Wednesday, December 31, 2014

iPhone Users Sue Claiming False Advertising, Cloud Storage Hawking

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Two iPhone owners who live in Florida have filed a class action suit against Apple, claiming that the company advertises devices as having more storage capacity than they really do, of loading creating an operating system download that requires excessive space when first downloaded, and pushing paid cloud-storage services on customers who fill up the smaller-than-advertised hard drives on their phones.

As most people with electronic devices realize by now (even if they aren’t sure exactly why) an iPhone advertised as having, for example, 16 GB of storage doesn’t necessarily have 16 GB of space available: the iPhone 6 advertised as having 16 GB of storage really has around 12 GB available.


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This isn’t a new problem, and it’s certainly not the first time that consumers have filed a class action over the issue, but there are two very specific complaints being made here: that Apple’s mobile operating system takes up too much room, and that the company is taking advantage of its phones’ small and non-expandable storage capacity to upsell users on cloud storage.


In the complaint, the iPhone users’ attorneys claim that users aren’t told how much of their already meager storage capacity they will lose when upgrading their phone’s operating system. “Apple fails to disclose that upgrading from iOS 7 to iOS 8 will cost a Device user between 600 MB and 1.3 GB of storage space – a result that no consumer could reasonably anticipate,” they point out. What happens when those users run out of space? It’s time for an upsell! Once space runs out, the iDevice asks the user whether they’d like to rent some additional iCloud space. “For this service, Apple charges prices ranging from $0.99 to $29.99 per month,” the complaint notes.


The plaintiffs demand that Apple stop their false advertising of device capacity, and would like their suit certified as a class action so other affected consumers can join them in asking for damages.


Complaint [PDF]

Apple Customers Sue Over Shortage of Storage Space in iOS 8 [Bloomberg News]




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Hotel Employs Adoptable Dogs As Greeters, Finds Them Homes

emberdawgA couple visiting Asheville, North Carolina were hanging out in the hotel bar when they approached a petite young lady and invited her to come home with them. No, this story isn’t quite what it sounds like: that young lady was a four-year-old homeless dog wearing an “Adopt Me” vest, and at this particular hotel, dogs available for adoption greet guests and even mingle with bar patrons.


The hotel already had special appeal for animal lovers, allowing customers to bring their pets for no additional fee. The doggie greeters are a new amenity, part of a partnership between the hotel and a local dog rescue. There’s one hound-in-residence at a time, and it can also visit other parts of the building on a leash. Guests cannot bring the dogs to their rooms, but they do like being able to borrow a friend to visit the rooftop terrace or the restaurant with.


Since the program started, fourteen of the rescue dogs in residence have been adopted by hotel guests and people who live in the community. Dog number 14 is in the photo above, and her name is Ember. She’s been adopted already.


North Carolina hotel welcomes you with open arms and dogs to adopt [AP]




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Let’s See How Well You Can Predict What’s Going To Happen In 2015

In case you hadn’t checked the calendar, 2014 is over but there’s still a lot of unfinished business oodles of uncertainty in front of us. So let’s see what images your crystal ball is conjuring.


Just take the quick 10-question survey below to see where you come down on things like the pending telecom mergers, electric cars, streaming video, wireless providers, and more.


We’ll share the results of your prognostications when we return in the new year.




by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Banks Report Possible Data Breach At Chick-Fil-A Restaurants

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2014 has been a year of point-of-sale data breaches, so why should the last day of the year be any different? Chick-Fil-A is the newest member of the Possible Breach Club, and is currently investigating reports of fraudulent transactions on customer credit cards. The reported breach would have started on December 2, 2013 and lasted until September 30, 2014.

One bank employee who contacted the ever-vigilant blog Krebs on Security reports that more than nine thousand of their employer’s cards were part of this breach. More than 9,000 of its customers’ cards are part of this particular batch when the card numbers went on the market. For this particular bank, that meant more compromised cards than were affected during last year’s holiday season payment breach at Target. That may be an indication that the bank has a lot of customers who enjoy delicious fried chicken, but also the result of this being a very, very long breach.


Chick-Fil-A representatives said that they have received reports of customer payment cards used at their stores that have been used in fraudulent transactions, and they are investigating those reports. The company hasn’t confirmed that there was a breach or provided a list of locations. Banking sources told Brian Krebs that breached cards were used at Chick-Fil-A locations nationwide, but seemed to be concentrated in only a few states. In case you want to start checking your card statements early, those states were Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.


Here’s part of the statement that the company issued addressing the breach:



Chick-fil-A recently received reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at a few of our restaurants. We take our obligation to protect customer information seriously, and we are working with leading IT security firms, law enforcement and our payment industry contacts to determine all of the facts.



Banks: Card Breach at Some Chick-fil-A’s [Krebs on Security]




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Video Of Confused Lady At Gas Station Leads To Useful Driving Tip


It’s not often that a viral video that gives you giggle fits leads to learning an actual useful piece of information, but it does happen sometimes. Today’s important lesson: how to determine which side of an unfamiliar car the gas tank is on before you park on the wrong side of the pump and make an idiot of yourself.

Not that I’ve ever done that while driving a rental or a friend’s car. You haven’t, either, I’m sure. This post is for all of those other people. Like this woman somewhere in the United Kingdom, who is having some trouble figuring out how to make her gas tank leap from one side of the car to the other.



We admire her determination, but there may have been an easier way. You see, in most cars, there’s a subtle indicator of which side the fuel tank is on. It’s so subtle, you may have been paying attention to it without realizing it every time that you get in a car. There’s an arrow next to the picture of a fuel pump on the gas gauge that points toward the side of the car where the fuel pump door is. Simple.


Obviously, not everyone does. Also, the system isn’t perfect: there’s no arrow in this 1997 Nissan Altima, or in this newer Honda Accord, or in this VW Golf. Where you don’t see an arrow, the car-maker may have taken a less subtle approach, like this one that actually says “FUEL DOOR.” My car, which has the fuel tank on the passenger side, does this.



Keep that in mind the next time you’re driving an unfamiliar car. Or try doing laps around the pump and checking the same side repeatedly. That might work.


I’m sure my petrol cap was on this side [YouTube] (via Gawker)




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Test Your Memory (And Kill Some Time) With Our Year-End Quiz

Let’s be honest for a moment — even if you’re working today, chances are that you mentally checked out before you even stepped into the office. It’s okay; you can probably afford to daydream a bit today while you clockwatch and stare at your boss’s empty office wondering why they always get to take the day off but you have to take one for the team. So here’s a way to kill a few minutes by testing your recall of some of the stories we’ve covered in the last year.


So dig into the quiz below and see how much you remember from the consumer-related news of 2014. It’s fun for the whole family.




by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Morton Salt Avalanche Buries Three Vehicles At Car Dealership Next Door


Quick, someone grab all the deer and salt shakers you can find and start licking/scooping: After a storage facility wall partially collapsed at Morton Salt in Chicago, the Acura dealership next door became the victim of a salt avalanche that completely buried at least three cars and damaged up to 11.

The wall came down around 2 p.m. in the Goose Island neighborhood of Chicago (also known for the beer of that name from the area), reports ABC7, dumping enough white stuff to cover three cars and crush the tops of others.


A total of 11 vehicles were damaged, four of which were new to the dealership and others that belong to customers waiting for service to be completed on them.


Firefighters think the salt was piled too high near the wall by workers, putting a strain on the decades-old wall that it simply couldn’t bear. In the meantime, cleanup is underway, while the dealership works to replace damaged cars and get customers on the road without a fine dusting of powder.


MORTON SALT CLEAN-UP CONTINUES AFTER AVALANCHE OF SALT SPILLS ONTO CARS AT ACURA DEALERSHIP [ABC7]




by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

What We Liked About 2014: The Editors’ Favorite Stories Of The Year

bestofpicks The clock hasn’t even struck midnight yet, and already we’re reminiscing about the year gone by. For us here at Consumerist, 2014 wasn’t only about how many times our stories were read, or who was clicking where, but about the process of bringing those stories to our readers and how we felt about working on them.


From eggs gadgets to the demise of for-profit schools, from Fitbit to Comcast, we’d like to present our editors’ favorite picks of 2014, along with a few honorable mentions.


KATE COX

Favorite post: Comcast Says Mobile Data Is Competitive, But It Costs $2k To Stream Breaking Bad Over LTE

Why it’s my favorite: We spent a lot of time in 2014 debunking big companies’ claims about broadband competition. This post was my favorite, because we got to look at and present plausible real-world data in a fun, accessible, and relevant way.


Honorable mentions:

Here’s What Lack Of Broadband Competition Looks Like In Map Form

Do You Ever Shop Anywhere? Congratulations: Your Data Will Be Hacked

How Corporations Got The Same Rights As People (But Don’t Ever Go To Jail)

Why Big Companies Spend So Much Money On Washington: It Works Even Better Than You Think


ASHLEE KIELER

Favorite post: Student: Corinthian Colleges’ Demise Is Like “Watching A House Fall On A Witch”

Why it’s my favorite: This story puts faces to the devastation students often encounter as a result of attending a for-profit college. These students, who are understandably worried about their future, highlight how failing Corinthian College made millions of dollars by promising a better future to thousands of students even though the company and its employees often knew future employment prospects were dismal.


Honorable mentions:

Corinthian Colleges Employee: “We Work For The Biggest Scam Company In The World”

If A Boycott Works, It’s Not Just Because People Stopped Buying Stuff

Believe It Or Not, Outlawing Payday Loans Will Not Lead To Looting & Pillaging

Am I Completely Screwed If My Student Loan Co-Signer Dies?


LAURA NORTHRUP

Favorite post: Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Why it’s my favorite: This was the post that began the Fitbit Force saga, which began with a few readers telling us about their rashes and ended with the removal of the Fitbit Force from the market. For me, this story showed what Consumerist does best: disparate people all over the world thought that they had an unusual reaction to their fitness bands. We helped to get the message out and bring them together to share stories, information, and gross rash photos.


Honorable mentions:

The Grocery Shrink Ray: Quietly Stealing Our Food For Decades

Best Buy Doesn’t Want You To Know They Take Returns Without A Receipt

Timberland Boots Have A Lifetime Warranty, Unless You’re In Prison

Reminder: If A Store Won’t Sell You A Laptop For $10, It’s Not Bait And Switch


CHRIS MORRAN

Favorite post: Comcast Makes Money Off Everest University Ads, Even As Schools Are Being Sold Or Closed

Why it’s my favorite: This story exists at the confluence of two of the year’s through-line topics for Consumerist — Comcast and its unabashed greed, and the for-profit college industry. Here we have the nation’s largest cable company — and now one of its biggest broadcast, cable, and syndicated content providers — actively continuing to sell ads to a so-called college that is being sued by multiple state and federal agencies and is being sold off or shut down. Meanwhile, ads being shown during the same time slots on Comcast-owned cable channels are for big name car, cosmetics, and household cleaning brands.


Honorable mentions:

5 Reasons Why People Still Buy Stuff From Companies They Hate

Unhappy Customer: Comcast Told My Employer About Complaint, Got Me Fired

The Police Can’t Order You To Stop Filming Them In Public, Or Force You To Delete Pics From Phone

20 Years Ago, Only 1 Baseball Stadium Had A Corporate Sponsor; Now All But 9 Do


MARY BETH QUIRK

Favorite post of the year: We Tried It: The Weird Al Yankovic Namesake Sandwich He Never Knew He Asked For

Why it’s my favorite: Of the many facets of a consumer culture, perhaps none is dearer to my heart than the consumption of food. So when I had the opportunity to start a series called “We Tried It,” the logical category to turn to presented itself. And although yes, it was amusing to read the list of ingredients for a sandwich Weird Al dreamed up, it was even more fun to experience those foods in real life and relay the experience in a way that might encourage readers to experiment on their own. Plus, Weird Al! He’s just great.


Honorable mentions:

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization

From Gadgets To Diners: How To Make (Or Order) The Perfect Egg Every Time

Don’t Put Your Bread In The Fridge & Other Important Food Storage Tips

A Brief History Of Car Colors — And Why Are We So Boring Now?




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Tiny Walmarts Take Bodega Form, Invade Mexico

bodega_aurreraFor several years now, we’ve followed the proliferation of tinier and tinier Walmarts across the American retailscape. From the supermarket-sized Walmart Hometown stores to the gas station and convenience store called Walmart To Go, the retailer has experimented with store formats that are not enormous. Now the Tiny Walmart Menace has spread to Mexico, where its mini-grocery chain called Bodega Aurrera Express hopes to use low prices to draw customers.


People in Mexico have this pesky habit of buying their food from street vendors, non-yuppie farmer’s markets, and small family-owned grocers. These are all places that are not Walmart, so in 2008 the company began using Aurrera, the name of a grocery chain that it had acquired, as a brand for urban markets that imitate and compete with the corner stores.


The company is expanding into small-format stores for a very pragmatic reason: crowded cities and towns are where low-income people are in Mexico. The bodegas are successful, but shoppers interviewed by the Wall Street Journal appeared to be buying typical big-box store items like potato chips and shampoo inside the Bodega Aurrera Express, but shopping at the outdoor street market, a “tianguis,” for their food, especially meat and produce. People are accustomed to the tianguis. This is how it has always been in Mexico,” explained one vendor.


For Wal-Mart in Mexico, Bodega Format Trumps Big Box [Wall Street Journal]




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

LG, Samsung Want Curved, Ultra-Wide Monitors To Be The It Thing For 2015

LG Shoppers who got a shiny new ultra-HD 4K TV this year may feel like they’re on top of the tech trends, but that’s so 2014. There is, of course, something new on the horizon. 2015 looks primed to be the year of curves: not just for your home-theater TV, but for your PC.


That’s what LG and Samsung are betting, at least. Both companies are showing a bunch of big, wide, curved, super high-res monitors at CES in Las Vegas next week, and the internet is aflutter.


Basically, the new ultra-wide curved monitors are basically a scaled-down cinema. If a wide-aspect, 50-foot curved movie screen 50 feet in front of you makes things look good in the theater, then a wide-aspect, 34-inch curved monitor three feet in front of you should make things look good at home and in the office.


Both Samsung and LG are making the 34″ screens with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution — that’s not quite up to 4K (3840 x 2160), but sharper than “regular” HD (1920 x 1080).


What we think of as the now-standard, ubiquitous 1080p HD aspect ratio is 16:9, or about 1.78:1. So an HD TV that’s 18 inches high will be 32 inches wide. Most TV is shot at that aspect ratio now, and movies are either somewhat cropped (“optimized”) to fit the screen or shown with letterboxing at the top and bottom.


The ultra-wide monitors being sold are all a 21:9 aspect ratio, or about 2.33:1. That’s much closer to the way big blockbusters are filmed and displayed — movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and all of the Marvel superhero films are 2.35:1, for example.


Samsung also has a smaller (27″) version as part of an all in one PC, while LG’s can be stacked together.


Of course, the major trend in personal computing as we march through the second decade of the 21st century isn’t big desktop rigs. It’s miniaturized personalization: everything you need and want on a 5-inch screen in your purse or pocket. So if most shoppers are out looking at phones and tablets, what customers are LG and Samsung targeting?


There are apparently two major groups who still buy monitors. PC gamers are predictably one, and the high-powered homebrew gaming market is definitely a target audience for bigger, better screens. The Verge even calls the LG screen “tailor-made for gamers,” because it includes adaptive display technology designed to eliminate stutters, screen tearing, and other unpleasant artifacts. The tech isn’t new, but LG is the first company to announce it in a 21:9 monitor.


The other audience? Stockbrokers. They’re the folks who like to be surrounded by as much flowing information as possible, Matrix-style, and LG thinks that piling up a whole wall of these would make the high-speed money-movers feel right at home.


That said, the stockbrokers might be able to pick one up before the gamers can. Neither company’s 34″ monitor has a price point or an availability date attached — they’re expected to mention those details at CES in Las Vegas next week — but an older version of the LG screen currently runs close to $1300.


Team Consumerist (or half of the team, at any rate) will be on hand in Las Vegas to look at these and other shiny new gadgets and report back if they (literally and metaphorically) stack up.




by Kate Cox via Consumerist

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Play-Doh Will Replace Phallic Toy Frosting Extruders On Request

cake_mountainDoes your child have one of the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playsets, and you want the weirdly phallic frosting extruder gone because you can’t stop laughing every time your kid picks it up? Good news for you: Hasbro has offered to exchange the syringe for the more boring yellow version on request in case the part offends or amuses you too much.


Complaints about the part began back in November, which is when Hasbro said that it had redesigned the piece and would put a more boring version in future box sets of the toy. However, that didn’t mean that the redesigned part was ready for Christmas gifts, and a new uproar came after children unboxed their gifts and parents had a chance to give the part a second glance.


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After accusations that Hasbro was deleting all complaints about the part from their Facebook page, the company finally made a post of its own about the controversy, telling customers that they had heard the “feedback” and that replacements were available. “Should any consumer want a replacement extruder for this item, they can contact Hasbro’s Customer Service Department at 800-327-8264,” the company posted.


Here’s what that piece looked like with the purple syringe pusher in place:


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Here’s the replacement version of the part: let’s all use our imaginations and try to figure out what it looks like.


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Play-Doh to replace toy customers say looks like penis [USA Today]




by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Sprint’s “Framily,” NFL’s Family Of Disloyal Fans Lead List Of 2014’s Worst Ads

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about what exactly constitutes a “family” in a time when people can have deeply felt connections with those they’ve never met while simultaneously having no meaningful relationships with their kin in the next room. But regardless of how they define familial relations, Consumerist readers have resoundingly let it be known that there were two advertising families that they wanted nothing to do with in 2014.


We recently asked readers to nominate their most-hated ads from the past year, and the two ads that were most frequently cited in the nominations involved very different, but equally obnoxious, portrayals of family life.


THE FAIRWEATHER FAN FAMILY

The most-nominated ad this year — and one that found little love in the Consumerist Cave — was this treacly bit of nonsense from the NFL, which was presumably intended to show how families can stick together through the changes but which really highlights a group of people with no firm convictions (at least with regard to football):



Many readers were incredibly annoyed by the fickle fandom demonstrated by this family.


“You’re not a ‘Vikings family,’ or even a family of football fans, if EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR KIDS changes the team they root for,” wrote Sue in nominating this ad. “Especially if they suddenly change affiliations based on silly things like where you go to college and who you date. Have a backbone or just admit that you’re a fairweather fan.”


“I’m a Giants fan who married a Jets fan,” opines Sam, “I love my wife, but it would take an act of God to get me into a Jets jersey.”


By far the most hatred was reserved for the daughter who ditched her supposed love for the Vikes and became a Dallas Cowboys fan simply because Emmitt Smith took a photo with her.


“If that’s the criteria, then I guess I’m now a fan of the Montreal Alouettes because I got Chad Johnson’s autograph once,” rants reader Mark.


Many readers felt like the ad — which dropped the reference to controversial Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in later airings — embodies the NFL’s obsession with selling as much branded merchandise as possible to casual followers, perhaps to the detriment of the sport and hardcore fans.


ALL IN THE FAMILY; NONE IN THE FRAMILY


Sprint began 2014 by launching “Framily” plans — a not terribly clever portmanteau of “friends” and “family” — which would have been fine if it hadn’t been for the deliberately outrĂ© ads used to promote them.



How could it not work? A talking hamster voiced by Andrew “Dice” Clay; a francophile daughter constantly surrounded by fluttering, chirping animated bluebirds; a younger man dressed like your grumpy old neighbor from 1976; pop-locking goth guy “Gore-Don”; and actual funny actor Judy Greer, who hopefully got paid a king’s ransom for being a part of this menagerie.


“Sprint was delusional, thinking they could sell people on a crappy service with ‘quirky’ commercials,” wrote reader Mary Anne in her nomination of the Framily ads. “But I don’t give a good goddamn about funny when I pick a cellphone plan. I just want something that works.”


Even after Sprint dropped the whole Framily idea, it continued to spoil the airwaves and do damage to Judy Greer’s career with this ear-splittingly shrieky commercial that was also among the most-mentioned by Consumerist readers:



THE MOST INSUFFERABLE AUNT ON THE PLANET AWARD


Admit it — you really don’t like your dad’s sister. She dresses like she lives in Grey Gardens and thinks she has a good grasp on all things European. Every time this aunt can’t make it to Thanksgiving, your night is much more pleasant. Too bad she’s starring in an ad for American Signature.



The hatred for this ad, whose only hook is a woman who repeatedly mispronounces “chaise,” was so laser-focus that some readers simply wrote “chaiiiiisssssse” in their e-mails with the understanding that we’d know exactly what they were talking about.


THE AWARD FOR BROTHER WHO RUNS EVERY OLD JOKE INTO THE GROUND


GEICO — last year’s Badvertiser of the Year — continued to receive snorts of derision for its “Hump Day” camel ad that inspired countless boorish co-workers around the world to shout out “Guess what day it is!” every Wednesday:



It’s so bad that even GEICO acknowledged its part in creating an army of clueless types who repeat catchphrases from commercials:



Writes Sean, “The people in my office that do the ‘hump day!’ thing are the same ones that are still doing unsolicited Gollum and Butthead impressions.”


THE CREEPY UNCLE AWARD


Do you have that uncle or family friend who talks too close to your face and always seems to be coming off a bender (or just beginning one)? That’s who German travel site Trivago decided should be the face of their U.S. launch, with his bedhead hair and two-days’ growth of facial, smooth-talking his way into your travel plans:



The grey-shirted, globetrotting ladies man has become the subject of numerous parodies, including this scarily accurate one:



THE COUSIN YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT AWARD


The Trivago Guy uncle isn’t so bad that you don’t invite him to family functions, but some families have that one cousin who is always conveniently left off the list because he’s going to say or do something that will really frighten or upset everyone. That’s the way that many of you described the guy in this Hanes “kitten shirt” ad:



And the rest of our worst ad honors for 2014….


PUN-ISHING ATTEMPTS AT CREATING A CATCHPHRASE


We’ve already seen how poorly “framily” was accepted, but that’s just one of many pun-tastic marketing ploys that failed to impress Consumerist readers in 2014.


There was Lysol’s attempt to cram “Healthing” into the lexicon:



And Robitussin’s “Coughequences” ads didn’t really catch fire:



Let’s not forget Verizon’s “half-fast” commercials, which belong in the Juvenile Wordplay Hall of Fame with “Sofa King” —



MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO HATE THEIR EARDRUMS


The folks at Charter merited two entries in this category for an almost avant garde attempt at hip-hop with these jingles for its Double Play and Triple Play packages:




Weight Watchers won over few fans with this depressing rewrite of a classic kids song:



And then there was the bizarrely uptempo and undoubtedly overlong jingle from Wayfair:



We spent hours trying to figure out what the Wayfair ad reminded us of, and then we realized it sounds too much like the theme from long-forgotten ’90s sitcom Grand:



DO YOU NEED TO BORROW A FEW DOLLARS?


We received a lot of nominations for ads featuring celebrities… and also several for this blu e-cig ad featuring Stephen Dorff:



More perplexing are the ads starring celebrities who are still considered A-listers. Many readers, even some who claim to be Amy Poehler fans, were perplexed and annoyed by her appearance in a series of commercials for Old Navy. Most haters singled out this particular ad as their least favorite:



SADDEST ATTEMPT TO RESURRECT A COMPETITOR’S CAMPAIGN


It wasn’t all that long ago that a not-yet-famous John Hodgman and that guy from the fourth Die Hard movie who sort of looks like Zach Braff were doing the “I’m a Mac…I’m a PC” shtick in a seemingly endless series of commercials for Apple.


So it seemed odd and a bit self-defeating to many readers when they saw that Microsoft was trying a similar approach to sell its Surface tablets. The side-by-side comparisons on a white screen, products talking to each other.


Initially the ads were merely boring, rehashing the same points Microsoft has been making about the Surface since it launched.


But then Microsoft unleashed this dissonant beast of a Surface ad, just in time to irk enough people into nominating it for this year’s worst-of list:



That’s not to say that Apple didn’t also indulge in an obnoxiously loud, white-backgrounded campaign for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The following spot was the only one of the Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake iPhone commercials to result in a handful of nominations:



That’s it. There were many more nominations that we just didn’t have room for this year. Not to worry — there are no signs that 2015 will be any improvement over 2014. If anything, TV commercials will probably just get even louder and creepier in the hopes of getting any attention from viewers skimming past them on their DVRs.




by Chris Morran via Consumerist

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