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Richard Pascoe - Adelaide Tech Guy - New Messenger App for Kidlets

Richard Pascoe

On This Week In Technology - 

The first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social norms.

Subject:Facebook are launching a new messenger app for young kids in the US – what could go wrong

  • Facebook - home to rampant harassment, misinformation and foreign election interference - is coming for kids. The company announced a new app on Monday for children as young as six years old. The app, Messenger Kids, is a messaging service that gives parents authority over who their kids can chat with.
  • Once a parent adds someone to their child's contact list through the main Facebook app, kids can video chat as well as send photos, videos and texts, or pick something from "a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools
  • Facebook have built automated systems that can detect things like nudity, violence, and child exploitative imagery to help limit that content from being shared on Messenger Kids- also have blocking and reporting mechanisms, and have a dedicated team of human reviewers that review all content that is reported

Subject: Google have an app to monitor how much data you use on your Android phone  

  • Datally: mobile data-saving & WiFi app by Google
  • Google is only seeing how much data is entering and exiting your phone, and claims to be unaware of what exactly is being transmitted
  • DATA SAVER - Save up to 30% of mobile data* through controlling data usage on an app-by-app. Control and limits data on specific apps while still enjoying the apps you want
    DATA SAVER BUBBLE - Front and center controls allow you to see real-time app data usage, and block an app’s data usage if things get out of control

Subject: Should you force close your apps on your smartphone

  • You know we all like doing it
  • Don’t do it – it does not help battery life
  • iOS or Andriod just let them handle it
  • The only time you force close an app is if it is not responding

Subject :Christmas gift idea – Headphones

  • In ear or over ear – that is the decision
  • Over ear ones start at $19 – yes that’s right a Sony
  • Beats wireless in ear $168
  • Noise cancelling Bluetooth Sennheiser $399
  • Bose appear to have dropped their prices

ZZ Plug

For more from Richard, visit www.adelaidetechguy.com.au 

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