This week, we go over some Super Bowl TV tips, including what to do if you're not going to be near a TV at all. Julie talks about developing new battery life tests, and Josh laments the decline of the compact point-and-shoot camera.
Best Buy hopes the Super Bowl will bring super-sized crowds of smartphone buyers to its stores.
The retailer plans to run its second-ever Super Bowl spot, this year placing the spotlight solely on mobile and creating a short-term deal that will dole out $50 gift cards to customers who buy smartphones this year.
The push is part of Best Buy's increased focus on mobile, which remains one of the stronger revenue drivers for the retail chain. While the company is seeing slowing sales and price cuts in other areas, smartphones are lucrative.
Most consumers still tend to go to … Read more
As Bruce Willis can attest, sequels are never easy. Often, they come on the back of unexpected success. The creators are unprepared.
Sympathy is, therefore, deserving to those at VW who had to follow up last year's Super Bowl ad in which a little boy dressed like Darth Vader wanted to force everyday objects to accede to his will.
However, this year's VW follow-up might disappoint some. Here we have a dog trying to lose weight so he can chase a shiny red VW Beetle. Yes, VW already offered a teaser featuring dogs barking the Star Wars Imperial … Read more
You might remember that, three years ago, Alec Baldwin rather graced the Super Bowl in an ad for Hulu.
In those heady times before he became subsumed into the alien world of Words With Friends, Baldwin offered that everyone in TV was, in fact, an alien. (I have embedded the evidence below.)
For this year's Super Bowl, it seems that concept is making a comeback, except this time with Will Arnett. Here we see him in front of the same large white doors that separate us from TV world.
Finally, he enters. But what is this all about? Should … Read more
Might there be some brand new Samsung product hanging from Cameron Diaz's hair during the Super Bowl?
I ask this apparently spurious question because Samsung's Twitter feed has been glistening with tease about its forthcoming Super Bowl spot.
First the company tweeted: "We're telling fans first: Next Sunday we launch a device so revolutionary only an ad in America's biggest game can do it justice."
A mere hour later, its more than 333,000 faithful were stroked and stoked with: "To make our first ever SB ad as noteworthy as the #GalaxyNote itself, … Read more
"I have the cancer of a 95-year-old Jewish man."
That's how TV writer Jason Elia described his current physical condition to ESPN 97.5 radio in Houston.
It seems to be a condition that became a deal-breaker for his girlfriend, who, he says, left him because she didn't want to, well, deal with his bladder cancer-- even though he has an 87 per cent chance of survival.
He says that she was so compassion-free that she still wanted him to give her the Super Bowl tickets he had bought for them both. Well, he'd only … Read more
While everyone has already worked up a lather about the Ferris Bueller Honda Super Bowl ad, those interested in starting their own companies might have reason to get a little more excited about an altogether different ad during the big game.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation said today that it plans to run a 30-second spot (see video below) during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots that will celebrate entrepreneurs, the "star athletes of the economy." The ad is intended to inspire "the next great entrepreneurs to take … Read more
Is it Black Friday again already? Somebody at Target must think so, because they've got a TV deal that has day-after-Thanksgiving written all over it.
I say that having already posted a couple of pretty amazing TV deals in the last few weeks. This one beats them all.
While supplies last, Target has the Apex Digital LD4688T 46-inch LCD HDTV for $379 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable).
Audi of America's new advertising campaign is sinking its teeth into the popularity of vampires with a new 60-second TV spot that will air in the first break after kickoff in Super Bowl XLVI.
The commercial, featuring the new 2013 Audi S7, was part of a contest called Race the Light. Audi fans on Facebook guessed which trend would be "killed off" by Audi's LED headlight technology.
If you're planning to buy an HDTV to watch the big game between New England and New York, do yourself a favor and get something BIG.
Football looks best in high-def that's blown up monster-size. We've selected a few of the biggest HDTVs we've reviewed in the last year--call 'em our offensive line--and picked the best for you to size up. When a 50-incher is small, you know you're in the pros.
Though you can spend as little as a grand on a 60-incher, we'd recommend digging a bit deeper for the improvements in picture quality. There's also a couple of tips for getting the best TV for your living space here. A TV's for life, not just for the holidays.… Read more