Samsung’s Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities

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Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Lollipop or newer starting today, will let users install helper apps that block ads from websites they visit, similar to how content and ad blocking works in Apple’s Safari browser in iOS 9. An ad or content blocker could reduce loading times and mobile data usage, as web pages loaded without ads are much smaller than those with advertising enabled.

Content blockers on mobile devices caused quite a commotion when iOS 9 was released this past September, but once the initial hype died down, blockers fell from the top ranks of Apple’s App Store,…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 event is happening in three weeks

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Samsung has announced its latest “Unpacked” event where the company will announce, in its usual language, “The Next Galaxy.” The event is set for Sunday February 21st at 7pm CET (1pm ET) in Barcelona, one day before Mobile World Congress takes over the city. The invitation includes an image of a shadowy cube with two edges glowing to form a “7,” suggesting that we will indeed see the Galaxy S7 at this event, and the teaser trailer above sees someone staring at the cube through Gear VR goggles.

Various information on the supposed Galaxy S7 has come out over the past couple of months. The design is likely to be similar to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but Samsung’s new flagship phone is said to have a microSD slot, a pressure-sensitive…

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Gett Adds £6 Couriers To Its On-Demand Cab Service In London

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e0kYE2fvx_d8o5190nZGzsPr9K8DJ7PIWRw18rz25N4hFAuc6hz2ldJ2DdD4rjy71aUHP7o6DT9kXB-vUIDQJ8lVNig=s2048 As Uber continues to raise ever more funding to drive its on-demand transportation app into more categories and countries, one of its smaller, regional cab-hailing rivals is quietly expanding into its own adjacent services: Gett, a startup with service in 50 cities globally whose app can be used to hail black cabs in London, is today adding a courier service, starting in the UK capital. For… Read More

Screenshots offer first look at Google Chrome updated for Material Design

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Chrome has looked much the same for years — despite Google’s major Material Design push over the past couple of years. It looks like Chrome on desktop will soon get a fresh coat of paint, however, to match its iOS and Android versions.

The Next Web

Code included in the latest versions of the browser offers a sneak peek at what the updated version of the browser will look like, and at first glance, it’s certainly not a drastic change. Screenshots posted by The Next Web definitely show Material Design’s “flat” style is in full force here, with tabs that now have squared-off corners. The few buttons in Chrome’s interface have also been updated, and they now have a ripple-style flourish when clicked, like many Android apps….

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Apple Developing Wireless Charging For Mobile Devices

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An anonymous reader writes: Apple is currently working with partners in the US and Asia to develop wireless charging for iPhone and iPad. Mobile devices with wireless charging capabilities could be released as soon as next year. Apple has not released the specific details on the range that could be available, but as far back as 2010, Apple applied for a patent to use an iMac as a wireless charging hub for distances of 1 meter. In 2014 it applied for a patent on specialized housing for a mobile device with an integrated RF antenna, which would also allow for wireless charging by helping to eliminate the problem of metallic interference with charging signals. Apple would apparently be building on these ideas to create a new iPhone or iPad that could charge further away from the hub, while continuing to be used.

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Spotify, please don’t turn into iTunes

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A few months ago when Spotify announced its move into podcast streaming, I was an immediate opponent of the idea. Are people really going to start opening Spotify for the latest episode of This American Life or WTF? Is that a mental link that users will ever make? I’m just as skeptical now as I was then. But last week, Spotify took its biggest step yet in broadening the type of content that we’ve come to associate with the leading subscription music service: it launched video.

Not music videos, mind you. Unlike Tidal and Apple Music, which both offer their subscribers on-demand access to a big vault of music videos, Spotify’s going way more mainstream with something that almost resembles YouTube. You’ll find video snippets from The…

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Microsoft’s free 15GB of OneDrive storage ends today

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Microsoft reversed its decision to reduce its free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB back in December. While the unlimited storage tier is still being removed, today is the last day to claim the free 15GB of storage. If you forgot to claim it back in December, you can opt-in to save your free storage over at Microsoft’s special OneDrive site by the end of today.

The free storage will include the 15GB and the 15GB bonus for activating the camera roll features of OneDrive if you’ve already used the app on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Microsoft now plans to offer Office 365 Personal subscriptions to any OneDrive user that is using more than 5GB of free space. The free subscriptions will last for a year and provide 1TB of space during…

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Drake releases ‘Summer Sixteen,’ his first single off Views From The 6

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Drake has just dropped “Summer Sixteen” the first single from his upcoming album Views From the 6. The rapper debuted the song during his OVO Sound Radio show on Apple’s Beats 1 station, after teasing the release in a tweet early this morning. “Summer Sixteen” is available on Apple Music and iTunes right now.

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How The Growth Of Mixed Reality Will Change Communication, Collaboration And The Future Of The Workplace

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TechCrunch-MixedReality Sci-fi tech, meet Wall Street. A recent report from Goldman Sachs predicted that within 10 years, virtual reality hardware will be an $80 billion industry. This “base case” forecast assumed that adoption will be slow, as compared to that of smartphones and tablets, but, the report noted, “as the technology advances, price points decline, and an entire new marketplace of… Read More

Project Neon Will Bring Users Up-to-Date KDE Packages

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sfcrazy writes: [Kubuntu founder Jonathan Riddell] is going to announce a new project at FOSDEM that brings the KDE experience to users. There is Fedora that offers latest from Gnome, but there is no such distro that offers the same level of integration with KDE software; yes, there is openSUSE but it offers KDE as an option. So Kubuntu based KDE Neon is a project to give KDE users and contributors a way to get KDE’s desktop software while it’s still fresh. It’ll be providing packages of the latest KDE software so users can install it and stay up to date on a stable base.

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President Obama Wants $4 Billion To Bring Computer Science Education To Every K-12 School

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president obama coding President Barack Obama has called for more than $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million specifically for districts in order make sure every K-12 student has access to computer science curriculum. President Obama is calling this the “Computer Science for All Initiative.”
“Our economy is rapidly shifting, and both educators and business leaders are increasingly… Read More

Louis C.K. surprises fans with new show Horace and Pete, co-starring Steve Buscemi

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Louis C.K. fans might not know when to expect the next season of his FX show Louie, but the actor-comedian just surprised everyone with a brand new show released exclusively online. It’s called Horace and Pete, and it looks like this was truly kept under wraps.

Steve Buscemi co-stars in the show, which Louis C.K. released this morning with just a few words of introduction: “Go here to watch it. We hope you like it.” The star offers no explaination of the show, merely calling it “a brand new thing from Louis C.K.”

The show appears to center around an Irish bar, Horace and Pete’s. Alan Alda, Nick DiPaolo, Aidy Bryant, Edie Falco, Kurt Metzger, and Steven Wright all make appearances in the show, which some observers note must have been…

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Nuts: a documentary about goat testicle transplants that’s too good to be true

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The adage “fact is stranger than fiction” is muddied in Nuts, the new documentary from director Penny Lane (Our Nixon, The Voyagers) about a poor man becoming rich off a big idea and a few thousand goat testicles.

Lane strikes pay dirt with her subject, the surgeon John Romulus Brinkley, who built a medical empire in the 1930s by transplanting goat glands into the scrotum to cure male impotence. He leveraged his wealth to build a medical empire, with hospitals in multiple states. And to promote those hospitals, Brinkley operated two radio stations, first with KFKB (Kansas Folks Know Best), which spread country music and hours of daily adverts for his miracle medicines across most of the country, and second with XERA, a million-watt…

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How to Make Apps With Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

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Check out the new video below to learn how to make apps with custom keyboard shortcuts using Alpha Anywhere, a rapid application development platform.

Within Alpha Anywhere, the TabbedUI component is a great way for navigating to the different components that make up an application. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to the different buttons in the TabbedUI that launch components.

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