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Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Everyone loves to hate ads. Even when they can have benefits, the way they’re being misused has made even the plainest of consumers wary and tired of them. Companies, however, are always finding ways to bend rules and shove ads down their own users’ throats. The latest example comes from the smartphone market with Chinese giant Xiaomi sneaking in ads in all its apps, including, surprisingly, the Android Settings app.

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Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google has just recently taken on some heat about how it was handling, or rather misrepresenting, its location tracking options. “No” doesn’t always mean “no”, as far as the turning location tracking off. Privacy advocates, however, may have something bigger to worry about. Because according to sources familiar with the matter, Google and Mastercard inked a deal that could link online ads with what people buy in stores, allowing Google to offer advertisers deeper insight into how effective their digital ads really are.

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10 facts from the Galaxy Note 9 video just leaked

10 facts from the Galaxy Note 9 video just leaked

This morning we're taking a peek at the official Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video seemingly leaked by Samsung itself. This video shows the Galaxy Note 9 in all its very Blue glory, complete with yellow S Pen, and the body of a champion. Up close and personal we're able to see a whole lot of detail we might not have been able to discern in the past with less-official renders - now we're more sure.

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Samsung’s Ingenius shade at iPhones just keeps on coming

Samsung’s Ingenius shade at iPhones just keeps on coming

Samsung’s marketing engine is in full gear with barely two weeks left before its Unpacked event. Considering the sales situation the company is facing this year, a lot hinges on the market success of the Galaxy Note 9. While it has recently published short clips that hint at what’s coming, it is also pushing out more ads to smear its biggest rival. With nothing left to the imagination, it’s an all-out war against the iPhone’s notch and missing microSD slot.

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Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

This week the folks at Snapchat responsible for advertisement monetization are pushing "Storytellers" for social media influencers. It's a program which unites advertisers with the social media titans who would sell their products for them for a fee, in a creative way. In other words - sarcastic hooray! It's time for more advertisements that come to Snapchat users in the form of videos they won't realize are advertisements until it's too late!

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Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

This week the folks behind Apex Launcher just completely lost their minds. Or they completely lost their minds if you ask their many thousands of users, many of whom just dropped majorly negative reviews on their app on the Google Play app store. This isn't entirely without precedent, but it's a good time for a reminder. When you update your Android launcher, you're going to want to be careful not do erase user settings in the process.

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iPad Pro as laptop: Apple’s new ads show tablet benefits

iPad Pro as laptop: Apple’s new ads show tablet benefits

The iPad is better than ever thanks to the changes brought in iOS 11 joined by the Apple Pencil and smart keyboard. Though it's not anywhere close to replacing the MacBook for those who need a laptop, it is a great substitution for many casual users and comes with many benefits over a notebook. Apple has highlighted those various uses and benefits in a new series of advertisements.

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Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

A new feature on Snapchat makes 6-second advertisements unskippable. They're real, they're here, and they're not going away any time soon. As such, it's time to discuss once again how to delete an app - namely Snapchat. It's actually pretty easy when it comes down to it. If you just want to get rid of notifications, we've got a guide for that too.

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New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

At the height of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company would have never been put in that situation because of it manually curated its apps. That remark, however, also applied to other app markets, particularly Android. Apple has lost not time to use that as the theme of one of its latest ads designed to convince comsumers to switch to an iPhone for peace of mind and clean faces.

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Google plans strict vetting process for addiction center ads

Google plans strict vetting process for addiction center ads

Earlier this year, Google temporarily banned advertisements for drug addiction treatment centers due to "deceptive practices." Now, months later, the company is back with a solution to the problem: it'll review the ads before they're allowed to go live. The ban on addiction center ads will be lifted in July, and company LegitScript will be responsible for vetting the ads before they go live.

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Facebook should be paying you

Facebook should be paying you

Facebook's call records, SMS, and contacts collecting are the headline of the day - but that's old news to you. You knew a long time ago that Facebook was harvesting your data, and you don't care. What would anyone want with your info anyway? You're just an everyday average person, after all, surely there's no reason to worry that Facebook workers would take the time to read your boring old communications and contact list, right?

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Bitcoin price tumbles at Google Ads ban

Bitcoin price tumbles at Google Ads ban

This week Google announced they'd be banning all cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) advertisements. This is Google Ads, a system within Google much like Facebook's similar advertisement sales system. Facebook banned cryptocurrency advertisement buys in January of 2018. This block came as part of Google's annual "Bad Ads" report and included several other sorts of advertisements that'll be banned in the near future.

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