6 Things to Do Before You Delete Your Facebook Account

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You’ve probably thought about deleting your Facebook account before, but for one reason or another you’ve been unable to commit. Maybe you’re applying for a job and don’t want your future employer to see pics of you at college frat parties. Or maybe you just can’t stand one more depressing status update.

If you’re serious this time about deleting your Facebook account, escaping the social networking giant can be a lot more complicated than you would think. There are necessary steps you should take before pressing that delete account button.

Remember, deleting your account is very different from deactivating your account. You can deactivate your account at any point, and when you want to return everything is as you left it. While your account is deactivated, people on Facebook will not be able to search for you, but some information like messages you’ve sent may still be visible to others.

If you permanently delete your account, you will not be able to regain access to your account again, ever. Most personally identifiable information is removed from the Facebook database, but some may remain such as your name if you sent a message to someone else.

If you’re planning to delete your Facebook account permanently, read on to learn about what steps you should take first.

1. Check Your Connected Apps

There are a lot of apps and websites that require you to log in using your Facebook username and password, and when you delete your Facebook account you lose access to these sites as well. You can check this by clicking on your Account Settings, then Apps in the left column. Popular apps that use Facebook login are Pinterest, Pandora, Foursquare, Spotify and Instagram. Some apps allow you to change your form of log in by using your email address or Twitter handle, for example. However, there are some sites that don’t let you decouple your Facebook account from their app, like Spotify.

If you still want to use Spotify, your best bet is not to delete your Facebook account. If you want to almost delete your account to maintain your Spotify profile, you could remove all of your friends, change the email address associated with your Facebook account to one you don’t use very often or turn off all email notifications for all apps, including Spotify, and lastly remove all of your data from Facebook and delete all of your activity, photos, etc. Though exhausting, taking this approach would allow you to keep all of the playlists you have made on Spotify and the songs you have been sent by friends, rather than starting over again.

If that sounds like way too much work for you, then you can always deactivate your Facebook account, and setup a new Facebook account with an email you only use for Spotify, and then authenticate Spotify from there. In taking this approach, you would lose all existing Spotify activity, so unless you are a new user and don’t have much built up — the first option is probably the best, albeit time-consuming.

The big lesson here is to make sure your connected apps will let you change your form of login before you deactivate your Facebook account. You won’t be able to change anything retroactively. If you have already deactivated your Facebook account and you can’t login to these connected apps, you could reactivate your Facebook account and follow the steps listed above.

2. Download Your Facebook Information

For users who want to delete all history of their Facebook days but who still want a record of everything they’ve done on the site, Facebook has developed an easy way to download that information. Go to your Account Settings, click “General” in the left-hand column, then click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”, finish by clicking “Start My Archive”.”

The information in this download is available in three places:

  • Downloaded Info: This includes timeline information like posts you’ve shared, messages, photos, a history of the conversations you’ve had in Facebook chat, a list of your friends and much more.
  • Expanded Archive: This is additional info, and contains even more account details like logins, cookies, apps you’ve subscribed to, people you have unfriended and much more.
  • Activity Log: This is a comprehensive history of all your activity from posts you’ve commented on or liked, apps you’ve used, and anything you’ve ever searched for.

For a full breakdown of what information falls into each category, check out this Facebook chart. As you can see, the information available for download is extensive, so make sure you save it in a safe place in case you need to access it later.

Also, if you are just interested in saving certain conversations you’ve had with friends you can forward them to your email address. First go to the message stream and click on the Actions tab at the top. Next, scroll down to Forward Messages and select the ones you want to forward.

 

3. Ask for Your Friends’ Birthdays

Facebook has become a reliable and convenient resource for remembering friends birthdays, so if you no longer have your account you might slip up and forget. Instead, be proactive in reaching out to your friends and tell them that you are deleting your Facebook account, but would still like to remember their birthday. Another way of doing this is to use the incredibly annoying Facebook Birthday‘s app. You could include a disclaimer at the top telling people that you’re just using it to gather all of your friends’ birthdays before you delete your account.

4. Ask for Contact Information

It’s incredible to think about how much communication happens over Facebook alone. Before deleting your account, make sure that you have other ways to keep in touch with your friends, whether that is through email, texting or phone calls. Download that contact information for anyone you’re worried about losing contact with.

 

5. Store Your Facebook Information on the Cloud

Backupify.com is a great way to store consumer web application data on the cloud. There are both paid and free services available, with the free service giving you 1GB of storage, or you can get up to 25GB for the paid service. The backups occur automatically, and you can download critical items as PDFs as well. Backupify files are stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS), which are subject to the highest security and boast a 99.9% up time.

6. Optimize Your SEO Before You Go

If you’re leaving the Facebook community, make sure you are still active on enough other social platforms to maximize your SEO. You want to make sure that you are still searchable by friends or potential employers.

Are you seriously thinking about deleting your Facebook account or have you deleted yours? Let us know why in the comments.

 

 

 

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FIFA 13 vs PES 2013 – the final verdict

Manchester United vs Liverpool and Rangers vs Celtic are great rivalries that have kept football fans entertained through the years. Pro Evolution Soccer vs FIFA is the equivalent of these titanic clashes in the football video game world.

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These two heavyweights have gone head to head over the past two decades, with both enjoying spells of domination, but lately one has been much better than the other, just like United and Celtic are currently better than Liverpool and Rangers.

At the moment we live in the FIFA era, with the EA game having been superior over the past few years. But for the first time in a long while, PES seems to be catching up, and the latest Konami football sim may have positioned itself perfectly for an assault against its rival next year.For a long time PES was said to have better gameplay than FIFA. Konami’s dominance in this field was so strong that it negated any criticisms of the game.

Yes, FIFA had a better user interface, most of the licences and great music but because PES had better gameplay it was considered the best. Well that changed a while ago and now, FIFA has an advantage in this area but it’s not as significant as it was last year.

FIFA 13 has added First Touch Control and improved off the ball artificial intelligence in order to maintain its status as most realistic game.

These were welcome introductions and certainly added to the experience. First Touch Control tries to mimic the real life quality of each player, making someone’s ability to control the ball first time round dependant on the quality of the footballer. This also applies to passing and shooting so it’s not a good idea to try a Hollywood pass with Chelsea’s Jon Obi Mikel.PES 2013 gives FIFA 13 something to think about in terms of gameplay, although it falls short of actually beating its rival.

The game’s new Full Control system, which includes full manual passing and shooting, improves the mechanics by giving you ultimate control over the most important parts of the beautiful game.You are better able to determine shot accuracy and where a pass lands. If you master the new system, you will be able spray the ball around more confidently and score more consistently.EA normally wins the presentation battle and this is the case again this year.

FIFA 13′s overall package of graphics, user interface and music is impressive. It’s also the most authentic in terms of licenses, with nearly all of the top players, leagues and stadiums.But PES 2013 doesn’t just lay down and take it. Konami has again secured the rights to the Champions League, a competition that has a certain magic.

PES’s character models are also markedly better than FIFA 13′s. The game’s cover star Cristiano Ronaldo is recreated to perfection, as well as other world stars including Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

We could finish up by talking about the vast array of modes available on both games, which are impressive (FIFA 13 probably pips PES 2013 in this area).  We long for the feeling we had when playing the PES games of the last generation. Every match was aggressively contested.

If we lost it got to us, we weren’t able to move on until we had exacted revenge on the person that had inflicted the defeat (in the game not physically).At times the contests would get overheated and we could be accused of taking it a bit too seriously but that was why we loved it.We’ve never truly felt that way with FIFA. Yes it’s realistic, yes it has all the licenses but does it have the heart?

It’s the same case this year. Although EA’s new game is better than Konami’s, when we play it it feels just a bit too mechanical and doesn’t seem to have much soul.That’s not to say PES 13 does, we long ago fell out of love with Konami’s sim, partly because the last few PES games have not been very good.

If the Japanese company can recreate the magic of the classic games from the series then we will be very happy gamers. PES 2013 is a start, it’s certainly got our attention.That’s not to say FIFA can’t win our hearts as well, it just needs something but we’re not too sure what that something is.

Let’ share opinions. Kindly comment and share :).

 

 

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YouTube celebrates one billion monthly unique users

YouTube
YouTube

While most of us deal with “dozens” or even “hundreds” on a daily basis, YouTube deals with numbers in the billions. It appears the eight year-old video service has hit its latest milestone of one billion unique users each month.

Attempting to add perspective to this number through the power of analogy, YouTube notes that if it were a country, it would be the third largest in the world during any given month — only China and India have larger populations.

Or, put another way, PSY and Madonna would have to repeat their Madison Square Garden performance more than 200,000 more times. “That’s a lot of Gangnam Style!” YouTube notes.

Perhaps the most useful way to visualize a billion monthly unique users though, is this: nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube. That’s pretty impressive.

Google thanks, in part, what it labels as “Generation C” for YouTube’s tremendous success. Gen C is defined as individuals who are constantly switching between devices (smartphones are a huge part of this) and are deeply engaged with YouTube’s underlying community. More information about Gen C can be found on Google’s Agency Blog.

A little over a year ago, YouTube announced it had surpassed a whopping four billion video views daily. In 2006 — just a year after the service started — YouTube was “only” serving up 100 million videos per day. Google acquired the startup in 2006 for $1.6 billion.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

Well hello there Samsung Galaxy S 4! Meet your fellow competitor in the well-established Apple iPhone 5. Surely, we all know that there’s been a fair amount of history between these two companies, as they’re continually vying for supremacy in the smartphone kingdom. For the most part, bad blood has fueled these to behemoths to keep their respective flagship devices in constant competition against one another, so it’s no wonder why we’re giving you the first look in how these two snazzy smartphones stack up to one another. Design First, let’s talk about design. Generally speaking, devices with metal bodies tend to be favored highly over ones with plastic – so there are no surprises that the iPhone 5 just simply feels and looks like the more premium device between the two. Indeed, the all-plastic chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 gives it a featherweight-like feel in the hand, but it simply lacks the impeccable construction of the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum casing. On paper, the size and weight of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is impressive as it measures in at 7.9mm thin and 130 gr in weight, but Apple’s prodigy is a smidgen lighter and thinner – to be fair, the Galaxy S 4 is packing a significantly larger display. Overall, the small design change with the Galaxy S 4 aren’t enough to keep our eyes off the iPhone 5’s premium construction.

Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5

Going bigger has always been the formula with everyone, so it’s no surprise that Sammy is pushing the boundaries with the Galaxy S 4. Between the two, we can’t help but fall more in love with the Galaxy S 4’s 5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) Super AMOLED display, which simply looks super crisp up close and personal over the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display. In fact, the amount of sharpness and detail evident in the ginormous display is evident, but more importantly, the quality elements about Super AMOLED in general gives it the much-wanted wow factor. Sure, its colors are punchy, viewing angles are stupendous, and its sheer luminance can light up a room, but we’re curious to see how it handles outdoor conditions.

Now this is where Samsung is truly beginning to separate itself, seeing that they’re redefining the way we’re interacting with our devices. Of course, iOS on the iPhone 5 continues to be the more simplistic experience between the two – giving smartphone newbies an easier grasp in understanding the platform. However, it’s lagging behind what Samsung is doing with the updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience on its Galaxy S 4. With its new floating display technology, which gives us S-Pen like qualities with our own fingers, it opens up a whole new level of interaction that the iPhone 5

simply can’t offer. Furthermore, Sammy goes all out by offering a wide array of new air gestures that deliver yet another level of interaction that’s unmatched. Without going into detail, there’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 blows away the iPhone 5 out of the water when it comes to the software experience. From its insane amount of camera-centric features to other novel things like its new Life Care hub that monitors our health, Samsung is rapidly widening the gap in this category.
As much as we’d like to give everyone some concrete advice between the two handsets, we can’t fully judge them until we get our hands on a final consumer ready model of the Galaxy S 4. Who knows what the outcome will be when we get the opportunity to see how they compare in all integral categories, but one thing is certain, Samsung isn’t holding back from distancing itself.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review

 

Three views of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Three views of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Samsung Galaxy Grand enters a pretty interesting marketing niche – people eventually eager for a big-screen smartphone that might not break the bank. The 5” Galaxy Grand skimps on features like HD screen resolution and internal memory to reach that goal.

The Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III, or a smaller Note II, whichever you prefer. Samsung is making everything nowadays, big and small, with the distinctive rounded corner design that is immediately recognizable because of its blockbuster S III handset.

The Grand DUOS is more reminiscent to the Note II, actually, with the faux metal rim on the sides, and the tapered back with subtle pattern makes is fairly comfortable to hold with one hand, considering the screen size, but hard to operate with just your thumb, of course. The phone is somewhat hefty for today’s standards at 5.71 oz (162 g), yet having in mind the screen size again, it does not feel thick and bulky.

Samsung uses LCD here, instead of the AMOLED technology that goes for its flagships – the 5” panel on the Grand DUOS is with decent viewing angles and bright enough, so you can tell what’s on it outside under direct sunlight, thus the only big drawback remains its low pixel density.

 
An 8 MP camera unit is what is housed inside the Grand DUOS, with adjacent LED flash and zero shutter lag. The camera interface is also well-known, and offers numerous scene presets, as well as a macro mode, plus various color effects to spice up your pics, but no HDR mode.

Samsung inserted a 2,100 mAh battery in the Grand DUOS, just like the one it has for the Galaxy S III, and hasn’t listed official talk and playback times yet. The dual-standby capabilities of the phone, however, might take more than the usual toll on the battery life, as the phone has to stay hooked up to more than one network at a time. The battery unit is perfectly swappable, for that matter.

The rest of the specs are adequate as we have a decent dual-core processor, a well-performing 8 MP camera, and the ability to add storage via the microSD card slot.

Thus if you have been longing for a huge screen phone that manages two SIM cards at once, it is not that you’ll have many alternatives to the Grand DUOS anyway. Combine this fact with the chassis recognition and respect Samsung’s Galaxy line has earned lately, and the only variable in the success equation for the Grand DUOS market niche is the retail price, which hovers around the $400 mark in international markets without carrier subsidies.

The current retail price in Nigeria is about N65,000.

 

 

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Happy 7th Birthday Twitter

Twitter, or Twttr as it was known at the time, came to life on March 21, 2006, when co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet: “just setting up my twttr”.

In the seven years since that tweet, more than 200 million people have joined Twitter and the service now sees 400 million tweets sent every day.

According to a survey published earlier this week, the most popular topic to tweet about is television, with 40 per cent of evening tweets concerning what is on television.

Image“As we’ve grown, Twitter has become a true global town square — a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time. This is where you come to connect with the world at large,” wrote Twitter’s Editorial Director Karen Wickre in a blog post.

Happy Birthday Twitter!

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4: A Complete Review

Taking 2012 by storm, Samsung catapulted all the way to the top last year, as the Korean based company delivered timeless devices over and over again with little pause for its rivals to combat its insatiable appetite. Claiming victory while looking down from the pinnacle of the mountain, Samsung as a whole transformed from being a competitor trying to emerge from a heap of hard rollers, to the one taking ownership of the crown in the smartphone kingdom. Today marks yet another triumphant push forward in retaining that prestigious crown, seeing that the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S IV just became official-official.

From a hardware standpoint, it doesn’t particularly come off so farfetched over other recent entrants in the Android space, but rather, it’s the incremental improvements in the experience that’s the focal point for this flagship. Are we disappointed by this shocking revelation? To an extent, yes, but that doesn’t mean that we should quickly look the other way – so let’s see if it can still make us salivate with anticipation.

Design

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on

We’re not going to cover this portion as extensively as some of you would like. Why’s that you ask? Frankly, there isn’t a drastic redesign seen with the Galaxy S IV. Indeed, some of you will be bummed by this known fact, especially when you take into consideration that good looking designs are what people take notice first with most things. Strutting the familiar design style of its processor, the appearance, choice of materials, and build quality of Samsung Galaxy S IV remains largely the same.

While metal bodies melt our hearts, plastic ones don’t normally get the same kind of love. We can’t say we’re totally going gaga over this plastic chassis, which is strangely is more prone to smudges and fingerprints than before, but we do appreciate the subtle sprinkling of a new premium element on its body – a brushed metallic bezel outlining. Beyond that, it’s indistinguishably a “Galaxy” smartphone, recycling some of its predecessor’s design choices.

Around the handset’s trim, we’re greeted to the same set of ports and buttons – these consist of its power button, volume control, 3.5mm headset jack, mic, noise-cancelling mic, and microUSB port. Just like before, the Galaxy S IV relies on the same MHL adapter to gain video-out functionality. However, they’re kind enough to discretely incorporate an IR blaster into the power button, which turns it into a universal remote. As for cameras, it’s carrying along a 2-megapixel front-facing one and a monster 13-megapixel rear snapper that shoots 1080ps videos. Thankfully, we’re given the conveniences of having a removable 2600 mAh battery and a microSD slot. Not surprisingly, the handset is going to be available in 16, 32, and 64GB capacities – with your choice of selecting it in either white frost or black mist.

No doubt we would’ve like to see something on a grander scale, but there’s consolation in the way Sammy has maintained the handset’s figure over its predecessor. We know it’s donning a larger 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display, but remarkably enough, we’re most impressed by how they’ve kept its size the same. At 136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm in size, not only does it improve over the Galaxy S III’s already svelte figure, but it bests even some of the other recent heavy hitters new to the Android space – like the stylish HTC One. So yeah, it’s super thin and surprisingly easy to handle for something bearing a 5-inch screen!

On top of that, did we mention its weight is almost unrecognizable as we hold it, since it’s only at 130 grams? Overall, it might lack the stylish nature that we crave in getting our eyes affixed on it from afar, but at least they’ve been able to make the necessary iterative improvements in its size.

Display

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on

Oh joy! Needless to say, Sammy’s Note II showed us what the company is willing to experiment with in terms of screen sizes, but we get the feeling that they’re trying to do the same here. On paper, its 5-inch Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display pushes the envelope in making it phablet-like, but for some strange reason, we’re not as mesmerized with this display. We know what we were dreaming about in our sleep, you know, those flexible OLED displays and whatnot, but there’s nothing of the kind here on the Galaxy S IV. Rather, it’s the same Super AMOLED display that our eyes have been feasting on for a while now – with the exception that this is the first one to sport full HD resolution (1080 x 1920). Doing the math, its display produces a pixel density of 441 ppi, which is undeniably up there, but it doesn’t break any new ground. In comparison, the HTC One’s display delivers a slightly higher pixel density of 468 ppi.

Honestly though, it’s still detailed enough, to the point that most people would hardly tell the difference. And just like before, this display on the Galaxy S IV packs all of the lovable qualities we appreciate about Super AMOLED displays – like its iridescent color tones, wide viewing angles, and overall wow factor. Interestingly enough, it’s pretty impressive how they continue to chop down on the screen’s bezel, which translates over in giving the handset a skinny frame.

Although it’s not something that’s seen initially from a cursory glance, Sammy throws in one enticing new feature to the display that brings forth some useful functions. Remember how you can hover over things with the Note II’s S-Pen? Well folks, we have the same functionality here! However, instead of relying on a stylus, it’s done with nothing more than our fingers! With our finger hovering around 1 to 2 centimeters from the display, it’s able to register our finger’s movement. Quite frankly, it works rather well and it’s very accurate too, but we’ll explain more of the neat implementations of the feature later.

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Samsung intends to double tablet sales this year

Almost exactly one year to the day, Samsung product strategy executive Hankil Yoon told reporters during a media roundtable meeting at Mobile World Congress that his company wasn’t doing very well in the tablet market.

Apparently a year can make all the difference in the world as the Korean electronics giant is planning to double their tablet sales from 2012 according to executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile unit Y.H. Lee. While we don’t have any official full-year sales figures for last year, CNET estimates Samsung could be prepared to move around 40 million slates in 2013.

Lee told the publication that Samsung plans to be very aggressive. Given their success in the mobile handset business as the world’s top company, there’s little doubt that Samsung has what it takes to be successful.

Earlier this week Samsung unveiled an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note tablet that is strategically positioned between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II “phablet” and the full-size Galaxy Note 10.1. This new slate will likely compete with the iPad mini and the Nexus 7 as both feature similarly-sized displays.

If you recall, Samsung got off to a shaky start in the tablet race. The original Galaxy Tab did little to help Samsung’s image, perhaps instead further showcasing the dominance that Apple’s iPad had at the time. Apple still holds a commanding lead in the category but Samsung’s 15.1 percent market share during the fourth quarter of 2012 is certainly a step in the right direction.Image

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