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Wednesday
Feb202013

Survey: 75% of Job Applicants Don't Hear Back from Employers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like you've wasted countless hours sending resumes and job applications to employers, only to hear nothing back, you are not alone.  

A new survey from CareerBuilder found that 75 percent of people who applied to jobs last year didn't hear back from employers.

"Employers are still being inundated with resumes and unfortunately they are not able to get to every single resume and give them a response," says Michael Irwin of CareerBuilder.

Applicants who managed to score an interview didn't fare much better -- 60 percent of them received no response after meeting with employers.

As Irwin explains, this lack of communication is leaving job seekers with a bad taste in their mouths.

"What we're finding from workers though is if they don't hear a response, even if its a no or a yes, they're going to have a negative view on that company and that can really impact their brand," he says.

The survey says 42 percent of applicants who have a bad experience with a company would never seek employment there again.  Furthermore, 22 percent would advise their friends and family not to work there, and 9 percent would tell their loved ones to not purchase products or services from the company.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun072012

Facebook Launches App Center

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- It's about to become much easier to find and install Facebook apps to your Facebook Timeline. The Facebook App Center, announced in early May, will begin rolling out as soon as Thursday night to some users.

The App Center, which isn't called a store, will launch with over 600 free Facebook apps. Free for now -- Facebook has announced that some of its partners plan to offer paid apps in the future.

The App Center, which ABC News got a sneak peak at earlier this week, places apps into different categories -- Games, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music -- to make it easier for users to find and install them. Facebook apps, or what has been known as Timeline apps, are apps that live on your Facebook page or are used on Facebook, including games such as Words With Friends.

"We wanted a place to put all of the apps," Facebook communications manager Malorie Lucich told ABC News. "The App Center is now full of very high quality apps that are easy for Facebook users to find." Facebook has been selective about what apps appear in the app portal and will continue to be the one to add them.

The center can be accessed by clicking the "App Center" tab on the left side of the Facebook site or in the Android and iOS apps. The homepage of the App Center, as pictured above, displays some of the more popular apps. Additionally, there will be a column of apps that are recommended specifically for you based on apps that are popular amongst your friends, making it one of the more social app stores.

However, Facebook has been clear that the App Center isn't meant to compete with app stores from Google or Apple. Rather, "it sends traffic to them," Lucich said. According to Facebook, it drove users to the Apple App Store 134 million times in May.

And the App Center will only increase that. Each app has a landing page on both the website and within the Facebook mobile app, which contains images of the app, a rating and an install button so you can install it to your own Timeline. If you're on a computer, it will also have a "send to mobile" option for those apps that also have mobile versions. If you select that option, Facebook will send you a text message with a link to download the app to your phone. However, if you view the store on your phone, there will be a button that takes you to the download page of that mobile app.

While there are more than 4,500 Timeline apps available, the App Center only has Facebook-selected apps. Included in the first 500 are popular apps, including Draw Something, Spotify, Nike GPS+ Mobile, Foodspotting, Pinterest, and games like Jetpack Joyride and Ghost Recon Commander.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May112012

CEO Escorted Off Flight for Using Own App

Delta Airlines(NEW YORK) -- The CEO of the company that developed the smartphone app Viber was escorted off a Delta plane when it landed in New York for making a call with his app during the flight, reported Gizmodo.

Viber CEO Talmon Marco used his own app to make a call and text over VoIP through GoGo, the in-flight Wi-Fi service offered by Delta Airlines.

Marco sent a series of tweets related to the incident Tuesday, apparently as the situation was unfolding.

“@Delta @DeltaAssist on a delta flight, trying to use Viber, crew says VoIP is banned by FAA for safety (it’s not). No such issue on United!" Marco tweeted. "@Delta @DeltaAssist crew of DL1204 says they are calling the port authority because I used Viber.. This will be my last DL flight. Ever."

Marco later continued to tweet, "Can you believe@DeltaAssist is going to call the cops when we land because I used Viber on Gogo inflight wifi?? Nuts.."

"was using Viber on a DL flight.. Crew says banned by FAA (not true). They Calling cops at LGA,” he said on his Twitter profile.

His final tweets on the matter say he just wanted to test the app and that he was not arrested.

In a statement to ABC News, a Delta spokesperson said, “The use of any voice application, such as a Web-based VoIP service, is prohibited by the GoGo Terms of Service."

“Delta fully supports a ban on cell phone voice transmissions. We are not however, opponents of in-flight data transmissions (i.e. text and e-mail messages) provided they do not interfere with flight deck navigational equipment.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr202012

Parents Sue Apple for Purchases Made by Kids

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A group of California parents unhappy with Apple over money they didn’t know their children were spending in games has now gotten the go-ahead from a California judge to proceed with a class action lawsuit against the company.

The suit revolves around “game currencies” -- real money used within games to buy coins or other in-game tools -- that the parents claim children purchased without their knowledge.

According to the suit, “children were able to purchase ‘game currencies’ without their parents’ knowledge or authorization while playing game applications, provided by Apple and advertised as free.”

The parents also claim the games are designed to be “highly addictive,” with specific reference to the Smurf Village app as a “bait-and-switch” type game in which the app is free, but the 1,000 in-app credits offered cost $59.

The suit was filed by Garen Meguerian on behalf of a number of others in April 2011. Additional groups of parents have filed similar suits in the state, which were then consolidated into one large class-action suit.

Prior to early 2011, Apple let users buy game currency up to 15 times without re-entering a password in the game. The parents claim they were unaware that purchases could be made without re-entering the password, which resulted in children charging the parents’ accounts in amounts ranging from $99.99 to $338.72.

Apple did fix the issue in early 2011, but the parents claim the company was in the wrong and that it still makes it too easy for kids to buy without parent permission.

Apple has argued that the issue should be dismissed because the in-app purchases were stated in the Terms & Conditions signed by the parents before purchasing the app, “thus making the individuals purchases not voidable.” However, Judge Edward Davila ruled against Apple’s request to dismiss the case.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar122012

Facebook Adds New Timeline Apps; Over 3,000 Available Now

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve likely noticed the new Timeline layout that has started to roll out, bringing a different look to user profile pages and replacing “The Wall” that most people were used to.  Along for the ride come a whole new slew of what Facebook calls “Timeline apps.”

Timeline apps aren’t games, but rather “lifestyle apps,” Facebook’s Malorie Lucich told ABC News. “They build upon Facebook’s social layer and make people’s Timelines more expressive with the things they are doing,” she said. In essence, they bring your favorite services and smartphone apps right to your Facebook page.

Monday at SXSW, the interactive media conference in Austin, Facebook is announcing some big additions to the Timeline app portal, including apps from Foursquare, The Onion, Fandango and Endomondo.

Since the launch of the new app platform two months ago, 3,000 apps have become available for users. The apps can be added to users’ Timelines and can be set to refresh automatically. For instance, the Spotify app links with the popular music service and shows what music you are or have recently listened to in real time.

The new Foursquare app, which rolls out Monday, will bring more of the features of the mobile app to the Timeline. (Foursquare, if you’ve never used it, is a mobile service that lets you tell friends where you are and interesting things you’ve found on the way.) “We’re excited to upgrade the posts we send to Facebook so people can push their Foursquare activities into Timeline and better showcase check-ins, badges, and mayorships,” Foursquare’s Erin Gleason said.

The Onion app will show videos or articles you’ve watched or read on theonion.com. Similarly, Fandango’s app will show clips of films you’ve watched through Fandango and let you add movies you want to see. The new Endomondo app, which is a fitness app for tracking workouts and run routes, will bring those maps straight to people’s Timelines.

All Facebook Timeline apps are available now; the new ones from Facebook and The Onion, Facebook said, are being added Monday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb282012

TripAdvisor App Downloaded 25 Times Per Minute

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- TripAdvisor has the world’s second-most-popular travel app, right behind Google Earth, according to 2011 download data from app research company Distimo.

Distimo tells ABC News the rankings are based on the worldwide downloads  for all applications in the travel categories in the Apple App Store -- iPad, Apple App Store, iPhone, Google Android Market and Windows Phone Marketplace.

TripAdvisor says its app was downloaded an average of 25 times per minute in January 2012 and has now surpassed 15 million total downloads.

“TripAdvisor is focused on delivering the best experience to travelers on mobile and tablets, and we’re delighted to see that TripAdvisor is the most downloaded travel planning app in the world,” Nathan Clapton, vice president of mobile partnerships at TripAdvisor, said in a statement. While Google Earth and TripAdvisor are both classified as travel apps, it’s fair to say the TripAdvisor app is used as a planning tool.

So besides Google Earth (No. 1) and TripAdvisor (No. 2), which other travel apps make up the top 5 travel apps in Distimo’s rankings?

3. GasBuddy -- Find Cheap Gas Prices

4. Google Maps

5. Yelp

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb172012

Children's Apps Need Privacy Policing, Says FTC

Tooga/The Image Bank(WASHINGTON) -- It's been a heck of a week when it comes to app security issues.

Just after Congress took issue with Apple on its address book and app privacy issues, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a report pushing Apple and Google to better police the security in applications for children.

"Companies that operate in the mobile marketplace provide great benefits, but they must step up to the plate and provide easily accessible, basic information, so that parents can make informed decisions about the apps their kids use," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.

"Right now, it is almost impossible to figure out which apps collect data and what they do with it. The kids app ecosystem needs to wake up, and we want to work collaboratively with industry to help ensure parents have the information they need," he added.

The 23-page report calls the current privacy disclosures "dis app ointing" (yes, "app" is italicized in the report), and after looking at hundreds of children's apps, including learning and gaming options, the report recommends that the app stores, developers and third parties improve how and what information is provided to parents about the app.

It goes on to suggest concrete ideas of how that can be done:  "App developers should provide this information through simple and short disclosures or icons that are easy to find and understand on the small screen of a mobile device."

The full report can be read here.

Apple already responded to similar security concerns earlier in the week with a statement detailing that it would be taking steps to be more transparent about what personal information is being accessed or stored by applications.

"We're working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release," Apple wrote.

Apple did not have any further comment in response to the FTC report focusing on children's apps.

Google, on the other hand, has promised to review the report. "We are reviewing the FTC's report," Google spokesperson Randall Sarafa told ABC News. "From the beginning, Android has had an industry-leading permission system, which informs consumers what data an app can access and requires user approval before installation. Additionally, we offer parental controls and best practices for developers to follow when designing apps that handle user data."

Still, as the FTC points out numerous times in the report, the biggest issue is the transparency and understanding of those privacy permissions. Android and iPhone/iPad apps do not have an in-your-face alert that allows parents to know exactly what the privacy policy is and if data could be accessed on the device.

When you download a popular children's game like Angry Birds on the iPhone, it simply provides the link to the privacy policy on the company's website.

On an Android device, there is a helpful list of permissions (location, etc.), but the disclosures are fairly buried and do not always include what the app does with the access. Rovio, the developer of the popular game, did not respond for comment.

A company like Duck Duck Moose, which develops apps like Wheels on the Bus and Itsy Bitsy Spider, does not collect any information from users.

"We do not ask users to provide any information and we do not collect any information about users, their devices or usage of our mobile applications," Caroline Hu Flexer, the co-founder of the company told ABC News. However, while that policy is listed on its website, it is buried in the applications. Hu Flexer said the company would appreciate more flexiblity in the app store to display privacy policies.

Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, is calling for the same thing.

"Anything that developers can do to make privacy controls and permission settings more prominent and easier to navigate is helpful to parents and to users in general," he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec132011

Makers of Fake ID App Defend Themselves

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The makers behind a controversial app, which allowed users to create their own “driver’s licenses,” are defending themselves after the app was pulled by Apple.

The  “License” app from DriversEd.com, which provides online driver’s education courses, was yanked from Apple’s App Store after Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey joined the Coalition to Secure Driver’s Licenses in voicing concerns that the app could be used to easily create fake driver’s licenses.

In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, released by the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License, Casey wrote, “National security systems depend on the trustworthiness of driver’s licenses, yet with a counterfeit license created by the app, a terrorist could bypass identity verification by the Transportation Security Administration, or even apply for a passport.”

However, Gary Tsifrin of DriversEd.com said that the app was specifically designed with safeguards including different fonts, low image resolution, and even the DriversEd.com logo so that the resulting images could not be used to create counterfeit licenses.

“It would take a lot more expertise to rejigger the driver’s license app [to create a fake license],” said Tsifrin. “It would be much easier to start from scratch.”

Tsifrin said he supports Senator Casey and the coalition in wanting to keep government-issued IDs secure, but says that the coalition was mistaken in attacking the “License” app.

“It’s a shame in this case,” said Tsifrin, who said the company was not contacted by Casey or the coalition before the letter was released. “In this case no one looked at the app.”

Tsifrin says the app, designed as a game or entertainment app, was intended for children or young adults to play with. In the two years it’s been on the market, he said, they’ve heard of no instances in which it was used to create counterfeit IDs.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct102011

Facebook Finally Launches App for iPad

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- After months of rumors and anticipation, Facebook is rolling out an app for the iPad. On Monday, the social networking site launched its new application, now available for free inside Apple's App Store.

The app's launch could be beneficial for both Apple and Facebook as a smooth, user-friendly app for the social network could sway indecisive consumers who may have otherwise purchased a less expensive tablet.  Tablet devices running Google's Android software currently offer no Facebook application, The New York Times reports.

Along with access to the news feed, photos, messages, status updates, groups and settings, Mashable reports the app will offer some new features, as well.  The Facebook platform for mobile devices and iOS will feature games in fullscreen mode, HD video support and Airplay.

Bret Taylor, Facebook's chief technology officer, told The New York Times that the app's release was delayed because it "just wasn't ready yet."

Taylor also told The Times that features offered in the new Facebook app for iPad will also be integrated into the company's app for iPhone.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep232011

Many Job Applicants Include False Info on Their Resumes

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Having a solid resume is more important than ever in today’s tight job market, but a new survey shows many office managers believe applicants have included dishonest information on their resume.

A survey commissioned by OfficeTeam.com of 1,013 senior managers finds 43 percent of respondents believe job applicants include false information on their resumes somewhat often or very often.

Some 431 employees were also polled in the same survey.  More than one in five workers said they know someone who stretched the truth on resumes.  When asked what type of information did the person misrepresent or exaggerate, 58 percent cited job duties, followed by education, employment dates and job experience.

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