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Facebook Wants You to Tip Your Friends, Apple Updates MacBook… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 20-04-2016

Facebook talks tipping, Apple gives the MacBook a makeover, Android is surprisingly secure, Netflix is open to offline viewing, and Mark Zuckerberg was once young and stupid just like you.


Facebook Considers a Digital Tip Jar

Facebook is considering allowing individual users to earn revenue from their posts, with a digital tip jar one possibility. Other options include branded content, donations, and sharing advertising revenue.

This has been revealed thanks to a survey sent out to users this week, as reported by The Verge. It asks whether recipients would be interested in any of the methods outlined above, and makes it clear this is about posts made on personal accounts.

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It should be noted that this is only a user survey at present, and doesn’t indicate Facebook has any immediate plans to allow users like you and I to profit from posting. However, with the recent drop in activity You're Not Sharing Enough on Facebook, About That Netflix Price Rise... [Tech News Digest] Facebook is suffering from under-sharing, Netflix users need to pay more, Facebook's secret inbox is revealed, Reddit launches an official app, and Clarkson, May, and Hammond discuss names for their new car show. Read More on its platform, Facebook needs to do something to get us all sharing once again.

Apple Improves the MacBook Line

Apple has updated the MacBook, upping the specs to make it even faster than it already was. There were rumors of Apple changing the design slightly, introducing a new hinge and adding extra USB Type-C What Is USB Type-C? Ah, the USB plug. It is as ubiquitous now as it is notorious for never being able to be plugged in right the first time. Read More ports. But no, the design is staying the same Should the New MacBook's Single Port Scare You Away? Apple recently revealed the new MacBook, and it's a jaw-dropper — but it also has only a single port. Was this a blunder, or a sign of the future? Read More , with the improvement all being made under the hood.


Upgrades include a “sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz,” “faster 1866 MHz memory,” the “Intel HD Graphics 515” offering “up to 25 percent faster graphics performance,” and “faster PCIe-based flash storage”. In other words, everything is faster.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, and the man who mocked owners of old PCs 5 Reasons Why Apple Is Wrong About Old Windows PCs During a recent Apply keynote speech, Phil Schiller stated it was "sad" that 600 million Windows PCs were more than five years old. We disagree and think it's a Microsoft triumph. Here's why. Read More , said:

“MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac we have ever made and it’s our vision for the future of the notebook. Customers are going to love this update to MacBook, with the latest processors, faster graphics, faster flash storage, longer battery life and a beautiful rose gold finish.”

The only cosmetic change is the addition of a new color called “Rose Gold”. Which everybody other than Apple will instantly recognize as pink. Why you would want a pink MacBook is beyond me, but each to their own.

Google Protects Android Users

For all of the various malware scares involving Android Malware on Android: The 5 Types You Really Need to Know About Malware can affect mobile as well as desktop devices. But don't be afraid: a bit of knowledge and the right precautions can protect you from threats like ransomware and sextortion scams. Read More , Google is surprisingly adept at keeping users safe. As revealed in its Android Security 2015 Annual Report, the vast majority of Android users will never have encountered malware or other Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs).


Just 0.15 percent of devices that only get apps from Google Play has PHAs installed on them. Even people who venture outside of Google Play are extremely safe, with just 0.5 percent of those devices being affected by PHAs. Which suggests we should all stop worrying quite so much.

Netflix Considers Offline Viewing

At the moment Netflix doesn’t let its users download streaming content to watch offline. Unlike Amazon, which lets Prime subscribers download videos for offline viewing How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline Amazon Prime Video lets you download movies and TV shows to watch offline for free. Here's how to download Amazon Prime videos. Read More . However, the company should “keep an open mind on this,” at least according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

He made the comment in a reply to a question asked during the company’s Q1 2016 earnings. And while it’s just his opinion rather than company policy, it suggests offline viewing is at least a possibility for Netflix in the future. For now, Netflix is too busy fighting VPNs Why the Netflix Crackdown on VPNs Will Ultimately Fail Netflix is set to crack down on VPNs to satisfy the rights-holders from whom it sources its content. So, how will Netflix’ ban work? And how effective will it be? Read More .

When Mark Zuckerberg Was a Bro

And finally, while Mark Zuckerberg is now the boss of a huge corporation with 1.6 billion users and a desire to change the world, he was once young and stupid, just like the rest of us. OK, maybe not stupid — he did invent Facebook, after all — but definitely young. And different.


Zuckerberg can now be seen striding confidently on stage taking pot shots at politicians Facebook Meddles in Politics, Pay Monthly for Amazon Prime... [Tech News Digest] Facebook could change the face of politics, Amazon launches monthly Prime option, Apple gives iPhones three years, Microsoft's Captionbot is crap at identifying photos, and a Fallout game arrives on YouTube. Read More , but in 2005, when Facebook was still The Facebook, things were different. This interview, which has recently resurfaced, speaks for itself. This is Mark Zuckerberg, the beer-swilling Facebook bro. [H/T Semil Shah]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Would you use a digital top jar on Facebook? Are you pleased with the latest MacBook makeover? Have you ever encountered malware on Android? Should Netflix offer offline viewing? What do you think of the young Mark Zuckerberg?

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