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FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES FACEBOOK HORIZON – A NEW VR WORLD

During the Oculus Connect conference this week, Facebook (which owns Oculus) unveiled Facebook Horizon, a new social VR world coming to Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform in 2020. The platform will allow users to design their own avatars, hop between virtual environments using telepods, and play games with their friends using the new hand…

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MATTEL INTRODUCES GENDER-FLUID BARBIES

Mattel has released a set of gender-neutral dolls this week that give children the freedom to choose whether the dolls are dressed and accessorised as female, male, both or neither. The line is called Creatable World and is compromised of six dolls that have different skin colours, hairstyles and clothing. The range aims to support children who…

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CADBURY DONATES ITS WORDS TO AGE UK

This week Cadbury announced that it’s launching a wordless chocolate bar in partnership with Age UK. Cadbury stated that it is “donating” its words to Age UK, along with 30p from every bar sold. This comes off the back of research conducted by Cadbury and Age UK, which found that more than 225,000 people aged 65…

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IS THE ‘LIKE’ COUNT ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR FROM YOUR NEWS FEED?

Facebook is considering testing the removal of the ‘like’ count from News Feed posts, hiding the specific number of likes a post has, and replacing the number with something that will read “(mutual friend’s name) and others have liked this”. For many, ‘likes’ act as a measurement of popularity, with people comparing the amount of likes they get….

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WANT TO GET PAID EARLY? NO, THAT’S NOT A TRICK QUESTION…

Ever feel like payday can’t come soon enough? That there’s more month than money? The feeling of eking out the last of your funds to cover you for the final week of the month is all too familiar for many. Whilst we promise ourselves we’ll be sensible and save our ££, in reality, by the…

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CELEBS FALL FOR INSTAGRAM HOAX … (AGAIN)

A viral internet hoax, which has been revealed to have first appeared on Facebook in 2012 (and has been repeatedly debunked in the years since), resurfaced again this week when the “hoax meme” which had been repurposed for Instagram was posted by a number of high-profile celebrities and politicians. You might have seen it on…

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NEW HINGE AD ‘KILLS OFF’ THE APP AS COUPLES FIND LOVE

Hinge is known as the dating app for people who want to get off dating apps, the go-to for singletons looking for love, tired of swiping right for a casual hook-up. Its latest ad campaign brings its logo to life as a live action character, a white and fluffy cube which is basically the app…

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WILL YOUTUBE’S NEW COPYRIGHT REGULATIONS CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

Copyright continues to dominate conversation within the digital age as online creators struggle to make money from the content they create. YouTube is changing how copyright claims surrounding small or “unintentional” clips of music within videos are regulated, hoping that it will make it fairer for the creators, the people which ultimately form the foundation…

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‘FROM FACEBOOK’ – INSTAGRAM AND WHATSAPP ARE REBRANDED TO REMIND USERS WHO OWNS THEM

Facebook is rebranding Whatsapp and Instagram and adding ‘From Facebook’ to the end of their names to reflect their ownership by the social media giant. This comes after a survey by DuckDuckGo, which found that more than half of their users had no idea that that the other networks were owned by Facebook. Facebook has said…

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COMPLAINTS OVER #AD POSTS SKYROCKET

We’ve all seen the #ad sponsored posts all over our Instagram in recent months after the ASA banned undisclosed ads on social media last year. For the most part, the types of posts from influencers are relatively harmless, and some of us might have even been sucked into using a discount code here and an…

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