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Ep. 1290: Android says, Talk to me, baby
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Today’s featured Buzz Out Loud remix at the end of the show:
Hi Buzz crew,
I totally agree with your comments regarding users blindly clicking YES to permission requests when installing Android applications.
Unfortunately the current way permissions are handled, as a mammoth all-in-one step at install time, pretty much encourages users not to pay due care and attention to what they are doing. Can I suggest an alternative?
As an Android developer I’d much prefer to control when permission requests are made myself. Before my code does something requiring extra permissions it would make an Android OS call to ask for them.
Requests would therefore appear to the user in context, as the app ran
– for example, permission to access the SD Card would only be sought the first time the app’s backup feature was tried. If requests appeared as the app was used I suspect more attention would be paid to them, it would be easier to spot suspicious behaviour, and users could continue using an app even if they denied the necessary permissions for a specific feature.
Love the show,
Tylor from Florida here.
Facebook railing against the Google-Verizon deal isn’t the first lapse in evil by Facebook. Their first lapse in evil was when Mark Zuckerberg donated money to the Diaspora project.
But, glad to see Facebook doing something right (even though I practically only use Twitter).
Love the show!
In episode 1289 you guys were talking about the possibility of a “”check-in”" feature down the road for facebook. Darren mentioned the privacy aspect in terms of data mining. Well, he’s another angle to those concerns that’s, well, already here:
Authorities Blame Facebook for Recent Burglaries
“”Police believe the thief looks at someone’s status update on Facebook. When a post reveals a person is on vacation, that’s when the suspect strikes and steals jewelry and cash.
The police chief urges residents to keep their doors locked and to think twice when updating their Facebook status.”"
And that’s why I don’t get on facebook and tell people where I’m going to be…
- lucky from the bol chatroom
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