Google and Facebook are not the best of friends at the moment. Google blocked Facebook from exporting Gmail contacts to its user’s accounts, but then Facebook worked around the block and carried on using it.Google’s response has not been to find a new way to block access and has instead taken the higher ground. It believes users should have the right to export their data so will continue to offer it as a service.However, a new warning has appeared for users attempting to export contacts to Facebook. It informs users that Facebook will trap their data with no way to get it back out. Here’s the main section of the warning:Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out?Here’s the not-so-fine print. You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn’t allow you to re-export your data to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends. So once you import your data there, you won’t be able to get it out. We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data. Google then goes on to offer the user the option of making a complaint about data protectionism or cancelling the action.See the full warning message at the Gmail trap my contacts now pageMatthew’s OpinionGoogle is doing the right thing by issuing a warning here. If Facebook does not allow the export of contacts data then any you add or update after the import will be trapped. The only way to get them out is to do it manually, which could be very tedious depending on how many contacts you have.One potential workaround for this is the new “Download your data” feature Facebook introduced at the beginning of October. It allows any Facebook user to download their entire account to a hard drive with the data stored in a HTML archive. Could the contacts be accessed from within that archive? Could Google actually write a converter to start using this data if a user wishes to export to Gmail from Facebook?The best solution to this problem would obviously be Facebook allowing an export to other services.
August 26 , 2018 Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso … You might also be interested in ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … The Canadian province of British Columbia has secured market access for fresh cherries to Japan, giving exporters a new destination in a region where China has been the standout market.The access for the country’s main cherry-growing region was announced on Friday by Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Member of Parliament Stephen Fuhr.British Columbia Cherry Association president Sukhpaul Bal said he was delighted at the news.”The BC Cherry Association is extremely pleased that efforts from government and industry have secured access to the Japanese market for Canadian cherries,” he said.”Our growers and industry partners look forward to building long-lasting relationships with Japanese customers and cannot wait to see cherries branded with the maple leaf in stores across Japan.” Last year Japan imported around US$48 million of fresh cherries from around the world. The Canadian Government says that its fresh cherry exports to Japan could be worth up to US$6 million annually.This market access follows MacAulay’s recent trade mission to Japan in March.Once the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force, Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports will benefit from preferential access to key Asian markets, including Japan.Through the CPTPP, Japan’s tariffs of 8.5% on fresh cherries will be eliminated over five years from entry into force.In 2017 the Asian country was Canada’s third-largest market for agri-food and seafood with exports of CAD$4.5 billion (US$3.5 billion).The Chinese market opened for British Columbia cherries in 2014, a development which has driven increased plantings. Canada considers retaliatory tariffs on U.S. apple … Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … read more
New gaming lounges have opened in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.Fancy a few games of Fortnite or Call of Duty WWII during your layover at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport?Now you can thanks to dedicated gaming lounges equipped with a total of 36 Xbox One consoles.Situated in Terminal E and Terminal B, the lounges sponsored by Gameway, offer 19 games, including Fortnite, FIFA 18, Call of Duty WWII, NBA 2K18, Minecraft and Rocket League.Customers pay 42 cents per minute or $20 for unlimited gameplay.“Gameway’s purpose is to make airports entertaining,” said Jordan Walbridge, the company president.“With 50 percent of Americans playing video games at least three hours per week or more, and the average gamer being a male who’s 35 and a female in their mid 40s, this demographic perfectly aligns with who is traveling at the airport.” July 3, 20180 Comments Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opens two video game lounges Blog read more