If you use Facebook Messenger on an Android phone you might want to check your settings. The app tracks and sends your location to everyone you chat with — by default.
You can turn off location tracking and sharing by clicking the compass icon above the Like button in your chat threads. If the icon is blue, the feature is on.
A Facebook spokesman told CNNMoney the app only tracks you if the app is open, and if you’re in a specific conversation thread.
He said the app does not track location if Messenger is running in the background.
If you want to be safe, open the Settings tab within the Android app and disable location completely. Though the default is “off” on an iPhone, you can also disable location tracking in iOS by going into SettingsPrivacyLocationServices, and set the option to “Never.”
Many people were not aware of the default setting until this week, when a Harvard computer science student launched a Chrome extension that can plot Messenger location data on a map.
“The latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender’s location to less than a meter,” Aran Khanna wrote on his Medium blog.
The other problem, he adds, is the subtle placement of the feature within the app, making it easy for people to forget
Low-income households that benefit from the so-called “Obama phone” program could get free broadband service.
The phone service has been in place since the Reagan administration but has become politicized in recent years, due partly to the offering becoming known as “Obama phones.” The technical name of the program is “Lifeline.”
Talk radio and conservative commentators have become harsh critics of a program that used to have broad bipartisan support. It provides phone service to 12 million households at or near the the poverty line, at a cost of $9.25 per household a month.
It also announced a new app called Google Photos, which will give you unlimited online photo and video storage.
Android M focuses on subtle improvements to the user experience, including squashing a ton of bugs and overhauling basic features, according to Dave Burke, Google’s VP of engineering.
The biggest news is Android Pay, Google’s(GOOGL, Tech30) latest take on mobile payments. It’s pretty similar to Apple(AAPL, Tech30) Pay, and a big improvement over Google Wallet, the companies earlier attempt at a mobile wallet. Just unlock your phone and tap on a reader — no need to open an app.
Google has been working with major credit cards and U.S. mobile carriers on Android Pay. The open platform works with any other device with NFC and users can pay for goods at more than 700,000 stores across the United States.
Third-party apps can also use Android Pay inside their apps, so you can pay for your
The Motley Fool’s experts know what they’re talking about when it comes to saving and investing, but a lot of that knowledge comes from making mistakes along the way.
Whether it’s selling a stock too early, not taking advantage of excellent buying opportunities, or cashing out of a retirement account, we’ve done it all and learned valuable lessons from our mistakes. In order to prevent you from making these mistakes, here are three Fools to share their stories.
Matt Frankel: When people ask me my biggest investing regret, the answer is easy — I bought shares of Tesla(TSLA) while the stock was trading in the $20’s and sold when it spiked to the $70-range thinking I had made an excellent move. We all know how that turned out, as Tesla is trading for $244 per share as I write this, just a few years later.
However, I learned a valuable lesson from this mistake. When a stock rises, no matter how much, ask yourself if the reasons you bought it in the first place still apply. In Tesla’s case, I still believed in the company’s vision and product on a long-term basis. And even at the higher price, I didn’t consider the stock to be overvalued.
Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s.
The country used green energy to meet 9.8% of its total energy needs, the Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. Total energy includes power used for homes, buildings, industry, vehicles and other uses.
It was the highest percent of green energy in 85 years when people relied on wood on a much greater scale to heat their homes. Renewable use has grown 5% a year since 2001.
Wind energy has seen the largest growth rate, but it’s sill old-school technologies that dominate green energy production. The top seven and the share of the country’s overall energy use they make up are:
No other car company will have more modelsthat are compatible withboth software systems, Chevrolet parent company GM(GM) says.
The technology will be available in the fall starting with the 2016 Chevy Cruze, and expand to include the Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, Colorado, Silverado, Tahoe and the Suburban.
On Tuesday Hyundai became the first to support Android Auto.
Apple(AAPL, Tech30) and Google(GOOGL, Tech30) launched their vehicle software platforms in 2014, and while all major car makers have said they would adopt the technology, they’ve been slow in doing it.
More than 52% of U.S. smartphones run on Android, and
Most Dodgers games are currently only available on SportsNet LA, a local sports channel set up at great cost by Time Warner Cable.
Other cable providers in the region, like Charter, have been unwilling to pay the high fees that Time Warner Cable is trying to charge for access to the channel. (Just how high? More than $4 per month per subscriber, partly because it cost Time Warner Cable more than $8 billion to obtain the rights to Dodgers games for the next 25 years.)
Now that Charter and Time Warner Cable want to be part of the same company, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is telling Californians that the Dodgers are coming to Charter’s channel lineup.
“We have promised to bring it to our California subscribers in the next couple of weeks,” a Charter spokesman said Wednesday.
The company is taking action before the Time Warner Cable merger is completed, which might not happen until the end of the year. (Government regulators have to review the merger proposal.)
Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Karlos Dansby is trained to keep his eyes on the ball and execute successful plays.
Those lessons from the football field are coming in handy as the NFL player sharpens his entrepreneurial chops.
Dansby, 34, and business partner Chris Butler, 35, want to corner the market for men’s high-end grooming products and services.
Together they invested $250,000 and launched a men’s-only salon — Butler’s Grooming Club — in their hometown of Birmingham, Ala., in 2009.
The idea was to create a “man cave where guys can get away and be comfortable among their own,” said Dansby. “They can relax, drink, play pool and get a haircut, shave, manicure, facial, even get waxed.”
Today the salon takes walk-in customers and also has 300 members who pay $90 a month for grooming packages and unlimited shoe shines.
Dansby and Butler played football together at Auburn University. While Dansby got drafted into the NFL, Butler became a banker.
The two stayed in touch and seven years ago, Butler floated the idea of a men’s grooming salon.
“I knew he was on to something,” said Dansby. “There are many guys like me and Chris who understand the importance of being well groomed. But the only places we had around us were run of the mill barber shops.”