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Lenovo CTO: We Have No Intention Of Shipping A Superfish Product Again

Last week, news broke that many Lenovo computers were shipped with a dangerous piece of Superfish adware, which made the computers vulnerable to malicious hacks. Now, with a class-action lawsuit looming and antivirus vendors pledging to root out the adware, Lenovo’s CTO has said his company is done with Superfish.


Great, Drones Are Spying On Mobile Phone Signals Now

Right now, at least one ad company is using drones to spy on unsuspecting citizens. And it’s having a “ton of fun” doing it.


Meet Superfish: Lenovo Joins The Malevolent Side Of The Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious adversaries. And it was all being done to deliver internet ads.


This Is Why Most Radio Ads Are So Freaking Annoying

Video: I’m a sucker for good radio ads, but most of them are sadly hideous. They all share the same cliché background music, terrible scripts, exasperating sound effects and awful voiceovers. These hilarious videos — promoting the 2015 Radio Mercury Awards — list all the things that make a radio ad suck.


That Time Listerine Claimed It Was Good For Cleaning The Vagina

Before Listerine found its true commercial calling as a mouthwash, it was a general purpose antiseptic meant to be used on cuts, sore throats, dandruff, and, most horrifying of all, down there. “It possesses great penetrating power,” touts the ad!


How 'Clean' Was Sold To America 

The average American’s daily hygiene ritual would have seemed unusual — nay, obsessive – to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, so many of our hygiene products were invented in the past century and so too, you could say, the necessity for them. Americans had to be convinced their breath was rotten and theirs armpits stank. It did not happen by accident.


How VFX Wizards Got The Brady Bunch Back On Screen To Sell Candy Bars

One of the more memorable moments from yesterday’s Super Bowl — at least before the end of the fourth quarter — was the latest Snickers ad that co-opted The Brady Bunch into selling candy bars. But if you thought the ad just used some clever editing and dubbing, over on FXGuide they have a thorough break-down of the complex visual effects needed to change what the characters were saying in the original footage from the TV series.


Lexus Is Using Drifting RC Car Stunts To Convince You To Buy A Car

It’s another case of ‘anything you can do I can do better’ with Lexus showing Honda how to use toys to more effectively sell a car. We of course loved Honda’s use of our favourite ’80s toys to hawk a Civic, but using a one-tenth-scale remote control version of a Lexus RC F to sell the real thing is inspired. And we’re just going to assume that the real version is just as easy to drift-park in tight spots as the smaller RC model is.


Bud Light Built A Human-Sized Pac-Man Maze For Its Super Bowl Ad

Say what you will about the actual beer, but Bud Light has made some pretty memorable Super Bowl commercials over the years. And for this year’s big game they have made the dream of child of the 1980s come true by building a human-sized version of Pac-Man that even has challengers battling giant glowing ghosts while desperately hunting for cherries.


You Only Have 24 Hours To Read This Self-Destructing Book

If you thought blockbuster movies were the only form of entertainment that relied on over-the-top publicity stunts, you were wrong; it’s alive and well in the book world as well. James Patterson’s new thriller, Private Vegas, will not only be made available as 1000 free digital copies that will self-delete after 24 hours. There will also be a one-of-a-kind physical copy wired to self-destruct after the same time frame.