Social Media

How can I use the internet in China?

Episode 1122

Allen from Hawaii
Great Wall of China

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.

How do I get rid of Farmville on Facebook?

Kevin from Ashville, NC

Episode 1115

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.

Why does my Facebook app automatically play videos?

Episode 1112

Bill from Emerson, AR
Facebook

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.

Users Take to Twitter in Wake of Napa Earthquake

Episode 1112

Earthquake

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 Faces Member Revolt After It Forced Messenger App on Users

Episode 1109

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.

Facebook Messenger Invades Privacy, Kills Battery Life

Episode 1108

Facebook Messenger

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.

Facebook Manipulates 700,000 User News Feeds for Psychology Experiment

Episode 1096

Happy or Sad

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?