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.

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.

Motorola Reveals New G and E Series Phones

Motorola’s G series is a popular phone with a loyal customer base. The company is adding to its Moto range with four devices in the G6 and E series which are expected to be available online and in stores this May or June. The smartphones fall within the 100 to 300 dollar price range, although they could be cheaper depending on carrier pricing. The smartphones’ features still fall short of higher-end sophistication, but reviewers believe the Moto G6, the G6 Play, the Moto G5 Plus and the E5 Play are superior to other phones in the same class.

Jacob Kastrenakas of The Verge highlights a few of the differences between the phones but acknowledges that the lines between them tend to blur. For instance, the screen sizes range from 5.5 to 6 inches with all but the Moto E5 Play having an 18:9 aspect ratio. Each phone runs on Snapdragon and boast a powerful battery.

The G6 model features Gorilla Glass instead of the polymer glass found in other models. Each model has thin bezels and curved edges, features that Kastrenakas says give the phones a good “feel” and are suggestive of higher-end models.

Of the group, only the G6 offers dual-cameras and a portrait option. The other models offer standard front and rear-facing cameras. The Moto E Play is the baseline model with features that make it dependable but not entirely praise-worthy. At 2800 MAH, the battery is smaller than others in the series and the display is smaller as well. Some users have found the display lackluster and offering only below-average clarity.

Still, Motorola is producing smartphones that have a global following. The Moto E5 and the Moto G6 Plus aren’t being released in the United States, while no one else in the world has the option to purchase the Moto E5 Plus other than U.S. dwellers.

Michael Burwell Is Greeted At His New Position At Willis Towers Watson

In August 2017, Willis Towers Watson hired a new chief financial officer, Michael “Mike” Burwell. The previous CFO, Roger Millay, had announced he would be retiring as of October 2, 2017.

 

Willis Towers Watson is a multinational company that offers insurance, reinsurance, and advisory services.

 

Michael Burwell brought 31 years of professional experience to Willis Towers Watson. He has extensive experience in finance, accounting, and management. He had performed audits of corporations for over a decade and spent a dozen years in a Transaction Services advisory position. During this time, he analyzed companies that had plans to merge with another company. He also performed valuation services so that companies were fairly valued during a mergers and acquisitions event. View Related Info Here.

 

Willis Towers Watson’s Chief Executive Officer John Haley provided a statement about hiring Michael Burwell. He said that the executive team at his company were excited to serve alongside him. He also appreciated that Burwell focused on the clients of his company in the past. He has years of experience managing at a complex and global corporation. Haley also said that Burwell had all the skills necessary to help his company achieve long-term growth and revenues.

 

Talking about his new position, Michael Burwell said that he considered it an honor to work for Willis Towers Watson. He said that during the interview process he could see this company had a very strong executive team and was committed to doing the best job they could for their clients.

Michael Burwell spent the previous 16 years of his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Over the years he held a number of high-level roles at this auditing firm.

 

Among these positions he had been the chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and the Global and US Transformation Leader. He ended up earning Partner at this company which the position he left to join Willis Towers Watson’s.

 

While working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michael Burwell had lived in the greater Detroit region. One of Burwell’s accomplishments there was when he was in his Transformation role. The goal of this position was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall company. He made numerous changes to different departments such as finance, human capital, technology, and global strategic sourcing.

 

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Michael Burwell earned a Bachelor Arts of Business Administration degree at this university in 1986.

 

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Shervin Pishevar Anticipates a Dark Future for the US Economy

In the year 2008, Shervin Pishevar correctly anticipated that Facebook would go through an eventual crisis. That prediction came true. It seems like he has a knack for predicting the future. He made recent forecasts about the future of the US economy in a 21 hour tweet rant that had 50 separate points about why the US economy was in such a bad state and why the stock market would go down an aggregate 6,000 points in the months ahead.

Shervin Pishevar is a well-known super angel investor. He got his start in Silicon Valley and was one of the first to invest in Uber. He helped to start Sherpa Capital, which not only invested in Uber, but was also an early investor in Airbnb and Munchery, among other companies. At the end of 2018, Shervin Pishevar used his Twitter account to announce that he would be resigning from Sherpa Capital. It wasn’t until the beginning of February that he was heard from again.

Shervin Pishevar made 50 tweets all addressing why the US economy was headed downward. In a couple of tweets, he did have some positive things to say about certain companies, like one that he founded called Virgin Hyperloop One. He also said that SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, was also a moonshot that he anticipates will do well.

One of the ominous forecasts he made is about giant companies in the United States, like Amazon and Google. He says that they are monopolies that are built on a framework that will experience a possible downfall. He said that small towns are just waiting for offices from big companies to open up in their towns, but the fact that they can buy out all small businesses is not good for growth in the US economy. He said it is like when a forest burns down and makes way for new trees. He says it is just how evolution works.

Shervin Pishevar made these predictions after the stock market experienced a dramatic dip in the beginning of February 2018. He basically says that this is just the beginning and that the market will continue to go down by thousands of points in the months to come.

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Google Brings Blockchain Security and Online Ledger Capabilities to Their Cloud Product Users

Earlier this week, search engine leader Google announced its plans to implement portions of cryptocurrency technology within its own web-based applications as a means to enhance the security of its cloud products.

While the timeframe and exact implementation details have not yet been released, the company has stated that it will move forward with blockchain technology as part of its online tools offerings.

Blockchain, the general ledger used by bitcoin and the majority of other digital currencies, provides a transparent, distributed, anonymous, permanent and tamper proof record of electronic transactions performed while engaging in exchanges using cryptocurrencies.

Google’s internal Alphabet unit made the announcement that they have already begun developing their own blockchain solution along with investing in and acquiring other startup firms that are in the process of creating their own digital ledger technologies.

The general ledger offering would give users of Google cloud services the ability to manage, oversee and ensure who is accessing their resources online and to protect their sensitive data. It could also provide the firm’s customers with a powerful means to coordinate transactions electronically through programmable smart contracts, deriving some of the additional security and automation benefits from the blockchain technology.

Google began testing their own blockchain services back in 2016 through its developer partnerships.

Their latest blockchain solution moves Google into the global digital ledger market in a space where Microsoft and IBM control approximately 51 percent of the worldwide investment.

Digital ledger technology has already started to impact the financial industry with several recently launched firms specifically focused on delivering blockchain solutions and services forming partnerships with financial industry players.

While the benefits of the technology show promise for the mortgage industry, Wall Street giants including Mastercard, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have contributed to the more than 1200 blockchain patents filed last year.

In related news this week, IBM announced launching its own platform targeted at smaller firms developing their own digital ledger applications.

SpaceX Chooses Los Angeles as Home of New BGR Manufacturing Facility

Although its corporate headquarters is located in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX has selected Los Angeles as the home of its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) manufacturing facility. According to Ars Technica, the aerospace manufacturing company will build the new facility on an 18-acre plot right outside of Long Beach. Here, SpaceX will perform research and development processes as well as manufacturing processes related to the BFR.

Given the high cost of real estate in Los Angeles, you might be wondering why SpaceX would choose this area for its upcoming manufacturing facility. While SpaceX has yet to announce its reasons for choosing this location, a document released by the Port of Los Angeles indicates that the company plans to transport the newly constructed BFRs via water. So, by building its new manufacturing facility near Long Beach, SpaceX can easily transport the BFRs without relying on land-based transportation methods.

Announced by CEO Elon Musk in 2017, the BFR is SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that includes a reusable vehicle. While still in development, Musk says the BFR will eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Perhaps the greatest aspect of the BFR its ability to be used multiple times. Traditional launch vehicle are good for one use. After propelling the shuttle, satellite or payload into orbit, the vehicle crashes down to Earth where the debris is collected and salvaged. The BFR, however, can be used multiple times, thus lowering the cost of launches.

The advent of the BFR could pave the way for new space exploration missions. More than a decade ago, Musk unveiled a personal goal of creating permanent human settlements on Mars. While that may sound like science fiction, SpaceX is already working towards achieving this goal, and the company’s new BFR manufacturing facility in Los Angeles is a step in the right direction.

The Legendary Stephen Hawking Leaves Final Paper on Multiverse After Passing Away.

Stephen Hawking is a man who needs no introduction. His legendary work as a cosmologist has been something that nobody could ignore, no matter how far out of the industry you belonged. This past week, Stephen Hawking finally succumbed to his disease at the age of 76. Ever one full of surprises, Hawking was only supposed to survive 5 years with his condition — diagnosed as a young adult, Hawking left a final paper for his fans and colleagues to comb through after his passing. That paper, Hawking’s final work, is focused on how to detect and probe the Multiverse.

Hawking had been working on a research paper regarding the multiverse for a while titled, ‘A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation’. Hawking was the lead author on the paper in collaboration with Thomas Hertog, a profession fro KU Leuven University which is located in Belgium. Just ten days prior to Hawking’s death, Hertog had submitted a revision of the research paper for additional analysis. The title of the paper is in reference to how space-time had to have expanded in the very first moments of the Big Bang, which is the leading theory as to how the universe came into existence. There are many researchers, of which Hawking was one, that believed the initial Big Bang happened across many different universes with the possibility of infinite universes being in consideration.

Carlos Frenk is a professor at Durham University, located in England, and he also studies cosmology. Frenk had many thoughts regarding the paper saying, “These ideas offer the breathtaking prospect of finding evidence for the existence of other universes.” Frenk has bought into the ideas presented by Hawking’s paper but that doesn’t mean that everyone else has.

Despite Hawking’s accepted genius, there are still some individuals within the field that are pushing back against his concepts. Neil Turok, director of Theoretical Physics for the Perimeter Institute, was among the most noted naysayers. Still, Hawking’s paper will surely be closely analyzed in the coming years.

Alphabet Becomes Third-Most Valuable Company On Planet Earth – Amazon Takes Second

Technology becomes more widespread as years pass by. It’s crazy to think that just 30 years ago, mobile phones weighed pounds and had to be lugged around in briefcases, people went to department stores for a bulk of their shopping, and were reliant on pay phones – unless you were considered rich.

Today, the largest companies in the world are those that operate through websites, mobile phones, and other technological formats. Apple is currently the most valuable company on planet Earth.

What comes after Apple?

As of today, March 20, 2018, Amazon overtook Alphabet – the parent company of Google – as the second-most valuable company across the globe. Alphabet is currently valued at roughly $762.7 billion, whereas Amazon is worth about 3.5 billion more, at $766.3 billion.

Amazon has comfortably ridden a dramatic increase in stock price in 2018, raising roughly 35 percent from January 1 to March 20, 2018. When year-on-year growth is considered, Amazon’s common stock share price has risen a solid 85 percent.

Microsoft sits behind all three of the aforementioned companies with a valuation of $717.1 billion. How paltry! Pathetic.

Amazon unarguably has a more attractive, popular cloud storage system that does Google. While Google Cloud isn’t inherently bad, or full of flaws, or overly expensive, Amazon’s cloud business is simply better than Google’s.

Google Cloud, the Cloud Platform, and the G Suite line of services are hoped by Alphabet to beat out Amazon’s digital service solutions, though it’s certainly not happening anytime soon.

Amazon has even made a recent push into physical stores. Despite the unmatched convenience and profitability of online retailing, Amazon has likely made a solid, low-risk decision in constructing unmanned Amazon Go stores around the nation. The first installment was crafted in Seattle, Washington, just longer than one month ago.

Arguably, Alphabet’s best chance at competing with Amazon to regain the title of second-most-valuable company in the world is to partner with Walmart, Target, and other stores to sell its Google Assistant – which it’s already done.

Self-Driving Car’s Accident In Arizona Was Not Intentional Or Avoidable

In the early morning hours of Monday, March 19, 2018, a fully-automated Uber vehicle struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The 49-year-old female initially battled her quickly-depleting health, but later died at a hospital in Tempe.

Many people might think, upon first glance, that the unmanned Uber vehicle was unarguably at fault for the crash. Since when can cars drive themselves, right?

In actuality, even though the vehicle wasn’t being driven by anyone, an alert, trained driver was behind the wheel, but even she couldn’t stop the crash from happening. Local regulations in Tempe require all moving vehicles to have an alert, licensed driver behind the steering wheel; even if they didn’t, Uber still finds human drivers as a necessary, added layer of safety.

The self-steering, -braking, and -accelerating Volvo XC90 SUV was traveling at roughly 38 miles per hour in a 35 mph speed zone. Before calling “speeding robot!” think about how you and most other people on the road travel at least a handful of your odometer’s tick marks above the speed limit. 38 miles per hour in such a situation was entirely reasonable.

So, here’s what happened – a pedestrian entered a crosswalk with a bicycle and several plastic shopping bags, failing to watch out for traffic, when the self-driving Volvo XC90 struck the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.

The collision occurred at night, and the side of the road Herzberg shot out from was undeniably dark. Neither the human driver nor Uber’s self-driving intellectual property detected Herzberg in time. The woman presented herself in front of the Uber so quickly that police inspection of the Uber’s two cameras resulted in police claiming that “[Herzberg] came from the shadows right into the roadway.”

Tempe police agreed that how quickly she moved into the roadway made the collision practically impossible to avoid.

Nobody knows if Tempe, Arizona, police are going to release the front and rear cams on the self-driving Uber-branded Volvo. No passengers were inside the vehicle, and the case is still being investigated.