Lilbits: Privacy wars, app stores, and advances in color E Ink

Much of the web, including this website, is primarily funded via advertising. And in recent years advertisers have chosen largely to focus on targeted advertising, which tracks user behavior as folks move from website to website to choose ads that are most likely to appeal to specific individuals. Plenty of folks don’t like being tracked to […]

Lilbits: Single board PCs, under-display cameras, and YouTube angers… everyone

It’s been a few years since Asus launched its first Raspberry Pi-like single-board computer aimed at makers, and the Asus Tinker Board platform hasn’t exactly exploded since then. But the company has made a few updates to the series over the years, with a Tinker Board S, Tinker Board R and Tinker Edge T, and […]

Firefox Better Web test pilot lets you surf the web (partially) ad-free for a monthly fee

Mozilla, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser, has been exploring new revenue models for the past few years, including options that don’t rely on advertising. Now the team has launched a “Test Pilot” program for Firefox Better Web, a service that Mozilla first teased last year. It lets you pay a monthly fee to […]

Mozilla teases “Firefox Ad-free internet” for $5 per month

Online advertising is often described as the “original sin of the Internet.” We’ve become used to getting content for free, but ad tech has emerged in ways that many feel violate their privacy and sometimes even safety (advertising has been used to deliver malware). Anyone that’s ever used an ad blocker also knows that most […]

Future Firefox Builds May Purge Annoying In-Page Popups

Google and a host of other major players in the online advertising business have started working toward “better ads.” You won’t find Mozilla on the membership list of the Coalition for Better Ads, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned with advertising annoyances. One particular problem they’re looking to tackle is in-page popups, like the […]

Mozilla experiments with sponsored Pocket Recommendations in Firefox new tab page

It’s been a few years since Mozilla scrapped its program to show sponsored tiles on the new tab page of the Firefox web browser. Now it looks like the organization is giving the idea another try. Things are a little different this time around though. When you open a new tab in Firefox you see […]

Some mobile games use your phone’s mic to hear what TV shows you’re watching

Contrary to popular belief, Facebook doesn’t use your phone’s microphone to listen to your conversations and then show you targeted ads. But it turns out that some other mobile apps are doing something pretty close. The New York Times reports that there are more than 250 Android games, and some iOS apps as well, that […]

Google Chrome’s ad blocker for sites with annoying ads starts working on February 15th, 2018

Google announced in June that it was building an ad blocker into the Google Chrome web browser and the company outlined plans to use it to block ads on sites with annoying ads starting next year. Now we have a firmer start date: February 15th, 2018. That’s when Chrome will stop showing any ads on […]