Why Is Facebook So Addictive

There’s a scientific explanation for why you can’t log off of Facebook

By on November 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

There’s a scientific explanation for why you can’t log off of Facebook

If you’re reading this article on a computer, there’s a pretty good chance that you have Facebook pulled up on another tab. If not, you probably just closed it. There’s something about Facebook that keeps us coming back for more, no matter how crowded and frustrating our news feeds have become. So why can’t we break away? More →

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Facebook News Feed Settings

It’s never been easier to avoid your most obnoxious friends on Facebook

By on November 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

It’s never been easier to avoid your most obnoxious friends on Facebook

In recent years, the Facebook News Feed has devolved from a streamlined way to keep up with your friends into an endless list of advertisements, quizzes and links. It can be all but impenetrable to those unwilling to comb through it for the updates they actually care about, but Facebook is introducing new features for the News Feed which will give you the ability to control what you see. More →

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Ebola Virus

Watch CEO Mark Zuckerberg obliterate an Ebola troll on Facebook

By on November 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM.

Watch CEO Mark Zuckerberg obliterate an Ebola troll on Facebook

No one in the spotlight online is a stranger to Internet trolls. They’re everywhere — just look in the comments section on just about any well-known website that supports commenting, and you’ll find plenty of them. They lurk around every digital corner, waiting for the perfect moment to spring out and annoy us. Brazen trolls don’t even worry about masking their identities, happy to aggravate everyone knowing that they’re sitting safely behind their computer or smartphone.

Of course for most of us, it has become second nature to simply tune out their stupidity. Every once in a while, however, a high-profile Internet personality decides that enough is enough — and that’s exactly what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided recently. More →

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Samsung Facebook Home Smartphone

New report claims Samsung may make a mistake of epic proportions

By on October 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

New report claims Samsung may make a mistake of epic proportions

Things haven’t been going great for Samsung lately, but things surely can’t be this bad for the company… can they? SamMobile points us to a new report in The Korea Herald that claims Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with Samsung executives in Seoul this week to discuss whether Samsung is interested in building the next “Facebook Phone.” More →

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Facebook Audience Network Advertising

Here’s the latest way Facebook is making your Internet experience more annoying

By on October 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Here’s the latest way Facebook is making your Internet experience more annoying

With free services invariably comes advertising — after all, the commercials you have to put up with on network television are funded by advertisers. However, Facebook apparently thinks you don’t see enough ads throughout your day, which explains why it’s expanding its advertising with the formal launch of Audience Network.

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Facebook App Anonymity

Facebook is going farther to protect your privacy than anyone expected

By on October 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

Facebook is going farther to protect your privacy than anyone expected

With all the personal information that’s on Facebook, sometimes a user just wants to be anonymous when going online. With this in mind, Facebook is planning release a new mobile application that will allow Facebook users to interact with each other anonymously.

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Facebook Advanced Privacy Settings

A 14-step guide on going ‘invisible’ on Facebook and living to share the tale

By on October 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

A 14-step guide on going ‘invisible’ on Facebook and living to share the tale

Those Facebook users looking to make their social networking experience more private without ditching Zuckerberg’s empire in favor of something else should know there’s a way to do this, at least according to Business Insider. More →

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Anti-Facebook Ello

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

By on September 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM.

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

Ever since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. More →

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Facebook Messenger App Privacy

Security researcher finds Facebook Messenger is loaded with ‘spyware type code’ [updated]

By on September 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM.

Security researcher finds Facebook Messenger is loaded with ‘spyware type code’ [updated]

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 →

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Facebook Privacy Checkup Tool

Facebook’s new privacy tool makes sure you share your naughty selfies only with the right people

By on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Facebook’s new privacy tool makes sure you share your naughty selfies only with the right people

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 →

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Facebook Autoplay Video Ads

Facebook’s autoplay video ads blamed for jacking up users’ phone bills

By on September 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Facebook’s autoplay video ads blamed for jacking up users’ phone bills

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 →

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Oculus Rift Video

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the Oculus Rift

By on August 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the Oculus Rift

“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.

Now, the Fine Brothers are back and they’ve brought the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift VR headset with them. More →

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Social Media Critics

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

By on August 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

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 →

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