NOW SOMEONE CAN MANAGE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AFTER YOU DIE


A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. AP/Jeff Chiu ----Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife. The world's biggest online social network said Thursday that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in. But Facebook says its users wanted more choice. Beginning in the U.S., Facebook users can now pick a "legacy contact" to post on their page after they die, respond to new friend requests and update their profile picture and cover photo. Users can also have their accounts deleted after their death, which was not possible before. CONTINUE READING...

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This Year of the Sheep, it’s time to think about the small changes you can make in your everyday lives to get the most out of the next 12 months and enjoy a prosperous 2015. Believing that technology can enrich people’s lives, Intel has outlined eight ways new tools and devices can help you achieve your goals, get organized, and start the year right. 1. Be at your personal best – Take your health and fitness to the next level this year with new wearable technologies delivering exceptional fitness experiences. The Intel- powered SMS Audio BioSport Headphones give you everything needed to stay motivated and reach your goals with its high-quality audio and ability to gather heart rate data as you work out. CONTINUE READING .....

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Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die


A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. AP/Jeff Chiu

NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Barbara Ortutay (Associated Press) - Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

The world's biggest online social network said Thursday that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in.

But Facebook says its users wanted more choice. Beginning in the U.S., Facebook users can now pick a "legacy contact" to post on their page after they die, respond to new friend requests and update their profile picture and cover photo. Users can also have their accounts deleted after their death, which was not possible before.

If you want someone to manage your account after you die, click on the upside-down triangle on the top right corner of your page and find "security settings." For U.S. users there will be an option to edit your legacy contact, who must be a Facebook user. But you don't have to pick someone else to manage your account. You can also check a box to permanently delete your account when you die.

The person you choose to manage your account won't be notified of your choice until your Facebook account is memorialized. But you can choose to send them a message right away.

Accounts are memorialized at the request of loved ones, who must provide proof of the person's death, such as an obituary. Facebook tries to ensure that the account of the dead user doesn't show up as a "suggested friend" or in other ways that could upset the person's loved ones.

Facebook, which has nearly 1.4 billion users, won't say how many accounts are memorialized, though Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch said there have been "hundreds of thousands" of requests from loved ones to do so.


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8 ways to stay hi-tech in the Year of the Sheep (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 23, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - This Year of the Sheep, it’s time to think about the small changes you can make in your everyday lives to get the most out of the next 12 months and enjoy a prosperous 2015.

Believing that technology can enrich people’s lives, Intel has outlined eight ways new tools and devices can help you achieve your goals, get organized, and start the year right.

1. Be at your personal best – Take your health and fitness to the next level this year with new wearable technologies delivering exceptional fitness experiences. The Intel- powered SMS Audio BioSport Headphones give you everything needed to stay motivated and reach your goals with its high-quality audio and ability to gather heart rate data as you work out.

2. Get organized – Make the most of the Year of the Sheep with a new laptop, 2 in 1, All in One (AIO) or tablet that helps you keep on top of all the exciting and important experiences coming your way. Whether you’re a Windows or Android user, Intel has you covered with its vast range of Intel-based devices.

3. Seek tranquillity – As a new year tradition, clean out your old, outdated devices and clear away the clutter – after all, the sheep is a symbol of peace. There’s no better tactic to welcome the New Year than paving the way for a tranquil and organized 2015 by re- invigorating your devices. Tablets powered by the new Intel Atom processors provide great multitasking capabilities and outstanding battery life, allowing you to edit photos, videos and presentations on the go, so that you can work, play and create extensively.

4. Get Lucky – With many believing the color red symbolizes good fortune, why not kick off the Chinese New Year with a vibrant new red device or accessory, such as a keyboard, case or headphones? You could even increase your chance of attracting good fortune by choosing a new model with a 6, 8, or 9 in it’s name.

Whatever you simply can’t go wrong by combining a lucky symbol with the power, speed and performance of a new Intel processor powered-device, such as a cool razor thin 2 in 1 built on the Intel Core M processor.

5. Be a trend setter – We’ve always been told that controlling our devices with mid-air gestures and movements is a technology we can expect to see in the future, but with Intel’s RealSense technology, you can experience it today. Devices featuring the Intel RealSense 3D camera, such as Asus’ N Series laptops and the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet, combine visual data with motion tracking software to offer an interactive and engaging touch-free interface that responds to hand, arm, and head movements as well as facial expressions.

6. Keep safe and sound – Keeping track of countless passwords and security questions could soon be a thing of the past. In the Year of the Sheep, True Key technology allows you to instantly log in to your favorite apps and websites using a variety of factors that are only unique to you – like your facial features. The more factors you add, the stronger your True Key profile becomes, the more ownership you have over your digital identity.

7. Live in a new world of computing – The next era of computing is the non-screen age of computing, where computational power resides in everyday objects around us. This year, it will start to become a reality. With wireless charging, for instance, you’ll have more time to focus on recharging your own energy without worrying about the energy levels of your technology.

8. Stay connected – Make the most of video, audio and messaging applications, such as Personify, to keep in touch with your friends and family wherever they are in the world. You might decide to pick an AIO system offering great video conferencing, desktop PC, and entertainment experiences, which fits nicely into your stylish contemporary living room. Whether you choose a 2 in 1, AIO, laptop or tablet, the seamless and superior performance and connectivity in devices with Intel Inside will ensure you can find happiness with those you love, regardless of where you celebrate the Year of the Sheep.


PHILSTAR

My Mobile Phone: My life, my plan By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 16, 2015 - 12:00am


A plan for every user: Globe myLifestyle plan is made for the way you use your cell phone.

MANILA, Philippines - Life, just like the way you use your mobile phone, is what you make it.

In the days of old, when I first got my cell phone, there was just prepaid and postpaid. I chose a plan and lived with what I paid for. That is no longer how the telcos work: Globe Telecom has made it its mission to make sure that a plan that a postpaid customer gets is one that is made for how one uses the cellphone.

Each customer has a different way of using their cell phones, we are told. After connectivity – not just texting and calling – but IG, Twitter, Facebook, among others, is a must for every cell phone user.

“We at Globe believe that customers have different needs, interests, and live different lifestyles. Some may want to get a more flexible data plan which they can use to access any app or site, while some may only use data for Facebook access alone,” says Erli Valdez, vice president for Postpaid Business at Globe Telecom. “With this understanding, we constantly work to make our postpaid plans more flexible and attuned to customer needs.”

Millennials want connections

It can get a bit confusing to users like myself. Yet, I have often been in the company of many younger cell phone users who swear by the need to have as many connections online as possible.

Really, for today, what is important is being able to keep abreast of the latest developments as they unfold and also to be able to participate and get involved in whatever it is that is happening here in the Philippines or anywhere else around the world. Smartphones, in particular, have helped us cross boundaries of physical distance and time zones.

Valdez adds that younger customers, or what Globe likes to refer to as millennials, are digital natives – people who have never known a world without the Internet.

“They are used to having everything at their fingertips. Anything less is unacceptable, and that’s what makes them demanding,” adds Valdez. “Older customers have seen days where your cell phone is only meant for calling and texting (or maybe as an occasional alarm clock or calculator), where you need to actually log on to an actual desktop computer to access your e-mail, where you only watch movies on a VHS or DVD player, where you need a boom box or a discman to listen to music wherever you go. Since older customers have seen a world where there’s a specific place and device for everything, they tend to be more forgiving.”

Let’s get personal

It comes as no surprise then that Globe customers want to be able to get the best connections possible – something that Globe has done over the years to keep its customers up to speed on the latest mobile advancements, which includes its postpaid plan offerings.

Ever since Globe pioneered the customization proposition in 2010 with its mySuperPlan (the first-ever customizable plan in Asia offering), the company’s postpaid business has grown by leaps and bounds. Valdez explains that being mindful about the needs of the customer paved the way for the company’s postpaid business to retain its leadership position in the market.

But today, Globe believes that with the launch of the myLifestyle Plan, it will cater to the customers’ needs to do even more with their devices over and beyond calls and texts, based on their lifestyles and interests.

“We know that their needs now go beyond core telco services such as calling and texting – though we know that this is still important,” adds Valdez. “This is why we took calls and texts out of the equation by offering built-in unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM with the myLifestyle Plan, so that they can focus on the more exciting things that they can do with their smartphones such as data and apps usage,” shares Valdez.

A plan made for the way you live today

The new myLifestyle Plan now comes in just one plan, Plan 499, making it simpler to avail. It is also more relevant and compelling as a postpaid plan because of the following: (1) built-in unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, (2) wide array of surf, lifestyle, and classic bundles to choose from as add-ons depending on your needs and interests, and (3) the more bundles you add, the better handset you get for free.

Valdez shares that for most of their customers, Facebook, Viber, and Instagram are their top go-to apps. Yet, she looks forward to the day when customers will realize that music and movie streaming are affordable, too. It seems that there are users who still feel that streaming equates to a bigger expense on their postpaid plans.

“We will try to change that perception through our affordable and premium content offers, mostly priced at only P299/month,” says Valdez.

The new Globe myLifestyle Plan is made for the way we live now, whether you’re young or young at heart.

For information, visit www.globe.com.ph/mylifestyleplan or visit a Globe Store nearest you.


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