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Chrome to start blocking ads on February 15

Chrome to start blocking ads on February 15

Interestingly, this date does not appear to be tied to a specific Chrome version. As someone who doesn't mind basic ads on websites, I think Chrome's ad-blocker could be useful without hurting publishers and websites that I actually want to support.


So long, Tango: Google replaces depth mapping concept with ARCore

So long, Tango: Google replaces depth mapping concept with ARCore

Google said that it will end support for its augment reality program Project Tango starting March 1, next year. Google designed ARCore to run on regular (albeit higher-end) Android smartphones running Nougat or later. Keeping consumers on Android smartphones and using Google apps is critical to maintaining the mobile ad revenue that drives GOOGL stock. "ARCore's motion tracking technology uses the phone's camera to identify interesting points, called features, and tracks how those points ...


Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features

Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features

Using facial recognition technology , Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you're visible regardless of whether or not you've been tagged. If you're in someone's profile photo which is always public, you'll always be notified. Previous settings were more complex and made users select (or not) different facial recognition features.


Reddit overhauls mobile app with chat function and new moderation tools

Reddit overhauls mobile app with chat function and new moderation tools

Some of the features seem inspired by work from other third-party clients. A new mod mode function will let moderators approve, remove or flag content through mobile where they'll also now be able to access modmail. Reddit says it has simplified other moderator tasks, too, like banning, muting and reporting. With this update, however, Reddit is finally giving mods the tools they need to keep subreddits clean even when a computer is out of reach.


Obsidian Entertainment Promises No Microtransactions In Upcoming Game

Obsidian Entertainment Promises No Microtransactions In Upcoming Game

Although many gamers welcomed the announcement that Obsidian is creating a new RPG, the fact it is being published by Take-Two's new Private Division indie label brought fears that it might contain microtransactions. The answer is, luckily, no. Fans of the genre, and the devs, have asked this question enough times to warrant an official response, and a developer post on Obsidian's forums confirms that the unannounced game will be free of microtransactions.



Good luck getting Apple AirPods before the holidays

You could try your luck or maybe give the stores a call before you go. Yes, all of them, including the 2016-unveiled AirPods , which didn't receive a sequel or any sort of a rehash this year. But if your family is prone to last-minute shopping then you could miss on getting a pair of AirPods this Christmas. They're surprisingly good at staying put within your ear, and the battery life is commendable.