Tag Archive: Facebook


Facebook Messenger getting a desktop app, end-to-end encryption, and more

Facebook’s also creating a new version of the mobile app that’s smaller/faster.

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world, and in a now-removed blog post published ahead of its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook announced a heap of new features and changes coming to the platform later this year.

First on the list, Facebook is creating another version of the Messenger mobile app. Referred to as “Project LightSpeed”, the app will  [Read More…]

Here are all the services Facebook Portal supports

Best answer: Alongside Facebook-related functionality through Messenger and Watch, Facebook Portal currently supports Alexa, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Food Network, and many others.

Amazon: Facebook Portal ($ 100)

What apps are available on Portal?

Facebook Portal launched with a limited number of services, most of which are perfect for use in areas like the kitchen. Food Network and Facebook Watch are good for some recipe help and entertainment, while the abundance of streaming music and radio services  [Read More…]

Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which should you buy?

After spending hundreds of hours with Smart Displays, it has become clear there’s no such thing as one device for every kind of person. But thanks to the fantastic choices available today, it’s surprisingly easy to choose the right one for you.

Google Home Hub

Nearly perfect

$ 150 at Best Buy

Pros Incredible display Touch-friendly UI Privacy-forward design Amazing smart home support Cons Speaker is just OK No camera can be a bummer

Google  [Read More…]

Is it worth it to buy the Facebook Portal?

Best answer: If you’re a heavy Facebook user, especially Facebook Messenger, you should absolutely consider Facebook Portal in your home or office.

Amazon: Portal from Facebook ($ 100) Amazon: Portal+ from Facebook ($ 250) Video chat has never been better

On most things, phones and tablets and computers included, video chat kind of sucks. You never really know where to look when talking to someone. Do you look at the camera so it seems like you’re making  [Read More…]

Facebook says it exposed millions of Instagram user passwords

Affected users are being contacted now.

Back in late March, Facebook came under fire for storing its users’ passwords in a readable format — exposing around 600 million passwords to its employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Facebook’s now quietly announced that something similar also happened to Instagram accounts.

Added as a text update to an article on the Facebook Newsroom published four weeks ago, Facebook says the following:

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM  [Read More…]

Facebook exposed up to 600 million user passwords to its employees

How does this keep happening?

Per a report from Krebs on Security on March 21, Facebook has — yet again — found a way to mishandle its users’ data. This time around, it appears that Facebook incorrectly stored user passwords and made them exposed to thousands of employees.

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal  [Read More…]

Here’s how to delete a sent message in Facebook Messenger

Whoops, meant to send that to a different chat 😬

We’ve all been there before at one point or another — you jump into Facebook Messenger and accidentally fire off a message to the wrong group chat. Best case scenario you follow up with a “whoops, wrong chat” and move on, worst case scenario the comment was about someone in that group chat and now it’s only a matter of time before it all blows up in  [Read More…]

Dear Facebook: It’s not me, it’s you

It’s way harder to disconnect from Facebook than you might expect…

This is the first of several editorials where I shall chronicle the trials and tribulations of my personal journey disconnecting from Facebook.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been “that guy” at the party who rants about Facebook and tries to rally others around me to ditch Facebook — while still being hopelessly addicted to its services myself. After all that procrastination, 2019 is finally  [Read More…]

Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix unfettered access to user data

In its latest controversy, Facebook let tech giants read users’ private messages without their consent.

Facebook was hit with a maelstrom of controversy this year, and it doesn’t look like things are about to get better for the social network. A new report by The New York Times states that Facebook provided the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify unrestricted access to users’ data.

The publication says it interviewed over 60 people, including “former employees of  [Read More…]