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Are Echo Frames worth the $99, or are they just a gimmick?

Amazon is selling Echo Frames for $ 99 on Prime Day, but are they even worth that?
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Alphabet’s Wing will begin drone deliveries in Dallas-Fort Worth on April 7th

Alphabet's Wing division has announced that it's launching a drone delivery service in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex on April 7th. "With this service, the DFW area will be the largest metro in the world, and the first in the United States, with access to on-demand drone delivery," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 

Wing's primary launch customer is Walgreens, which will deliver health and wellness products directly to customer's homes. For that, it will use a new operational model where drones are staged at one of its own store parking lots, rather than a Wing facility. It will also be delivering ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, Easyvet prescription pet medications (yep) and first aid kits from Texas Health.

"This will be America’s most scalable drone delivery operation to date, as Walgreens team members will process their own orders and load packages onto drones themselves – while Wing oversees the delivery from a remote location," the company said.

In a press release and video (above) from last year, Wing explained exactly how that would work. "The aircraft will arrive in small containers that serve as tiny hangars, allowing each store to quickly and easily deploy a small, dedicated fleet from its parking lot, on its roof, or in small spaces adjacent to the building." 

Wing uses a hybrid multi-rotor/fixed-wing drone of its own design. It can carry packages no heavier than 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) on round trips up to around 10km (6 miles) away. The drones are autonomous, but are monitored by pilots who can take control if something goes awry. There are redundant motors, batteries and navigation systems to help prevent accidents. 

Wing has been doing drone deliveries in Australia (its launch market) since early 2019, and started making drones deliveries in the US later that year. The company noted that it has made 200,000 real deliveries to date, but those were largely done in smaller communities — so the city launch is a big deal. "This is an important milestone for Wing and drone delivery in the US," the company said in a press release. 

Deliveries will start on April 7th for "tens of thousands" of homes in Frisco and Little Elm, both north of Dallas. "I do want to set clear expectations: not everyone who lives within range of our drones will be able to order on Day 1. We’re going to invite customers in groups to make sure everyone has a good first experience with drone delivery," said Wing CTO Adam Woodworth.

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K-pop NFTs are here, but I’m not convinced they’re worth it

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are the latest piece of merchandise the dedicated K-pop fan can buy. But is it really worth it, and what do you really get?
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Are smartphone software update promises worth the paper they’re printed on?

From Google to Nokia, phone manufacturers promise years and years of software updates. But can you trust them?
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This is the only cheap tablet worth buying on Black Friday 2021

If you’re after a cheap tablet, then look no further than this Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Black Friday deal.
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India’s plan to end spam texts was a colossal failure. But it’s worth revisiting

Early this year, India rolled out a groundbreaking new plan to fight spam calls and texts. Unfortunately, it failed miserably — but it still has potential.
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Is it worth upgrading from the OnePlus 8 to the new OnePlus 8T?

So, you have the OnePlus 8 that launched around 6 months ago and you’ve just seen its successor announced during the online-only event. While in Europe and the UK we are getting both an 8GB/128GB and 12/256GB variants, the US is restricted to buying the top-of-the-range 12/256GB model for $ 749. Both the OP8 and the […]

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Nigerians face US charges over online fraud worth ‘hundreds of millions’

US law enforcement is cracking down on a pair of alleged online fraudsters that appear to have been wildly successful. The United Arab Emirates has sent the US two Nigerian nationals, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas and Olakean Jacob Ponle, to face charges rela…
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NVIDIA Shield TV AI upscaling: What is it, how do you use it, and is it worth it?

NVIDIA rolled out two new Shield TV devices very recently, including the regular Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. On paper, they aren’t drastically different devices; they still have fairly similar hardware to the previous generation Shield TV from 2017, although the non-Pro model has a new cylindrical form factor. One new feature that NVIDIA […]

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Ted Baker and Google want you to say weird things in public, but it’s going to be worth it

Passers-by are really going to wonder what you’re searching for online if you partake in fashion brand Ted Baker’s latest gambit. Partnering with Google, and linked to a “shoppable” short film made with Guy Ritchie, this is shopping like we’ve never seen it before.

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Why the first Apple Watch RPG isn’t worth your time

Cosmos Rings, an Apple Watch exclusive role-playing game from the makers of Final Fantasy, doesn’t play to the platform’s strengths.

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Nearly two centuries worth of Big Game ads watched on YouTube so far

A couple of weeks ago we announced our ninth annual AdBiltz program,1 where fans come each year to watch, share and vote for their favorite Big Game ads. As we approach the Big Game, we wanted to give you an idea of how much we’ve all been watching and enjoying the Big Game ads, some of the amazing trends we’re seeing, and we wanted to highlight the Top 10 Trending Big Game Ads and teasers so far.

More small screens watching Big Game ads
Big Game ads and teasers have been watched more than 140M2 times so far this year, with more than half of all views coming from mobile devices. In fact people have watched nearly 200 years worth of Big Game ads3 and teasers so far on YouTube, and while the Big Game is only half a century old, so far we’ve seen over a century’s worth of Big Game ads watched on mobile alone.

Live long and prosper
Close to 40 Big Game ads, and over 130 teasers and ads combined, have been posted to YouTube so far, representing nearly all of the brands who will be airing spots during the Big Game. And for good reason: brands that release their ad on YouTube before the game receive an average of 2.2x more views than those that waited until game day to post an ad.4

This year, Pokémon released their first ever Big Game ad a full two weeks before the game, and it has already amassed more than 12M views. And currently the fastest rising Big Game ad is from Hyundai. It has surpassed 15M views in the past three days to become the most watched ad or teaser so far this year.

“We use YouTube to jump-start the conversation around our commercials,” said Dean Evans, Chief Marketing Officer, Hyundai Motor America. “People need to see them, like them and want to talk about them. And that’s what YouTube allows us to do.”

It’s never too late for a first
In our many years of YouTube AdBlitz, we’re still able to see something we haven’t seen before. Every year, voting for your favorite ad begins immediately following the game, and we often see brands encouraging their fans to vote through ads and social media. This year, for the first time, a brand has incorporated a shout out in an exclusive teaser ad created just for AdBlitz. Well played, Shock Top!

And now, here are the top trending Big Game ads and teasers, so far:

Top trending Big Game ads and teasers on YouTube (by views) – through Feb. 3

  1. Hyundai – The Chase – Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial | The 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  2. Pokémon – #Pokemon20: Pokémon Super Bowl Commercial
  3. Pepsi – Jerry Rice and Shannon Sharpe Party Fail Study | Walmart | Pepsi
  4. AXE – AXE – Find Your Magic
  5. TurboTax – TurboTax 2016 Commercial “George Smoot Simple Questions” (Official :30) TV Ad
  6. TurboTax – TurboTax 2016 Commercial “Michio Kaku Absolute Zero” (Official :30) TV Ad
  7. UnitedHealthcare – UnitedHealthcare | Delivery :30
  8. Wix.com – Kung Fu Panda’s Po Discovers the Power of Wix | Wix.com #StartStunning 2016 Big Game Campaign
  9. TurboTax – TurboTax 2016 Commercial “S. James Gates W-2” (Official :30) TV Ad
  10. MINI USA – MINI USA | #DefyLabels Big Game TV Spot

Also don’t forget to check out our exclusive YouTube AdBlitz creator’s series, hosted by Jake and Amir with friends (MyLifeAsEva, Ten Second Songs, ScottDW, etc), as they teach fans at home how to become legends off the field for that special Sunday Big Game party through relevant tips spanning music, food, fashion, dance, and many others.

Of course, this is just the beginning – as people turn to YouTube for Big Game content before, during and after the game, there will be lot more to come.

Posted by Natalie Marchant, YouTube Sponsorships Program Manager, recently watched “DANCE BATTLE: DENVER vs CAROLINA! #YouTubeAdBlitz (4K).”

1 Full disclosure: Okay, so we announced it as our 8th year – for the second year in a row. We’re not afraid of aging, it’s just that we have so much fun with this program each year, we lost count!
2 YouTube Data Jan. 1 – Feb. 3, 2016. Global. Big Game ads are based on publicly available information and may not account for every such ad on YouTube.
3 YouTube Data Jan. 1 – Feb. 3, 2016. Global. Big Game ads are based on publicly available information and may not account for every such ad on YouTube.
4 Pixability Industry Study. Super Bowl 2015 YouTube Ads.


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BlackBerry will throw in $100 worth of accessories for free with your Priv purchase

BlackBerry is sweetening the deal on its pricey new Priv mobile phone with the BlackBerry Priv bundle, which includes $ 100 of free accessories.

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10 charming Chinese Android phones that are worth the hassle to import

Maybe the smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and the other big names aren’t for you, and one of the phones from China this year has captured your attention. Here’s our rundown of the best Chinese smartphones.

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Samsung begs you to ditch your iPhone with $200 worth of credit

Samsung launched the Ultimate Test Drive last week to entice iPhone users to try out the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Now, the Korean giant has sweetened the pot with extra incentives worth $ 200.

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