Weekly Rewind: November 10
A look back at some of the more unusual stories of the week; Facebook asking for your nudes, smart sheep & weed ads.
5. Facebook wants your nude photos
Facebook is trialling a scheme in Australia which they hope will act as a method to combat revenge porn images being uploaded to the site. It's a bit of an odd one though, and involves people voluntarily sending naked photos of themselves to Facebook. The social media behemoth would then create a digital fingerprint of the image(s) received meaning that anyone then attempting to upload those same images would be blocked. The Guardian reported that Facebook is working in association with the Australian government to allow victims of “image-based abuse” to take action before pictures were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger". While most peopel rightly applaud Facebook for attempting to tackle this issue and protect users' privacy, others (as the above tweet demonstrates) aren't too sure that this is the way to do it.
4. Samsung teases Apple in new ad
A few years back, Apple was the hottest smartphone brand around... but not any more claims the Evening Standard. In a new ad for Samsung, the brand picks apart and ridicules the iPhone X by demonstrating all the faults and frustrations that come with owning an Apple device. The inability to upgrade storage, potential water damage risks and former headphone jack, removed from the iPhone 7, make the new Samsung Note 8 an incredibly viable (& cosniderably cheaper!) phone option.
3. Sheep are smarter than you think
Seems like sheep are finally getting their moment in the spotlight: a trendy ovine has just been unveiled as the face of Diesel's latest Say No To Uncool Wool campaign and it seems that the woolly bleaters have brains as well as beauty, according to an article in The Conversation. In research carried out by Cambridge University, sheep learned to recognise celebrities including Barack Obama, Emma Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal from photographs - findings which could help our understanding of disorders ranging from Huntingdon’s and Parkinson’s disease to schizophrenia and autism.
2. Weed advertisments hit the telly
Now that weed is legal in some parts of the US and available via prescription, it was only a matter of time before cannabis would make its way into advertising (Metro). This ad for Briteside, the online marketplace for cannabis, may seem comical and unrealistic, but it is very much real. As the voiceover lady says, "Sometimes you need to stop worrying and take a deep breath. Sometimes, you need cannabis."
1. Make like Holly Golightly...
and actually have Breakfast at Tiffanys. Yes, according to Glamour, the folks behind the iconic jewellery store are opening a cafe on the fourth floor of their Fifth Avenue flagship. Decked out in the brand's iconic blue tones, with silver and marble accents, it all sounds highly Instagrammable plus you'll be able to live out all your filmic fantasies. Just try not to choke when the bill arrives - a coffee and croissant, Golightly's breakfast of choice, will set you back $29 (£22).