PALO ALTO, Calif. -- When historian Niall Ferguson moved from Harvard to Stanford two years ago, he was struck by Silicon Valley's indifference to history. The hubris he saw reminded him of what he encountered on Wall Street as he researched a book about the history of banking during the years before the financial crisis. He became convinced the technology sector was careening toward its own crisis and decided to write about it. The crisis has finally arrived, thanks to Cambridge Analytica, conveniently timed to coincide with the publication of Ferguson's new book on the history of social networks, from the Freemasons to Facebook. "The Square and the Tower" is a cautionary tale that challenges the conventional wisdom that growing interconnectedness is inherently good for society. "Our networked world is fundamentally vulnerable, and two-factor authentication won't save us," Ferguson said at the Hoover Institution, where he is a senior fellow.Since President Donald Trump's victory, … [Read more...] about Analysis: How Zuckerberg’s Facebook is like Gutenberg’s printing press
posted on 07 Dec 2011, 16:41 8 1. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011) First. About time they updated their app. posted on 07 Dec 2011, 16:43 1 2. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011) you iOS users really are idle aren't you? posted on 07 Dec 2011, 22:43 4 15. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011) Well I could say the same for Android fans and their phones, but nothing is ever idle in Android which is why the battery life is so poor on them. ZING! 22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011) yep all 4s users are really happy with their battery life. zing? what are a 10 posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:14 2 6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010) Indeed. I started using the mobile site and stopped using the App because it was just a waste of space, it wasnt as good as the mobile site. Maybe it will be worth using again, we'll see. posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:43 3 9. quakan (Posts: 1406; Member … [Read more...] about Comments for : Facebook overhauls Android app, brings parity with iOS
Smart speakers are all the rage these days but currently Google and Amazon are the only tech giants making any headway thanks to their powerful voice-assistants. Apple’s has just started to get their feet wet but if you’ve looked at recent Apple HomePod reviews, Siri still has a long way to go before it compete with the big boys. The problem is that doesn’t leave the consumer with much choice. Enter Facebook. Facebook’s smart speaker has been rumored since last year and while there was plenty of time for them to scrap the idea, it looks like they’re pushing forth. In fact, two devices — codenamed Fiona and Aloha — could be going head-to-head with the Amazon Echo and Google Home this July. Similar to the Echo Show, Aloha will reportedly carry a 15-inch touchscreen, while Fiona looks to be a more traditional voice-controlled speaker without an interface (although early rumors said it too could feature a touchscreen display). So far there … [Read more...] about Facebook working on two smart speakers to launch this July
Facebook’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements that seem to have gone largely unnoticed for quite some time. Bay Area software engineer Gabriel Lewis noticed earlier this week that Facebook was using the same phone number he used for 2FA, which offers a more secure way to log into an online account by asking for secondary confirmation of the user’s identity, to notify him about friends’ posts. Even worse, it seems that replying to this message with any message, such as “Please stop,” auto-posts that message to your Facebook profile. (It doesn’t cause the messages to stop, either.) The Verge confirmed that this behavior occurs with any reply to a Facebook 2FA text message, and other users have popped up on Twitter to say both Facebook and Instagram have spammed them with notifications to their 2FA phone number. In Lewis’ case, he says he never opted in to notifications via text … [Read more...] about Facebook’s two-factor authentication system auto-posts replies on your profile
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter!If there's a phone that created more recent headlines than the iPhone X, it's the Google Pixel 2 XL. In both cases, not all the news was good -- but, let's face it, these are highly desirable models.Also highly expensive. That's why I'm overjoyed by today's giveaway, which comes courtesy of US Mobile. One lucky winner will take home a Google Pixel 2 XL and an entire year of unlimited Super LTE service -- a combined value of $1,400.Two lucky runners-up will each get a Huawei Honor 7X and two months of service (including 5GB of data and 1,000 minutes and texts). In case you're not familiar with US Mobile, this up-and-coming carrier leverages both T-Mobile and Verizon networks, meaning it can accommodate nearly any BYO-phone … [Read more...] about Enter for your chance to win* a Google Pixel 2 XL and 1 year of US Mobile service!