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Microsoft Integrates ‘Adblock Plus’ into Edge for Android Beta Users

Previously, Google had unveiled its own ad blocking in Chrome for Android but that has not been able to block ads on the majority of sites

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Hackers bleeding large Indian firms by $10 mn on average each year: Microsoft. (Wikimedia commons)

Microsoft is reportedly building the content-filtering and ad blocking extension “Adblock Plus” into its Edge browser for Android beta users.

“The adblocker is available in the Microsoft Edge settings and does not require a separate add-in to download and install,” The Verge reported on Monday.

The tech giant has reportedly partnered with “Adblock Plus”, to build this functionality straight into the browser.

“Once you have enabled ‘Adblock Plus’ in Edge, advanced options are listed to configure the content blocker. The available options are limited to managing a whitelist and disabling acceptable ads,” added a report from tech website ghacks.com.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office, Pixabay

Previously, Google had unveiled its own ad blocking in Chrome for Android but that has not been able to block ads on the majority of sites.

Microsoft released Edge, a new web browser for Windows 10 when it released the first version of Windows 10 to the public. The browser was made available available for Android tablets only recently.

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According to The Verge, the company plans to roll out the adblock-integrated browser version “more broadly to all Edge for Android users soon”.

The browser has reportedly reached over 5 million installs already on the Google Play Store. (IANS)

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AI Helping Differently-abled to Become More Independent: Microsoft

The showcase will feature technology-based projects from non-profit organisations, assistive technologies developed by leading technology companies, Microsoft partners as well as Microsoft solutions, the company added

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are empowering differently-abled people with tools that support independence and productivity, a top Microsoft executive said here on Friday.

The software giant last year launched its five-year, $25 million “AI for Accessibility” programme that harnesses the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people around the world with a disability.

“At Microsoft, we believe there are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it,” Sriram Rajamani, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India, said on the inaugural day of the two-day “Accessibility Summit – Empowering for Inclusion” here.

Real time speech-to-text transcription, computer vision capabilities and predictive text functionality are just a few examples of how AI is useful to people with disabilities.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

Inaugurating the summit, Shakuntala Doley Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities at the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, said that a strong public-private partnership can go a long way in empowering the differently-abled with equal access and opportunity.

Microsoft hosted the summit in collaboration with the National Association of the Deaf and National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEPD), a non-profit organisation.

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The two-day conference will also combine a rich mix of master classes and access to Microsoft’s “AI for Accessibility” resources for the developer community with a showcase of inclusive technology, Microsoft said.

The showcase will feature technology-based projects from non-profit organisations, assistive technologies developed by leading technology companies, Microsoft partners as well as Microsoft solutions, the company added. (IANS)