Ad Injection Highlighted By Google as a Major Threat to Internet Users

Google has found that ad injections are one of the biggest threats to internet users right now. Google conducted an in depth study in cooperation with the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Santa Barbara. The study was conducted in 2014 over the span of several months. The aim of the study was to examine the scope and span of ad injections on the web. It also aimed to find out how the ad injection system functioned and who was victimized by it.

So what are ad injections? Ad injectors as their name implies are unwanted ads that are injected onto a person’s web browser. They can get onto a person’s computer through several ways. One way that has resulted in a lawsuit, is that ad injectors are preloaded onto a laptop or computer. This resulted in a large scale lawsuit against the company Lenovo in China which knowingly allowed ad injectors to be preloaded onto their laptops. Another method includes bundling them together with popular free downloads so that users unsuspectingly upload them onto their computer. Other ad injector companies will even market their ad injectors through social media, while others will resort to spam to try and get their injectors installed on people’s computers reported Ray Lane, tech guru.

So why are ad injectors considered a threat? Yes they are annoying because they will put bombard you with ads when you are browsing the web or shopping online, but did you know that they can also track your activity? This can create a host of problems such as phishing and fraud. The good news is that Google is taking many steps to battle ad injections, and measures so far have been successful. Google is also warning other companies to take a stand against ad injectors.

Technology to the Rescue

It’s no doubt that technology has forever changed the way that humans go on with life. A large majority of people stay attached to their smart phones or tablets, their computers and laptops are their best friends, and social media is their only means of communication. For some, their need for technology goes far beyond checking Facebook and Instagram. There is technology that has recently saved that lives of those we thought were lost. Last month, Nepal was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Buildings, homes, and businesses were lost. That doesn’t come close to the amount of lives that were lost. There have been more than 8,000 lives lost to this natural disaster. Billions of dollars in damages have been inflicted on the country and the death toll keeps rising. Thousands of rescue workers and volunteers sprang into action to clean up the debris, account for the bodies, and claim any survivors that they could find. NASA gave the rescue workers two ~~FINDER devices~~ which can detect breaths and heartbeats under ruble and debris. The portable FINDER device is also known as the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response machine. Amazingly, four men were rescued thanks to these machines. The men were under 10 feet of crushed ruble but were able to make miniature shelters to keep from being crushed. The FINDER devices helped rescue workers narrow their search and save these men. This technology is very promising for the medical community and doctors like Dr. Danial Amen.

No Security Breech Here

In the last two years, Crystal Hunt says the White House in Washington D.C. has been breached numerous times. One time there was a man on the front lawn and during another incident a four year old child slipped through the gate in the garden. Washington is now doing their best to reign in these incidents. A few folks in Washington joked that the president should have a moat installed around the White House Fence. While that idea is very clever, the safety of our Commander and Chief and his family is a serious manner. For right now, the United States Secret Service and National Park Service will do what they can to add additional security on the White House premises. This will ensure a quick solution for the moment.

They are, however, looking for a more long term solution. There will be a rearrangement of booths for the patrol officers who watch the White House gate. Concrete barriers currently serve as check points for vehicles. In the next few months these check points will be transformed into steel barriers. White House staff hopes that the new barriers will be more visually appealing.

The fence surrounding the national monument will also get a security face lift. The Secret Service plans to add spikes to the fences in hopes to ‘scare off’ those who might have the urge to climb the fence. There are even special athletes from the Secret Service agency who are being used to make sure these security measures can stifle human ability. The Secret Service and those involved with keeping the President and his family safe hope to have these changes completely constructed by the fall of 2017.

Those Unwanted Ads May Be Doing More Than Just Annoying You

You go on the web to your favorite shopping site to search for a desired item, when out of nowhere, out pops a “hot deals” ad from the side of your screen, along with several other unsolicited ads for items similar to your search. We’ve all experienced them, don’t know how or where they come from and want them to stop.

These annoying and potentially dangerous ads are called ad injectors, which is a term for software that is used to co-opt the users browsing habits so targeted ads can be displayed. Google, along with the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara performed a study and found these ad injectors are everywhere and watching your search behaviors. The software used in these ad injectors is considered malicious, as they steal account and search information then convey this ill-gotten information to a third party for further tracking.

With these ads being injected everywhere, people are beginning to notice and complain about them. Out of all the complaints received by Chrome, those regarding ad injectors far outnumbered all others. Google is working to remove the ad injectors from Chrome and wants the industry to be aware of the problem and to discuss solutions to put an end to it.

Lenovo, the Chinese multinational computer technology company is named as the defendant in a class-action lawsuit brought against them this past February for pre-loading adware on their laptops. In a recent update, Anastasia date mentioned that thousands of companies that produce these programs are making money each time someone clicks on the injected ads.

Joss Whedon Squashes Rumors About why he Left Twitter

Filmmaker Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account on Monday and fans like Brian Torchin have been speculating why ever since. One theory seemed to strike hard at the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” writer and director.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, the speculative rumor that got Whedon’s reaction was that he left Twitter due to militant feminists who did not like the Black Widow character that actress Scarlett Johansson plays in the films.

In a phone call with Whedon, BuzzFeed said that he called the rumor untrue. Well, to be fair, Whedon used a different term which is a little less family friendly. No matter how he said it however, he claims that he did not leave Twitter because of feminists not liking his latest film. He went on to tell BuzzFeed that since joining Twitter he has been a target for militant feminists, so why would this be something new?

Whedon went on to tell BuzzFeed the real reason for deleting his Twitter account- so he can focus on his craft of creative writing. He said that Twitter is a distraction that pulls him away from his creative endeavors. Whedon said that Twitter is an addiction for him and that he feels the need to constantly check the updates on it. He may rejoin the Twitter world at some point and time, however now he is committed to his writing.

Pictures Speak

There has been a picture circulating the internet in the recent years after the country’s police brutality instances. It is of a young man running from the police, who are dressed head to toe in full riot gear. The picture is in black and white, viewers are to assume that the picture was taken some time in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the picture was taken just a few months ago after the 2015 riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Riots are not uncommon in this country. There are often instances where the destruction of property seems to make no sense at all. For example, in 1999 the Denver Broncos won the coveted Super Bowl. Fans were so ecstatic that they took to the streets and began to celebrate. A mixture of emotions and alcohol quickly turned violent. A massive riot was started and police had to be called in to break up the rowdy crowd. Instances where something positive entices violence are hardly ever logical. YouTube-famous Dr. Daniel Amen understands the chemical effects mob-mentality can have on a human. The Baltimore riots however seemed to serve a point. BuzzFeed has data from psychologists who have decided to break down what’s really behind the act of rioting. Especially when a person or a group of people are under oppression from authority. An American University psychologist has said that historically, change only comes to a city after it is devastated by rioting. “If we don’t respond to police violence unless communities erupt, then communities will erupt.”

Seinfeld Coming to Hulu in Groundbreaking Deal

Hulu has officially penned a licensing deal with Sony Pictures. The deal, worth $160 million gives Hulu the exclusive rights to stream all 180 episodes of Seinfeld. The deal is likely Hulu’s response to Netflix’s deal that gave them exclusive rights to stream Friends back in February. Seinfeld has proved to be streaming content company’s “Moby Dick”. Until recently, no company had the funds or wherewithal to pen such an incredibly large deal, but as streaming content has become more popular, and both Hulu and Netflix manage to garner more and more subscriptions they can afford to pay the big bucks for the most popular shows to ever air on television.

There is no official word on the details of the deal according to Amen, but experts believe Seinfeld is locked into a five year exclusivity deal with the company. Bringing a powerhouse show like Seinfeld to Hulu is sure to help the company as they go up against Netflix and its original programming. In recent years Hulu has largely been criticized for the way their pay subscription, Hulu +, is run. The company has not removed advertisements from their paying subscribers feed, but they do offer contemporary viewing and current shows, unlike Netflix. Hulu also has an exclusive deal to stream CSI, one of the most popular procedural dramas on television

Profits from the deal will be split across several key players in the success of Seinfeld, including Castle Rock, Sony Pictures, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Larry David is the co-creator of the show, along with Jerry Seinfeld. The deal will not alter the television show’s current syndication schedule, including regular broadcasts on cable television networks, according to Experts.

Microsoft Looking to Penetrate Deep Into Mobile Market With Windows 10

 Microsoft has big plans for Windows 10. They want their latest operating system to be adopted as widely as possible. For this reason, they have said that it will be a free upgrade for current Windows users. This is great news for people with desktops, laptops and notebooks that are running an earlier version of windows who look forward to upgrading to the latest OS at no cost. This will not be enough, however, for Microsoft’s goal of having Windows on one billion devices in three years, so they are taking it a step further.

They intend to penetrate Windows 10 into the mobile device market by releasing developer tools that will make it easier than ever for developers to create apps for this operating system and to port existing apps from iOS and Android to it. Currently, iOS and Android users have way more apps available to them than users of devices running Windows. Microsoft is aggressively planning to change that, and that pleases Karatz. This should make devices running Windows far more appealing to those in the market for a mobile device. This becomes all the more true for someone who also has a laptop or notebook and need a tablet or smartphone too. They’re computer will already be running Windows, so it will be very desirable to have a mobile device that runs the same OS and is therefore seamlessly compatible with it.

Technology, Uses, and the Future of Radiology

Radiology is used extensively in diagnosing, mapping, and surgery for patient care. With the many different types of radiological equipment—CT, Ultrasound, MRI, etc.—doctors are able to identify the exact location tumors and problems that might arise during surgery. Imaging devices give the surgeon a roadmap for delicate operations or for the best approach during surgeries. The equipment can aid in the delivery of babies, or find internal bleeding that might not be apparent to the naked eye.

Companies at the forefront of radiology, such as Imaging Advantage, have taken the technology and used it to improve these services for hospitals. Through teleradiology, staffing, and management, they are able to employ the most skilled radiologist in their fields of medicine and create a more logical and efficient system to get information to the doctors, surgeons, and patients. Through their management services, they increase efficiency in the hospital environment by identifying problem areas makng recommendations.

The radiological field has seen an increase in imaging technology over the last 5 years that has allowed lower doses of radiation to be administered, while clearer images have been produced. On a molecular level, imaging has improved so that patient’s no longer have to have surgery to biopsy tissue. Radiologist can use SPECT and PET devices for the purpose of determining tissue structure and damage—malignant or benign samples, etc. Similarly, radiological equipment is used to treat diseases such as cancer, or they can be used to determine if major organs within the body are functioning properly.

In some cases, the radiological equipment is instrumental in diagnosing and helping to decide the best possible treatment for the disease. Radiology is essential in determining the extent of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, or for identifying problems within the Thyroid system. With the use of radio-active materials, organs can be targeted for imaging. Cardiology, gastrointestinal systems, and the genitourinary systems can be targeted and imagined to identify failures, obstructions, or diseases afflicting these systems without surgical invasion.

Due to the many advances made in the field of radiology, companies employing specialized radiologist available on a 24/7 basis have become essential to the field of medicine. Teleradiology used in station to station format and provided through wireless setups puts the radiologist in an advantageous position able to see in real-time the imaging being used. Through their expertise, patient diagnostics and treatment have improved along with technology. The most recent of these, molecular medicine has been instrumental in saving time and pain for the patient, and eliminating unnecessary or expensive surgeries that were essential to determine a patient’s condition and prognosis. Radiology and the advancements in technology are the future of medical and clinical procedures.