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Google’s New Ad Blocker to Get Rid of “Heavy Ads”

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Google is creating a new ad-blocker for Chrome that will specifically aim at ads which consume a lot of CPU and Bandwidth.

The tech giant says that its working on a way for Chrome to spontaneously obstruct heavy Ads that are demanding in resource and thus causing a sluggish behavior of the browser.

Despite Advertisements being a major source of revenue to the internet, they also slow down the browsing process and for this reason, Google sorts to solve the problem using “The Heavy Ad Intervention”.

Ads that are dubbed “heavy” are those that use main processor thread for more than a minute in total, the kind that uses more than 4MB network bandwidth to load resources and the kind that use main thread for more than 15 seconds in any 30-second window.

“This intervention unloads ads that are in the .1% of bandwidth usage, .1% of CPU usage per minute, and .1% of overall CPU time. The current numbers are 4MB network and 60 seconds CPU, but may be changed as more data is available,” the Chromium document states.

When the Ad is blocked, it will be replaced by an error message that explains why it has been obstructed.

Heavy Ad Intervention allows you to disable or enable the ad-blocking feature while Disable heavy ad privacy tones down the ad-blocker’s built-in privacy protection.

These flags mean ad-blocking is currently in the experimental phase and won’t be rolled out before Chrome 80.

Google previously developed a built-in Ad blocker into Chrome that got rid of ads that didn’t adhere to the Better Ads Standards created by the Coalition of Better Ads.

Some of the offending categories include pop-up ads, prestitial adverts with countdowns, auto-play video adverts with sound and large sticky ads.

Google however experiences a dilemma with advertising, in the sense that though it is a major income generator – it is also able to spoil the browsing experience for Chrome User particularly when it compromises their privacy or affects browsing speeds.

Google has suggested a way to serve targeted ads to users without monitoring their online activity using tracking cookies.

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Optiven Group Launches Kenya’s Inaugural Real Estate App at an Event in Nairobi

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Kenya’s leading land developer, Optiven group, on Friday morning launched the inaugural Real Estate mobile app in Kenya. The event which was held at the Hotel Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi’s CBD gathered hundreds of land owners and real estate enthusiasts including Optiven group clients. The launch was led by the company’s Chief, Mr. George Wachiuri.

The app, which has already been availed at play store will allow prospective land owners to access all their investments solutions from the company at the comfort of their hands.

User with android phones can download the app available on play store through this link while their IOS counterparts and those using personal computers can visit plots.optiven.co.ke.

The mobile app will allow one to view properties on offer (satellite photos, maps, topography and even track the development your projects in real-time from any part of the world), make project selection and proceed to check out.  No brokers, no paperwork, no hassle.

As a multiple award-winning property development pacesetter in East Africa, Optiven Group has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate market.

Alongside its head office in the capital, the company also has offices in South Africa as well as satellite branches in the US and Europe.

The company offers flexible payments for everyone. Where clients are allowed to pay property in installments in up to 24 months through cash, bank financing, Wave, MPESA, PoaPay.

Now through the mobile app, Optiven is allowing everyone to partner with them (as an affiliate) and earn a commission between $200 – $500. Registration of affiliate partners is done through this link.

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New WhatsApp Update Allows you to Hide Muted Statuses Completely

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The messaging app, whatsApp is currently testing  a new update which will allow its users to permanently hide muted statuses by default.

The latest feature was spotted on WhatsApp’s 2.19.260 beta version for Android months ago and is likely to roll out to the public anytime.

According to a report published on WABetainfo, the new version will include a “Hide Muted Status Update” feature. The new release is a reliever to user who get annoyed by some of the people in their contacts who shared unwanted content, pictures or TikTok videos in their WhatsApp statuses. The current version of the app only allows you to mute the status which are available see muted status updates at the end of the scroll in the status tab.

The hide muted status update will allow the users to completely hide the muted updates from the WhatsApp Status tab.

While the update is not yet available to everyone, users who wish to get this new option in their app right away can join Google Play Beta Program or download the latest version of the app via APK Mirror.

The app has over 1.5 billion users worldwide with every user having hundreds of contacts and tens of statuses appearing in their status tab. The new update is a solution to those who find it hard to ignore other people’s statuses or those that they perceive as annoying.

Initially, WhatsApp had tried to repair it by letting users soundless predicament updates from a undeniable contact, nonetheless they silent regarded below a separate part at the scroll.

The new move by the Facebook owned company will be a reliever to its users who will now be able to hide the Muted Status Updates area by default.

Apart from the status update, the company, together Facebook, is also working on ways to implement Facebook Pay to its services. Some users have reported that the new beta version of whatsApp can experience the Facebook Pay where it offers some references related to payments made to Mexico.

Apart from the two updates, the app is also allowing you to share your whatsApp status directly to Facebook.

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