Google Announces Its Effort to Fix the Annoyance of Advertisements on Google Chrome instead of Blocking

In history, Google has made a lot of its income from advertisements. In the first three months of 2015, Google made more than $15 billion in returns from advertisements. The advertisement section returns a major income percentage for Google than its other tech ventures.

 

Recently, most browsers are building ad blocking features, Google has announced that it will not integrate such into Google Chrome browser. In 2016, Opera Mini browser added an option that allows a user to block an advertisement while browsing. The Brave browser has enabled the block feature to automatically block any advertisements. The announcement that was sourced through http://www.reddit.com/r/technology reveal that, study statistics indicate that two thirds of millennials prefer to block ads due to the decreased browsing speeds and potential malware.

 

Google has decided to fix the issue which is an annoyance to internet users instead of removing the adverts. To combat the issue of poor user experience while maintaining the ads, Google Established a movement called ‘Coalition For Better Ads’. Other members of the effort include The Washington Post, Unilever, Facebook, News Corporation, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Association of National Advertisers, and Proctor & Gamble.

 

Another effort is by intervening for users on 2G networks. Google Chrome has disabled the document.write feature that allows websites to execute instructions that manage performance of ads, is major factor in slowing down loading of a website by ten seconds. Alex Komoroske stated that the feature’s effect is similar to that of pop up blockers in result. The pop up blockers have records of malfunctioning websites. He added to say that the balance between advertisements and websites should be regulated to maximize both the websites’ and user’s priorities and meet everyone’s needs.

 

Google has also taken the initiative to serve AMP page results. The function eliminates unnecessary features from a website, caches the data, hence allowing the site to load faster. In addition, only a select type of ads are allowed on AMP pages. Such as AdSense. The limitation rids the website of other annoying advertisements.

The main objective of Google is to offer an option for advertisers’ businesses to thrive through internet marketing while preserving the websites’ performance.

 

While speaking to CNET interviewers, the Vice President of Google Chrome, Darin Fisher stated that are plenty of challenges that arise in advertisements. He concluded by saying that a balance between publishers and advertisers would maintain technology’s ecosystem.

 

Advancement In Communications Technology

Phones have advanced far beyond what we believed they would. For one thing, phones were only used for talking in the beginning. However, technology and software have brought phones to the point where one could play games, watch television and watch movies on. The picture quality is amazing and the sound quality is much greater as well. With phones, people can surf the internet and do some shopping. This and other activities make cellphones very important devices for people. Now it is common for people to have cellphones on them at all times when before, telephones were reserved for the home.

Among the things people could use smartphones for is making money. There are a lot of business transactions that could be done over the mobile phone. With the use of smartphone technology, people could do a lot more things with their technology. While a lot of people use smartphones for entertainment, many people could also use smartphones for education and even business purposes. To top it off, this is just the beginning of mobile technological advancements. People are finding ways to make their lives mobile. Therefore, they will be able to work where they want and how they want with mobile phone technology.

Among the advancements that make smartphones so popular are cameras. Not only do many mobile phones have working camcorders, a lot of them have the capability of recording high quality and video and taking a high quality images. Some of these images rival that of professional photography. To top it off, there are post production apps that people with devices such as the iPhone camera can use in order to enhance their photography.

Among the recent developments for image recording technology is Pictar. Pictar offers many more buttons to the iPhone camera which include three control wheels and a shutter button. These buttons will allow you to zoom in on the picture and take on quite a few different functions. Communications technology has definitely come a long way for people.

Iran Is Set to Launch Domestic Internet

Iran’s communications and technology minister recently announced that the country has completed the first phase of its plan to introduce domestic internet. The announcement came during the inauguration ceremony for the project held on 28th August 2016.

According to the minister, the main aim of the initiative is to create affordable internet access to people featuring high-quality and high-speed connections. However, many critics are opposed to the move citing that the true aim of the project is to monitor what the citizens of the country are doing online. They termed it as a prohibitory move that robs the citizens of their right to access information.

The country has already blocked Facebook and Twitter access just like China. According to many critics, a government controlled internet would just make the situation worse. There are wide speculations that there will be severe limits to how people interact online, which could also lead to erosion of privacy and individual control.

The project, which is dubbed, National Information Network is already behind schedule by one year. The plan is divided into three phases. The first phase involves the initial launch, which has already happened. The second phase will see the domestic video services launched on the platform at the beginning of 2017 and the third phase will follow with an introduction of national and independent communication system. The whole project should be complete by March 2017.

However, the government is contradicting with the speculations terming the project as a beneficial one with an aim to create an intranet that will be used to popularize Islamic content and also increase digital knowledge among Iranians. According to Mr Vaezi, the new project will replace the internet, which is full of inappropriate content. The government seeks to limit the access of the current internet via filters. All the national events and services will be included in the domestic internet.

Mr Vaezi further added that the initiative would help the government control cyber security threats citing recent efforts to combat server DDOD attacks that were witnessed a while ago. The ministry confirmed that the citizens’ privacy will be respected throughout. However, many human rights organizations have questioned the Iranian government’s sincerity with the project fearing that there would be a breach of people’s privacy and freedom of communication.

Twitter To Pay It’s Best Users to upload Video

Twitter is working on something new in order to get people to participate more. One of the new ideas is to pay users to upload videos. The social media platform wants the same type of popularity that YouTube has. Twitter is offering a percentage of revenue for people that upload their videos. This type of revenue is a lot different from other video platforms like YouTube which offers 55% of revenue to creators with 45% to be kept to itself. Twitter is offering 70% revenue sharing to the content creator with the rest of the money being kept. This is the same type of plan that it offers Amplify video partners.

The reason this is a good idea for Twitter to offer such a generous deal to video creators. For one thing, it is not really big in the video department like Facebook and YouTube. It is also very late when it comes to video offers. Also, there have been requests by some of the highest profile stars of the network. They have wanted to split revenue so that they can gain incentive for their recognition. After all, it is the views that the high profile stars bring that bring about success to Twitter. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Twitter is able to encourage enough creators to participate. For one thing, it might be too late.

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. In fact, it is actually very simple to use. People will find themselves having an easy time getting followers. It is not hard to find a topic that they can comment on compared to some other platforms. There is also no limit placed on the amount of replies one could do at a time.

As of right now, Twitter is looking to attract YouTube style stars so that it can gain a piece of the pie that YouTube has a large share in. Facebook has also taken behind YouTube when it comes to videos. It is most likely that Twitter is going to become one of the other companies that allow and encourage users to shoot videos.

Apple Says Either Taxes Or Jobs To The EU

Apple has made a statement towards the EU that stood against the tax arrangements. Apple has told the EU that they could either have taxes or jobs. Apple is not going to give them both. This came after Apple learned that the EU is expecting 13 billion euros from Apple in back taxes. Apple’s response is that paying that kind of money is going to be very harmful to the prospects of job development in Europe. While it is not meant as a threat, it will be seen as one by the politicians in the EU. After all, they are trying to get new companies into their country.

Back in the beginning of the 90s, Apple has made a deal Ireland that it would pay some low taxes if the operations were based in Ireland for Europe. Thousands of jobs have been created in Ireland for the 25 years that it has lasted. 2015 saw a total of 5,000 employees. There were plans for up to 1,000 more jobs when they were hit with the dilemma. As of right now, there is a plan to open a new site in Athenry. This would result in as much as 200 jobs for people in the country.

When Apple has made its statement to the EU about taxes or jobs, it was in fact honoring the original agreement about low taxes and jobs. Also, the taxes actually make it harder to hire people since jobs cost money. It is definitely not a threat, it is a limitation that they see in their budget. As of right now, Apple pays the largest amount of taxes in Ireland. Therefore, it can make the negotiations needed so that it can get what it asks for. Also, these arrangements were agreed to over and over by the Irish Government. Therefore, it is only expected that they will honor the agreement. This is actually a very sound move for companies. If they are taxed, they are not as able to offer jobs.

Google Fiber Putting Further Thought Into It’s High Speed Internet Business

Google Fiber has reached a point in its business of high speed internet has hit an obstacle. There is now a lot of consideration being made on the services of high speed internet connections in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Among the things that they are considering for their customers is going wireless. This is when they realized that the underground fiber-optic cables are not catching on to the customers like they hoped it would. Their plans for fiber optic connections have turned out to provide a lot more difficulty for the company than they deem it worth.

Among the issues they have faced was that it is a lot of work to dig up the streets for laying down thousands of miles worth of cables throughout the city. This has also proven to be very costly. Therefore, Google is cutting their losses with this initiative in favor of the more efficient and cost effective wireless initiative. For one thing, Google Fiber has encountered quite a few obstacles in the communications industry. This is to be expected since Google is primarily a software company. Going into the communications sector is going to be really challenging for a company like Google.

As of right now, the plans to bring the fiber-optic services to other cities like Palo Alto are being put on the back burner. They are going to take six months away from the project in order to figure out what it is they can do that is cost effective. Otherwise, Google will still provide exceptional and innovative services to people. Given that Google has always been a software company that has come with really effective solutions, they will figure out something that works very well for them, and their customers. The wireless service does seem like a great solution to go with because it is a much easier alternative. They will be able to reach more cities and connect more people with a more effective solution.

Silicon Valley Tech Titans meet Trump and the Transition Team

The relationship between President Elect Donald Trump and Tech companies has been tested following a meeting between the President and select Silicon Valley CEOs. According an article published by Forbes on December 14, Trump assured the CEOs that he was on their side and will do everything possible to ensure the companies to ensure the companies grow. Trump also reiterated the importance of technology in America’s advancement. The heads present at the meeting included Facebook COOO Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the CEO of Apple Tim Cook. The meeting came after a hard fought election that saw most tech industry leader’s support Hillary Clinton.

 

Vice President Mike Pence and Peter Thiel, a member of the transition team was also present at the highly publicized meeting that took place at Trump Towers. Thiel is one of the few Silicon Valley leaders who backed Trump’s election. It is incredible to note that Thiel has transformed from a Trump donor and key speaker at the Republican National Convention to a big political player in the transition team in a space of a just a few weeks. Analysts believe Thiel will play an important role of bridging the divide between Trump and the technology industry. Others present included Trump’s 3 oldest children; Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. One of the Tech leaders who criticized Trump during the campaign period, Jeff Bezos congratulated the President Elect in a tweet he sent earlier,

 

Bezos said he was glad to meet the president and said the meeting was very productive. Another tech titan said to be warming up to Trump is Elon Musk. According to a report appearing on Techcruch, Musk who set to fly to India was added to the list of attendees at Trump’s strategic and policy forum in the last minute. One notable personality not in attendance was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. There are reports indicating lingering frosty relationship between Trump and Twitter. The difference is said to have arisen as a result of the latter’s decision to deny Trump campaign team the permission to use special images. The Emojis, which Twitter prefers to call Hashflags, were earlier used in presidential debate related hashtags.

What is the Deal with WiFi 802.11ad?

Wi-Fi finally has a new standard to live up to, 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi, but what most people want to know is whether or not it is really worth it. The new Wi-Fi is almost four times faster than what most people are receiving at top speeds, and that is already faster than an Ethernet connection and home broadband. Of course, there is a large difference between the speeds you can get and the speeds you actually do end up receiving.

 

Of course, there are many benefits to streaming 4.6GBps Wi-Fi, and they are mostly available to those that already have top technology in their home. For instance, if you want to stream 4K or HDR you will have no problems with this Wi-Fi. In the future, the high quality is likely going to improve the way that wireless virtual reality headsets work. In short, right now only a few will reap the benefits, but as these technologies become more mainstream everyone will start too.

 

So how does it all work? Well it’s a bit complicated but not out of reach to understand. It is ratified the same way all other versions of Wi-Fi have bee, but this time around the tech is not from the IEEE. Instead, the technology behind the newest version of Wi-Fi known by techs simply as 802.11ad is from WiGig (Wireless Gigabit) Alliance. Knowing who is behind the tech is not vital, but it does shed some insight into why this version of Wi-Fi is so different than other versions.

 

The biggest difference is that it utilizes a different frequency compared to other earlier versions of Wi-Fi. It doesn’t use 2.4GHz or 5GHz; instead it works over the 60Ghz spectrum based on where you live. There is a lot more spectrum available for use at this measure which means a lot more data can be transmitted at a much faster rate than what you may be accustomed to. The end result is faster streaming and data use.

 

 

Music Industry, Tech, and the Internet

Like many of today’s industries that are applying organizational learning as a strategy to remain compatible and sustain continuous organizational growth for the future, the music industry is no different. With innovative technologies and the use of the internet service in many industries, including entertainment and music, more organizations are focusing their strategies as a learning organization. Although both organizational learning and a learning organization involve learning, the question still remains how businesses, like music business, will change significantly to succeed in the future.

 

The success of the music industry today, and in the future, is based on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, together with distribution and sales of music through the internet. Let’s take artiste like Chris Martin, Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Lupe Fiasco, and Taylor Swift, among other big name musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Rhianna, and Vic Mensa. Sales of digital music is booming on a global basis because music lovers now have the convenience of purchasing their favorite songs online through mobile devices and the internet. In fact, Adele, Beyoncé, and Justin Bieber are just a few nominee headliners for the 2017 Music Grammy Awards, which will be aired February, 12, 2017, at the 59th Music Grammy Award show.

 

As learning organizations by learning on the job through experience and a shared vision for change, the music industry not only consists of musicians, record labels, distribution and publishing companies working together as a team, but also radio, video, and booking agencies as well as others who promote musicians. Even innovative technologies in sound production such as speakers’ to improve quality, digital sound keeps the audience coming back for more as live performances continue to grow more and more in the future.

 

In 2017, music fans will be able to enjoy the technology phenomena of virtual and augmented reality and view their favorite past-time musicians like the most recent hologram performances of Michael Jackson and Prince.

 

As technology continues to advance, so does organizational strategies such as in the music industry. Even though many people still listen to radio, especially while driving in the automobiles, more and more music listeners are taking advantage of digital distribution, such as TuneCore and iTunes, and digital streaming on the internet instead of CDs.

 

Donald Trump May Challenge Net Neutrality

Election Shakeup

The recent election of Donald Trump is raising concerns over the future of net neutrality. Under the Obama administration advocates of net neutrality have made a number of gains towards regulating ISPs. The possibility of further progress or even maintaining current regulations is unlikely under a Trump presidency. The president elect has made a number of critical comments against net neutrality in recent years. He has tweeted that he believes net neutrality will result in attacks on conservative news websites. News outlets have reported on possible cabinet picks Trump has selected for the FCC leaving grim prospects for not only net neutrality but the FCC itself.

The Republican Takeover

The Senate recently failed to confirm Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel leaving Democrats with dwindling numbers in the FCC. If the head of the FCC Tom Wheeler steps down from his position Republicans will hold a majority of the positions in the FCC. With control over the FCC Republicans can then move forward with deregulation of ISPs. Although Trump has not yet named his FCC head at least two members of his transition team, Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison, are opponents of net neutrality.

The Future Of The FCC

Republican control of the FCC puts the department’s future at stake and by extension net neutrality itself. With strong opposition to regulation of industry in general this will certainly extend itself towards ISPs. One example of what may happen with unregulated ISPs is the rise of “zero rating” programs. When ISP customers use websites approved by their ISP it will not count towards their bandwidth cap, but a website that isn’t on an approved list will count as metered data. This has the potential to “tunnel” users away from websites that refuse to participate in these programs. That might lead to the end of the “free internet” and towards internet access strongly controlled by just a few major corporate giants.