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Developer. Loves Linux, enjoys Android and open source in general. Making the world better, one step at a time!
Developer. Loves Linux, enjoys Android and open source in general. Making the world better, one step at a time!

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To every site out there asking me to whitelist them from my adblocker: No.

I'm not blocking your ads because I hate ads. Ads pay my salary and support content creators on the internet.

I'm blocking your ads because you're using nine different advertising companies on your site and they're slowing you down.

I'm blocking your ads because the less reputable of those advertisers have high latency connections that make web pages run slower.

I'm blocking your ads because the less reputable ad sites also contain malware that can do bad things to my machine.

I'm blocking your ads because you've decided to present a splash screen that interrupts reading your content, and sometimes isn't even dismissable.

I'm blocking your ads because they refresh after 30 seconds forcing a page refresh that reloads the page I'm reading and loses state so I have to find where I am on your site.

I'm blocking your ads because they're so bloated that your mobile page now takes ten seconds to load.

I'm blocking your ads because you're still trying to do pop ups.

I'm blocking your ads because they're redirecting me to other sites away from the content I want.

I'm blocking your ads because you're making them look like content in an attempt to get people to click on them.

I'm blocking your ads because you're using clickbait headlines to try and grab my attention and they are blatantly misleading.

I'm blocking your ads because your targeting is so far off that it's irrelevant.

I'm blocking your ads occasionally because I'm a paid subscriber to your site and you still feel the need to make me look at them.

When your ads become relevant, fast, useful, not malicious, not graphically intensive and helpful, I'll gladly add your site to my adblocking whitelist. I'm not averse to paying for content. I'm not averse to supporting content creators and journalists. I'm averse to bad user experiences. And that's all.
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Insane state of today's advertising part 3.

Companies like Cedato and http://Adap.tv (now OneByAOL?) are the scum of the Internet. Ads like these make me so mad. Just look at this shit.

A static ad loads. Then behind the scenes thousands of requests continue to execute, absolutely destroying browser performance. And the worst part is nothing is even happening on the screen - the ad that is showing is completely static.

Currently reproducible here:
1. Open Chrome Dev Tools on desktop.
2. Load up http://api-us-east-1.adsnative.com/v1/creative.html?crid=rtb%3A45%3Anone&sid=0be93fcee93f4debb1b4d92a1f5eb39f_22eb05f1
3. Disable your ad blocker on that page and reload.
4. Observe the sad state of today's advertising hasn't changed in years since I first brought it up here https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/7jMWV7oCQpn and here https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/VgrLdYcoifr.

Advertising companies that do this - you are the reason people use ad blockers. Greedy and incompetent.

Edit: Oh good, my post is at the top of HackerNews​​ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15145226. I hope those who can fix this mess notice.

The consensus is there's ad fraud going on here. I see this kind of thing so frequently, it's just sad that the ad networks allow it to continue happening, year after year.
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And then a wild +Android OTA zip file appeared for my Nexus 5X on https://developers.google.com/android/ota#bullhead and I was all like…
#pixelpushing
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#ARCore preview brings high-quality mobile AR, starting with Pixel and @SamsungMobile Galaxy S8.

https://www.blog.google/products/google-vr/arcore-augmented-reality-android-scale/
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A bird? A plane? No, it’s #AndroidO, touching down to Earth for #Eclipse2017 & bringing some super (sweet) new powers: android.com/o
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Version 1.0 of #Android Testing Support Library is available, including new APIs and documentation!

Read more here: https://goo.gl/XKNYFk

ATSL version 1.0 is a major update to our existing testing APIs and comes with lots of new features, improved performance, stability, and bug fixes. It provides full API parity with the now deprecated Android platform testing APIs. This release also adds a number of features that we discussed in our Google I/O 2017 talk, such as native support for Multiprocess Espresso and the Android Test Orchestrator.
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There is nothing like server certificate debugging, openssl and keystores to get in the mood.
Also, Marc in Black!
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Made it: watched a lot of #io17 📽️ and added my favorites to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzwuMPw2loATFFb3DZEJBc6kgjJMArI8H - so you don't have too.
Enjoy! :D 🎉
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Android Studio 3.0 adds some big changes
Besides this awesome blog post which details many of the great features of Android Studio 3.0 (formerly, Android Studio 2.4), I'd strongly suggest watching the I/O talk [1] on 'What's New in Android Development Tools'.

Lots of newly added support:
- Kotlin (woohoo!)
- Android O (adaptive icons, downloadable fonts, and more)
- Android Things
- Instant Apps

The new Google Maven repository is going to make life a lot easier in the long run (and is the only way to get the new Architecture Components!) and the new profilers are going to be really helpful in tracking issues down.

The changes to Gradle (including backward incompatible changes) should hopefully be a win longer term - I'm really happy that the team is working on making sure everything can be done in parallel and cached where ever possible.

There's a lot more, so make sure to read the blog post for all the details!

[1] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx_rwS1NTiI&index=17&list=PLWz5rJ2EKKc-odHd6XEaf7ykfsosYyCKp
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Been using it for a couple of days - it's amazing! :D

Also, you can add me on social steps here: https://socialstepsapp.com/add/?code=YQD5tZ1pSjZ87Pl4NJu51fSB5P22
Social Steps is now live on +Google Play
https://socialstepsapp.com/

Coming to iOS in the coming weeks. Check it out, it's free! :-)

This is an after-work project we've been working for a couple of months now. Really excited to have it out. Thanks to everyone who participated into the beta test!
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