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 anti-virus vendors pledging to root out the adware, Lenovo's CTO has said his company is done with Superfish. » 2/23/15 6:00pm 2/23/15 6:00pm

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… » 2/20/15 2:10pm 2/20/15 2:10pm

How "Clean" Was Sold to America with Fake Science

The average American's daily hygiene ritual would seem unusual—nay, obsessive—to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, most of our hygiene products were invented in the past century. To sell them, the advertising industry had to create pseudoscientific maladies like "bad breath" and "body… » 2/12/15 12:22pm 2/12/15 12:22pm

How VFX Wizards Got The Brady Bunch Back on Screen to Sell Candy Bars

One of the more memorable moments from last night'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… » 2/02/15 4:50pm 2/02/15 4:50pm

Nintendo's YouTube Plan Is Already Being Panned By YouTubers [Update]

Nintendo launched a new affiliate program yesterday for YouTubers that, on paper sounds like a good thing. It's a way to let YouTubers make money off their Nintendo-related videos on YouTube, after all. But if you look at the finer details, things don't look so great. » 1/29/15 1:12pm 1/29/15 1:12pm

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've made every child of the '80s' dream come true by building a human-sized version of Pac-Man that even has challengers battling giant glowing ghosts while… » 1/23/15 9:04am 1/23/15 9:04am

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 1,000 free digital copies that will self-delete after 24… » 1/21/15 8:48am 1/21/15 8:48am

Could the Kool-Aid Man Really Survive Crashing Through a Brick Wall?

It's a question that every kid has kept in the back of their minds since first seeing that giant jug of sugary liquid come bursting through a wall on those Kool-Aid commercials: could the Kool-Aid Man really survive such an 0ver-the-top entrance? So Vsauce3 has finally taken the time to break down the science and… » 1/16/15 2:30pm 1/16/15 2:30pm

National Geographic Built a Gigantic 4-Ton Rube Goldberg Machine

Whether or not it's actually the best way to lure audiences away from their mobile devices and back to TV remains to be seen, but what's for certain is that the desperate attempts to win back eyeballs have certainly been entertaining. The Discovery channel had a snake eat a man, but the National Geographic channel… » 12/08/14 9:19am 12/08/14 9:19am

Google's Reality-Bending Tablet Turned My Target Into an Icy Playground

Imagine you're part of a big brand like Target. How do you convince customers you're cool? If you're not waiting around for one of your employees to become a viral teen hearthrob, how about thrusting them into a virtual reality world? In the latest example of VR advertising, Google and Target have teamed up to let… » 12/05/14 12:25pm 12/05/14 12:25pm