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Facebook on-site search engine, Graph Search, is rolling out now. Don't forget to update your privacy settings!
months ago, Facebook finally decided to go after Google, Yahoo, etc. with a new
search product called Graph Search. Yesterday, Facebook's Graph Search feature
was rolling out to everyone. What do you need to know about it? Not much... (the new logo maybe?) About
your privacy settings? A bit more ... About the way you use Facebook? It depends (as always) on what you like on Facebook... perhaps in the way you search for pictures... but otherwise, this new search product did not really convince me.
This morning, you
probably realized that when you clicked on your notification
button (at least on your laptop; not on your smartphone), Facebook asked you, under the privacy button, to "okay" a new tip.
Tip: Graph Search is rolling out now, so it's getting
easier for people to find photos and other things you've shared with them. To
check who can see your stuff, just click [the privacy button].
was surprised to see it there and not on the top of my 'wall' (as it is always
the case for other notification or new announcement). Perhaps this change is
much more important for Facebook and requires more attention for their users.
We only can underline the effort made by the Giant to mention that you should
check your privacy settings. Or, in other words, that you can (should?) change
the default "general public" option to "friends" option.
what's this new tool about? It just lets you to search Facebook's huge
amount of data (photos, apps, places, likes, people who live near ... who like ..., other interests posted to
Facebook, etc.) to get consolidated results (if I'm not wrong, this option was
already accessible for pictures in the past. Then, suddenly, Facebook made it
impossible to look at friends' pictures without going on every friends' wall).
Now, with this new tool, you can have access to a huge amount of data with a
single click. But for that, users will need to feel comfortable sharing that
data with Facebook... (see hereafter privacy settings).
"used" it for the last six months (yes it was already possible to
install it in advance) and, to be honest, didn't change much. If you like to see pictures of your friends, this option is pretty cool. But for the
rest, I never really used "friends/people who live near (Munich for instance) who like (running, cats or Games of Throne)", simply because the results were not really useful. But
that's just my experience...
your privacy settings?
As we all know, Facebook
wants to “make the world more open and connected". This on-site search
engine is definitely a great tool to achieve this goal... BUT it doesn't mean that you
cannot protect yourself. If you really care about your privacy, I strongly
recommend you to read these 14 slides to protect your profile from unwanted
searches. It clearly explains what to do and where to click in order
to protect your profile from this new tool.
It's probably not the best timing for Facebook to launch
this new product more broadly in the U.S. Post PRISM scandal that revealed a
large-scale U.S. National Security Agency spying operation that had ties to,
among others, Facebook (see my post here for more info http://d-is-freshinteresting.blogspot.nl/2013/06/much-more-than-transparent-optical.html),
it is undeniable that people feel their trust has been violated. To be able to
use this on-site search engine to make the world more open and connected,
Facebook will need access to a huge amount of data and will have to overcome
the challenge of getting users to share more of themselves (see more here).
With PRISM, the sharing challenge is more than ever ... a big challenge! Facebook will have to be careful with it,
because people will be looking at this new tool very carefully.
Tech predictions for 2015 are all around: A smartphone-PC marriage, cyber attacks, the continuing rise of wearable technology (particularly smart watches), phablets, drones, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, mobile payments system, etc. In sum, 2015 is going to be exciting!
But what about smartphones, more precisely, iPhone? It seems the iPhone generation is over. La boucle est bouclée. Most of the mobile trends to watch in 2015 articles are talking about everything related to mobile except a new iPhone... and that makes sense.
Let's take a closer look at the Apple iPhone timeline and evolution
And now at the Apple iPad timeline and evolution
And finally a closer look at the recent iDevices
Considering how big the iPhone 6 Plus is, a new iPhone 7 seems unlikely. A "super" mini iPad too. The iDevice generation is completed. And that's a good thing. Big improvements are sometimes better than small new evolutions. Or perhaps Apple is still hiding something revolutiona…
It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan! Not only the first new epic
Lucasfilm 's spinoff Star Wars soon arrives in theaters (“Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story”) but a new case involving Lucasfilm’s trademarks has been filed in
California. The production company filed this action to protect against
infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights, including but not limited
to their ownership of “Star Wars”, “Jedi”, “Lightsaber” trademarks, and the logo
of the Jedi Order. Nearly 38 years after the original Star
Wars movie hit the big screen, fans are still trying to use and feel the Force.
Without success. In the meantime, Lucasfilm (owned by Disney) is engaged in the
successful business of merchandising and licensing of distinctive characters
and elements associated with their movies, and of course the protection of
their IP rights. What’s
the case all about? As you know, Lucasfilm owns several
U.S trademarks, trade names, registrations, that incorporate and/or refer to
Mauvaise nouvelle pour les utilisateurs du site
« The Pirate Bay ». L’Avocat Général (« AG ») SZPUNAR vient
pratiquement d’annoncer son naufrage ! Dans son avis du 08 février 2017, il a
conclu d’une part que « The Pirate Bay » (« TPB »)
communique des œuvres au public et d’autre part que les fournisseurs d'accès à
Internet (« FAI ») peuvent bloquer l’accès au site TPB vu son rôle « crucial »
dans le partage de ces fichiers illicites.
The Pirate Bay sème la terreur depuis 2003… On connait tous sa
légende. C’est Le plus grand serveur torrent du web. Il bombarde les
ayants-droits depuis presque 15 ans. Il ne laisse jamais de survivant ; ou
très rarement. C’est l’intermédiaire
qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager les contenus (illégaux) en peer-to-peer. En effet, 90 à 95 % des
fichiers partagés sur le réseau du TPB contiennent des œuvres protégées et
distribuées sans le consentement des ayants droit. D’où vient-on ? Pourquoi cette affaire ?
Des Pays-Bas. D’un côté,
nous avons la soc…