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Microsoft's Super Bowl Ad shows how the Microsoft Surface Pro can change the life of an ALS sufferer

0. phoneArena 01 Feb 2014, 21:14 posted on

It's sadly ironic. Steve Gleason, a former safety for the New Orleans Saints, made one of the most dramatic plays in Saints' history. Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans had suffered terribly. With the Saints unable to play in the Superdome for 21 months, Gleason blocked a punt in the first quarter of the first game in the Superdome in close to two years...

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posted on 01 Feb 2014, 22:37 1

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

So if they want to advertise what they can do, why not just say it in the ad, why do they have to use someone with these issues as a display model? They could simply say "We're helping people who can't communicate get their voice back." Do they need a visual aid to get their point across?

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 22:46 1

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Like I said in a previous post, after working with people in this situation, any I have dealt with don't want be used like a prop to sell something. This is their words. They want to be seen a s a person, not as a person with disease A or disability X. There wouldn't be anything wrong with telling you what they can do, and then if they're interested, give them a demonstration. But I've seen many people when I did communication work in the healthcare system who get angry when they see companies using their illness to make money.

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 23:50 1

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Yeah, we're good.. Of course..
And, I don't mind people stating negative facts about Microsoft.. That would be immature, and super biased, of me.. If you notice I only attack the obvious haters who just nitpick, and unnecessarily find something negative to say... It's always the same handful of children who do so.. I even point out negative things about MS.. Its not like I'm some clueless, idiot who refuses to believe that MS can do no wrong.. No, that's not me, and some fools on here would like to make everyone believe that.. If I cared to I could make a long list of things that frustrate me about MS, and some of the things that I would list would be some of the exact things that immature haters repeat over, and over, for no constructive reason..
And, that's just it.. It's all about reasonable, mature, constructive criticism VS petty, immature, insecure, fearfully, hatred...
We're not all in the same league here.

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 23:52 1

20. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

And you think i personally went upto Energizer and congratulated their wonderful advertising team?

To all those people who say i am targetting only MS, i'll quote my comment:
" ...>a company< should NOT be..."

Nowhere, in my comment, did i mention MS and MS isn't the only company.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:12 2

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Microsoft ads are notorious for being misleading and very dishonest, so I hope this one is a positive commercial...

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:25 2

24. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

1. Everyone is doing that - see Facebook - easy to disconnect
2. If you dislike cloud storage or really want an SD card in your phone, then do not get a Nexus product - simple as that. Companies love pushing cloud storage, as it is more money in their pockets. Personally, I want a microSD card, but I also like my Nexus 5 phone - I did compromise when I bought the device as I also miss a removable battery.
3. It was losing money and their policy was to separate it from their own projects for Android - that killed it right there - Moto X is ok - perhaps they felt that it conflicted with their partners (Samsung, for example). In the end, they got control of thousands of patents from it. I hope Lenovo does something great with it because Moto X was not great, it was ok, and OK does not do it in today's market. Also, Moto X and Nexus 5 under one company - seemed to me that they there just competing with each other.
4. Unsure about Google and the NSA - I do know that Microsoft was very willing to help our government spy on Americans. The joke about MS is their 'Swiss cheese' OS, and it appears it may have been purposely built that way. IE browser is a joke, and I wish I could delete that useless software from my PC - luckily there a dozen browsers better than it.
5. Google has no problem giving good apps to those with iphones. Have you seen some of the apps by Microsoft (and affliates) for an Android phone? They are terrible now - I downloaded Halo Waypoint and XBOX smartglass and Waypoint is unusable, while the Smartglass does not interact with the XBOX. Been that way for weeks now.

I get you have problems with Google, but Microsoft is by far the worst of the two. Personally, I hate how their phones are pretty much locked up. I used to own a TILT 8925 AT&T phone and loved to mod that device. The new Nokias seem nice, but, when you go over to XDA, there is hardly anything going on. I am not your average consumer and if I buy a device from a company, I want control over almost everything on it - with an Android phone, I can - with an iPhone and MS phone I cannot.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:56 2

25. tedkord (Posts: 12861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That's pretty much what an ad is, from political to product. Axe spray won't suddenly make you irresistible, the car you buy can't jump on top a train to avoid traffic and that candidate isn't running because he wants to work for you.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:59

26. tedkord (Posts: 12861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'm sure he was paid well. He could have refused to do it, but probably wanted to be paid. Medical bills are probably huge.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:01 1

27. tedkord (Posts: 12861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But clearly this person did, or they wouldn't have been able to use footage of him. So what's the issue, none of these people you know we're used as a prop, the person who wanted to do the commercial did it. Everyone is happy.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 08:17 1

29. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

At the same time Microsoft is giving the ALS foundation lots of advertising. This is win/win for both.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 09:20 1

32. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Of course you are, hypocrite, mr "I didn't hear a "reasonable, mature, constructive criticism VS petty, immature, insecure, fearfully, hatred... ""

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 09:57

33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

1. I don't use Facebook or any other social media, other than comments sections or forums. But somehow I now have a Google+ account that I don't use and never wanted, with people I've never heard of wanting to join their group.
2. It's not just Nexus products that don't have SD cards. Right now Samsung phones & the HTC One Max are the only Android phones released this year that had them. Before the Nexus S all phones had them, now 3 do. I believe Google had something to do with it.
3. When rebuilding a brand you seldom get out of debt overnight. But I believe the reason they bought them all along (besides patents) was to force Samsung into an agreement like the one they ended up with this week. Then they sell of an American tech icon to a foreign company. Now I know how the Fins feel.
4. This was not about my problems with MS, but with Google. All of those companies (Google, MS, Apple, etc) I'm sure were colluding with NSA. What I'm saying is that Google, and the others, needed to be transparent about what happened.
5. Emphasis on they are terrible NOW. That might be due to all the BS that happened with maps and YouTube. I know Google gives good apps to people with iPhones, I'm talking about getting good apps to WP users as well. If they can do it for Apple then they can do it for MS. What's really sad is Apple gives nothing to any other OSs in terms of apps.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 10:35

37. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Prove it.. Show me we're I've ever trolled on a Android, or iOS, article...
All I ever post are serious, constructive criticism, or compliments.. I never rant about how I don't like Android, or iOS, on those related articles... That's what you, and the handful of your insecure buddies do... You guys claim you don't like WP, and MS, but you post most of your comments on those articles..
Ok... Yes, everything I said was to describe user like "that"

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 10:37

38. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Yes $$$$$$$$$$$$

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 11:20

41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

He never said anything about trolling other articles. I think what he's talking about is if someone has a negative criticism of WP or Windows OS. As you recall you had done the same to me when I had issues with W8, dismissing my criticisms as being "petty", which is why I posted what I did. While there are plenty of people who just post to bash, you seem to disregard everyone's opinions as being only to rag on MS or Windows.

For instance, once when I mentioned about the issues I was having with W8, you told me I had never used it. The issues I was having were because I had used it. My opinion is that they should've given the option of having the start menu in desktop, AND have the start screen available, and let people ease their way into the new setup. Handling it how they did could end up costing them customers. I would like to continue to use Windows, because I'm not real enthused about the other options, but I also don't like being forced into something that (at least for me) doesn't work as intuitively as previous iterations. That is my main gripe with W8.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 11:24

42. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

No they weren't, but he is also representing them. And because of whatever light he is shown in, people will look at them the same way.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 16:05

49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

I'm still waiting for you to prove that I'm a troll.. Post some links❕

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 16:07

50. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

No, I already explain to you the kind of people that I am referring to.. Try again..

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 18:38

52. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I just proved what he was talking about. You make it sound like you're okay with people having genuine gripes. I did in past postings, and you treated me the same way, calling my motivation for posting "petty".

At this point, I have less problems with MS or Windows than with it's fans. Anytime I have seen you respond to someone criticizing either of the two, you dismiss them in the ways that he accused you of. And many times that was towards me. So if you're not talking about me then why have I seen the same behavior he described leveled at me?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 19:31

54. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

"Prove it.. Show me we're I've ever trolled on a Android, or iOS, article... "

You just ucking said comment 12 in reply to me smartass! Nothing in my comment wasn't "reasonable, mature, constructive criticism", YOUR WORDS.

Yet you pretended to ignore my comment. So suck it!

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 22:40 3

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

They’ve finally leaned to make an emotional connection through their ads. A little long but I sincerely hope they continue on this marketing path.

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 23:53 2

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

This... And there's nothing at all wrong with it...

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 23:34

18. Hassan420i (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jun 2013)

OPPO Mobile N1 ad: https ://w ww.youtube.com/v=PCvsMS4cWUU

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 02:32 2

22. twens (Posts: 992; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

This is just brilliant. When it comes to real use of tech it's always ends with real operating systems. Windows will always be windows and will be light years ahead of the competition no matter the hate for MS.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:13

28. papss (unregistered)

No matter how much these fandroids spin it M$ isn't hated as much as they like to lead on. Anything M$ is constantly picked apart.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 09:17 1

31. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Don't forget anything to do with apple!

PS. way to start a flame war!

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 10:41

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

No, they aren't at all... Go to Fry's, Best Buy, or Staples right now... There's swarm's of people looking at, and buying, MS products everyday..
Internet nerds are just that... Since they don't get out in the real world they think this online minority is reality...

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 11:29 1

43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

See my post #13. And while I will give you that there are many who do spread outrageous BS, like Apple is going away, there are also some with legitimate opinions. The problem is many people dismiss them and lump them in with the more extreme groups. If you dismiss all opinions, legitimate and illegitimate, then no one's opinions have any credence.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 16:14

51. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

No, I don't do that.. Now, I'm not gonna keep entertaining you.. If you don't like it then o could care less.. I've already explain to you the kinds of trolls I'm talking about, but if it makes you happy then I promise you I'll be more open minded when it comes to criticism,, only if I see it as not trolling.. Anything else I will seek out and call out.. Sorry, but I'm not going to back down from these haters...
And, that guy above is one of the main ones I'm talking about.. If you're one of the good guys, then great more power to you.. But, I get your point, and quit stressing it over and over.. You sound like you're begging for acceptance or something.. It's not that big a deal, my friend.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 18:42

53. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4620; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You wonder why I stress it over and over. I have been called out by you when making a genuine post, and dismissed. Yet you rail on and say "I don't do that."

I'm not looking for acceptance, I'm looking for honesty. Guess I'm looking in the wrong place.

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