Have you ever clicked 'skip' on a YouTube ad just for it to serve you up another one? More users are reporting instances of seeing ads doubling up in front of some videos, and people are understandably annoyed about it.
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Friends, I have spent this Monday morning in a black hole. I've only just found the gumption to climb myself out. It started with this, an old Australian ad for the Atari 2600 and it got worse and weirder from there.
Please join me on this journey. The journey of the weirdest Australian video game commercials I could find on YouTube.
Google is a massive company that does a lot of things. It gives you email, a cool search engine, a fantastic Maps app and plenty of cloud storage, all for free. We also tend to forget that it's an ad company. Until an ad pops up on someone's Google Home device, anyway.
Whether you're a fan of American football or couldn't care less, the Super Bowl final is always worth a watch if only for the assortment of crazy ads. Each year, the world's biggest brands spend insane amounts of money to debut new commercials in this highly coveted time slot.
You can expect a cavalcade of funny, stupid, raunchy, weird and insanely expensive ads to drop over the next few days on such divergent topics as beer, cars, fast food, video games, computers and everything in-between. We'll be collecting the best ads as they appear online. Watch them all here!
Last month, Google introduced YouTube Red in Australia, a paid tier for YouTube that removes ads, among other cool features. I've been using it ever since launch day What I thought would be a minor reduction in annoyances actually changed how I view and enjoy the internet.
Let's be honest, you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Well, now you don't have to put yourself through all the whistles, flags, and "Omahas." You can stream them all online -- some even before the big game -- and make all those companies feel silly for spending $7 million to air a 30-second spot.
Firefox: The last time we highlighted uBlock, a fast and lightweight alternative to AdBlock Plus, it was Chrome only. Now the add-on is available for Firefox as well, and it works well, even though it's still in beta.
Google's algorithms have always scanned Gmail messages to display personalised advertisements, but a recent update to the terms of service has everyone talking about it again. You can't stop scanning altogether, but if you want to limit what kinds of ads you see -- and even get rid of some -- you can do so with a few tweaks.