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29 Dec 12 ‘Make Me Asian’ App For Google Play Blasted As Racist, Offensive (VIDEO)


An app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypical “Asian” accessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, CNN reports.

The “Make Me Asian” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat. A similar app called “Make Me Indian” darkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, including “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me bald” and “Make me Irish.”

“This is just a fun app [that] lets you indulge you and your friends!” the “Make me Asian” app’s description reads. “Almost instantly, you can make yourself or your friends … representatives of Asian nations, such as Chinese or Japanese.”

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both the “Make me Asian” and “Make me Indian” apps have been downloaded between 50,000 and 100,000 times each.

But as Yahoo! notes, some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers to “take a stand” against “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.”

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down the “Make me Asian” app, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington, D.C., also posted a petition on the website Change.org.

The Change.org petition reads, in part:

Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin – and voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, close to 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, however, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

“We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”

Color us unimpressed.

A Google app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypical “Asian” accessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, reports CNN.

The “Make Me Asian” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat, while a similar app, “Make Me Indian,” darkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, including “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me Bald” and “Make me Irish.”

“Have you ever wondered to present himself as a person of another nationality,” the “Make me Asian” app’s description reads. “This is just a fun app lets you indulge you and your friends! You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians!”

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both the “Make me Asian” and “Make me Indian” apps have been downloaded between 50,000 and 100,000 times each.

But some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun, according to Yahoo! and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers to “take a stand” against “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.”

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down the “Make me Asian” app, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington D.C., decided to mount a pastor of his own, also posting a petition on the website Change.org.

Chin’s Change.org petition reads, in part:

Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin – and voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, close to 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, however, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

“We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”

Color us unimpressed.

A Google app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypical “Asian” accessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, reports CNN.

The “Make Me Asian” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat, while a similar app, “Make Me Indian,” darkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, including “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me Bald” and “Make me Irish.”

“Have you ever wondered to present himself as a person of another nationality,” the “Make me Asian” app’s description reads. “This is just a fun app lets you indulge you and your friends! You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians!”

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both the “Make me Asian” and “Make me Indian” apps have been downloaded between 50,000 and 100,000 times each.

But some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun, according to Yahoo! and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers to “take a stand” against “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.”

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down the “Make me Asian” app, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington D.C., decided to mount a pastor of his own, also posting a petition on the website Change.org.

Chin’s Change.org petition reads, in part:

Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” apps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skin – and voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, close to 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, however, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

“We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”

Clarification: Language in text has been amended to indicate that the app is a third-party app for Google Play.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/make-me-asian-google-app-racist-offensive_n_2372573.html

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29 May 12 Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser


Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser

Workers in the finance jobs often use computers throughout their workday, doing research on markets, investments and other aspects critical to company operations. To find the proper data, many use the internet, and search for the latest news via their browser of choice. Google Chrome recently surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most used browser.

Internet monitor StatCounter keeps track of the amount of people who use a number of browsers and organize them by location. Over the weekend, worldwide numbers confirmed more people were using Chrome than Internet Explorer, though that was not the case in many technologically advanced countries, such as the United States.

According to StatCounter, though Internet Explorer use took a dip and Chrome spiked, the former was still the preferred method of internet access. Firefox, Safari and Opera rounded out the top five most used browsers worldwide.

CNN reported Internet Explorer often has an advantage because it comes preloaded on many Windows computers, though many are adopting the view that Chrome is faster and more current.

CEO of StatCounter Aodhan Cullen suggested that though Internet Explorer may be dominant in the workplace, people would personally choose Chrome. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” he said in a release.


Article source: http://www.proformative.com/news/1480297/chrome-becomes-most-popular-worldwide-browser

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29 May 12 Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser


Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser

Workers in the finance jobs often use computers throughout their workday, doing research on markets, investments and other aspects critical to company operations. To find the proper data, many use the internet, and search for the latest news via their browser of choice. Google Chrome recently surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most used browser.

Internet monitor StatCounter keeps track of the amount of people who use a number of browsers and organize them by location. Over the weekend, worldwide numbers confirmed more people were using Chrome than Internet Explorer, though that was not the case in many technologically advanced countries, such as the United States.

According to StatCounter, though Internet Explorer use took a dip and Chrome spiked, the former was still the preferred method of internet access. Firefox, Safari and Opera rounded out the top five most used browsers worldwide.

CNN reported Internet Explorer often has an advantage because it comes preloaded on many Windows computers, though many are adopting the view that Chrome is faster and more current.

CEO of StatCounter Aodhan Cullen suggested that though Internet Explorer may be dominant in the workplace, people would personally choose Chrome. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” he said in a release.


Article source: http://www.proformative.com/news/1480297/chrome-becomes-most-popular-worldwide-browser

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11 May 12 Did you know you can use Palm Desktop with your Android phone?


At various times during his adult life, David has voted for both Democrats and Republicans, and has been disappointed by both. He is deeply disturbed by how partisanship has come before patriotism in America, which gives him the freedom to pick on both sides.

David is a frequent guest on TV and radio stations across America and can usually be heard or seen on-the-air at least once a week. He writes weekly commentary and analysis for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and has been interviewed by Fox News, CNN, various ABC and NBC affiliates, and Canada’s Global TV. He has been a featured guest on National Public Radio and has also been featured on Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberty where his commentaries on technology, industry, and emerging nations have been broadcast into 46 countries (all in their own unique translations).

David is the executive director of U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, a nonprofit research and policy organization. He is the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security and a special contributor to Frontline Security Magazine. He is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program, the security partnership between the FBI and industry. David is also a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the National Defense Industrial Association, the leading defense industry association promoting national security.

David is an advisory board member for the Technical Communications and Management Certificate program at the University of California, Berkeley extension. He is also a member of the instructional faculty at the University of California, Berkeley extension.

David’s “day job” is as publisher and editor-in-chief of ZATZ publishing, an online publisher of technical magazines. Other than than his ownership stake in Component Enterprises, Inc. (the parent company of ZATZ), David has no additional industry investments.

ZATZ has many advertisers who do, in part, provide for David’s lush income and extravagant lifestyle. Most of them are IBM and Lotus aftermarket suppliers, some of them make goodies for Microsoft Outlook, and a few make all sorts of strange mobile devices and add-on products. David has been a regular judge of the IBM Awards, but has no formal financial interest in or with IBM.

Because the ZATZ online magazines often review products, David and ZATZ are sent an overwhelming stream of unsolicited, silly, and often useless products to review. Because they’re such a pain to track and ship back, these products often wind up in a dumpster or fill up the corner of a large closet. Although David has no plans to review products in connection to his ZDNet blog, if he does do a product review, he will disclose any relationship completely in that posting.

Both through ZATZ and independently, David derives a small income through various advertising and sales relationships with Amazon.com and Google. These are minor relationships and they will not impede his willingness or ability to chastise either company should they deserve it.

David has many other business relationships, but none of them relate to anything he covers in his ZDNet blog. David does have a bit of the sales-guy bug and if he’s not doing a sales deal with someone at least once a month, he goes through withdrawal. He has a number of consulting clients, but none of them relate to anything he covers for ZDNet (and if they ever do, he will either disclose that fact, or decline to write about them).

Back in the 1980s, David held the unusual title of “Godfather” at Apple. He has written and published 40 incredibly simplistic applications for Apple’s iPhone.

Although David is forbidden to disclose the terms of his iPhone developer agreement, he isn’t drinking the Apple Kool Aid, will never be confused with a metrosexual, and feels free to mock Apple, and Apple users, any time the occasion permits, on alternate Tuesdays, or if he’s bored.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/diy-it/did-you-know-you-can-use-palm-desktop-with-your-android-phone/562

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11 May 12 Socialdashboard.com Emerges on Eve of Facebook’s IPO


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“Location, Location, Location” – Silicon Valley based SOCIAL DASHBOARD owns Boardwalk and Park Place with hotels on each. The long anticipated launch of http://www.socialdashboard.com is finally within sight. SOCIAL DASHBOARD is a social media desktop browser developed as a hybrid of Chrome, Explorer and Firefox with built-in navigational structure to aggregate content from Facebook, Google, Gmail, YouTube, Ebay, Craigslist, CNN, Match, SKYPE, etc. Acting in such a manner is fully compliant with “terms of use” by mega sites like Facebook.

Originally set to launch August 2010, SOCIAL DASHBOARD’s Founder was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and Stanford doctors gave him a week to live. They said if he lived he would never talk or work again. Against all odds the shy but resilient 40 year old Founder and SOCIAL DASHBOARD is back with a vengeance after enduring 2 years of chemotherapy, radiation and a full laryngectomy.

SOCIAL DASHBOARD replaces tabs with a turntable that accelerates functionality and increases stability. “Tabs” were the big thing a few years ago, but SOCIAL DASHBOARD powerful magic is its simplicity. With a social network interface more user-friendly than FACEBOOK and browser functions simpler than Chrome, SD’s launch is very exciting.

SOCIAL DASHBOARD’s top priority is user experience. SD eliminates the need to search for “who’s online,” classifieds and other resources because it’s all built into smart menus. One example of how SD eliminates confusing navigation of many websites into one user defined look-and-feel is three categories of live chat – friends, business and personals. In other words, it combines FACEBOOK, LinkedIn and Match.com. Similar functionality is applied to shopping searches grabbing content from Craigslist, Ebay, and so on. SD’s “RESOURCES” menu includes documents, photos, movies, shows and videos, a blog library, news content aggregation, etc.

“I was selected to test SD’s UI and was astounded by its logical simplistic approach. Technology CEO’s like myself and analysts simply overlooked the loophole, and I wish I would have thought of it. I believe SD is going to be the next best company in Silicon Valley and on the web. I guarantee every computer we have and millions of users will switch to SD. If my company could afford to buy SD before its launch, it is a no-brainer.” – CEO of [company name redacted]

SOCIAL DASHBOARD is the first web-based desktop-browser that dynamically and intelligently learns and makes suggestions to improve user experience. The more it is used the better the experience. It becomes an extension of the user. SD’s interface transfers its entire content and functionality between devices (ie. pc, laptop, pad or phone) so multiple devices act as a one big multi-screen.

SOCIAL DASHBOARD has investors’ attention. The most logical play is to do a deal directly with Facebook, Google or Apple. One thing is for sure, whoever owns http://www.socialdashboard.com will have the advantage because unlike Monopoly, everyone will land on SOCIAL DASHBOARD.

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Article source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9494387.htm

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06 May 12 Verizon hard sells LTE Android over iPhone says report


A look into the trends of salespeople in Verizon Stores has discovered that the company may be training its employees to tout the benefits of 4G LTE on Android so that it makes the iPhone pale in comparison, with some sales personnel even being quoted as calling the iPhone “outdated.” CNN found a notable number of users who had stories of going into a Verizon store wanting to buy an iPhone but being convinced to buy something like a Droid Razr instead.

Reporter David Goldman wrote, “I had 10 conversations with Verizon sales representatives in New York stores, on the phone, and in online chat sessions, asking about my options for a new smartphone.” “Here’s what I found: Next time you walk into a Verizon store looking to buy a smartphone, expect the hard sell on a 4G Android device,” he continued.

He said that in 100% of his discussions, the sales reps pointed him toward the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx, or the Lucid – all of which are powered by Verizon’s high-speed LTE network. Not once did he receive the iPhone as a recommendation. In response to Goldman’s report, Verizon released a statement saying, “Our sales force’s mission is to ensure customers are familiar with our product line and to match the customer with the right device to best meet their needs.”

[via CNN]

Article source: http://www.slashgear.com/verizon-hard-sells-lte-android-over-iphone-says-report-05226378/

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