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No Advertising Third-Party Consumer Technical Support with Google

Image Source: Google.com, Lenovo; Design by Patcoola 2019

May 2019, Google implements new policy to please Google partners. The “Third-party consumer technical support” policy prevents advertising for services provided by the computer services industry. Computer service providers cannot advertise their services with Google AdSense anymore. The new policy makes their services such as Repairs, Virus Removal, Password Resets prohibited. It’s no secret that the computer services industry is dying. Many countries are pushing for a “Right to Repair” law, and many people do not own a computer anymore in favor for a smart phone or tablet. However, this further demonstrates that manufacturers do not want their products fixed, and Google is anti-competition.

https://support.google.com/adspolicy/answer/6368711#691


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VR with the Nexus 7

eBay: VR Shinecon Headset

I wanted to try virtual reality (VR) to see if getting a Vive or Oculus Rift is a real thing worth getting. Seeing the diagrams of the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset, VR is basically a smart phone screen with a motion sensor and lenses. I can see how their can be so may headsets on the market thanks to Google Cardboard. I bought the “VR Shinecon” also know as the “BlitzWolf VR” for $25 CAD to be used with any smart phone I could find.


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Everything Breaks in May

OSVR Hacker Development Kit 1.4 Price Canada


*Image from www.razerzone.com/ca-en/store/osvr-hdk

Razer’s new 1.4 open-source virtual reality (OSVR) development kit is up for order in Canada for $449.99 CAD. The headset features a completely open design that can be taken apart and upgraded. The software and hardware can be reprogrammed to extend its features. OSVR can also run on mid-range computers, so the NVIDIA GTX 970 is not necessary.


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Blog Update 2016-03-04

Steam Can Exclude Games You Own in Bundles


*Snapshot from store.steampowered.com

Steam bundle deals can now exclude items we already own. However, at the moment the feature is only active with the publisher Valve. Hopefully all game publishers on Steam will adopt the new option to subtract the value of a game or downloadable content (DLC) we already own.


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