Google plans Chrome ad-blocker for 2018

Google is going to be adding an ad blocker in 2018 to their Chrome web browser in 2018 and is telling publishers to get ready.

This is great news right?

But wait a minute, doesn't Google make a ton of money serving up ads and if they block them they'll be losing money?

Ok, maybe it isn't so much a blocker as a filter which will take out annoying ads and only show you the good ones...

Sorry to get you all excited, I guess it'll be better than nothing, but from the sounds of it this won't kill the adblockers that are already out there. The Verge has more on this story.

Google will introduce an ad blocker to Chrome early next year and is telling publishers to get ready.

The warning is meant to let websites assess their ads and strip any particularly disruptive ones from their pages. That’s because Chrome’s ad blocker won’t block all ads from the web. Instead, it’ll only block ads on pages that are determined to have too many annoying or intrusive advertisements, like videos that autoplay with sound or interstitials that take up the entire screen.

Sridhar Ramaswamy, the executive in charge of Google’s ads, writes in a blog post that even ads “owned or served by Google” will be blocked on pages that don’t meet Chrome’s guidelines.

Buy One Get One Free: Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is pushing hard to get their devices into the hands of as many people as possible and with the latest buy one, get one free deal applying to the Galaxy S8, there isn't a better time to buy one than now - if you're a T-Mobile customer. That is pretty much the only requirement in order to get this deal. The second device is free with an instant rebate, so  there will be no waiting to get money back or bill credit.

Unlike other deals, where you had to activate a new line or lease both phones, Samsung’s offer just requires that you activate one of the two S8s on an existing T-Mobile line through Samsung’s website, after which the company will issue you a $750 refund to cover the second phone on your original method of payment within seven to 10 days.

Source: TheVerge 

Prey Beaten in Under 7 Minutes

Aside from loading times, the new Prey game can be beaten in under 7 minutes. If you use the GLOO canon, things get pretty crazy, pretty quickly. While I think that many games offer a single-player experience for kicks, this speed run is just silly. Either way, it's an impressive feat.


Amazon Echo Gets a Face

The Amazon Echo has been the standard which most virtual assistants strive to achieve, but Amazon isn't content to just set the bar - they are raising it with the Echo Show. This is the same brain but with a screen attached to a great speaker. It has a built-in camera, 8 microphones and is powered by an Intel Atom processor. While it is much more bulky than the previous Echo, this device would go well in a kitchen or high-traffic area and is useful for so much more than the original.

Source: Engadget

Qualcomm is trying to ban iPhone sales in the US

The lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple has been going on for quite some time and it looks like Qualcomm isn't giving up. Qualcomm is going after Apple for patent infringement on 6 battery-related patents that Qualcomm currently holds. It's tough to keep track of where the whole battle is at because of course Apple has counter sued Qualcomm for charging too much of these patents. The latest move though from the Qualcomm camp is to try and halt iPhone sales in the US that are using these patents, a move that could halt iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 sales. Chances are good they'll be in court for the next couple years at least (and may just result in one side writing a big cheque) but it could make things pretty difficult for Apple if the claims hold up. The Verge has more on this story.

In the latest escalation of its global legal fight with Apple, Qualcomm is asking the US government to ban new iPhones from coming into the country. It also wants sales halted on iPhones that have already made their way in.

Qualcomm says that Apple is violating six patents that have to do with extending a phone’s battery life. None of the patents are essential to a standard, Qualcomm says, which means it isn’t required to license them — as it is with the other patents the two companies are in disagreement over.

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