It’s time to kickstart another weekend with The Weekly Download! Today we’re recapping some April Fool’s Day winners, revealing the #SephoraSquad, and saying goodbye to Google+ and AirPower.
We’re also looking at new Australian laws and the fines social networks will face for violent content sharing and wrapping things up with some seriously epic (and sweet!) Friday Fun.
Let’s get started!
Brands Take on April Fool’s Day
We love seeing what brands put together in celebration of April Fool’s Day! Here are some of our top picks from this year:
Magnolia Bakery’s Lox Bagel Cupcake
Google’s Screen Cleaner App
Did you have any favourites from this past April Fool’s Day? Drop them in the comments if you care to share!
The 24 influencers selected for Sephora’s new beauty content partnership have been revealed. Influencers were chosen for their ability to tell authentic stories about their lives in an original way.
Why is this news, you might ask? Because the group is incredibly diverse, representing a wide range of skin tones, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and more. The goal? For the #SephoraSquad to create and share content showing the world from a different perspective. This is also a great opportunity for Sephora to join the many conversations about beauty happening in smaller, more niche online communities, and the company plans to add to its roster of beauty influencers over the coming year.
Social Media Companies Could Face Fines or Jail Time in Australia for Failing to Remove Violent Content
In an effort to ensure social media platforms act fast on violent content, Australia has announced tougher penalties for platforms that fail to remove “abhorrent violent material”.
The new laws come in response to the highly-shared (and horrific) livestream of the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Facebook revealed it removed 1.5 million instances of that video and blocked another 1.2 million at upload. Internet service providers in Australia and New Zealand also blocked sites that hosted the video, only unblocking them when it was removed. More countries should take heed.
Say Goodbye to Google+… And Some Important Exec Content
This week, Google began the process of deleting all Google+ accounts ahead of the platform’s total shutdown.
And when we say “all”, we mean it… even the accounts of high-powered Google execs Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai and Eric Schmidt; effectively deleting years’ worth of important company history.
Though lots of content found on these profiles could be categorized as “just for fun,” there were also posts dedicated to company announcements, insight into decision-making processes, and more.
Tell us: were you a Google+ user?
Apple’s AirPower Charging Mat is Cancelled
Bad news for you Apple lovers out there! The company has cancelled the AirPower charging mat because it reportedly doesn’t meet the company’s high standards.
The device was a great option for users with multiple Apple products that all required a charge at once – think iPhone, Watch, and AirPods.
The good news is, if you’re looking for charging convenience there are still retailers out there who make “home base” chargers similar to the AirPower.
Amazon’s Delivery Blimp Isn’t Real. Yet!
Twitter was abuzz this week after a video of a massive Amazon blimp unleashing an army of delivery drones made the rounds. And of course, Twitter users were quick to have some fun with it!
I hope this dystopian hellscape Amazon drone blimp will have music so it is like when the ice cream truck comes down the street pic.twitter.com/ph13xEid5u
— Anthony Dever (@anthonydever) April 3, 2019
Nothing about this makes me feel good. https://t.co/sPPC8bR4In
— Chris Barker (@barker_cm) April 2, 2019
But fear not, you won’t soon have drones invading your neighbourhoods! As Business Insider reported, “… a tech-savvy Twitter user created the blimp with computer-generated imagery and posted it online, where it took on a life of its own.”
While the video was faked, the idea behind the blimp isn’t totally far off. In fact, the company filed a patent in 2014 for drone delivery service with an “airborne fulfillment centre.”
Instagram and Snapchat Are Ruining Our Memories
According to a report by VICE Magazine, our obsession with documenting our lives on social platforms can decrease the likelihood that we retain those moments as significant memories.
While we’re busy snapping photos to help us remember special moments, we’re actually interrupting the process that help us store these memories – and all the fine details – long-term; a phenomenon known as the “photo-taking impairment effect”.
The article’s final recommendation? While photo taking is important and necessary, we should approach it with “moderation and intentionality.”
Any Game of Thrones fans out there? The end is almost here! To celebrate the final season, Oreo and HBO partnered up to release a version of the epic series’ intro made entirely of Oreos.