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Facebook Hides Your Exes, Carmen Sandiego Returns on Mobile… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 20-11-2015

Facebook helps ease the pain of a breakup, Carmen Sandiego Returns on mobile, YouTube defends creators against false takedowns, the iPad Pro has issues, and Scare PewDiePie on YouTube Red.

Facebook Helps With Breakups

It’s never nice to experience the end of a relationship 3 Polite Ways To End Online Relationships Without Getting Stalked Read More . And it may be harder now than ever thanks to social networking sites being full of reminders of that part of your life. Which is a problem Facebook is attempting to solve, with a new set of tools designed to ease you through the process of ending a relationship.

The tools mean you can choose to see less of that person without having to unfriend or block them 7 Types Of People Who Deserve An Immediate Facebook Unfriending A lot of people post nonsense on Facebook. Nonsense that really should get them unfriended, by you, immediately. Do your friends do these things? It might be time. Read More , and their name will be hidden from view so as not to be a constant reminder of the past. You can also choose to limit the content they can see, and untag yourself from any pictures posted while you were in the relationship.


You will be presented with the option of using these tools when you change your relationship status to indicate you are no longer attached. So, anyone not disclosing that information will be unable to make use of this new feature. The tools are currently being tested on the mobile app in the U.S., but will be improved upon and rolled out further based on feedback from users.

While these tools are a good idea, it’s just a shame that their their ability to break up relationships is one of the negative impacts of social networking sites The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion] I have accounts on several social networking sites, and spend far too long on them writing my own updates and reading the updates of others. I enjoy doing so, being able to interact with friends,... Read More .

Carmen Sandiego Returns on iOS

Carmen Sandiego is beloved by many people of a certain age, who enjoyed playing one of the many iterations as a child. And now it’s back, and on mobile, no less. Well, iOS, at least, with Android users forced to look on with envy for the time being.

The new game is titled Carmen Sandiego Returns, and it’s the first time the character has landed on iOS. Carmen Sandiego Returns is primarily aimed at children aged between 9 and 11, but we suspect a good proportion of players will be adults chasing a nostalgia hit.

In Carmen Sandiego Returns, players join the ACME detective agency and strive to solve three different cases, each of which should take around 15 minutes to complete. Those three cases cost $1.99, with more cases available as in-app purchases for the same price.

At that rate, parents looking for a bargain may want to avoid this one. In fact, they would be better off plonking their offspring in front of a computer and loading the DOS versions of classic games Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Play retro DOS games in a couple of clicks, thanks to The Internet Archive. Read More , including Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Which is completely free to play!

YouTube Protects Fair Use Victims

YouTube is offering legal and financial support to content creators hit by bogus DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act What Is the Digital Media Copyright Act? Read More ) takedown requests. Starting with a handful of videos it strongly believes should remain on the site, YouTube will defend the existence of the videos, arguing that they’re protected by the fair use exemption. And pay legal bills up to $1 million.

Fair use protects videos which may otherwise be removed by bogus takedown requests issued as a matter of course. While YouTube mostly complies with takedown requests, it is now fighting back against the most egregious abuses of the system. Which is good for the creators now being protected, and good for YouTube itself, which gets to strengthen the idea of fair use.

The iPad Pro Has Recharging Issues

It appears that some people who bought an iPad Pro (despite our suggestion that they don’t need one No, You Don't Need an iPad Pro or a Tag Heuer Smartwatch... [Digest] Apple pushes the iPad Pro, Tag Heuer launches an expensive smartwatch, President Obama arrives on Facebook, the first Xbox 360 games you can play on an Xbox One, and Conan O'Brien is clueless about Fallout... Read More ) are having issues with the device becoming unresponsive after charging. According to MacRumors, citing multiple complaints on the Apple Support Communities, the iPad Pro can be completely frozen until a reset is performed.

Apple is aware of the issue and currently investigating the causes. Meanwhile, iPad Pro owners who experience the problem are being advised to “force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.” Have you experienced this yourself? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Scare PewDiePie for $9.99 a Month

And finally, we have the first official teaser trailer for Scare PewDiePie, starring Felix Kjellberg. PewDiePie is Kjellberg’s online persona, and the most popular YouTuber in the world. He is also the star of Scare PewDiePie, which will be exclusive to the contentious YouTube Red 4 Reasons YouTube Red Is Bad for the YouTube Community Google just announced YouTube Red. YouTube is a different kind of service with a big community. So, is YouTube Red good or bad for the video site in the long term? Read More .

Scare PewDiePie is a new Web show which sees Kjellberg scared out of his wits with a collection of horror stories 10 Free Ebooks Guaranteed to Scare You Witless Stephen King is the ultimate creator of nightmares, but he's not alone. Not on Halloween. And his visitors are keen to scare King, and you, with their spine-chilling horror stories. Read More . It actually looks pretty good fun, but is only likely to appeal to existing PewDiePie fans who love his incessant screaming and over-the-top shtick.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you had to deal with a breakup on social networks? Do you have fond memories of Carmen Sandiego? Is YouTube right to fight copyright claims? Have you had any issues with your iPad Pro? Will you be watching Scare PewDiePie?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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