Chrome 66 is out, and if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really care when your web browser has a new update, you might want to rethink that approach for this version. Though your browser will automatically update to Chrome 66 (technically, 66.0.3359.117), you should manually trigger that update right now for some extra peace of mind. Though it was originally scheduled to debut in Chrome 64, Google has finally launched its anticipated “auto-mute” feature in Chrome 66. By that, we mean that your browser—once you upgrade—will automatically prevent sites from playing loud, annoying videos without your consent. You can now go back to viewing almost every news site on the web without feeling like you have to mute your speakers just to catch up on the day’s events. There are a few caveats to Chrome’s cone of silence, however. First, Chrome isn’t blocking all autoplay videos. If a video is muted by default from the publisher, … [Read more...] about Mute Autoplay Videos With the Latest Chrome Update
Autoplaying videos follow everyone around the Internet these days. A few years ago, these used to be Flash videos and could easily be stopped simply by disabling Flash on your browser. However, as the Internet has moved to better technologies such as HTML5 for videos, so have autoplaying videos.Most of the time, these autoplaying videos tend to be nothing more than annoying news bulletins you don’t need, or worse, ads. There’s an easy way to block these on every PC browser, just follow the steps below.Google Chrome Launch Chrome browser and install the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension by opening the linked page and clicking Add to Chrome. Now open any website such as YouTube and you’ll notice that videos don’t autoplay anymore.Opera The extension Disable HTML5 Autoplay is available for Opera too. Launch Opera and install it from the linked page by clicking on Add to Opera. Now you’ll notice that videos don’t autoplay anymore.Firefox Open Firefox. … [Read more...] about How to Stop Autoplaying Videos on Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari
So you just installed Google Chrome—that, or you’ve cleared your cache and history because you wanted to save some space on your PC or fix some website issue involving cookies. You go to pull up your favorite website and, suddenly, a sound starts blasting out of your speakers. The dreaded autoplaying video returneth. We previously reported that Chrome 66 was supposed to mute all autoplaying videos by default until you engaged with a site. And it didn’t take much to trigger this “engagement,” as Google wrote: “LocalNewsSite.com has both text and video content. Most people enter the site through the homepage and then click on the news articles. Autoplay on the news article pages would be allowed because of user interaction with the domain. However, care should be taken to make sure users aren’t surprised by autoplaying content.” Google’s giant whitelist for autoplaying videos Now, according to Google, the company will initially … [Read more...] about How to Stop Google Chrome’s New Update From Autoplaying Videos
Google’s quest to kill autoplay videos with sound has been a confusing ride over the last year. But last month, Chrome finally went all the way and started muting autoplaying videos on sites by default. Now, Google is changing the way its mute system works... again. In a blog post on Thursday, the Chrome team announced that the latest version of the browser has already started learning which sites you’d prefer not to mute. This isn’t entirely different from the previous update. Before, Chrome would still allow sound on sites where your history showed a tendency to interact with the autoplay video. That caveat was especially important to Google because it owns YouTube—probably one of the only sites on which you might be fine with sound suddenly blaring from your speakers. The new system seems to be a little more forgiving for advertisers. From Google’s blog: If you don’t have browsing history, Chrome allows autoplay for over 1,000 sites where we see … [Read more...] about Chrome Is Changing How It Mutes Autoplaying Videos—Again
Facepalm: Most people do not like autoplay videos in general. The fact that most major browsers now either mute or block these annoyances by default attests to this claim. Despite their unpopularity, Facebook is going forward with autoplay video ads within its mobile Messenger app. As if autoplay videos on websites were not enough to annoy the average user, Facebook is now planning on implementing autoplay video ads within its Messenger app. Now, as you have a chat with your buddy, you can be introduced to the “best adult game on the internet” with full pictures and sound. Apparently, the social media titan is running out of places to put advertising now that it can’t sell your data as easily as it once could. According to ReCode, it has already implemented static ads within Instagram Stories and Facebook Marketplace. It has also been testing static ads in Messenger and video ads in Facebook videos that are more than 20 seconds long. Now it feels that Messenger is a … [Read more...] about Autoplay video ads will start invading Facebook Messenger users starting Monday
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by Tech fix Videos that start without your consent are prominent across the web. Our tech columnist explains how the industry got here and what we can do. ByBrian X. Chen Aug. 1, 2018 The web is in a dark place, as I plan to examine in the next several columns. If you need proof, look no further than autoplay videos, the first example. You’re probably familiar with this horrendous experience: You are perusing a website, and suddenly an annoying voice or unfamiliar music blasts through your speakers. You wonder, where is this coming from? You scroll up and down the webpage only to realize that a video is playing without your consent. And the noise polluting your ears is coming from an ad preceding a video you had never clicked to watch. Autoplay videos are all over the web and inside apps. … [Read more...] about Autoplay Videos Are Not Going Away. Here’s How to Fight Them.