Posts Tagged ‘advertising’

Top 8 Things to do with a New Windows 10 System

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Most of these tweaks are fairly obvious, but it’s still a very useful guide for those who are new to Windows 10.

A fresh installed Windows 10 operating system, regardless of whether it is store-bought, an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or a reset of Window 10 machine, is a good opportunity to apply some useful tweaks and fixes to the operating system. While deep customization of Windows 10 depends largely on what you use the device for, there are certain tweaks and changes that are beneficial to the vast majority of users. Here are our recommendations when it comes to that.

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Enough with the Popups, Microsoft

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Given Microsoft’s successful marketing of Windows 10, unfortunately, this is probably just another sign of things to come. In the near future, most software will constantly nag users to purchase upgrades or additional features.

Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device. Microsoft’s latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers. The popup launches right above the Windows system tray area. It is labeled Office365, and informs customers that “your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready”. It reveals furthermore that the upgrade is free (Free with your Office 365 subscription).

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Microsoft: Use Edge or See Ads

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Most of us have already tried Edge, decided we didn’t like it and opted not to use it. Normally, that would be the end of the story, but that would be forgetting that Microsoft generally refuses to take “No” for an answer.

Windows 10 felt in many regards like an operating system that was not ready for release back when Microsoft released it. This was the case for the new system browser Microsoft Edge as well, as it lacked a lot of features. While it was highly optimized, it felt like a browsing shell more than a full browser in many regards. Microsoft worked on improving Edge, and it did so over time by introducing new functionality such as browser extensions.

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Google Intensifies Tracking: Check Your Privacy Settings

Monday, October 24th, 2016

If you’d rather not be served ads for everything that you search for and mention on Google, you might want to take a look at the privacy settings recommended by this article.

Google made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet. Previously, the company kept its DoubleClick advertising engine apart from its core user services such as Gmail, Search or YouTube. While users could give Google consent to use the information for advertising, it required users to become active and opt-in for that.

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Block WhatsApp from Sharing (Most) Data with Facebook

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

If you value your privacy (or if you just don’t enjoy being force fed ads for everything you mention on FB,) you might find this simple tweak useful.

WhatsApp users worldwide will receive a prompt over the course of the next few days that moves the application one step closer to its parent company Facebook. As you know, Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in 2014 for $19 billion. While it pushed one of the most successful messaging products into Facebook’s product lineup, many wondered how the company was turning WhatsApp into a profitable product.

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Opera Software Sale Not Happening … Sort Of

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Given Opera’s relatively small market share, I’m kind of surprised that there would be this much interest in buying them out.

According to a report on Reuters, the sale of Opera Software to a Chinese consortium is not going to happen. The deal, approved by company boards and shareholders alike, failed to win regulatory approval by July 15. The takeover bid of $1.24 billion US Dollars for all Opera Software assets by a Chinese consortium that includes Qihoo 360 and Kunlun would move huge amounts of data to China.

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How to Turn Off Windows 10 Start Menu Ads

Monday, October 5th, 2015

So far, these “suggestions” are just a trial feature, but given the general ad-delivery direction in which many software companies seem to be headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if ads continue to plague start menus and other user interfaces from here on out.

If you are using the default start menu of Windows 10 you may have noticed that ads may be displayed in it from time to time. The ads are displayed in the same location that recently added apps are shown in (if there are any) and highlight Windows Store apps for now. Microsoft calls them suggestions but that seems to be just a friendly word for advertisement these days.

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Windows 10 – Collecting Data All for the Greater Good

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

If they’re collecting data to improve the product, that’s fine. But it’s pretty clear that much of the data collected is used to deliver ads that are related to what that data reveals about us.

When it comes to Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system, privacy is without doubt a hot topic. Ever since the operating system was released, fears about an all-seeing and reporting operating system were expressed by reviewers and users alike. One of the core reasons for those fears was that Windows 10 was designed to deliver more data to Microsoft than previous versions of Windows.

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Are You being Tracked by Mobile Carrier Injected Tracking Headers?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

I’m so old, that I can still remember way back when the internet used to be a free and open source of knowledge, rather than simply a means to deliver more effective advertising.

Mobile Internet is still on the rise and used by hundreds of millions of people around the globe to access the Internet. Mobile advertising is on the rise as well and with it comes the desire to track users to improve its effectiveness. One way of doing that is to use data provided by mobile carriers. Back in 2014 it became known that two large mobile carriers from the United States — Verizon and AT&T — were injecting special tracking headers to mobile connections of their customers which advertisers could use to track users across the Internet by identifying them using provided data about customers.

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PayPal – Accept Robocalls and Automated Texts or Close Your Account

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

I’m no fortune teller or anything, but it seems to me that there’s a pretty good chance that PayPal will end up regretting this decision, later on down the road.

PayPal and eBay are splitting up on July 1, and PayPal has just published a preview of the company’s new privacy policies that it will release on the same day. An announcement on PayPal’s current Privacy Policy page indicates that the company will release an updated privacy policy that will supersede the current policy on July 1.

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