How to Disable Viber Annoying Ads on Windows and Macintosh

I don’t mind advertising, as long as it remains unobtrusive to the end user. As a matter of fact, I am using ads on this blog. However, just recently Viber implemented the new type of video ads implemented on the Windows and Macintosh desktop Viber platform. These ads aren’t your usual standalone picture ads, these are video ads that tend to auto-play on their own along with the sound, which is especially annoying when one forgets to turn off their PC speakers. Unfortunately, Viber does not provide application settings to disable or control ads. So, here is how you can easily disable these ads on your Windows or Mac machine.

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Ascent of Information warfare (IW) in Cyberspace

We live in a time when foreign nations no longer achieve supremacy by engaging in a traditional battlefield warfare. Most nations realized that there are considerable disadvantages to fighting the battle in the open by using the old-style weapons and mechanisms, which helped to establish an entirely new kind of combat, the information warfare.  Instead of using heavy weaponry, the warfare operations are executed in secrecy primarily by leveraging the information and communication technology. As a result, the modern war has moved from a physical space into a virtual cyberspace.

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Is Ethical Hacking Ethical?

In the following article, I concentrate on some of the often-asked questions topic connected to ethical hacking, the area of computing concerned with the discovery of security vulnerabilities that can potentially be exploited by real hackers. [Read more…]

The State of CrowdSourcing in Canada

The CrowdSourcing model allows the internet masses to partake in any profit or non-profit idea, such as solving problems (crowdsolving), finding lost items (crowdsourcing), or become a source of funds to startup businesses (crowdfunding). The following short ‘work-in-progress’ article looks at the history and growth of crowdsourcing and assesses the value of crowdsourcing in Canada. [Read more…]

Google Book Search and ‘Fair Use’

The issue of unclear law around the ‘fair use’ is well illustrated by the copyright situation, where Google Inc. introduced two new search products called Google Book Search and Google Image Search. These were the products, through which Google started digitizing the text and images of copyrighted and public domain books and for the first time expanded beyond indexing the online world of websites. It is also one of the most prominent cases where Google Inc. throughout many lawsuits with Authors Guild, always claimed ‘fair use’ as the reason for digitally scanning and storing million of books online. According to Judge Sprizzo (2017) presiding over one of the lawsuits, the Google claimed that they were simply only showing the “snippets” of the books. Do I think Google had a valid claim to fair use in the lawsuit? [Read more…]