Another day, another scam — but this one might have the potential to rope in unsuspecting people at an above average rate. A new wave of messages is sweeping Facebook, and it may be an easy one for some people to fall for considering how enthusiastic they are about Facebook. The scam involves replies made to users’ posts informing them that their accounts may have to be suspended due to reports of abuse. The only way to prevent the suspension, according to the scam messages, is to enter your login credentials and update your payment information in Facebook’s system.
Of course, these messages have nothing to do with Facebook and victims risk having their logins stolen along with their credit card information. More →
Video games have gotten a bad rap for years now. They create killers, many critics like to claim. They glorify criminal behavior, some politicians often shout.
But often left out of the video game discussion is how video games can actually be helpful to a child’s intellectual development. While it may sound a bit outlandish at first, video games can often help kids hone their problem solving skills, sometimes without them even realizing it. What’s more, kids who really love video games often start trying their hand at making their own, a sentiment recently articulated by none other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who credits his childhood love of video games with turning him into a programmer.
The Oculus Rift is finally nearing mass-production, but that’s not necessarily good news for anyone looking to purchase one of Facebook’s virtual reality headsets, because the VR gadget will require a very powerful computer, one that’s going to be rather expensive. And it apparently can’t be a MacBook Pro or any other Mac OS computer, as the Oculus Rift will only run on Windows devices for the time being. More →
I’m not sure if it should be a source of embarrassment or pride (or perhaps neither), but I was up and running on Facebook back in late 2004, back when Friendster was still the top dog of social networking. As a student at the time, I was able to witness first-hand how quickly Facebook was able to secure a foothold in the daily lives of college students. Writing on “the wall” on your friends’ pages, poking people, joining an endless string of groups — these were just a few of the many fun and quirky features why helped Facebook became an instant hit with students.
Still, at the time no one could have really predicted that Facebook would go on to become a household name, not just in tech, but across the globe. That said, it’s always interesting to take a stroll back in time and look at how Facebook was viewed well before it became the de facto social network it is today.
Facebook’s Messenger mobile app is already incredibly popular with both iOS and Android users, so it’s no wonder the company is constantly improving it. One of the features many users may have been asking for, especially those smartphone users who chat with people on other platforms, is finally here. More →
If you thought your Facebook chats are safe from prying eyes, you’re apparently wrong. Bosnadev says that Facebook’s chats are being scanned by a CIA-funded company, a discovery Bosnadev made after looking into some unusual activity on a website triggered by a link present in a Facebook chat. More →
Responding to a report from the Belgian government’s privacy watchdog that recently caused some controversy around Facebook’s privacy practices, the social network on Thursday said the findings were inaccurate, The Wall Street Journal reveals. Facebook explained how it conducts its business operations in Europe, when it comes to personal data collection and user tracking, and said that it doesn’t track users who aren’t on Facebook. Or at least that’s how things should work, as a “bug” allowed the company to continue tracking users in the region who don’t have registered Facebook accounts. More →
Facebook already has a variety of highly popular mobile apps available on iOS and Android, including the regular Facebook app, but also messaging apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, with each of them already being used by hundreds of millions of consumers. Unsurprisingly, the company wants yo offer similarly targeted services to desktop users. Facebook on Wednesday launched a standalone Messenger.com portal, where users can enjoy only messaging features, just like on mobile devices. More →
A new study that looked into Facebook’s privacy practices in the European Union reveals that Facebook seemingly tracks everyone in the region, regardless of personal preferences. Whether you’re signed in to the service or not, and whether or not you have opted out of being tracked, a Facebook cookie with your name on it exists, and can be used to track your online activities.
In fact, even people without Facebook accounts are being tracked. More →
The many Snowden revelations, which have detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection operations conducted by some of the world’s most important agencies including the NSA and the GCHQ, have revealed that various U.S. tech companies might also be involved, whether willingly or unwillingly, in some NSA programs. The implications of the leaks detailing the Prism data collection program – that says the NSA has access to personal customer data from various U.S. companies including Apple, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo – might be far greater than initially believed, as they could affect the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for transatlantic data transfer and connected trade deals. More →
Oculus VR is the company behind the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device that has single-handedly revitalized the VR market. The device might look ridiculous — see the image above — but anyone who has tried out the Oculus Rift or a similar headset has come away with the same reaction: A dropped jaw and a blown mind.
Now, according to a big leak from Facebook, which acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, it looks like some exciting virtual reality news may be in store for us later today during Facebook’s annual keynote from the F8 developer conference. More →