HTC Unveils The HTC Salsa Smartphone With One-Touch Facebook Access

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HTC recently announced the HTC Salsa smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a dedicated Facebook button and it allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It features a 3.4 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC Salsa allows you to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.

HTC Salsa Specifications:

  • 3.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 540 mins talk-time
  • Up to 530 hours stand-by time
  • 1520 mAh battery

This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC ChaCha Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

htc chacha

HTC recently announced the HTC ChaCha QWERTY phone with dedicated Facebook button. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It comes with a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC ChaCha allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage,said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business for Facebook. HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative way enabling people to connect and share easily whenever they want, wherever they are.

HTC ChaCha Specifications:

  • 2.6 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 450 mins talk-time
  • Up to 660 hours stand-by time
  • 1250 mAh battery

This handset measures 114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

Facebook Bans Google Adsense in Facebook Apps

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it will be allowing only a select list of advertising networks on Apps on Facebook.com. Only those advertisers who agree to not use user data and have signed the platform terms for ad providers will be allowed to advertise on Facebook.

Here’s the list of approved ad networks. Unsurprisingly, Google Adsense is not to be found on it. Google and Facebook have been at loggerheads over user data sharing, with Google often calling Facebook a walled garden. With these platform policies, Facebook has ensured that no ad provider is able to access user data through any application.

The official statement says that “We will begin enforcing this policy on 2/28, which should provide you and other developers the time required to switch ad providers or to help us sign terms with the ad providers you may be using. We will continue to add other ad providers in the coming weeks. If your ad provider is not on this list, we encourage you to contact them to determine if they are planning on signing our terms.”

Somehow I doubt that Google Adsense is going to make it on the list. Unless, of course, Google agrees to those policies, which I don’t suppose it will.

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Facebook Upgrading Fan Pages To Look Like Profile Page

is busy rolling out another UI change, this time though it is for Fan pages on Facebook (become our Fan). The new Facebook Fan page UI is basically similar to the Facebook profile page changes which was hated by many users.

Facebook Fan Page Update

Facebook has been making a lot of changes to their UI recently which includes removing suggest fan page to friends feature, adding spam filter to pages and reducing the tab width of fan pages among other things.

The new fan pages are similar to profile pages with the navigation moved to the left had side, recent photos displayed at the top of the page, a new wall filter for displaying wall posts, more tighter integration with the rest of Facebook and new options in Settings.

I find the UI of the new fan page really ugly and it is definitely something that I won’t want to switch to. Unfortunately, the upgrade will be rolled out to all users whether they want it or not.

What do you think about the new Facebook Fan page design? Do you love it or hate it? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: You can read about the new Facebook Fan page update in this note posted by Facebook.

"I Was Online For xx Hours In 2010" Facebook Scam Spreading

After a brief lull, a new Facebook scam has just popped it’s head out. The new scam is spread through wall post updates of people where users will see a text saying "I was online on FB for 4007 hours in 2010! Use this great tool to check how much hours you spent online."

I was Online Facebook Scam

As you can see the message is enticing enough for users to click on to actually see how many hours they have spent on . However, this is a scam and clicking on this link will lead you to the app asking for permissions. Once you give it permissions, it will automatically post an update to your wall with a similar message and then ask you to complete some surveys.

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The app is definitely a scam, because when I used it on an account created just for scams like these, it told me that I was online for 3988 hours in 2010, whereas as per my last recollection this account was only created in December and the max time I have spent online with this account can hardly go beyond a couple of hours.

Rest aside, do not click on this link and ask your friends who post such updates to delete it from their walls. Also if you are so keen to check how much time you spend on Facebook, check out some of our earlier articles.

Facebook Celebrates 7th Birthday With 1.5 Million Facebook Users

, the social network which took the world by a storm and now has almost 600 million users just celebrated their 7th Birthday today. Facebook was launched on February 4th, 2004 and has been steadily growing to new heights each and every year.

Facebook's 7th Birthday

At latest unofficial valuation Facebook is worth a whooping $50 billion. However, more than that, Facebook has managed to bring people closer to their friends who they knew since school days and also several other people whom you could never keep in touch with otherwise.

Facebook also shared an interesting fact that they share their birthday with 1.5 million other Facebook users. Here’s wishing Facebook a Very Happy 7th Birthday, despite all your privacy issues, you have definitely helped me connect with long lost friends.

Old Classics Hit Facebook as Casual Games

Remember Oregon Trail? The educational video game developed in 1974 designed to teach children the perils of the pioneer life of the 19th century? Yes that game with dysentry and snakebite that could kill your settlers as you moved from Independence, Missouri to Willamette Valley, Oregon. It was a lot of fun to play (and caused a lot of irritation when your settlers died of dysentry). Also, in the same vein, remember Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? ? Oh yes, playing as ACME agency’s best agents in the never-ending battle of subtlety and guile against V.I.L.E’s thieving villainess Carmen Sandiego travelling around the world and its exotic locales to get the next clue in the case file. Good times!

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Well, it seems that The Learning Company has decided that they could use new-age casual gaming platforms to encourage students to play these games again.

However, we do not understand how this will benefit players right now. Considering that most Facebook users are in the 18-25 age bracket and that these games have a target audience of elementary to mid-school students, it is quite odd to see The Learning Company push for these games as casual titles for Facebook users to play.

Nevertheless, I’d be happier to see pop-ups of educational games rather than lost cows on my Facebook news digest. Trailers for both the games follow.

US Court are Abusing Facebook Posts for Evidence

Facebook has introduced a new feature of HTTPS that increases the security of the user. However, we have already shown that even if HTTPS is turned on, a website can check if you are logged in to Gmail simply by using this image hack.
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Though, in a new development, US courts are increasingly trying to use Facebook data as evidence. They are repeatedly granted access to private content of users, and breach their privacy. This was not the case earlier. There is nothing wrong with this but it is not ethical at the same time.

Reuters reports this with an incident as,

Defense lawyers in personal-injury cases, in particular, are finding social networks to be a rich source of potentially exculpatory evidence. In one recent case, a New York woman who claimed to be bedridden after falling off a defective chair showed up in family Facebook photos smiling happily in front of her house.

Now that Facebook has become the very face of social networking, it is time they work towards protecting the privacy of their users when it comes to these cases. There needs to be a well-defined line between breach of privacy and gathering of evidence.

Currently, there are mixed cases relating to these breaches. There are quite a few cases where the court was not allowed access to private pages of users. These cases will form the basis for future cases and need to be done right.

(Image via: The security pub)

Facebook’s "Instant Personalization" Automatically Shares Your Data With Other Websites Without Your Consent

Oh my dear , why do though take decisions for me? You make HTTPS opt-in, but want me to opt-out when it comes to sharing my data with third party websites, and you say that you adhere to privacy standards?

Disable Facebook Instant Personalization

If you have had issues with Facebook’s privacy settings, here is something which will irk you even more. Facebook has a new privacy setting in place called "Instant Personalization" which basically gives your data to other websites without your consent. When I say without your consent, it means that you have to opt-out of this feature to stop sharing your data with other websites.

I find this really ridiculous because on one hand Facebook makes security features opt-in and on the other hand they feel that it is fine to share your personal data with other websites without your explicit consent.

If you don’t want to share your data with third-party websites, go to Account -> Privacy Settings and click on "Edit your settings" under the "Apps and Websites" item at the bottom left of the screen. On this page, click the "Edit Settings" button next to the item "Instant personalization" and uncheck the checkbox next to "Enable instant personalization on partner websites."

The feature was launched last year in April, but is now being gradually pushed out to all users. This is the first time I saw this option in my privacy settings and I was surprised that it is enabled by default. You can learn more about how your data is shared and whether you really want this feature to be enabled by default at http://www.facebook.com/instantpersonalization/.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page Hacked, Are We Safe On Facebook?

I have written about various Facebook scams in the past, most of them were not harmful, but they definitely showed how unsafe was. Now, what if the account of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was compromised? Would you be able to trust the company? Would you be able to really put your private information on the website?

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Fan Page Hacked

In what could be a embarrassment for Facebook, the fan page of Mark Zuckerberg; the founder of Facebook, was recently hacked. The person who hacked the account wasn’t as nasty as the Bristol Palin Twitter hacker, but he did leave a message on the Facebook fan page reportedly from Mark Zuckerberg.

The message as seen in the screenshot above was spotted by TechCrunch, however, within a few minutes or so the fan page for Mark was taken down. The message that was left says:

Let the hacking begin: if facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a "social business" they way Nobel Price [sic] winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011.

The message was definitely not left by Zuckerberg and even if he did, the entire Facebook page would not be taken down. So if the company’s founders account can be hacked, are we safe enough on Facebook? Can we trust them to take care of our private information? Would the recent security measures at Facebook change any of these things?

It is time to question what you put on Facebook. In the end no one’s account is safe.