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Ad-Blockers Are Evil, Tinder Hates Vanity Fair… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-08-2015

Ad-blockers are costing us all, Tinder denies hooking people up, Rdio adds radio stations, Hulu hates binge-watchers, vote for the next free PS Plus game, and Amazon tugs on our heartstrings.


Ad-Blocking Costs Billions

As if we didn’t all know this already, ad-blockers are evil AdBlock, NoScript & Ghostery - The Trifecta Of Evil Over the past few months, I've been contacted by a good number of readers who have had problems downloading our guides, or why they can't see the login buttons or comments not loading; and in... Read More . That is at least if you regard their ability to prevent websites from earning enough money to survive as being a bad thing. Which, it is, obviously. Sadly, it seems a lot of people don’t see it that way, choosing a distraction-free browsing experience over the well-being of the websites they read.

A new report by PageFair suggests that ad-blockers will cost websites around the world $22 billion in 2015. And with their usage set to grow every year, the problem is only going to get worse. This is especially true in the U.S., where the damage done to your favorite websites is estimated to hit $20.3 billion in 2016.

It should come as no surprise to learn that we’re not big fans of ad-blockers It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die A simple, free browser plugin killed Joystiq – and is ruining the Internet. Read More here at MakeUseOf. Because, like the vast majority of the websites you enjoy visiting, we rely on ads to remain in business and pay everyone involved with producing content. So, please whitelist us Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of Adblock here at MakeUseOf. But we know that some of you won’t let go of Adblock until it’s pried out of your cold, dead hands. If... Read More , even if doing so means you get an ad shoved in your face every once in a while. It’s surely better than the alternative Are Ad Blocking Browser Extensions Killing The Internet? One of the reasons for the Internet’s surge in popularity is the cost of most online content – or rather, the lack of cost. That’s not to say the content is free, however. Almost every... Read More .

Tinder Doth Protest Too Much

Tinder has reacted rather badly to the suggestion that the dating app is mostly used by people looking for hookups. That suggestion was made by Vanity Fair in an article titled “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’“.


The author, Nancy Jo Sales, uses Tinder as an example of how the idea of traditional courting is dead Online Dating: Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More . Instead of dating, and slowly getting to know each other, people are using apps to enjoy hookups with random strangers.

Tinder isn’t happy at the way it’s painted in the article, with its PR team embarking on a 30+ tweetstorm criticizing the article, the author, and its dubious use of data. It isn’t yet clear who exactly is responsible, but they should have probably stayed silent.

This reaction seems utterly bizarre given that Tinder IS all about letting people enjoy carefree hookups Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Swiping right on Tinder could lead to quite unexpected results. Don't get left in the dark: Here's everything you need to know about the pitfalls of swiping right on Tinder. Read More with people to whom they’re only loosely connected. Isn’t it? That’s pretty much accepted at this point. We think Tinder doth protest just a little too much here.

Rdio Adds 500 Live Radio Stations

Rdio [Broken URL Removed] is adding support for 500 radio stations to its service, all of which will be free to stream for all users, regardless of whether or not they’re paid subscribers. The radio stations are all run by Cumulus, which invested heavily in Rdio a couple of years ago.


Stations specializing in music, talk, and sports will all be available to stream via the Rdio apps on Android and iOS. Listeners WILL have to put up with ads, and the deal only extends as far as the U.S. for the time being. However, Rdio plans to add more radio stations 5 Easy Tools To Listen To Online Radio Stations On Windows Music rocks! But managing playlists and local radio stations can be boring. Consider listening to the radio online with these Windows apps. Read More in more territories in the future.

Hulu Rejects Binge-Watching

Hulu is going against the grain by releasing its original content one episode at a time. While Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others are releasing whole seasons of most of their content, Hulu is rejecting that approach. In other words, Hulu is rejecting binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More in favor of more traditional viewing habits.

Shows affected by this change of policy include The Mindy Project, Difficult People, Rocketjump: The Show, The Hotwives Of Las Vegas, Casual, and The Awesomes. All of which will feature week-long breaks between new episodes dropping.

The reason is simple, with Hulu’s Head of Content Craig Erwich telling The AV Club, “We want to give viewers the opportunity to discover their favorite shows every week”. Which is a rather novel approach in this day and age, when most people want to choose their own viewing pace.


PS Plus Subscribers Vote for Games

PlayStation Plus subscribers already receive a handful of games to play each month, which is a rather sweet deal given the price 5 Awesome Games That Make PlayStation Plus Worth The Price [MUO Gaming] I recently wrote an article about the biggest rip offs in the history of video games. In it, I was quick to point out that Microsoft charges $60 a year for a service that simply... Read More of a subscription. But now Sony is going one step further and letting PlayStation 4 owners choose one of the games they’ll be gifted in September.

The first Vote to Play pitches League of Geeks’ Armello, Ubisoft Reflections’ Grow Home and Zoink’s Zombie Vikings against each other. Voting will commence on Aug. 13 and close on Aug. 24. The game with the most votes will be given away to PlayStation Plus subscribers in September, with the other two games available at discounted prices.

You can check out the three games up for grabs in the special trailers made just for Vote to Play you see embedded here. I think I’ll be voting for Armello, but feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section below.

Amazon Appeals to Dog Lovers

And finally, Amazon’s new commercial for Amazon Prime is aimed squarely at dog lovers. It features a dog with a bandaged leg who is visibly upset at not being able to move around as freely as his able-bodied canine brethren. Cue sympathetic owner, who orders a carrying harness for his dog.


He orders it from Amazon, naturally, using Amazon Prime Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More , naturally. He is then able to carry his pooch around on his front as if it’s some kind of furry baby. Which is all a little weird, really. Still, look at that smile. Who could resist? Cat lovers like myself 8 Purrfect Cat Websites For Feline Lovers Cats are everywhere online… as photos shared by friends on social networking sites, as cute pics on Reddit, on any of the cat-centric Tumblr sites, and even here on MakeUseOf. Oh, and then there’s Nyan... Read More , that’s who. [H/T CNET]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you use an ad-blocker? If so, do you care that it’s harming your favorite websites? Have you ever used Tinder? If so, what for? Do you prefer binge-watching TV shows or waiting a week between episodes?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The author of this article asks us to whitelist this website to allow ads, even if it means getting ad in my face once in a while.

    Well dear author, it was years of those ads in my face that forced me to turn to adblockers on my computers, Android devices and iOS devices. Yes, I block ads on all those devices in the browsers as well as ads in apps.

    Websites like yours built your sites around the ads with the ads as the main content. You made your bed, you know what to do.

    Adblockers for life. I recommend them to everyone on various websites where people complain about ads and adware.

  2. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Ad blockers wouldn't be necessary if *advertisers* weren't evil.
    Not only do many ads have links to adware, spyware, or outright malware (which Google is good, but not perfect at removing), flashing ads, audio and video ads, and fake "download" buttons have become commonplace on the Web, and those of us who are smart enough to install ad blockers (which is a fairly small percentage, I'm sure - most people aren't even smart enough to replace Internet Explorer) are still a small percentage of the people online.

  3. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 3:41 am

    "As if we didn’t all know this already, ad-blockers are evil."

    Well, so am I, so suck it.

  4. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Ad blockers are evil, but a search of your site returns well over 2000 hits for torrenting. Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

  5. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Ok. You're whitelisted but please keep in mind that it is a contingent state.

  6. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I couldnt agree with Glenn Berry more. Most sites have every square centimeter of web page space covered with ads. Why dont you try looking at it from our point of view.

  7. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    When I whitelist sites from my adblocker, I tend to see multiple auto-play videos that are obnoxious, pages take at least 4x as long to load (why do the ads load first?), my browser starts to stutter as I see new videos buffering (scrolling down on articles like this one), and overall increased data usage. Maybe if sites go back to ads with no videos/sounds, where I don't feel like I'm walking down Times Square, people wouldn't use adblockers so much.

  8. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    "the idea of traditional courting is dead"
    "Traditional courting" as in meat-market bar scene where the idea is to get laid that very night?!

    The days of men and women being formally introduced to each other at a church dance and going to church functions on their subsequent dates, are long gone. In today's electronic age, everybody wants instant gratification and no, or very little, entanglements.

  9. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I'd happily remove my ad blocker so long as the advertising website signs up to a responsible advertising pledge that ...
    a) Did not overload the page with ads
    b) Did not pop up anything
    c) Did not lay ads over the content I want
    d) Did not start up videos automatically
    e) Basically treated me with respect rather than advertising revenue