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Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Android ads on your lockscreen and how to destroy them

Today we're going to learn about an Android feature known as SpeedCharge - and why developers should NOT be dropping ads there. If you're the sort of person that likes to pay for apps in order to allow developers to eat food and have a roof over their heads, you'll likely also be the sort of person that's not a fan of advertisements. As such, we're about to tell you how to get rid of a bunch of them from one of the worst places they've ever appeared.

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KFC’s edible nail polish will have you licking nonstop

KFC’s edible nail polish will have you licking nonstop

"Finger lickin' good" will no longer just be something you do after a hearty KFC meal. At least if you live in Hong Kong. The slogan was coined to capitalize on that not exactly hygienic behavior exhibited after eating the iconic chicken but now you can do it any time you want. Marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather and McCormick, the company that supplies KFC's "11 secret herbs and spices" have teamed up to deliver, what else, but nail polish that you put on only to lick it off.

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McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

Food trays at fast food restaurants are designed to do one thing: get your food to a table in an easy and quick manner. But as our digital age progresses, it's time for these plastic trays to start doing more. Last year we saw KFC turn them into Bluetooth keyboards so you can keep your greasy fingers off your phone's screen. Now it's McDonald’s turn, and they've turned the tray into a mini music production tool.

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Metal Gear hero Solid Snake stars in goofy new Ford ads

Metal Gear hero Solid Snake stars in goofy new Ford ads

Long-time fans of Metal Gear Solid, Konami's stealth-action video game series, know that the original voice actor for hero Solid Snake was unceremoniously replaced in the recent MGS V titles. While none other than TV star Kiefer Sutherland was brought in as the new voice, to many players, David Hayter — who played the character for roughly 10 years — and his distinctive growl will always be synonymous with Snake. Out of the blue, however, Hayter is reprising the role, not for a new MGS game, but for a Ford commercial.

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Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Many who spend hours upon hours on the Web are probably acutely aware of the situation surrounding advertisements. Many of them might have even taken to using one of them so-called ad blockers. Ads are mostly considered nuisances at best, privacy liabilities at worst. But they also happen to be a legitimate and important source of income for many Web content publishers. The new Brave browser is taking a rather unconventional stance at fighting ads, mostly by replacing them with other ads. That, however, has irked not a few newspapers in the US who are practically labeling Brave's system as theft.

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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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Apple pushes new ad format for Apple News

Apple pushes new ad format for Apple News

The posts that we see in the Apple News feed will be spattered with a new ad format moving forward. The new format is for sponsored posts that will appear in the news feed along with other articles. The announcement of the new format came in a document aimed at developers for the Apple mobile advertising platform that was updated in March.

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UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK wireless carrier Three has announced that it will begin block ads for all its subscribers at the network level. The company has partnered with the startup Shine, with the intent to remove "excessive and irrelevant mobile ads" for users, and in turn reduce the strain on their bandwidth. Three says this move isn't an attempt to eliminate mobile advertising altogether, but instead is to give customers "more control and choice" over what appears on their devices.

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Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

The folks at Twitter have announced a system called First View, one in which they've allowed advertisers to engage you ASAP. The first spot on your Twitter feed right AFTER your first normal tweet - that's where the first advertisement will reside. "Marketers can drive significant audience reach with the top ad spot in the timeline", says Twitter - alongside Promoted Trends and Promoted Moments. This is only the latest innovation Twitter has revealed in their effort to monetize their social network.

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Samsung teams with Adblock Fast to stop ads on its mobile browser

Samsung teams with Adblock Fast to stop ads on its mobile browser

Some ads are more annoying than others are and that has led many web users to run ad blockers that stop them from having to look at ads. Apple has already added an adblocking API to iOS and now Samsung is following with a similar ad blocking service. Samsung has teamed with Adblock Fast and is rolling out an ad blocker to users via an OTA update.

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Apple’s automated iAd change might be coming really soon now

Apple’s automated iAd change might be coming really soon now

Whispers have already been heard as early as 2014. Some insiders are even wondering why it took Apple this long. But the it seems that Cupertino has finally called it quits and will be ceasing its advertisement selling business. While the iAd brand will remain, it will be transformed into a more automated advertisement platform rather than one where Apple has full and tight control over. This change will be the strongest evidence of how it failed to make a change, or even a dent, in the ad business.

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Final Fantasy XIII character is Louis Vuitton’s newest model

Final Fantasy XIII character is Louis Vuitton’s newest model

As absurd as it seems, yes, you read that headline right. Louis Vuitton, the world-famous luxury fashion brand, has tapped Lightning, the heroine of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII series, as their latest model in a new advertising campaign. To be clear, this is not a real human model that was made up with pink hair to resemble the video game character, but the actual digital creation rendered with fashion items such as expensive handbags.

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