How to Block Facebook Applications to Stop Receiving Game Requests

You love connecting with your family and friends on Facebook. You got hooked to its features, from photo sharing to messaging and even gaming. I joined the Facebook tribe in 2009 because my brother asked me to play with him on Farmville. That game was addicting and it lured me to the biggest social network. What made you sign up on Facebook?block fb app1 How to Block Facebook Applications to Stop Receiving Game Requests

Years have passed since you signed up. You now have a lot of important things to do with your time. It’s either you only play Facebook games casually on your free time or you never play at all anymore. You’ve been living your life outside social media. However, you still keep your tabs on Facebook because it enables you to stay in touch with your loved ones, colleagues, acquaintances and frenemies (LOL!) despite your hectic schedule.

Facebook Notifications and You

You are busy now but you still log in to your Facebook account regularly to know what’s happening around you, whether it be news, gossip, or selfies. icon razz How to Block Facebook Applications to Stop Receiving Game Requests You read articles shared by Facebook pages you follow, and you check what’s going on with the lives of your peers. Usage of social networking sites has been a part of your socialization methods.

You check your notifications to see who reached out to you (comments, likes, tags) but then you feel disappointed because most of it were just game requests. You ignored those because you don’t have the time to play anymore.

You went on with your life. Moments later, your notifications icon light up again. You felt your heart jump as time stood still. You thought it was important so you opened it. Much to your dismay, it’s just another game request. It has become one of your pet peeves now.

You thought, “Don’t these people have important things to do? All they do is play on Facebook.”

Then it occurs more often. You are continuously bombarded with game invitations. You’ve lost your patience this time. You resort to making a bold statement against those annoying game requests through your status update, informing your friends about your hatred for it, but it isn’t effective. People still sent you game requests. You are mad now.

Out of desperation, you unfriended those gamers. Worse, you blocked some of them. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. You’re not alone in this struggle. The problem with unfriending or blocking gamers, some of them are important contacts and you can’t shut them out for the rest of your life. Time will come wherein you will have to add them back. Sadly, they haven’t changed. They still played Facebook games and sent you invites. You are frustrated now.

Gain control of your notifications. Block those applications.

You pull your hair out of frustration and there goes the dilemma again. What am I going to do?

Hold your horses. Before you hit the unfriend or block button, relax. There is a better way, something not rude and asocial.

Here’s a guide on how to block Facebook applications to stop receiving game notifications.

There are 2 methods.

A.

1. Go to your notifications icon.

2. Find those game invitations.

3. Position the arrowhead of your mouse over the X icon beside the app’s image. Click the X.

4. You will then be asked to turn off notifications from that game. Click “Turn Off”

You will no longer get notifications from that game.

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B.

1. Go to your Settings Menu.

2. Click the category “Blocking” found at the left side panel to manage blocking.

3. Scroll down to find the field dedicated for “Block apps”.

4. Type in the name of those applications you’d like to block.

Viola! You won’t receive game requests from those applications anymore. What a relief!block fb app3 How to Block Facebook Applications to Stop Receiving Game Requests

For those who like moving visuals, here’s a demo for the 2nd method by CNET. You may have to skip to 1:00.

What Facebook games are you usually receiving invites from?

Attending WordCamp Philippines 2012 at Asian Institute Management

Matt Mullenweg’s visit here in the Philippines last month ignited the reawakening of my WordCampPH2012 memories. Gosh! It has been 2 years already. Time flies! Gee. That’s how long I procrastinated for this post. Hah! Thanks Matt for coming! By the way, for those who don’t know, Matt is the founder of Automattic which made WordPress. 

October 27, 2012, was the 4th WordCamp Philippines wherein WordPress enthusiasts, from beginners to WordPress ninjas, gathered together at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center Manila, Makati City.

I was a first time camper accompanied by fellow first timers: Carl Erik Cortez of Carlfinity Web Solutions, Freddie Lore of Rushly Written, Paul Gardson, and Florelie Lascuna. 

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What is a WordCamp?

A WordCamp is an informal and a volunteer-organized event by WordPress users to converge the WordPress community where users of all level can get together to learn more about the well-loved software, WordPress. It is held throughout the world various times in a year. The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco, USA last 2006 and it was organized by Matthew Charles Mullenweg.

Why attend a WordCamp?

WordCamps are vital to the WordPress Community. Attending a WordCamp is beneficial because it allows you to:

  • Socialize and network with fellow WordPress users, both local and international
  • Whether you are a noob or a guru, there are sessions for all skill levels
  • Learn from the industry leaders on how to maximize your usage of this platform and go home with enhanced skills
  • Be hired or hire a talent
  • Be updated with the latest and even future developments in WordPress 

What to bring?

Note: Some organizers require the participants to register every gadget they will bring to the event for security purposes.

Camerafor the guiltless selfies! What else could it be used for? Kidding! icon biggrin Attending WordCamp Philippines 2012 at Asian Institute Management Don’t forget to bring a camera with you to capture moments and immortalize memories. 

Laptop, smartphone, tabletto write notes, to update your social media accounts, and to save the contact details of new found friends. Don’t worry about your gadgets’ battery running out of juice. The venue has enough electric plugs per table and there’s also a WiFi connection. 

WordCamp Ticket – this is your pass to gain access to the event; and to claim your ID, meal and goodie bag with SWAG (depends on the organizers).

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WordCamp SWAG

 

What is the event flow? (This is a round-up of my track: Beginner)

The learning sessions in a WordCamp is divided into tracks (beginner, intermediate, advanced; designer, publisher/blogger and developer). 

I. Keynote - Manuel L. Quezon III talked about some government websites and it’s evolution from a Jurassic style. He expressed his hopes that someday government websites will be an interactive interface with updated content in the future so that it is the reference for discussions and database of information by the general public.

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Manuel L. Quezon III delivering his keynote speech

II. Learning Sessions

Track 1: Your Personal Brand by Jayvee Fernandez

He is a tech blogger and an underwater photography hobbyist who made a discussion about how to establish a stellar personal brand that defines your identity and individuality. It is your uniqueness that will make you memorable.

He also emphasized the importance of having a media kit as a professional blogger and he laid out a guide on how to make your own media kit.

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Track 2: WordPress and SEO by Kim Tyrone Agapito

Here’s the lecture deck:

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III. Lunch break

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While we were having our lunch, Japanese representatives of Amazon gave a talk about their services. They also explained the cloud and internet storage with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

 

IV. Mozilla Firefox Talk

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V. The Power of Your Story by Kimanzi Constable

He shared his struggles in entrepreneurship and how he used WordPress to effectively grow his business.

 

VI. Blogging Ethics and Standards by Danilo Arao

Prof. Danny Arao made a funny presentation about the present day blogging, social media, plagiarism, cyber bullying, and the much hyped cybercrime bill. He made a point that the work ethics in media journalism also applies to the blogging community. He also reminded us that what you won’t do in person, don’t do it online too.

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VII. Townhall and Question and Answer with Chelsea Otacan

She is a Filipina user interface designer for WordPress. She shared what it is like to work with Automattic and how to become a volunteer to make WordPress better.

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Kudos to the organizers of WordCamp Philippines 2012 for this successful event! Fellowshipping with like-minded people is a wonderful experience. It’s comfortable to be around people whom you can relate to. We’ve got an awesome WordPress Community here in the Philippines. Aside from being a great software itself, it is the WordPress community that makes it extraordinary.

If you are a visual person, you may want to check out this infographic by wpbeginner explaining what a WordCamp is and the benefits of attending one. (Click the image below to view full infographic).

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Aside from an improved knowledge about WordPress and everything else that works along with it, you will also be inspired by the success stories of those whose lives have been changed by WordPress.

Have you attended a WordCamp before? How was it? Was it worth spending your time on?

Thanks for your time Thrifty Looker! God bless you!

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How to Remove Deleted Contacts from iPhone’s Recent Contacts List in iOS 7

Did you ever have to change the number of a contact saved in your phonebook? This happened to me several times as some of my friends switched networks or just simply changed their numbers.

I initially thought this wouldn’t create a problem as soon as I updated my phonebook’s record but I was wrong. Whenever I created a new message, the autofill suggestions list displayed both the new and the old contact number which confused me. Clearly, the iPhone kept a record of the old number which I used to communicate with. How was I to know which one was actively used by the person I’m trying to reach? It was difficult. I ended up messaging every number of that person that was displayed in the suggestions list.

It was really a hassle in the previous versions of the iOS because there used to be no way to delete this from the Recent Contacts list. The Recent Contacts list keeps a cache of contact details of people you previously messaged or talked to. It is basically your recent call and message history.

Gladly with iOS 7, you can now remove phone number entries from your iPhone’s suggestions history.

To remove deleted contacts in the iMessage app, here’s how:

1. Open the messages app.

2. Tap the icon that lets you create a new message.

3. In the “To” field (recipient), type the name or number of a deleted contact.

4. When the contact shows up in the autofill suggestions list, tap the blue “I” icon beside the recently deleted contact.

5. Next, tap on the “Remove from Recents” option.

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And you’re done. You have finally removed it from the recent contacts cache and even in the Spotlight.

Do you know other iOS 7 tips? Share it below so I can give it a try.

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How to Log Out of Facebook Messenger on your iPhone (iOS 7 Tip)

When Facebook Messenger was optimized to run smoothly on iOS 7, the option to log out was not readily available. This can be frustrating to those who either manage multiple Facebook accounts or to those who simply don’t want to chat as of the moment and turning off the notifications for the app is just not enough. Worry no more because it is still possible to log out from the application without having to uninstall and re-download the application but the process is tedious.

Here’s how:

1. Go to Settings

2. Tap Privacy and Terms.

Loading may take a while depending on your internet speed. You will be directed to a page that displays the Facebook Terms & Policies.

3. Tap on the menu bar on the top left corner to display the drop down menu.

4. Scroll down and look for “Log Out”. Tap on it.

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Congrats you have finally logged out from the Facebook Messenger app. Sometimes you may need to refresh and close the app first then re-open before you are completely logged off.

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Virtual Tour: Lifeworks Print Hub

I was on a random stroll around the city enduring the scorching heat of summertime when someone handed me promotional coupons of a fastfood chain. It was colorful, mostly bright red; definitely visually stimulating to my digestive system. As my stomach began to respond to these simple yet effective visual stimuli, I began to wonder. How did the human civilization come to effectively spread information on a large scale in a short period of time like this promotion?

In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press which started the Printing Revolution. This invention paved the way for the mass production of books, a large increase in printing across Europe. Circulation of information became unrestricted and it captured the masses across the borders.

Before the invention of the printing press, writings were reproduced manually and it wasn’t done just by anyone. It was a task reserved for scribes who did it in a special room called a scriptorium. After the scribe outlined the page layouts and copied the text, illustrations will be added to it by an illuminator. Imagine how labor intensive and expensive it was. No wonder the books were usually owned by monasteries, schools and rich people only during the Dark Ages and Middle Ages.

If it weren’t for the printing press, information dissemination would be costly and we wouldn’t have enjoyed a luxury of printed reading materials like books, magazines, newspapers, posters, flyers, pamphlets and many more.

On the day I had my tour around Life Star, I also had the chance to witness the operations inside a modern printing press, Lifeworks Print Hub, because both establishments were just adjacent to each other and were owned by the same family.

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Receiving area

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This is a cutting machine

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Digitally embroidered towel for Coca – Cola

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Behind me is where they print tarpaulins.

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I am thankful that someone found a cheaper way to mass produce books. How about you?

Address: Maya Building, G. Flores Avenue (beside Life Star Family Karaoke), Barangay Urduja, Butuan City.

Mode of Payment: Cash

Free Wi-Fi: None

Parking Lot: Yes

Contact No.: (085) 342 5522

 Lifeworks Print Hub Facebook Page

 

All images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix P310.

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