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It’s been in the news lately. If you want to chat with someone on Facebook on mobile, you’ll soon be required to use the Messenger app. A few years ago, Facebook removed the ability to chat with your friends through the Facebook app, but retained the ability to chat with friends through its mobile web app. Now, they plan to remove the ability to chat from the web app as well. A lot of people are furious over Facebook’s decision for various reasons: having to download a separate app, the many permissions the app requests, et cetera.

But going forward, there is a way that people can still access there messages on mobile without the Messenger app. Go to the App Store/Play Store on your device and download Opera Mini.

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Opera Mini is a data savings app. It runs a different version of Facebook

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A version of Facebook which still has access to messages, with no indication that it is going to be taken away.

Sure, you are still downloading a separate app, but this one does not require as nearly as many permissions as Facebook’s Messenger, plus it saves you tons of data.

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I’ve saved 72% in data savings. A normal browser would have used 900 MB in the lifetime I’ve had Opera Mini installed. Opera Mini has used 259 MB in comparison.

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For those of you having issues with your Facebook posting things you didn’t, and you use Facebook on a computer, I would advise you to run Avast Browser Clean-Up on your computer. It will scan for any add-ons in your browser(s) that could be using Facebook without your permission and remove them.

These unsolicited postings could also be caused by apps you’ve authorized on Facebook that you don’t use anymore or had a malicious intent when you signed into an app/website with Facebook. Go to your Facebook Settings > Apps and remove any Facebook applications you don’t use anymore, specifically those that have the ability to post content on your behalf, as those ones can like posts on your behalf.

A third culprit is websites that ask you to push the like button in order to see a video/content. In this case, pressing the like button could like something else instead on Facebook.

Also, it’s recommended that you change your Facebook password regularly. Use unique passwords for each website you login to. That way, if one website is hacked, and hackers are able to decrypt your password, they won’t be able to use it on any other site.

Stay safe out there.

If you are ever in a restaurant that offers free WiFi, but it seems to not be working, it’s because you need to sign in to the network. The method to do this, though, is where many users get confused. Many people assume that if the WiFi icon says it is connected, then it should work. However, that is not the case. You usually have to agree to the terms and conditions of the free WiFi, which are automatically presented when you go to a non-HTTPS* website (see below for an explanation). So open your web browser and go to aw.ca. Any website will do as long as it does not use HTTPS. I use aw.ca because it is short and simple. The internal WiFi system will then redirect you to a webpage that usually has a check box and a button to agree to the terms and conditions and then connect.

HTTPS explanation: Simply trying to Google search for anything won’t get you online. Google uses HTTPS. The reason you won’t get online is the request to redirect the website is blocked because of the S in HTTPS, which stands for secure. It ensures the website you are visiting is encrypted so that all data is secure while in transit. You wouldn’t want to go to Facebook and have the system redirect you to a fake Facebook login page? Therefore, you must go to a website which does not use HTTPS. Then the system will be able to redirect your request and present you with the login page.

Some phones will automatically detect that you need to sign in to the network to use it. In that case, simply select the “Sign into network” in your notifications and accept the terms and conditions from there.

No Free Money for You…

Posted: December 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is not giving out $4.5 million dollars to lucky participants who repost the following message:

Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection.
The message has been circulating for a few days. Mark is never going to give away his money to you. Stop spamming my feed. Thanks.

This afternoon, I was on my Nexus 5, and noticed Google has made some changes to its launcher, the default on its Nexus line of phones. This update primarily features updates to the way the app drawer functions. Instead of cards that scroll horizontally, Google has opted to organize the apps in a vertical list, as seen below.

Google's new launcher

Google’s new launcher

This version of the launcher has some new features. The app drawer now has a favorites bar, where common apps appear. I have not found a way to customize it yet, though it appears to have a limit of 4 icons. A dedicated app search bar has also been added. Though searches for apps before though Google’s main search bar, this one is much quicker at finding the specific app one is looking for. Holding down the app drawer icon will cause the search bar to be automatically opened, and the keyboard will pop up, allowing for a quick search to find the app one wishes to open.

Searching is easier in the new launcher.

Searching is easier in the new launcher.

Many people have complained about the way Google updated this app. Many do not like the scrolling list, as compared to the horizontal card option. However, third-party launchers, such as Nova Launcher, allow users to customize their app drawers, even organizing apps into folders. I have used custom launchers before, and many of them have many different options, but switching to a different launcher would mean losing certain abilities of Google’s launcher, such as the ability to say “Ok Google!” from any screen to start a search, the Google Now cards, and other Google-related features.

Bill Gates URL Shortner

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

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So I was cruising Twitter this morning and found out that Bill Gates has his own URL shortner as you’ll see in the photo above. That’s pretty rediculous.

2012 Year in Review

Posted: December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

I was actually scrolling through my Google+ profile the other day, and say that I had posted a good number of times there throughout the year. It gave a good overview of what went on throughout the year, and so I will post the results of what I found here:

1. Raspberry Pi

Early this year, a company build a computer on the board the size of a credit card and made it available for sale for only $25.

2. Lytro Camera

Another interesting device, this camera lets you take a picture, and then choose what part of the picture to focus on.

3. Apple

A woman wanted to sue Apple because she ran into the glass doors and didn’t see them.

4. Project Glass

Google released videos over the Internet featuring its most recent project: Project Glass. A wearable computer takes video and displays messages on your screen. Video chat, etc.

5. More Google Stuff

Google’s self-driving cars become legal in the state of Nevada.

6. Windows 8

I should write a blog post on my opinions about this. I have Windows 8. Officially released on Oct 26, it was Microsoft’s next major release of the operating system. Heavily designed for a touch UI, this operating system features versions for both computers and tablets.

That’s basically all I found. Hopefully I’ll blog more in 2013.