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Facebook Marketplace makes buying and selling online really simple

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Facebook came up with an interesting statistic today: 450 million people visit buy-and-sell groups on the social network each month. Realizing how much potential there is in e-commerce, Facebook decided to launch Marketplace, which is a lot like eBay.

In the next few days, Facebook users from four countries (US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand) will be receiving the Marketplace update on both Android and iOS. Once installed, the new interface will feature a shopping icon you can tap to begin buying or selling.

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Enter the Marketplace, and you’ll notice how everything is neatly laid out for you. It’s just a matter of typing what you want to buy in the search bar, and filtering the results by category, location, or price. Tap on an item, and you’ll be provided with the product’s details and the seller’s profile.

Selling through Facebook’s new service is just as simple: Take a photo of the item; enter the name, description, and price; and then confirm your location and the category before posting online. Really, it’s that easy.

What’s tough is keeping tabs on all your dealings, so Facebook includes a crafty “Your Items” section to view your saved items, products you’re selling, and messages with people.

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One major selling point of Facebook’s solution is that sellers must use their legitimate profile to begin transacting. The social network is known to be very stern when it comes to people using their real names, and we can now see why. Buying from mysterious sellers has always been a deterrent for consumers wanting to shop through sites like Craigslist or eBay.

Another advantage over the aforementioned competitors is how Facebook won’t be taking any cuts from transactions between users. This means you’ll be raking in the full amount you ask for. This is to be expected, however, since Facebook doesn’t offer any means to pay through Marketplace or even Messenger; you and the buyer or seller must agree on your own payment and delivery terms.

Surprisingly, a desktop version of Marketplace isn’t available yet, and will only roll out in the “coming months.” Considering how straightforward the system is, we doubt it’ll take long for the service to expand.

Source: Facebook

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How to hide from Instragram’s new Activity Status feature

It’s on by default!

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Instagram silently rolled out a new feature of its app. If you don’t like your friends to know that you’re online (and also protect your privacy), you might want to take action. Why? Because it’s automatically turned on.

If you have the latest app, you probably noticed something new inside the Direct Messages section. This new feature dubbed “Activity Status” lets your Instagram buddies know if you’re online. If you happen to be scrolling through your timeline moments ago, the status will show that you’ve been available earlier.

This is switched on by default but the data is only shared with users that you follow and those you message privately. There’s no need to panic if you think a stalker will know that you’re online — unless you follow them, too.

How to turn it off?

You can easily switch it off inside the app. Just go to your profile page and tap the top-right icon for Options.

Next, scroll down until you see “Show Activity Status” and switch the toggle button beside.

That’s it! Now that it’s off on your end, your status will not show up to your buddies. Although, you won’t be able to see the status of other accounts as well.

Since the new feature was smoothly included in the recent updates from the Play Store or App Store, it’s not clear when Instagram introduced the function. Some might not have it yet, which could mean it’s still an experimental approach with a limited number of users.

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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