Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Web Page Doesn’t Look Right in Facebook App? Check Setting to Turn Off Facebook’s In-App Browser, and Use Your Preferred Mobile Device Browser

In August 2018, Facebook modified their app to include an in-app browser that refers you to web pages in their own in-app browser. Many people don't even realize that they're not being sent to their favorite default web browser on their mobile device.

When you use Facebook's app and you view a website that someone shares with you, there is no referral clear and free out of the Facebook app.

With the in-app browser, there's a chance that the web page you are referred to might not look exactly like the web page that you would see in your own default browser on your mobile device, such as Chrome on Android or Safari on a iOS.

In some cases, a reported bug on Android, cuts off a bottom portion of the web page — leaving a black void. We know because we're the publisher and web developer for … and ever since Facebook rolled out the in-app browser feature, Android users viewing articles on have been complaining about seeing a bottom portion of web pages blocked with a black void. The bug apparently did not affect Apple iOS users.

Another disadvantage is that your default (free and separate) browser has features, such as bookmarking, saving to the home screen, and possibly the added security settings or whatever other settings you might prefer with your browser of choice. Many users aren't too happy about being forced to use an in-app browser in any app — Facebook or otherwise.

Sometimes app developers include a little button or link that allows users to break out of the in-app per incident. In other words, each time you visit a web page you have the choice of viewing the web page with the in-app browser, or jump out to your default browser. Facebook does it a little different — in late 2018 and early 2019 anyway.

Facebook gives you a choice by changing settings in the Facebook app so that all links in a Facebook timeline are referred out to your default browser. You can change back to the in-app browser, but it's all-or-none. You either get all your links within the Facebook in-app browser, or all your links referred out to your default mobile browser.

Facebook changes apps without much or any notice, so many Facebook app users probably didn't even realize they were viewing web pages from within the Facebook app. And with Facebook's history of privacy incursions, that might have you wondering whether or not they follow, track and record what websites you visit after you visit the first referral.

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Here's how to turn off Facebook's in-app browser for link referrals (or in other turns turn on your link referrals to your default browser) …

Touch the menu button (hamburger: three horizontal lines in the upper right)

Scroll down and touch App Settings look on the display for "Always open links with external browser" or "Links open externally" option and check the box to activate or slide the slide switch to the ON position.

Exit settings.

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Now when you select a link in your timeline in the Facebook app you will be referred to a web page or website using your default browser.

If you haven't selected a default browser for use from the Facebook app, you might be asked to select the desired external browser when you touch your first link.

You can always reverse the setting if you want to use the in-app browser by going back and unchecking the "Always open links with external browser" option.

NOTE: Facebook changes apps without much notice, so you might need a little creativity to modify the settings using the latest method. But even if these instructions have changed, users should be able to figure it out. If the feature is removed, then that's another story, and a lot of people would be very disappointed with Facebook.

Last check, Apple iOS users have to use a different method. There is not general all-time app setting to refer out to Safari or another browser. Instead on each incident, users have to touch and hold or press and hold on a link to bring up a pop-up menu. That pop-up menu should have the "Open in Safari" command in the list of featured commands. If a user uses Chrome as a default, it is possibly not available as an option in the pop-up menu, because only "Open in Safari" is available. Again, this is subject to change without notice.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Apple Expected to Continue Using Lighting Instead of USB-C in Apple iPhones

The next generation of Apple iPhones is expected to continue using the Lightning port and a USB-A charger data and charging, instead of changing to the USB-C. Apple was involved in development the USB-C port. Almost every other current generation Apple device, including the latest iPad Pro to the Macbook and Macbook Pro feature the USB-C. However, according to tech site Macotakara, the bottom line is the cost of keeping the Lightning port on new iPhones for the next few years is said to be more profitable for Apple.   Previously, Apple was believed to be opting for the switch to USB-C

USB-C is a 24-pin USB connector system, which features a two-fold rotationally-symmetrical connector. USB-C cables and connectors connect hosts to devices, replacing a variety of ports and electrical connectors including USB-A, USB-B, HDMI, and 3.5 mm audio cables and connectors.

In August 2014 the USB Type-C Specification 1.0 was published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and was finalized. USB-C was developed about the same time as the USB 3.1 specification. 

In July 2016, USB-C was adopted by the IEC as "IEC 62680-1-3".

In September 2017, USB 3.2 was released, replacing the USB 3.1 standard. Speed is the major feature upgrade utilizing existing USB 3.1 SuperSpeed and SuperSpeed+ data modes and introduces two new SuperSpeed+ transfer modes speeding beyond the USB-C connector using two-lane operation, with data rates of 10 and 20 Gbit/s (1250 and 2500 MB/s). USB-C defines the connector; the ability to deliver speed depends on the device.

Lightning is currently slightly slower than USB C 3.1.

Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X support rapid charging where batteries can go from flat to 50% in 30 minutes, but users need to purchase a USB-C charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable adapter. 

See also … (mixed English/Japanese language site)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Louis Rossmann Repairs a Dead Mac After Best Buy and the Apple Store Declined Repair

Awesome Louis Rossmann tells a story of a dead MacBook Air taken to Best Buy and the Apple Store, where personnel said the Mac can't be fixed. Next Rossman fixes a corroded pad that houses an SMC chip and the Mac is fixed. 

Rossman first rules out keyboard and trackpad trouble by disconnecting. Rossmann finds very little current draw and fan still doesn't work with the keyboard and trackpad disconnected.

Finds corrosion near pad PP5 es 5

Three Step Fix after removing a bad SMC

1. Add solder around pads in the area

2. Scrape

3. Then use wick to make sure that any solder that was added, wasn't added on top of corrosion.

Rossman added flux and new solder on top of the pad, while installing a new chip. The MacBook Air started once again.

The System Management Controller (SMC) is a subsystem of Intel processor-based Macintosh computers -- similar in function to the older SMU or PMU of non-Intel Macintosh computers (PowerPC).

The SMC has roles in controlling thermal and power management, battery charging, video mode switching, sleep and wake, hibernation, and LED indicators. The SMC also enables enforcement of the macOS End User License, allowing it to identify when it is running on non-Apple hardware.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Testing an Opteka 650-1300mm Lens

The Corridor Crew tests a $160 Mega Zoom Lens (650-1300mm) with a 2x converter (2,600mm).

Corridor Digital produces viral videos with special effects on the Internet. One of their most popular videos is "World's LONGEST Lightsaber" published on June 30, 2018.

Corridor: World's LONGEST Lightsaber.

Using an Apple iPad as a Second Monitor -- A Dual Display Notebook Computer

Fstoppers demonstrates using a Wi-Fi connection and the Air Display app for Apple iPad with a Windows laptop -- it also uses on a Mac.

Fstoppers demonstration uses the Air Display app to connect an Apple iPad via Wi-Fi. If you want to eliminate any lag situations, you might want to use the Duet Display app, which uses a Lightning cable or a 30-pin cable connection to a Mac's USB port. A set up with two Apple iPads used as two external displays is also possible. The setup works with all desktops and notebooks running OS X 10.9 or Windows 7+; and all Apple iPads and iPhones running iOS 7.0+.

Unbox Therapy demonstrates a Triple Monitor Mega MacBook with DuetDisplay and Ten One Mountie Clip.

See also ...

Fstoppers: [Video] Turn Your iPad Into A Wireless Monitor For Dual Displays

App Store Duet Display

Monday, April 23, 2018

Go Daddy Experiences Domain Forwarding Outage

Go Daddy is experiencing an outage that is causing domain names to fail to forward to their specified address on Monday April 23, 2018.  Subdomains and general website forwarding is failing with and without masking.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Using Quotes in Filemaker Code: How to Allow Quotation Marks in Phrases and Prevent Interpretation As Code Operators

There are times when you want quotation marks to appear in a natural world phrase in English language (for example) or a code within code for output of a Filemaker function. However, when you put quotation marks in Filemaker code, the quotation marks are interpreted as the boundaries of the phrase.

If you want quotations to appear as part of the functioning code, you need to put a backslash in front of each quotation mark.

For example, suppose you want a Filemaker calucation to automatically construct HTML code with the following styling (you want to prevent the quotes from being interpreted as code operators) ...

<span style="background-color: red; color: white; font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;<strong><em>RELATED NEWS …&nbsp;</em></strong></span>

"<span style=\"background-color: red; color: white; font-size: x-large;\">&nbsp;<strong><em>" & SAMPLEFILEMAKER::samplefilemakerfield & " …&nbsp;</em></strong></span>"

Note: The very first quote defines the beginning of a desired text phrase. The second quote, preceded by a backslash defines the quotation mark that is need in the HTML code for the desired output.

The third instance of a quotation mark also defines a quotation mark that is need in the HTML code for the desired output.

The fourth instance of a quotation mark defines the end of a FileMaker text phrase.

The ampersand joins the text phrase with a field output.

The fifth instance of a quotation mark defines the beginning of a second text phrase.

The sixth and final instance of a quotation mark defines the end of the second text phrase.

See also ...

Monday, April 2, 2018

Twitter Widget Settings Page Will Be Deprecated Summer 2018; Replaced by Emdbed Setup on

Twitter will be deprecating widget settings, and will be encouraging all users to use the embed link at the bottom of a timeline, or in the vertical ellipsis action menu in the upper right of a Twitter page, to access the embed code for a particular timeline. Users can also go direct to

The widget settings page will stop the functions of creating and editing widgets on May 25, 2018.

Widgets created with the widget settings page that have specific color settings for links or specific heights will no longer render the custom specifications. Twitter expects the content of the timelines will still function, except for timelines created using the search function.

Twitter hopes that user search timelines can be replaced with a user timeline, list timeline, collection timeline, or likes timeline. Twitter mentions that these methods will offer more fine-grained control over what Tweets show up on users webpages.