Yeah man its 11:11am East Coast time, do you know where your children are? What about your friends, siblings, or significant other? Well a new feature on Facebook called Facebook Places hopes to make it easier for you to connect with your people while you’re out and about.
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The service was launched last month and uses the GPS function on your smartphone to work out exactly where a person is at any point. Facebook Places also tells you which of their friends are at the same location you are or if they have ever ‘checked in’ there before and allows you meet other people who are also checked in there too. All this information then appears on the news updates for all of your Facebook friends. But Facebook has been under the radar because of privacy concerns so some advocates are a little peeved that Places was rolled out with users opted-in by default.
Depending on what type of person you are this may or may not be the feature for you… “If you play hooky from work, or go to the beach rather than your mom’s birthday party, you might want to steer clear of using Places at least for those days.”
And The new feature goes contrary to the advice of Law enforcement officers… this after a hundred thousand dollar burglary ring was busted up in Nashua, New Hampshire… The crooks alleged monitored their victims facebook updates…
Now this technology is not new – it has already been used on FourSquare, Gowalla and Twitter.
Now one of the criticisms of Places is that opting out isn’t as simple as clicking on a “no thanks” kind of button. Instead of explicitly opting you in by default for Places, Facebook leaves most of your Places privacy settings unconfigured and you have to manually set them up.
Now if Places isn’t the feature for you… here are detailed instructions on how you can “opt out” of the feature.
And finally, I could not sign off without giving you a heads up on a gadget that may be worth your investment,
Cisco today phased out the remaining standard-definition models of the Flip family and introduced revamped versions of its Flip UltraHD and Flip MinoHD models. Each of the new pocketable video cameras can record 720p video at a frame rate of 60 frames per second and they add digital image stabilization to help prevent shaky footage. The combination of the two should lead to smoother-looking video than previous versions could produce.
The higher-capacity UltraHD offers a FlipPort connector on the bottom of the device, which you can use to add accessories to the camcorder such as microphones, wide-angle lens, and a portableprojector from iGo. The 2 hour 8 GB UltraHD is priced at $200 and a 1-hour 4GB version for $150. The two new MinoHD models come in at 2-hour (8GB, priced at $230) and 1-hour (4GB, priced at $180).