Google Mulls Ways to Banish Bad Ads


Google reportedly has been working on a plan to install an ad blocker onto its Chrome browser for both desktop and mobile versions. It also has been considering a collaboration with Microsoft, Facebook and other firms to develop a set of standards that would determine which types of advertising to block from websites. That effort presumably would aim at enhancing the consumer experience in a way that would not jeopardize ads from legitimate firms. Internet companies have struggled to find ways to eradicate abusive advertising in recent years.

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Researchers fly camera drones over erupting volcanoes with spectacular results

British researchers working in Guatemala have been getting closer than ever to erupting volcanos thanks to advances in drone technology, and the attached cameras have been producing some stunning footage along the way.

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Apple may be making AR glasses: Here's the latest clue

There’s a big new clue that Apple may be working on its own augmented reality glasses, and it’s come from the most unlikely of places: a workplace incident report.

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Next-generation DDR5 memory will double bandwidth compared with DDR4

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JEDEC is working on the new DDR5 memory standard (no relation to GDDR5) and expects it to double the bandwidth of DDR4.

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Apple may integrate new custom ARM cores into future Macs, but x86 swap still unlikely

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Apple may be working on a new low-power chip to offload standby mode to an ARM core instead of an Intel one. Is this a sign that the company is prepping a wholesale shift away from x86? We discuss the likelihood and the difficulty of such a move.

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China, already dominant in supercomputers, shoots for an exascale prototype in 2017

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China is working on a prototype exascale (1,000-petaflop) system that it aims to complete by the end of this year, according to state media.

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Microsoft is developing its own quantum computer hardware

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Microsoft has been working on quantum computing for years, but the company is coming out of stealth mode now and taking a more active role in quantum computer development. It wants to build a theoretical type of machine known as a topological quantum computer, despite the difficulty of doing so.

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Harvard has built a cigarette-smoking robot, and it's here to help

Researchers working to discover more about how smoke impacts people’s health have developed an artificial human lung airway-on-a-chip and smoking robot to carry out more accurate tests.

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Microsoft Research proposes a method for full control over data stored in the cloud

Microsoft Research is currently working on a project to enable secure data exchange in the cloud, which uses multiparty computation to generate results without exposing the actual data held by all parties involved. The team will release tools soon.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/10/microsoft-research-proposes-method-for-full-control-over-data-stored-in-cloud.html

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This cute robot wears a tie and can learn human behavior

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Engineering are working on a prototype they call Jackrabbot, a “social robot” that seems like a cousin of R2-DT.

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Report claims smaller Xbox One coming soon, more powerful model, possible Oculus Rift support arrive in 2017

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a more powerful Xbox One for 2017, while a slimmed down model will launch this year. If true, this would hand the PS4 Neo dominance of this year’s Christmas holiday at a time when the Xbox One is already lagging its rival.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/229143-report-claims-smaller-xbox-one-coming-soon-more-powerful-model-possible-oculus-rift-support-arrive-in-2017

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Intel wants to kill the 3.5mm audio jack, replace with USB-C

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Intel is reportedly working on extensions to USB-C that would kill the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack. Digital audio could improve smartphone design in a number of ways, but there are costs and drawbacks as well.

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Google's 'Area 120' Incubator Aims to Keep Innovation In-House


Google has been working on an incubator that would let employees pitch business plans and work full time on approved projects while remaining on its payroll, according to news reports published this week. The incubator, to be called “Area 120,” will be led by Don Harrison, VP of corporate development, and Bradley Horowitz, VP of streams, photos and sharing. Employees whose pitches are accepted can take outside funding or create a company under Google’s umbrella.

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FAA begins testing NASA's drone traffic control system

NASA has been working on a UAS traffic management (UTM) system to handle the growing number of unmanned aerial vehicles taking to the skies.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/04/20/faa-begins-testing-nasas-drone-traffic-control-system.html

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Google Chrome browser to gain support for native OS X push notifications

Article Image Google is working on supporting OS X’s native push notifications in Chrome, instead of the browser having to use its own notification system, according to a developer on the project.

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What to do when your PC freezes or locks up

It happens to everyone at some point. Without any warning, whether you’re working on an important project, browsing aimlessly or trying to beat your high score on Solitaire, your computer suddenly freezes.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/04/02/what-to-do-when-your-pc-freezes-or-locks-up.html

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Sprint promises fix for iPhone LTE woes after iOS 9.3 update

Article Image In text messages sent out Thursday, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint said it is working to fix an apparent LTE connectivity issue affecting iPhone 6s users who updated to Apple’s latest iOS 9.3 last week.

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Apple's first TV series to focus on developers, 'app economy'

Article Image After months of rumors, Apple on Thursday confirmed it is working with musician Wil.i.am and two industry executives on an original TV series set to highlight app development and the surrounding “app economy.”

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