Google Removes Internet Ads, Nintendo 3DS Gets Hacked, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Square goes global, Microsoft improves Bing, Oculus stacks your stocks, and a pesky squirrel steals a GoPro.
Google Contributor Removes The Ads
Google is experimenting with a way for Internet users to support their favorite websites without having to put up with advertising. Google Contributor removes the ads from certain websites for those willing to pay a small monthly fee.
Google Contributor asks individual users to pay between $1 and $3 every month. Those users will stop seeing ads, and the money is divvied up between those websites involved in the initiative which each individual visits regularly.
At launch, Google Contributor only has 10 publishing partners, including Mashable, Imgur, The Onion, and wikiHow. Users are also being added slowly, with those seeking an invitation to take part needing to sign up to join the waiting list.
Unfortunately, no one has yet come up with a better way of paying for their favorite websites to keep producing the content they love, but Google Contributor is one possible solution.
Will it work? Sound off in the comments section below.
The Nintendo 3DS Finally Got Hacked
The Nintendo 3DS has finally been hacked, more than three years after it first launched. A hacker known as Smealum has revealed how to run homebrew software on the 3DS, opening up the possibility of using emulators and other unauthorized code on Nintendo’s handheld games console .
The video above shows the homebrew software, named Ninjhax, in action, while details on how to run it for yourself can be found on Smealum’s website [No Longer Available]. Bizarrely, this workaround requires a copy of the obscure Cubic Ninja, and the price of the game has skyrocketed as a result.
NB: We have not tested Ninjhax for ourselves, so you use it at your own peril. We cannot guarantee it will work, it will void your warranty, and it could ruin your 3DS. Nintendo may also issue a patch blocking this workaround at any time.
Square Goes Global With Register App
We’ve seen people route around restrictions to download and use our Register app. Sellers in China, UK, Mexico, Iraq! http://t.co/OAWTzqY7uZ
— Jack (@jack) November 20, 2014
Square has gone global, officially opening up its Register app to the world. Register acts like a cash register, offering payment processing, tipping, digital receipts, and online ordering. All included in an app designed for smartphones and tablets running iOS or Android.
Register was launched in the U.S. in 2012, but merchants from around the world have since downloaded and installed the app. This meant manually converting the figures from dollars into their local currency, which is why Square has now added support for four languages and 130 different currencies.
Microsoft Improves Bing With HD Images
The most obvious change made to Bing is the introduction of high-definition images, with the backgrounds offering resolutions up to 1920×1080. Those images now also carry captions offering more information. Other new features include a carousel of trending topics, and shortcuts to Office Online apps such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
StockCity Turns Shares Into Skyscrapers
The boffins at Fidelity Labs, the technology arm of Fidelity Investments, have created StockCity, a new way of visualizing the value of your stocks and shares. Assuming, of course, you have stocks and shares, and the Oculus Rift DK2 required to use the app.
StockCity [No Longer Available] is an Oculus Rift app that turns your various stocks into buildings, with their height revealing their current values. So, stocks worth the most show up as skyscrapers, while those worth less show up as ground-level office blocks. And then there is your Apple stock, which is a danger to passing planes.
Watch A Pesky Squirrel Steal A GoPro
And finally, we have proof that even squirrels love a GoPro. This video shows one of the pesky rodents stealing a GoPro and carrying it up a tree before dropping it hard on the ground below.
To be fair to this rather cute squirrel, there was a piece of bread attached to this particular GoPro, as the owner was after footage just like this. He got exactly what he wanted too, though I wish the squirrel had been a little more adventurous with the GoPro than just climbing up the nearest tree.
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Would you pay Google to remove the ads from your favorite websites? Will you try hacking the Nintendo 3DS? Would you ever consider switching from Google to Bing?
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