Posts Tagged ‘ads’
  • Apple preventing 3rd parties from using location based ads. Saving the spoils of visual nuisances for themselves?
    by Mike
    Posted February 5th, 2010 at 12:20 am
    Ads. Consumers hate them with a passion, though they're a necessary evil. Consumers like free stuff. Developers, producers, and manufacturers like money. Advertisements help to bridge the gap between the two, giving end users free or greatly reduced access to products and services while those making said products/services still get paid. With the big push to the mobile internet, manufacturers and developers are struggling to find ways of making money on this new medium. Again, ads swoo...
  • Blinking LED ads to thrust us into the 9th circle of advertising hell
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Using something as simple as blinking LED lights has incredible possibilities for fast and easy transmission of information and data. Now if someone in the gadget world such as manufacturers and 3rd parties can create apps and services to allow end users to interact with one another, this technology could really take off. Geeky dreams and hopes aside, one industry that is looking to employ such technologies is one that we could stand to lose a bit of interaction with -- advertisers. Advert...
  • Ads, ads, and more ads coming to a cellphone near you.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    Love your cellphone/smartphone because it gives you relatively ad-free hours of internet exploration and usage? I'll admit it's not my first praise for using a smartphone for getting around the internet, but it's certainly one of my top reasonings. That's all set to change for the worse in the near future. The impending doom is coming to us thanks to AdMob and their new "Interactive Video Ad Units" which more or less translate to "pain in the ass" for you and I. Ads make freemium models poss...
  • Apple’s Black Friday sale prices spied?!
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    Even if your Christmas tree is a bit sparse and your holiday meal is a microwave dinner delight, you can rest assured that you won't lose any sleep over any of Apple's pricing this fine Black Friday. If a leaked poster is to be believed, Black Friday 2009 will be quite a winner for Apple with a rather rare showcasing of generosity by the Cupertino giant. The supposed discounts as they appear: Up to 15% off of all accessories, hardware, and software Up to 25% off of all Macs (Hello 27" Core i...
  • Mall of America debuts unobtrusive text-ad service
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 7:25 am
    After the earlier post foretelling of potential advertisement madness on our desktops, this form of advertising being rolled out inside the Mall of America is actually pretty well done. The service is a text message based ad service created by MallCall International and titled: 'MallCall, The Text Best Thing. I know what you're thinking: "Oh great, my phone getting blown up for all kinds of useless coupons". But that's just the thing, it won't be "blown up" non-stop day in and day out. ...
  • Apple patent of doom: Ads becoming native desktop annoyance — God help us all.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 5:55 am
    Think those one or two pop ads you always encounter when online are bad? That's nothing if a patent from Apple gains any traction. An OS full of annoying pop ads and annoying placement may very well soon be coming to your desktop. Though in the age we live, patents and copyrights have become more tools for preventing innovation and saving your ass from lawsuit by filing patents years in advance of a planned release...if a public release is even ever planned. Why ruin the desktop environment...
  • With every poorly constructed instructional video comes an epic parody — Thank you Microsoft
    by Mike
    Posted September 24th, 2009 at 7:19 am
    We all like a good joke. A good parody video making fun of someone else's short comings. What could make you laugh? A skateboarding dog? Fat chick on a bike falling off? Or how about an attempt by Microsoft to drum up interest in Win7? In all reality, the last option wouldn't be "laughing" funny. Instead, it would be more like good god this is horrible I want to hang myself funny. However, in our lives we need a good hearty chuckle. Naturally, a loyal Mac user took some time out of his ...
  • Longer, bigger ads abound on newly released Zune apps
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2009 at 8:21 am
    Ads are a bittersweet tool. For most end users they're a pain, taking up valuable seconds and pixels in your life. For advertisers they are a bet that they can reach just one more person than they did yesterday. It's all about getting your name and product out there right? However, for some of the Zune free Zune games that were just released, the ads are full screen videos that can last as long as 30 seconds when launching certain games. Should we be surprised? No. In an age were ad rev...
  • Twitter finally starting to make their own money. *Update…not quite*
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    Twitter has been in our lives for several years now. Through those several years they have grown into an internet giant with millions upon millions of users everyday. One would think that an online outfit such as Twitter would be raking in tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars. If you thought just that, you would wrong. Up until recently, Twitter survived solely on outside money not made by their own services. Today is a new dawn and the young Twitter we have grown old...
  • Microsoft making the whole ad deal a little more personal
    by Mike
    Posted October 31st, 2008 at 5:46 pm
    Not to be outdone by its (currently more successful) rival Apple, Microsoft is reportedly changing up their "I'm a PC" ads.  They are going to take the "battle" right to Apple in the physical sense.  This "battle" involves a few Microsoft guys setting up booths outside of Apple stores to record clips for their newest (and still terrible) "I'm a PC" ads.  You have to give them credit for being determined, but its merely a drop in the bucket.  Does Microsoft, and while I'm at it, all other com...
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