Mobile

Facebook’s new Auto-play Video Ads Risk Alienating Users

Internet, Mobile
Facebook Inc. said it would begin selling video advertisements later this week, a move that may help the social-networking giant capture a share of the annual $66.4 billion TV advertising market. Some advertisers rejoiced Tuesday when Facebook Inc. FB -2.89% introduced long-awaited video advertisements. A bigger question is how users will react.   Marketers "have to be sensitive," said Tony Pace, chief marketing officer for the Subway sandwich chain, which advertises on Facebook. "If someone said [this video ad] is going to run whether consumers want it or not, that would give me pause," he said. Facebook said its first video ad, a teaser for the coming sci-fi film "Divergent," would begin appearing Thursday, marking an effort by the world's largest soc...

Cyber Dust: New App Deletes Texts As They Are Sent

Mobile
Cyber Dust could just be the genesis of managing privacy.  How does the execution of this messaging app affect how privacy issues are percieved? A new app released in the App Store this week allows users to send texts, photos and other information and then erases all information shared by the app's users. "Cyber Dust is the newest and hottest way to chat," the app's description reads. "Don't leave a trail of everything you say. Messages disappear forever and cannot be traced. Send safe, secure & fully encrypted messages. Don't limit yourself to sending only self destructing photos when you can have entire conversations with text, photos, stickers and more." Features in Cyber Dust include: fully encrypted messages that are deleted forever, send and read confirmations, scree

Microsoft to Take Windows XP Off Life Support Despite Its 29% Market Share

Internet, Mobile
Change: It's inevitable in and of itself, and it's inevitable that some people don't like it. Change: It’s inevitable in and of itself, and it’s inevitable that some people don’t like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft’s almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30% of computers that connect to the Internet. That’s second only to Windows 7, which claims around 47%. Windows 8/8.1 accounts for just shy of 11%; Mac OS X makes up just shy of 8%; Windows Vista slides in at just north of 3%, with “Other” making up less than 2%. Microsoft Microsoft will be ending Windows XP support on April 8 and, from March 8 onward, Windows XP users will start seeing the pop-up to the right. If you’re running XP, your co

Facebook quietly ends email address system

Mobile
Facebook has quietly shuttered its three-year-old email service that gave users "@facebook.com" email addresses. From now on, emails sent to an "@facebook.com" address will be forwarded to the personal email address from which the member signed up for the site. "We're making this change because most people haven't been using their Facebook email address," said a Facebook spokesperson. The change will happen in early March. The service was launched in November 2010 and billed as a way to streamline users' communication by providing a single inbox that could receive Facebook messages, SMS texts, and conventional emails. It came under fire in 2012 when Facebook replaced users' published email addresses with their "@facebook.com" email on their profile. The company later revers...

Apple’s ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More

Cyber Security, Mobile
First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of  encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple’s desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence that the bug extends beyond Apple’s browser to other applications including Mail, Twitter, Facetime, iMessage and even Apple’s software update mechanism. On Sunday, privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani posted a list of  OSX applications on Twitter that he says he’s determined use Apple’s “secure transport” framework, the coding library that developers depend on to build programs that securely communicate online using the common encryption protocols TLS and