How to opt out of WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook

WhatsApp has just changed its terms of service to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook for ads targeting. This is alarming as WhatsApp has committed to keeping user information separate when the company was bought.

If you launch WhatsApp and see an updated Terms of Service page, do NOT tap on the “Agree” button. Instead tap the bottom bar “Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy”. You will now see a new section that reads “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting” at the bottom with a switch. Turn OFF the switch and tap the “Agree” button.

How to opt out of WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook

If you did not pay attention and accepted those new terms, you can still opt out within 30 days by going to Settings tab > Account. There you will find a “share my account info” switch that you can revoke your permission.

WhatsApp has a FAQ page if you need more info. 

Tweet in the dark with night mode in Twitter for iOS

The official Twitter for iOS app now comes with a “night mode”, essentially a dark theme with light-text-on-dark background. This feature should make it easier to read and tweet at night or in dimmer environment.

To enable Night Mode, on the Me tab, tap the gear icon. Tap “Turn on night mode” from the popup menu to turn the feature on.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Mozilla has released Firefox 48 for the desktop which includes the long-awaited multi-process feature. Multi-process separates each web tab into its own process. Thus if a web page is crashing or consuming large amount of CPU, the other tabs will remain responsive. This feature has been made available with Safari and Chrome browsers for a while, and has finally made it to Firefox.

Mozilla however is rolling out multi-process feature to all Firefox 48 users in stages over the next few weeks. To find out if your copy of Firefox 48 has it enabled, enter “about:support” on the URL bar.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Look for the entry “Multiprocess Windows” to check if multi-process is enabled. There is no settings to enable this feature yourself, so you just have to wait.

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

With tons of events happening, it is tough to keep track of everything with the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you’re not downloading the official Rio 2016 iPhone app or using the official website, you can make use of Google instant search results to get quick updates.

  • Enter “rio 2016″ or “olympics” to get back instant search result of an overview.
  • Search for “rio 2016 today” or “rio 2016 schedule” to see today’s schedule.
  • Search for “rio 2016 archery”, “rio 2016 football” etc for specific sporting event.
  • Search for “rio 2016 usain bolt”, “rio 2016 michael phelps” etc for schedule and results of specific athlete.
  • Search for “rio 2016 medal count” for the latest medal standing. 
  • Search for “rio 2016 japan medal count” etc for medal detail of a specific country.

Apple has a new remote app for Apple TV

Apple has a new remote app for Apple TV 

Apple has released a brand new Apple TV Remote app for the Apple TV. If you’re current Remote app user, please note that you have to download this new app. It is a brand new app and not an update to the old Remote app. If you’re not using a remote app for your Apple TV, please download the new app ASAP as entering text onto Apple TV using the app is so much easier. And this new app has Siri integration build-in, just like the hardware remote.

Reminder: Windows 10 free update ends 29 July

Reminder: Windows 10 free update ends 29 July

Just a reminder that if you wish to upgrade to Windows 10 from your copy of older Windows for free, please do so before July 29. After this date, a license will set you back at least $119.

Windows 10 has been released for almost a year. The free upgrade is an aggressive one-year promotion by Microsoft to fast-paced its adoption. Microsoft will release a major free update to Windows 10 dubbed Anniversary Update on August 2.

General consensus is Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 and Windows 8. So what are you waiting for?

Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account

Pokemon Go has taken the gaming world by storm with its AR location-based game play. It is currently available in the US and Australia. To get started playing the game, you’re required to sign-in with a Google account. No other social account sign-in such as Facebook or Twitter is offered.

Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account

You might like to know that once sign-in from within the game, Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account. You can check which apps are connected to your Google account from the myaccount.google.com site. Click on “Connected apps & sites”, scroll down to look for the “Connected apps & sites” section, and then click “MANAGE APPS” link. Click on the app to expand for the access detail.

This might not be as alarming as it appears as apps such as Google Maps for iOS also require full access to your Google account. Google has this to explain about full account access:

  • When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can’t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).
  • Certain Google applications may be listed under full account access. For example, you might see that the Google Maps application you downloaded for your iPhone has full account access.
  • This “Full account access” privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.
  • If you’ve granted full account access to an app you don’t trust or recognize, we recommend that you revoke this permission by clicking the Revoke access button.

If you don’t feel comfortable about the full access, you can revoke the access. And then use another Google account to continue your hunt in Pokemon Go.

Updated. Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, has issued statements that says the full access is an error and the game only requires basic profile info. Niantic is working on a fix together with Google.

Google launches My Activity site to let you see how much they track you

Google launches My Activity site to let you see how much they track you

Google has a new My Activity site which displays in a timeline your activities using Google services, such as what sites you visit, your search history, where have you been, what devices you’ve used etc. You can search and filter your activities. And you can delete the tracking data if you so choose. If you use Google services a lot, head over to My Activity and be overwhelmed by the amount of your data collected by Google.

Apple policy changes for developer

At WWDC 2016, Apple has made three changes to its policy in a bid to attract more developers to its platforms.

The first change came last week where Phil Schiller, the person in charged of the App Store, announced that Apple will open its in-app purchase renewable subscription to all categories of apps. Currently developers can adopt renewable subscriptions only for a few kind of app category, such as magazine app.

The second policy change is with Apple TV apps. Current policy states that all Apple TV apps must support the Apple remote. This is the reason why you do not see many console games being ported to Apple TV, as it takes effort to build for the Apple remote. This restriction will be gone. It is expected we will soon see more games being ported and made available on the Apple TV.

The third policy change is with regards to Mac apps and iCloud. Currently only apps on the Mac App Store is able to build iCloud features into their apps. Apple will relax this policy to allow apps outside of Mac App Store to use iCloud as long as the app is signed by a registered Apple developer. It is doubtful if this change will revert the decisions by many major apps that abandoned the Mac App Store. 

A smarter Apple? A softer Apple? 

Watch your calories with Google search

For those watching their weight and calorie counting, Google search has a built-in food analyser that could come in handy. Just enter in Google search in natural language how much fat/calories/salt is in a given type of food.

Watch your calories with Google search

For example “How much protein is in 135 g of salmon”, “How much salt is in one Big Mac”. It even comes with a drop down menu for you to select more specific food type of your query.