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Warning: An old Facebook scam is making the rounds again!

Published: Monday, September 28, 2015 @ 8:47 PM
Updated: Monday, September 28, 2015 @ 8:47 PM


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An old Facebook scam is making the rounds again!

>> RELATED: 5 Facebook hoaxes and scams to watch out for

If you see a status update about Facebook coming for your photos or other personal information, it's probably a hoax, and possibly a scam!

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What to look out for

These scams pop up every once in a while and here's what the latest one looks like:

As of September 27th , 2015 at 10:50p.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement atleast once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.

Another one claims that users can pay a fee to have their information made private:

Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to "private". If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.

Do not fall for these hoaxes. They've been debunked several times in the past.

And before you click on any link someone shares about Facebook’s privacy policy, first take a look at the company's legal terms to understand how the company is allowed to use your information. 

Get more details here.

Another old scam to be aware of

Got an email telling you that you've been tagged in a photo on Facebook? Don't click on that link in the email to see the picture! It could download a virus to your computer.

A while back, according to Mashable.com, there was a new criminal running a sophisticated malware program targeted at the 139 million Americans on Facebook.

Here's how this one plays out: You get a notification email from what appears to be Facebook. But look closely at the link in the email and you'll see Facebook is slightly misspelled as "Faceboook" (with an extra 'o').

So when you get the email, first hover your mouse over the link and confirm the "Faceboook" misspelling. Then promptly delete it!

If you do click on the link, a virus is downloaded to your computer in 4 seconds. Then you're quickly redirected to the real Facebook page. It's so seamless that most people don't even notice anything is wrong. (If this has happened to you, be sure to see my Virus, Spyware and Malware Protection Guide for free fixes that can help when you're already infected.)

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Apple faces multiple lawsuits over iPhone battery speed

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

Apple Admits To Slowing Phones Down As Their Batteries Age

Soon after news emerged that Apple admitted to slowing down iPhone performance as the devices’ batteries age, multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company.

CNBC reported that Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Apple, claiming the company never asked for consent from them to alter the performance of their phones.

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The lawsuit says Apple breached the implied contracts with Bogdanovich and Speas “by purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that at the time that the parties entered into an agreement,” according to WCBS.

The complaint also says that the two are entitled to compensation because the slowdown of their devices cause them to suffer “economic damages and other harm.”

Related: Apple admits to throttling iPhone CPU speed as battery ages

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components,” Apple said in a statement to The Verge about performance of the devices.

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future,” Apple said in the statement.

Apple is being sued after it said it slowed down the performances of older iPhones as the batteries in the devices age.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Bogdanovich and Speas are trying to get the case certified to cover all U.S. owners of iPhones older than the iPhone 8, according to CNBC. Their suit is not the only one against Apple since the company released its statement about iPhone battery speed. WCBS reported that a second class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois on Thursday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the suit was filed in Chicago by two people in Illinois as well as by Ohio, North Carolina and Indiana residents with iPhone models 5 through 7.

The suit says Apple “needlessly subjects consumers to purchasing newer and more expensive iPhones when a replacement battery could have allowed consumers to continue to use their older iPhones.”

Unspecified damages are being sought in the suit.

Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017; here's what it said

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 1:44 AM

Obama’s Tweet about Charlottesville Most-Liked Tweet of All Time

Twitter has released its end-of-year stats and revealed that former President Barack Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017.

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His tweet, sent in August after white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia, has been liked 4.6 million times. The tweet reads, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” accompanied by a picture of him looking up at a group of children.

The tweet, a portion of a quote from late South African President Nelson Mandela, was followed up by two more tweets from Obama, which finished the quote.

>> See the tweet here

 “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” the quote, in whole, reads.

>> Obama's Charlottesville response becomes most-liked tweet of all time

Obama’s tweet following the Charlottesville march wasn’t his only top tweet. He also took the third spot for most-liked, and the second, fifth, and eighth spots for most-retweeted tweets.

His other top tweets included his tweet to Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican was diagnosed with cancer; the final line of his presidential farewell address in Chicago; and his farewell after leaving the Oval Office for the last time.

Other top tweets included Ariana Grande’s tweet after the bombing at her Manchester, England, concert; LeBron James’s tweet when he called President Donald Trump a “bum"; a tweet promising to donate 6 pounds of dog food to Houston dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey for every retweet it received; another tweet asking for retweets to raise donations for Houston;, a photo from Linkin Park of its former frontman, Chester Bennington, after he committed suicide earlier this year; the number to the suicide hotline tweeted by social media star Seth Joseph; and finally, the most-retweeted tweet of the year came from 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson begging for retweets so he could win free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s for a year.

While Trump didn’t win a top spot for any of his own tweets, he was the most-tweeted-about world leader.

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Apple iOS11 update brings new emojis, bug fixes and more

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 7:28 PM

New Apple iOS11 Update Unveils New Emojis, Bug Fixes and More

Apple’s first major iOS 11 update since its September release includes several new emojis, bug fixes and security improvements.

Earlier this month on World Emoji Day, Apple previewed more than two dozen of the new emojis, including a woman in a headscarf and more expressive smileys.

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On Tuesday, they’ll finally be available with the iOS 11.1 update.

New emojis include a variety of mythical creatures, such as mermaids, wizards and vampires as well as new activities, including rock climbing and curling.

The emoji closet just got a lot bigger, too, just in time for winter. You’ll now find gloves, a trench coat and a scarf.

Related: 7 hidden iPhone tricks you probably never knew about 

Some other emojis have been redesigned to look more realistic or detailed, such as the bumblebee, snail and whale.

In addition to the new emoji and usual “bug fixes and improvements,” the iOS 11.1 update will feature the return of the 3D Touch option.

Related: Face ID on iPhone X failed in its first public demo, but it may not be its fault

This option allows users to force-press the left edge of the screen and swipe to go to the next app. 

According to TechCrunch, the gesture is more efficient than what users more commonly do: double-press on the home button to swipe for open apps.

A significant bug fix included in the new update solves the KRACK vulnerability issue, which puts many wireless internet users at risk of being hacked.

Users can update an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 11.1, by going to Settings, General and then tapping on Software Update.

Other iOS 11.1 features, according to Apple, are below:

Photos

  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud backup.
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility

  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multipage PDFs.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.
  • Fixes an issue with some third-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.
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Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to robot

Published: Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

WATCH: Saudi Arabia First County to Grant Citizenship to Robot

Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.

Sophia, a robot designed by Hanson Robotics, received the honor Wednesday at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

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Fortune reported that Sophia was designed to look like the late actress Audrey Hepburn.

The robot spoke for several minutes at the event, and said she was "honored and proud" to receive citizenship status.

 

Sophia used humor in an attempt to downplay any concerns about a future filled with robots.

David Hanson, the robot's creator, told Business Insider that he hopes such robots can assist older people in nursing homes and serve as assistants at attractions and events.