Madison For Android Declares War On In App Advertisements

Developers often offer ad-free and ad-supported versions of their applications. This way they can continue to earn money without leaving a subset of users out. Those who want to pay for the app can do so and not see any ads. Those who don’t want to pay have to bear ads, through which developers make money. Though we can all agree that in-app ads are often infuriating and deteriorate the user experience. The folks behind Madison think so as well. Its a new Android application which aims to help users get rid of in-app ads, but the catch is that they have to view “relevant” ad content on their home screens.

For sharing the home screen space with Madison, it rewards users with Google Play credits. These credits can be used to purchase ad-free premium versions of any application. The idea seems simple enough. You agree to seeing relevant ads on your homescreen, get credits in return, buy your favorite apps and games to enjoy an ad-free experience. The Madison app includes a feedback toolbar through which users can like, dislike, skip or share ads based on their preferences, so they do have some say in the content displayed on their home screen.

The startup behind this application says that it is working with national brands to ensure that ads, deals and videos displayed on the home screen are worth putting there. The timing of Madison’s launch depends upon gathering enough brands with ample relevant content, it won’t launch without enough content. It is now accepting signups from people who wish to participate in a private beta, which launches this summer.





Transfer Power Wirelessly Within 5m RadiusWireless charging might be the future, as that would mean there is no longer any more need to grapple with unsightly cables and wires. After all, it would also translate to having one less thing to carry in your suitcase on your travels, but how about expounding on wireless charging by taking things to the next level – that is, wireless power? Apparently, Chun T. Rim, a professor of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering at KAIST, alongside his team, have already demonstrated an improvement in allowing electric power to travel sans wires, calling it the Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) that offers an extended range of inductive power transfer within a 5 meter radius.


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Twitter Introduces App Install Ads

We recently reported that Twitter is toying with multiple new ad products, most of which it is expected to launch soon. The microblogging network today launched an ad product that has been a hit for Facebook. “App Install” ads contain a short description of an application as well as a button through which the app can be directly installed. App developers have spent a ton of money on Facebook for these ads and Twitter hopes to get a piece of the pie as well.


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Nissan Offers Free And Easy Charging For LEAF CarsDriving an electric car has its fair share of advantages – electricity is a whole lot more affordable than a full tank of gas, not to mention electric cars have no emissions that will clog up the earth’s atmosphere with poisonous gases. The thing is, a gas station is whole lot more common than an electric vehicle charging point, and Nissan intends to encourage the uptake in their Nissan LEAF electric car by expanding on its successful “No Charge to Charge” promotion that will see the automobile manufacturer offer two years of free public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.


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Home Try On Program For Google Glass Launched

It has been nearly two years since Google Glass was first unveiled. Its definitely an intriguing device. So far Google has kept a tight hold on who can and can not buy a Glass unit. The Explorer program only gives access to selected individuals in the U.S. Previously anyone who signed up had to purchase the unit right away. Google now wants to give you the opportunity to see how Glass looks like through its home try-on program. This will help potential Explorers make up their minds about the wearable device.


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LG Lucid 3 From Verizon AnnouncedIn the middle of last month, we brought you whispers of the LG Lucid 3 that seemed bound for Verizon Wireless. Well, it seems that all of that waiting after slightly more than a month has come to fruition, where Verizon has unveiled the LG Lucid 3, a new and affordable Android-powered smartphone that is made by LG. This particular handset intends to continue from where the LG Lucid 2 left off, where it will arrive as a free smartphone on a 2-year agreement with Verizon. Of course, if you do not want to be tethered to a contract, you can always fork out $299.99 for the unlocked version.


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Future Sonos Software Update Could See Full Wireless Speaker System CapabilitySonos is currently working on a software update that will let its wireless speaker system do away with the need for a physical connection to the actual home network itself. If successful, this particular software would then enable the system’s SonosNet network to play nice with one of the speakers by accessing the local Wi-Fi network, all the while avoiding wiring either a speaker or the Sonos Bridge wireless networking device to a router, now how about that? This is truly a step in the right direction for those who want to get rid of all kinds of cables in their home (or office).


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Facebook Nearby Friends Feature Introduced“…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” is a proverb that makes plenty of sense, and even more so in this day and age. After all, your family might be staying halfway across the world, and if you were to get in trouble today and need someone to bail you out from the current predicament, which better person than a friend to do so? Having said that, Facebook knows how important friends are to one’s life, which is why they have introduced a new feature that is known as Nearby Friends, allowing you to turn it on if you want to.


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Walmart Launches A Money Transfer Service

Soon you will be able to walk into a Walmart and send money. The company today launched its new “Walmart-2-Walmart” service for which it has partnered with Euronet Worldwide Inc subsidiary Ria Money Transfer. This new service puts Western Union directly in the crosshairs as customers will be able to transfer money to and from over 4,000 U.S. Walmart stores. The company says that fees will be much lower than competing services, giving users an incentive to use Walmart-2-Walmart instead.


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iOS 7.1.1 Release Expected Soon

A few weeks back Apple released iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software update brought a number of new features for supported devices, including CarPlay, which brings the iOS experience to cars. It appears that the company has been working on yet another software update though it just might an incremental one. Apple is expected to release iOS 7.1.1 in the near future and it might primarily bring bug fixes.


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