Websites with overly intrusive advertisements have less than two months to clean up their acts or face the wrath of Google’s Chrome browser. Starting on February 15, Chrome will automatically block all ads on sites don’t meet industry guidelines, VentureBeat reports. That means avoiding pop-ups, prestitial ads with countdown timers, auto-playing videos with sound, and large ads that stick to the screen as you scroll. On mobile devices, the guidelines also discourage flashing animations, full-screen scrollover ads, and ads that occupy more than 30% of the display. Google announced its ad-blocking plans in June, and has been working with other websites and ad agencies to come up with best practices. The hope is that if browser ads become less obnoxious, users might not go nuclear and install a third-party ad blocker. (That said, the popular AdBlock Plus also has its own “Acceptable Ads” framework that it uses to whitelist certain sites.) Even without the ad … [Read more...] about Adios, autoplay with sound! Google Chrome will start blocking intrusive ads in February
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In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?
Some subjects are so painful, it’s hard to find the words to talk about them. In recent months, the Joyful Heart Foundation has produced a series of PSAs speaking out against domestic violence, with a focus on the NFL. But the celebrities and football stars in their latest ads don’t say anything at all; they’re so overcome with angry emotion, that they can’t bring themselves to speak. The ads, which are part of Joyful Heart’s “No More” movement, feature individuals like Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU (she also directed the ads) and NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter. Each celeb faces the camera and finds him or herself rendered totally mute. In some cases, the actors and athletes even start to cry. “Domestic violence and sexual assault are hard subjects for everyone to talk about,” reads the copy. “Help us start the conversation.” According to Y&R, the agency behind the “Speechless” campaign, the … [Read more...] about NFL Stars and Actors Are Rendered “Speechless” By Domestic Violence In These Powerful PSAs
It was a cry for help that inspired entrepreneur Eric Coly to launch his startup. The former investment banker was approached by a close friend who confided to him that she needed counseling, but she couldn’t find a therapist. Or more specifically, she couldn’t find an African-American therapist. She wanted someone who could understand her experience as a woman of color. advertisement advertisement Coly, a Senegal native diagnosed with depression, understood her frustration too well. He had also experienced the gap between the counseling needs of minorities and the availability of the services. It’s a common issue: Of the 100,000 therapists in the U.S, 86% are white, 5% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 4% African American. Meanwhile, the American landscape looks far more diverse: The population is 62% white and 38% racial/ethnic minority, with the latter expected to grow to the majority by 2050. “Take aside the stigmatization and the lack of access … [Read more...] about This app matches marginalized communities to therapists who share their background
The NFL has an image problem and, with some players, an actual problem, when it comes to domestic abuse within its ranks. The “No More” campaign, which debuts tonight on Thursday Night Football, is the League’s latest attempt to address the former. The ads, from Y&R New York, feature football superstars like Eli Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner. Other voices include league officials like Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, whose mother is a survivor of domestic violence. Each League member faces the camera and vows to stop making excuses for players accused of assault. “No more boys will be boys,” says Manning. “No more why doesn’t she just leave.” And “No more he just has a temper.” The spots follow on weeks of previous “No More” PSAs, produced by the Joyful Heart Foundation and featuring celebrities; these new ads … [Read more...] about NFL Players and Officials Say “No More” to Domestic Abuse in these No-Nonsense PSAs