Allen is going on vacation to Beijing, China next week and wants to know what apps he can use on his phone. Will he also be able to use remote desktop? Leo says they call China's restrictions the "Great FireWall of China," and access to the internet is strictly controlled and constantly changing what they block. Wikipedia has a list of sites that is constantly updated that shows what websites are blocked and what aren't.
Kevin's daughter has a facebook account and when she plays Farmville, it says she's already logged into another account. Leo says to go into the applications screen and delete Farmville, and any others, then just relog in and it'll reassociate with her original account. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or HTC One? Leo says that the Note has a far better camera. But the HTC One has better features. So it comes down to what you use it for.
Bill is having issues with Facebook's latest version of the smartphone app because the videos autoplay and it's hitting his bandwidth caps. Leo says that Facebook is planning to do that so that they can sell advertising on user's feeds. While Leo believes that Facebook needs to monetize in order to pay the bills and stay in operation, it also has a social contract with it's members not to do such things that impact their own bottom line. It's a shame that they don't see that. The good news is, he can go into the settings for his app and turn off autoplay.
At about 3 am Sunday morning, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California. Leo awoke from his bed and immediately went to Twitter, where he found tons of breaking news. Leo says that if you want to know what has happened, Twitter is the place to go. CNN didn't announce the news of the earthquake until 40 minutes later, while Twitter had the magnitude, epicenter, and other details within a few minutes. Leo says that Twitter is great for breaking news because you get details practically as they happened from people who are witnessing it. It's like the first draft of history.
Facebook is testing a new "satire" label for articles that appear real, but are featured on numerous satire sites like "The Onion." Leo says that's a good idea because most people who share articles don't read them fully and as such, are easily fooled. He thinks it's a good thing for Facebook to take this step.
Facebook is facing a virtual revolt from members after they required mobile app users to download their messenger app to use the private message feature. Leo says the app requires a stunning amount of control over a user's phone including making phone calls and text messages on your behalf. The bottom line is, users would have to trust Facebook with their privacy and phone use, and as such, it's proven to give Leo the ideal excuse to delete the app from his phones. He'll just use the desktop app from now on.
Leo decided to try out Facebook Messenger this week since Facebook has decided to force users to use it instead of the regular Facebook app for private messages. Leo says that not only does the app deplete your battery by constantly monitoring your activity and location, but you also can't turn off notifications on messages for longer than 8 hours in the app. As a result, Leo was more than happy to delete both the Messenger app and the Facebook app from his phone. He'll just continue to use Facebook on the desktop instead.
Have you ever been in a flame war online? It happens when you're involved in a discussion on a controversial topic. Nick Bilton of the NY Times has written an interesting article on how to know whether or not you're getting into a flame war before it fully develops.
No one really knows how much money the biggest stars are making on YouTube, but SocialBlade.com uses lots of stats to estimate the amount. It ranks users based on a variety of criteria, and gives them a letter grade. The site also shows you the users filtered by 'Most Subscribed' and 'Most viewed.'
Facebook admitted this week that back in January 2012 it conducted a psychology experiment that involved manipulating user feeds to see what people would post or share. The experiment was to see whether more negative or positive content in a news feed would have an impact on that user's future posts. Leo says it's probably legal since they are a private company and we've given them permission to toy with our feeds. But how does it make everyone feel to know that Facebook manipulates users for their own ends?