Samsung is getting ready for an “edgy” Unpacked event at MWC. Not even tech giants can kill AdBlock, so they have joined it. Meanwhile, Google makes Earth Pro free.
We can always expect some big announcements from Samsung at Mobile World Congress. In fact, the Korean manufacturer usually owns Barcelona during these days, and it seems this year won’t be the exception.
It was only a matter of time before we started seeing some hints, and that day has come. Invites to Samsung’s new Unpacked event have started reaching the press. The invitations are very minimalistic, but do give us a huge hint that we will be seeing a device with a curved display. Or as we have come to know it – an Edge display.
Opinion: As you can tell by our Galaxy Note Edge review, we are not huge fans of Edge displays around here. They simply don’t have enough support and advantages yet, but it seems Samsung is really pushing for it. This teaser likely hints at the Galaxy S Edge we have been hearing all about lately.
AdBlock has become a major player in the industry by blocking ads from showing up in your browser, but there is much more to their philosophy than that. These guys believe in ads, but they think they should be done right. This is why they have a program for “acceptable ads”.
The company is doing very well and has managed to get some pretty large partners. According to the latest reports, even tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Amazon have jumped into the bandwagon.
Opinion: If you can’t beat them, just join them – right? AdBlock stands for something fair, so we won’t be complaining. It’s just so interesting that AdBlock managed to become such a big influence.
I am willing to bet most of you didn’t even know Google Earth offered a Pro subscription service. It was worth $399 a year and offered a series of features a select handful of users may have needed. This included larger print images, HD video capturing and measuring tools.
Regardless, paying for this service is now part of the past, as Gogole has decided to stop charging for Google Earth Pro. It is now completely free and all of you can start taking full advantage of it.
Opinion: I am willing to bet this wasn’t really a huge source of income for Google. It makes sense to just offer Google Maps for free, with no restrictions.