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Facebook Groups May Soon Charge Monthly Subscription Fees For Access

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Facebook will now let group administrators start charging $4.99 to $29.99 a month for exclusive membership in certain groups, the company announced today in a blog post. Parenting, cooking, and home cleaning groups will be the first ones to get the new feature as part of an early test.

As it stands now, free groups will remain intact, but they will soon have the option to launch premium sub-groups. For instance, lifestyle blogger Sarah Mueller’s Declutter My Home group is starting an Organize My Home group that costs $14.99 a month to join. And the Grown and Flown Parents group is making a College Admissions group that charges $29.99 for access to college counselors.

While in the past, Facebook groups have always been free, charging for a membership might heighten the sense of exclusivity and make a group feel more special to be in. A paywall may also just drive more people away.

Facebook says the new feature is so that group admins, who put a lot of time and dedication to growing their communities, can also earn money at the same time. The company also says admins could take the money they earn to create higher-quality content for the group as well, whether that be more posts, videos, or offline meet-ups and events.

For now, the feature is still an experiment on mobile and Facebook won’t be getting a cut of the subscription fees. As part of standard App Store and Play Store policies, Apple and Google will be taking a percentage of user subscriptions fees via iOS and Android, however. Still, this is just the beginning for Facebook’s efforts to monetize groups, which, unlike the News Feed, does not rely on advertising.

Source: The Verge

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Mark Zuckerberg Ordered All Facebook Executives To Use Android Phones

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to only use Android phones, given that the operating system has more total users worldwide. According to The New York Times, the decision reportedly occurred after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook in an MSNBC interview for being a service that traffics “in your personal life.”

In those comments made back in March, Cook dismissed a question asking him what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s shoes dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal by saying, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” Zuckerberg soon after retorted in an interview with Recode that he found Cook’s comments to be “extremely glib,” and that “I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”

While it’s not clear how Cook’s aggressive comments directly provoked Zuckerberg into issuing his Android-only order, it’s still a rational decision to make Americans use Android. Android is the dominant operating system in many regions outside of the US, including South America, Europe, Russia, South Asia, and parts of the Middle East.

It’s also a good business decision. Other tech companies like Snap have strongly encouraged workers to use Android phones. US tech workers tend to use these phones less, which creates a blind spot when working on the apps. Android and iOS have real differences that could impact app development and user experiences.

That said, we checked Twitter activity from several Facebook executives, including blockchain lead David Marcus and VP of AR and VR Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, all of whom are still shown to be using iPhones, so it’s possible Zuckerberg’s order wasn’t fully enforced or that these people all use iPhones in their personal lives.

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The Nokia 106 Feature Phone Has A 1.8-inch Screen That’s Perfect For Snake

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HMD Global has announced the Nokia 106, an affordable feature phone destined for the global market. The 106 has a 1.8-inch, 160×120 display that’s a perfect match for the built-in Snake game. (You’ll have to pay for others, though demos are included.) The phone can store up to 2000 contacts, and retain up to 500 SMS messages. Yes, these are the highlights advertised for a device like this.

HMD says the battery lasts “from sunrise to sunset with one charge,” which is something I’d honestly expect from a feature phone. That all-day battery life — 15.7 hours, to be specific — is for active use; the battery “lasts weeks” on standby. That’s 21.9 days, according to the spec sheet. If you want to use this thing solely as an FM radio, it’ll keep cranking out the tunes, ads, and talk radio for up to 36 hours.

The Nokia 106 runs Nokia’s Series 30+ software, is powered by a MTK 6261D CPU, has 4 megabytes of storage, and 4 megabytes of RAM. It weighs just over 70 grams with the 800mAh battery inside and comes with a Micro USB charger. And there’s a headphone jack on this sucker, too. Separately, HMD is also releasing two new colors — dark blue and light gray — of the Nokia 230, another of its feature phones. Both devices are available beginning today, though price varies by region.

Source: The Verge

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The iPhone X Can Be Hacked To Pull Your Recently Deleted Files

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Two hackers have collected a bounty of $50,000 for finding an exploit in the iPhone X that lets you recover a previously deleted photo or file. During a mobile contest where hackers located bugs in iOS and Android, two hackers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama uncovered the vulnerability today and presented it in a demo. So far, Apple has been notified about the bug but it remains accessible at least until the next iOS update, as first reported by Forbes.

While the attack requires some access to the target device, researchers believe it could be deployed through a malicious Wi-Fi access point, putting it within reach for many attackers.

When you delete a photo on the iPhone X, iOS first prompts you with “This photo will be deleted from iCloud Photos on all your devices,” accompanied by a Delete Photo button. After doing so, you’ll see the photo in the Recently Deleted folder (it gets deleted immediately if you don’t have any iCloud storage left). You can then head to Recently Deleted in order to delete the photo immediately, otherwise it will be slowly deleted after up to 40 days have expired.

However, the two hackers discovered a way for remote actors to recover these Recently Deleted photos. The two found a vulnerability in the just-in-time (JIT) compiler, which is supposed to process computer code as a program runs, hence the name. If the compiler is compromised, it’s possible for attackers to retrieve the recently deleted files. In theory, any data processed by the JIT compiler could be vulnerable to the attack; researchers simply used a photo as a proof of concept. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on when the bug will be fixed.

Source: The Verge

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Huawei Technologies Launches Its Flagship Device; Huawei Y 9 2019.

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The people of Ghana can now get to experience the much awaited Huawei technologies Y 9 2019 phone as yesterday marked the launch of the sleek phone which comes in handy from the global leaders considering specs, the make and feel.

At a plush ceremony held at the Tang Palace Hotel here in Accra, which brought together influencers, media people, distributors and lovers of the Huawei brand who couldn’t wait to have a feel of the new phone Y 9 which is the new addition to the already distinguished Huawei brand.

The pre-order cost which was at One Thousand and Ninety Nine Ghana Cedis (GHC 1,099) and expected 500 pre-orders broke the ceiling as the pre-ordered number shot up above One Thousand (1000). This just goes a long way to affirm the hard work of influencers, the team here in Ghana and the confidence Ghanaians have in the Huawei brand.

Introducing the new brand, the marketing manager for Huawei Ghana, Dennis Fixon Laryea posited, “the Y9 is the first smartphone to possess four artificial intelligence (A.I) camera’s as well as Wi-Fi bridging, 6.5 FHD+ display touched screen with 4000 mAh battery strength.”

The DKB hosted event which lasted for an hour had notable faces in attendance, among them were Bola Ray, Caroline Sampson, Teacher Kwadwo, Ameyaw Debrah among others.

Below are the full specs of the new Huawei Y 9, if you had a fall out with the pre-order duration, do well to walk into any phone shop from today to get the phone that gives you value for money.

Huawei Y9 (2019) Specifications

      CPU: 2.2GHz octa-core

      Chipset: Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 710

      OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2

      Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE

Display, the Y9 2019 features a large 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel, coming in at a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

On the back, it features horizontally aligned dual cameras alongside a fingerprint scanner. The most notable aspect here is the gradient design, with two color backs, available in primarily Blue/Green, Pink/Purple and, of course, Black.

Internals and Storage;

Under the hood, you get an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor from Huawei, with either 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, or 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage.

For the software, the Y9 2019 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei’s proprietary EMUI skin.

Camera(s);

The cameras at the back feature a 16 MP shooter with a 2 MP depth-sensing lens, a true-tone LED flash and 1080p video recording. The ones on the front feature a 13 MP shooter with a similar 2 MP lens.

      Primary: 16 MP + 2 MP, LED flash, 1080p, HDR

      Secondary: 13 MP + 2 MP

Battery;

      The battery has an ample 4,000 mAh unit.

Display;

6.5-inch, 19.5:9 aspect ratio with FHD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution, 2.5D curved glass

Memory;

      RAM: 4/6 GB

      Internal: 64/128 GB

      Card slot: yes, by 400 GB.

Connectivity;

Bluetooth 5.0 LE, LTE, GPS, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, audio-jack, Fingerprint scanner.

 

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