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Facebook Searches Your Old Posts, Wi-Fi Assist Eats Your Data… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-10-2015

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 5 Tools To Help You Find Anything In Your Facebook Timeline Where is that post I shared on Facebook?! Sound familiar? What many people don't realize is there's a far better alternative than endlessly scrolling down your or a friend's Timeline. Read More 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 What Does Facebook Know About You? Why You Should Delete Facebook What does Facebook really know about you? One thing's for sure: if you want online privacy, Facebook is best avoided. Read More .

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 What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More , 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.

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 This New iOS 9 Setting Could Be Costing You a Fortune There's a new setting in iOS 9 that might be racking up your data bill. Here's how to disable it. Read More (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 10 Celebrities Who Sold Their Souls to Tech Companies Tech companies are always looking for ways to make their products more enticing, and bringing in celebrities is a classic way of doing that. Here are some entertaining (and annoying) examples. Read More . 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 The Kindest Communities on Reddit There are a lot of really great people on Reddit – here's where you can find them. Read More . And help make one little kid an Internet star How Success Kid's Internet Fame Saved His Dad's Life A father got a kidney, thanks to his son's accidental fame, and no one was hurt in the process. That's a good day on the Internet. Read More overnight.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer

And finally, the idea of a zombie apocalypse How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Whether you personally believe that the zombie apocalypse is long overdue or that it's never going to happen, doesn't it pay to be prepared? Read More , 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 Keep the Undead Dead: The Best Tech for Taking out Zombies This is a breaking report. An unknown disease is sweeping the nation. Please remain indoors. There are some items in your home that may be of assistance. What follows is a special report from MakeUseOf. Read More ?!

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?

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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    August 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    If Google is your default search engine, when you select one of the omnibox suggestions, Chrome sends your original search query, the suggestion you selected, and the position of the suggestion back to Google. This information helps improve the quality of the suggestion feature, and it's logged and anonymized in the same manner as Google web searches. Logs of these suggestion requests are retained for two weeks, after which 2% of the log data is randomly selected, anonymized, and retained in order to improve the suggestion feature.

  2. drewfrie
    May 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Facebook exists to tempt you and other users with ads. Every time you click an ad, that's another data point for your profile. The first thing you see when you click the Ads link is a list of all the topics Facebook thinks interest you. In my case, the list runs to more than five dozen items. Some make sense: coffee, California, computer security, network security, journalism, Alejandro Jodorowsky. Others have me head-scratching, things like water, landform, watermelon, and Order of Interbeing (what?). But those are the topics that inform just what ads Facebook inflicts on my feed.

  3. FrankCup
    April 10, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    On iOS, you should probably switch off Wifi Assist, which will automatically use mobile data when your wifi connection is poor. Go to Settings Mobile Data, and scroll down to the very bottom to Wifi Assist. Move the slider to off.

  4. MommyRev
    April 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    On iOS, you should probably switch off Wifi Assist, which will automatically use mobile data when your wifi connection is poor. Go to Settings Mobile Data, and scroll down to the very bottom to Wifi Assist. Move the slider to off.

  5. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    "Turn Off Apple’s Wi-Fi Assist Now"

    Hey Dave; check your work (third paragraph). I know you want to get the latest information out and we appreciate it, but two grammar errors in two sentences? Call me anal (go ahead), but let's not aggravate the fact we are raising a country full of illiterates.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Cal. I have fixed the article now. There's no excuses for such sloppy English, so I will take my humiliation like a man.

  6. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Jamie Foxx Shills for Apple
    "However, is anyone really dumb enough to be fooled by this?"

    Unfortunately, yes. Never underestimate the ability of consumers to be truly stupid.
    Fortunately, I won't be among them... I never buy based on advertising of any kind, certainly not celebrity endorsements, and I never buy Apple products.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I guess it must work otherwise companies wouldn't keep doing it. After all, these people don't come cheap. I don't get it though; I'll buy a product based on my needs, recommendations from friends, and reviews, not celebrity endorsements.

  7. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    "Jamie Foxx Shills for Apple"
    Since I don't think too much of Jamie Foxx and his humor, his shilling for Fruitco makes me want to buy their products that much less.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Oops, a bit of an own goal for Cupertino there!