Annoying Autoplay on Google Chrome will be blocked

A new version of Google Chrome was rolled out last month that addresses the issues of autoplay videos. The version 66 which is the latest update include autoplay video alterations that stop auto-play videos from happening by default when the sound is on. Google has taken charge of these changes in a customized way for Chrome to learn the preferences of users on the sites that need to be blocked. This will prevent immediate sound blasts when you visit a relatively new site. The changes that Google are making will save the user preferences of a site that you clicked, and played videos on for future use. For example, YouTube will autoplay with sound, and if you interacted with a video site before, it will autoplay with sound.

If you are starting to use Chrome and you don’t have any kind of history browsing the internet, videos on popular websites that usually play videos with sound will autoplay . Once you begin to browse the internet, Chrome will learn your trend, and on the websites that you play media, Chrome will autoplay the media with sound and disable autoplay on sites that you do not play media. As you begin to teach Chrome, you will have to click “play” each time you want to play a video, but the new policy blocks approximately half of the autoplay that is unwanted, to make you have very few surprises when you visit a website.

The latest updates on Google follow Chrome 64 changes that allow a user to mute a site, instead of the “mute tab” that was temporary. There are additional Chrome features that targetted towards users of Windows 10. There is going to be a notification support for Windows 10, together with the full swipe gestures and precision trackpads support. These features have not yet been released, but they are currently being tested in the company’s Canary developer Chrome versions.

EU Set To Investigate Purchase Of Shazam By Apple

The European Union is made up of almost all European nations, with a central goal of ensuring citizens, businesses’ outputs, and money of all 28 member states can move around freely without excessive restriction.

The EU wears countless hats in terms of regulating business throughout most of the European continent. One piece of headwear that it’s pulled out of the proverbial closet several times recently is that of Sherlock Holmes – that’s the same thing as an investigator, right? – just days ago coming to the conclusion that Google’s search engine and advertising features shouldn’t be under the same umbrella due to shooing away substantial competition due to its self-favoritism in terms of selecting ads put forth by Google itself over its competitors’ media.

Just today, Monday, April 23, 2018, the European Union has kicked off an investigation that looks into the business acquisition of music finder mobile app Shazam by none other than one of the world’s largest companies, Apple.

European Union constituents are worried that the finalized acquisition could very well limit how many options consumers have for selecting music streaming platforms on mobile devices, particularly within the confines of the European Economic Area.

Several countries under the leadership of the EU asked the European Commission to officially make a ruling on whether the merger between the two companies was allowed under the system’s laws. Those countries included Spain, France, Iceland, and Austria.

The European Commission made public that the deal “may have a significant adverse effect on competition in the European Economic Area.”

Apple’s investigation by the thorough, magnifying-glass-wielding, top-hat-wearing Sherlock Holmes lookalike – the European Commission – will be completed by September 4, 2018.

Shazam has grown into quite a popular app since it was founded several years ago. Together, Apple and Spotify – the pair are competitors within the same industry – currently collectively get about one million references from Shazam.

Apple could drown out Spotify’s shares of clicks, which is the primary concern of EU member states.

Village Media Voice co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Phoenix New Times and Village Media Voice co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin understand all too well how being in the cross-hairs of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can be dangerous.

The self-anointed “Toughest sheriff in America” has wreaked havoc on the citizens of Maricopa County for 24 years. Many believed that the controversial figure would finally get his comeuppance after his July 2017 criminal contempt conviction.

Many were praying that the good sheriff would spend some time inside his own notorious “tent city” and exists in 120 degree temperatures, be forced to wear pink underwear, eat green bologna and all the other indignities faced by the inmates who actually stayed there.

Sadly, that day would never come thanks to Donald Trump. One of his first orders of business after winning his election as President of the United States was to pardon the 85-year-old former sheriff. While many were outraged, it wasn’t a big shock. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

After all, while Trump was driving the “birther” bus, Arpaio was riding shotgun. The insidious lie to defame the President Barack Obama was being pushed by two of the most vile human beings to ever walk the earth.

Arpaio had gotten away with a lot over the years. Mostly with the help of his henchmen at the prosecuting attorney’s office. Arpaio was anti-immigration and made no bones about it.

Larkin and Lacey saw what was going on. And since no one else had the balls to confront Arpaio, they decided to take on the cause.

the duo often penned articles in their newspaper criticizing Arpaio for everything from the unexplained deaths inside prison walls, beatings, civil rights violations and much more. Arpaio hated Hispanics.

In his mind, any person with a Latino background was illegal. As the stories began to pile up, more light was shone on Maricopa County Jail.

Larkin and Lacey wrote a giant expose on Arpaio, including recently divulged information that Arpaio’s minions at the prosecutor’s offer were going to issue subpoenas to anyone who read the paper.

Now, the sheriff was mad. And what he did less will go down in the annals of history as one of the most egregious civil rights violation ever.

Both Larkin and Lacey were absconded from their homes in the dead of night, forced into separate black vans and taken to jail.

When the smoke cleared, the men were awarded $3.4 million as part of a civil rights lawsuit. But not even that stopped Arpaio from his harassment and racial profiling.

In 2011, U.S. District Judge G Murray Snow issued an injunction against Arpaio and the Maricopa County Jail banning racial profiling in traffic stops. He ignored the ruling. This is what led to his criminal contempt conviction.

The one good thing that came out of it is the money Larkin and Lacey won went to the Frontera Fund. It’s a non-profit that helps with Hispanic causes.

Both men are still putting up the good fight. In the meantime, Arpaio just won’t go away. He’s planning to run for the senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake.

Google “Pausing” Allo

Google has announced that its messaging app called Allo is being “paused.”

Anil Sabharwal, who is the new head of the company’s communication group, said that not only was the company pausing Allo, but that all its personnel would now be working on a different messaging app called Android Messages. Some analysts believe that Google needs as many resources as possible on Messages to make sure that it is ultimately successful.

In effect, Allo suffered from a lack of users, making it an ineffective competitor against the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Sabharwal indicated that the app simply did not gain enough traction among users. At least not as much as they had hoped. They thought — when they started developing the app — that they would be building something that millions of people would not only use but get excited about. But he said that at this point the company does not see the app being on that kind of trajectory.

For those who use and depend on Allo, all is not lost. The app will still work, and Google is even saying that it will support it in some undefined way. The company actually has not made a final decision about what it will do with Allo, if anything. Sabharwal said that they wanted to be fair to users of the app, and that they did not want to make any rash decisions about it at the moment. Though, he added, the company had immediate needs when it came to Android Messages, and that is why they made the move.

For those who use Duo, which is a video chatting app Google launched at the same time that it launched Allo, the news is better. The company says that it is satisfied with how Duo has grown. The app, which is available for both Android and iOS, is steadily gaining users. As long as this continues into the future, the company will continue to develop it.

Netflix Updates Mobile App to Include Video Previews

You can now watch previews of movies and TV shows within Netflix’s mobile app. As reported by The Verge, the on-demand video provider recently updated its mobile app to include this feature.

Of course, users have been able to watch video previews on the Netflix’s TV interface since last year. Consisting of short 30-second clips, it provides users with a sneak peak of the show or movie without watching the entire program. Now, however, users on their mobile device can take advantage of this feature.

Upon launching the new Netflix app, users will see previews for shows and movies at the top, which they can click to watch. The previews are displayed as circles, and users can add them to their watch list just like any regular program that’s available on Netflix. If a user doesn’t want to watch a specific preview, he or she can swipe right to switch to the next preview.

So, how does Netflix decide which movies and shows to display as previews on its new mobile app? Like the platform’s TV interface, Netflix’s mobile app displays recommendations based on the user’s viewing history. Netflix has a complex algorithm that it uses to determine which movies and shows a user might like. By examining the user’s viewing history, it’s able to recommend similar shows and movies, displaying these titles as previews in the app. When announcing the newly updated mobile app, Netflix said years of testing showed that video previews help users find content more quickly.

Video previews is only available in Netflix’s iOS app, but the company says its planning to launch an Android version with this feature in the near future.

You Can Soon Pay for Gas Inside Chevy Cars

There have been many very exciting tech innovations during the past several years. Many of these innovations come from the automotive field. Chevy has been one of the companies that has done quite a bit to improve the tech that is used inside of all their cars. Their ability to innovate has continued by creating a way for drivers to pay for their gas without the need to get out of their car. The system will be installed inside the dashboard of certain cars. It is currently in the testing phase in several cities including Detroit.

The catch is that you will need to buy your gas at Shell stations because they are the only company that has partnered with General Motors at the present time. The driver will need to download the Shell app and set up gas payment in order for the service to automatically bill your account. The good news is that the service will not require the driver to use another data plan to access the service. It will use the 4G LTE connection that is already available in many cars. It remains to be seen when the service will be available all around the country. It will depend on how successful it is in the cities where it is currently being tested.

Chevy has been talking about creating a service where people could pay for their gas inside their car for several years. However, the technology was not quite right to make it work effectively. Now the development of smartphones and 4G technology have allowed this new app to be created by Shell in conjunction with Chevy and its parent company General Motors.

There are a number of advantages to using a system like this to pay for your gas. First of all, you will not need to get out of your car in cold or rainy weather. You will also not need to put your credit card in the slot at the pump where your number could possibly be stolen. In fact, you will not even need to have your card with you in order to pay for gas.

SmugMug Takes a Chance and Buy Flickr

Flickr’s best days may still be ahead of it. At least that is the hope of SmugMug, the company that recently acquired the one-time popular social media platform. The stated goal of SmugMug’s management involves “revitalizing” Flickr, a noble goal that may prove difficult. Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, couldn’t do much with Flickr. Hence, Oath/Verizon now chooses to sell it off. SmugMug thinks it can restore Flickr to its former glory.

Flickr debuted a popular concept when its community arrived on the online landscape: photo-sharing. People love to take and share pictures. Flickr became a user-friendly and well-trafficked venue in which to do so. A huge community quickly amassed among the user accounts comprising Flickr’s membership. While Flickr always delivered on its promises to members, the popularity of Flickr seemed to fade. Unfortunately, most people prefer to use Facebook for pretty much everything with photo-sharing included. Flickr, like MySpace and others, couldn’t compete and somewhat faded.

The idea that there’s no room for any other social media or digital media platform outside of Facebook seems a bit overly pessimistic. With hundreds of millions of people using the internet for business and social purposes, it would make sense that a decent percentage would embrace a smaller, purpose-focused platform. Perhaps the ability to target a smaller niche of users hinges on the ability to develop a solid marketing and management strategy.

SmugMug believes it’s up to the challenge. Honestly, SmugMug truly needs to succeed with whatever plans the company has for Flickr. Attempting to revitalize the platform and failing means the company will be out of an incredible sum of money. The acquisition price from Verizon surely comes with a steep figure.

SmugMug might be better primed to run Flickr in a profitable and successful manner. SmugMug specializes in photos and images. With Oath/Verizon, Flickr becomes “one of many properties” owned by the telecommunications giant. Sometimes, a more personal managerial touch is necessary for success.

Graham Edwards Looks to Join New Organization

Graham Edwards has recently announced that he will be joining the Housing Policy Group. He will serve as the Chairman for the Centre for Policy Studies. This will be the latest professional endeavor that Edwards will pursue to advance his career. Recently, Graham Edwards was the chief executive officer of Telereal Trillium. During his stint at this company, he has been able to build the company into one of the Britain’s largest privately owned property company. Once Edwards becomes part of the Centre for Policy Studies, he will work with a number of the in house experts in order to help create new policies for the organization. These include making progress towards accelerating the pace of homebuilding as well as increasing the ownership of homes in the United Kingdom (

With the recent addition of Graham Edwards, the Centre for Policy Studies will look to launch its New Generation initiative. This new program will look to provide a platform for individuals to join the organization and bring in new ideas for real estate policies. This program has officially been launched in November of 2017. The new policy programs of this organization will consist of focusing on issues that affect the daily lives of many people. These include business, housing and planning, welfare and taxes and cost of living. The intention of this new program is to develop new policies that will allow people to gain a sense of autonomy and ownership in their lives.

Edwards was named the chief executive officer of Telereal Trillium back in the year 2001. Under his leadership, he has been able to improve the operations of the company as well as enable it to reach a number of its key goals over the years. When he first began working at Telereal Trillium, Graham was responsible for initiating a transaction that resulted in a 2.4 billion pound property outsourcing deal. This would allow 6700 properties to be transferred to the company. In the year 2009, Graham was in charge of negotiations that would allow the company to acquire Trillium from another company known as Land Securities Group PLC. After this deal was completed, Telereal Trillium became the market leader in both property investment and outsourcing. As a result, the company would begin making revenues of over 1 billion pounds per year.

Before Graham became the CEO of Trillium, he worked as a chief investment officer of Talisman Global Asset Management. He would also work at Merrill Lynch Investment Management. Graham would serve as a fund manager. Edwards also worked at BT Group Plc where he would work as the head of finance. Graham has a number of credentials such as being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

Nick Vertucci Releases a Guide to Investing in Real Estate

Nick Vertucci is one prominent real estate investor whose career is shaped in the industry of helping people to improve their lives by alleviating them from poverty. Easy as his life seems right now, Vertucci was raised in a humble background that encompassed working between more than two jobs to fend for his family. A master of all trades, he never allowed the challenges he went through in life to stand in his way to success. Now recently, Nick Vertucci released a book he has been working on for some time; Seven Figure Decisions is a personal account as well as a guide on the ups and downs of Nick’s life, fears, struggles and the steps he took towards building his fortunes. Alongside the release of the book is a signature mark and endorsement from the prominent Dean Cain and Kevin Harrington.

A Look at the Early Life of Nick Vertucci

Vertucci grew up in a very loving family. Like any other teenager, he was well provided for. However, things became worse when he lost his father at the tender age of ten. On the other hand, his mother had to strain by working between two jobs to support his siblings. Being a visionary man, Vertucci decided to take up odd jobs and support his family. At the age of eighteen, he moved to his van and transformed it into a home.

Nick‘s Life Takes a Turn

Nick Vertucci was a very ambitious man. He did not allow his present moments and situations in life to determine his future. Therefore, he decided to start a small business; selling computers. At that moment, he focused on expanding his client base as he also leveraged software services. Seeing that he could support a family, he decided to marry the lady he was seeing at that moment. What he did not know was that life was preparing him for the second cycle of the challenges he had faced in the past. Vertucci lost his business to the crash of 2000. Dot com swept his business off the industry. Of course, he was devastated because it was the second time hell was breaking loose for him.

Bouncing Back to Business!

Nick’s luck in life changed when he met a friend who invited him to a meeting dubbed how to invest in real estate. At first, he was reluctant because he assumed that the meeting would turn out to be like any other in which attendees would were asked for registration fee and promised to make it without lifting a finger to work. However, he changed his mind and decided to attend the first meeting. Until now, he recalls how his life took a turn when he decided to make his first investment.

Life Lessons wit Vertucci

Vertucci believes that your past should not hinder you from exploring viable investment dockets in life. He encourages everyone to take risks especially when it comes to business. Moreover, he uses the Nick Vertucci Academy to disseminate critical information on real estate and how an individual can maneuver.

Alexa Blueprints Heralds the Arrival of a New Voice App

Alexa serves as a brilliant voice-operated device that integrates with various technologies to make life hands-free and easier. Amazon truly did hit it a home run with the development of Alexa. Now, things may be taken a step further. The arrival of “Alexa Blueprints” provides a means in which Alexa owners can customize the unit’s voice capabilities in a multitude of ways.

Skills and responses can be integrated into Alexa based on the owner’s personal preferences. Not too long ago, customizing skills and responses with Alexa required the writing of code. No more. Alexa Blueprints provides an official program that allows Alexa owners to expand their personal uses and voice capabilities of the device. Consider this another way Amazon can build customer loyalty and consistent business.

An Alexa user could very well create his or her own audiobook or even program unique answers to specific questions. The full capabilities of Alexa Blueprints might be limited, but the unlimited creativity of certain owners could lead to some very interesting uses.

Is the Alexa Blueprints voice app creator easy to create things with? Well, Amazon certainly took steps to make sure utilizing the program becomes as easy as possible. 20 templates have been provided to cover an equal number of categories. Follow the template designed to create the desired type of voice app. Don’t look for any complicated steps, Amazon has made sure they don’t exist.

Alexa Blueprints hasn’t officially come out yet, but the debut won’t likely be too far off into the future. The concept of Alexa Blueprints is just to intriguing to sit in the development or beta stage for too long