New global internet ad regulator forms with Google helping lead

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At the Dmexco advertising industry trade show currently underway in Cologne, Germany, a new coalition group was announced on Thursday to try to address the problem of bad advertising on the web. The new group is called the Coalition for Better Ads and includes a variety of companies and groups who are joining together to try to get in front of the rise of ad blocking technology. Not surprising, Google, which relies heavily on advertising, is helping lead the effort. Read more

Acer Chromebook R11 review

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Chromebooks are still relatively new, and they’re relatively still trying to find their place in the market. Being Internet-only devices, Chromebooks appeal to a very niche group of people. For a Chromebook to be useful as a daily driver, all of your computer usage needs to be purely Internet-based, as you won’t be installing software that you might find on Windows or Mac.

Like I said, they’re still trying to find their place in the market. For instance, Google stopped selling its Chromebook Pixels, high-end Chromebook devices that obviously weren’t selling well because of their high price point (over $1000 for a Internet-only device). However, Acer may have perfected what a Chromebook should look like with its new R11. With a compact, premium design at a little price point, the R11 truly does Chrome OS right.

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[Video] Unboxing the Moto G4 Play

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If you are more interested in keeping a few bucks in your pocket instead of having a superfast powerhouse processor and quad HD screen equipped smartphone in your pocket, then the Moto G4 Play may be the ticket for you. Our Justin Herrick recently received a unit for review purposes and took some time to put together an unboxing video for us, which you can check out after the break. Read more

Replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices to come with a green battery icon to show they are safe

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It’s common knowledge now regarding Samsung’s battery cell issues on its Galaxy Note 7, and the word “explosion” will be attached to internet search results for years to come. However, the South Korean company is taking a lot of steps now to remedy this issue and try to preserve its place as one of the most successful smartphone manufacturers and the reputation of its Galaxy smartphone line. One such step looks to be coming in the form of a rather subtle change: the color of the battery icon.

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Pandora Plus brings unlimited skips, offline playback rolling out for $4.99 per month

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Pandora Radio was one of the first companies to popularize internet music streaming when it was founded back in 2000. Its algorithms allowed for “smart radio stations” that grew with time and got better and more accurate to the users tastes based on their input of the songs played. But with the successes of companies such as Spotify and the recent Apple Music, Pandora has struggled a bit to keep up with the rise of more on-demand music listening. With the just announced release of Pandora Plus, however, the company is bringing in new features that give users more control over what they listen to and how they do it.

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[TA Deals] Get these moisture-resistant earbuds for $39! (66% off)

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On Talk Android Deals, the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are on sale for half the price you’d pay elsewhere. These earbuds are perfect for anyone struggling to keep water and sweat from damaging them as they’re completely moisture-resistant. Basically, the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are the must-have earbuds for when you work out or do anything active.

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Samsung, Apple slammed in Moto’s new #SkipTheSevens campaign

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Usually it’s the same two companies going at each other, but now a new face is inserting itself into the fierce battle between Samsung and Apple.

Through its Moto brand, Lenovo is knocking the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 in a new campaign called #SkipTheSevens. It’s an opportunity to jump on the shortcomings of those two phones and push the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play.

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