Feel the Force with Google's Star Wars app themesToo much Star Wars? Never! Google sneaks Star Wars characters into its apps and services. Meanwhile, Yahoo blocks ad blockers, and LG kills the Urbane 2 smartwatch just days after it went on sale.
Feel the force slowly through your Google app. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNet update. [MUSIC] If you didn't already have enough. Star Wars movie hype in your life, Google is giving its apps a Star Wars design makeover. If you visit google.com/Starwars, you can choose to have little geeky Star Wars things pop up across your devices when you're using Google. What you see depends on if you choose the light side or the dark side. The theme is woven into the Chrome browser with an add-on, and you'll also find the force hidden within The Chrome Cast, Gmail, Google Search, Google Translate, and YouTube, among others. On Maps the little peg man to take you to street view changes to a stormtrooper or rebel starfigher pilot. The Waze traffic app, owned by Google, also transforms to show characters and icons from the Force Awakens on your route. And you can also get voice directions from C-3PO. If you have a change of heart, you can switch to the other side at any time. Or disable it, but it will vanish for everyone in February. Expect more Star Wars easter eggs to pop up from Google as we get closer to the movie's release on December 18th. Now, the folks over at Yahoo!, may not have Created a Star Wars theme to its Mail, but many people that use Yahoo are crying out that the company has joined the Dark Side because it blocks anyone that uses an ad blocker tool. People are taking to Twitter and message boards to complain that Yahoo asks For you to disable ad blocker if you want to continue using yahoo mail. Yahoo! has said that this is a test running for a small number of Yahoo! mail users in the US. If you're unfamiliar with how ad blocker works, the software will prevent a page from loading advertisements. Sometimes an ad blocker causes a website to load incorrectly. But that's the price some don't mind paying to avoid pop-ups and ads that track you. Yahoo's not the first to fight back against the software, the Washington Post also refuses to load for those that block out ads. You can't blame them for fighting to save their main source of revenue, but Speaking of fighting on, there's one tech company that seems to have given up on its product completely after an epic failure. LG has stopped taking orders for its latest smartwatch, and cancelled the rollout of the device. Just six days after it was on the market, the LG Watch Urbane Second Edition has been pulled due to a complicated hardware issue. LG is not going into much detail other than saying that there is no safety danger to anyone that does own one. LG has not decided if the device will ever go back on sale again. This stylish smartwatch has received positive early reviews. And it was the first Android-wear watch to have its own cellular connection. WIth a SIM card, you can make calls and get alerts without needing your phone. But that also meant you needed a data plan for your watch. That;s it for this tech news update and there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]