Google launches ‘Speed Scorecard’ and ‘Impact Calculator’ tool to improve mobile sites

Given the importance of speed as a metric, Google at Mobile World Congress is introducing new tools to help mobile sites improve their end-user experiences. The first is a comparison tool, while the second helps calculate the monetary impact of speed. Google notes that slow mobile sites often serve as a hindrance to the user experience: “In fact, 53% of visits are abandoned if a mobile site takes more than three seconds to load, according to Google data from 2016.” With the new mobile Speed Scorecard tool, sites can see how fast they load…

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Coinbase tells overcharged cryptocurrency buyers to contact their banks

It has been more than 10 days since numerous Coinbase users cried out the popular cryptocurrency exchange desk has erroneously charged them multiple times for past purchases, but it seems the situation is far from over – and customers are still waiting on refundsfrom Visa and their banks. Over the weekend, a group of cryptocurrency holders took to Reddit to complain they are yet to be compensated for purchases they never made – some for as much as 50 times the value of the intended purchase. “Still have not received refund on [C]oinbase triple…

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YouTube now lets Live viewers control streamers’ lights and pet feeders

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YouTube today announced it’s introducing new features to its Live streams to bring its communities closer together.   Among the changes is chat replay, which allows anyone watching saved livestreams to see the chat — an indispensable feature when rewatching streams as you might otherwise wonder who or what the streamers are responding to. Twitch introduced a similar feature two years ago. Other changes include tagging your location in livestreams, and the ability to search streams by location. YouTube is also bringing its auto-generated captions to streams, which means you’ll probably see…

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Are new Apple-branded headphones in the works?

A new report suggests Apple may launch a pair of over-the-ear headphones under its own brand instead of Beats, the high-end headphone brand the company owns. The new model may debut as soon as this year. According to a note from the typically reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities obtained by Apple Insider, the headphones will feature an “all-new” design with higher-quality audio components than those in the current Apple AirPods. Accordingly, the new model will likely be more expensive than Apple’s wireless earbuds. Given that AirPods are wireless, and that…

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5 Software Development Trends for 2018

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Demand for Blockchain developers will explode Blockchain became a hot tech topic in 2017, thanks in no small part to Bitcoin’s meteoric rise. But beyond digital currency, blockchain is a technology poised to revolutionize nearly every industry. In 2018, we’ll start to see the first attempts at this disruption through business-class blockchain platforms.Many of the legacy technology companies introduced their own blockchain platforms in 2017. IBM is considered the leader, and they are already penning partnerships with banks, food distributors, and government regulatory agencies to put blockchain to use. However,…

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