Watch the top 5 carrier ads: T-Mobile spent $30 million for the Netflix spot, still couldn't beat Verizon

Hot on the heels of T-Mobile giving away Netflix streaming to its subscribers came the rumor that Sprint may offer Hulu in its turn, and Verizon might be exploring free content, too. Well, T-Mobile made this a big selling point last quarter, so how much exactly has it spent on popularizing its generosity with the “Netflix on us” spot? No less than $30 million, it seems, judging from the recap of the wireless ad TV spending for last month.

That’s still just a chunk of the total estimated $271 million that 18 brands gave for advertising in October, up …


Motorola disses Apple and other phone makers in new Moto Mod ads


Motorola today released two new video ads that feature
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus, alongside the Moto Z2 smartphone and some Moto Mods. In these ads –
embedded below – Motorola touts the superiority of its Z2, as “your
phone” (including the iPhone 8) can’t “get loud” and can’t turn
into a projector. Of course, the Moto Z2 can’t do that by itself, either, as it
does it with the help of Moto Mods – including the recently released Moto Mod
Speaker with Amazon Alexa, and the Moto Insta-share Projector.  

 

Furthermore, Motorola doesn’t appear to be impressed with
iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait …

Check out Ikea's hilarious ads for wireless charging lamps focused directly on iPhone users

Furniture retailer Ikea is known more for the Swedish meatballs in its in-store restaurant than for its advertising. The stores offer a large selection of furniture, some of which has wireless charging capabilities built-in. And now that Apple is supporting wireless charging on the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Apple iPhone X, Ikea is focusing its wireless charging ads on iPhone owners by riffing on famous lines that are connected to the tech titan.

For example, a line of lamps that support wireless charging are featured in a series of ads. One says, “This charges everything.” …

Facebook handed over info on those Russia-linked ads under a search warrant

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There’s more to the $100,000 in ads that Facebook sold to a Russian propaganda company. 

Special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant that forced Facebook to hand over the ads it sold to a company known for pro-Kremlin propaganda, as well as information about them. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook gave up the ads, and CNN later added it was because Mueller obtained a warrant. 

Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week. Without a warrant, however, Facebook didn’t have to actually turn over the ads or relevant records to Congress. Read more…

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Finally! Google will kill video and ads sound autoplay in next Chrome update

There’s nothing more annoying on the web than autoplaying vids with sound to your unsuspecting ears and colleagues while you simply browse for a pair of sneakers instead of actually working. Hey, the latest studies show you are more productive because of those breaks! Some sites are worse than others in that respect (looking at you, CNN, blasting videos at full volume with each refresh!), but Google has a solution to this first-world problem.

Starting with the next big Chrome update, likely version 64 that is arriving in January, Google’s experimental …

Results: would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?

Amazon’s Prime exclusive phones have been a hot topic last week. With the Nokia 6 added to its roster, the discounted phones got a bit more attention than usual and had users asking themselves “Would I go for this deal?”.

Prime phones are usually midrangers, which you can buy at a $30 – $180 discount, depending on the phone, but there’s a catch. If you get one of these devices, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That’s right, no more pictures of your dog or your cousin’s toddler — your lockscreen is now Amazon’s personal “your …

Ads start appearing on some HTC QWERTY keyboards

HTC has something extra for those using the default QWERTY on the HTC U11 and other flagship models like the HTC 10. These are advertisements for third party businesses that appear to be pulled from Google’s AdSense. Before you start getting mad at HTC, it might not even be the company’s fault. Heck, it is even possible that HTC didn’t know that the ads would appear. After all, HTC’s default keyboard is built by a company called TouchPal.

Now that HTC has been made aware about the ads, it might try to do something about them. The manufacturer recently told HTC U11 owners to uninstall recent …

Would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?

Amazon’s Prime exclusive phones have been quite the topic this week. There are a couple of reasons behind this. For one, Nokia 6 has been added to the roster and we all know that this brand evokes quite a lot of feelings in phone fans. Secondly, Prime phones, usually midrangers, come with a nice discount — from $30 to $180 off, depending on the model.

Of course, there is a catch. If you get a bargain on a Prime exclusive phone, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That’s right, no more pictures of your dog …

Deal: Get a Moto G5 Plus 64 GB for just $179.99 (with Amazon offers and ads)

Released several months back in the US and other markets, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is normally sold for $229.99 (model with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory), or $299.99 (model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory).

Motorola also launched the smartphone as an Amazon Prime exclusive product (with Amazon offers and ads on the lockscreen), offering the 4 GB / 64 GB version for $239.99. Now, this version can be purchased for even less: just $179.99. Thus, you’re saving a total of $120 for accepting Amazon ads on your lockscreen. These ads and offers …

Google will stop scanning your Gmail inbox in order to send out targeted ads

If you’re a Gmail user, you might not be aware of the fact that Google scans your email in order to send out targeted ads to those who use the app. Google is ending this controversial practice and will instead continue to track your actions on other Google sites in order to determine what ads to send you. Since Google doesn’t scan the inboxes of those who use its enterprise-based G Suite service, eliminating the scanning process from Gmail will allow Google to stick to one method to personalize ads throughout its operations.

While Google didn’t say when it will stop the Gmail scanning, …