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Love means more than just a like, even on Facebook

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Love is worth more than a like. This is generally true, and now it also applies on Facebook.

Reactions such as “love” will now have more weight on your news feed versus a simple like. This means if you choose to “love” a post, you’re essentially telling Facebook to show you more of that kind of post.

The largest social network recently said in a statement that leaving a “reaction” indicates a “stronger signal that they’d want to see that type of post than if they left a Like on the post”. It makes sense since it takes extra effort to react on a post (long press or hover) compared to just liking it (one click or tap).

It has also been a year since Facebook has given us these little emojis, so they have had enough time to sift through the data.

Does it differ from one reaction to another? Right now, the answer is no. It doesn’t matter whether you “haha,” “wow,” or even choose “angry” on a post. If you choose to react against just like, it’s a cue to the news feed that you want to see more of that kind of post.

So, if you want to teach your news feed what you want to see, be careful what you react to. Keep in mind that you still have some control over what you see by tweaking your news feed settings.

Love is love is love

Facebook also revealed that among the reactions, “love” is the most used ever since the feature launched. It says “love” accounts for “more than half” of all the reactions used so far.

Sure, the reaction appears right next to “like” making it easier to reach, but it’s nice to know that despite all the hate on the internet, people are still spreading the love.

Sources: Mashable, The Next Web

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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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