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February 18, 2017

YouTube is Planning to Kill Unskippable 30 Second Ads Starting 2018

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Are you one of the many users who visibly groan when you are try to show a YouTube video to a friend, but an unskippable ad pops up? Perhaps, it is time for you to rejoice. In an official statement, Google explained that it aims to provide a more balanced advertising experience for it’s consumers. “As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” said a Google spokesman. However, ads shorter than 30-seconds, including the 20-second spots, can be made unskippable.

Back in April 2016, the [...]

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February 11, 2017

Android Wear 2.0: Google’s Last Shot At Giving Android Wear A Meaning

Over the last year or so we have seen a large number of manufacturers pledge their support to the newest wearables platform that has been developed by Google. However, dismal sales numbers and lack of functionality have given all of these manufacturers cold feet. We have seen that most companies that had initially pledged their support have stated that they have no intentions of making more Android Wear smartwatches in the near future. The likes of Motorola and Huawei have shelved all their plans for any future smartwatches already. The only company that has a new watch coming out is LG.

Having said that, Google has delayed the launch of its 2.0 platform for quite a while, but [...]

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March 2, 2016

Google self driving car crashes into a bus

This is the first time Google has admitted that their autonomous vehicles bear some responsibility. The crash occurred in El Camino Real, close to Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California.

According to the report made in February 23rd made by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority of California, Google’s expensive Lexus RX450h SUV hit a municipal bus on the fender bender pivoting joint right at the middle-right side of the articulated bus.

The autonomous vehicle was preparing to turn right, when it started the maneuver it couldn’t steer smoothly as there were sandbags on the storm lane, the vehicle harshly turned right into the middle of the lane, thus hitting [...]

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February 17, 2016

New Android Malware Spreads through SMS

Heimdal Security, a danish computer security firm has discovered a new malware targeting Android phones around Europe, the company stated that the virus has already been sent to over 100,000 smartphones in Denmark alone.

Mazar – as coined by the security firm- is a virus that spreads through SMS sending a link to the victim’s smartphone, tricking the user into believing that the link will show them a MMS, but instead the link downloads a malicious MMS viewer application running with root privileges that lets the attacker make arbitrary changes to the smartphone.

The malware is also able to read and send SMS messages, make calls, inject itself into the Google [...]

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