Google will begin certifying Android devices for business use, starting with phones from LG, BlackBerry, Motorola, and others

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When it comes to security, Android devices are a mixed bag – to say the least. Few manufacturers make promises about long-term support, and timely security updates are rare. This is understandably a concern for large businesses, which often don’t want to worry about security flaws or constantly deploy new devices. For many enterprise customers, the question of which Android phones should be used is difficult to answer.

Google’s solution to this problem is the ‘Android Enterprise Recommended’ program, which defines which Android devices are ideal for business use.

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Google Chrome to Begin Blocking Annoying Ads Automatically

Google’s built-in ad-blocking initiative for its popular Chrome browser arrives tomorrow. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is It?

This ad-blocking technology has been in the works for nearly a year, and it’ll finally launch across Google Chrome browsers on Thursday, Feb. 15. It is not, however, an “ad-pocalypse.” At least, not necessarily.

Basically, Google Chrome will begin automatically filtering out ads that don’t meet certain criteria or quality standards. Before today, we didn’t have much idea of what those “quality standards” would be.

In June 2017, Google first announced that it would implement some sort of ad-blocking technology into its proprietary browser. Gradually, the Mountain View company integrated ad-blocking-related features to its platform.

But now, Google has officially announced the full spectrum of blocked ads in a blog post on Wednesday.

Which Ads Will Be Blocked?

Google isn’t seeking to kill ads in their entirety. In fact, the company is arguably an advertising firm as much as it is a technology company. What Google seems to be hoping to do is to increase the quality of online advertising.

Google, along with Facebook and other juggernauts in the tech sphere, is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads. In the simplest terms, the group wants to mitigate advertising that annoys internet users — and it’s done research to identify those types of ads.

With this new initiative, Google actually seems to be taking an “ad enforcement” role across its own platform.

Beginning tomorrow, ads that will be blocked by Google’s built-in technology might include full-page ads, pop-up ads, ads with countdowns, and autoplaying-sound video ads, among others.

The initiative is notable because it’s built-in to the Chrome browser, and it’ll be enabled by default. Chrome is also the world’s most popular browser by most accounts.

Users will be able to switch “annoying ad mode” back on, in a way. But, presumably, most users won’t.

The Long-Term

You’ll undoubtedly see a different browsing experience if you’re a Chrome user. You’ll see fewer — if any — of the ads Google deems “annoying” or unqualified. But, beyond that, we’re not sure of the long-term implications of the move.

For one, we might see less use of third-party ad blockers. That’ll be good for all of the websites and online publications that you love to browse and read — the vast majority of which survive on ad revenue.

But, hopefully, the most positive outcome of Chrome ad policy is a “raising of the bar,” so to speak, for ad quality across the board. If annoying ads are being automatically blocked, it might push advertisers to stop relying on them — and to improve them for the future.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ begin receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

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It’s time for another major device to begin receiving its Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Samsung has started pushing Android 8.0 to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The update is only rolling out in Germany right now, so if you’ve got a GS8 or GS8+ in Germany, keep an eye out for the OTA update to hit your device or check for it manually by tapping the “Download updates manually” button in your Settings app.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update

This update weighs in at 487.04MB and includes the February 2018 Android security patches as well as improvements to Samsung’s keyboard and DeX features, new Always-On Display clock styles, and other new features.

It’s unclear exactly when Samsung will begin pushing Android 8.0 to Galaxy S8 owners in other parts of the globe, but today’s news is still exciting for GS8 users outside of Germany. That’s because shows that Samsung has completed its Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and so it shouldn’t be too much longer before a wider rollout begins.

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‘Lineage 2: Revolution’ gets four valentine’s day events that all begin today

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is gearing up for Valentine’s Day with four new in game events. Each event will have its own rewards and some will have exclusive rewards. The Guard Captain’s Love event will give players candies on finishing quests. For every 100 candies players earn, they can move on a new map to get special items. This Raw Chocolate of Love map will have exclusive rewards and on finishing it, players can earn a Strengthening Material Box, Grade R Weapon or Armor or Accessory, and a Grade R Attribute Stone.

There will also be an exchange system for using your loyalty points that are earned by buying in game items called the Valentine’s Day Happy Loyalty Event. This will let players exchange 300 loyalty points for a Grade R Attribute Stone. There’s a limit of doing this once a week. These two events are live until February 28th.

The remaining two events go on until February 21st but they begin today as well. The Chocolate Collection Event lets players earn chocolates by beating Named Monsters or Field Bosses. These can be exchanged for exclusive gifts like Valentine’s Gift Boxes. The second event will be a login one that grants players additional Valentine Chocolate Boxes that include chocolates that can be exchanged.

Any chocolates remaining after the event will be usable as buff items or can be sold. Lineage 2: Revolution is available on both iOS and Android devices in many regions worldwide. Make sure you read our detailed review on Lineage 2: Revolution and hang out in the forum thread for it.

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