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Intel ad teases black MacBook

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Could Apple be ready to add MacBook Pro notebooks in a black color? We don’t have any official word on this happening, but Intel’s latest advertisement promoting the 2nd generation of Intel Core processors shows a black notebook that looks like Apple’s MacBook in black.

Apple has offered earlier versions of its MacBook in black, so it’s certainly possible. But who knows. This is just an ad and Intel can take some liberties if they like. It sure makes you wonder though.

2012 Passat VW Super Bowl XLV spot uses the force

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Volkswagen of America will run two ads during the Super Bowl XLV on February 6, one for the 2012 New Beetle and one for the 2012 Passat. Forget the first ad, it’s the ad for the 2012 Passat that caught our attention.

It shows a young boy in a Darth Vader costume trying desperately to actually use Darth Vader’s force powers around the house, to no avail. It is only when he stands in front of the new Passat and commands it to start that it works. The kid’s father has started up the car with a remote starter in the key-fob. It’s a cute and geeky ad. We love it.

Verizon pastes iPhone map screen on Droid X ad

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

It’s a little embarrassing to be Verizon today after they have inadvertently embarrassed Motorola themselves through a holiday promo. An ad to promote the Droid X’s voice-guided Google Maps is using a digitally inserted screen cap of the Maps app from the iPhone instead, which not only runs on a rival platform to Android but was written by Apple itself. Oops.

It might not be such a big deal, but this puts Apple on a device that Motorola has repeatedly used in successful anti-iPhone ads. Accidents do happen, but this one should have been caught.

MoveMen, Heroes of the PlayStation Move

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2010

Well, this is a bit odd. In an attempt to make you a fan of the PlayStation Move, Sony has introduced these two bubble headed dudes? They are called the MoveMen and they are stars of a new PlayStation Move ad push.

The campaign is directed by FilmFaktisk’s Lars Åndheim and looks like it is limited to Norway. They apparently fight crime with their glowing bubble heads, with PSmove controllers holstered at their side. It’s all rather silly.

Amazon Kindle ad makes fun of iPad’s daylight reading problems

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Amazon is laying the smack down in the e-reader wars, with this latest ad for the third-generation Kindle that directly attacks Apple’s iPad. The 30-second ad, already shown on ABC, points out that the iPad’s glossy LCD is hard to read in bright daylight. It shows that the Kindle doesn’t have that problem.

In fact, it is so easy to read, that this sexy Kindle owner can keep her sunglasses on. The ad also points out that a Kindle costs just $139 versus the iPad’s $499 starting price. Ouch!

Sony launches yaybuttons.com

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Sony’s latest marketing campaign is aimed directly at Microsoft’s motion-sensing peripheral. If you go over to www.yaybuttons.com you can interact with a two-dimensional PlayStation Move, and see some quotes from Kevin Butler, explaining Sony’s various advantages over Microsoft’s Kinect.

Sony fans will love it. Microsoft fans will hate it. The rest of us just wish they would stfu and concentrate on making good games. If you want to sell consoles and peripherals, it’s all in the games.

Motorola Droid 2 ad makes fun of the iPhone’s lack of flash

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

Motorola is pretty happy about their Droid line. There’s the great sales to be proud of along with the fact that the Droid 2 supports Flash. So the company hasn’t hesitated to get it’s digs in on Apple. Here is the latest.

The company has posted a full-page newspaper ad that parodies Apple’s “there’s an app for that” campaign, with the tagline “there’s a phone for that”. The question is, is Flash support an important factor to buyers?


YouTube will allow ad skipping

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

We’ve all been there. You get forced to watch a 30-second ad in order to watch some 30-second clip of something that isn’t very funny in the first place. It sucks. Google/YouTube want to curb this phenomenon and so will introduce an ad-skip button this year. I love you Google.

It works like this: If an advertiser’s commercial isn’t captivating enough to watch, it will be skipped by viewers. If viewers don’t watch the ad, Google doesn’t charge the advertiser. This will lead to better ads all around. We consumers hate ads, but if they are funny or clever enough we really don’t mind.

GameStop ad confirms Black Nintendo Wii at $200 in the US

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

As we recently told you, the black version of Nintendo’s Wii gaming console will be hitting the US very soon, and now a picture of a print ad from GameStop has surfaced to confirm it.

It confirms the launch and confirms that the bundle will be priced at $199.99. So there you have it, the Wii is back in black. But are you guys still playing the Wii? Mine has been collecting dust for over a year.

Real Apple iSlate ad?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

We will know soon which rumors are real and which are fake regarding the Apple iSlate. This “iSlate advertisement” is pretty neat and seems professional enough. If this is the real deal, our fingers are going to be very busy indeed.

The ad is very Apple-like and yet not at the same time. Whether this is a real ad for Apple’s tablet or not, it’s fun to watch while we wait for the official word. Let us know what you think below.

Motorola will run Droid Super Bowl ad

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

The economy is tough even for some giant companies. Pepsi is one company that has decided not to air commercials during this years Super Bowl. One company who will be running a commercial this year is Motorola who will be showing off the Motorola Droid.

Sources say that Motorola has bought at least one ad slot. Motorola has been heavily promoting the Droid, so we are guessing that the ad will be droid related. In the past, Motorola has promoted the RAZR, PEBL and other phones during the Super Bowl, so it makes sense.


Clever Google Chrome commercial

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Check out this awesome Google Chrome commercial. They are really on to something here the way they have unleashed this one. And of course we always suspected that behind the scenes, rubber bands and hammers and stuff all make the Google machine invincible.

It’s not only creative, but kinda informative as well. Most importantly it’s fun to watch. Google has taken over the rest of the world, so maybe artsy fartsy movies will be next. So let me ask you, does this clever commercial make you want to use Chrome even more, or not?

AT&T’s latest Verizon attack ad

Posted in AT&T by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2009

If you’re like us, you probably think that these constant ad battles between AT&T and Verizon are getting really old. Who can keep track anymore. Lawsuit is countered by lawsuit, then there’s a lull, then more ads slinging mud at each other.

Here’s AT&T’s latest. Another ad featuring Luke Wilson. The ad is all about the speed of AT&T’s network compared to Verizon. Why can’t they use this ad money and put it toward making their networks better? What’s next? The other half of the annoying Wilson brother duo rooting for the opposing team?

New Apple ad responds to Microsoft Laptop Hunters

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2009

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In Apple’s typically smug fashion, they have once again responded to Microsoft’s Laptop Hunters ads. This one features a Lauren-type actress giving her list of specifications, and the suited PCs are disqualified a few at a time, until eventually they all leave.

The entire ad war is pretty silly and stupid. Having said that, say what you want about Microsoft’s ads, but they are rarely condescending and smug as Apple ads often are. Just kinda leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

The legal copy in Apple’s “Legal Copy” ad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

The legal copy in Apple's "Legal Copy" adThe Mac VS. PC war is still raging, albeit in a quiet nerd way, not a full out battle with explosions. You’ve probably seen Apple’s new Hodgman ads. The “legal copy” ad is the most interesting. Whenever Hodgman says how easy PCs are to use, a bunch of fine print explodes upwards. The folks over at MacJournals have actually transcribed every word of it. Nearly two full pages. Here’s an excerpt:

To remove unneeded bloatware first open uninstaller, select applications to remove, and uninstall. To remove optional components, click start, go to all programs and open control panel, select remove components, select components you want to remove, select next, when done, select finish. Once initial prep is complete, PCs may then be easy to use under certain controlled conditions and when properly maintained. In order for PCs to achieve optimal performance on a regular basis and for long periods of time, routine maintenance should include (but is not limited to) the following: download and install updated anti-virus software, run anti-virus software, check for system updates, clean out registry, defragment hard drive, free up disk space, remove temporary Internet files, empty the recycle bin, remove unnecessary programs, run error check utility and fix file system errors.