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Ad-supported Kindle ships today

Posted in kindle by Reuben Drake on April 27th, 2011

Great news for those of you who don’t mind a little advertising with your books. An Amazon executive has announced that the ad-supported Kindle is shipping out to customers almost a week early. It is called Kindle with Special Offers. Great name huh?

It ships out today and comes with advertisements from the likes of General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Visa. So why bother with ads on your device? Well, with sponsored screensavers and ads at the bottom of your home screen, you get the latest generation WiFi-only Kindle for a only $114. Not too shabby for letting other people try to sell you stuff.

Hulu Plus could have Ad-Free Option, if you pay for it

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

On Wednesday night, speaking with NewTeeVee, the Chief of Hulu, Jason Kilar mentioned that he would be comfortable adding a more expensive tier to Hulu Plus, which would completely remove all ads. As it stands now, Hulu Plus doesn’t get rid of ads while you pay that $9.99 per month, it just gives you access to a wider selection of your shows.

Many people are accustomed to ads while they watch shows, but some people have a different outlook on watching shows/movies on their computer and they don’t want ads. Hulu makes its money from those advertisements. And so do the broadcasting partners who provide those videos. This could be another way for HULU to make money.

California license plates may soon get ads

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

You know what’s awesome on top of a car that you paid too much money for, which runs on gas that you paid too much money for? Advertising on your license plate that you have no control over. I know, sounds great right?

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would at least begin a research process on digital license plates. These license plates would replace old stamped metal ones that we are used to. Apparently, the system would display your normal license plate number when your car is in motion. It would stop for four seconds to advertise a service or product when not in motion.

Forget skipping ads on Google TV

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

Google TV sounds like a great idea. Sure. But one large downside has just surfaced, which should surprise no one. Google is in the advertising business after all, so Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra has confirmed that ad skipping will not be allowed.

Many of us are used to skipping ads on our set-top boxes. Google really has to arrange things so that somehow the user sees this as a win. I’m not sure how they would do that. You know what would be great? Putting the ad on my remote. That way I can set it down and ignore it.

Google may use real-time ads on old billboards in Street View

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Those outdated billboards in Google Street View are not just outdated, but they’re an opportunity for Google, who has filed a patent entitled “Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising,”. The patent should allow them to cut out billboards shown in Street View and replace them with their own current ads.

Apparently this would be done by working with whoever owns the space. For instance a theater owner could keep the posters out front up to date at all times. We can’t think of any other way in which this would work, since they are putting ads on other people’s property without permission. It’s an interesting move by the big G.

Verizon ads call the iPhone a “misfit toy”

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2009


Verizon layed the smack down this weekend in its anti-AT&T campaign with three new ads. The first ad, “Misfit Toys,” attacks the iPhone’s attachment to AT&T and says it belongs on Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys for running on a network with low 3G coverage. The new commercials make a point to praise the phone, but attack the network, making it seem like Verizon is backing away from direct criticisms.

The “Blue Christmas” and “Elves,” ads are less direct but show iPhones with no logos ruining Christmas because they can’t get a good signal. You can see the other ads below.

Apple demanded that Microsoft stop its Laptop Hunters ads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

Apple demanded that Microsoft stop its Laptop Hunters adsApple may act like the Microsoft Laptop Hunters ads are no big deal, but behind the scenes the company had a different response, according to Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner. Turner says that he knows the ads are working because “two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying [...] ‘Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices.’”

Turner also noted that “they took like $100 off or something,” and that it “was the greatest single phone call in the history that I’ve ever taken in business” He did however think it was a joke at first.

Apple responds to Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter ads

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2009

New Laptop Hunters ad: Kid chooses Vaio over a MacIf you thought Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter ads did a good job dissing Apple, wait until you hear Apple’s response. In a statement to Macworld, spokesperson Bill Evans does the usual praising of his brand, waxing poetic about security, stability, design. Then lays the smack down:

“A PC is no bargain when it doesn’t do what you want,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans says. “The one thing that both Apple and Microsoft can agree on is that everyone thinks the Mac is cool. With its great designs and advanced software, nothing matches it at any price.”

Yahoo Japan to scan passersbys, display personalized billboard content

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

Yahoo Japan to scan passersbysThey are always coming up with more ways to sell us things. Now a new type of billboard is on the way, displaying ads suited to your individual tastes as you by. The odds are pretty good that a fair amount of these ads will be for fast food and gadgets.

You can thank Yahoo Japan, who plans to install billboards with not only cameras, but also facial analysis tech to identify your age and sex. They will also display content like news and weather. I wonder if that facial analysis will tell teens they need Clearasil.

Ads coming to your paused TiVo menu

Posted in Tivo by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Ads coming to your paused TiVo menuThis is going to honk off many of you. According to a press release issued earlier today, TiVo will now be offering ad space on its pause menu. I hear you. It sucks. But it’s your fault.

The spam messages ads are designed to outsmart those who fast-forward through the ads (everyone). Advertisers will be able to target viewers of a specific show, or they can cast a wider net and advertise within genres or keywords of program descriptions. At the moment, only Series2 owners are subjected to the new ads as part of the 9.3.2 update.

Spam nightmares be gone with The Dream CAPTCHA

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2008

Spam nightmares be gone with The Dream CAPTCHAIt’s tough to get a good night’s sleep when you’re in the middle of a good dream and suddenly you’re assaulted by advertisements. There you are playing poker with Sigmund Freud, Superman and Seinfeld when suddenly you’re looking at an ad for penis enlargement instead of a king of clubs.

The Dream Captcha can help. Inspired by Native American dream catchers, it will protect you and your dreams from pop-ups,viagra ads, and all sorts of other dream-spam. Sadly, you’ll have to make one yourself, since it isn’t available for sale.

Gates & Seinfeld ads on again?

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrowApparently, according to Gizmodo, the internet jumped the gun and those Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads have not been cancelled after all. Microsoft apparently did ask the agency to focus on the new “I’m a PC” spots and the agency did get a lot of WTF response in their measured statistics of the ads. But apparently no one has pulled the plug yet. In fact, Crispin Porter has another completed spot featuring the dynamic duo ready to air when they see fit.

The agency has the anti-Mac ads as a priority, but they are still going ahead with more Seinfeld/Gates ads unless Microsoft actually does pull the plug at some point. Which is awesome, because many nerds are counting on the comedy pair. They’re the new Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the new odd couple, the new Ambiguously Gay Duo. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrow

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2008

Microsoft to announce no more Seinfeld ads tomorrowApparently the new series of Windows Vista ads starring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates did not impress Microsoft, or many others for that matter. Microsoft has now basically admitted that the ads bombed, sucked and otherwise blew and they’ve actually fired Jerry Seinfeld. Bill Gates being Bill Gates will stick around and may be back in future ads.

The series will go on, but not with Seinfeld. Which likely means without the funny. And who knows what direction it will take. Personally after the suckage of the first ad, I thought they were beginning to hit their stride. So tomorrow you’ll hear some Microsoft spin regarding phase two of the project. That would be the phase without Seinfeld.

Microsoft turns to Seinfeld to combat Get a Mac ads

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

Microsoft turns to Seinfeld to combat Get a Mac adsWhether you’re a Mac fan or not, I think we all get a chuckle out of the “Get a Mac” ads. And they must have converted many PC users. Now Microsoft is looking to give as good as they get, recruiting Jerry Seinfeld and of course Bill Gates to show you how magical Vista is. It’s a $300 million campaign that has $10 million set aside for “key celebrity pitchmen”.

The ads apparently focus on “Windows, Not Walls,” talking about the need to “break down barriers that prevent people and ideas from connecting.” It will no doubt involve the Mojave Experiment too, which is Microsofts version of candid camera, where Microsoft made unsuspecting users(Prejudiced against Vista) test a new product that was in fact Vista. They’ve got Seinfeld, why not get Kramer and George in on it too?

Ads for fictional geek companies

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Ads for fictional geek companies
Let’s say you’re in charge of Cyberdyne systems. That means that you’re responsible for the killing of almost the entire human race by cyborgs. There’s no good way to spin that. Not really. That’s a hell of a tough job. And thankfully, someone has risen to the challenge. Ad firm Giant Ideas has created ads for Cyberdyne and a bunch of other fictional entities that nerds will recognize. Like the Tyrell Corporation, the Dharma Initiative, Yoyodyne Propulsion systems and more. It’s part of their Flicker account in a set called Geek Ad Wednesdays. Quite entertaining.