IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday. According to a joint statement, IBM will pay cash to buy all shares in Red Hat at $190 each. Shares in Red Hat closed at $116.68 on Friday before the deal was announced. The open source, enterprise software maker will become a unit of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division, with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst joining IBM’s senior management team and reporting to CEO Ginni Rometty.
PlayStation today revealed the list of games that will come bundled with its retro console, the PS One Classic. While the list does include several (ahem) classics and old favorites, there are still a few rather large holes in the library.
OnePlus’ second flagship smartphone of 2018 has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least. First of all, just about everything there is to know about the OnePlus 6T leaked long before the phone was announced on Monday. Of course, that pretty much goes without saying at this point, since details surrounding flagship phones always leak in advance. The real trouble arrived when it came time to schedule the OnePlus 6T announcement event. First, OnePlus reportedly pushed back its planned unveiling to avoid overlapping with Google’s Pixel 3 launch. Then, after landing on the date October 30th for its big reveal, Apple announced that its October press conference would be held on the same date. Competing with Apple for media coverage is obviously ill-advised, so the company bumped up its event to today, October 29th.
Enhance Games’ stylish, trippy take on Tetris will come with a wide variety of modes tailored to appeal to your play style and mood, and those modes are designed to keep players coming back to Tetris Effect for weeks and months after the game launches. The puzzle game’s main “campaign” mode, known as Journey Mode, will send players on a trip through 27 levels, each with their own musical and visual themes. Each level is crafted to tell a story and let players feel different emotions as they play, vice president of production Mark MacDonald said during a hands-on gameplay preview. Levels in Journey Mode will take players from the deserts of Egypt to the solitary darkness of the Moon, while others venture deep into the sea to let players swim with dolphins as they line up puzzle pieces.
New Windows 10 PC owners should be careful about downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge, as Bing is apparently returning search results that contain malware and adware. There is a running joke that the only purpose of Microsoft Edge is to download Google Chrome, but it appears that the tables could easily turn for users who are not careful. Fortunately, Twitter user Gabriel Landau did not fall prey to a fake Google Chrome download page returned by a Bing search.
A number of players started to notice that opponents using the Zoey skin were harder to see at a certain distance, and it didn’t take long to confirm that they were actually becoming totally invisible to both friends and foes. Strangely, the pickaxes and weapons of the players were still visible but this definitely wasn’t an intended change for to turn Zoey into a ghost for the ongoing Fortnitemares Halloween event.
Search giant Google has announced that it would roll back a recent update to Google Chrome browser. The update, according to tech users, reportedly broke the audio embedded in several HTML5-based web games. The company, however, pointed out that such update will be implemented in October.
Why audio is not working properly in Google Chrome?
This decision to defer the reimplementation of the feature has earned the dissatisfaction of may Web-based developers. In an attempt to explain the issue, Google’s Product Manager John Pallett in a post on the Chromium developer forums has admitted that the search giant “didn’t do a good job of communicating the impact of the new autoplay policy to developers using the Web Audio API.”
With this, the present version of Chrome which is version 66 would no longer automatically mute Web Audio objects. Whatever contents embedded within HTML5’s <video> and <audio> tags would still be silenced.
Pallett also said that this temporary rollback would actually “to give Web Audio API developers… more time to update their code.” He added that the browser’s auto-muting is expected to be brought back for Chrome version 70 in October.
“Unfortunately, the great majority of existing work will not be updated by October, or ever, and so we still face the effective cultural erasure of those works in October,” QWOP developer Bennett Foddy writes in the Chromium thread.
“You guys have the power to break everyone’s work, should you wish to exercise that power, but you do not have the power to make people add workarounds to code that they are not able to alter,” Foddy added.
Google’s Chrome 66 comes with updates designed to make browsing even better.
Chrome 66, the latest update to the world’s most popular browser, is now finally live. It brings with it new features both for users and developers and several changes on policy and security.
Probably the key highlights to this update include autoplay blocking feature, password exporting and improved stability and performance.
As reported last month, this latest update includes a feature where Chrome 66 automatically mutes autoplay videos. That is unless the user frequently plays media on that website or in some way interacted with the content on that page.
“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t,” Google previously said in a statement.
The latest update now also includes an “Export Passwords” feature. This allows users to export their saved passwords and import them into other browsers. To access this, you can go to Settings > Advanced > Passwords and forms > Manage passwords > Saved Passwords menu.
On the security front, Google has removed trust for Symantec certificates after the company failed to follow industry security standards.
The full list of the changes of this build is available in the Git log.
Chrome 66 is now available for iOS users in the App Store. The Android version has also already been released and will be available on Google Play over the course of the next few weeks. For desktop, you can update your Chrome now using the built-in updater or download it directly here.
Google Chrome finally gives us an update we ALL need: the option for blocking autoplay videos with sound.
This is indeed a very good news if you’re someone who likes to browse the internet while otherwise supposed to be engaged in something else (you know, like work). Google Chrome will finally roll out an update that blocks those annoying autoplay videos.
The feature was originally set to be released with Chrome 64. It is now set to be included in version 66 which is scheduled to be released next month.
“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t,” Google said in a statement last year when the first announced their intentions. “These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.”
Once this is rolled out, autoplay for videos will now only be allowed when the media does not play sound. It will also play audio when the user taps/clicks on the video or if the user has previously shown an interest in media on the site.
This is very good news for users. However, it might not be so for advertisers who rely on ads that blast out their spiels whether you like it or not.
This is a big year for changes in the browser. In February this year, Chrome rolled out ad-blocker. Later this year, the browser will mark all non-HTTPS websites as “non-secure”. This will hopefully encourage more websites to adopt to the HTTPS encryption. This “not secure” tag is going to be released with Chrome 68 in July.
Search giant Google will now remove web ads that annoy users when browsing the internet. Google will install new filter in its Chrome browser. The filter will eradicate the lucrative ads.
Google starts cracking down lucrative ads
And here’s the catch: Google’s Chrome browser would also include blocking the company’s own ads on offending sites. But the irony is that the search engine giant is convincing people to turn-off Google’s ad-blocking software.
Ad publishers criticized Google’s ad-blocking software. They said Google deprived them of revenue derived from the ads displayed on web pages.
Responding to this, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Google vice president, in a blog post, said that the move would make the web healthy if they would filter out disruptive ad experiences.
But Roy-Chowdhury’s statement is not enough to convince the publishers. Still, Google’s methods are being attacked. Emarketer said that the company, including Facebook, has dominated the online-advertising market.
In fact, Chrome is one of the popular browsers as it represents roughly 60 percent market share. Now, the company is focusing on 12 ad formats. But this was slammed by the Coalition for Better Ads.
The group Coalition for Better Ads, which includes Google, Facebook, News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, criticized the blackballed formats. The blackballed ad formats are pop-ups and large ads that hover above the page.
According to Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy for the newspaper alliance, said the standards should be voluntary, saying that Google is transforming the standards into a de facto law.
Google Chrome extensions that may possibly put you in a serious danger
The Google Company warned users for serious risk for some of its Google Chrome extensions. Security experts discovered a number of popular browser extensions that are filled with malicious software. If you’re using Chrome, you might want to check if you have downloaded extensions which will infect your computer’s malware.
Well, it’s not even a question that Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser in the world right now. It was recorded that last year, Google Chrome occupied a huge 58.90 percent of the internet browser marketplace. Its rivals, Mozilla Firefox only had 13.29 percent while the Internet Explorer had 13 percent. That’s not even a doubt thatnChrome really did well last year.
However, fans are on guard regarding the discovery of four malicious extensions.
Researchers from security firm ICEBRG discovered these four malicious extensions which were downloaded 500,000 time. The firm stumbled upon a security risk after detecting a suspicious spike in outbound traffic from a customer’s workstation.
It was caused by a Google Chrome extension called HTTP Request Header. It used infected machines to visit advertising links.
But, not just that. ICEBRG later discovered another three Chrome extensions that also did very similar things. These are the Nyoogle, Stickies, and Lite Bookmarks. The researchers believed that these extensions play a huge part in click-fraud scam. It can imitate the process of a user clicking on a link for an advert without the victim’s knowledge. And it can also potentially spy on the victim.
In their report, ICEBRG said, “In this case, the inherent trust of third-party Google extensions, and accepted risk of user control over these extensions, allowed an expansive fraud campaign to succeed. In the hands of a sophisticated threat actor, the same tool and technique could have enabled a beachhead into target networks.”
The good news here, Chrome already removed these four threatening extensions from their store after the report of the firm.
Who among you hates those unwanted ads whenever we click something from a website? Well, I do, I do, I do! But it’s a bit scary to find an ad blocker because some of them have viruses. And we don’t want any virus in our gadgets, right?
Ad blocker for Google Chrome
Google announced earlier this year that they will do something about those spammy and intrusive advertisements. An ad blocker which will be launched on February 15, 2018 was established by the company.
The blocker won’t remove ALL ads — but it will remove those bad advertisements including offensive ones.
It will also ban full page ads, auto playing video ads, among others.
Google will notify websites that contain these ads of a potential blocking through its Ad Experience Report tool. If the reported sites fail to report within 30 days, all of their ads will be removed. And when I say all, it includes those of Google’s.
After this, they will submit again for manual review in order to reactivate their ads after filtering the spammy ones.
The goal is self-explanatory. It will help filter those ads which can affect a person’s work because it keeps on popping up. But for those who can dig deeper, this will let Google have more power over the internet world.
Windows users who are big Safari fans may be disappointed with the recent development made by the browser’s developer Apple, as the latter has decided to pull Safari for Windows out, just in time for the release of Apple’s Safari 6.
However, Windows users can still download Safari version 5.1.7 after tediously scouring for the download link in Apple’s support pages.
The Safari version that can be downloaded by Windows users is the same with the Web browser that came with OS X 10.7.4 a couple of months ago.
People speculate that Apple’s reason for pulling the plug for the Safari for Windows is that Apple is no longer interested in giving Windows a port for its OS X browser.
Safari currently lags behind Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome with a 4.7% share of the browser market.
According to Forbes writer Adrian Kinsely-Hughes, “While I find Safari to be an adequate browser for the Mac OS X platform, when it comes to Windows I’d put it behind Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In fact, the only time I even fire it up on Windows is when I’m testing something.”