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

Only on Android, however

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It’s no secret that Facebook constantly tracks your activities and movement around its platforms. And while it’s also no surprise that the social media giant has access to your personal info beyond this, it’s still quite alarming to know just how far they can reach.

The latest controversy reportedly began with one man’s perplexing discovery: Dylan McKay downloaded his Facebook archive — something anyone can do — and found call and SMS history from his Android smartphone in the past two years on that data.

The archive is awfully detailed. Facebook had records of the specific names of the people McKay called and texted, as well as their phone numbers and how long they talked.

Ars Technica wrote a good explanation on how this could’ve happened to McKay and millions more. It involves older Android versions and how they loosely allowed third-party apps to dig through a smartphone’s local data.

What’s more interesting, however, is the statement the outlet got out of a Facebook spokesperson:

“The most important part of apps and services that help you make connections is to make it easy to find the people you want to connect with. So, the first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it’s a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts.”

This data-collecting scheme is apparently in line with Facebook’s friend recommendation algorithm, which helps first-time users find people to connect with. Interestingly, only Android users are affected, and it’s likely because of the way the operating system handled app permissions.

Android has since been more transparent when it comes to giving apps specific data permissions with newer versions of the OS. Unfortunately, with all the recent controversies Facebook is going through, we can’t say the same about the social media platform.

To be fair, the representative made it clear that contact uploading is optional and can be deleted any time through the web version of the network.

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Spotify releases the 2019 wrapped, here’s how you can see it

Find out your guilty music pleasures

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Every December, Spotify releases the much-awaited “Spotify Wrapped,” where users find out their top songs of the year. Since this year and this decade is ending, Spotify added a different twist in this year’s wrap-up.

The 2019 Wrapped will include songs, albums, artists, and podcasts you listened to throughout the year, and the artists you listened to the most throughout the decade. When I saw my wrap-up, I found it funny how I listen to the same songs every year. Spotify knows what songs we obsess over.

Furthermore, Spotify highlights the places where your top artists hail from through a world map. Additionally, podcasts are added to the “Wrapped” experience.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 showcasing your top artist of the year.

Spotify users, particularly those who were subscribed to a premium subscription, get a personalized recap, too. Some insights include a user’s top artist every year and the number of minutes they streamed music throughout the decade. Premium users also get info on the artist they vibed most with this year.

Luckily, your personalized info can be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook. To access your “Spotify Wrapped,” make sure to update your Spotify app and open it or head to Spotify.com/wrapped. Enjoy looking back!

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Lazada launches ‘digital giving’ platform LazadaForGood

Spread the love, not just for the holidays

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Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale is just around the corner but the company is also giving you another option to spend your hard-earned cash. It’s one that will give you warm fuzzy feelings inside.

Launched alongside the announcement of their massive year-end sale, Lazada partnered with 11 local and international advocacy partners: Habitat for Humanity, Young Focus, Caritas Manila, MovEd, UNHCR, HEro Foundation Inc., UNICEF, WWF, Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, HOPE, and CCEF.

The digital giving platform won’t just be available for Christmas, it will be a permanent fixture on the Lazada app. This means you can give love 24/7 and 365 days a year.

To donate, simply open the Lazada app, hit Load, Bills, & eCoupon, then click on Donation. The list of the advocacy partners will be there.

Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale

Of course, we can’t forget the grand year end sale is indeed happening. Up to 90 percent off on more than 12 million deals will be available. Expect great offers and discounts from Xiaomi, Olay, FitFlop, Pampers, Hydro Flask, Wyeth, LEGO, Apple, Jansport, Coocaa, Tefal, and Reebok.

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Here’s an iPhone app that brings back the classic iPod click wheel

Ending the year with another major throwback

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In this digital age, people are enticed when they see retro devices. Flip phones such as the Nokia 2720 and Motorola razr are still getting attention from the crowd, what more if it’s a classic Apple device?

It wasn’t too long ago when a case manufacturer created an AirPods case reminiscent of the iPod Classic. Looking back, iPods are known for their tactile and ultra-responsive click wheel — whether that may be the Classic, Nano, or even the Shuffle.

Elvin Hu, a designer and a developer, created an app that mimics the click wheel function of the old iPod. In his tweet, it shows that scrolling through the wheel makes the user browse tracks seamlessly — just like how everyone uses it on an iPod.

Earlier generations of the iPod Touch showed the iconic Cover Flow feature. When you open the app in portrait mode, it immediately shows up together with the click wheel. Rotating the phone to landscape mode shows the flow in fullscreen. Apple kept it for a long time with their OS releases until they completely removed it from macOS Mojave.

Hu has been working on this project since October and he aims to finish the development by December this year. Unfortunately, the release will still depend on Apple allowing it or not due to patent issues. If Apple denies the release of the app, he will still share it to the community as an open-source project since it gained a lot of positive feedback online.

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