Pokemon Go can see everything in your Google account. Here’s how to stop it

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PokeHype is here, it’s real and isn’t going anywhere soon. It’s not all gravy, though. Dealing with server issues is one thing, but finding out an app has complete and total access to your Google account is another.

As Adam Reeve discovered after starting to play on his iPhone, if you use an iOS device and a Google account to sign up for Pokemon Go, the app is granted full access to your Google account.

That means the developer of Pokemon Go, Niantic, may have access to your emails, Google Drive, calendar, contacts, photos, Chrome browsing history, search history, Maps data… and, well, anything else linked to your Google account.

According to Google’s support page, full access lets the application “see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can’t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).” That’s not to say they are actively accessing said information, but the possibility is there for it to happen.

How to revoke access

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  • You’ll need to visit this page.
  • Sign in to the same Google account you used for Pokemon Go.
  • Click on “Pokemon Go Release” on the list (it should be near the top, where all Full Access apps are listed).
  • Click Remove, then OK.

The issue only seems to be affecting iOS users that have not updated from version 1.0 . Android users who’ve used Google to log in to the app haven’t granted full access, or any access, for that matter, to his or her Google account.

Understand Chinese Market

Chinese consumer trends

Guide your marketing in China with these 10 important trends

Making any generalizations about a market as large, complex and fluid as China is daunting. But we can still pick out some broad trends that help to determine how Chinese consumers think, and what they want.

1. New demographics, new wealth

China has gone through a tumultuous change in the last few decades. It has compressed a
level of development in this short period that other developing countries have not been able to achieve over a much longer period. Families have become smaller, increasing life-spans and better health conditions are rapidly ageing the population and of course, incomes continue to increase at a brisk clip. Smaller families were initially fuelled by the one-child policy. But now
delayed marriages, and the push by young people to set up their own households after marriage (even before it), have strengthened the trend. While in rural areas, people have experienced modest increases in incomes – sufficient to
have lifted them out of poverty – in large cities entrepreneurship and the stock market has created a new class of rich. These high net worth individuals have been responsible for the upsurge in the demand of luxury goods. This fast changing profile of the Chinese consumer strongly determines their mindset and the way they evaluate brands.

2. Urbanization

Nearly 20 million people in China are ‘urbanized’ every year. The population on the move offers a unique marketing opportunity. These new urban consumers resemble neither the city folks they have joined nor the rural brethren they have left behind. They have unique needs, such as carefully designed financial services as well as entertainment and communication products
and services.

3. Female empowerment

Unlike some other Asian countries, in China, women are active participants in the work force. As a result, they have an independent means of income, venture out of the home everyday, and have the opportunity and desire to spend. Female
consumers have different needs and marketers need to develop special strategies to attract them.

4. Concern for the environment

Expressing environmental concern and buying products which are soft on the environment is a strong trend among urban Chinese consumers. In fact it has the potential of becoming the new status symbol – just as consumers are willing to spend more to show their success, they are also willing to spend to underline their environmental conscience.

5. Growth of the internet and Web 2.0

Researchers from China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) counted 210 million internet users by the end of December 2007 – a cool 73 million more than the year before and an astounding growth of 53.3%. The number fell just short of the 215 million internet users believed to reside in the United States. However it is not just the numbers which mark the internet revolution in China. Chinese consumption of the internet is significantly different from the West, providing unique opportunities to marketers in China.

6. Growing sense of nationalism

China achieved GDP growth of 11.9% in 2007, the fifth consecutive year that annual GDP growth has exceeded 10%. China is a
big force in global trade; it has put a man into space and built a railway line on the roof of the world. The sense of achievement has fuelled a strong feeling of national pride. The Olympics are the crowning glory, providing numerous opportunities for marketers to ride on the euphoria and build local brands.

7. Individuality

A few years ago, most advertising was about being a good mother, a good wife, a good worker, a good father or a good friend. Self indulgence and pampering are now in mode. Consumers are increasingly conscious of their own individuality and are expecting solutions tailored to them, rather than mass products. Marketers need to recognize this.

8. Health and wellbeing

Four out of the ten most advertised brands in China are health products. The yoghurt market has taken off in a traditionally non-dairy market largely on a health platform. Fitness clubs, yoga classes and slimming pills are all doing brisk business. According to research, over 40% of women in urban China and Hong Kong consider themselves to be overweight. Nearly onequarter of urban women in China are planning to try to lose weight in the next six months. Marketers take note.

9. Assertive consumers

Branding is a new phenomenon in China. Yet despite heavy investments, marketers have not been able to achieve the same level of respect and bonding among Chinese consumers as they have accomplished in other countries. Marketers need to tread carefully in terms of the promises they make as consumers are becoming more and more unforgiving.

10. Ascendance of design

Design is now a key brand differentiator. In China’s credit card market, for example, it’s not a simple matter of credit limits and interest rates. In today’s China, as marketers try hard to differentiate their products, and consumers demand more than functional attributes, design is of paramount importance. This applies to every product category, not just apparel and shoes.

See more here: http://www.marketresearchworld.net/content/view/2154/

Quality of products made in China

How often do we hear: “this is made in China, it is cheap and quality is bad”? Over the years the bad reputation of the quality of products made in China has become worse. Large scale scandals, nationally and all over the world, reinforced it. However, this reputation is partially right nowadays

Good, cheap and fast

Why the made in China products quality can be so bad? Fast, cheap and good are three incompatible conditions. One always has to be sacrificed:

  • Good quality products at a low cost are usually associated with a slow production speed: with less workers and more time to pay attention to the production process, the manufacturer can better control the quality.
  • Good quality products with fast delivery always involve higher costs: the manufacturer needs more workers to be able to assure product quality and shorten the production lead-time.
  • A fast service on a cheap product is usually synonymous of quality problems. Otherwise the buyer is being lucky.

Current reality of the quality of products made in China

This article: “Chinese smartphones could be helping to ease the ‘Made in China’ stigma“, shows the current problematic faced by the Chinese manufacturers: they are seen as suppliers of low quality products. However this image is wrong: all kinds of product qualities can be sourced in China:

  • The smartphone industry is producing in China, especially famous brands.
  • Luxury brands also manufacture their well-known products in China.
  • High quality consumer goods are very often manufactured in China too.

Chinese manufacturers have had to go through a long process to be able to produce high quality products. They needed to acquire the know-how, to train qualified workers, and to develop good infrastructures.

Buyers can purchase high quality products made in China. However all depends the conditions requested. Regardless, many other factors can affect the quality of the products made in China even at a fair price and reasonable delays. The buyer should regularly audit the factories and inspect the quality of the products during production and prior to the shipment.

Article : http://www.asiaqualityfocus.com/blog/quality-of-products-made-in-china/

Why You Should Use VPN

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a group of computers (or discrete networks) networked together over a public network—namely, the internet. Businesses use VPNs to connect remote datacenters, and individuals can use VPNs to get access to network resources when they’re not physically on the same LAN (local area network), or as a method for securing and encrypting their communications when they’re using an untrusted public network.

When you connect to a VPN, you usually launch a VPN client on your computer (or click a link on a special website), log in with your credentials, and your computer exchanges trusted keys with a far away server. Once both computers have verified each other as authentic, all of your internet communication is encrypted and secured from eavesdropping.

The most important thing you need to know about a VPN: It secures your computer’s internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured from prying eyes.

Why You Need a VPN, or How You Can Benefit from Using One

A VPN alone is just a way to bolster your security and access resources on a network you’re not physically connected to. What you choose to do with a VPN is a different story. Usually, VPN users fall into a few separate categories:

  • The student/worker. This person has responsibilities to attend to, and uses a VPN provided by their school or company to access resources on their network when they’re at home or traveling.
  • The downloader. Whether they’re downloading legally or illegally, this person doesn’t want on some company’s witch-hunt list just because they have a torrenting app installed on their computer. VPNs are the only way to stay safe when using something like BitTorrent—everything else is just a false sense of security. Better safe than trying to defend yourself in court or paying a massive fine for something you may or may not have even done, right?
  • The privacy minded and security advocate. Whether they’re a in a strictly monitored environment or a completely free and open one, this person uses VPN services to keep their communications secure and encrypted and away from prying eyes whether they’re at home or abroad. To them, unsecured connections mean someone’s reading what you say.
  • The globetrotter. This person wants to watch the Olympics live as they happen, without dealing with their crummy local networks. They want to check out their favorite TV shows as they air instead of waiting for translations or re-broadcasts (or watch the versions aired in other countries,) listen to location-restricted streaming internet radio, or want to use a new web service or application that looks great but for some reason is limited to a specific country or region.
  • Some combination of the above. Odds are, even if you’re not one of these people more often than not, you’re some mix of them depending on what you’re doing. In all of these cases, a VPN service can be helpful, whether it’s just a matter of protecting yourself when you’re out and about, whether you handle sensitive data for your job and don’t want to get fired, or you’re just covering your own ass from the MPAA.

Even if none of the above really sound right to you, you can still benefit from using a VPN. You should definitely use one when you travel or work on an untrusted network . That means opening your laptop at the coffee shop and logging in to Facebook or using your phone’s Wi-Fi to check your email at the airport can all potentially put you at risk.

 

Article : http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why-you-should-start-using-a-vpn-and-how-to-choose-the-best-one-for-your-needs