Facebook is testing augmented reality advertisements on the News Feed, starting with Michael Kors sunglasses. The ads will allow user to try on the products using the smartphone's camera, similar to how filters work.
Apps/Software July 11, 2018
Facebook released a video as part of its latest advertising campaign. The video highlighted how good Facebook has been before the issues of data misuse, fake news, and more came.
Apps/Software April 28, 2018
Childhood obesity continues to be an epidemic in the United States, where even toddlers are struggling with the health issue. Experts all point their fingers at just one culprit, junk food.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 27, 2018
Google's ad-blocking feature for Chrome is a good thing for the average user, some ad-reliant websites, and advertisers. However, some question the way the company implemented things.
Internet February 19, 2018
The Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones program offers Amazon Prime subscribers significant discounts on Android smartphones in exchange for lockscreen ads. Amazon is now removing the annoying feature, but with a catch.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 7, 2018
Google updated its tools to provide users with more control over the ads that they don't want to see as they browse the internet. Among the ads being targeted with the new options are the annoying reminder ads.
Google January 25, 2018
Going through the posts of social media celebrities and influencers, it can be difficult identifying paid posts. Instagram is trying to offer more transparency to users by having influencers tag what posts are paid for.
Apps/Software June 14, 2017
Google confirmed that it will be rolling out an ad blocker for its Chrome browser next year. Google will help publishers prepare for the launch of the tool, which will eliminate annoying ads.
Apps/Software June 1, 2017
Google wants to bridge the gap between digital and physical worlds by tracking people's offline shopping sprees as well. The company will pair online ad clicks with physical retail store purchases to give advertisers better insight.
Internet May 24, 2017
An advertisement released by Burger King looked to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Google Home smart speaker. Google has since ended the marketing stunt, which can be seen as both clever and invasive.
Google April 13, 2017
A bright fifth-grader wrote a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk as part of a school project, suggesting a Tesla competition for fan-made commercials. Musk thought it was a great idea and agreed to do it, so get ready for a neat contest thanks to this awesome kid.
Business Tech March 2, 2017
Facebook has announced new measures to regain advertisers' trust, including a Media Rating Council audit. The company also pledges greater transparency, accountability, and new choices for marketers.
Business Tech February 11, 2017
To provide video publishers with revenue for their content, Facebook may soon start testing a new mid-roll ad format that lets creators put clips in the middle of their videos after the 20-second mark.
Internet January 10, 2017
Facebook has been steadily purchasing user data from third-party data brokers, including information such as household income estimates, shopping habits, and more to serve better targeted ads. Opting out is not impossible, but it's rather cumbersome.
Internet December 31, 2016
The latest advertising campaign of Spotify says thanks to a weird 2016 by revealing interesting and strange listening habits of users. "Dear person who played 'Sorry' 42 times on Valentine's Day, what did you do?" one of the billboards says.
Internet November 30, 2016
Facebook made a mess of things due to exaggerating its video traffic figures. The company came out to apologize to advertisers, but will that be enough to regain their trust?
Feature | Tech September 24, 2016
Google is going big with its Pixel advertising -- literally big. In addition to teaser clips, a dedicated website and other ads before the big unveiling on Oct. 4, Google is taking over an immense electronic billboard at Times Square, New York.
Google September 22, 2016
Google is rolling out a new mobile ad experience called Shop the Look, which will allow users to shop for outfits straight from search results. Here's how it works.
Google September 7, 2016
YouTube clarified that it has not changed any of its policy on demonetizing videos that may be inappropriate for Google's brand advertisers. The video-sharing platform also notes that its new notification integration was added for transparency and better communication with content creators.
Internet September 3, 2016
Facebook's move to block ad blockers on desktop has unsurprisingly made some waves, as the company stepped on some toes on its way to forcing ads. Adblock Plus is obviously against this move, explaining that it's 'anti-user' and 'takes a dark path against user choice.'
Internet August 10, 2016
Facebook announced that from now on it will bypass ad blockers on the desktop version of its social network. This means that you'll see ads on Facebook even if you have ad-blocking software in place, but at least you'll be able to customize what type of ads you see.
Internet August 9, 2016
Tumblr announced that it's rolling out ads across all of its blogs, enabling bloggers to make some money from their sites. Those who don't want any part of this can opt out.
Internet July 28, 2016
Maybe playing games keeps him young?
Celebrities June 30, 2016
Upcoming smart billboards in Japan will be able to display advertisements depending on the makes and models of the vehicles that are passing by. The system that will power the billboards utilizes a combination of deep learning and big data.
Business Tech June 29, 2016
Nintendo's N64 console is celebrating 20 years. What better way to celebrate than revisiting this super '90s TV ad for 'Super Mario 64'?
Video Games June 24, 2016
Paul Marcarelli, the guy in Verizon advertisements known for his "can you hear me now?" line, has switched to Sprint. The advertisements urge consumers to make the same switch as Marcarelli did.
Business Tech June 6, 2016
Samsung started pushing tile ads to its smart TVs in the United States last year, and is reportedly expanding the initiative. The company will pull the same scheme in Europe and it will be retroactive, reaching even older models through software updates.
Apps/Software May 31, 2016
Facebook initially rejected an advertisement by an Australian feminist group featuring a plus-size model wearing a bikini. The social network has since apologized, with the image for the ad now reinstated.
Internet May 24, 2016
Remember that time Donald Trump had a board game? Yeah, neither do we.
Life & Style May 9, 2016
Users can actually see what Facebook knows about you, and what the site thinks you're into with just a few steps.
Internet May 9, 2016
Instagram is testing new features that will benefit businesses among a small group of users. The features are a "Contact" button, which will be shown beside the "Following" button, a location tag and a displayed category for the Instagram account.
Apps/Software May 5, 2016
Adblock Plus and Flattr teamed up and took the wraps off Flattr Plus, a tool that'll allow readers to block ads on a website and still support it via donations.
Apps/Software May 4, 2016
A new study shows advertisements increase teen use of e-cigarettes. How these ads lure kids is a question that must be looked into to mitigate the problem.
Public Health April 26, 2016
Question-and-answer website Quora is now testing advertisements on a few question pages. This is the first time that Quora is looking to monetize its platform since the website was launched in 2010.
Internet April 21, 2016
Vyking launches video ad that reacts to your facial expression
Business April 13, 2016
The updates coming to Facebook's Live Video feature will make the battle for advertising dollars even more intense. The changes coming to Live Video look to foster engagement with users, which would increase the company's advertising revenue.
Internet April 7, 2016
The Coca-Cola Company is rebooting its 'Share a Coke' campaign. It now includes song lyrics instead of names.
Internet Culture March 31, 2016
Snapchat put up 50 billboard ads around the U.S. and Canada that only users will understand.
Society March 24, 2016
German competition watchdog Bundeskartellamt has opened an antitrust probe into Facebook's practices. The watchdog suspects that Facebook is abusing its dominant market position to collect heaps of personal user data for advertising purposes.
Legal March 3, 2016
Remember that time a creepy guy lured Pikachu onto a bus?
Geek February 19, 2016
Time Inc. announced on Thursday it will acquire the advertising tech company Viant, which is the parent company of Myspace.
Deals February 11, 2016
Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile teamed up with Australian startup Unlockd to serve ads to customers who want lower phone bills. Users can get a $5 price cut on their monthly phone bill in exchange for an option to view ads as part of Boost Dealz.
Business January 27, 2016
After Verizon and T-Mobile launched ads with colorful balls to illustrate their alleged superiority, Sprint now joins the race with its own ballsy ad to claim that its network is in fact the best one. Sprint also revived its campaign to offer plans at half price for those who port over from the competition.
Internet January 25, 2016
Through YouTube's AdBlitz platform, advertisers are given the chance to upload Super Bowl advertisements early. Two brands, KFC and Wix.com, have already uploaded teasers for their spots on the annual event.
Internet January 21, 2016
Brendan Eich, the co-founder of Mozilla, has launched the new Brave browser, which will block all advertisements and then replace them with its own. Brave will be able to offer a better deal to website publishers than what they are getting by eliminating the adtech middlemen.
Apps/Software January 21, 2016