HTC mocks Apple's '1984' ad for smartphone spot
Taiwanese phone maker HTC has sent up Apple's '1984' Super Bowl spot for the first Macintosh, with a version that suggests iPhone owners are all clones.
In the original ad Apple mocked IBM for being the obvious but boring choice in enterprise computing. HTC turns the tables on Apple in the new work, which features a pair of rebels defying an army of automatons to "be different" and "be free".
It also riffs off Google's long-running "be together not the same" campaign for Android.
HTC posted $139m in losses off revenues of $660m for its third quarter. Apple posted "record" earnings over the same period, with revenue of $51.5bn and a net profit of $11.1bn.
Facebook rolls out testing for its 'M' digital assistant
Facebook is beta testing M, a digital assistant that can answer questions and complete tasks – with the help of humans.
Part artificial reality, part PA, Facebook M is available through the Messenger app to 10,000 users in San Francisco, and can make restaurant bookings, or, apparently, send your friends a parrot.
Scale remains the key issue for the assistant, with Facebook needing to hire "human trainers" to complete more advanced requests.
Disney talks up 'Star Wars' on strong profits
Disney CEO Bob Iger has pointed to the Star Wars franchise as a bright spot in the company's future, after it posted record earnings.
The firm posted a net income of $8.4bn on revenue of $52.5bn for its full fiscal year, helped by a strong performance from its networks.
While the majority of the firm's income comes from TV, Iger pointed to Star Wars as an ongoing revenue generator. There will be three films released before the end of 2017, kicking off this December with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In case you missed it...two longer reads
Always #LikeAGirl, the powerful campaign that captured the female empowerment zeitgeist, has swept the board at the inaugural Marketing New Thinking Awards in association with Sky Media, scooping the Grand Prix and three category gongs.
As marketing – and the world at large – continues to face rapid change, marketers will need to reframe the issues of diversity and inclusion, transitioning from a moral matter of representation to a problem-solving necessity. Time for the #DiversityRevolution, writes Rebecca Coleman.
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