Here's how Chrome will filter annoying ads


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Starting tomorrow, Feb. 15, Google’s web browser Chrome will start automatically blocking overly intrusive ads, which might mark a huge (positive) change in how we view the web. 

In a blog post Wednesday, Google has explained exactly how this will work.  

Unlike certain ad blocker programs, Chrome will not block absolutely every ad you encounter. Instead, it will only remove ads that do not follow “Better Ads Standards,” a set of standards for acceptable and unacceptable web ads created by a coalition of organizations and companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The idea is that users don’t hate all ads, only overly intrusive ones, and if everyone gets rid of those, both users and publishers will end up happier.  Read more…

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Here's why Nest is once again a part of Google


Your favorite Nest products may soon get a lot better. 

In a blog post published Wednesday, Nest CEO Marlan Farwaz and its senior vice president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, announced that smart home appliance maker Nest Labs is joining Google, Alphabet’s biggest subsidiary. 

Google acquired Nest in 2014, but spun it off as a separate division following its restructuring into Alphabet Inc. the following year. After operating as a division of Alphabet Inc. for three years, Nest is a part of Google once again.  Read more…

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MWC 2018 schedule of events: Here's when the Galaxy S9, S9+ and all others are getting unveiled

Truth be told, CES 2018 was a bit lackluster due to the relative scarcity of exciting phones, but thankfully, MWC 2018 is just around the corner with the promise for tons of new intriguing devices coming our way. Truth be said, we have set up our hopes to 10 for that one and are really hoping that it will meet our expectations.

We’ve rounded all of the devices we anticipate top get unveiled at MWC ’18 in a separate post that’s available right here, but it will probably be quite useful to showcase the schedule of the trade show and help you catch the keynotes that might be of interest to …

I'm the guy who makes quips in the elevator when no one else can fit and here's my artistic process


Hey. You may recognize me as the guy who makes hilarious jokes in an elevator once it reaches maximum capacity. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

This is my process.

What I typically do upon waking up in the morning is just congratulate myself in the mirror for being who I am. I’m hilarious, I deserve this, and I am solely responsible for the satisfaction of the American workforce. You can do this too, just make sure your neighbors don’t hear you or they’ll try to come up with a scheme to get you evicted, like when my neighbors told our landlord I was housing 43 long-haired dachshunds in my apartment. Read more…

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Here's what the Samsung Galaxy S9 might look like next to the Galaxy S8

Earlier today, we saw what seem to be the first legit renders showing the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. We’re saying that these might be legit because they originate from Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), who almost always provides correct details when it comes to unannounced smartphones. At the same time, we can’t be fully certain of the renders’ accuracy. Nevertheless, assuming that these really show the Galaxy S9 and S9+, it appears that the two handsets have thicker side bezels when compared to the S8 and S8+ of last year.
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Chrome 64 for Android released in the Google Play Store, here's what's new

It’s been more than a month since Google released the last stable version of Chrome for Android, which brought the enhancements of some existent features. Today, Google is rolling out Chrome 64, which further adds improvements to the mobile browser

There’s one important thing that Chrome 64 does better than any of the previous versions of the browser: it prevents sites heavy on ads from opening new windows or tabs without the user’s permission.

Also, the updated browser includes a new setting that allows users to mute the sound of an entire a website. You can access it from the Settings …

Valentine's Day 2018 tech gift guide: here's what to get for your significant other

Hey there, lovebirds! Looking to get your significant other something nice for Valentine’s Day? Great! Selecting the right present for your sweetheart can sometimes be a daunting task, but fret not, you’ve come to the right place. 
In order to help you in your gift-selecting endeavors and potentially save you from an awkward situation, we decided to round up some notable tech gifts that you can give to your better half. We really hope that you’ll like them and make someone very happy on February 14th!

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Here's how you can prevent your friends and family from seeing when you were on Instagram last

This past week, Instagram added a new feature that allows users to find out when their friends or family last signed on to the app. This will allow you to keep tabs on people you follow or have sent messages to in the past. Word to the wise, this new service is activated by default. And this means that all of the Instagram users who follow you are able to keep tabs on how long it has been since you last opened the Instagram app.

If you think that this is giving away too much information, you can decide to disable the feature. All you have to do is follow these directions. Click on your profile …

Google starts rolling out Android Wear 2.8, here's what's new

Your favorite (or not) Android company, Google has just announced that a new Android Wear update is now being pushed out to all compatible devices. Android Wear 2.8 brings only a few improvements over the previous iteration, but they’re definitely worth the update.

Before going into details, it’s worth noting that this is an update on the Android Wear app on the smartphone, so it’s not the same as the OTA update on smartwatches. Also, keep in mind that the roll-out is going to take a few days to reach all phones.

Now, Android Wear 2.8 is supposed to improve notification glanceability …

Here's the changelist for the Huawei P10 and P10 Pro Android Oreo beta

Nearly two weeks ago, we told you that Huawei was looking for beta testers to try out the Android 8.0 beta being loaded on to certain P10 and P10 Plus models. Thanks to a screen shot from one of the guinea pigs, we can pass along the changelist for the update, which happens to weigh in at 2.61GB. It also changes the UI to EMUI 8.0. To join the beta test go to Start APP > Login > Select “personal” > “Join the project” > Available Projects.

According to the changelist, after loading the update the phone boots faster, videos are more fluid, and thumbnails load quickly even if there …