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Hallelujah: Google to punish sites that use interstitial pop-ups on mobile content starting January

Hallelujah: Google to punish sites that use interstitial pop-ups on mobile content starting January

Search giant Google Inc. has announced that it will punish the mobile rankings of sites that use interstitial pop-ups starting from January. If you're not familiar with the term, interstitials are traditionally a page displayed before or after an expected content page. In the case of mobile sites, they're displayed as pop-up overlays that block access to the original content. "Although the majority of pages now have text and content on the page that is readable without zooming, we’ve recently seen many examples where these pages show intrusive interstitials to users," Google Product Manager Doantam Phan explained on the Google Webmaster Central... more »
Microsoft is in trouble again over Windows 10 upgrade and privacy concerns

Microsoft is in trouble again over Windows 10 upgrade and privacy concerns

This time last month a report by the French Data Protection Authority in no uncertain terms blasted Microsoft for what it called excessive data collection on its Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft was given three months to comply with the French Data Protection Act, otherwise the company could face a sanction. The smoke has hardly died down from that scathing report and another report, this time by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has stated pretty much the same, that Microsoft, “Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy.” Relating to User Choice EFF made Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push a big issue, something that took... more »
How to use Lifestage, Facebook’s new standalone video-based app for teens

How to use Lifestage, Facebook’s new standalone video-based app for teens

Facebook has launched a standalone iOS app called Lifestage for 13 to 21-year-olds that allow users to record various videos to build their profile, rather than completing text fields. The Lifestage app, created by 19-year-old Facebook product manager Michael Sayman, requests users to upload videos showing their ‘Happy Face’, Sad Face’, ‘Dislikes’, ‘Likes’, ‘Best friend’ and more. Lifestage is based on a school by school basis, so users will only be able to see the profiles of other Lifestage users who are at their school. However, the app has no way of checking whether a person actually attends a specific school,... more »
Android 7.0 Nougat released with extra emojis, multi-window support and more

Android 7.0 Nougat released with extra emojis, multi-window support and more

Google has released the latest version of its mobile operating system Android with version 7.0, dubbed Nougat, now available. The new version of Android comes with an impressive range of upgrades from Android Marshmallow 6.0, including new multitasking capabilities that allow users to do two things at once on a device running Android. Along with multitasking, Google is also promoting a new range of emojis, although how they'll play being sent to phones that don't support them isn't made clear in the marketing material. Here's a list of the new features: Multitasking changes: while Android was the first mobile operating system to support multitasking... more »
How to use Microsoft’s OneNote Importer Tool for Mac to switch from Evernote

How to use Microsoft’s OneNote Importer Tool for Mac to switch from Evernote

Microsoft has just made it easier for Mac owners to move all their saved items from Evernote to its rival note-taking app, OneNote. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has attempted to entice users away from Evernote. In March, the company introduced a OneNote Importer Tool for Windows users. Evernote’s Premium and Plus plans recently saw a price increase for its annual subscriptions, increasing to $69.99 per year for the Premium product and $34.99 per year for the Plus product. While the company does offer a free Basic package it does lack some of the features of the free OneNote subscription.... more »
Report: Lyft approached Apple, Google, Amazon, GM, Uber and Didi Chuxing to buy it without success

Report: Lyft approached Apple, Google, Amazon, GM, Uber and Didi Chuxing to buy it without success

Ridesharing service provider Lyft, Inc. unsuccessfully approached a number of high profile companies in an attempt to sell itself, according to a report published Saturday. The New York Times claims that the company approached General Motors Corp., Apple, Inc., Google, Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Uber, Inc., and Didi Chuxing Technology Co. as potential acquirers but beyond talks none made a formal offer to acquire the business; the news follows a report last week that suggested that Lyft had rejected an offer from General Motors although the new report suggests that GM never actually made a formal offer. Lyft is said to have failed... more »
Report: Google has quietly acquired mobile development startup Apportable

Report: Google has quietly acquired mobile development startup Apportable

Following the example of Microsoft Corp. and other top rivals, Google is stepping up its efforts to court the developer community. Anonymous sources told VentureBeat yesterday that the search giant had secretly bought a startup called Apportable Inc. as part of this push sometime last year. The tipsters further claim that the transaction was an acquihire, which would seem to indicate that Google wasn’t particularly interested in the startup’s flagship mobile development toolkit. But while the software may not end up being put to use by the search giant, it does provide some potential clues as to what the Apportable team... more »
Oped: Twitter rolls out two new features that aim to reduce alleged harassment

Oped: Twitter rolls out two new features that aim to reduce alleged harassment

Microblogging service Twitter, Inc. has rolled out two new features that allow users to control what they see in their notification view, with an aim of reducing alleged harassment. The first of the new features, which was previously available to verified users only, is called by Twitter as a "quality filter," and when switched on will, in theory, mute any targeted tweets at the given user that are identified to contain threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content, or are sent from suspicious accounts. Twitter claims that the filter improves the quality of tweets a user sees, but does not filter content... more »
Xiaomi sales plummet as Huawei takes the lead in China

Xiaomi sales plummet as Huawei takes the lead in China

Xiaomi, Inc., the Chinese phone manufacturer often called the Apple of China, has lost its gloss, with new figures showing that its sales have started to plummet. According to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC), Xiaomi sales slid in China by 38 percent in the second quarter to a 9.5 percent market share (down from 16.1 percent), resulting in it sliding from first position in the Chinese market to fourth position. Leading the field was Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. who increased their share of the Chinese market to 17.2 percent up from 15.6 percent in the same quarter of 2015,... more »
Intel bets on 5G wireless networks and AI to power its future

Intel bets on 5G wireless networks and AI to power its future

Intel today doubled down on two big bets on the future of computing: faster wireless networks and artificial intelligence. At its annual developer conference in San Francisco, the chipmaker made the case that its own future will depend as much as anything on ultra-fast wireless networks that can handle the explosion of devices and data created by billions of smartphones and wireless sensors in everyday devices now known as the Internet of Things. But currently those networks simply can’t handle all those devices and data, requiring not only more bandwidth but a new network design. To that end, Intel announced an even closer... more »
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