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Samsung Facebook campaign backfires

A lot of companies try their hardest to engage their fans on social media to try to bolster up their public image. The best way to engage people is to pose a fun and interesting question for them to answer. However, Samsung's question to its followers a couple weeks ago backfired on them pretty badly.

Nexus 7 ad graces Google’s homepage

Whoa! There's a lot of different options when it comes to advertising a big product. I'm sure several of you have seen the Nexus 7 camping commercial on your home televisions but this latest move by Google is even bigger. The search giants homepage is the starting point for millions and millions of people daily, and now is being graced with the Nexus 7 front and center.

Study: Google’s Nexus 7 camping ad more effective than Apple ads

Here's an interesting study that sure to stoke the flames of this Android vs. iOS war: analytics company Ace Metrix has determined that Google's first Nexus 7 television spot has been more warmly-received than Apple's Genius ad campaign. For those who haven't checked them out yet, Google's Nexus 7 ad centers around a father and son as they use the 7-inch tablet on a camping trip, while Apple's campaign focuses on an Apple Genius as he helps ordinary consumers realize just how great Macs are. Both have been getting a lot of airtime because of the Olympics, so there's a good chance you've already caught a glimpse of them.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 gets a charming new ad

We're still being left in the dark as to when Acer is planning to launch its new Iconia Tab A210, but this new advertisement we have posted for you after the jump seems to suggest that Acer is gearing up for launch. We got our first introduction to the Iconia Tab A210's hardware back in June, and even though it's quite similar to the Iconia Tab A200, there are a few key differences. One of those differences is the inclusion of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which is a significant step up for the A200's dual-core Tegra 2 CPU.

SellAring in-call advertising has users seeing red

Advertising is an unfortunately necessary part of life - and I say that as a guy whose livelihood depends upon it. But there's a fine line between an acceptable level of distraction and an infuriating invasion of a user's space. Case in point: sellAring. Instead of placing banner ads in free apps or even embedding them in the user's status bar, sellAring places audio ads (remember those, radio listeners?) over the "ring ring" sound you hear when calling another party.

T-Mobile apologizes for notification bar ads

I get the feeling that a lowly software engineer somewhere in the bowels of T-Mobile's corporate headquarters is feeling even lower tonight. After a recent update to the often mandatory T-Mobile MyAccount Android app, users started noticing periodic ads appearing in the Android notification bar. T-Mobile customers were, to put it mildly, ticked. The story hit the tech media after threads on T-Mobile's support forums and Reddit reached into the hundreds. Now T-Mobile seems to have seen the error of its ways, apologizing for the "mistake" and saying that it won't happen again.

T-Mobile angers customers with ads in Android notification bar

Here we go again: a mobile carrier is using Android's notification system to enrich its advertising options, and customers aren't happy. But this time it isn't some regional carrier on the other side of the world, it's good ol' T-Mobile, champion of urban penny pinchers and (thanks to the Google G1) a patron saint of the Church of Android. TmoNews reports that a large number of customers have taken to company and independent forums to protest the annoying and invasive ads for magenta services like the T-Mobile VIP Zone.

Peter the elephant loves the Samsung Galaxy Note – naturally

When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note way back in September of 2011, a lot of consumers dismissed it, saying that it was just too big for their hands. Samsung seems to have found at least one customer for whom small hands are definitely not a problem. Meet Peter the elephant, the latest and certainly greatest fan of Samsung's phablet. This guy's dexterous snozz might be a little much for more standard smartphones to handle, but Peter takes to music and photo apps on the Note like nobody's business.
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