Facebook's Secret Inbox

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • This is a public service announcement. There’s a secret inbox in Facebook‘s Messenger. And, sadly, it’s filled with messages you may have missed over the years. Open the Facebook Messenger App –> Tap on Settings –> Select the People option –> Then Message Requests –> Tap See Filtered Requests. You may have a heart attack. I did. Requests from years ago. No one is sure why Facebook did this. A lot of the messages are “spam,” but there are many that are not. Here’s a video on how to find them from Business Insider
  • Do you use an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle or a Kobo? I read about a book a week, and I mostly do this on my iPhone using the Amazon Kindle app. That could all change with this past week’s announcement of the Amazon Kindle Oasis e-reader. It’s expensive (close to $300 dollars), but look at this thing of beauty. Bright for day reading, sensitive for nighttime reading, months of power (yes, months without recharging) and it looks so slim and light. It gives you feeling of holding a book, but the convenience of carrying thousands around. I’m getting some e-reader envy.
  • App of the week: Microsoft Translator.

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