Disney Bans Selfie Sticks, a Reminder Not to Shoot Drones, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 , 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 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 , 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 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 .
Hitler Hates Tinder [NSFW]
And finally, it turns out Hitler isn’t a fan of Tinder. Why? Because no one swipes right for him . 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 it’s the dictator of Nazi Germany. [H/T Reddit]
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