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Nov 23, 2015 - 8:14 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Yahoo Mail Blocks Users Who Block Ads

Nov 23, 2015 - 8:10 PM - by Reverend
Yahoo Mail is reportedly testing a feature that blocks users who block ads.

Digiday first spotted people complaining in an Adblock Plus forum thread about Yahoo Mail being blocked on Chrome and Firefox.

Some have since found workarounds, but many are complaining on Twitter and threatening to ditch Yahoo. Even Andrei Herasimchuk, Yahoo's former Senior Director of Product Design who helped revamp Mail, tweeted his regret over the adjustment.

But as Digiday pointed out, the practice of preventing ad-blocking users from accessing sites is becoming more popular. London's City AM newspaper, for example, just launched such a trial. And The Washington Post has been experimenting with a similar tactic since September.

"At Yahoo, we are continually developing and testing new product experiences," a company spokeswoman told PCMag. "This is a test we're running for a small number of Yahoo Mail users in the U.S."

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Nov 19, 2015 - 9:48 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) support, including decryption of HD-DVD movie discs.



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Google Play Will Warn Against Ad-Supported Apps

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:46 PM - by Reverend
Google is hoping to help Android users avoid software packed with adverts with a new set of developer guidelines.

Developers will now have to declare if their app contains adverts during the Google Play app submission process so users can be informed.

Tagging of apps must be completed by 11 January and the new definitions will become active early next year. Any developer providing false information could see their apps banned from the marketplace.

The news comes from website Droid Life, which gained access to an email Google sent out to its developers laying out the new guidelines.

Google had announced an “ad-supported” tag back in April for its Designed for Families program, which looked to provide a child-friendly interface to Google Play.

Google Play has come under fire several times this year after it was found to be hosting potentially harmful apps.

Back in February, 10 apps were removed from app store after they were found to be packed full of aggressive adware which either installed additional apps that incorporated even more ads, or subscribed users to premium-rate numbers using scareware messages.

This came just weeks after three other apps were pulled after they were found to be infected with adware that had already been downloaded millions of times, including one, card game app Durak, which had been downloaded 10 million times.

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Harrison Ford surprise Star Wars fans via Skype

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:43 PM - by Reverend
Han Solo never needed the Force to save the day, and in real life, Harrison Ford needs little more than his recognizable mug to reduce fans to shrieks of joy and tears. The veteran "Star Wars" actor recently surprised fans by popping into the frame during a Skype call and some of the reactions are priceless.

The fans were all also donors to the Star Wars: Force for Change charity fundraising campaign who had been asked to hop on a video call for a chat with the campaign organizers at Omaze. After being asked about their devotion to the Star Wars universe, Ford wandered into the frame to the inevitable shock and delight of all the fans.

Ford is devilishly funny in the stunt, walking into the frame right as one fan had just revealed that her favorite character is not Han Solo, but Padme Amidala.

"Who's your favorite character?" Ford asks as he Skype-bombs the conversation, sending the woman on the other end of the call into tears almost instantly.

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Google car pulled over for being too slow

Nov 15, 2015 - 10:04 PM - by Reverend
A Google self-drive car has been pulled over by police in Mountain View, California, for driving too slowly.

No action was taken but it does raise questions about whether the cars, in their current form, are too cautious.

In a post on Google+, the net giant joked: "Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often."

An accident report recently filed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles described a Google automated car as "over-cautious".

In a blogpost about this week's incident, the Mountain View police department said an officer "noticed traffic backing up behind a slow-moving car in the eastbound lane".

"The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how it was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic," it added.

The car was travelling at 24mph in a 35mph zone.

In its own post about the incident, Google said: "We've capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighbourhood streets."

But it added that, in 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving tests, "we're proud to say we've never been ticketed".

In September, Google said it was working to make its cars drive "more humanistically" following complaints that they were too polite.

Google's fleet of autonomous cars are programmed to follow the rules of the road to the letter but this can cause problems when the vehicles are sharing the road with human... [Read More]
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Nov 10, 2015 - 7:32 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Google Maps gets offline search and directions

Nov 10, 2015 - 7:29 PM - by Reverend
Google has upgraded its Android Maps app so it can provide directions when not connected to the internet.

The software also lets devices find businesses' locations, opening hours and telephone numbers while offline.

The firm said tourists visiting places outside their mobile subscription plans and people living in emerging markets, where data can be expensive, would be among those who would benefit most.

But one expert said budget-phone owners would now have to juggle data.

"Entry-level Android smartphones sometimes only have four gigabytes of onboard storage, making it a precious resource," commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight.

"Once you've downloaded a few applications, some music and perhaps a video, that memory quickly disappears.

"So some users may find using map downloads limits what else they can do with their device - but to be honest that's one small negative in a sea of positives about this update."

Google said downloading most of Greater London would take up 380 megabytes on a device, while storing the San Francisco Bay area would require about 200MB.

It added that it intended to release a similar update for iOS devices "very soon", but could not confirm if that would be before the year's end.

To make use of the new feature, users will have to tell the app to download an area they select.

Once the information has been installed, the app is designed to switch "seamlessly" between offline and online modes unless forced to stay off the net.

That means, for example, that if a driver starts their journey in an underground garage without a data connection, the app will suggest a route and drive-time estimate based on typical conditions, but will then amend the advice once it gains access to live traffic and accident information.

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