Facebook Searches Your Old Posts, Wi-Fi Assist Eats Your Data… [Tech News Digest]
Facebook makes everything searchable, Apple gets sued over Wi-Fi Assist, Jamie Foxx loves Apple, Reddit loves dinosaur children, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Facebook Expands Search to Old Posts
Facebook has made trillions (not a typo) of old posts searchable on the social network. Previously, Facebook limited what posts who shown when individuals searched the site for news or information. But now, all 2 trillion public posts have been indexed.
A Facebook search has always shown results from organizations, pages you follow, and people you’re friends with, but from now on results from strangers will also show up. And with Facebook claiming 1.5 billion searches are made every day on Facebook, that’s a lot of old timelines being exposed to the world.
This is obviously a boon for Facebook, which adds more results to searches, increasing the odds of delivering relevant information. However, for the average Facebook user this change means having your past posts revealed to anybody and everybody. Which isn’t ideal when Facebook already knows too much about you .
Thankfully, there is a solution for anybody not already sharing their posts with “Friends Only”. To hide your past posts, log into Facebook, click on Settings, and select Privacy. From here you can edit who can see your future posts, and, by clicking on Limit Past Posts, make it so only your friends can see posts from the past.
Turn Off Apple’s Wi-Fi Assist Now
With iOS 9 , Apple introduced a new feature called Wi-Fi Assist. This feature makes your iPhone automatically switch from using Wi-Fi to cellular data when your connection falters. It’s all about maintaining stability, and, in its infinite wisdom, Apple switched it on by default.
My iPhone as consumed 5.6GB of data since Oct. 7th. Normally use less than 3GB a month. iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist? @iTunes
— Mark Henrikson (@markhenrikson) October 17, 2015
Unfortunately, this led to many people burning through their data in record time, as their iPhone automatically switched from using Wi-Fi. Apple maintains there isn’t a problem with Wi-Fi Assist, stating, “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage”. However, a couple from California are suing Apple for $5 million over Wi-Fi Assist.
The couple claim they were forced to pay for exceeding their data allowances as a direct result of Wi-Fi Assist. They’re suing for potential damages of $5 million, which would cover every single iPhone user potentially affected by the unfortunate feature.
So, you may be in line for compensation here, but in the meantime you should probably turn off Wi-Fi Assist (follow the link for instructions on how to do so).
Jamie Foxx Shills for Apple
Apple has rolled out it latest set of ads, and these new TV spots show Jamie Foxx getting to grips with the iPhone 6s. The commercials show Foxx talking to Siri while looking in the mirror, which is something surely only the vainest people in the world would ever do. Then again, he is an actor, so it kinda makes sense.
In addition to Foxx, basketball star Steph Curry stars in one of the ads. Is the idea here that we’re more likely to buy an iPhone 6s because Jamie Foxx and Steph Curry use one? That must be the case, and they wouldn’t be the first celebrities who have sold their souls to tech companies . However, is anyone really dumb enough to be fooled by this?
Please Subscribe to This YouTube Channel
If you do just one thing today, please subscribe to this YouTube channel all about dinosaurs. You probably like dinosaurs anyway, so it isn’t much to ask. And as a bonus on top of all the cool videos about dinosaurs you’ll get to see, you’ll make one little kid’s day.
Why? Because his YouTube channel previously only had 22 subscribers. And then Reddit got involved, and he now has 87,000 subscribers and counting. See, Reddit isn’t all bad. In fact, sometimes Reddit can be a force for good . And help make one little kid an Internet star overnight.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer
And finally, the idea of a zombie apocalypse , where everyone but a handful of people becomes a member of an undead army, is a pretty recent phenomenon. However, there’s no reason why zombies couldn’t have been around in the 19th century. And therefore no reason why people from that era couldn’t have embarked on a zombie killing spree.
This is the premise of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a new movie based on the book of the same name. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the classic story of high society courting, but with a legion of zombies added to the mix. And who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see Lily James and Lena Headey kicking zombie ass ?!
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Will you be limiting who can see your old Facebook posts? Has Wi-Fi Assist adversely affected you? Has Jamie Foxx convinced you to buy an iPhone 6s? Will you be subscribing to that kid’s YouTube channel? What do you think of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?
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