Wait! What? DAMNNNN DANIEL! The FBI calls The Fruit a ‘bad apple,’ no one knows what happened at MWC 2016 because they were all on their phones, and Facebook gets emotional.

We’re back at it with the white Vans in this week’s Wait! What? The FBI and Apple feud over the future of personal (digital) privacy, Mobile World Congress 2016 reminded us to check our phones (joke), Facebook gave your overly emotional friend another outlet to express themselves, and the Internet gets racy with the Oscars.

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  • DAMNNN DANIEL! Back at it again with the white Vans. Do you live under a rock? Yes? Then watch this and laugh your Vans off. Don’t live under a rock? Still watch this.
  • Those are some sour apples. The FBI and The Fruit just took their feud to the federal level as the debate over personal privacy and digital data meets national security. This is the most high profile standoff between Silicon Valley and the Beltway. Who will win is still TBD.
  • Mobile World Congress 2016 took place in Barcelona, Spain this week. Some tech-titans released new phones, and Mark Zuckerberg made some pretty big We’re not sure if anyone actually knows what happened though, because they were probably all on their phones.
  • Also in Facebook news, the King of Social Media is showing its softer side with “Facebook Reactions,” aka emoticons to express yourself beyond a singular ‘like.’ The Internet is still deciding on how it feels about this.
  • The 2016 Oscars are happening this Sunday night. The Internet has done a superb job calling BS with #OscarsSoWhite, while simultaneously taunting Leo with the little gold man.

That’s it for now – tune in for more news next week and have a good weekend, all!

Wait! What? Elvis turns 80, #CES2016 pretty much dominates the news, Twitter goes “Beyond 140,” and Ghostbusters gets a boost of girl power.

In this week’s Wait? What! the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) dominated the news, but in between testing out nifty smart devices, Elvis Presley turned 80, Twitter may have opened Pandora’s box, that gift you got your niece for Christmas may spontaneously combust and toy makers finally got it right with some strong female action figures.

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  • First and foremost, Happy Birthday to the King, Elvis Presley.
  • In between the thousands of Elvis impersonators, a small get together called CES 2016 took place this week in Vegas. So what happened? The Internet of Things is going to make your home very smart, Samsung wants to remove all of your digital pain points, and we’re all about to get a lot healthier with smart thermometers and Blaze.
  • Have a lot to say? Twitter will listen. The social media heavyweight recently announced plans to expand its 140-character limit to a whopping 10,000. How this plays out is yet to be seen, but rest assured the Twittersphere will have something to say about it.
  • Marty McFly predicted hoverboards by 2015, but he probably didn’t predict that they would spontaneously combust. Neither did we.
  • Fans everywhere are going gangbusters for the new Ghostbusters action figure prototypes. Unlike some sets that were conspicuously missing the female lead characters (cough, Star Wars), the queens of girl power Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones will be fully equipped to fight the supernatural in time for next summer’s mega re-launch of the 80s classic.

 

Wait! What? The Chicago Cubs disappoint Marty McFly on “Back to the Future Day” and how to kill it at the office Halloween party

Holy Toledo it’s been a long week. Alas, it is Friday and we’ve rounded up our

APRIL 26 2015 - Woodbridge NJ: A replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean is shown at the Cars of the Hollywood Screen car show.
APRIL 26 2015 – Woodbridge NJ: A replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean is shown at the Cars of the Hollywood Screen car show.

favorite stories covering everything from Instagram’s release of Boomerang to “Back to the Future Day.”

  • Who really has time for a six second video, let alone a fifteen second one? Not Instagram. The social media giant just released Boomerang, a stand-alone app that allows users to shoot a one-second burst of photos, essentially creating a GIF that plays forwards then reverses in a loop.
  • We knew this day would come: Twitter unveiled its new and improved advertising platform called Moments, allowing brands to curate an entire event or moment (no pun intended) with photos, videos and tweets to build a story.
  • ICYMI: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 was “Back to the Future Day” for all 80s babies. Social media and the Internet were inundated with Marty McFly memes, “let’s see what came true” stories, and heartbreakingly, that the Chicago Cubs did not win the 2015 World Series.
  • We all know that coworker who drank too much at the office Halloween party last year and didn’t realize their costume was transparent. Don’t be that person. Thankfully, we’ve got 21 office-ready costumes that are work, commute and drinking-with-your-manager approved.
  • Netflix proves yet again that it’s King of TV – or should we say Queen – with its move to revive Gilmore Girls in four 90-minute movies. This calls for a mandatory weekend of #NetflixAndChill for millennial women (and men) everywhere.

What were your favorite sound bites from this week? Give us a shout on Twitter at @BlancandOtus

Wait! What? 9/18: Facebook Finally Gives Us The Thumbs Up To Give A Thumbs-Down

“It’s Friday.” That is arguably one of the sweetest phrases in the world. From finally being able to ‘dislike’ your crazy uncle’s political views to giving tweens yet another way to take photos of themselves (hands free, anyone?), we’ve got the rundown on the top tech and industry stories of the week:

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Credit: Thinkstock
  • To like or not to like – that is the question. This week Facebook announced a ‘dislike’ button is in the works, empowering grumpy users everywhere to share their distaste.
  • Are you kidding me right meow?! Apparently a Cisco employee accidentally sent an email to the entire staffing list of over 30,000 employees, and pictures of cats and memes were circulated to everyone for hours. Obviously, madness ensued.
  • Taking your selfies to new heights … forget having to carry around a stick or deal with that pesky arm of yours in the photo: Dronies can follow you around, taking in-action photos of you and your friends on command. Kind of like drones flying around at concerts and NFL games taking photos of everyone, except now it’s just you, doing your thing, looking cool. Right?
  • Social media has that wonderful ability to take a giant event (the Super Bowl, GOP Debates…) and pick out one tiny aspect and run with it. The second GOP Debate was on Wednesday night, and amongst the pressing issues discussed, we discovered the variety of faces Donald Trump can make and who the #HotDebateGuy really is. Thanks, Twitter.
  • Definitely swiping right. Oscar Meyer recently rolled out a dating app for bacon lovers called Sizzl. It even provides a variety of safe first date questions, including:
    • “How do you like your bacon cooked?”
    • “What kind of bacon do you like?”
    • “If there’s one strip of bacon left, you…?”

Those were our favorite stories of the week, share yours with us on Twitter @BlancAndOtus!