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Drool over these hi-res ad shots of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Drool over these hi-res ad shots of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

David Urbanke, The photographer behind Google's current ad campaign for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, just published eight high-res photos of the two devices in several fun colors to his portfolio, as well as higher resolution shots of the ads that are currently on billboards in places like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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Spammy ads are invading Google Messages — here's how to get rid of them

Spammy ads are invading Google Messages — here's how to get rid of them

Armed with RCS, Google Messages is the current face of the company's longstanding quest for a worthy messaging app. While the multipurpose SMS app now has the features to rival the likes of WhatsApp, it still fails in one key area — staying on top of mounting SMS spam. That’s especially true when the sources are verified business accounts that have been hassling scores of Indian users lately with spammy in-chat advertisements within Google Messages.

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The plague of ads on Samsung devices might be coming to an end

The plague of ads on Samsung devices might be coming to an end

Samsung has had an ad problem for a while now, much to the dismay of users. When you're spending up to $1800 on a flagship device, seeing ads anywhere in stock apps or your notification shade is unacceptable. Thankfully, this could soon change.

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New owners infect Mi Control Center and other apps with insane ads and subscription prices

New owners infect Mi Control Center and other apps with insane ads and subscription prices

A company snapping up a popular Android developer can be a precursor to shenanigans. And shenanigans aren't anything new for Treydev Inc, a Romanian developer which we've reported on before. The dev makes popular custom user interfaces that mimic the behavior of Android device maker skins. Earlier this year Treydev's most popular apps were switched over to the developer account for ZipoApps, a holding company with a few dozen apps on the Play Store of varying function and quality.

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SHIELD TV users are mad as hell, and they're taking it out on the Play Store

SHIELD TV users are mad as hell, and they're taking it out on the Play Store

Google is an advertising company. Most of its products make money either by serving up ads, or by collecting data to make those ads more effective. But throwing ads into a product that people pay actual money for is something that they tend to feel pretty passionate about — just ask Samsung. So when Google started serving up advertisements via the Android TV Home interface, it didn't take a genius to guess what would happen next.

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Samsung wants you to buy a Galaxy S21 Ultra so bad, it made a whole TV show about its camera

Samsung wants you to buy a Galaxy S21 Ultra so bad, it made a whole TV show about its camera

Samsung really wants you to know that the Galaxy S21 Ultra has, in its opinion, the best camera you can buy on a smartphone today. These days, it's not enough for the phone's photography capabilities to be praised in reviews. You have to meet with consumers on their level, and in 2021, what do ordinary people love more than an overabundance of streaming services? That's why Samsung is teaming up with Hulu to produce an original reality show called Exposure, in which competitors will be given photography challenges focused around shooting with — you guessed it — a Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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gReader gets its first update in four years, but maybe it shouldn't have

gReader gets its first update in four years, but maybe it shouldn't have

Once-popular RSS aggregator gReader just got its first update in almost four years. The new v5 release claims improved support for video and podcast playback, dark mode support in article view, and some miscellaneous bug fixes. We've also spotted Inoreader support. But unfortunately, reports also claim the app's ads are especially obnoxious now, and the ad-free "Pro" version of the app many customers purchased years ago is still missing from the Play Store.

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Our pandemic YouTube binge sessions made Google a buttload of money last year

Our pandemic YouTube binge sessions made Google a buttload of money last year

Google's fourth quarter earnings are in, and you might almost be convinced that Covid had no effect on the company, looking at the numbers. Revenue is up 23% year over year, itself an increase compared to our now blissful memories of 2019.  Total income is also up almost 70% compared to Q4 2019, at $15.6 billion. The bulk of that growth came from Google's bread-and-butter: Search and YouTube.

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Samsung just updated one of its phone apps to serve you even more ads

Samsung just updated one of its phone apps to serve you even more ads

Ads are the worst, yet we see them everywhere. They fund the content we consume, for free, on a daily basis. It's one thing to receive ads on a website you are going to for free, but it's quite another when an OEM goes out of its way to force an app onto your phone in order to serve you more ads. Sadly, that is exactly what Samsung just did with its new Samsung Visit In update through the Galaxy Store.

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YouTube, having made nearly $13 billion from ads so far this year, decides to place ads on even more videos

YouTube, having made nearly $13 billion from ads so far this year, decides to place ads on even more videos

If you chuck original videos onto YouTube to share just with your friends, brace for advertisements: the platform's terms of service for U.S. users have been revised so that videos produced outside of the YouTube Partner Program can be monetized by YouTube.

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