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, …

T-Mobile promotes its #GetOutoftheRed plan with a couple of funny ads

Last month, T-Mobile announced a new plan designed to get Verizon subscribers to switch to T-Mobile. With the #GetOutoftheRed plan, Verizon customers move to T-Mobile, thus getting out of the red. After all, Big Red is Verizon’s nickname. They also get to keep the Verizon phone that they already own (certain models only; more on this later) and T-Mobile will pay off the remaining balance you owe Verizon for the handset. This is done by sending you a pre-paid MasterCard, or a pre-paid virtual MasterCard. Doing this gets you out of debt, or out of the red so to speak.

As we pointed out, this …

"Switch to iPhone" campaign kicks into full gear, Apple releases new ads to persuade Android users

With its “Switch to iPhone” campaign underway, Apple recently uploaded three new ads to its YouTube channel. These short commercials promote the ease and presumed benefits of replacing an Android handset with an iPhone. 
The first one, “Contacts”, shows people jumping from the gray area of “your phone” to a more colorful one named “iPhone”. The point here is that it’s easy to transfer your contacts and other data by downloading the Move to iOS app from Google Play. The other two which are dubbed “Smooth” and “Security” …

Google will bring ads and more e-commerce options to AI Assistant as part of monetization strategy

Google ads exec Sridhar Ramaswamy offered a look at the company’s plans to profit from its free Google Assistant for smartphones and smart devices. Researching and developing a service like this is a huge undertaking, so it’s only natural that Google will look for ways to monetize it without hampering the user experience.

Thus, big G plans to introduce advertisements and more e-commerce options to the assistant. Both can be potentially useful to users of the application and integrate nicely within its existing functionality. So we choose to remain optimistic about this.

The Assistant …

Apple's new ads are a million miles from 'I'm a Mac and I'm a PC'

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Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in.

Watching Apple’s new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company’s iconic “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable knowingness of Justin Long.

In those ads, they were affable counterparts in the computing spectrum. Hodgman personified the buttoned-down nature of the Windows PC industry and user—as well as every issue the pre-Windows 10 PC had—while Long was the cool Mac, impervious to Windows viruses and honestly concerned for the well-being of his beleaguered friend. Read more…

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Facebook's latest update aims to reduce links to spammy websites filled with ads

The almighty Facebook announced plans to limit linking to low-quality websites that could be considered spammy or sensational. The social network claims the changes will be introduced based on the community’s feedback and will be rollout out starting today on all platforms.

Upon the arrival of the update, Facebook users should see fewer posts and ads in News Feed that link to these so-called “low-quality web page experiences.” The update is meant to help reduce the level of monetization of these spammy websites.

Facebook claims that it reviewed hundreds of …