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Galaxy Note 10 ads pester Samsung users to upgrade

Galaxy Note 10 ads pester Samsung users to upgrade

OEMs like OnePlus are known for their aggressive marketing strategies but Samsung has one key advantage in that regard. It already has thousands if not millions of devices already out in the world, which means there are thousands if not millions of potential buyers of its latest flagship smartphone. And to make sure that they are hearing the good word about it, Samsung is apparently sparing no means to send them notices about the Galaxy Note 10 in the hopes that spamming them ads won't turn them off the product instead.

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Six seconds of Apple’s iPhone ASMR video was all I could handle

Six seconds of Apple’s iPhone ASMR video was all I could handle

Apple loves to show off just what its iPhone cameras are capable of, but its new Apple ASMR videos are likely to be its most divisive so far. The four new videos were each shot and recorded on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max handsets, tapping into the current craze for "autonomous sensory meridian response" experiences.

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Google bans TouchPal keyboard dev CooTek from Play Store, ad platform

Google bans TouchPal keyboard dev CooTek from Play Store, ad platform

It's not rare to hear about malware that gets past Google Play Store's defenses or even some that masquerade as legitimate apps. But when malware gets embedded inside those legit apps in an official manner things are bound to get messy. Unfortunately for Chinese software house CooTek, it is on the receiving end of a sanction that bans it not just from Google Play Store but even from Google's ad platforms.

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Netflix ad-supported plan could rake in $1 billion every year

Netflix ad-supported plan could rake in $1 billion every year

A lack of advertising remains one of Netflix's most appealing benefits, but questions remain over whether the streaming service will eschew advertisements forever. The company has raised its plan prices multiple times in recent years, and though it remains a great deal comparatively, some users have complained the new prices are too high. Amid that customer turmoil is a new report claiming Netflix could make around $1 billion annually by adding advertisements.

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NBA 2K19 is so realistic it now shows unskippable ads

NBA 2K19 is so realistic it now shows unskippable ads

Some games like Minecraft are perfectly fine with stylized graphics. Others, however, want to be as close to reality as possible. That's probably nowhere truer than with sports games, considering they pretty much try to recreate reality as faithfully as they can. It seem that 2K Games has gone over and beyond photorealistic graphics and is making NBA 2K19 as close to reality as possible, including the commercials.

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Huawei lockscreen ads were a mistake only because it was premature

Huawei lockscreen ads were a mistake only because it was premature

Huawei has been painting itself as a victim of great injustice in the past weeks after it had been slammed by a US trade ban. Last week, however, it became the villain when its phones started serving ads on their lockscreens. At first Huawei's US PR team denied any such activity. While it now owns up to the error, it might only be because its actual plans have been revealed ahead of schedule.

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Google targets misleading anti-abortion ads by certifying advertisers

Google targets misleading anti-abortion ads by certifying advertisers

Starting next month, Google will require advertisers to certify whether they provide abortions before they can run advertisements related to the medical procedure. The new Google Ads policy targets misleading advertisements directing women in need of an abortion to anti-abortion groups. Advertisers that don't actually provide abortions will have their advertisements listed with a disclosure revealing this fact to viewers.

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Spotify tests voice advertisements: Here’s how to opt out

Spotify tests voice advertisements: Here’s how to opt out

Spotify is testing voice-enabled advertisements with Unilever brand Axe, the company has announced. The advertisements will require users to say a voice command in order to take action related to the advertisement -- in this case, launching a branded playlist. The technology will also be tested with Spotify Studios and a new podcast.

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Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

"Google" is now also a verb because of how search has become so ingrained in our modern lives. There is, however, one other Google product that has subtly cemented its role in our lives. Google Maps has changed the way we travel and navigate partly because it made what was once a paid subscription feature available for all and for free. The latter isn't going to change but Google may soon be looking for ways to profit from its lead by, what else, placing ads in Google Maps.

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TiVo will offer auto skipping some ads later this year

TiVo will offer auto skipping some ads later this year

Although ads are the bane of many people's existence on the web and mobile, they are more or less a fact of life in the audio and video entertainment industries. That doesn't mean they're not that annoying for some viewers who wish they could just skip those commercials. Cord-cutting services like TiVo offer the opportunity to do just that and the popular DVR maker will be bringing the ability to automatically skip those ads soon. With some caveats, of course.

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Google’s plan to encourage you to use your apps

Google’s plan to encourage you to use your apps

Google's got a new plan to make certain every single game in Android has the ability to turn your tap effort into revenue. They've angled their newest tech for this end as "App campaigns for engagement" and "smart segmentation" features for developer use in Android games. Both of these methods/options are available to developers in the very near future, so today we're talking about what they're doing to draw you in.

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Report: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consent

Report: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consent

A couple of agencies took a peek at how Advertising Giant Facebook uses info on mobile device owners without their consent. It's become apparent that more than a few very, very popular apps on both Android and iOS are guilty of this info sharing team-up. Using data trackers and process readers, both Privacy International and MobilSicher (mobile secure, in Germany) have provided basic lists of Facebook affiliate apps.

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