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Connected City: Facebook’s new privacy settings

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

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Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at Facebook’s new privacy settings. He explains at how to block a specific user and put someone on your restricted list.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

Favourite Toronto spots to watch World Cup matches

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

The World Cup soccer tournament, which begins Thursday, is the most watched sporting event on Earth.

In the last World Cup four years ago, 3.2-billion people tuned in, including 909.6 million for the final match, according to the sport’s governing body FIFA. That is compared with the 111.5-million people who tuned into the Super Bowl this year, according to The Associated Press.

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This year 32 national teams will be in the host country of Brazil when the month-long tournament begins Thursday.

CityNews has compiled a list of favourite Toronto cafes, restaurants and watering holes where fans go to watch their favourite teams.

Where do you go? Share your favourite locations and teams in the comments below.

With files from CityNews.ca

Facebook app upgrade allows access to smartphone microphone

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A new Facebook app feature that will allow the social media giant to access your smartphone microphone to capture sounds is raising privacy concerns.

In a release last week, Facebook said the user-optional feature could capture and identify audio, using the phone’s microphone. Facebook would then attempt to identify the song being listened to or the show being watched and incorporate it into a status update.

Facebook said no sound is stored, but admitted to International Business Times (IBT) that it plans to archive the data as code.

“If the feature finds a match, you can then choose to add the song, TV show or movie to your post,” the release states.

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Facebook says the upgrade will be available in the coming weeks on both its Android and iOS apps in the U.S.

Dr. Ilka Gleibs from the London School of Economics told IBT that consumers should be worried because they have no control over what happens to the data.

News that Facebook could access audio from your phone led to a strong reaction on Twitter.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barton Gellman, who has extensively covered Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, tweeted that he was deleting his Facebook app in response to the upgrade.

Also last week, Facebook announced that it was increasing privacy controls for new users — assuring that posts are automatically set only to be visible to friends.

With files from Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca

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