Digital News Roundup – 29 March
This week saw a large group of our Giants takeover the London B2B. Despite Giant Towers feeling a little quieter, digital news waits for no one.
With that in mind, it is time to look at the hottest news stories from the wonderful world of digital hitting the headlines this week. In today’s roundup we look at some of the exciting developments from Apple’s March event, Google looking to break out into the console market, and a Twitter challenge that caused people to get locked out of their account.
Apple announces Apple TV channels, Apple Credit Card and more at its March event
This week has been an exciting one for Apple fans with a string of new products being unveiled at their special March event.
One of the most popular of the reveals at the launch event was the announcement of a new TV streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Though some of the finer details of the subscription service have yet to be revealed, the basic concept is a platform for Apple’s own content. A few exclusive shows were announced at the show including movies, documentaries and shows and material from a rather up and coming indie director called Steven Speilberg.
The service is due to start rolling out in Autumn this year on all your favourite Apple devices.
Apple Card, Apple New Plus and Apple Arcade were also announced at the show, allowing people to pay, get access to over 300 magazines, and subscribe to games from the App Store respectively.
Whether or not you are excited for these new products, I am sure we can all agree that clearly whoever is in charge of naming things at Apple isn’t getting iPaid enough.
A string of users get locked out of their Twitter account after getting suckered in by internet hoax
As if the bird box challenge wasn’t proof enough that we are doomed as a civilisation, this weeks trending news of people getting locked out of their Twitter account only added more fuel to that fire.
The hoax had people believe that if they changed their Twitter birthday to 2007 then Twitter would show an older layout/ become more colourful/poop glitter or everything else the sneaky trolls could think of.
What this actually did was told Twitter that the user was 12 years old and therefore too young for the platform. This then landed them with a blocked account.
The hoax has convinced so many people that Twitter was forced to put out a message telling people not to do it.
If anyone reading this got locked out of their account, did you know that you can get access back if you follow Sleeping Giant Media on Instagram and Facebook?
Can’t blame us for trying.
European Parliament Approve Controversial Copyright Laws
This week, new rules regarding copyright laws were voted in by European Parliament. The laws, which were conceived as ‘copyright rules for the digital era’, have been the cause of mass debate by people and businesses around the world, many of which consider it a method of censoring aspects of the internet.
Under the new laws, services such as YouTube would be held responsible for copyright protected material being uploaded onto the site.
The tightening of copyright law is obviously a concept which affects many industries differently and so it is unsurprising that it has lead to strong differences in opinions. As an example, many musicians and creators have said that the legislation will help ensure artists are compensated more fairly for their work.
On the flipside, companies such as Google have criticised the laws claiming that they will “harm Europe’s creative and digital industries.”
Though the law has undoubtedly caused a stir on the internet, one aspect of the new law has caused more upset than others – what about memes?!
Though there are ongoing debates about how these laws would be policed, the European Parliament has since claimed that memes are safe. Finally, some good news.
With the details still to be fully fleshed out and made public, it remains to be seen how the laws are put in place and what kind of impact they will have on the internet as we know it.
Dominos Unveil New In-Car Pizza Ordering Service
With so many companies branching off into new territories this week, it is no wonder that Dominos wanted a pizza the action.
Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the way home from work and being able to order pizza to greet you there with just a few taps of your car’s touchscreen. Well, that dream is about to become reality.
The pizza chain announced Monday that it will be partnering with Xevo Market to create an app that will work on the infotainment touch screens of certain cars.
The service is due to start rolling out to users in the later half of 2019.
Now all I need is to get a touchscreen in my Vauxhall Corsa…
It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Google+ and Gmail Inbox
On Tuesday next week, it will be time to say a fond farewell (or apathetic shrug?) as Google+ and Gmail Inbox leave us forever.
Many users have received emails this week telling them to save any images or videos from the services before the shut down next week.
For anyone wondering what Gmail Inbox is, it doesn’t mean your Gmail account, but instead refers to a separate app which was intended to improve productivity with extra features not included in the normal version of Gmail.
Both tools never really took off in the way that Google hoped and the decision to shut both services down was passed in December, on the heels of a string of data leaks and a declining user base.
Let’s join together in a moment of silence for both Gmail inbox and Google+. You will be missed (probably).
Google Announces New Console, Stadia
At Google’s keynote address at the 2019 Game Developers Conference this month, it announced the upcoming release of online gaming platform, Stadia.
Unlike traditional gaming consoles, Stadia will be run entirely through Google Chrome, meaning no disks, no console and access on any device which has the internet browser.
Cloud gaming is something that has been used before for services such as Playstation Now and OnLive, but Google believes that it has the server power needed to beat latency problems which has been levelled at these other services.
Cloud gaming is a different concept to traditional gaming in that games are run on external servers and then streamed live via the internet to the gamers.
Though Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo hold a firm grip on the console market at present, this new spin on traditional gaming, combined with Google’s international power, mean that this is certainly something to watch.
That’s all for now guys, join us next week for more industry news from around the world or check out or blogs below if you just can’t wait that long.
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