Apple Could Be Fined Millions for Strict iPhone Marketing Contract

Did you ever look at a phone provider catalogue and think, where have I seen that advert before? If the phone in question is an iPhone then you may have noticed its prominent placement in the catalogue along with the near identical adverts in every single catalogue. There is a reason for this other than just marketing, and could get Apple fined up to €48.5 million for their strict iPhone marketing terms.

France’s country competition regulators have launched a complaint regarding Apple’s agreements, stating that they are actually illegal. Part of the terms and conditions is that carriers have to order a minimum number of iPhones, cover the cost of repairs for some of the phones and even pay for the ad’s used (including those used for in-store displays).

If this wasn’t enough Apple gains several legal benefits, such as being able to access and use some of the carriers patents and even use their branding as they see fit. The contract also allows Apple to void the contract without any prior notice, something that would scare anyone selling thousands of euros worth of equipment.

With Apple looking at renewable energy for their facilities, they may want to rethink their strategy when it comes to selling their devices as even if this court case is just in France, other countries may follow suit and start looking at stocking alternative products because of the contract they are being forced to sign.

Oculus Rift Terms And Conditions Allow Facebook to Deploy Targeted Adverts

Virtual reality headsets have the potential to revolutionize the way we enjoy various entertainment forms and even help train apprentices to learn new skills in a more practical manner. This year has already been significant for developing VR technology and bringing it the consumer market. However, the early adopter pricing for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are well out of the reach of most users. Despite this, VR technology allows developers to start making unique games and there should be a fantastic library when devices become more affordable. Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus raised some questions about the headset’s target audience and possible emergence of social media advertising.

The Oculus Rift’s terms and conditions contains a number of interesting clauses about user data. According to The Guardian, Facebook is able to collect:

“Information about your physical movements and dimensions when you use a virtual reality headset”,

Facebook also added:

“We use the information we collect to send you promotional messages and content and otherwise market to you on and off our Services,” “We also use this information to measure how users respond to our marketing efforts.”

This means Facebook can use location data to monitor your position and collect information on how you use the Oculus Rift. More worryingly, the terms clearly state that your personal information can be passed onto “related companies”. This refers to other parts of the Facebook brand such as WhatsApp. Consumers concerned about their privacy will find these terms rather intrusive and might be enough to deter them from making a purchase. Facebook’s ability to use the data for advertising purposes isn’t ideal and something which many people anticipated when the company took the helm. Admittedly, it’s fairly common for companies to outline similar data gathering policies but this doesn’t make it acceptable.

Are you concerned by the Oculus Rift’s terms or feel they are being blown out of proportion?

Online Pharmacy Fined £130,000 For Selling Customer Data

The online pharmacy company, Pharmacy 2U has been fined a hefty £130,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for selling customers’ personal details to a marketing company without their consent. This contravened the Data Protection Act and signified a breach of trust between the pharmacy and its users. The company released a statement apologizing for their behavior which reads:

“This is a regrettable incident for which we sincerely apologise,”

“While we are grateful that the ICO recognise that our breach was not deliberate, we appreciate this was a serious matter.”

“As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, we stopped the trial selling of customer data and made sure that the information that had been passed on was securely destroyed,”  

“We have also confirmed that we will no longer sell customer data.” 

While the company is promising to never engage in data selling activities again, the damage has been done. Handing over people’s data without any consultation or agreement is unbelievable and illustrates how poorly personal information can be treated. Perhaps, the fine will prevent other companies from trying a similar tactic and ensuring that each person’s information is protected within the confines of the law. However, if companies can get away with it, this won’t change anytime soon.

Over 44% of Streamed Videos Are on a Mobile Device

A report conducted by research firm Ooyala has charted the dramatic growth of mobile video playback which accounted for over 44% in Q2 2015. According to current trends, more than half of videos played will be on mobile devices by the end of this year. This marks a staggering 74% increase year-on-year and illustrates the changing nature of consumer viewing habits. However, Ooyala admitted that the growth rate will hit a peak point and progress at a much-reduced rate. The research paper specifically said:

“The second quarter saw mobile video plays exceed 44%, up 74% from a year ago and up a whopping 844% since Q2 2012. By the end of 2015, we expect mobile to account for more than 50% of all video plays.”

Additionally, the company divulged intriguing statistics regarding video lengths. Videos lasting 10 minutes or more was viewed most on tablets with a figure of 57%. Connected TVs achieved a similar rate of 53% and desktop viewing trailed behind with 40%. Unsurprisingly, mobile handsets are mainly used to watch short-format videos and access quick forms of entertainment.

The rise of community video and YouTube has dramatically altered what we watch and how we watch certain programming. Tablets can easily connect to apps and stream content in up to 4K video on Amazon Instant Video. Furthermore, consumers can now leisurely browse a huge library of programming without having to leave the armchair. Clearly, media is changing, and the desktop is not longer the optimal way to watch online videos.

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Snoop Dog Wants to Be Twitter’s Next CEO

Snoop Dog for Twitter’s next CEO? That’s the latest story that got our attention roaming around Twitter. We’ve seen a lot of supporters for his campaign using the hashtag ‘#ifSnoopWasTwitterCEO’ and it even got the attention of actor Orlando Jones, who also supports Snoop’s campaign.

It has been reported that the actual CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, is stepping down as CEO. Jack Dorsey is going to be appointed Interim CEO as of the 1st of July and the company is now looking for a suitable CEO. But why Snoop Dog as the next Twitter CEO? Well, TechCrunch has a good idea here.

Costolo helped Twitter go from a net value of $3 billion to $26 billion and from 30 million active users to 250 million. He basically shaped the company in the social media giant it is today. Compare that to Snoop’s success and you get the same pattern.

Snoop Dog has always followed the same business strategy found in big tech companies today. He defied what others were saying (like companies defy Wall Street), he knew who his real friends were and most importantly, he knows that winning is not the most important thing for success. This is why the old saying ‘if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it’ does not apply to both Snoop and tech companies.

The same success as Twitter had can be seen in Snoop’s personal life too. His 20 years of success in music, movies and business add a lot of potential and credibility, so we won’t really rule out the actual possibility of him ending up on the CEO chair. But what are your opinions on this story? Would you like to see Snoop Dog as the next Twitter CEO? Give us your opinion in the comments below.

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Facebook Messenger Gets its First Game

Facebook seems to be thinking of allowing games on its Messenger platform in the near future. The first one spotted on the platform is said to be Doodle Draw Game and although it’s nothing fancy, it still is the first one to pave the way for developers eyeing the platform’s potential for game development.

Doodle Draw is not the first third-party app that can be found on Facebook’s Messenger platform. The company allowed other developers to add apps that allow users to share GIFs and sound effects in the past, but the game addition really opened the market for the platform.

This is not necessarily good news for everyone and Facebook should tread carefully here too. We all are familiar with how game developers tend to spread the word and promote their games with inviting spams and automatic wall posts for achievements or other in-game activities. I don’t think users will enjoy the same marketing strategy on their Messenger too.

Still, this marks the beginning of a whole new market to both Facebook and other game developers out there. Although Facebook is not currently taking anything out of what developers earn from their apps on Facebook Messenger, they may be able to start making a small fortune in the future out of it. Let’s just hope people will still be using their platform and not run away from all the pesky marketing ads.

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Bowser the New VP of Sales for Nintendo?

Ironically, it’s true! Mario creators actually hired someone who bears the name of the Mushroom Kingdom’s villain. However, don’t expect him to be a turtle with spikes on his back!

Nintendo hired Doug Bowser to be the Vice President leading the United States sales organisation in charge with Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. In addition, Bowser (can’t stop thinking about him now and I’m sure you can agree with me) will manage Nintendo’s retail customer relationships and oversea retail marketing for Nintendo World store in new York.

Ok we now know what Bowser will do for the company, as described above, but why Nintendo, why? Bowser, really? I mean, who on this earth who actually played Mario won’t associate the name with the real Bowser character? I bet he will get more than he asked for at work too.

This may seem strange, but it could boost Nintendo’s popularity by having the company hiring people who bear the name of characters found in their titles. Now all they are missing is an Italian janitor by the name of Mario to clean their offices, and they are set! So how do you feel after knowing Bowser is now Nintendo’s VP of sales?

Thank you Business Wire for providing us with this information
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Apple Expects to Sell 1 Million Watches During Opening Weekend, 8 Million in its First Year

Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, has stated in his recent research that Apple Watch sales could reach over one million units in the opening weekend. The unit buyers are said to be all from pre-orders and launch sales and does not include customers who are just arriving at Apple Stores and buying the gadget after its release.

Therefore, the sales figure estimate is expected to be much higher than previously anticipated, having Muster’s numbers for his predictions coming from loyal customers who are keen to get their hands on a Watch on April 10th. He also is said to expect Apple to sell about 300,000 units in the first 24 hours, having it be a 6% attach rate on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders.

Muster is said to even predict that Apple is going to sell 8 million units during the first year, adding a $4.4 billion revenue to the company. Given the prediction, 40 to 50 million units should be sold by 2017, accounting for 10% of Apple’s revenue for the first year. This will also indicate that about 8-10% of iPhone users will be wearing a watch in the future.

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Study: Android Fans are More Dateable Among Other Findings

Are iOS and Android users really that different? Well, according to British market research firm YouGov’s latest report – they claim that Apple users are reportedly “smart, funny and confident” but also can be self-described as having a “lack of control, self-willed tendencies and are insecure”.

I know exactly what you’re thinking – “Lack of self control”. ‘Apple drones’ comes immediately to mind – a commonly used name by Android fanatics to label those who like to purchase the latest Apple tech upon release, no matter what the features, pricing or limitations may be.

YouGov has also published reports on the differences between these members of the public having a sway toward different brands, celebrities, teams and music – but for now let’s focus on the basics. Their studies further concluded on average, Apple users have more spare spending money and rank within a higher ‘social hierarchy’ than Android users. Apple inclined consumers have been reported as mostly Beyonce fans, compared to Android lovers preferring Olly Murs, alongside reports that iPhone owners are more likely to support the right in political debates, when compared to the more-left inclined Android population.

The ‘average’ iPhone user has been listed as a female in the range of 25-39 years old, nestled within the middle to upper class society and likely working within media publishing and marketing. They’ve also said this user is likely to live in London or some of the UK’s most prosperous coastal areas including central or southern Scotland. She is also said to have more than 1,000 GBP budget spare per month for spending on goods such as technology offerings.

This is a rather heavy contrast to Android users, who are reported as living in poorer areas of the UK and listed as a young man aged 18-24. He may have serious leftist tendencies and is pursuing employment in the IT industry, journalism, publishing, energy or utilities. He’s could be experiencing a career low point and have less than 125 GBP a month budget spare.

They even went as far as to list food preferences, listing Apple inclined people to enjoy some grilled cheese or spicy nachos, whereas Android fans are likely to dine on some roasted pigeon – which comes as a surprise as this food is a much more expensive option.

Take it as you want, this study of UK citizens has been developed across real life data – we’re sure that it will give Android and Apple users alike much more to fuel their constant bickering. Meanwhile, those who simply don’t care enough to argue will enjoy their lower blood pressures.

If you’re keen in seeing some more of the data and have a translation program handy, you can see the information here.

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Yahoo Buys Video Advertising Platform Brightroll

Yahoo has made further inroads with its digital media strategy with today’s purchase of Chinese video marketing platform Brightroll for $640 million, making it their second most expensive acquisitions behind Tumblr, which they bought for $1 billion in 2013. Brightroll, however, has an advantage over Tumblr in that it is already profitable, a point Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was keen to stress.

Mayer said, in a statement, “Video, along with mobile, social, and native, is driving a surge in digital advertising. Here at Yahoo, video is one of the largest growth opportunities, and BrightRoll is a terrific, strategic and financially compelling fit for our video advertising business.” The purchase follows Yahoo’s recent move into producing more original video content, with Yahoo Screen rescuing TV show Community from cancellation earlier this year.

Source: Mashable

Facebook Shuts Down Gift Service, Shifts Focus on Other ‘Commerce-related’ Projects

Facebook’s ‘Gift Shop’ initiative wasn’t doing so good these past years. The social network’s Gift Shop that lets you buy and send gifts to friends was originally launched back a few years back, granting you the ability to send virtual goods to your friends.

In 2010, Facebook closed it since it was not doings so good, which is was to be expected since the website was focusing on social media and not e-commerce. Following Karma’s acquisition by the social media giant in September 2012, a physical ‘Gift Shop’ was then re-opened. However, according to a report by Re/Code, Facebook plans on killing this one too on the 12th of August.

Facebook apparently learned its lesson from these past mistakes, having the first attempt at stopping the second Gift Shop initiative in August 2013, when the social media giant partially shut it down, removing the ability to purchase physical goods and focusing on gift cards. However, Facebook appears not to give up on its idea completely, having another ‘job’ for its e-commerce team.

“We’ll be using everything we learned from Gifts to explore new ways to help businesses and developers drive sales on the Web, on mobile and directly on Facebook,” Tera Randall, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The team formed by Karma founder Lee Linden and the rest of the previous Gift Shop team are said to remain within Facebook and work on other ‘commerce-related’ projects.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

BlackBerry Shows its Answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana

Personal assistants have been around for some time now, having people demanding a more complex and interactive approach from their voice-enabled personal assistants. Apple’s Siri has been the first to arrive, followed by Android and Google Now, and Microsoft’s recent Cortana addition in the WP 8.1. All of the latter provide users with some great features, coming with their own pros and cons. However, it seems that BlackBerry is gaining some ground in the personal assistant sphere with its new BlackBerry Assistant.

“The BlackBerry Assistant is in lockstep with what I need to do on my Passport, without being distracting or costly (resource-wise)” said Donny Halliwell, BlackBerry’s social media marketing executive.

It is said that the company will release the new feature to its BlackBerry 10 devices this Wednesday in the BlackBerry 10.3 update. This is said to be a welcomed development for BlackBerry users, as well as developers, since a voice-enabled personal assistant will boost the BlackBerry handset brand. In addition, BlackBerry could also draw some developers into making some productivity applications featuring the personal assistant, thus helping users “manage simple tasks” on their devices.

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Huawei Reported To Be Selling High-End Smartphones Via Messaging App

The increased competition of smartphone manufacturers in China has apparently resulted in companies approaching unique marketing techniques. For example, Xiaomi is said to have success with its ‘Hunger Marketing’ technique, having customers pre-register their interest in a handset in order to grab the e-mail addresses of potential buyers. As soon as the particular handset hits the spotlight, a limited number is manufactured and sold. This is how the company recently sold an estimated 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note phablets in less than a second.

Networking and telecom manufacturer Huawei apparently has its own tactics. Sources indicate that the company is apparently using popular messaging application WeChat as a channel to sell its Huawei Honor 6 handset. The device is said to boast an Octa-Core processor, a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, as well as a 13 MP back camera and 5MP front camera.

The company previously used only local carriers to sell its handsets, but due to the increased competition, it is hoping to widen the distribution of its products using the WeChat app. The application, which is said to be in partnership with Chinese e-commerce company JD, has apparently hosted a competition in which the lucky winner was awarded with a Huawei Honor 6. The rules appeared to have been simple as well, having competitors guess the price of the handset in question. The winner would have had to answer ¥1999 / $322, the actual price of the Huawei Honor 6 handset.

Huawei is said to have 8% of the Chinese market, placing it on the 6th position in the country. This is due to change in the future, providing that the partnership between the company and WeChat app is successful. WeChat is said to have over 400 million users, having it be used as a text and voice messaging app, a gaming app and even a cab hailing app. Reports show that an update last year has even added a payment system, something which Huawei is attempting to exploit. Also, Huawei might have been the first to use this type of marketing camping, but it most certainly will not be the last.

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Sobieski Vodka Banking on Edward Snowden’s Notoriety to Help Sell Vodka

Polish distiller Sobieski Vodka is using former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s international notoriety in its latest marketing campaign.

Advertisements aimed at the United States has the following slogan: “Why Edward Snowden wishes he’d sought asylum in Poland.”

It’s a clever marketing effort by Sobieski, as Snowden is a recognizable name in the United States following outing organized NSA spying activities. The ads are showing up on billboards, bus stops, wallscapes, taxi ads, and other visible locations.

Imperial Brands imports Sobieski and is part of the company’s multi-million dollar marketing campaign that is ongoing.  Here is what Timo Sutinen, Imperial Brands Vice President of Marketing said in an interview with Food & Beverage Magazine:

“Sobieski proudly differentiates itself from the general lack of substance – whether in liquid or marketing campaigns – embraced by so many vodkas today. We offer a superior product at superior value and don’t need to generate appeal with contrived gimmicks. Because of that, we have a lot of fun sharing our point of view with the world, and this campaign is a great example.”

Snowden is currently living in Russia, after President Vladimir Putin granted him temporary asylum after fleeing the United States.

Thank you to Business Insider for providing us with this information

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Incredible Mobile App Street Hack Prank Is Epic

What at first appears to be a simple prank, involving a mobile phone repair shop and a few unsuspecting customers soon escalates a lot further than you might think. The whole thing turns out to be a very elaborate marketing campaign for something that is soon to be released, but if I’m honest, I don’t want to spoil anything about the video or what happens.

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Marketing campaigns are certainly getting more unique in the last few years, especially with advancements in technology such as smartphones and the video above does a great job of making a lasting impression and for me personally, it worked, I am more excited about the thing they’re marketing (see, still no spoilers).

Enjoy the video, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Even better, tell us what you would have done with the App.

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Twitter Hiring Marketing Specialists, Twitter Commerce Platform Confirmed?

Recent rumors point to a new ‘Buy’ button and Twitter Commerce feature, but lack of confirmation did not have a huge impact on its credibility. We now learn that the marketplace-style project might become a reality with new positions surfacing at the social media company.

Twitter posted job ads for people with experience in commerce services, marking it as one of the rare moments that the social media giant reveals what is planning to do according to recent rumors. The roles available are for a commerce product manager, a commerce product marketing manager and a senior manager for commerce partnership, as Tech Crunch specifies in an article.

“We’re hiring an experienced marketer for a PMM, Commerce role: https://twitter.com/jobs/positions?jvi=osOcYfwa,Job … Help build Twitter as a shopping discovery platform!” Twitter marketing official, Bryan Sise, posted in a tweet.

There is no clear information regarding a payment method, though Stripe and PayPal were mentioned as ‘to be considered’. Twitter seems to also focus on a link between the advertising sold on the Twitter platform and the goods which will be sold on Twitter, according to the product marketing manager role posted.

There is also more questions unanswered as to what products will be sold on Twitter. Though, we can expect to see third-party associates as well as Twitter specific content being available as per the description of the jobs recently posted.

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Leaked Image of ‘Twitter Commerce’ Show ‘Buy’ Button Next To ‘Retweet’ and ‘Favourite’

Every Twitter account (for those who use one) is inevitably working as a waterfall, bringing you sponsored ads, breaking news and other tweets you may or may not want to see. However, leaked images from Twitter’s Commerce User Flow plans on adding a new feature to your already ‘busy’ stream.

Documents found on Fancy.com’s website propose a method of selling goods directly to Twitter followers by embedding miniature product pages directly in Tweets. The images, uncovered by Re/Code, show expandable, sponsored tweets that feature a sales blurb and product image underlined by a price tag and “Buy with Fancy” button. The mockup also demonstrates that purchases and package tracking could be handled completely within Twitter’s own app.

The images found by Fancy point to the project being named ‘Twitter Commerce’, but it’s unclear if the documents are merely a proposal to the microblogging service or something that’s actually in production. The setup is interesting, and it could be useful if treated right, however we need to know more about it before we can start judging. A Re/Code source, however, claims that Twitter is actively working with several companies to build a working commerce solution.

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Artists Can Sell Merchandise For Free On Spotify

A lot of competition exists between music streaming services, given the fact that the market is being populated by a wide variety of services. Spotify has established itself as a major player in this particular market, it boasts over 24 million users and continues to grow. In a bid to attract more artists, which in turn is likely to bring in more listeners, Spotify now lets artists sell their merchandise for free. The music streaming service is not going to charge any commission on sales, so whatever money artists make by selling merchandise, it’s all theirs to keep.

Spotify has made a partnership with a company called Topspin. To start selling merchandise, artists need to create a Topspin ArtistLink account and verify their identity by either linking a social media account or by directly emailing the company. Once verified, they can create listings by adding images, title, description and URL to various items in their existing merchandise store. Each merchandise listing will need approval, but it should show up in Spotify’s artist pages within 28 hours.

While artists from all around the globe can list items, only Spotify users based in English-speaking countries such as U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland will be able to purchase merchandise for now. Spotify says that it will include additional language support in the future.

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Face Scanning & Targets Ads To Be Served At Tesco

Supermarket petrol stations are nothing new here in the UK, many of which are unmanned drive through style stations where you just pop your credit card in before you use the pump. Adverts at the pump are nothing new, nor are cameras in petrol stations, but it is how they’ve going to combine all these aspects that caught our attention.

Face scanning technology will be put into place at the petrol stations to check if you are male or female, even make a guess at how old you are. It does this so it can then serve you up targeted advertisements on a nearby display. It all sounds a little futuristic and a little creepy, but a Tesco spokesperson assures us that the tech will not be used to record data, identify customers in any way, will not have facial recognition or eyeball scanners, it simply estimates age and gender.

People will no doubt think this is an out rage, but that kind of thing happens already. Just take your internet browsing for example, targeted ads are common place there, as well as on TV.

Personally I really don’t mind, I welcome these modern changes, I’d rather see an advert that interests me than one that doesn’t.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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Google Nexus 5 Official Promo Video Released

Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5. While we already know much about the phone already, let’s have it once more, this time officially. The LG made Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS LCD display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which boasts an awesome 445 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s top-dog, the Snapdragon 800, working at 2.3 GHz. There’s also a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU to power the latest and greatest mobile titles.

LG has put Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to use, making sure that your display is protected from scratches and the occasional drop to the floor. You get 16 GB or 32 GB flavors with no MicroSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery which supports wireless charging. Dimensionally, the Nexus 5 is one of the lightest Full HD Smartphones to date. Weighing only 130 grams, the device measures 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0XTJqFLIE[/youtube]

Starting tomorrow, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. India is one of the emerging markets which will get the new Nexus soon. In terms of the pricing, it will sell at $349 / €349 / £300 for the 16 GB version and $400 /€400 / £340 for the 32 GB variant, on Google Play Store. Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, RadioShack and Best Buy will also offer the phone starting November 1.

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5 Million Galaxy Note 3 Handsets Sold in One Month

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released about a month ago and given the Galaxy Note series’ popularity, it does not come as a surprise to find out that the Galaxy Note 3 has done pretty well for itself. According to a statement made by Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, he has confirmed to a Korean media outlet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has managed to sell 5 million units worldwide in a month since its release.

To put this into perspective, the original Galaxy Note took about 5 months to hit the 5 million mark, while the Galaxy Note 2 took 2 months to reach the previously mentioned milestone, so we have to wonder with the Galaxy Note 4 and how did Samsung manage to move 10 million units in one month (5 million in half a month). We can estimate that there are bigger numbers to be seen when the Galaxy S5 will be released.

The Galaxy Note 3 was released last month and users definitely liked what they saw, given the number of handsets sold, but looking back to when the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced back in IFA 2011, many thought the idea of a smartphone with a 5.3” display was a bit ridiculous. However, it looks like phablets are getting a lot of appreciation from more and more people every day.

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Qualcomm Add Mobile Technology to a Bus Stop

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Qualcomm seem to be in the news a lot lately with lots going on including the unveiling of the first global LTE baseband chip and the introduction of quick charge, but now they’ve decided to have a bit of fun with unsuspecting dwellers waiting for a bus.

Qualcomm wanted to make bus stops better with mobile technology and decided to spice up peoples day with some very unique surprises. They swapped out the Metro bus route map with a simple poster featuring a URL asking if you’re bored and by the use of your mobile device, you can entertain yourself, right now.

With secret cameras dotted about, several people immediately caught eye of the posters and clicked straight on to the URL printed on it. Shortly after, some very cool surprises were in store for them including a ride in a Lamborghini or even equally amazing; dog sled.

Qualcomm have opted with the slogan “We make life better with mobile” and while we can’t help but agree with them, we can only wish that this would be the future, but looking at the costings, it’s not financially viable. Kidding aside, this is simply viral marketing at its finest.

AMD Branches Into Haircare Products?

Something that has just surfaced into many email inbox’s around the world has suddenly caused quite a stir and for a very good reason as it simply makes no sense whatsoever.

The marketing bods at AMD must have really been racking their brains lately to think this one up as it is completely bonkers. The email that is circulating talks about re-energizing your hair, so that it matches your game skill, though it is not relevant in any shape or form.

The mail clearly states:

You’re at the top of your game. Why isn’t your hair? TressFX is specially formulated with dynamic compounds like PPLL to re-energize your tired locks with vitality and luster.

For now, we’re as much in the dark as you guys are, and can only wait until Tuesday 26th February when all is revealed but for now, you can check out another silly advertising picture, much like the one above, on the AMD blog.

Though I’m sure we all remember Verdetrol; the performance enhancing benchmark pills, and I get a feeling that the same team who did that stunt, are also behind this.

In all honestly, I sure hope someone gets fired for this, but who knows, it’s only early and this could go viral over the weekend. Somehow though, I don’t think that will happen, but if it does, who knows? Maybe I’ll eat my hair.