A new patent registered by Google covers the serving of adverts based on the background noises it picks up by listening in to your phone calls, which could result in your mobile spamming you with Cornetto ads whenever the ice cream van drives past.
Some interesting research on the power use of Android apps has pointed the finger at ad-supported apps for killing our phone batteries, with the software often spending more power on working out our location and downloading adverts than running the actual app itself.
A 55-gallon tub of lube is funny. That's just science. But when you post to Facebook about it being a funny thing that exists in the world, there's a chance that your post might get turned into an ad for that specific lifetime supply of hand love enabler, visible to everyone you know.
The shameful ruination of the Star Wars brand continues. Following on from Darth Vader whoring himself out to sell washing machines for Currys, we'll shortly see Yoda appearing on TV to sell mobile telephones. It's as if they all need the money.
Facebook has started placing adverts within its main news feed, causing confusion about the terminology it's using. Instead of saying "Adverts" or "Sponsored posts" or something obvious so you know never to click on the stupid things, the ads are tagged as "Featured" -- which doesn't make it clear that you're seeing a paid comment.
Google has admitted that it's Adsense/Adwords money generating machine has once again been doing things it shouldn't, with ads for Olympic tickets, cannabis and fake ID cards found to be populating its network.
Can you imagine anything else in the world more annoying than 'beacons that emit a high-frequency sound that'll immediately trigger an advertisement on your phone'? I can't think of a single thing I want less than that. Okay, cancer. I want cancer less than I want this insanely silly automatic advertising.
If there's one thing that sucks about Facebook, it's the paucity of advertisements. We need more! And we need them in real time. Luckily, TechCrunch reports, we're in luck—more live Facebook ads are headed our way today.
Ever been searching Google for something and you saw an ad displayed and thought, "How the hell is that relevant?" Now with a single click you can see why Google paired that ad with you and block others from annoying sources.
There will be another Star Wars themed advert beaming out of your TV every few minutes soon, thanks to Dixons doing a deal with Mr Vader to promote the benefits of giving Currys and PC World your money.
The knowingly sexist Duke Nukem has got himself in trouble with the UK Advertising Standards Authority, which has barred publisher 2K Games from showing its lapdancing-themed Duke advert before 11.00pm.
It looks like the days of being promised broadband connections massively faster than our creaky cables can handle are numbered, thanks to a new Advertising Standards Agency guide on what broadband companies can and can't promise their customers.