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Disney Bans Selfie Sticks, a Reminder Not to Shoot Drones, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-06-2015

Selfie sticks are doomed, drone target practice, iOS 9 updates, the BBC never forgets, Music Player for Reddit and Adolf Hitler reacts to Tinder rejections.


Disney Hates Selfie Sticks

Disney has banned selfie sticks from all of its theme parks. This includes Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. The ban begins this week, with selfie sticks being confiscated during routine bag checks at the entrances to the affected locations.

The Walt Disney Company has previously banned selfie sticks from being taken on selected rides, but is now taking a sterner line on these items of narcissistic joy. This isn’t too surprising given the fact selfie sticks have already been banned from music festivals Why Selfie Sticks Should Be Banned From Music Festivals This strange craze for taking selfies is going too far, with selfie sticks starting to ruin other people's experience of events like music festivals. Let's stop it before it's too late! Read More , museums, film festivals, and other theme parks.

Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty told The Orlando Sentinel, “We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.”

Selfie sticks, for the uninitiated, are extending sticks which hold your smartphone in place, allowing you to take epic selfies This Is How You Take Self Shots There's nothing vain about taking photos of ourselves. In fact, we can often be our best subject. Read More without requiring help from a stranger. Unfortunately, they can be annoying to other people and even cause safety issues. So, banning them seems a rather sensible measure.

Don’t Shoot Your Neighbors’ Drones

As we discovered last year, many Americans’ first instinct would be to shoot a drone out of the sky if it impinged on their airspace. However, if a recent legal case, as revealed by Ars Technica, is anything to go on, doing so may not be the best course of action.


Eric Joe was flying his drone above his parents’ orchard in Modesto, California, when neighbor Brett McBay blasted it out of the sky using his shotgun. McBay is alleged to have accused Joe of flying the drone over his property and “testing surveillance”. Joe took McBay to court to force him to pay for the damages to the drone.

The judge believed Joe’s version of events, which suggest the drone wasn’t actually flying over McBay’s property. Which means McBay allegedly shot down someone else’s property without any jurisdiction over the airspace it was occupying.

There’s an important lesson to be learned here. Because as much as the average American wants to right to privacy, shooting first and asking questions later is a ridiculous stance when talking about drones. Yes, the government is probably spying on you Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted by the NSA Yes, that's right. If you care about privacy, you may be added to a list. Read More , but they’re unlikely to do so by flying a drone outside your window.

iOS 9 Deletes Apps to Install Updates

With iOS 9, Apple has fixed the problem of users not having enough space on their iDevices to install system updates. As according to MacRumors, iOS 9 will delete apps to make room for updates, reinstalling the deleted apps once the system has been updated.


This should help Apple fans who own iDevices with small amounts of storage, a problem with the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. An alternative fix is not to overload the underwhelming device with files and apps in the first place. Duh.

BBC Disregards Right to be Forgotten

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has published a list of articles Google has been forced to remove from search results because of the “right to be forgotten” ruling Right To Be Forgotten, Xbox One Kinect, Popcorn Time On Android [Tech News Digest] The "right to be forgotten," major Xbox One news, Popcorn Time for Android, Dogecoin robbery, new Google Hangouts, and Beats audio is just the beginning for Apple acquisitions. Read More enacted by the European Court of Justice in 2014.

The articles still won’t appear in search results, but they can be viewed openly on this BBC Blogs post, which will be updated every month. The right to be forgotten means anyone can ask Google to remove specific articles when people search for their name.

Try Music Player for Reddit



Music Player for Reddit is an open source media player that turns various subreddits into curated playlists. Created by Belgian developer Ilias Ismanalijev, Music Player for Reddit uses the power of the crowd, displaying YouTube videos based on recommendations from Reddit users.

You can sort the subreddits by genre and sub-genre, ensuring you only get recommendations based on the type of music you actually like. You can also add custom playlists, allowing you to further hone the selections being offered. This is therefore an excellent resource for anyone looking to discover new music 6 Fantastic Ways To Discover Cool Music You've Never Heard Before If you’re a music lover, you’re familiar with the constant need to discover new music. You already know lots of good music you like, but the thirst for more is unstoppable. There’s lots of good... Read More .

Hitler Hates Tinder [NSFW]

And finally, it turns out Hitler isn’t a fan of Tinder. Why? Because no one swipes right for him Using Tinder? Avoid These 8 Common Mistakes Here are common Tinder mistakes you should avoid, from falling for fake profiles to sabotaging your potential matches. Read More . I mean, I don’t blame them. This is Adolf Hitler, after all. If anyone is going to fail at finding love through online dating Online Dating: Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More it’s the dictator of Nazi Germany. [H/T Reddit]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Disney right to ban selfie sticks? Should you be allowed to shoot down drones? Are you looking forward to iOS 9? Should the BBC have published the list of “right to be forgotten” links? What do you think of Music Player for Reddit?


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