AdBlock & Adblock Plus: Chrome extensions

Chrome Extensions are small programs that modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. The two most popular extensions listed in the Webstore are “AdBlock” and “Adblock Plus” – but which one of the two is the better one? This post will explore the differences between the two ad blocking extensions.

AdBlock was created by an independent developer for Chrome and Safari when Adblock Plus was still only available for Firefox. He claims to have been inspired by the Adblock Plus movement but is not related to it. Instead he is working on AdBlock for profits from donations as well as paid clones users can purchase voluntarily to support him. Both adblock extensions provide exactly the functionality you expect from them, all ads are reliably blocked on every website. The extensions themselves don’t block anything – the unwanted elements such as advertisements are defined by filter lists.
AdBlock from getadblock.com

AdBlock from getadblock.com – The most popular Chrome extension, with over 15 million users! Blocks ads all over the web.

Adblock Plus from adblockplus.org - The free adblock tool for Chrome: Blocks annoying video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more.

Adblock Plus from adblockplus.org

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome was created by the Adblock Plus community, an open-source movement that is supported by many voluntary contributors who aim to make the internet better for everyone by eliminating bad advertisements. It was originally created for Firefox and was only recently ported as a beta version to Google Chrome. With more than 125 million downloads it is themost popular browser addon in the world.

Both AdBlock and Adblock Plus use the same filter lists that were created for Firefox Adblock Plus.While this works fine on banners and layer-ads, blocking ads embedded in videos is not possible due to a limitation in the blocking capability of the Chrome browser. Adblock Plus has implemented a workaround to that limitation which, unfortunately, only works on Youtube.com and not on other video sites or embedded videos.

While both extensions work almost on a same level, a more detailed analysis is needed in order to find out which one of them is the better adblocker:


Adblock

Adblock Plus
Installation process 8 10 Small deduction of points for AdBlock due to the fact that an intrusive window is opened during the installation that asks for a donation to the developer
User interface 9 7 Adblock Plus is still in beta and so far only has a rather minimalistic interface
Speed 8 10 AdBlock slows down the browser when multiple tabs are opened
Blocking banner ads 10 10 Both are using the same filter lists and hardly miss any ad
Blocking video ads 4 7 Video ads often cannot be blocked due to a limitation in the WebKit engine Chrome is based on. Adblock Plus performs significantly better on youtube.com
Creating own filters 9 7 Both provide the functionality to easily create own blocking rules;AdBlock makes it slightly more convenient to select unwanted elements on a website
Total 48 51

Conclusion: In conclusion, both extensions are efficient adblockers, although not as good as the Firefox one. Adblock Plus is based on the same code as the Firefox version and therefore is little bit more sophisticated as it doesn’t negatively impact the performance of the browser and works more reliably on youtube.com. You can install the Adblock Plus extension here.

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Android 4.2.2 Leaked for Galaxy S III

Exclusive: I9300XXUFME3 – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean leaked firmware for the Galaxy S III – Download link included below.

S3-4.2.2-TOP2

We of SamMobile would like to give you the latest I9300XXUFME3 – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean test firmware for the Galaxy S III. Big Thanks to our insider who made this all possible.

Development on Android 4.2.2 update isn’t completely done yet. We do not know if Samsung will bring the new Galaxy S4 Camera features to the Galaxy S3. We expect Samsung to do this but we are not really sure if Samsung will do this with Android 4.2.2 or with 4.3 for the Galaxy S3.

Android 4.2.2 is still under testing phase by Samsung and they will release the official final Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III in June. We wanted to give Samsung’s hardcore fans a sneak preview of what Samsung is up to at their dev center.

New enhancements in Android 4.2.2 update

– Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39

– New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message

– New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo

– Daydream

– Driving mode

– Actionable notifications

– New Additions in Notification Center

– Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the S4)

– Addition of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)

– Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)

– Full screen Samsung apps

– New S-Voice (from S4)

– New smart switch widget

– Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!

WARNINGS

– This firmware will increase your binary counter but the current binary and system status will remain official.

– We have re-packaged this firmware from dump files.

– There is no modem in this firmware, so the Modem you will be using before flashing this firmware will remain the same.

– This is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.

– We have fully tested this firmware and this firmware works perfectly as any other official firmware.

Firmware Details

Android Version: 4.2.2 – JDQ39 (Jelly Bean)

PDA: I9300XXUFME3

CSC: I9300OJKFME1

MODEM: N/A

Region: Middle East

Carrier: Branded

Changelist: 611730

Build Date: 8 May 2013

Download: I9300XXUFME3_I9300OJKFME1_ILO.zip

Flashing Instructions

– Unzip the file

– Open Odin 3.04 (already included in the firmware package)

– Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)

– Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin

– Add I9300XXUFME3_I9300OJKFME1_HOME.tar.md5 to PDA

– Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked

– Start flash, sit back and wait a few minutes.

– If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)

– Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)

– Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)

– Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!

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Easy PC Updates (security) #1

Check if you have the newest version of Java.

What is Java? It’s not fancy coffee ;] – But an engine which runs certain scripts on web pages that use them. Kinda more advanced things on some pages and sites use Java.

Check if you are running the newest version and after – check if your PC has any old versions hanging installed; both of these things can help with the security and functionality of your PC.

There is a Help page that can answer questions for you on the official Java website. (http://java.com/en/)

Official Java Website

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Read on here:

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Posted from my HTC Incredible mobile with the official WordPress for Android app.

15 Awesome Things You Probably Shouldn’t Do (Says PC World)

Here’s the list of fun or normal things to do; it should be titled, as torn from the ‘pages’ of PC World:

Want to unlock your iPhone, download YouTube videos, or hack a stranger’s Facebook account? It’s all possible, but it’s also all against the rules.

By Dan Tynan, PCWorld Nov 2, 2010 7:22 pm

altSometimes you gotta bend the rules. And when it comes to technology, some rules are begging to get bent.

You might do it to gain access to features or functionality that your gadget/service provider should offer but doesn’t. Or maybe you just want to avoid something you prefer not to do–like coughing up your e-mail address just to gain access to a site’s content, or (ahem) paying for stuff you’d rather get for free.

And sometimes you do it because, well, it’s awesome.

But awesomeness has a price, and every activity described below carries a risk. Potential fallout ranges from violating terms of service or voiding a warranty, to bricking your favorite gadgets or having a clutch of copyright attorneys descend upon you from a great height.

So these are things you really shouldn’t do. Really. And if you tell anyone where you heard about them, we’ll deny everything.

1. Jailbreak Your iPhone

Apple iPhone owners fall neatly into two groups. Members of the first group suffer under the yoke of tyranny, endure arbitrary rules over what they can and can’t do, and put up with crappy reception (be careful how you hold that thing).

Members of the other group have jailbroken their phones, hacking iOS whatever to get to features, apps, and carriers that are otherwise verboten. There are many ways to unlock the uber phone, but by far the easiest is with Jailbreakme. Simply visit the site jailbreakme.com from your iPhone’s Safari browser, and you’re done. It also works on the iPod Touch and the iPad–but only if your hardware uses iOS 4.01 or an earlier operating system.

Why this is awesome: Let us count the ways: (1) No more AT&T. You may be able to use your iPhone with other GSM-based telecoms such as T-Mobile. (2) No restrictions on the apps you can use. The Cydia store features dozens of apps that work exclusively on jailbroken iPhones. (3) Have we mentioned no more AT&T?

Why you shouldn’t do it: It’s a constant game of cat and mouse between Apple and the jailbreakers, and Apple is the cat. Eventually the cat will win and your jailbreak will fail, possibly leaving you with a pretty paperweight (and no warranty). Also, you’ll make Steve Jobs sad.

2. Let Pandora Out of Her Box

My personal history is divided into two parts: BP (Before Pandora) and AP (After Pandora). That’s how much this streaming music service has changed my life. Unlike normal radio, it plays songs I’ve never heard before yet instantly love.

Orbit DownloaderOrbit captures streaming audio from your browser and saves it to your hard drive.Problem? Pandora won’t necessarily stream the tune you need to hear right now. One solution:Orbit Downloader, which lets you capture tunes as they’re playing in Firefox or IE and download them to your hard drive–and which works on lots of streaming sites in addition to Pandora. Orbit is free, but you’ll have to fight off optional installs of toolbars and attempts to switch your default search engine. (Or you could simply click the Buy button on Pandora and pay the 99 cents, you tightwad.)

Why this is awesome: Great music for free.

Why you shouldn’t do it: Pandora’s terms of service forbid copying, storing, altering, or otherwise stealing the music tracks it streams. Also, if you do anything that ends up getting Pandora shut down, I will personally come to your house and pummel you. And I’ll bring Chuck Norris.

3. Maintain Multiple Facebook Identities

A Fakebook persona is good for more than just stalking your ex or posting nasty things about your boss; you can use it to say or "like" things without repercussions, or play FarmVille and other obnoxious Facebook apps without risking your personal information and annoying your real friends. All you really need is an e-mail address, a pretty picture, and some bogus details–and you’re off to the races.

Another benefit: You can do what my son did and create a second G-rated Facebook account to deceive your parents and other adult relatives while saving the real one for your peeps. (Kids, if you do try this at home, remember: Don’t log into the real account from dad’s computer and then forget to log out. That will not go so well for you.)

Why this is awesome: No privacy risk and very little chance that your employer or loved ones will know it’s you (unless, of course, you log in and forget to log out).

Why you shouldn’t do it: It violates Facebook’s terms of service, which means real you and fake you could both get the boot. Of course, Facebook often fails to follow its own rules, so why should you treat them as sacrosanct?

4. Get Creative With Wikipedia

Alter WikipediaWikipedia is a valuable social resource built on the notion that people can be trusted to share information. It’s also really easy to abuse.Did you know that Little Rock recently changed its name to Bozoville, or that Lady Gaga is really Zach Galifianakis in drag? Neither does anyone else–until you add it to Wikipedia. Few things are more satisfying than adding spurious "facts" to the people’s encyclopedia just to see if anyone notices. Hours, days, or weeks later, some self-important Wikipedian will red pencil it, probably leaving a snotty comment in the page’s history. That’s where the real fun begins.

Why this is awesome: You can practically hear that Wikepedian’s sphincter tighten as you engage in an edit war over Lady Gaga’s man parts. (But seriously, has anyone ever seen Lady G. and Zach G. in the same room at the same time?)

Why you shouldn’t do it: You could be banned from editing any more entries. Also, an entire generation of 5th graders may grow up thinking that the capital of Arkansas is Bozoville.

 

5. Tear Down This Paywall

You want how much for that subscription to CrapICanReadElsewhereForFree.com? Uh, no thanks. I’ll just use someone else’s log-in and password. And what better way to do it than with BugMeNot?

That’s where you’ll find user names and passwords for both pay and free sites like NYTimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, IMDB, and YouTube. (No, PCWorld.com isn’t one of them — sorry.) Even if the site is free, BugMeNot will allow you to leave devastating ripostes in an article’s comments section without having to surrender your real name or e-mail address.

Why this is awesome: Aside from avoiding subscription fees (you skinflint), you won’t get spammed with advertising offers that "may interest you" or banned by sanctimonious comments czars (you know who you are).

Why you shouldn’t do it: You’ll be hammering another nail into the coffin of real journalism. And you’ll feel bad. Trust us.

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μTorrent ‘Wish List’

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  1. Futurama (Missing seasons/episodes)
  2. Futurama season 6
  3. Katt Williamas