This week we bring you the social (Facebook) edition of Wait! What?
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. It’s all about Marky Mark and his band of merry followers.
Sorry Jay-Z, it looks like this may be the end of TIDAL for good. Facebook is getting into the music game – the social network is reportedly bringing music videos and perhaps a music streaming service to its platform.
And in other video developments, Facebook has added floating videos, so you can watch and scroll at the same time. Our attention spans needed this.
Hey there, Friday people! Here are a few weird tech stories to start your holiday weekend:
Having trouble writing emails? Can’t figure out what to say? Crystal can help – the startup uses public online data about email recipients to help writers craft the perfect note. Finally, a purpose for obsessive Internet stalking.
Has Periscope won? Looks like Meerkat is going to have to go through a major overhaul if it wants to stay relevant…but those critters are just so damn cute.
For any identical twins out there, your days of trading places are over. New DNA technology makes it easier for police to catch the right twin. Hopefully this will stem the recent tide of identical twin-related crimes we’ve been seeing.
Light Phone is the newest iteration of technology that mimics low-tech gadgets of yore. In this case, the mythical cell phone. While it’s only $100, you have to own a smartphone for it to work. So I suggest an alternative – revive your Sidekick and ditch dumb-smart tech forever. Be free!
That’s all for now; go enjoy the long weekend! And be sure to follow us on Twitter @BlancandOtus.
Wait, what happened in tech media this week? For one, the FCC decided it will regulate broadband Internet as a public utility. But let’s skip the big picture stuff and dive into some random, less momentous stories:
Sometimes parody Twitter accounts do better than the brand’s official channels. Nihilist Arby’s totally gets capitalism and PR – consumers really only care about the BIG questions.
Speaking of solid social media campaigns, ever wondered what makes a truly baller PR campaign?
And once you’re done mulling over the meaning of PR and/or life, you should probably watch Slow Mo Lab’s video of a rubber ball exploding in slow motion. The company’s approach to online video content is not dumb.
Also, in case you were wondering about what is actually important in life, Hillary Clinton just did an interview on the future of the Internet with Re/code’s Kara Swisher.
Finally, Snapchat, possibly the newest media titan, is breaking into the music market. Jury’s still out about whether their newest endeavor will be as fleeting as their photos.
That covers it for this week’s top picks – thanks for stopping by. You’re free to return to House of Cards.
Apparently, earth’s resident genius just discovered Terminator; Stephen Hawking is now warning against the development of A.I., which he hypothesizes could harken the end of humanity. Is Orion taking passengers yet? Sign me up!
Rejoice ye luddites! We may be getting dumber, but at least print isn’t dead…yet. Celebrity tabloids and fashion magazines saw audience increases over the past year.
Finally, just in case you were too busy posting the perfect selfie to notice, the United States Supreme Court is hearing a case that will determine whether violent rants on social media should be considered criminal threats…or are they just odes to Eminem?
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This week we bring you the latest and greatest in “wellness” news (yes, we consider maximizing your Netflix experience as a means of enhancing your wellbeing):
Forget shelling out for a personal trainer. Now your socks can monitor you while you run, fix poor form, whisper words of encouragement and ensure you have the most effective workout of your life…but can they get you off the couch?
And speaking of fitness, SmartMat, a yoga mat that instructs while you pose, can help transform you into a bona fide yogi. However, it’s still in the crowd funding stages so you’ll need to invest at least $247!
Tired of waiting in line for your post-workout caffeine jolt? Well, now there’s Square Order. Pre-order your coffee so it’s hot when you arrive – quite the perk for busy PR folks.