Chrome to take ad blocking worldwide in July

Google plans to go global with Chrome’s ad-blocking in July, expanding the practice from North America and Europe, where it’s been in place for nearly a year.

Beginning July 9, 2019, Chrome will … stop showing all ads on sites in any country that repeatedly display (disruptive ads),” Ben Galbraith, senior product director of Chrome, wrote in a Jan. 9 post to a company blog.

Google first directed Chrome to “filter” online ads – its preferred label for the practice – in February 2018. Then, the company announced its browser would expunge all ads from sites that displayed advertisements identified as the most annoying on the web. The “disruptive” ad types were those that violated the “Better Ads Standards” set by an industry group named “Coalition for Better Ads” (CBA).

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from Computerworld News https://www.computerworld.com/article/3333798/web-browsers/chrome-to-take-ad-blocking-worldwide-in-july.html#tk.rss_news

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The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google’s Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn’t get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There’s no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. By and large, things “just work” — like, for real.

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from Computerworld News https://www.computerworld.com/article/3333005/chrome-os/chromebook-tune-up.html#tk.rss_news

Apple’s biggest challenge isn’t selling iPhones

It doesn’t matter if we buy them less often, we’re all going to continue to buy smartphones; the congregation of loyal iPhone users will continue to grow; and Apple’s biggest challenge isn’t mobile – it’s Mac.

Wave bye-bye to Windows 7

Apple has a huge opportunity.

Over a third of all the Windows PCs on the planet are running a version of the Microsoft OS that is about to die a cold and lonely death, Windows 7. That installation is just twelve software patches away from forced retirement, after which enterprise and consumer users will be forced to upgrade, or to pay Microsoft way too much money to support the old OS, or to upgrade.

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from Computerworld News https://www.computerworld.com/article/3331932/apple-mac/apple-s-biggest-challenge-isn-t-selling-iphones.html#tk.rss_news