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Apple blocks its gay pride watch face in Russia – 31.08.2018

Apple blocks its gay pride watch face in Russia

Apple first introduced its Pride Apple Watch face during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. However, it has now been revealed that the Pride face on the Apple Watch is hardcoded to not appear if its paired iPhone is in Russia.

Read more here. 

* While Apple regularly touts its “unwavering commitment to equality and diversity” in highly-produced gay pride videos, it seems that the company has its limits, namely the Russian government.*

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Facebook tests the ability to share links in Stories

In a bid to encourage more users to create Stories on its platform, Facebook is running a test that allows users to share links in Facebook Stories.

Read more here.  

* Facebook has long been trying to make its Stories a success, but it still hasn’t caught on as much as their Instagram equivalent. Whilst this feature might help attract brands to the platform, the main issue still remains unsolved: that Facebook users just have not gravitated to using the Stories feature.*

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Hong Kong Tourism imagines the city as an eSports arena 

 To celebrate the eSports and Music Festival, the city’s tourism board has released a video campaign that gamifies its streets. The video transforms the city into a e-sports battlefield using computer renderings, combining its signature neon signs and skyscrapers with elements from real games. 

Read more here.  

* eSports has become one of the most popular entertainment formats for the digitally-led younger generations.  As the eSports Market booms, cities like Hong Kong can use their futuristic skylines to their advantage, as a means to promote tourism.* 

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