A short but heartbreakingly beautiful news roundup this week.
If you like emojis, ’80s children’s TV, sneering at tech companies and politicians, and cats – this could be the article for you.
Cushion of the week
Just watch the video. You don’t need to understand Japanese.
The Qoobo website is also worth a look.
Headline of the week
The Verge gives us this opalescent beauty:
“Why does Siri think the national anthem of Bulgaria is ‘Despacito’?”
Apparently, though the national anthem of Bulgaria is “Мила Родино,” transliterated as “Mila Ridino” or Dear Motherland, cnet has correctly pointed out that Siri will always instead plump for a bit of reggaeton.
Try it yourself.
Thrilling emoji announcement of the week
56 new emoji are coming to iOS in the next update!!!!!!!!
I added those exclamation marks because emoji are one of the few unadulterated pleasures in this world that have no after-effects.
Just look at some of the new ones below (courtesy of The Verge). Who hasn’t wanted to say ‘curling stone’ but just couldn’t be bothered typing it out?
Ruined childhood heroes of the week
It’s not just Halifax that is ruining our childhoods. Pizza Hut is at it, too.
Empty rebrand of the week?
Dropbox has rebranded with a funky new palette. The variety of tweets below adequately sums up the internet’s slightly nonplussed reaction.
— Aaron Robbs (@AaronRobbs) 3 October 2017
I honestly can’t tell if this is trolling; my eyes are screaming after viewing that. Someone, please tell me that it’s a really bad joke. https://t.co/fWayklBw1Q
— Nick Craver (@Nick_Craver) 3 October 2017
Dropbox rebrand: like watching your 65 year old dad dress up in Urban Outfitters clothes
— SuperHi (@superhi_) 3 October 2017
— saamgraap (@saamgraap) 3 October 2017
Dropbox has deemphasized the thing it does beautifully to emphasize the things everyone does poorly. pic.twitter.com/SflU3edfHE
— Fall Gourd (@ftrain) 3 October 2017
Unwanted connection request of the week
We all bemoan the fact that some people try to use LinkedIn as a dating network. Well it seems the reverse is now happening, with one dating app looking to forge business connections.
Bumble Bizz will allow women to swipe through potential business contacts using the famous UI.
In an announcement, the company said “Just like your Bumble and Bumble BFF profiles, Bumble Bizz will use the same photo verification tool to ensure the people you’re connecting with are who they say they are. There are many ways to showcase your professional qualifications in your Bumble Bizz profile.”
Quote of the week
Amber Rudd, British home secretary, at the Tory party conference:
“I don’t need to understand how encryption works to understand how it’s helping … criminals.”
The BBC reports that Rudd doesn’t want “back doors” installed in encryption codes, nor a ban on encryption, but does want easier access for police and security services. To many, that sounds a little contradictory.
Rudd hit back saying “..I do feel that there is a sea of criticism for any of us who try and legislate in new areas, who will automatically be sneered at and laughed at for not getting it right.”