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How to Avoid Your Facebook from Being Hijacked!

protect-facebook-privacyHave you seen annoying posts recently from your friends, from pornographic images to highly controversial posts that then claimed by your friends that they didn’t posts it? Or have you experienced that some posts where posted on your wall automatically and / or some pictures not your own pictures are showing on your timeline? Well, these are some usual problems experienced by Facebook users. Possible cause of this problems are either your Facebook account was hijacked or there’s a privacy issue on your account.

The following are some of the measures that you can do to fix or avoid these kind of issues. Continue reading

Google Smartwatch to be Launched Soon

Adina Porter on True BloodSoon, after a few months, Google will finally launch its most famous smartwatch, following Samsung’s critically panned Galaxy Gear. Google has finally came up with an idea of launching something that is next in line with an answer to the nonexistent “iWatch” of Apple.

On Tuesday, a report came out stating that Google Inc. is planning to launch a smartwatch within the next few months and it is going to be better. It says there that Google’s intelligent assistant Google Now will play a key role on the device, but adds a few details.

“The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now,” a source tells in a statement. WSJ also says that Google has been working hard to provide decent battery life on its smartwatch, though the bar has not been set particularly high since Samsung’s Gear only lasts for about one day on a charge. We will let you know as soon as this newest gadget will finally come out in the market.

Facebook Cancelled Restrictions on Teen Users Sharing with Public

Facebook teensFacebook Inc, one of the largest social networking site on the internet, has  lifted the restrictions placed on teen Facebook users, most especially ages 18 and below, that previously limited who could see their online postings from photos to musings on the world-social network.

The world’s no. 1 social network said that these teenage kids would now be able to manually alter the setting and share information with the public. Until now, a teenager’s postings on Facebook were only viewable to their friends, and to the friends of their friends. But just last Wednesday, Facebook said that the default setting would go out to a narrower group of people when teens do share information on the 1.15billion Facebook users all over the world.

“Teens are among the savviest people using of social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard,” Facebook said in an announcement of the changes.

“While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services,” the company said. This is definitely good news to out teenage Facebook friends as they can post anytime, anywhere and whenever they wanted to.

Twiiter Pays $10 million for Engineer Christopher Fry

Twitter Engineer PryYou can probably say that among Twitter Inc’s highest paid executives, Engineer Christopher Pry’s name definitely stands out. The company is said to be paying $10million for their engineer, and this is obviously a great deal.

Pry is said to be the senior vice president of engineering and he raked in $10.3 million last year, just a few bucks behind Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo who ears around $11.5 million. Reviewing the compensation of these two, it is more than the paychecks of executives such as Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger, Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta and Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani.

“The number of A-players in Silicon Valley hasn’t grown,” said Iain Grant, a recruiter at Riviera Partners, which specializes in placing engineers at venture-capital backed start-ups. “But the demand for them has gone through the roof.” Silicon Valley is where a shortage of top engineering talent is inflating paychecks amid an explosion of venture capital-backed start-ups. This might be too much, but Pry deserves such pay because of the success of Twitter in becoming one of the world’s largest social networking site along with Facebook. However, some of Facebook’s executives doesn’t seem to have the same compensation.

Some might call that underpaid. Facebook Inc’s VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, took in $24.4 million in stock awards the year before the social network’s 2012 initial public offering. He also drew a salary of $270,833 and a bonus of $140,344. But Facebook that year posted revenue of $3.71 billion, 10 times more than Twitter’s $317 million.

Facebook Expands Ad Services

Facebook AdsIn favor of the App Developers online, Facebook is expanding its advertisement services. The largest social networking website online is expanding an advertising service for the purpose of serving best the users of smartphone and tablets and  at the same time considered as the way to bolster its fast-growing mobile business.

Facebook is calling it “mobile app ads” and these advertisements allow companies to promote their mobile apps to the more than 1.15billion users of Facebook. On Tuesday, the company said that this new application will also include new capabilities that are designed to boost the amount of time that consumers use the third-party apps. How cool is that?

Since the start of the year, more than 145 million third-party apps have been installed by Facebook users, said Deb Liu, Facebook’s director of platform monetization, providing the company’s first public data about that portion of its business. Roughly 8,400 advertisers used Facebook’s mobile app ads in the second quarter, Liu said.

One more thing, this new mobile app ads on Facebook is also said to allow the maker to make a travel app to offer to promote an airfare or hotel room service. For example, while a music app like Spotify could promote a band’s new song. Previously, Facebook’s mobile app ads were designed only to entice its users to install a third-party app on their smartphone or tablet, but not to encourage repeat visits to the app. As the company increased its mobile advertising revenue, the shares of Facebook have already been doubled since the month of July and it is expected to still expand and gain more profit after this app is installed.

Twitter Provides Users with an Alert System for Emergencies

An illustration picture shows a Twitter blue bird symbol on an Ipad, in BordeauxIn times of emergencies or disasters, you can finally count on Twitter in providing you with an alert system that you can surely use for emergencies.

It was on Wednesday when Twitter said that it will help its users in receiving special alerts from government and aid agencies during emergencies in preparation for its initial public offering. Those Twitter users who will sign up will be receiving smartphone notifications via the Twitter app as well SMS text messages from any of several dozen agencies who have signed on to the program.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tokyo’s Disaster Prevention service and theWorld Health Organization are among those participating in the said campaign.

A year after Twitter showcased its potential as a lifeline during Hurricane Sandy, the alerts program will then be activated and it will become initially available in the United States, Japan, Korea and will be expanded in other countries as well.

Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator, said the service was at the cutting edge of disaster management in the age of smartphones. “Today we have a two-way street — residents are informed about hazards in real time and emergency managers receive immediate feedback on the consequences of a disaster,” Fugate said in a statement.

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