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Of course, it was about time that Facebook had an overhaul. Its interface stayed visually the same for many years.

 

Now Facebook got a fresh, simpler look

Change is here: Facebook is rolling out its new interface design.

A bit like Twitter.

Just like Twitter Facebook’s desktop interface now looks more mobile friendly, offers dark mode and is less cluttered:

Changing over to the new look: Refreshing my Facebook tabs results in displaying the new Facebook favicon.

But unlike Twitter the internet is rather favourable towards Facebook’s long overdue design update. Maybe because Twitter did a good job as a trailblazer.

So we’re back to different but all the same.

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The avast hack check shows you the accounts that have been hacked and had their passwords leaked.

 

As one of your regular internet safety measures you should update your passwords on a regular basis.

 

If you need motivation to do this, quickly check if your password was stolen.

 

Updating all your passwords across all online platforms can be an exhausting task, depending on how active you are in signing up for internet services.

 

So you know which accounts are the most urgent to start with, check which ones have been hacked:

 

Avast Hack Check shows the accounts of which hackers have stolen and leaked your password.

It’s a great way to actually remember some of those accounts that have been dormant for years.

 

Just make sure the new password is indeed secure!

 

#BeCyberSmart

 

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Microsoft is known for using unfair manipulation methods to trick you into actions that result in something different from what you were lead to expect.

In fairness though, Microsoft has started early to warn about Windows 7 support coming to an end.

But while Microsoft pushed Windows 10 on every computer out there when it launched, if you wanted it or not,
now its ‘solution’ to Windows 7 upgrade headaches is: A new PC.

 

That’s even worse than: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

 

Granted, any computer running Windows 7 is old.

 

And yes, upgrading or clean installing an operating system is not an easy tech task.

 

But to jump straight to: Just buy a new PC! is a bit too much of an in your face money making scam.

 

The joys of monopoly.

 

 

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Another one bites the dust: Photo hosting site Canon Irista is closing down.

 

After TinyPic and Use, even camera manufacturer Canon is stutting down its photo hosting service.

 

With all image hosting sites shutting down, who is left?

 

Facebook and Google. Our ususal culprits when it comes to monopoly.

 

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The United States Embassy in South Africa has selected Silicon Cape, in partnership with HackOn, GirlHype and The Loudhailer, to implement the project: “Hackathons for South Africa: Digital Solutions for Real World Challenges”.

Consisting of four hackathons over a one-year period, with two in Cape Town and two in Johannesburg, the project seeks to build technical, problem-solving, creative thinking, and collaborative skills to create innovative digital solutions for key social, environmental, health, and economic challenges.

 

The first hackathon kicked off on the weekend of 23rd and 24th November 2019 in Cape Town and focused on gender-based violence.

For 2 days we were sifting through shocking statistics and research, heard personal accounts and thought about where the problem begins and what solutions can help to intervene.

The nature of the topic meant this hackathon was emotionally impactful.

Luckily the focus was more on the viability of the idea, so it wasn’t required to hack through the night for a working technical solution.

 

Support was available from the mentors:

 

Friendships were formed:

 

And it all ended with a bang, when the judges chose the winners:

 

It is amazing what can happen when people come together for a common goal.

With overwhelming social issues looming, we need to look for rapid change solutions and a hackathon is just the way to make real interventions happen.

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Social media should be called commercial media.

 

But, there might be a light on the horizon: New social network WT:Social.

 

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launched a Facebook and Twitter rival to combat the downfall of news.

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic,” Mr Wales said. “It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content.”

 

Instead WT:Social will rely solely on donations and promises never to sell personal data or run advertisements.

 

WT:Social originates from the WikiTribune platform that was first launched in 2017 as a news wiki where volunteers could write and curate articles.

Similarly, the new social network is news focussed and is aimed at tackling fake news and “clickbait nonsense” by simply allowing users to edit misleading headlines.

“Almost everything on the platform is editable,” Jimmy Wales said. “That alone gives a huge incentive for good behaviour because if you say something obnoxious, someone will just delete it.”

 

Ready to give WT:Social a try?

Click my WT:Social invitation link to get onto the waiting list. 🙂

 

#WTsocial

 

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Facebook has a way of triggering you to stay on their platform by sending you pseudo alerts: Notifications that urge you to click on them and turn out to be nothing.

 

Recently I received 4 of the same pseudo alerts about some changes to the verification of Facebook pages and when I clicked on them I got notified that “this content is no longer available”.

However, the 4 notification alerts did not go away.

 

Trying all options possible to me: Clicking on it, rating it – as worst obviously, would not take away the 4 in red warning on my notification icon.

 

So, I tried to get rid of these pseudo alerts.

Which is not what I want to do, because I like to keep these messages for reference, but I was offered no alternative.

 

But guess what:

After being asked if I want to “remove this item from my inbox” and I have to double confirm: “Delete Message”, this pops up: “This content is no longer available”.

 

Yes indeed, Facebook’s loop of pseudo alerts has come full circle and ends in complete and utter nonsense.

#DarkPatterns

#UsabilityFail

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