This Week in Digital
“You’re joking, not another one!"
It is safe to say we were all a little shocked on Tuesday after a surprise news conference was called by Theresa May, announcing a general election on June 8th, but perhaps not as shocked as Brenda! Previously, the prime minister repeatedly denied that an election would be taking place, but this week Mrs May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election." Brenda, from Bristol, certainly didn’t take the news well with her reaction causing quite a stir on social media...
Where’s My Phone?!
A phone tracking app came in very useful this week for chasing down a thief. Many unfortunate festival goers found themselves without their phones due to a spate of thefts at music and arts festival Coachella. However, a quick-thinking group activated Apple's 'Find my iPhone' feature to try to locate the missing phones. They managed to track down the man responsible and chase him down before security detained him. The man had over 100 stolen mobiles in his backpack, and many have now been returned to their rightful owners. The man, from New York, now faces charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property.
Snapchat Introduces World Lenses
On Tuesday, Snapchat rolled out an exciting new 3D feature, aimed at helping the app to compete against growing competition from Facebook and Instagram. Images taken using the rear facing camera can now be overlaid with a series of 3D filters, which will be updated daily. The new feature allows users to interact and walk around the objects and it is likely that the feature will be opened to advertisers at some point in the future. Take a look at the feature in action below!
Facebook Developing Mind-Reading Technology
Facebook has announced it is currently developing a 'silent speech' technology, which would allow people to type directly from their brain using just their thoughts. Currently, the research is focusing on the part of the brain responsible for speech, and the user would have to think what they wanted to say for the thought to be read. The technology would allow texts and emails to be sent in an instant and users to 'type' words from their brain at 100 words per minute. Facebook has stressed that, whilst they do have a team of 60 working on the project, it will be several years before anything is launched. The current team is made up of experts in decoding speech and language and specialists in optical neural imaging systems.
After two years of development, Google Earth has had a spectacular update. The big talking point is a new feature that allows you to see anywhere on the map in 3D. There is also a new tour guide feature called Voyager and an ‘I’m feeling lucky’ option, which jumps to a random location. Check out the video below for a taster!