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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

Don’t Bother About Facebook Privacy Notice That Your Friends Are Sharing – It’s False

Several number of Facebook users are posting and sharing about Facebook privacy notice that declares their copyright ownership of all content they post on the social networking site. If you are wondering what the fuss is all about, then don’t bother about it, as the message shared by your friends and other users is simply a hoax.

This isn’t the first time that this hoax message is spreading on Facebook. Earlier in July, we had reported that a fake “Facebook privacy notice” spreading across the network, with users copy-pasting the message on their Timeline. The message reportedly confers copyright privileges to individual Facebook users that are different than the ones they agreed to when using the service.

False Facebook Privacy Notice

This is one of the biggest problems with Facebook. Users blindly update their Timeline with such hoax message, which eventually creates a controversy. It illustrates how little users know about their digital rights and wanting to take control over what they post on Facebook.

The so-called “privacy notice” that users are spreading across the network reads as follows:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…

The message mentions that any violation of user’s privacy is punishable by law – Uniform Commercial Codes “UCC 1-103 1-308,” which is nowhere related to Facebook’s privacy policy. This clearly makes its inclusion irrelevant, and the entire message a fake.

Facebook has made an official announcement stating that the above spreading message is a rumor:

There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been. Click here to learn more – www.facebook.com/policies

This rumor is very much similar to “Facebook or its third-party advertisers to user photos in ads“, which also has been reportedly spreading rapidly on the social networking giant.

Facebook Testing Notifications with Sound

It appears that the social networking giant Facebook is testing a sound to alert users whenever they receive a new notification on the site. As usual, Facebook selectively or randomly rolls out such test features for users to test and provide feedback.

According to Meredith Chin, Facebook Manager of Corporate Communications, said the notification sounds were “currently just a test,” and there is no update on if or when they would be rolled out to all users. Depending on the feedback provided by users, Facebook will then decide whether to implement and roll out the feature to all users or not.

At present, Facebook notifications are displayed below the globe icon on the top-left corner, with a small red box and a number appearing on top of it indicating the number of new notifications. You are notified when your Page or content receives a Like or comment.

Now, each of this notification might be accompanied by a sound, which is showed in the video below.

To enable this feature, or check if you’ve got the feature, go to your Account Settings and select Notifications. From there, click “View” on the top tab and uncheck the box that says “Play a sound when each new notification is received.”

Facebook Notifications Sound

If the above mentioned option isn’t available, then there is no other way of getting the sound notifications. Don’t bother installing any Facebook apps to test similar feature.

Get Real-time Search Results on Google with HashPlug Chrome Extension

An agreement between Google and Twitter that enabled Google to include live Twitter updates in their search results through a special feed was discontinued last year in July as Twitter chose not to renew the agreement. With that real-time updates from Twitter were no more showing up on Google’s search results.

However, a really cool Google Chrome extension called HashPlug allows Chrome users to get real-time results on the latest topics that they search on Google. The extension adds a search results widget on the right hand side of Google’s search results page, displaying the latest tweets of that particular search term.

The results are updated automatically along with which you can retweet, favorite or even reply right from the widget box itself.

HashPlug - Real-time Twitter Updates on Google Search

HashPlug integrates Twitter search results into Google in an unobtrusive manner – so that you get real-time results on latest topics like Election, Storms, etc. It also allows you to favorite, reply or retweet any result.

The Chrome extension is developed by a Indian start-up called Fenopix, which is based out of Bangalore, who claims to love building apps on HTML5, JavaScript and Windows 8. According to the developers, “while you are searching on Google it picks up the search term and displays real time results in an unobtrusive manner. It also allows you to favorite a tweet, reply to a tweet, or retweet any result. ”

The team have also stated that they have plans to extend the tool and integrate Facebook results as well – “As of now it only supports twitter results. But we have plans to integrate Facebook results too in future.”

This tool can also be helpful if you’re finding reviews about movies, books, or any products. Check it out and tell us what you think – HashPlug Chrome extension

New Horizontal Menus in Google Search Results

Earlier in June, Keith had first reported that Google is testing out a new layout for it’s search results page by moving the vertical menu on the left over to the top. It looks like Google has permanently implemented the change as several numbers of users have started to see the new look for Google’s search results pages.

However, I find the new Google search horizontal menu completely unnecessary, or the old menu which was on the left hand side served better. There is also the dark horizontal navigation menu on top, which is pretty much same as the new one, just that the options (services) are shuffled. This makes the new menu redundant.

New Google Search Layout

Google should have at least the made the position of one of the navigation bars fixed, so that the bar sticks to the top when the user scrolls down, and does not have to scroll back to the top when they want to change page.

Jon Wiley, Lead Designer, Google Search says that,

“You’ll notice a new simpler, cleaner design on the search results page – we’ve been working on ways to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today. We started with tablets last year, got it to mobile phones a few weeks ago, and are now rolling out to the desktop.

With the new design, there’s a bit more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you’re looking for, whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph”

There’s a whole lot of space on the left hand side and we’re not clear whether how Google will make use of it. Google also enhanced the search results page by adding several new features including Knowledge Graph and a dedicated application search for Mobile, PC & Browser Apps.

Beware of ‘Free Apple iPad Mini Giveaway’ on Facebook

Everyone loves gifts and giveaways, and if it is one of Apple’s products, it feels like heaven. It does sound exciting when we hear about such giveaways and we’ll be thrilled to take part in it hoping to win a gift. However, amidst the excitement, we often fail to realize whether the contest we are participating in is legit or a fake.

Well, this is the problem that many Facebook users face. In the latest incident, scammers have taken advantage of the Apple’s new addition — iPad Mini — and have been trying to lure users by asking them to click on a bogus link in order to win a free iPad mini.

The latest scam spreading on the social networking site Facebook is making use of Apple’s signature logo to make the scam message look legit, and is tricking users with a free Apple iPad mini giveaway. The scam spread is as follows:Free iPad Mini - Facebook Spam

“Are you a Apple fan? The Free iPad mini offer is on. Go here – [LINK] to get Free iPad mini”

Upon clicking the link, users will be taken to a rogue Facebook application page, which requests permission to access the user information and post messages on their behalf, ultimately luring the users’ friends to participate in the offer.

The app is designed to gather your personal information that you have provided to Facebook. It is recommended that you avoid installing the Facebook application. If you have already installed it, you can go to your Account Settings –> Apps and delete the particular app from the list. It is also advised that you remove all the messages that were posted by the app on your behalf from your Facebook Timeline and also inform your friends about the same.

Sometimes it is a challenging task in identifying scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams, which will help to stay safe from such Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Facebook Planning to Introduce Classified-ad Services

Rumor has it that Facebook is testing out a new service that could possibly make Craigslist a history. Two sources from within Facebook have revealed private information about the social media giant planning on a project that would directly compete with Craigslist. It is said that the project is likely to be finished sooner and we can expect the social networking giant announce the feature very soon.

With Facebook classified-ad services, users will be able to create ads for jobs, house rentals, and item sales, which will show up on their friends’ news feeds. However, it is said that this service will only target users based on certain criteria. Advertisers will also be able to add photos, links, or any other related information to their advertisements. In simpler words, whatever you do on Craigslist can be done with Facebook classified-ad service.

Facebook

The service is expected to work very much like Facebook’s promoted posts. For instance, say that you have an apartment and you intend to give it out for rent. Using the new classified-ad service, you can create an ad by paying a nominal fee (less than $5) and your ad will start appearing in your friends’ news feed.

Back in 2007, with only 22 million users, Facebook had launched a similar service called Facebook Marketplace. However, it didn’t grow as expected and eventually Facebook handed it over to another company called Oodle in 2009.

We still haven’t got any confirmation on this, however, it would be great if you can let us know on what you think of classified ads on Facebook by adding your views in the comment section below.

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Facebook Testing New Timeline Layout

Ever since Facebook launched the Timeline, users have been complaining about the complexity and cluttered organization of posts. With that, users have also disliked the permanent switch to the new profile layout. The switch was made as a beneficial factor for Facebook’s advertisers and marketers, ignoring the concerns of its users.

However, looks like the social media giant is about to bring about a change by tweaking the Timeline, making it more of a single-column layout.

According to Inside Facebook, the social media giant seems to be testing a new layout for user Timeline, which “puts all posts in a single column on the left and any activity modules in a narrower column on the right.”

This change will make the entire left column a little wider to house all posts published by the user while the column on the right hand, which will be slightly narrower, will include the active modules. According the test profile shared by Inside Facebook, all the user wall posts appear on the left hand side, while open graph actions such as songs listened to on Spotify and recent activity will be stuck on the right hand side. Everything else — tabs, profile picture, cover image and dates along the right hand side — seem to remain the same.

Here’s how the new layout looks that Facebook is testing:

Facebook New Timeline Layout

Facebook New Timeline Layout

The Next Web reports that they got in touch with a Facebook spokesperson and told that, “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier.”

Well, if Facebook had separated wall posts and activity modules, I’m sure many users would have loved the Timeline rather than hating it and finding ways to disable it. Nevertheless, Facebook hopes that this change will enable users to navigate through the Timeline easier and reduce the clutter caused by the current layout.

Google Launches New Compose in Gmail

A new feature has been introduced in Gmail that gives the ability to compose new emails in a pop-up window that appears at the bottom-right of the screen rather than opening the compose email page. Google’s Phil Sharp says that the new view “makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft.”

The new way of composing email in Gmail is not only faster and easier to use, but also enables you to draft your emails right from the inbox screen, with viewing all of the contextual information from other messages. The pop-up view allows you to attach files to your email and works just like the default compose email page. You can also search or view any new emails that come without having to close the compose window. Well, it is very similar to how a chat window works. That said, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.

New Compose in Gmail

Other features included are the ability to insert inline images, which many users have been waiting for. Additionally, as you’re typing in the email addresses, the result will also display the profile pictures of your contacts, helping you to visually identify them easily.

Sharp also adds, ” The reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation — replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.”

To try out the new compose in Gmail, following the procedure mentioned below:

Click the Compose button, click the “new compose experience” link right next to the Labels button at the top of the message. Until the change is fully launched, you’ll be able to choose whether you use the new or current experience.

If you think that the new feature isn’t great and want to revert back to the old experience, you can do it as follows:

  1. Click Compose
  2. At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon next to the Discard button.
  3. Select “Switch back to old compose.

Google is releasing a preview version of the new compose feature to a limited set of users. It will be enabled to all users once all the features are included. The following features are yet to be added:

  • Insert emoticons and event invitations
  • Print drafts from the More menu
  • Add labels to outgoing messages from the More menu
  • Send read receipts (Google Apps users only)
  • Canned responses

Windows 7 to Windows 8 Upgrade/Installation Guide

Microsoft has officially released the commercial version of Windows 8, which means that users will be able to digitally download a copy of Windows 8 with a genuine product key. In order to promote Windows 8, Microsoft has provided an upgrade offer for existing Windows 7, XP and Vista customers. That is, users can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $39.99. This offer is available only from October 26th to Jan 31st 2013.

Additionally, users who have purchased a new Windows based PC on or after June 2 will be eligible to avail Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 or Rs. 700 INR. To avail this, head over to Windows Upgrade Offer to register yourself and get a Windows 8 Pro license copy for a discounted price.

Now, to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you will require Windows XP with SP3, Vista or any version of Windows 7 running on your system. Microsoft has provided an easy way to download and install Windows 8, which is done by the Windows Upgrade Assistant.

Before we get started with the step-by-step Windows 8 install tutorial, you will need to download the Windows Upgrade Assistant from here. Run the upgrade assistant from your existing Windows install, which will perform an compatibility analysis of currently installed apps and devices.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Also, make sure your system meets the following minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Step #1:

Once the Upgrade Assistant has completed the analysis, click the “Next” button. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7, then you will be provided with an option to keep your current Windows settings, personal files, and apps. However, this option is not available if you’re upgrading from Windows XP or Vista.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Upgrading to Windows 8

Step #2:

In the next step, click the “Order” button and then select the Windows 8 DVD option if you want to order the DVD separately. However, ordering a DVD is simply a waste of money as you can easily create your own bootable Windows 8 DVD in the later stages of the installation.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Step #3:

In the next screen, select your payment option — Credit card, or PayPal — and proceed further. Enter the necessary details along with the payment details. Make sure all the details provided are correct. Once done, click “Next”.

Step #4:

If you have a promotional code, you can enter it in the confirmation screen. Review your order, check the terms and conditions option, and click on “Buy.” After your payment is successful, you will get a new product key for your Windows 8. Along with that, you will also receive an email from Microsoft with the order details.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Step #5:

Start downloading Windows 8. This will take some time depending on the speed of your Internet connection. The download size is around 2.3 GB, so make sure you have an active Internet connection. Once the download has completed, the upgrade assistant will run a quick check whether all files have been successfully downloaded or not. This will also make the files ready for upgrade.

Step #6:

Now, you are provided with three options: Install now, Install by creating media, and Install later from desktop. Selecting “Install Now” will upgrade your current OS to Windows 8. The second option will let you create a ISO file, which you can burn into a DVD. If you’re selecting the first option, you can follow the onscreen instructions and skip the rest of this tutorial.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Step #7:

Finally, once the ISO file is created, use the provided option to open the DVD burner software, and burn the ISO image file. This will automatically create a bootable disc, which you can use it later to install Windows 8 from the boot screen.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Step #8:

Now, restart your system, and get into your BIOS and change the primary boot device to CD/DVD ROM. Save and restart your system again with the Windows 8 DVD inserted. The Windows 8 will begin its installation process and you can follow the onscreen setup instructions, which are pretty easy to understand.

Please note that you will have to create a new disk space if you want to keep your current OS (dual booting).

YouTube Redesigned; Get New YouTube Design Now

Google is now testing out a new design for YouTube, which seems to be inspired from its social networking site Google+. The company has always been experimenting with new designs and features on YouTube, however, it looks like it isn’t done yet.

According to a post shared by Chand Hamal Thakuri over on Google+, which was first reported by OMG! Chrome!, explained the new design with a screen shot of it. The new YouTube UI is user-friendly, elegantly neat with an improved navigation and tight integration with Google Plus.

The homepage (when not logged in) showcases the top most played videos. The dark menu on the left is replaced with a simple menu bar, with two options provided on the top – Now Playing and Recommended. Below that is the “Best of YouTube” in which the categories Music, Sports, and Gaming are displayed. At the bottom of the menu, there is an option to ‘Browse channels’ along with a tip that reads, “Sign in to add channels to your guide and for great recommendations!”

Once you login, it’s a different set of menu options that you get – Watch Later, Watch History, Now Playing, Recommended, and so on. On the right hand side, you will be shown a list of Recommended Channels based on your interests.

Here are some of the screen shots we managed to get:

Get New YouTube Design

New YouTube Design

New YouTube Design

How to Get New YouTube Design Now?

There’s a simple working trick that enables the new YouTube design right away. Although it’s a bit technical, it’s easy to implement the steps. To enable it, follow the steps below:

Step #1: Open YouTube on Chrome
Step #2: Press Ctrl + Shift + J. This will open up the Javascript Console
Step #3: Copy-paste the following line: (document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk;”)
Step #4: Reload the page, and you should have the new YouTube design.