As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to hate Facebook Messenger, now you have another one. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski tells Motherboard that he spent some time picking apart Facebook Messenger earlier this week and found that it’s positively loaded with “spyware type code” designed to track everything you do. More →
It’s been a busy week for privacy and security related to personal data, obviously caused by a certain celebrities’ nudes hack, so it’s not entirely surprising to see Facebook double down on privacy at this time. The company on Thursday announced that its Privacy Checkup tool – which was first mentioned a few months ago – is finally rolling out to users in order to help them make sure they’re sharing status updates, posts and other things only with the people they want. More →
One the absolute most annoying things that Facebook has done over the last year has been to add autoplay video ads to its mobile app that can quickly rip through your monthly mobile data cap if you aren’t careful. Consumer finance website MoneySavingExpert.com says that it’s recently “seen many complaints from people who have been stung with data bills after exceeding their monthly allowance and who believe it to be because of Facebook autoplaying videos,” which shouldn’t be surprising given how much data videos consume. The website says that it’s confirmed that videos are set by default to automatically play no matter what kind of network you’re connected to. More →
“My God, I’m not going to electrocute myself, am I?” That was the initial reaction of an elderly gentleman when one of The Fine Brothers handed him an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and asked for his reaction. One elderly woman wondered aloud if the Rift was a “space mask” or “something you wear for the Ebola crisis.”
The Fines are known far and wide for their reaction videos on YouTube, which show kids, teens or the elderly reacting to different things. Recent offerings that were particularly hilarious include teens reacting to the Internet of the 1990s and elderly people reacting to Google Glass.
Judgmentalism has been a staple of societal life for longer than I’m even capable of understanding, and as such, folks have been handing out criticisms for just as long. It’s common practice for creators to look down on other creations, and moreover, to bestow opinions on current events without ever being asked. It’s an issue that has surely been around for some time, but it feels as if social media has only served to add fuel to the proverbial fire.
Talking heads of the tube were bad enough, but at least there were only a smattering of those. Now, we have billions of those same heads, and unlike television, their words remain linkable, searchable, and retweetable ad infinitum. More →
If you’ve ever wanted to see some of the most powerful individuals in the tech industry douse themselves in freezing cold water, now is your chance. In order to raise money and awareness for ALS, people all over the country are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, a movement which originated in Massachusetts when former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, diagnosed with the disease in 2012, dumped cold water on his head and dared others to do the same. They had 24 hours to respond — if they failed to complete the challenge within that time, they would have to donate to the ALS Association. More →
Facebook gave users fair warning ahead of a recent change that requires people to install a separate iPhone application if they want to keep using Facebook’s messaging feature on their iPhones, but there is still plenty of outrage. So much so, in fact, that the Facebook Messenger app for iOS now has a 1-star average rating in the App Store out of spite.
But if you would rather not use a dedicated app to chat with your Facebook friends, don’t fret: A simple trick will let you keep using the main Facebook app for the iPhone to send and receive messages. More →
Facebook is coming up with more and more ways to annoy its mobile users, including forcing them to use its Facebook Messenger app instead of the mothership Facebook app to chat with friends. The world’s biggest social network has also annoyingly decided to automatically set its mobile app to play its autoplay video ads even if you’re on a mobile data network and not a Wi-Fi network. It goes without saying that this can be a problem for some users who have capped data plans, which is why we’re glad that iMore just posted some detailed instructions for how to stop this nuisance on your smartphone. More →
Facebook has recently decided to force all its mobile users to install its Facebook Messenger application for messaging purposes rather than letting them chat via the official Facebook mobile app. The move wasn’t received well at all by Facebook users and Android users in particular have been wondering why the Messenger app needs so much access to various phone resources in order to offer messaging features. To put their concerns to rest, Facebook explained on a new support page why Messenger needs so many permissions. More →
Scrolling through a Facebook news feed can be a depressing experience. From the countless ads to the naive friends sharing links to Onion articles they think are real, it never feels safe to stay logged on for too long lest you lose your mind. But what if you dedicated two days of your life to liking everything on Facebook? How would your friends react and how would your account begin to morph? More →