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Mark Zuckerberg Talks To Wired About Facebook’s Privacy Problem

When you are the product as with Facebook and Google, if you want to maintain some privacy, you need to be careful what information you provide to their services. Most do not seem to care, do not understand or believe the trade-off for providing your personal data is out-weighed by the person benefits.
In the past, it was very difficult to work out what your privacy settings actually were and would change, often without users being aware. This has improved but it is still very difficult to work out some of the settings. For example, to delete you Facebook account can be problematic because even if you do find where to do it, should you inadvertently connect to Facebook again from some device, it negates your deletion.
Source article:
Wired- Facebook Privacy Issues

Another article on the same subject: What the F*** Was Facebook Thinking and yet another one one how to delete your Facebook at https://vpnandgo.com/delete-facebook-account/

What is RAM?

Digital Trends has some interesting articles on their site. If you want to have a high level overview of RAM, they published a short article which may help you to understand the significance of RAM in your device. More is usually better but in some instances, there is a limit to how much is good and what is over-kill.
Source article:
What is RAM?

You Can’t Handle the Truth—at Least on Twitter

Facts or Myths
False information is about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than faithful reports of actual events, researchers find.
False news—which the study defines as either inaccurate information presented as truth or opinion presented as fact—is on average about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than information that faithfully reports actual events, the researchers found.
Source:
Scientific American

How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks

Trying to leave social networks can be quite difficult. They really don't want you to leave because you are their product.
In an article on
Wired, they cover the steps required to be undertaken for the various services. Leave Facebook

Apple: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

When Apple introduced the iPhone X, rather than focusing on the advances in the phone with things like the FacedID which unlike Apple's competitors, actually made it work properly. The unrelenting critics of the "notch" and other aspects of the phone were obviously designed as a distraction to detract.
Every time Apple introduces something new, no matter how innovative, the detractors try to find something wrong and if they cannot do it, then they make it up.
On Medium they published an article that shows that since the iPhone X was introduced, others have copied the design, despite being critical of it in the first place.
Source:
https://medium.com/enrique-dans/apple-imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery-f958c8791832

Review: Sony Playstation 4 Pro

It's been more than a year since Sony changed the game for consoles and decided to release a half-upgrade to its PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 Pro is a more powerful PS4. It plays every standard PS4 game there is, but has added horsepower to enable high-resolution 4K HDR output for high-end TVs—practically, that translates to prettier visual effects and frame rates.
Source:
Wired.com

Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach

Embattled credit-reporting company Equifax has done some data crunching and discovered another 2.4 million people that had their information slurped by hackers.
The biz, which was subject to one of the biggest data breaches in US history
last May, has already had to revise up the number of affected individuals.
The total stood at 145 million in the US and hundreds of thousands in the UK and Canada – but it's now found a few more people that previously escaped its "forensic" testings.
Source:
TheRegister

RedDrop nasty infects Androids via adult links, records sound, and fires off premium-rate texts

A newly discovered strain of Android malware makes live recordings of ambient audio around an infected device.
The RedDrop nasty also harvests and uploads files, photos, contacts, application data, config files and Wi-Fi information from infected kit. Both Dropbox and Google Drive are being used as temporary storage by the attackers.
Source:
TheRegister

The five things that kill your iPhone's battery the fastest

Although the battery in an iPhone can last a considerable amount of time, certain factors can deplete your battery quicker than usual.
The main factors are:
  • Temperature
  • Screen brightness
  • Weak mobile phone coverage and weak WiFi
  • Rogue apps
  • Too many notifications
There is an article on Zdnet that provides a little further information. See https://goo.gl/Fw2dSr

Tutorials for your Mac or iOS devices

If you are looking for some guidance with using your Mac or iOS device or software (apps) there are many resources on the web. Some are free and others require a subscription to gain full access to their resources.
I have personally found two resources quite useful. The first is
ScreencastsOnline which is operated by Don McAllister and offers a subscription model although some videos are free to watch.
Another that is free and has had many useful videos is
MacMost. From the site "MacMost is a free website with video tutorials for Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad users. Visit here daily for new tutorials, sign up for the free weekly newsletter, check out some Mac tips, and ask questions in the forum. New to the Mac? Check out the Beginner’s Guide to the Mac."

Of course if you prefer to have assistance in resolving any issues with your computer or need to solve some requirement with your software or hardware, I am able to assist with personal service at reasonable rates. The initial assessment of your requirements is free, unlike many trades that charge exorbitant fees just to arrive at your door.

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