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Submission + - Mozilla Launches Focus By Firefox, A Content Blocker For iOS 9

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched an iOS content blocker called Focus by Firefox. We say “content blocker” because although Fcous is capable of blocking some ads, this latest project from the non-profit is aimed at stopping trackers. You can download the app now from Apple’s App Store. The free app is made possible thanks to iOS 9’s content-blocking feature, which requires some setting up. Like with any content blocker, after you download Focus, you’ll have to activate Focus’ content-blocking features within your system-wide iOS settings (launching the app will provide a guide to finish configuration).

Submission + - Radeon Graphics Cards To Support HDR Displays And FreeSync Over HDMI In 2016 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD's Radeon Technologies Group has announced a couple of new features for Radeon graphics support in 2016. FreeSync over HDMI support will be coming to all Radeons that currently support FreeSync. FreeSync over HDMI, however, will require new displays. The HDMI specification doesn't currently have support for variable refresh rates, but it does allow for vendor specific extensions. Radeon Technologies Group is using these vendor specific extensions to enable the technology. A number of FreeSync over HDMI compatible displays are slated to arrive early next year from brands including LG, Acer, and Samsung. The first notebook with FreeSync has also launched. Lenovo's Y700 gaming notebook is the first with a validated, FreeSync-compatible panel. The Radeon Technologies Group also announced that support for DisplayPort 1.3, HDMI 2.0a and HDR displays was coming in the 2016 pipeline as well. With current 8-bit panels, the range of colors, contrast, and brightness presented to users is only a fraction of what the human eye can see. When source material is properly mapped to an HDR panel, colors are more accurately displayed representing more closely what the human eye would see in the real world.
Piracy

Submission + - BSA Withdraws Support for SOPA (pcworld.com)

quantumplacet writes: The Business Software Alliance has withdrawn their support for the increasingly controversial Stop Online Piracy Act claiming that "Valid and important questions have been raised about the bill.". While the BSA has a long history of focusing on the worst offenders and mostly ignoring casual piracy, this still represents a dramatic turnaround as the organization has been a SOPA supporter since the act's inception. BSA President Robert Hollyman posted on the company blog that "Due process, free speech, and privacy are rights that cannot be compromised. ....Some observers have raised reasonable questions about whether certain SOPA provisions might have unintended consequences in these areas".
Science

Submission + - Contact lenses could stream data across wearer's f (tgdaily.com)

zorazora writes: “Researchers have taken a major step towards the Terminator-style streaming of real-time information across a person’s field of vision.”
According to the researchers who are working on this project, the lenses can overlay computer generated vision information into the wearer’s vision field. As a result, the lenses can potentially replace the computer screen. We can read emails, watch movies on the vision field delivered by these lenses.
“Right now, the lens contains only a single pixel – but the team says it’s a proof-of-concept for the creation of lenses with multiple pixels.”

Submission + - Competition for algorithm developers (plista.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The mobile & online ad network plista is running a competition:

We’re looking for developers to participate in a contest to find the best recommender algorithm- the widgets that can be found on many news and other high-traffic sites. These widgets recommend to the visitor other items that may be of interest, and are often titled: "You might also enjoy reading..." or "Customers that looked at this item have also looked at..."

There is a weekly prize of 100€ for the best-performing algorithm, and a grand prize at the end of the competition (details of which are still tba).

You can find out more about the contest here: http://contest.plista.com/content/the_contest

Advertising

Submission + - Television Advertising on The Internet - How Can B (joshuasee.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Television Advertising on The Internet — How Can Businesses React to the Shift in Consumer's Behavior? talks about why more people are using the internet nowadays and how this affects the ways businesses promote their products and services for highest ROI!
Science

Submission + - Engineers developing 'Bionic contact lens' (bbc.co.uk)

ProbablyJoe writes: The BBC reports that researchers at Washington University have made a breakthrough in developing a contact lens that will be able to overlay text and images on top human vision.

The research is still in early stages, so far just being able to light one LED on the lens, and requiring a battery no more than 1cm away. But researchers claim the main problem has already been overcome — getting the human eye to focus on an image generated on its surface.

While a long way from completion, the team hopes to soon increase the display to hundreds of pixels, and overlay text on the lens. The technology could eventually be used in future augmented reality applications, allowing futuristic 'Terminator' style vision.

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