How to Disable Facebook Video Autoplay on iOS for Less Data Usage

No PlayLast month I absolutely blew through the data cap on my phone.  We’re talking more than 3GB used before the 20th of the month.  I was a little perturbed, even when I was using an elliptical three times a week and streaming Supernatural for an hour each session I still wasn’t going over my limit.  How was it then, that being lazy was causing me to use more data?  I began the hunt.

It turns out that not too long ago Facebook began to play videos automatically as part of one of their marketing changes.  Although they begin to play without sound, the videos still chewed up my bandwidth unnecessarily.  Not only just on my data network, but on my wireless as well.  I’m one of the few poor unfortunate souls in the U.S. that actually has a data cap on their home internet (150GB for $50 a month, 6MbPS.  Suck it Bloom Broadband.)  Thankfully there’s a way to turn it off.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone (or iPad, because the same issues can happen here too.)
  2. Scroll down and tap on Facebook.
  3. Now tap on Settings.
  4. Under the Video section you can do one of two things (well, three but I prefer these two):
    • Choose Wi-fi only to have the videos only autoplay while you’re connected to wi-fi
    • Choose Off to have the videos never play on their own

My preference is off, I can only watch the first three seconds of the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer so many times.

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3 Steps to Add Some Flair to Your New LinkedIn Profile Picture

Back in October LinkedIn announced a new layout for its users profiles.  Currently the new profiles are on an opt-in basis and aren’t available immediately, however in the near future everyone’s profiles will be swapped to reflect the new changes.  If you’d like to request the change to happen sooner you can do so here.  The first thing I noticed after getting the new profile upgrade was that the profile picture was not only displayed larger, but the annoying grey border had disappeared.

This gave me an idea on how to make my profile picture pop a little bit more, by adding a drop shadow.  A drop shadow is generally described as an opaque grey “shadow” beneath an image or text to give it the look of it somehow popping off of the page a bit.


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Thinking about Complacency with Security

Apple's "Down for Maintenance" message

Apple’s developer pages have actively been down for maintenance for quite a few days now.  Yesterday I received an email that apparently went out to everyone with a dev account which read:

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then. (more…)

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