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Although Facebook is a great place to catch up with friends and family, it can also be a bit exhausting to deal with the intensity it sometimes brings with it. Since people can socialize about virtually everything, they actually might do just that, making some discussions a bit annoying. They can clutter your news feed and (dare I say) annoy you a bit. On 14 September 2023, TechCrunch noticed a snooze feature on Facebook that allows you to temporarily eliminate a person’s or page’s posts on your news feed. Hype aside, this feature might actually prove useful in the long term.How the Feature Works
Have you ever had someone post a bunch of stuff on your news feed that makes you grind your teeth at times? You usually have two options: You can either block the person (which effectively removes them as your friend) or permanently unfollow them (which means you’ve muted the person for good from your news feed). There is no in-between. You either outright remove their presence or swallow it until the saga is over.
Facebook read between the lines and decided to begin testing a feature that would make it possible for you to temporarily mute someone from your news feed just as you would from their Messenger platform. You have the option of determining the length of this “time-out period” which would fall anywhere between just twenty-four hours and thirty days for the most extreme cases. Once that period is over, you’ll see that person’s posts on your news feed again. You could also do this to a page that you just don’t feel like following for the time being.Is There Some Merit to It?
Until recently it seemed sufficient to just scroll over posts one would find annoying, but the snooze feature that Facebook has just recently debuted might actually prove to be useful for some who wish to keep their news feed “clean.”
Anyone who uses Facebook frequently can tell stories about that one time their friend started going on somewhat unnerving rants for a short period of time until they cooled down. Things happen in people’s lives that sometimes prompts them to use social media as an outlet for their frustrations. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone on their friend list wants to be an audience to these rants.
Usually these outbursts cool down after a certain period of time. Having the option to “snooze” the person for a couple of days might actually be useful for someone who doesn’t want to burn a bridge with the individual but at the same time would prefer not to see these ramblings. For some people simply scrolling past the posts might be insufficient, and this presents a good compromise that doesn’t require them to block another person for what would seem like a petty reason.
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Businesses making temporary changes to their usual services can now prominently display those changes on their Facebook page.
If a customer visits the Facebook page of their favorite restaurant, for example, they can quickly see if it’s still offering delivery and/or pickup service.
If a business is simply closed for the time being, with no services being offered, that can be indicated as well.
This capability is being added in response businesses being forced to close due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In an announcement, the company states:
“To help businesses respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re enabling businesses to announce temporary service changes on their Facebook Page and in searches on Facebook.
Businesses that have changed how they operate, like fitness studios offering virtual classes or restaurants offering delivery instead of dine-in service, can easily indicate those changes to customers.”
Here’s how to add temporary service changes to your Facebook page.Updating Temporary Service Changes
From there, either indicate that the business is temporarily closed or choose from a selection of other options.
If applicable, businesses can indicate they’re “Open with Service Changes” such as:
The “other changes” option should be used to indicate things such as special hours for the elderly, access to gift card purchases, or anything else that has changed in response to COVID-19.How Temporary Service Changes Appear on a Facebook Page
Information about temporary service changes will appear on a business’s Facebook page, in the Facebook page preview, and in Facebook search results.
This information will also be used to curate a list of local resources on Facebook.
For example, in the Events section, you can find a featured list of businesses offering delivery, businesses offering online (virtual) services, and so on.Other New Features for Businesses on Facebook
Gift Card Discovery
Facebook has been updating its platform on a near-daily basis in response to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a way to support local businesses during this time, communities are encouraging customers to purchase gift cards that can be used when the business eventually reopens.
Now, Facebook is shining a spotlight on gift cards with improved discovery features.
Customers can discover the gift cards right on Facebook and purchase them immediately.
First, businesses have to set up gift card purchasing with either Square or Kabbage and follow the provided instructions.
Once set up, businesses can share links to their digital gift card purchase page in posts, stories, or anywhere else they choose.
Facebook will also highlight gift cards in other areas of its platform, so customers can discover them even if they’re not following the business.
Businesses can sign up for this new program here.Fundraisers
Previously reserved for non-profit organizations and charities, local businesses can now create fundraisers on Facebook.
As Facebook phrases it, this is as a way for customers to support struggling businesses and help them cover sudden expenses.
A business fundraiser can be set up just like setting up any other kind of fundraiser on Facebook.
During the setup process, indicate that you want to “Raise Money for a Personal Cause.”
Then select “Business” as the category of fundraiser.
Source: Facebook for Business
No matter how strong your password is or how many security measures you take, there is still a chance of getting your account compromised. Facebook recently introduced a new feature known as the Trusted Contacts that will help users recover their account data.
Facebook now allows users to select three to five people as Trusted Contacts who can help the user get access to his/her Facebook account through a set of security codes. All they have to do is visit a secure link after logging in to their account and they will be asked if it’s really you who is trying to access the account.
After confirmation, the contact will be shown a security code to be shared with you. Simply enter the codes from all the contacts you added to your Trusted Contacts list and add them into the recovery page option.How to Enable Trusted Contacts on Facebook
You will be asked to enter your password as confirmation.
The people you will add to the Trusted Contacts list will be sent an email as well as a notification on Facebook that you have added them as a trusted contact. There is no option for the recipient to accept or reject this.
Later, if you decide to change the list of people you added to the Trusted Contacts, you can do so from the same security settings mentioned above.
It should be noted that this feature is not yet available for every Facebook user and is still new. Hopefully, you will be able one of the users to receive the Trusted Contacts recovery option in case your account becomes compromised.Is it Really Useful?
There are a lot of arguments both for and against this feature. Most importantly, how can you be one-hundred percent sure that the person you added to your Trusted Contacts list will not try to access your account? This may not be the most convenient method to recover your account. But personally, I think if you have Two-Factor Authentication on your Facebook account, it will be safe. In the end it’s up to you to decide whether it can be helpful to you or not.
Hammad is a Business student and computer geek who cover latest technology news and reviews at AppsDaily. Apart from that, I like to review web services and softwares which can be helpful for the readers.
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The year was 2008, and I was at the Interop IT trade show in Las Vegas, lugging around my analog camcorder, pestering tech vendors for interviews. What’s up, what’s trending? How does your product shape the future?
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Funny thing about being a tech journalist at an IT trade show: the vendors are generally terrified of you. Unless they get permission from three layers of management, speaking to a journalist – even to publicize their product – is viewed like walking on glass. A terrible experience, clearly dangerous. Best avoided at all costs.
One lady, I remember, simply cast down her eyes, said “no,” and walked away without a word.
But then I got to this booth for an upstart operation called Amazon Web Services. The young guy manning the booth was fearless. Talk to a journalist, record a video? Sure, he’d love to. No, he didn’t need three layers of approval. After all, why do vendors come to trade shows if not to hawk their wares?
My video from 2008 of him describing AWS is a marvelous museum curio. It’s a look back at a seedling that would grow so massive that it reshaped the entire tech landscape:
AWS, he explained – assuming I hadn’t heard of it – “is part of Amazon.” Modestly, he said that AWS offered “a very small number of core Web services,” for “generally non-mission critical uses in an enterprise environment.”
No one else approached the booth as he spoke, though the exhibit floor was crowded. Why would anyone pay attention to this marginal AWS business?
“Historically, our business has been built on startups who were trying to avoid upfront investment in infrastructure,” he said. He added a quiet claim that would resonate through the years: “We’re able to now offer that to enterprises.”
Fast forward to 2023, and – you know this – AWS stands dominant in the cloud. Its revenues are bounding skyward. The first year that Amazon broke out financials for AWS was 2014, claiming $4.6 billion. In 2023 AWS hauled in $12.2 billion. Deutsche Bank forecasts that the cloud giant will haul in $16 billion in 2023.
It’s now repeated like a mantra: AWS is the leading cloud vendor. It’s dominance, like the array of new tools it releases, seems never ending. Take a deep breath and repeat after me: AWS reigns supreme in the cloud market.
Or does it?
The history of technology is famously fickle. A high flyer today can make a few wrong turns and soon fall toward oblivion. Amazon’s own Fire Phone debuted in 2014 with rock solid marketing support – and collapsed about 90 days later. Clearly, the company isn’t infallible.
“Perhaps the biggest challenge facing AWS is that of all champions, staying sharp and hungry,” says Bernard Golden, CEO of consultancy Navica. He adds: “All other high-growth technology companies have eventually succumbed to product complexity, internal politics, and poor leadership. To this point, AWS has avoided these issues — the question is whether AWS can continue its growth in the face of the challenges that have afflicted previous high-flyers.”
A key challenge to AWS’s high flyer status: we’re living in a multi-cloud world. Businesses are truly promiscuous in selecting cloud vendors. The Rightscale 2023 State of the Cloud report indicates that cloud users run applications in 4 clouds and are experimenting with 4 more. Some 85 percent of enterprises employ a multi-cloud strategy, up from 82 percent in 2023.
Amid the churn, Microsoft Azure cloud is growing dramatically. The Rightscale survey reveals that in the enterprise sector – the most lucrative – Azure boosted adoption from 26 percent to 43 percent. Google Cloud, too – remarkably slow to start its enterprise cloud – rose from 9 to 15 percent. (Here’s my analysis of Google Cloud.) AWS gained modestly, from 56 to 59 percent.
We may look back at this period of cloud history and see AWS’s dominance as a short blip, a brief period before a a bevy of large and small competitors eventually catch up and devour market share.
Over the last year, most top public cloud vendors gained far more market share than AWS.
One of Microsoft Azure’s strength is its embrace of the hybrid cloud, a model for which AWS doesn’t exhibit great fondness. Hybrid cloud is clearly the dominant model, used by 85 percent of companies in the Rightscale survey. It’s necessary in some cases for privacy and compliance; many companies need to “hang on” to certain key elements with a private, in-house cloud.
Microsoft “has the broadest solution across the hybrid environment,” says Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman.
Azure is aggressively romancing hybrid cloud users by debuting the Azure Stack appliance, due out this summer. The Azure Stack enables companies to run a version of the Azure Cloud in their own datacenter. Applications are linked between environments, creating a converged private-public union. (Here’s video of my conversation with Microsoft executive Mike Shutz about the Azure Stack.)
AWS lacks a similar product. It is certainly feasible to run a hybrid cloud with AWS and many companies do so. Yet this kind of private-public union seems antithetical to AWS’s approach, which seems to be “public cloud is the cloud.”
AWS’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for the hybrid cloud may be a significant weakness going forward.
AWS’s early success was with start-ups and developers. That is, digital natives, not businesses with entrenched infrastructure. Even as it attracted enterprise customers, one of its biggest success stories is Netflix, which is very much a product of the Internet era.
However, “Most organization were not born digital,” says IDC’s Matt Eastwood, SVP, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter. “Instead they have a mix of traditional legacy applications and emerging cloud native applications which frequently need to live side by side on an infrastructure that has the necessary agility, elasticity and security.”
These legacy apps create an opportunity for Microsoft Azure and other cloud vendors with a longer history. For businesses that are heavily invested in traditional workhorses like Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 and Oracle applications, doing a straight “lift and shift” to AWS isn’t feasible.
“If I’m a typical enterprise customer, and I’ve got my hundreds or thousands of applications, it is a longer path to Amazon, there are more challenges and hurdles for me,” says Miniman.
The typical enterprise outlook is: “If I have Microsoft apps, maybe I’ll stay with Microsoft [in the cloud],” he says. “If I’ve got Oracle apps, Oracle has put a huge effort into cloud. And let’s not forget IBM. IBM has lots of customers with lots of apps, and they have lots of ways to get you there.” This is also true of HPE and Dell/EMC: “they have customers who have their environments, and they’re going to offer cloud solutions.”
AWS is well aware of this hurdle and is deploying Amazonian-level resources to address it. In 2023 AWS unveiled its Database Migration Service. The company claims it has performed upwards of 20,000 migrations as of March 2023.
In case AWS’s competitive intent isn’t clear, it offers this helpful article: How to Migrate Your Oracle Database to Amazon Aurora. Yet whether AWS will be able to tempt businesses to its own versions of apps (or otherwise attract legacy-bound companies) remains an open question.
In a similar effort, AWS inked a partnership with VMware, with an eye toward onboarding those companies whose infrastructure is entwined with the default virtualization platform. Currently VMware Cloud on AWS is in technical preview, with an expected roll out later in 2023.
In his oft-cited video, Return to the Edge and The End of Cloud Computing (see below), Peter Levine, a general partner with Andreessen Horowitz, opines that as computing moves to the edge, cloud computing will fade. Why? “Because the edge — where self-driving cars and drones are really data centers with wheels or wings — is where it’s at,” Levine explains in his video.
Levine’s viewpoint is debatable, but it does reflect an undeniable truth. Edge computing – the Internet of Things – is a booming market that will reshape consumer and business life over the next decade. Everything from your dog to your coffeepot will have an IoT sensor. IDC forecasts that IoT spending will surge from its 2023 level of $737 billion to a whopping $1.29 trillion in 2023.
As Levine notes, much of the torrent of data from IoT devices will be processed at the edge. However, the data stream will offer too rich a potential to rely on edge processing alone. Undoubtedly, a deep river of data will flow back to central repositories, increasing the need for cloud-based applications. At this point we don’t know the balance between edge and center-based processing.
Whatever the case, IoT lacks a clear leading vendor. In terms of market share, it’s a “jump ball,” with a mess of competing standards and a flurry of vendors trying to build presence.
In this scrum, AWS’s top status in the cloud is less relevant. It is conceivable – especially if you buy Levine’s argument – that IoT could push the Amazon cloud toward the margin.
AWS is clearly focused on the IoT market. In an exceptionally astute competitive move, in late 2023 it unveiled Greengrass, which enables local compute and data caching for IoT. Connected devices will use AWS Lambda, which allows users to run code without managing servers – the so-called serverless compute mode. Greengrass is currently in “Limited Preview” mode.
“Nobody can doubt that AWS has been hugely successful, says David Linthicum, SVP at Cloud Technology Partners. “Indeed, I give them credit for making the IaaS public cloud space what it is today.” Still, “there are risks to their continued success, such as market issues, meaning that cloud computing does not grow at the pace everyone is predicting.”
IDC’s Eastwood notes that, at this point, “Leading AWS deployment challenges stem from performance, SLAs, interoperability and ongoing costs. This will continue as tomorrow’s digitally transformed business looks for an infrastructure that is increasingly optimized for a continuum of application and data services extending from the edge to the core to the cloud.”
That last sentence holds what is likely the greatest competitive challenge for AWS. Maintaining and growing its dominant position will require it to service all areas: cloud, core and edge, which is something that no one company has ever done. Today’s technological landscape, with its byzantine IT complications and chaotic rate of change, has never existed before. Will AWS be the first technology provider to do it all?
Have you ever wanted to jazz up your Facebook profile? While the social network does not allow themes, there are many utilities that let you add a theme to Facebook. One of the better tools for doing this is My Facebook Theme.
In order to get the most out of My Facebook Theme, you actually have to install two extensions: My Facebook Theme and Facebook Theme Creator.
They are both by the same developer and work well with one another to give you the most pre-made themes, along with the ones you create yourself.
Once both are installed, you can open the extensions to either utilize a pre-made theme or create your own. There are a wide variety of pre-made themes to choose from. In other wordss, you have many options for adding a theme to Facebook.
You can open My Facebook Theme from Facebook with the handy little link added to your top toolbar.Creating your own themes
My Facebook Theme’s biggest asset is being able to create your own theme. While this is a very simple theme maker, it can make a big impact depending on what you want to do and the time you have to be creative.
The first part of the Editor deals with the Background.
You can choose the color of the background or use an image. If you use an image, you can choose whether it scrolls or stretches across your Facebook page or how to tile it for the best fit possible. Then, you can choose the image position if you choose to center it or off-set it.
The second part of the Editor lets you change how the primary Facebook toolbar looks.
You can change its background color and link color.
The final part of the Editor lets you change the links, text and header colors of your Facebook feed and profile.
Depending on the type of changes you make and the background you use, you are given a lot of leeway in the color choices you make to get just the right match.
These changes, along with the pre-made themes you may end up using, will be utilized across all profiles and pages on Facebook.Using pre-made themes
My Facebook Theme also utilizes pre-made themes. These come in a variety of categories from cartoons to nature to holidays and more.
You can also take a pre-made theme and make it more your own by customizing it with the “Build Your Own” option once you have installed it.Sharing your themes
After you create your own theme, you can save it to My Facebook Theme by linking the two via Facebook.
You can then switch in and out of themes as you see fit but still keep the creations you have worked hard on.
You can also share the theme with others through social networks and if they use the extensions, they, too, can use it to theme their Facebook.
My Facebook Theme used to be available for Firefox but is no longer supported for the browser.Conclusion
My Facebook Theme is a great way to customize your Facebook experience, especially if you are bored of the everyday look of the social network. You can add a theme to Facebook by using pre-made themes, tinkering with them or creating your own which gives you creative control over what Facebook looks like.
Image credit: Facebook wallpaper
Melissa Popp has been a freelance writer for over a decade. While she primarily has focused on writing about technology, she’s also written about everything from custom mailboxes to health care to just about anything in between. Melissa is the Content Strategist for chúng tôi the nation’s leading marketplace for trailers for sale, the Social Media Manager for the best roofing Denver company as well as a Writer here at MakeTechEasier. She’s a proud support of the Denver SEO community and a big fan of online radio.
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myself included) singled out the outdated design and clunky display as cause for concern.
Fortunately, Samsung is here to show Apple how it’s done. Today the company unveiled new models in its affordable Galaxy A-series range, including the A53 5G which, at £399/$449, is a close competitor to Apple’s £419/$429 iPhone SE.
In a sense, this is nothing new. Set the Galaxy A53 5G against last year’s A52 5G and you won’t notice too many differences. The design has been tweaked to make the phone a little thinner and incorporate a curved camera module that’s reminiscent of the much more expensive Oppo Find X5 Pro.
That camera itself not only offers an ultrawide lens, but also includes optical image stabilisation (OIS) for the main lens, which means that the A53 could be a pretty capable night-time camera. With the iPhone SE lacking any form of night mode, the camera comparison doesn’t even feel like a fair fight.
The A53 has a 6.5in, 120Hz AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution. That beats the SE’s screen on every possible metric, but thanks to a slim bezel the phone itself is only a little larger than Apple’s offering.
There’s an upgraded chipset here, in the form of Samsung‘s own Exynos 1280. Since it’s making its debut in these new A-series phones, and the fact that I’ve only used the phone for 15 minutes, we don’t know too much its capabilities. But it’s unlikely to be a match for the iPhone SE’s A15 Bionic, the same chip used in the iPhone 13 series, and certainly the big attraction there.
Samsung has fitted a bigger battery than the A52 had. A 5000mAh cell promises two days of usage out of the A53 – far beyond the paltry 15 hours of video playback that Apple promises in its new SE. The 25W charging is a hair faster than Apple’s 20W speeds, though Samsung hasn’t squeezed in the wireless charging that Apple made space for.
At this point Apple’s defenders are likely to point to the ace up the company’s sleeve: software support. Apple can’t be matched here – while it doesn’t promise specific support periods for its devices, it’s telling that the latest iOS 15.4 can be installed on the original iPhone SE, which launched back in March 2023 – not to mention the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from a few months before that.
But Samsung is encroaching on Cupertino territory even here. Earlier this year it announced that its flagship devices, including the recent S22 series, would receive up to four years of Android version updates, with a fifth year of security patches – a promise that even Google can’t beat right now.
The company is doing one better though, extending that same promise to the A53 and even the £329 Galaxy A33. That means these phones will receive updates to Android 13, 14, 15, and – in theory – 16. They’ll still be receiving security patches in 2027.
So, yeah, if you want to keep using the same phone for six years or more then Apple is still the way to go. But if you think four or five years is long enough to stick with the same hardware, then Samsung’s offering is now just as good.
The curious thing about setting the Galaxy A53 and iPhone SE side by side is that the SE’s only real wins are its more powerful processor and wireless charging support. But when you ask who the SE is for, perhaps the most common reply is that it’s for older users, those reluctant to give up the Home Button and learn new ways to use their phone.
But does your grandma really need the fastest silicon in any smartphone right now? Does your grandad have Qi chargers dotted around the house to top up wirelessly? Wouldn’t they benefit more from a larger, higher resolution display that’s easier to read? You know, like the one in the A53 – or basically any affordable Android phone on the market.
By playing to Apple’s strengths – waterproofing, software support, camera features – Samsung has proven that it’s possible to offer all these features in an affordable phone without compromising on the design and display.
Just nine days after its launch, Samsung has delivered the final nail in the coffin for the iPhone SE 2023, hammering home the fact that it’s a phone that only an Apple obsessive could love.
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