Samsung's dominance in the Android world is borne out by a new report from Chitika.
Among all Android smartphone and tablet vendors in the U.S. and Canada, Samsung scored 47.2 percent of all online traffic seen by the advertising and Web analytics firm. The percentage is based on the number of ad impressions recorded by Chitika from June 17 to 23 of this year.
Samung's savvy at marketing new products may have led to its surge, according to Chitika. But 25 percent of the Web traffic actually came from older devices, such as the Galaxy Ace. … Read more
There's new fuel for the fire that Apple's working on technology for an updated TV set-top box or TV platform.
Citing unnamed sources, tech writer Jessica Lessin (formerly of The Wall Street Journal), says Apple's been meeting with cable companies to pitch a service that would enable TV viewers to skip commercials.
That feature would be worked into a "premium" service Apple TV owners would buy into, the report says, adding that Apple would then pay networks when it occurred.
Apple's TV set-top box remains limited to prerecorded content instead of live TV channels, … Read more
It was a quiet night for an epic battle in San Francisco. Beneath the twinkling Christmas lights of the trailer-trash-themed bar Butter, the competitors donned their furry, glossy armor; a Sylvester the Cat costume for veteran Chris Quigley and a Scooby Doo suit for newcomer Shaan Puri. This was the #kittencamp meme battle.
At stake was the Standing Cat Cup, a 13KB JPEG of a cat standing on its hind legs, and glory -- sweet, cat-video-laden lolz glory.
The two men were about to go head-to-head in an Internet meme competition. The event, meant to celebrate Internet culture and viral … Read more
People hate ads, but not as much as they hate spending money. That's why the Web and most other media are financed primarily by ads.
Along come browser extensions that block some or all ads, and Web sites lose the revenue they rely on to survive.
People like me who explain how to use ad-blocking software become pariahs in the eyes of site owners and others who make their living on the Web (including yours truly, which would appear to make me a pariah in my own eyes).
The fact is, many Web ads are a genuine nuisance. As … Read more
Adult-themed Blogger sites might soon be in for some trouble with the platform's owner, Google.
Blogger Violet Blue on Thursday tweeted a notice Google sent out to bloggers warning them that as of June 30, the search giant will be updating the Blogger Content Policy to "strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger."
According to Google, there are some Blogger pages that are adult-themed in nature and have ads promoting adult Web sites. After the policy change takes effect, the company will take down any blogs that are still promoting those sites.
"If your … Read more
Facebook said Wednesday that it has sped up the process for creating mobile app install ads, the unit developers can buy to promote their own iOS and Android applications.
App makers can now create and run mobile app install ads by simply entering a link to their apps in Apple's App Store or Google Play -- rather than first registering their apps with Facebook, a company spokesperson told CNET. Developers then need only set their target audience and budget to get the ad unit in the wild.
Essentially, with the change, all it takes to advertise your app is … Read more
Facebook is removing sponsored results from search less than a year after the ad unit's introduction.
"In keeping with the goal of streamlining our ad products, starting in July advertisers will no longer be able to buy sponsored results," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.
The failed unit, which let marketers target users during the search process, suggests that the company is still struggling to understand how best to monetize search attention, something that competitor Google mastered long ago. Sponsored results seemed to be modeled after Google's sponsored search ads. As a user typed in a query … Read more