Episode 219 – New Markets for Artists / The Fine Print

The Fine Print

For example, there are apps that change your screen image or “wallpaper” to holiday themes. These simple, free apps can be the worst. One such app will tell you that it needs permission to access your phonebook. You might not think twice about it, but why your phone book? You have to evaluate the situation every time. In this scenario, there is no reason why an app that sends images needs access to your phone book unless it were designed to steal all your mailing addresses and info. It is very easy to download apps without thinking, but this goes to show why it’s so important to read the fine print. If you download an app, just read a little bit about the permissions the app requires. Any app that asks for access to your phone book is suspicious, so you should read reviews of it before downloading. This is less of an issue for the iPhone because the apps are screened carefully, but it can happen from time to time and is still a concern. Now that most people have their smartphones synched with their computers so that their calendars and email addresses are stored on their phones, an app can access all kinds of information and send your friends junk mail from your email address. This is not to scare you but rather to make you conscious of some of the dangers of downloading apps.

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Episode 218 – New Markets for Artists / Applications for Phones and Tablets

Professional and Polite

Trying to establish connections with people professionally and politely will get you very far, because most people stop pursuing a connection as soon as a call or email isn’t returned. At the very least, you deserve a response. That’s my feeling when I am trying to connect with someone. Sometimes I even continue to follow up on principal, because I believe that everyone deserves a response when writing and asking a question politely.

Applications for Phones and Tablets

Passwords are important, but there are other ways hackers can get into your computer, your mailing lists, and other information. Since the invention of the iPhone and the Android system and phone, there has been a proliferation of applications, or “apps” as they are known. You can download apps for reading books, for playing games, for finding local restaurants, and much, much more.

Apps are also available for Android system phones—which were developed by Google—but with one critical difference. On the iPhone, which is produced  by Apple, the apps that   are available are very tightly controlled by the company. That means that when  someone  is trying  to create  an app to sell in Apple’s online store, iTunes, they have to propose it to Apple first. If Apple likes it, then they will make it available for download on iTunes, but if they don’t like it, they won’t. This is because Apple wants iTunes to carry only squeaky-clean apps with nothing unsuitable for children, which means no nudity or adult references of any kind (although apps that make farting noises are OK). For Android phones, the store allows apps to be uploaded much easier and there are fewer restrictions. This is because Android developers wanted their apps to be even more popular than Apple’s, but problems are arising in both companies, so it’s important to remain updated and informed.

Phone Apps Have Access to Your Information

Before you download an app, you will have a chance to read a description of it and, most importantly, a list of what it has access to on your phone. In order for an app to work, it has to be able to access some of your phone’s data and controls. I just downloaded a timer app, which is like a kitchen egg timer, and I use it to time my meditation sessions, which are twenty minutes long. When I was about to download it, I was told what it would need access to: it was just going to change my phone controls to stop my phone from going to sleep. Apps that manipulate photos will let you know that the app will need access to your phone camera, whereas apps that help with driving directions will need access to the global positioning system or GPS in your phone. That’s all OK, but some apps are designed to hack your phone, so read carefully.

To learn more about Brainard Carey and his services for artists, or to take a class from him, click here.  To join one of his free weekly webinars, click here. To download the workbook mentioned in this series, click here.