Facebook Asks Banks for Our Detailed Financial Info
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Facebook Inc. wants your financial data.
The social-media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.”
Gosh, I don’t even know what to say. They say they won’t sell our data if the banks give it up. They just want it to develop new services. Are you kidding me? Cambridge Analytica, anyone? This looks like it’s still developing, but if you use a big bank, you might want to shoot them a note if you’re not cool with this.
We know they are able to manipulate the masses with their algorithms and other people are using it to manipulate us as well, ie. the last election and Cambridge Analytica. Now they want to know about your finances. Even if you trust Facebook, the data they hold is extremely powerful and is already being used to shape our thoughts and the conversations around topics.
Honestly I don’t know what to do about this right now besides write about it. Facebook is a decent lead generator for me. It’s scary to think about not getting those leads. I couldn’t care less about the newsfeed and the “connection” Facebook gives. But they’ve got their hooks into me for business. Some are hooked with the newsfeed, or seeing what their grandkids are up to etc. I just wonder if it’s worth it. I don’t want to support this engine that allows people to manipulate the world. But then the same thing happens in television, music, books. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheapest Way to Get the 2018 MacBook Pro
Per usual, AppleInsider.com has the scoop on the cheapest places to get the new MacBook Pro. Here’s the link to their article if you’re ready for an upgrade!
Powered for iPhone
Been holding out for a better wireless charger for you iPhone X, 8 or 8+? Check out Powered for iPhone by Logitech. So far, this is the most attractive option I’ve seen for wireless charging. I like that it stands up and you can turn it sideways.
How to Load Sites Faster With Safari
I found this article the other day showing some sweet stuff you can do with Safari to make it faster and arguably better! The biggest take away for me was right clicking on the URL and clicking Settings for This Site. You can choose to always open articles in Reader mode. This will cut out all the ads and simplify the article to just text, photos, and any videos included in the article. For you news readers out there, I think you’ll be blown away by the difference. The other cool thing is right clicking twice on a Youtube video that’s playing and choosing Enter Picture in Picture. It breaks out the video in its own separate window so you can move it around and do other things instead of leaving the whole Youtube webpage open. Try it out!
Music for Maximum Productivity
Have you ever found yourself putting on some music to work to and getting distracted by it? You change the playlist over and over and still can’t find something that gets you into a groove? focus@will apparently had the same problem and decided to come up with a solution. They’ve got a bunch of different genres and you can find slow paced music up to fast. Check it out here and maybe you’ll have a new productivity best friend! They boast a 4X productivity boost.
New MacBook Air (or similar) in September
The rumor mill says we’ll see a new entry level MacBook this September. Who knows if it’s going to be an upgraded MacBook, or if they’re finally going to do something with the Air. If you’re not ready to throw down the cash for a Pro, keep an eye out next month!
This book by Dave Eggers is a dystopian novel about social media and the dangers of letting it get too far. I think it’s an important book for those of us steeped in social media and makes you look at services like Facebook in a whole new light.
Switch Through Open Windows Faster
Did you know you can press Command + ~ to cycle through open windows? If you have a bunch of Word documents open at once, press Command + ~. Press it again and again and you’ll notice it switches Word docs that you already have open. This works for just about every app. If you want to switch apps, use Command + Tab.