SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
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Jakarta. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has banned all cigarette advertisements on the internet in a bid to suppress the number of youth smokers. The decision was made following a request from Health Minister Nila Moeloek to take down all tobacco-related ads which are ubiquitous on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and also on online games and websites. In a letter dated June 10, Nila wrote that there has been a rise in the number of underage smokers. A 2018 research by the ministry found that the number of teenage smokers between the ages of 10 and 18 has increased to 9.1 percent of total smokers from 7.2 percent in 2013. She argued that teenage smokers take up the habit because of high exposure to online cigarette ads. A study by the London School of Public Relations showed that three in four Indonesian teenagers know about cigarettes from advertising on the internet. … [Read more...] about Gov’t Roots Out Online Cigarette Ads
Apple and Google have removed three dating apps from their online stores after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged the apps allowed kids as young as 12 to access them. In a recent letter, the FTC warned Ukraine-based Wildec LLC, which operates the apps Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U, that the three dating apps appeared to be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act. "The apps have been removed from the app stores until they address the alleged violations outlined by the FTC," the commission said on Monday. The dating apps collected users' birth dates, email addresses, photographs and real-time location data. While the three apps claimed in their privacy policies to prohibit users under the age of 13, the apps failed to block users who indicated they were under 13 from using the apps and from being contacted by other users of the apps. In its review of the apps, FTC staff found users who indicated they were as young as 12. "Allowing … [Read more...] about Apple, Google remove 3 dating apps targeting kids
Facebook rolls out dating feature in the Philippines MANILA, Philippines — New dating features will soon be available for Facebook users in the Philippines. The social media company, during the 2019 F8 conference held in California, said it will soon roll out the Facebook Dating feature in the Philippines and 13 other countries. The feature – currently available in Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina and Mexico – allows users to discover potential matches within their own Facebook communities, including among friends of friends or those who belong in same groups. Announced last year, Facebook Dating enables users to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile. Potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common and mutual friends. “They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their groups or events. However, … [Read more...] about Facebook rolls out dating feature in the Philippines
SINGAPORE - Facebook is launching its dating service in Singapore and 13 other countries on Wednesday (May 1) as it seeks to play catch-up in the world of online dating. Facebook Dating, as it is called, was first launched in five countries last year. It is housed within the existing Facebook mobile app. Users have to create a separate profile and will be matched only with other users who have opted in. They will not be matched with their friends on Facebook and can choose if they wish to be matched with friends of friends. Besides Singapore, the service is also being launched in countries from Malaysia and Vietnam to Brazil and Chile. "Currently, there are more than 200 million people who list themselves as single on Facebook. We view this as an incredible opportunity to connect people should they choose to explore meaningful relationships," said Facebook Dating's technical program manager Charmaine Hung. Only users' first name and age are ported over from their main Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook’s dating service to be launched in Singapore and 13 other countries on May 1