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The Best Super Bowl Commercials 2015, Upgrading The Raspberry Pi [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 02-02-2015

The 2015 Super Bowl ads, Raspberry Pi upgrades, Joystiq and TUAW get canned, Google Earth Pro free, Madden NFL 15 knows the score, and The Simpsons gets pixelated.


The 2015 Super Bowl Tech Ads

The 2015 Super Bowl, or Super Bowl XLIX to give it its official title, took place on Sunday (Feb. 2). Most people were focused on the game, while some were more interested in Katy Perry’s OTT turn for the half-time show. We were more interested in the commercial breaks, and, in particular, the ads for technology companies.

There were dozens of tech-related commercials aired the game, but we have picked just a handful of the best to save you having to trawl YouTube for them.


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Kia decided to bring Pierce Brosnan back from obscurity for its 2015 Super Bowl ad. The former James Bond has been somewhat typecast in his career, a fact he’s happy to be mocked for on this particular occasion.


Kim Kardashian gets absolutely everywhere, and the commercial breaks during the Super Bowl were no exception. Thankfully, she subtly mocks herself and her fame-hungry attitude to life in this ad for T-Mobile.



Mophie, which makes smartphone cases with batteries built into them, produced a stunning ad which shows what would happen if God’s smartphone was to suddenly run out of juice. Chaos, basically.

The Clash Of Clans

Perhaps the best of the bunch was this ad for The Clash Of Clans, a freemium strategy game You Won't Believe How Much Money These iOS Games Make Just how much money are the people and companies behind these popular iOS games actually making? You might want to take a seat, because the numbers will shock you. Read More available on Android and iOS. It turns out Liam Neeson plays this mobile game, and doesn’t take too kindly to losing. Be afraid, be very afraid.

This is our selection of the best Super Bowl commercials of 2015, but feel free to tell us your favorite(s) in the comments section below.

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Released

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially unveiled the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. The new model is roughly six times as powerful as its predecessor, as it features a quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. This extra processing power means the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B can be used just like a PC.


Brilliantly, everything works exactly as it did before, meaning the wealth of Raspberry Pi tutorials Raspberry Pi: The Unofficial Tutorial Whether you're a current Pi owner who wants to learn more or a potential owner of this credit-card size device, this isn't a guide you want to miss. Read More should still help users. And Windows 10 Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More is expected to be compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2, meaning this small, highly affordable computer is set to go from strength to strength.

AOL Kills Joystiq and TUAW

AOL are shutting down both Joystiq and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), as well as a number of other, smaller websites. The big-name blogs are the latest victims of a major restructuring at AOL, which is cutting media properties it considers to be “underperfoming.

Google Earth Pro Goes Free

Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro previously cost a whopping $399 per year and was targeted at companies in need of more features than are present in the consumer version. Interested parties simply need to grab a key and download the software.

Madden Predicts Super Bowl Result

Those of you less interested in the commercial breaks and more interested in the actual score of Super Bowl XLIX will be intrigued to discover that Madden NFL 15 predicted the result way ahead of the game.


Madden NFL 15, available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360, not only predicted the winner of the game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, it also predicted the exact scoreline of 28 to 24.

Who needs sports pundits studying form when you can just use video games to predict results?

The Simpsons Enjoy A Pixel Makeover

And finally, this video shows the opening sequence of The Simpsons gloriously recreated in retro pixel art 7 Websites For Pixel Art Tutorials And Creative Inspiration If you stare at a computer screen, then you know what pixels are all about. On the computer screen or even on mobile ones, you would have come across pixel art. The popularity of pixel... Read More . That is to say it’s a recreation to a point, before it morphs into something even more interesting and arresting.

Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon are the animators responsible for this engaging work of art, and they deserve both praise and random drug tests for their efforts. [H/T Polygon]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What was your favorite of the technology-related Super Bowl 2015 commercials? Will you be buying the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B? Have you previously tried Google Earth Pro?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. dragonmouth
    February 4, 2015 at 12:26 am

    This mornig's edition of USA Today contains an article criticizing Nationwide Insurance for its Super Bowl ad about childhood accidents, the leading cause of death for kids. The reaction of social media, pundits and various psychiatrist and psychologists is "How could they air such a shocking commercial during the Super Bowl???!!!

    I, for one, find the reaction itself appaling. With something like 96 million viewers watching the Super Bowl, it is PRECISELY the time and the place to air such an ad to bring the maximum attention to the problem. Would the pundits, shrinks and social media butterflies have the ad run in some obscure, esoteric magazine that only a thousand people in the entire world read??? Or would they air the ad at 2:35 AM on a TV channel that very few subscribe to???

    The article also mentioned that each year more than 9 million kids end up in emergency rooms as a result of accidental injuries and about 9,000 of them die. If the ad shocked people and made them uncomfortable, GREAT! If the ad soured people's beer in their mouths and ruined the taste of their Super Bowl snack, so much the better. Hopefully people will get uncomfortable enough so that more of them will keep their kids under closer supervision so that the chance of the kids getting into accidents is reduced.

    Personally, I am sick and tired of the countless inane ads trying to sell us stuff that we really don't need or want. It's time that TV was used to solve real world problems, not the cash flow problems of some mega-company.

  2. Perry Bruns
    February 3, 2015 at 4:04 am

    I am very, very happy about the release of the new Raspberry Pi 2, Model B, and almost as happy about Google Earth going free. I think you may have buried the lede on the boring tech ads from the Super Bowl.

  3. dragonmouth
    February 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    "The 2015 Super Bowl Tech Ads"
    The Super Bowl was on SUnday, Feb 1, 2015. Feb 2 is TODAY, a Monday.

    I found most of the SB ads to be overdone, confusing. The ad agencies were try too hard to make an impact by including too many elements. Was the Kardashian ad pushing some new show of hers, or was it about some new scandal she was involved in or was it just showing off her body? I almost missed the fact that it was for data storage service.

    My favorite commercials were the Budweiser ad with the puppy and horses, and the Nissan and Toyota "father" commercials. Obviously, none of the "tech" ads made an impression on me.

    "Google Earth Pro Goes Free"
    I'm sure it is not for altruistic motives. They found a more lucrative and more surreptitious way for the marks to pay fro it.

  4. Scutterman
    February 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    That Simpsons video reminds me so much of the game"The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants"