Facebook, The New Face of Gambling

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

Facebook has now released its first ever Online Gambling App in its app centre and not surprisingly to anyone who watches evening TV, it’s a BINGO app.

For the first time UK users will be able to bet real cash to beat the odds and win big. Facebook would not confirm the percentage profits they plan to take from the transactions however standard practice would have them minting 30% of the revenue. Facebook have also confirmed they are hoping to release real money poker in 2013 and we can only assume a host of other Apps as it tries to muzzle in on a gambling market worth in excess of £275 billion a year.

Facebook Creates New iPhone App – Mimics Instagram

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Facebook has released a new app designed for the iPhone.

This app, named ‘Camera’, is very similar to the popular social networking app called ‘Instagram’ – a tool designed for users to take a picture, add effects and instantly upload it to the social network for everyone to see.

Whilst ‘Camera’ isn’t as aesthetic as Instagram, it’s main benefit over the popular social networking app is that it can upload multiple photos at once, meaning that members can share photos of events, days out and gatherings all at once rather than uploading them one at a time.

Facebook recently put in a bid to purchase Instagram for $1.1bn, and despite the deal having not been completed yet it seems that Facebook are looking to maintain their dominance in the mobile social networking market.

Data Roaming Whilst Abroad

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

If you’re thinking of going on holiday remember to be extra careful when it comes to using your mobile abroad – there have been many reports of mobile companies charging excessive amounts for a small amount of data usage.

If I use my iPhone within the United kingdom then my data bolt-on will cost me £6 a month for 500MB, but if I take my iPhone to Spain then this is going to cost me £3.06 per MB on top of my monthly bolt-on.

I use about 400MB a month, so if I go to Spain for two weeks then this is going to be roughly 200MB – costing me a total of £612!

These charges are phenomenal, and despite Ofcom claiming that they will make these charges transparent they don’t seem to be – I had to have a very lengthy conversation with O2 in order to obtain this information!

James – the Business Director at Tetrabyte went to Spain for a week, lets take a look at his charges after Orange failed to apply the data roaming package as requested:


Bear in mind that he was being extra careful and wasn’t using his iPhone to browse the Internet during this time.

So if you’re going abroad, it might be best to just switch data roaming off altogether…

Facebook Encourages Anti-Virus Use

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Facebook has garnered much criticism over the years over privacy concerns and the lack of security on the website.

Facebook ‘Applications’ are used throughout the web – you can login to various websites using your Facebook credentials where this feature has been enabled.

When you login to a specific website using your Facebook credentials you are given a prompt asking your permission to let the website interact with your Facebook account. You cannot choose which permissions you will give the website; it’s simply a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Once a website has access to your Facebook account it can post on your news feed on your behalf – it is this which causes Facebook users so many problems. A website can post any link it likes to your Facebook page for all your friends and subscribers to see.

Facebook has very recently announced a partnership with the following five Anti-Virus firms:

– Microsoft
– McAfee
– Trend Micro
– Sophos
– Symantec

These firms are going to work alongside Facebook to block the links which are dangerous – for example those which have been identified as dangerous, pornographic or generally unsuitable for the Facebook audience.

I for one am looking forward to this – hopefully I won’t need to be worried about the links and pictures that appear in my Facebook newsfeed!

Are you worried about your Internet security? Take a look at our Managed IT Services to receive free Anti-Virus management if you sign up to a 30-day rolling contract!

Facebook Updates it’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Update March 2012

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

Yesterday Facebook publicly announced that it was making changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, with the aim of making their “practices and policies more clear”.

Some of the most obvious changes are stated on the main introduction to the document, where Facebook states that they are replacing references to their Privacy Policy with a “Data Use Policy”.

With Google releasing the changes to its privacy policy with similar intentions of making the term and conditions “easier to understand” causing such a stair only last month. The new changes to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities are certainly set to make a big uproar within the Social Media Community.

If you would like to read a version which outlines the exact changes to the document, you can read it here.

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