How To Fix Bluetooth Audio In Chrome Browser

Chrome is a web browser at its core but as a browser, it ens up running versatile apps from spreadsheets and word processors to media players. It’s well equipped to handle all this in most cases but you will find it is lacking when it comes to playing audio through a Bluetooth device. If you’re using a pair of Bluetooth headsets or speakers to listen to something on YouTube in Chrome, you will find the sound isn’t quite right. Some users might not hear sound at all. In either case, you can fix Bluetooth audio in Chrome by disabling Flash.

Prechecks

Make sure audio is working correctly on your desktop, and in Chrome. Connect a wired set of headphones and check the audio quality. If there’s a problem there, then it’s with sound on your system and not necessarily a Bluetooth problem.

You should also check sound quality in other apps using your Bluetooth headsets. If Chrome is the only app where the sound is distorted, or doesn’t play then this solution ought to fix it.

Disable Flash

Flash may be dying but it isn’t dead yet and while Chrome doesn’t allow it to run by default, the plugin is still there in your browser. Chrome uses a version of Flash called Pepper Flash and it doesn’t seem to play nice with Bluetooth audio.

Open Chrome and type the following in the address bar;

chrome://settings/content/flash

Here, turn the on the switch that you see and then play audio in Chrome. Restart Chrome, and disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth device to see if the problem has been fixed or not.

If it persists, you need to add the website you’re playing audio from to the Flash block list. Return the settings page mentioned earlier and click Add next to the Block section. Paste the URL of the website you’re playing audio on and you’re done. For good measure, restart Chrome. Disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth device and then play audio.

You will observe a noticeable improvement in sound quality.

Limitations

Bluetooth audio also depends, to some extent on the quality of your headphones. With expensive and/or high quality headsets, the sound will be better even if it isn’t the same as the sound you get from a wired audio device. Lower quality Bluetooth headphones may not play well with desktops and hence there is likely to be some compromise over the sound quality in Chrome.

If the website you’re listening to relies on Flash, you will not be able to use it. Either that or you’re going to have to make-do with the bad audio quality.

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How To Check If Your Facebook Data Leaked To Cambridge Analytica

The Cambridge Analytica data leak has snowballed into something big. Facebook is under serious fire and users are thinking about deleting Facebook altogether. Known names to already have deleted Facebook include SpaceX, Tesla, Steve Wozniak, and Cher. 8.7 million accounts were compromised in this leak and if you’re wondering whether or not your Facebook data leaked to Cambridge Analytica, there’s a fairly simple way to find out.

Facebook Will Tell You

According to Mashable, Facebook will tell you itself if your data was stolen by Cambridge Analytica. You will see a notification at the top of you newsfeed telling you that your data may have been compromised (image via Mashable).

Check For Yourself

You can still check for yourself. Visit this link and it will tell you whether or not your information was compromised.

It seems the leak is being attributed to an app called ‘This Is Your Digital Life’. If you or any of your friends ever logged into this app, then your information has been compromised.

Even if your information has been compromised, Facebook will not tell you which of your friends logged into the app. The app, we’re assuming, is no longer available because an extended Google search could only find an app of a similar name by AT&T and it’d definitely not the same one.

What Happened?

We’re speculating here but judging by the name of the app, it’s either a silly game that most users might try thinking there can’t be any harm in it, like all those Facebook quizzes, or it’s an app that profiles your social activity for you. Either way, what’s mind blowing is that one app alone was the cause of 8.7million account leaks. It seems almost hard to believe. Of all the fake profiles and malicious apps floating around, only one was the source of this leak.

According to Reddit user Freedia, This Is My Digital Life is/was a personality quiz app. It was something along the lines of are you an introvert or extrovert but it used data from your Facebook account to give you whatever results it did. To be fair, quizzes that try to determine whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, or what type of ice cream you are, are generally harmless because they don’t look at your Facebook data. They have you click on images or choose an option from a set of options. We’re guessing This Is My Digital Life either asked more invasive questions or simply asked for complete access to a Facebook account.

Facebook ought to do something about this but we don’t know if it will. In the meantime, if you continue to use Facebook and apps on Facebook, be weary as to what information an app asks for. Also, don’t install that Facebook VPN app. It’s a trap.

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How To Check Your Political Leaning Label On Facebook

It’s no secret that Facebook tracks your online activity. The average user that uses the network to stay in touch with friends and family may not see any harm in this but Facebook isn’t just tracking what you do online. It’s analyzing it, and putting you into boxes based on your behavior and personal preferences. For US users, Facebook attaches a political leaning label to profiles. Here’s how you can check yours.

It’s possible that Facebook attaches a political leaning label to users in other countries as well. If you live in the United Kingdom, or France, or Germany, it’s worth checking out whether or not you have one.

Political Leaning Label On Facebook

You can check your political leaning label from your desktop. Sign into Facebook and click the dropdown arrow at the top right. From the menu, select Settings.

On the Settings page, scroll down and click Ads.

On the Ad settings page, you will see several different sections, all of which show you the information Facebook has on you. To check you political leaning label, expand the Your Information section, and go to the ‘Your Categories’ tab. Look for a label about your political leaning here.

While you’re at it, you may want to check out what other information Facebook has on you, and what tags and labels are attached to your profile. Make sure you click the barely visible ‘See more’ option to view everything that Facebook has on you.

We should point out that the information that Facebook has on you may not be correct. You may lean one way politically and Facebook may have you tagged as something completely different. It builds your profile tags based on your recent activity and by activity, we mean what you click.

The information may be grossly incorrect however you shouldn’t try and fix it. There is no need to give Facebook more accurate insight on your personal life than it already has. If you want, you can remove one of the labels by clicking the cross button next to it but again, this is helping Facebook refine its information on you.

This information is supposed to help you see better, more relevant ads but ads aren’t just the ones that sell clothing or computer parts. Ads on Facebook can come from any type of page or from a news outlet. Facebook doesn’t verify the accuracy of any of these and if Facebook feels you’re more likely to agree with or click on a particular type of news story, it will push that on to you. It’s no wonder so many people are looking to delete Facebook.

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