sábado, 27 de octubre de 2012

What do you know about organ donation?

Hard as it may be to believe, but some people think that if they're registered as organ donors, doctors may be less inclined to save their lives.
A quarter of Pennsylvanians think so, according to a survey commissioned by Donate Life Pennsylvania. It's not true. Additionally, the organization says there is a continuing myth that wealthy people are more likely to get an organ donation than low-income people. That's also not true, according to Donate Life.
To help dispel the myths, the organization, a collaboration between the state's two organ procurement agencies -- Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ & Recovery Education -- and the state departments of Health and Transportation, has released a couple of videos on YouTube.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiEQt0uY3OE&feature=youtu.be and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_y9K-9wZHI&feature=youtu.be
to see the videos.
“Nearly 30 percent of Pennsylvanians who stated that they are ‘not at all likely’ to become a registered organ donor stated that receiving information that dispels common myths about organ and tissue donation would motivate them to become a donor,” Gift of Life President and CEO Howard M. Nathan said in a statement. “These videos were created just for them, as a means of disseminating this important information in a venue that is convenient and widely used – social media.”
To learn even more, go to Donate Life's web site.

sábado, 20 de octubre de 2012

What You Do Know About Body Language?

In the bad old days, experts on body language tried to decode specific gestures by attaching specific meanings to them.  We know better today; in fact, now we know that body language determines the thinking behind meaning.
Back then the idea was that each gesture had a secret meaning and once you understood it you could use that understanding to control other people.
That’s ridiculous.  First of all, most gestures can mean a dozen things.  And second, most gestures don’t bestow magical powers of manipulation on geeky boys, for example, trying to seduce attractive co-eds.
That school of thought came about because the first researchers of body language focused on gestures with specific meanings, or emblems as they called them.  For example, if I hold up 2 fingers with my palm facing out, most people in the US and in parts of Europe will understand that to mean “peace,” or perhaps “V for Victory.”  If I reverse the direction of my palm, some people in various parts of the world will take offense.
Similarly, if I make a circle with my thumb and forefinger and hold it up, most people in the US and Western Europe will take it that I’m signaling “OK.”  In other parts of the world, people will take offense.
That’s the way the study of body language began.  The arm-waving that all of us do when we’re speaking was dismissed as not meaningful.
Now, we’ve become a little more enlightened, and we’ve learned to read that arm-waving and other motions and gestures of the body to signify, if not quite precise and specific things, intent, emotion, and attitude – much more interesting stuff. Popular awareness has caught up to this point, mostly, and at least well-informed people know, for example, that wide-open eyes (or pupils) signify interest.
But there’s a further aspect of body language that most people are not aware of, and it’s the most interesting of all.  Body language doesn’t just signal what you’re thinking.  It also actually shapes what you’re thinking.
Here’s how it works.  If you stand tall, and take up as much space as possible, your body will manufacture more testosterone, and less cortisol (a stress hormone).  You’ll actually start to feel more confident and powerful, and you will believe that you are so. Body language determines attitude.  Think about that the next time you stand, sit, or walk.  Especially with anyone watching.
For a brilliant discussion of this, watch Amy Cuddy’s video on TED, below.

sábado, 13 de octubre de 2012

What do you know about privacy policies for your apps?

If you have a smart phone, pay attention. We've got some important information when it comes to your privacy.

A new study is out right now from the "Future of Privacy Forum." It shows app developers are now responding to increased pressure to put privacy policies on their apps. However, is it enough and do you even know where those policies are and if your apps have them?
If you have a smart phone, chances are you have downloaded an app. Maybe a friend told you about a great app you had to get.
Whether it's free or you pay for it, before you hit the download button, you better do some research first.
The app industry is booming. And you can find an app for just about everything. Before you download or install the app, check to see if there's a privacy policy.
Darien Hill is an Internet Consultant with YDG Mobile and said you need to be watchful of your information.
"It's important because as a consumer the data is your information," Hill said.
That means your personal information like your phone number, email and address book that some developers could access.
"Companies are taking that information for marketing purposes," Hill said.
Here's a catch you may not realize too. The industry is currently not regulated, which means many apps may not "clearly" have privacy policies. Instead, you may see something called a push notification asking if you'd like to be on their mailing list. By tapping yes, you are giving the company permission.
A company may ask for your email address or right under the app, there may be a description.
The bottom line do your research beforehand.
"Consumers need to be protected. Most companies are good companies but there are individuals out there that will use this software to steal your data," Hill said.
One more important thing Darien said is to watch out for a free app doesn't necessarily mean free" and can come with a price. Those free apps have ads and if you have children, be especially careful, as you may not know what the ads are that you could be exposing your children to.
Hill said he expects the app industry will be more tightly regulated soon and exact more specific guidelines could be put in place.