Is Apple slowing down older phones?

It’s been suspected that Apple slows down older phone models. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, a conspiracy theory spreads like wildfire as owners of the soon-to-be obsolete model felt the phones slowdown. Even die hard Apple fans have had suspicions deep within their subconscious, as seen by the increase in Google searches around “iPhone slow” after the release of a new iPhone.

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The verdict

This December, Apple is facing two class-action lawsuits after the admission of purposefully slowing down older phones. Though the company states it was for good reasons regarding battery use and a new power-management feature. Let’s see how the tech giant fairs out in the new year.

Google blocks annoying ads

Those tired of annoying website ads can now breathe a sigh of relief as Google makes yet another change to the web. Google announced they will block all sites with ads that fall into the categories of abusive experiences on the Chrome browser beginning February 15, 2018. Categories include pop-ups, auto-playing video ads with sound, prestitial ads with countdown and large sticky ads. On mobile devices, the offenders are all of the above in addition to ad density higher than 30%, flashing animated ads, prestitial ads and full-screen scrollover ads. Noting these changes earlier in the year, Google has given site owners time to prepare for the shift.

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What it comes down to

It’s a tactic to deal with ad blocking software, which people mainly install due to annoyance over website ads, but cut into Google’s ad revenue stream. Though some have voiced concerns of fear regarding the power Google holds to reshape the web in its ideal image. The “don’t be evil” company describes the shift as an attempt to better the user experience.

Actionable steps: Don’t be left in the dark. In a post on their Chromium Blog, Google advises, “Site owners can use the Abusive Experiences Report in Google Search Console to see if any of these abusive experiences have been found on their site and improve their user experience.”

Festivus, a holiday for the rest of us

On December 23, families actually took to airing their grievances, putting up an unadorned aluminum pole and showcasing their feats of strength in celebration of Festivus. The fictional Seinfeld holiday is an alternative to the commercialism and stresses of traditional end-of-year celebrations. Festivus has grown in popularity throughout the U.S. Part of being an adult is making your own decisions, choosing what to believe and which traditions to follow. If you want to celebrate Christmas, cool; if not that’s cool too.

Someone call the MIB, alien sighting hits the West Coast

What's happening in the adult world this week? Dazzling holiday light show: A strangely-lit UFO streaked across the sky over the weekend, freaking people out so much that #aliens began to trend on social media. Reality? SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications.
SpaceX stirs alien controversy online with the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, which carried 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Credit: SpaceX

A strangely-lit UFO streaked across the sky over the weekend, freaking people out so much that #aliens began to trend on social media. SpaceX claimed the glowing light and exhaust was from their Falcon 9 rocket launch. Yet that didn’t stop the CEO of SpaceX from trolling his Twitter followers.

This makes us wonder what we’d do if aliens came to earth. ?


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