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Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Facebook Stories is rolling out, likely coming to Windows 10 Mobile

Menlo Park, Calif. — If it seems like there have been a lot of stories about Facebook lately, it’s because it is.

Today, Facebook is releasing Stories, which many have called a Snapchat clone.

It is rolling out to the duopoly now. When, or if, it comes to Windows 10 Mobile, we will have more. If it comes to Windows 10 Mobile, it’s likely game over for Snapchat.

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Facebook has yet to get rid of their sexist, gymnophobic policies, but they found time to remove older Windows and Android apps

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Menlo Park, Calif. — The arrogance and incompetence of Facebook continues to be glaringly obvious.

Since we helped Laura Bates and Everyday Sexism report on #FBrape on May 22, 2013, Facebook has done nada to combat misogyny and excessive violent content on their site. Nor have they done anything to adjust, or get rid of, their arbitrary policies of removing non-sexual nude content (including breastfeeding photos and videos) on any of their sites.

However, they somehow found time to tell users on Android 4.x or lower and Windows Phone 8.x that the Facebook and Messenger apps will be deleted and rendered useless after Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Could Facebook be finally near with updates allowing audio calls and video calls on their Messenger app?

Menlo Park, Calif. — After being slagged by the Windows 10 users for months for blatantly neglecting the platform, Facebook could be finally on their way to allowing audio calls and voice calls on their Windows 10 Messenger and Messenger beta apps.

Recently, on the r/windowsphone subreddit, a user named amosterous noted that the icons to call and video call are now appearing in the app. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Live is now live for MacBook and Chromebook

Menlo Park, Calif. — While Windows 10 Mobile still waits for Facebook to make good on their promise to bring Facebook Live to the app, Microsoft’s two biggest software rivals just got a major update on their desktop platforms.

Facebook announced this morning that the MacOS and (the soon to be killed off) ChromeOS now have the ability to use Facebook Live. Apple runs the MacOS, while Alphabet/Google runs the ChromeOS.

Facebook even provides this step-by-step tutorial on how to go live on the MacBook and Chromebook.

To get started on your live broadcast from a computer, click “Live Video” from the top of your News Feed or Timeline, then follow the prompts to add a description and choose your audience.

The fact that Microsoft’s PCs were snubbed from this update is a damning indictment against the Seattle metropolitan area corporation and its continued neglect of Windows Mobile.

And this also confirms Aiken Area Progressive’s decision to rid our workplace of the Windows PCs and switch to the Mac and Chrome operating systems.

Former UFC fighter convicted on all but five charges in near-fatal assault on sex worker

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Las Vegas — A former Ultimate Fighter was convicted of the near-fatal assaulting his then-girlfriend, who is also a sex worker.

Jonathan Koppenhaver was convicted on all but five charges in the rape and assault of Christy Mack 31 months ago. The duo dated while he was still a UFC fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellular PCs are a massive failure in the making

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Redmond, Wash. — When one person thinks of cellular, they think of a Windows phone or a small IPad or Android tablet.

When people think of a PC, they think of a MacBook or a Windows desktop product (desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook and/or tablet).

Now, Microsoft wants to make the Cellular PC a thing.

Big mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently, there are five carriers. There will only be two within the next decade.

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Earlier this week, the wireless industry started culling out mobile operating systems.

By 2030, only IOS and Android will exist, with Windows missing the cut.

In the United States, three carriers will miss the cut: the predictions are that Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular will be no more by the early- to mid-2020s.

In fact, Sprint and US Cellular are already disappearing from the mobile carriers industry as they continue to lose subscribers.

And T-Mobile’s momentum from 2016 is now slowing dramatically, as almost all of the new subscribers this year have been on two national carriers: AT&T and Verizon.

Nearly all of the other subs in 2017 outside of AT&T and Verizon have been on what’s called mobile virtual network operators such as Straight Talk.

With the Mobile World Congress having nothing but IOS and Android devices, there is little to no incentive for anyone to go to a lower-price network like Sprint or T-Mobile anymore.

Bottom line is this: the dominance of IOS and Android is partly to blame for the demise of Alltel Wireless – and will lead to the demise of Windows Phone, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular.

Enjoy your five carrier competition while you can. It will only be AT&T, Verizon and the Tracfone MVNOs left standing within the next few years.

Here’s the best Reddit thread you will ever see

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Usually, when we post about Reddit, we post about the armpits of the site (such as the r/mensrights subreddit).

However, today, we have an awesome part of Reddit that I’ve been following since August 2, 2016 that I want to talk about.

It’s the r/windowsphone subreddit, and I could not help but be happy about this particular thread from a user named charlotteplusplus.

There are roughly 1.5% of us in the States using a Windows Phone, which makes great threads like this all the more meaningful.

Other women who loves window phones, say hello!

We could use a lot more women on our platform! Read the link above and prepare to feel awesome!

Now that AT&T has an unlimited plan, let’s compare the Big Five

As of today: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular and T-Mobile all have unlimited data on their postpaid plans.

We’ll also dive into a comparison of their prepaid plans in another post.

First, below the fold, here are the unlimited postpaid plans and their prices.

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Judge slams Fort Collins for discriminatory public nudity ordinance, halts enforcement of the entire ordinance

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Denver, Colo. — A federal judge slammed Fort Collins for enacting a discriminatory public nudity ordinance that also runs afoul of Colorado’s state law, state constitution and Equal Rights Amendment.

District of Colorado Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote the ordinance — which mandates women will not knowingly expose their breasts in public — is rooted in discrimination against women. He did not immediately rule on whether the ordinance, which exempts breastfeeding, violated the freedom of expression clause of the First Amendment or whether the ordinance was also discriminatory against men because it allowed mothers to be “partially nude when nursing” – two of the other claims made in the combined lawsuit.

“Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not,” he wrote in his order. Read the rest of this entry »

Activist judge illegally convicts Free the Nipple activists for violating an ordinance that is expressly forbidden under New Hampshire law

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Laconia, N.H. — A trio of Free the Nipple activists were found guilty by an activist judge who should have known that the city’s public indecency ordinance is impermissible under New Hampshire state law.

Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair, and Ginger Pierro, three of the five women in the above photo, were illegally convicted on February 7 of violating the aforementioned illegal ordinance by activist judge Jim Carroll (photo below right).

judgejamesmcarroll2015The women’s attorney, Dan Hynes, sought to dismiss the case since the state of New Hampshire preempted all anti-nudity ordinances. His motion was denied by Carroll.

Ms. Lilley, Ms. Sinclair and Ms. Pierro – through Attorney Hynes – have vowed to appeal this egregious and illegal conviction.

I hope the New Hampshire Supreme Court is paying attention to this case. New Hampshire is one of 36 states with an enforceable Equal Rights Amendment.

Time for the people in the Live Free or Die State to contact their state government and demand Concord to enforce their state law forbidding municipalities like Laconia to pass anti-nudity ordinances.

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Think Teen Vogue’s advice on post-abortion support is frivolous? Then you’re an idiot

“If you think an angry uterus heating pad or period underwear or a coloring book celebrating a Supreme Court Justice glorifies abortion then you are seriously an idiot.
“I was going to keep the pregnancy, but instead I’m going to pay $800 and have an unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound and take two days off work because of the mandatory 48 hour waiting period just so I can get a cool pin and a heating pad from my bestie!” If that’s what you really think, you are an idiot.  Our laws make abortion punitive and there is nothing anyone can do after the fact to erase that shit.
If you think young girls ages 12 or 13 are going to think abortion is cool because of a needlepoint then you are an idiot.”

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