January 18, 2013

On Facebook, users can no longer hide from search results

In the wake of its “graph search” announcement, Facebook removed the ability for users to opt out of appearing in search results on the site. Because graph search relies on the content of profiles to fuel its results, the move will allow more comprehensive returns on searches but may violate the privacy of users who previously relied on that feature.

Before Facebook’s changes to its privacy policy and the implementation of graph search, users were able to keep their profiles—even their most basic information—out of the searches of non-friends. This setting would make it impossible for non-friends to locate a Facebook profile, unless the hidden person reached out first.

Such profiles would hinder the progress of graph search, which relies on profile content to cull information. Facebook asserts that a “single-digit percentage” of profiles had previously opted out of being searchable.

Now, Facebook has pushed everyone into the limelight. The guys over at Ars Technica have noted a couple of profiles, formerly non-searchable, now appear in search results. Presumably, once graph search is turned on for their friends, the information in their formerly hidden profiles will be tallied along with the rest.

Get ready for Temple Run 2 on Jan 24

While we may not today be basking in the glow of Imangi Studios' sequel to their smash hit Temple Run like our iOS friends, we shall not be waiting long. British newspaper, The Guardian, ran a lengthy interview with the developers, and garnered a release date for the Android version of Temple Run 2. One week from today, Thursday Jan. 24.

Temple Run 2 looks on the face of it a lot like its predecessor. After all, it's still an endless runner. But, Temple Run 2 has more aspects to the game this time around in that you pilot a runaway mine cart, running isn't just straight lines, and you get to slide down zipwires. There's also an in-app purchase available of a coin-doubler, and what looks like a power up for some crazy fast running. We'll naturally be giving Temple Run 2 the once over next week when it launches in Google Play, but for now, we'll make do with the official launch trailer.

[via Android Authority]

Life: The jump from Windows to Linux Mint

So I decided to make the jump today from Windows 7 to Linux Mint 14. Why? Well for one thing, I definitely don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 whatsoever. Anyhow, mainly though, I have come to realisation that I am getting too old for games now. I'm past that stage in life where everyone brought their DS's to school and just play Mario Kart with each other during lunch times. Yes, those were good memories.