in their business, it is quite easy to read Navigating Social Media Legal Risks: Safeguarding Your Business as a scared straight type of reference. Author Robert McHale provides so many legal horror stories, that most people would simply be too afraid of the legal and regulatory risks to every consider using social media.” Keep reading for the rest of Ben’s review.

Navigating Social Media Legal Risks: Safeguarding Your Business
author Robert McHale and Eric Garulay
pages 320
publisher Que
rating 10/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 978-0789749536
summary Definitive guide to social media law for the layman

Source: Book Review: Navigating Social Media Legal Risks

PlayStation Boss Defends Vita, Slams Social Gaming

August 10th, 2012 08:19 admin View Comments

PlayStation (Games)

donniebaseball23 writes “Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton has come out swinging to defend the lackluster response the games industry has seen with the PS Vita. He deemed the sales level for the portable as ‘acceptable’ so far, and he brushed off any notion that social and free-to-play games are putting huge pressure on the portable and dedicated consoles market. ‘I think the opportunity to be in the console business is greater than ever before,’ he told GamesIndustry International. ‘[Social and free-to-play] is a business I think a lot of companies are learning is difficult to sustain for the long term. It’s an adjunct or it’s an add-on, but it’s not where gaming is headed. It’s an additive diversion. There’s a place for social and freemium, but it’s not going to replace the business models that are out there.’” The company is having a hard time getting third-party developers interested in the Vita platform.

Source: PlayStation Boss Defends Vita, Slams Social Gaming

Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

August 1st, 2012 08:22 admin View Comments

Science

An anonymous reader writes “Joyce Ehrlinger from Florida State University has researched this very phenomenon. and has led her to present a paper called “Polite But Not Honest: How an Absence of Negative Social Feedback Contributes to Overconfidence” at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in Orlando on Friday. Social norms, Ehrlinger says, are the reason that we are averse to giving negative feedback. Her research recreated everyday social situations in which we hold back from giving our own negative views.”

Source: Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

Apple Plans Hearing Aid Social Networking

July 22nd, 2012 07:33 admin View Comments

Google

theodp writes “Apple may have killed off Ping, its attempt at a music social network, but the USPTO on Thursday disclosed that Apple has patent-pending plans for a hearing aid-based social network. So, if Apple’s granted patents covering its Social Network for Sharing a Hearing Aid Setting and method of Remotely Updating a Hearing Aid Profile, will it use them to ‘go thermonuclear’ on Google when the search giant gets around to improving its current offerings for the hard of hearing?”

Source: Apple Plans Hearing Aid Social Networking

Strategies for Creating Your Next Social Media RFP

June 13th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

If your enterprise is shopping around for your internal social media provider, chances are that you have thought about putting together your own request for proposals (RFP). A number of organizations have put together templates and suggestions over the years, and the latest one comes from Sprinklr in this document on Slideshare that outlines six things any RFP should include.

The oldest and perhaps most linked-to template, the Social Media RFP Template and Bill of Rights, comes from Maggie Fox’s Social Media Group. My one-time podcasting partner and current social media guru Paul Gillin had this to say: “The Bill of Rights makes for interesting reading. It provides guidance for marketers to consider in publishing RFPs that are fair to the bidding agencies. I get the sense that this guidance is born of some painful experience, which makes its teachings all the more relevant.”

Sprinklr provides social media management tools for enterprises, so they aren’t a completely disinterested party in the RFP process. Still, their document, which isn’t a template in the sense of Fox’s but more a collection of requirements, has a load of great suggestions, including:

  • how any social media tool can use a single platform to manage inbound and outbound communications on all of the primary social platforms;
  • how a tool is able to accelerate response times with automated, customizable, and flexible rules, filters, actions and alerts;
  • how a tool can be used for managing a distributed or global staff and across departments;
  • how a tool integrates with other existing analytics tools; and
  • how the tool uses dashboards and other metrics.

RFPs are good if you are willing to take the time to assemble the right document and to be as specific as you can about your enterprise’s needs and requirements. Part of the problem, though, is that because social media management is still new to many companies, you don’t necessarily know what you don’t know. It may be better to try out a few tools first to see what they measure and how they do it before going into the more formal RFP process.

Source: Strategies for Creating Your Next Social Media RFP