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How to Enable Facebook's New Dark Mode on iPhone

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Facebook’s iOS app is finally getting an official dark mode. Just like the dark modes in Facebook’s other apps—Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp—turning on dark mode swaps the iOS app’s default white and blue interface with a black and grey theme. And it looks great, and should please those of you who haven’t already…

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How to Video Chat from Facebook

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Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, offers a convenient way to make video calls and group video calls for free. With multi-platform support, you can make or join these calls directly from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, or your Windows computer using a web browser. This is similar to the equally handy capability of making video calls in Facebook Messenger, and it offers yet another solution to connect with people remotely.

Video calling services have always been handy and useful, but they’re perhaps more relevant than ever right now as many…

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How to Make Video Calls with Facebook Messenger

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Did you know that you can make video calls with Facebook Messenger? The next time you want to reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues, you might consider using Facebook Messenger to initiate a video chat, and it works for easy video calls on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Windows PC too.

There’s no doubt that Facebook is the biggest social network in the world with over 2.6 billion monthly active users, and many of us already have Facebook accounts. Whether you’re an iOS, Mac, Android, or Windows user, you will be able to use the Messenger app on your…

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How to Enable Dark Mode on Facebook

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Want to use Facebook in Dark Mode? If you’re a fan of dark mode for iPhone and iPad, you might also be interested in using Dark Mode on Facebook, the worlds largest social network.

Dark Mode on Facebook is available in several ways, including Facebook on the web and Facebook Messenger. This article will cover enabling Dark Mode on Facebook.com fo the web. If you want to use and enable dark mode on Facebook Messenger read here instead.

How to Get Dark Mode on Facebook.com

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How to Delete Voice Recordings From Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Siri

We can control so many devices through voice interactions with digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. This can be incredibly convenient, but it can also be nerve-wracking, knowing that technology companies now possess recordings of your voice and interactions.

That’s not to say digital assistants are unsafe to use, but users should know what data is being collected and why—and how much control they have over the way it’s used. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook all collect voice data in some form. They also all let users manage what and how the data is saved—though some are a lot better at this than others.

Alexa

Everything you say to Alexa, via whatever devices you’re using, is stored on Amazon’s servers. You can manage all of this data through your Amazon account, and you can also change these settings for each device using the Alexa app.

  1. Go to Amazon’s voice data management page.
  2. The page features several different headings, each one containing specific stored data/settings. You can use them to delete your voice history, smart alert history, and device-specific history.
  3. Check each of these pages and delete any data you don’t want to be saved—especially the “Alexa Privacy” page.
  4. To opt-out of Amazon using your recordings to improve Alexa’s capabilities, visit the Alexa Privacy page and click on “Manage how your data improves Alexa.” Then, disable “Use Voice Recordings to Improve Amazon Services and to Develop New Features” and “Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.”

Facebook

While Facebook doesn’t have an AI assistant of its own yet, the company still collects voice data through its Alexa-powered Facebook Portal video chat devices.

You can manage voice data on your Portal device, in the Facebook mobile app, or from the Facebook website.

  1. Open your Facebook profile
  2. Click/tap the Activity Log
  3. Select “Voice Interactions” filter from the side menu.
  4. Click/tap “Delete All Voice Interactions” to wipe your voice history, or search and delete for specific interactions using the search icon.

Google Assistant

Much like Alexa, all Google Assistant history from devices tied to your Google account can be viewed from any device you can use to access your account settings

  1. Go to your Google activity page.
  2. Scroll down to “Voice & Audio Activity.”
  3. Click or tap “Manage Activity.”
  4. From here, you can search through the history using the search bar; delete based on keywords, date, and/or product-type; or delete each entry individually.
  5. You can disable voice interaction tracking by going back to the main Google activity page, than clicking or tapping the blue slider next to “Voice & Audio activity” to disable it.

Siri

Apple often gets a pass when it comes to privacy and data concerns, but even if it is “safer” about handling your voice data, it’s still collecting and saving it—and was having real people listen to snippets to improve Siri’s capabilities.

Unlike other companies, Apple takes an all-or-nothing approach to deleting and blocking recordings of your Siri interactions. You’ll have to stop using the assistant entirely (or delete your Apple account) to remove any recordings Apple has kept.

To “disable” Siri in iOS 11+, you’ll need to:

  1. Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  2. Disable “Listen for ‘Hey Siri” and “Press Side Button for Siri.”
  3. Accept the warning to fully disable the features.
  4. Next, go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  5. Disable “Enable Dictation” and accept the warning.
  6. Repeat for every Apple device you own.

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How to Outsmart Algorithms and Take Control of Your Information Diet

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“Certain algorithms,” says Tim Cook, “pull you toward the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else. Push back.” In a commencement speech to Tulane University, the Apple CEO tells graduates to take charge of their information diet. And much as we want to sneer at the irony of a phone maker telling us to beware of algorithms, we have to admit that Apple’s Screen Time app is one good tool for improving your tech habits. Here are the best posts we’ve already written on pushing back against the algorithms.

Break out of the echo chamber

News feed algorithms try to show you more of what you already like, which can lead you down a rabbit hole of increasingly radical content, or just block you from any information that might broaden your perspective. This isn’t just about Republican vs. Democrat (vs. leftist revolutionary vs. neoliberal centrist shill), but also about ending up only with the most popular, sensationalist or insipid feel-good stories from garbage sources. Instead of getting your news from a Facebook or Twitter news feed, try less popularity-driven platforms like Feedly.

Educate yourself on which news sources are reliable, fair, and well-researched. Learn the signs of fake news, and how to fact-check. Don’t share news stories that seem suspicious, just because you want to be the first person in your feed to “scoop” something.

YouTube is one of the worst algorithmic offenders, chaining its recommendations until you end up with some middle-aged teenager ranting about how to see through George Soros’s round-earth lies with the help of a brain supplement. Hide the “related videos” section, or weed bad videos out of your viewing history to tell YouTube’s dumbass algorithm that no, you didn’t want to see 100 more videos of CGI Spider-Man murdering Peppa Pig.

Check your phone less

Smartphone notifications were supposed to keep us updated on important things. But app makers easily hijacked these tools to buzz your phone for every like, comment, new friend, new follow, update, challenge, sale, or free gem. The reason there’s no Tamagotchi app is that your phone is already a Tamagotchi, whining for attention and constantly dying.

Turn off notifications, hide or delete distracting apps, and encourage good habits that make your phone more than a time killer.

Block algorithmic cruft

Social sites and media sites (including Lifehacker) are desperate for more of your time, so they (we) throw all kinds of recommendations at you, hoping you’ll click and read more. Sometimes you want those recommendations! It’s nice to discover an old article from a writer you love, or find the related how-to post that actually solves your problem. But sometimes you want to block that all out. Use apps and extensions like Freedom and uBlock Origin to hide “around the web” links, trending topics, and distracting ads. (Remember to whitelist sites that respect your time and your attention, or sites that you want to support financially.)

Stop training the algorithms

If you don’t take drastic measures, you can’t keep all your personal information private. But you can cut down on your information sharing by opting out of certain programs and using high-quality alternatives to default services like Google.

Don’t let the algorithms run your life. Take back your time, your attention, and your thoughts. You’ll find a lot more advice on our tag pages for privacy, security, annoyances, social media, news, advertising, and personal data.

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