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Google News Gets A New Interface

News addicts everywhere will have noticed that Google News, the news aggregation service from Google, looks a little different today. Google News, as a part of the wider Google brand, had lagged somewhat in terms of design and interface compared with products such as the search engine, Google Drive, Gmail and Google Trends. The redesign removes a lot of the clutter which had previously filled up the site, leading for a better user interface. According to the Keyword, the official blog of all developments at Google, the company have outlined a number of changes they have made to their service. They tell users that: At the top of the page you’ll notice a new navigation bar for “Headlines,” “Local” and “For You.” Upon signing in, you can personalize the “Local” and “For You” tabs. In “Local,” you can track stories from any part of the world that you care about—from…

New Leaks Show Google Drops Pixel XL 2, Confirm iPhone 8 Design

We will probably not see the direct sequel to the popular Pixel XL phone from Google, according to fresh leaks from Android Police and a few other sources. Android Police says Google ‘has shelved’ plans to release one of the Pixel phones, codenamed ‘Muskie’. People expected it to succeed the Pixel XL, released last year. AP says the leak is very likely to be correct, and ‘rates it 9 out of 10 on their rumor scale’. The website is actually known to be a reliable source of information, so there is very little doubt here. Read also: 6 Fascinating Pieces of Hardware Made By Google Both reviewers and fans say the Pixel XL is one of the best phones Google has ever released. While the supposed cancellation does sound terrible, there might be some good news too. We should still expect a bigger Google phone Multiple sources have repeatedly said Google…

Before Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker Find Out What’s Really Going On

Google, a data mining and extraction company that sells personal information to advertisers, has hit upon a neat idea to consolidate its already-dominant business: block competitors from appearing on its platforms. The company announced that it would establish an ad blocker for the Chrome web browser, which has become the most popular in America, employed by nearly half of the nation’s web users. The ad blocker — which Google is calling a “filter” — would roll out next year, and would be the default setting for Chrome when fully functional. In other words, the normal user sparking up their Chrome browser simply wouldn’t see the ads blocked by the system. What ads would get blocked? The ones not sold by Google, for the most part. The Chrome ad blocker would stop ads that provide a “frustrating experience,” according to Google’s blog post announcing the change. The ads blocked would match…

How Apple’s Anti-Tracking Policy Will Make Google And Facebook Even Stronger

The Internet is built on targeted advertising. It’s a known fact we rarely bring up, but it’s been like this for many years. These websites that provide free information and other content – they all have tons of tracking systems, or cookies. These systems monitor your activity online to come up with a unique ad that will follow you wherever you go. Companies make money from targeted advertising. It’s a gigantic business that generates billions of dollars every year. Some websites are open about it, some aren’t. The truth is, it pays for almost everything people see on the Internet. The problem with Apple’s new policy At WWDC, Apple announced something that could damage the traditionally accepted system. The next version of Safari – Apple’s web browser – will come with a new anti-tracking tool. It will analyze and ultimately block any third-party ad trackers online. Apple reps call this…

Google To Clean Up The Web With Its Own Ad Blocker In 2018

Google plans to release its own ad blocker for Chrome in early 2018, referred to simply as ad filter. While it’s still not happening for many months, the company tells website owners to get ready. Google wants them to readjust their advertisement strategy and remove the most annoying ads from their pages. The new ad filter will not completely rid the Internet of advertisements. It will assess websites to find if they have too many intrusive ads, and eliminate them. Say goodbye to these disruptive banners and autoplay videos. Others, more subtle, will still be displayed. Google executives say that the new software will block even ads, owned or served by the company if pages do not follow ‘Chrome’s guidelines’. The tech giant offers a tool that publishers can use to see if their web pages will meet the requirements. A group, named the Coalition for Better Ads, is working on analyzing…

New Google’s London HQ: Do People Ever Work At Google?

They’ve been a long time coming, but Google has finally laid out its plans for its new “innovative” £1 billion London headquarters located in Kings Cross. This week, the company submitted a detailed planning application to Camden Council, outlining its desire to build an slightly sloped 11-storey building that will sit on a “plinth” of shops and offices, and feature a three-lane 25 metre pool, multi-use games area (hosting basketball, five-a-side football or badminton), a gym and a huge landscaped roof garden. The 80,819 sq/m “Zone A” project, designed by architects BIG and Heatherwick Studio (the team behind its new Mountain View campus), will also host a sprawling events centre that will span its lower ground, first and second floors. The search giant intends to use its 210 seat auditorium for product launches, talks and presentations, but it may also be offered to technology startups, community groups and charities. The…

The Annual “Google I/O” Seals The Deal For The World. There’s Nothing But Google Any More.

Sometimes you just need to have a party, even if there’s nothing special to celebrate. That was Google’s situation on Wednesday when it held its annual conference for developers on a perfect spring day in the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to its Silicon Valley campus. There were no headline-making announcements, no big reveal of the sort that Steve Jobs would make (iPod and iPhone) in his glory years at Apple. The tech world moves too fast these days for companies to save products for an annual event; they appear when they’re finished. But the conference must go on anyway. Now in its 11th year, Google I/O — short for input/output — offers a chance for the search and advertising giant to broadcast its ambitions. The event, which lasts three days, is really for the benefit of independent software engineers who work on Google technology. But the two-hour opening keynote is closely…

5 Tech Giants That Will Dominate The 21st Century

There’s a little parlor game that people in Silicon Valley like to play. Let’s call it, Who’s Losing? There are currently four undisputed rulers of the consumer technology industry: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, now a unit of a parent company called Alphabet. And there’s one more, Microsoft, whose influence once looked on the wane, but which is now rebounding. So which of these five is losing? A year ago, it was Google that looked to be in a tough spot as its ad business appeared more vulnerable to Facebook’s rise. Now, Google is looking up, and it’s Apple, hit by rising worries about a slowdown in iPhone sales, that may be headed for some pain. Over the next couple of weeks, as these companies issue earnings that show how they finished 2015, the state of play may shift once more. But don’t expect it to shift much. Asking “who’s…

6 Fascinating Pieces of Hardware Made By Google

Google and its services have firmly become our everyday companions. We use the company’s search engine and continue to find it to be the most efficient out there. Gmail has been the standard for exchanging emails between corporate workers and average people too. Google Docs is a great free replacement for pricey Microsoft Office, and Drive has been nothing but amazing for keeping personal files and photos online. But Google doesn’t end there. It also has a few trick up its sleeve when it comes to gadgets. Some of them are excellent, some are questionable, but all of them are unique and bring something new and fresh to the existing markets. So let’s take a look at the devices by Google. Google WiFi We hope you’ve already had a chance to appreciate this fascinating set-up having read our earlier write-up on it. But this cool-looking mesh Wi-Fi system meant to put…