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Facebook makes navigating through privacy tools easier

About time!

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In a recent announcement, Facebook says that they’re “taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.”

One such change is making privacy settings easier to find on the platform. The redesign now allows users on mobile to access everything in one place. What info can and can’t be shared with apps are also now made clearer.

Old design (left) vs new design (right)

There’s also a new Privacy Shortcuts menu which Facebook says is “clearer, more visual, and easy-to-find.” In theory, this will allow users to control data easier. It must be pointed out, however, that these settings have always been here, but it’s only now that efforts are made to make them more visible.

Another tab will allow you to find and delete anything from your Facebook timeline. The Access Your Information menu will allow users to manage information better from a single, easy-to-find page. Users can also download their Facebook data — photos, contacts, timeline posts, etc. — for their own viewing pleasure, or even for transferring to another platform.

It’s also been revealed that there will be an update on the site’s terms of service and data policy in the coming weeks. “These updates,” Facebook explains, “are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”

The changes come following the Cambridge Analytica data breach which affected millions of Facebook users. In what Zuckerberg describes as a “breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it,” a quiz app was able to access user data and profiles without consent. Said data was subsequently used for political ad-targeting. In his statement on the matter, Zuckerberg says, “we need to fix that.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook may have been snooping on your call and SMS history for years

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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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