Google announced that it will start blocking resource-heavy ads from its Chrome browser starting from late August 2020.
According to Marshall Vale, Product Manager, Chrome, they have recently found out that some of the heavy ads are responsible to put a lot of strain on the users’ battery or their home network data, without them ever knowing about it until it is too late and the damage has already been done!
Most of these ads mine cryptocurrency are improperly programmed, thus resulted as increased usage on the network. This is the reason why they can put so much strain on the battery life, draining it to no bounds. On the other hand, or maybe simultaneously, they strain already heavily saturated networks, which the user only gets to know about once they receive huge bills from the network provider companies!
There is a criterion by which Google’s Chrome will block ads. If an ad uses the thresholds of 4MB of network data, 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30 seconds, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage, it will be blocked right away.
As per Google, only 0.3% of ads surpass these thresholds, and they account for up to 27% of network data used by ads and up to 28% of all ad CPU usage.
When Chrome will block such ads, it will show an error page in the place or frame where these ads were supposed to be shown.
In Chrome 80 that was rolled out by Google recently, there is an option of Heavy Ad Intervention. This feature basically unloads those ads that use heavy resources like CPU, battery, GPU, memory, and bandwidth.
This feature can be Enabled by opening a new tab and pasting “chrome://flags/#enable-heavy-ad-intervention” in the address bar.
By retaining this feature and further amplifying the notion of blocking such ads in the Chrome browser, Google has made an effort to show to its users that it cares for them. These ads have always been a hassle in one way or the other, and it is nice to know that finally there is a hope to get them blocked.
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Google has been doing a lot of other things to make its users happy too of lately. Some tweaks here, some minor changes there. Recently it has been playing around with Chrome’s Dark Mode, and favicons, while dealing with corrupt Chrome extensions or releasing Vital Tool to let the users check the vitality of their Chrome browser. And many more!
It seems that every week, there is one good news after another from Google, and it is quite relieving especially in such crucial times of the coronavirus pandemic when the entire world is already going through so much.
These efforts by Google are commendable and much appreciated.
Apple iPod is dead, but check out these iPod alternatives- from Walkman to Mighty Vibe – HT Tech
Apple has discontinued its long-running music player iPod! However, these iPod alternatives are worth checking out.
After a remarkable journey of 21 years, the Apple iPod is no more! Earlier this week, Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod. It was October 23, 2001, when Apple introduced the first original iPod- the first MP3 player in the world that could load 1000 songs. All that was fancy within a pocket-sized device. It became one of the most iconic products by Apple. This original iPod used to feature a FireWire port to connect to a Mac, and it sold for $399 at that time. And after that, the world has seen various iPod generations come and go. In 2022, Apple added a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel with click buttons around the sides in the iPod, while its third gen iPod featured a Dock connector. Also Read: Apple iPod is NO more! A flashback at this revolutionary gadget changed the world!
By 2005, Apple expanded the colour display to all models of iPod as well as video capabilities. Over years, the Apple iPod kept on being launched in new avatars. iPod Touch came out in 2007 along with the iPhone. Then in 2009, iPod Classic was Apple’s final iPod at that size, and it featured a 160GB hard drive, a Click Wheel, and a widescreen colour display. Now, in 2022, the Apple iPod looks to have lost its essence as its features are now available in almost every Apple device, from iPhone, iPad to even Mac. In fact, Apple Music can be accessed via every other Apple device now. Also Read: iPod is now officially DEAD! Apple kills its superhit gadget after 20 years
So, the Apple iPod may be dead but you can still find some top iPod alternatives in the market. If you are a music lover, then these devices will definitely surprise you with their build quality and performance. Here, we have listed some of the iPod alternatives that you can consider now.
Apple iPod alternatives
Sony has been making its own portable audio players for decades with the series named Walkman! Actually, the original Walkman was a portable cassette player, but with its popularity, Walkman has now been converted into an audio player. There are several models that you can buy. Sony NW-A105 Android Walkman with high resolution audio, touch sensor and 26 hours of battery life is available on Amazon at the price of Rs. 21,990. Yes, that is steep, but the Walkman is as iconic a product as Apple iPod was.
Astell & Kern AK Jr
Astell & Kern offers a wide range of mp3 music players. Astell & Kern AK Jr offers high resolution audio, anytime and anywhere. It has a 3.1-inch display size which makes it pocketable along with 9 hours of playback time. It comes with 64GB external memory that supports file formats including WMA, MP3, ALAC, APE(Normal, High, Fast), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, OGG, AAC.
Mighty Vibe Spotify and Amazon Music Player
There is another music player which resembles the iPod Shuffle, the Mighty Vibe which plays Spotify playlists and podcasts for phone as well as data free music listening. It can store 1000 plus songs.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 may have been released two years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less capable now than it was at launch. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 are both excellent performers — though the Snapdragon variant is definitely a cut above its Exynos sibling — and the 8 GB of RAM is still plenty for pretty much anything you need.
The Galaxy S20’s AMOLED panel is about as bright as anyone would realistically need, and 120 Hz makes it twice as fast as the one we’ll see on the Pixel 6a. The camera system on the Galaxy S20 does not disappoint, either — the massive 12 MP, 1/1.76-inch, optically-stabilised main sensor and 12 MP ultra-wide unit perform wonderfully, while the 64 MP 3x zoom effort performs about as well as you can expect from a digital zoom setup.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S20 will receive its final Android update in 2023 but, as with the Pixel 5, there are plenty of custom ROMs out there and Android updates are pretty iterative nowadays anyway.
A refurbished Samsung Galaxy S20 can be had on Amazon for around US$400, and microSD expansion means you don’t have to worry about skimping and buying the cheapest version available.
The iPhone 11 is a really solid device for anyone who doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for a flagship experience. The Apple A13 Bionic in the iPhone 11 is still plenty powerful for 2022 and beyond. Just like the Pixel 6a, the iPhone 11 features a 1/2.55-inch main camera sensor and a 12 MP ultrawide unit, and Apple’s camera smarts put the setup on pretty much even footing — with the exception perhaps being night mode — with what we’re expecting from the Pixel 6a. The iPhone 11 will almost undoubtedly run circles around the Pixel 6a when it comes to video performance, despite having a similar sensor array.
Everyone even roughly in the know is aware of Apple’s legendary iOS update history. If you are unaware, Apple still supports the iPhone 6s — a device from 2015 — in 2022. The iPhone 11 will likely continue to receive iOS updates long after the Google Pixel 6a receives its last Android update.
You can often find a renewed iPhone 11 on Amazon for around US$350.
Google Pixel 6a price in UK, Canada, France and other countries revealed – India Today
Google Pixel 6a was announced during the Google I/O event 2022. The smartphone was announced in the US for $449 (Rs 34,791 roughly). The pricing of the Google Pixel 6a in other countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, France and other countries. The India pricing of the highly-anticipated device has not been revealed yet. If rumours are to be believed, the smartphone will hit the Indian markets by the end of July. Google has announced that Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order in the US and Japan from July 21.
As per GSMArena, the Google Pixel 6a is priced at CAD 599 in Canada; in the UK, the device is priced at 459 for the single 6GB variant. In Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain the device carries a price tag of EUR 459. The report reveals that the Charcoal variant of the Pixel 6a will be available in Singapore and Ireland, while all other regions will also get Sage and Chalk options.
Pixel 6a is the trimmed down version of the Pixel 6, which was launched last year. The design, however, is very similar to the Pixel 6a. The phone has borrowed the camera bar from the Pixel 6. It is offered in three colour options, including Chalk, Charcoal and Sage.It has retained the essence of Google’s premium phones-Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — at a lower price of $449. The phone is powered by the Google Tensor chipset and comes with powerful cameras. The Pixel features dual rear cameras: a main lens and an ultrawide lens. As for the selfie camera on Pixel 6a, it’s the same great camera as Pixel 6.
Talking about the camera features, Google said, “The Pixel Camera is built to be versatile and adapt to your needs, and you’ll see some of those features and technologies on Pixel 6a — from Real Tone, which authentically represents all skin tones, to Night Sight, which makes low-light photography a breeze, to Magic Eraser in Google Photos, which makes distractions disappear.” Google also said that it has enhanced Magic Eraser so you can also change the color of distracting objects in your photo. Pixel 6a will be among the first Android devices to receive the upcoming Android 13 update.
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