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Google Play Store will let you know if apps have ads in 2016

Starting in 2016 it’ll be easy to know if Android apps include ads before you download them. Google is requiring all developers that distribute apps through the Google Play Store to declare by January 11th whether or not those apps include ads. Early next year, users will see an “ad-supported” notice on apps in the Play […]

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Dell, HP, Lenovo, Intel, and Microsoft launch “PC Does What?” marketing campaign

A group of PC makers are partnering with Microsoft and Intel to convince you that it’s time to buy a new computer. While it’s not unusual for Intel and Microsoft to work together to highlight the latest chips or operating systems, what is unusual is for competing PC makers to partner in this way. But […]

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Google bans apps with notification-style ads from the Play Store

Google is banning apps which place ads in the Android notification bar from the Google Play Store. That’s just one of the changes in the latest Google Play Developer Program policy update — but it’s one that could pretty much put at least one company out of business. Airpush is an ad network which specializes […]

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Chromecast start page could eventually show news updates, photos, or ads

Google’s Chromecast doesn’t have much of a user interface. When you plug it into a TV and turn it on, the Chromecast simply boots to a “Ready to Cast” page and waits for you to send commands from your phone, tablet, or PC. But it looks like Google could eventually add support for a news […]

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Locket puts ads on your Android home screen, pays you to unlock your device

Advertising abhors a vacuum, and the folks at Locket have found a space that was ripe for ad placements: the lock screen on your Android phone or tablet. The company’s new Android app tries to remedy that problem by letting you look at ads every time you turn on your device. Sure, most people probably […]

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Cheaper Chromebooks could be on the way (and pricier ones too)

The new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 550 boots more quickly than most computers running Windows. It resumes from sleep instantly. And while its Celeron processor isn’t exactly the fastest CPU around, the computer feels very quick and responsive most of the time. Part of the reason the laptop feels so zippy is because it’s running […]

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BlackBerry PlayBook ad shows 7 inch tablet in a good light

Research in Motion has put out the first 30 second TV spot for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and it does a pretty good job of showing the appeal of a 7 inch tablet with multitasking support. The commercial shows off the app-switching gesture support, which is probably one of the tablet’s key strengths. The tablet […]