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The latest in Apple's iPhone 6s ad series is likely the funniest yet. It features none other than Cookie Monster, who is using hands-free Siri functionality -- the timer and music playback, specifically -- for cookie baking purposes. Topping it off is the brilliant song choice of Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. See for yourself below.
The other 11 videos in the series as well as other iPhone videos can be viewed here.
If you didn't already know, Samsung has launched their new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, as well as the refreshed Gear VR - and well, they have three new ads that star Lil Wayne and Wesley Snipes.
In the ads, Lil Wayne is using the Galaxy S7 while he deliberately pours champagne all over it, and then dunks it into a fish tank. In the second video, Wesley Snipes proves his acting chops by saying "cool" and then extends his range considerably more, by saying "very cool".
In the third ad, Lil Wayne helps give birth to a baby elephant - yeah, that happens.
Save the date, March 21st marks a new Apple event where they want to "loop us in" with the latest in innovations and products. And just what could those be?
We're expecting a number of different new things to pop-up, but of course the reality is that only one or two of these predictions are likely to come true, if at all. High on that list is the resurgence of a new 4" iPhone device. the iPhone SE as well as a smaller version of the iPad Pro, likely in a 9.7-inch chassis that mirrors the current iPad Air, but with force touch and pen support. Supposedly we'll also see new Apple Watch bands too, ones that are more durable and add a bit more flair. Because, why not.
And of course final versions of the next major steps in the OS's for the various iOS and OSX devices should be revealed as well. We're up to iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, watchOS 2.2 and OSX 10.11.4. What else is in store? Usually we see bigger and larger devices make their way into the stable, but we hope that this event is one that focuses on the refinement of the brand instead.
A recent eBay survey has uncovered that Australians love hoarding their old technology, or simply just can't be bothered getting rid of it. Information from this survey pointed out that Australians have a collective of approximately $4.8 billion ($6.4bn AUD) worth of unused phones sitting around.
This is backed up by worldwide research from Deloitte Global that says there is approximately $12.72 billion worth of handsets laying unwanted around planet Earth. This eBay survey and data analysis is part of a marketing plan for this website giant, trying to show users that their old phone is worth money and could possibly be sold on some form of online auction site (eBay, maybe?).
Mark Bulgin from eBay commented that "now is the perfect time for Aussies to sell their older models to fund the upgrade," citing releases of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 that may interest users. He also discussed the currently strong Australian second-hand market, stating that "The average selling price of the Apple iPhone 6s has only fallen $50 since September 2015 and is still fetching over $875 for a single handset, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 is fetching around $526."
Following a sighting yesterday, it's now confirmed an OTA (downloadable) update is rolling out to Nexus 5X devices today. Nexus 5X community manager Orrin says the update is a response to user feedback, and to that end it includes many bug fixes which will in turn improve stability, connectivity, and performance.
If you don't see the update yet and don't want to wait, you can grab it here (look for MHC19J).
Note the March security update will be included with this update if you haven't grabbed it yet.
If you've been watching the fourth season of House of Cards (and boy, is it good), you may have spotted the OnePlus smartphone in action, as several characters use it, including Claire. This is no coincidence: Chinese website Weibo reports it's part of a $300,000 endorsement deal OnePlus signed with Netflix.
Season 4 also features ads for a couple of Samsung products (one of which some describe as awkward as hell), so it would appear it's open season at Netflix as far as product placement goes.
HTC have quite a few smartphones coming out in the next few months, with the HTC 10 revealed thanks to renders leaked by notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass.
The leaked images show the white version of the HTC 10 from most angles, but remember these are renders - and not actualy photos of the smartphone. Blass says that this is HTC's new flagship smartphone, and it'll be known as the HTC 10. According to Blass, HTC chose the name as it wants to step away from its normal devices naming scheme, with previous handsets called the HTC One M9, M8, M7 and others.
Blass adds that HTC will launch the HTC 10 smartphone in mid-April, with availability in mid-May.
It feels like we've been promised this many times before, but Apple is expected to make the big leap to OLED displays with its next-gen iPhone, something the company will reportedly unveil next year, according to Nikkei.
Apple contacted both of its rivals in LG and Samsung in December, to talk about the possibility of increasing OLED production for the 2017 iPhone. But, the OLED displays would most likely be exclusive to the higher-end iPhone 7 Plus (or whatever Apple calls it), or the rumored iPhone Pro, due to supply constraints.
Apple is reportedly close to inking a deal with Samsung regarding flexible OLED displays, but I don't see that happening for years yet, as Apple seems to drip feed its consumers upgrades and features to the iPhone. The company has also been interested in curved OLED displays, but according to Nikkei, Apple might leave curved OLED displays to the side for now - in favor of normal OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone. The company is apparently wanting to move to OLED displays quickly, as it wants to squeeze more life out of iPhone sales, which analysts expect to stall in the coming months.
Whereas Microsoft's new ads go for the gut punch to a rival, Samsung is going for humor with its Galaxy S7 ads while highlighting the strengths of the device. (And it succeeds wildly, I might add.)
The best by far is the "Why?" ad, which features celebrities William H. Macy (or does it?), Wesley Snipes (who makes an amusing quip at his own lack of versatility), Weezy himself, and a couple "celebrity sports persons" (if it's not hockey, I can't help you), among others. The ad doesn't rely on star power alone, though: clever jokes pop up left and right, like in one scene where a man is wandering in the woods at night and his battery dies. "Eh, probably fine, though," he says, before lightning flashes and a masked murderer appears behind him.
The "Water" ad has its moments, too, whereas the "Dark" ad is pretty typical as far as ads go and can be safely skipped.
Apple will reportedly unveiling a new iPhone and iPad on March 21, according to both Recode and Buzzfeed. It could happen slightly before that, or shortly after - but it's reportedly definitely happening.
As for what we'll see, Apple is expected to unveil the smaller iPhone SE - which should arrive as a revamped, A9-powered, 4-inch smartphone. The company will also reportedly unveil a new, smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which is the same size as the original iPad, but with the guts of the iPad Pro.
Not only that, but we should see some new Apple Watch straps that will have the whole world in awe.