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Richard Pascoe - Adelaide Tech Guy - Are you a Phubber?

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On this week in technology – 1983

Microsoft formally announces Windows, a graphical user interface for Microsoft DOS-based systems. Bill Gates promises that Windows will ship by April of 1984. However, in true Microsoft fashion, Windows 1.0 doesn’t actually ship until November 1985. While Windows 1 and Windows 2 saw limited usage, it wasn’t until Windows version 3 that Windows began to see widespread acceptance.

Facebook and advertising

If you use Facebook (or even if you don’t) you probably know that advertisers have some information about you. Targeted ads are Facebook’s special juice, and scrolling down your timeline will likely prove that the ads you’re seeing are anything but random. What you may not realise; however, is that you can also see within Facebook which advertisers have your name on their list.

In your settings on Facbook is a section for ads -You can’t really do much about these guys targeting you The section should; however, offer a bit of insight into why you’re seeing what you are.

While you’re in the ad menu you can customise your ad preferences. I don’t allow Facebook to show people I’ve liked a page in an ad, I also don’t allow it to show me ads based on my Facebook activity.

You do what works for you, but it’s always a good idea to be aware of what your settings are.

What is phubbing?

Have you ever been around people who spend more time looking at their phone than they do at you?

Then you know what it feels like to be "phubbed" — and you're probably guilty of doing it yourself.

Phubbing is the practice of looking at your phone while in the presence of others. And as smartphones become ever more entwined in the everyday lives of Australians, phubbing has become so common that many people think it's normal.

People phub during work meetings, while socialising with friends at cafes, while having dinner with their family, while attending lectures and even while in bed.

Gender made no difference to how often someone phubbed. Neither did geography, with people living in the city and the country phubbing equally as often. But younger people phubbed others more frequently than older people. And people phubbed their partners most of all.

The study also revealed smartphone users phubbed their parents and children more frequently than they phubbed their colleagues at work, clients and customers. These findings suggest a professional attitude towards using the smartphone in the workplace.

It's clear from research smartphone users are more likely to phub those who are closely related to them than those less close to them. So next time you get phubbed when you are out with someone, take it as a compliment — it could mean they consider you a close friend.

A skill you need to learn – find your phone if it gets lost

First turn on location services – if this is not on you will not be able to find your phone

First know your Apple ID and password and or your Google account and password

Next turn on “ Find My iPhone “

If Find My iPhone can’t locate the device, the last known location is displayed for up to 24 hours. Select “Notify me when found” to get an email when it comes online.

It is very accurate in most areas

You can make it ring when it is on silent

Put a note on the screen offering a reward

Google users need to know their Gmail address and password and then can locate their device via chrome by typing in” Find My Phone”