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Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

In recent times we’re starting to see Facebook introduce ads in its videos, where sometimes when you watch a video halfway, an ad will appear. So far the ads only appear mid-way through the video and never at the start, but apparently this is something that Facebook wants to change as they have announced plans for pre-roll ads.

What this means is that in the future, ads will begin playing at the start of the video versus in the middle. Now before you guys get too worked up over this, note that this change only applies to videos under the “Watch” tab. According to Facebook, “Next year, we will begin testing pre-roll ads in places where people proactively seek out content, like Watch.”

The reason for putting ads in the front versus the middle for videos under the “Watch” tab is because Facebook thinks our intentions are different when watching a video in our News Feed, versus going to the “Watch” tab. “While pre-roll ads don’t work well in News Feed, we think they will work well in Watch because it’s a place where people visit and come back to with the intention to watch videos.”

Basically Facebook thinks that because we purposely click the “Watch” tab, that we wouldn’t mind sitting through a pre-roll ad before the video starts, kind of like how it is in the movies where the ads play before the movie starts. Note that Facebook is only testing out the feature for now, so whether or not it’ll become an actual feature remains to be seen.

Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

In recent times we’re starting to see Facebook introduce ads in its videos, where sometimes when you watch a video halfway, an ad will appear. So far the ads only appear mid-way through the video and never at the start, but apparently this is something that Facebook wants to change as they have announced plans for pre-roll ads.

What this means is that in the future, ads will begin playing at the start of the video versus in the middle. Now before you guys get too worked up over this, note that this change only applies to videos under the “Watch” tab. According to Facebook, “Next year, we will begin testing pre-roll ads in places where people proactively seek out content, like Watch.”

The reason for putting ads in the front versus the middle for videos under the “Watch” tab is because Facebook thinks our intentions are different when watching a video in our News Feed, versus going to the “Watch” tab. “While pre-roll ads don’t work well in News Feed, we think they will work well in Watch because it’s a place where people visit and come back to with the intention to watch videos.”

Basically Facebook thinks that because we purposely click the “Watch” tab, that we wouldn’t mind sitting through a pre-roll ad before the video starts, kind of like how it is in the movies where the ads play before the movie starts. Note that Facebook is only testing out the feature for now, so whether or not it’ll become an actual feature remains to be seen.

Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iMac Pro’s RAM Can Only Be Upgraded By Apple, Authorized Service Provider

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

More often than not, it is usually cheaper to upgrade your computer yourself by purchasing parts from outside rather than directly from your computer maker. The only downside is that it isn’t covered by your warranty (and might void your warranty) and you’ll have to do it yourself, which can be daunting for users who aren’t familiar with the process.

Unfortunately for those planning on buying the soon-to-be-released iMac Pro, upgrading the computer’s RAM will no longer be possible to DIY and you will either have to take it to Apple or an authorized service provider if you’re looking for an upgrade, as confirmed by iMore’s Rene Richie. This is because unlike the regular iMac which features a rear hatch that allows users to install their own RAM modules by themselves, the iMac Pro lacks the hatch.

While we suppose you could dismantle the iMac Pro yourself if you have the necessary tools, like we said, doing so would most certainly void the warranty and that any damage to the computer and its components will be entirely on you. Given how much the iMac Pro costs, we’re not sure if that is a risk many are willing to take.

As it stands, the iMac Pro comes with 32GB of RAM by default, and an increase to 64GB will cost customers an additional $800, while 128GB of RAM will cost a whopping $2,400.

iMac Pro’s RAM Can Only Be Upgraded By Apple, Authorized Service Provider , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Alibaba Wants To Sell Cars Through A Vending Machine

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Vending machines are typically used to purchase things like drinks and snacks, but if you’ve ever been to Japan, then you know that the country’s vending machine game is next level. For example you can buy things like fruits, eggs, SIM cards, umbrellas, and more, so why not cars, right?

Wait, what? Yup, it seems that over in China, e-commerce giant Alibaba has proposed an idea in which one could potentially test drive and buy a car via a vending machine. As you can see in the video above, the concept of the vending machine is roughly similar to those automated multi-story carparks, but instead of using it to park cars, you can use it to select the cars you want to test and buy.

Naturally this leads to questions about the potential abuse of such a system, where people can just choose and car and drive off with it. However according to Alibaba, there will be some security measures in place to prevent that. For starters customers who want to test the cars will need to have a certain credit score via Alibaba’s own Zhima service, and also be Alibaba Super Members.

Also customers will be limited to five test drives every two months, with each test drive allowing drivers to test it for a maximum of three days. Customers can then choose to purchase the car outright using Taobao or arrange to test a different model. At the moment there are only plans to open two such “stores”, one in Shanghai and the other in Nanjing, with plans to eventually open more at a later date.

Alibaba Wants To Sell Cars Through A Vending Machine , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Following the successful launch of the Amazon Echo, it really wasn’t surprising to see many companies follow suit with their own offerings, like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. It also did not come as a surprise to learn that Samsung might have something up their sleeves as well.

However despite hearing about the speakers for a while now, there is still no specific release date in sight or an official announcement, but according to a report from Bloomberg, apparently Samsung is targeting the first half of 2018 to launch the device. Details are scarce, but for the most part it sounds like it’ll be like most smart speakers where it will feature a built-in digital assistant (presumably Bixby) that can help users control their connected devices, like lights and locks.

The report is also claiming that the device will have an emphasis on audio quality, which we suppose is largely thanks to Samsung’s acquisition of Harman International. We have no idea what the speaker might look like, but Samsung has launched speaker products in the past, so perhaps those could be used as a frame of reference.

In any case we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung might have planned for us. Perhaps the announcement of the speaker could be made alongside the upcoming Galaxy S9.

Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Following the successful launch of the Amazon Echo, it really wasn’t surprising to see many companies follow suit with their own offerings, like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. It also did not come as a surprise to learn that Samsung might have something up their sleeves as well.

However despite hearing about the speakers for a while now, there is still no specific release date in sight or an official announcement, but according to a report from Bloomberg, apparently Samsung is targeting the first half of 2018 to launch the device. Details are scarce, but for the most part it sounds like it’ll be like most smart speakers where it will feature a built-in digital assistant (presumably Bixby) that can help users control their connected devices, like lights and locks.

The report is also claiming that the device will have an emphasis on audio quality, which we suppose is largely thanks to Samsung’s acquisition of Harman International. We have no idea what the speaker might look like, but Samsung has launched speaker products in the past, so perhaps those could be used as a frame of reference.

In any case we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung might have planned for us. Perhaps the announcement of the speaker could be made alongside the upcoming Galaxy S9.

Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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‘RunPee’ App Tells You When To Take A Bathroom Break During Movies

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Many of us at some point during a movie regretted ordering a large drink, or having that spicy noodles for dinner, because unlike at home where you can easily hit the pause button, there is no pause button in the cinemas, at least not unless the entire cinema collectively agrees to wait for you while you run to the bathroom.

However the good news is that there is an app called “RunPee” (iOS, Android) that basically tells you when is the best time to visit the bathroom during a movie. Basically since not every scene in a movie might be considered integral to the plot, there are some moments that you can use to go relieve yourself and come back and not necessarily be too lost.

The app will list sections in movies that it doesn’t think is important to the overall plot, and will provide a very vague description of it so as to prevent spoilers, so at the very least users will have some idea of what it is. This information is all user-submitted based on reviews, so your mileage may vary since we guess some people consider some parts important, while others don’t.

“RunPee” is by no means a new app per se, but with Star Wars: The Last Jedi now showing in cinemas, and considering that it will be the longest Star Wars movie in the franchise to date, perhaps this app could come in handy if you’re hoping not to miss any pivotal moments.

‘RunPee’ App Tells You When To Take A Bathroom Break During Movies , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.