Also, Etsy bans Redskins merch, SanDisk releases 512GB SD card, Netflix says “Bonjour” to France, Apple Watch in the round, and a stunning mashup of amateur YouTube musicians.
Facebook Tests Self-Destructing Status Updates
— Jen Flitter (@jenflitter) September 8, 2014
Facebook is testing out ephemeral status updates. These would be status updates users would set to self-destruct after a certain period of time, with the first guinea pigs of this feature able to choose periods between one hour and seven days.
The self-destructing status updates feature was first spotted by the Twitter user above. Facebook has since confirmed the test, telling ReadWrite, “We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”
Ever since Snapchat popularized the notion, the number of apps offering the ability to set a time limit on content has increased massively. This is likely Facebook’s attempt to jump on the bandwagon, although it’s difficult to see why anyone would use such a feature. Answers on a postcard, please.
Grand Theft Auto V Launches Again
Get set to see Grand Theft Auto V in stores once again. Over one year after it was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar Games is releasing GTA V on PS4 and Xbox One on Nov. 18, 2014, and on PC on Jan. 27, 2015. While the storyline and gameplay mechanics remain the same, all three versions will feature “major visual and technical upgrades,” new weapons, vehicles, and activities, and over 100 new songs to listen to on the radio.
Grand Theft Auto V was a hugely successful game upon release, racking up sales of $1 billion within its first three days on sale. With growing userbases on both the PS4 and Xbox One, and a dearth of truly great next-gen games, millions of copies will likely be sold once again this holiday season. Let’s just hope GTA Online handles the pressure better this time around.
Etsy Bans Washington Redskins Merchandise
Online marketplace Etsy has banned the sale of Washington Redskins merchandise, as the name is considered to be “disparaging and damaging to Native Americans.” Etsy has essentially added Redskins merch to the list of prohibited items not allowed to be sold through the website because it’s hateful or demeaning.
There has, of late, been a healthy debate over the name of the American football team, which many Native Americans feel is inappropriate. The team is refusing to change its name, and many fans don’t feel they should be forced to do so. But Etsy has chosen its side, removing products featuring the name and/or the logo for fear of causing offence.
SanDisk Launches 512GB SD Memory Card
Throw away your external HDD, SanDisk introduces the world’s first 512 GB SD card http://t.co/wa4eh3LBu0
— Brian Dragtstra (@dslr_nl) September 15, 2014
SanDisk has launched a 512GB SD memory card onto the market, the biggest memory card yet released. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I, to give it its full name, is aimed at professional photographers and videographers looking to shoot in 4K definition, but as the price drops over time, this could become a legitimate option for ordinary consumers as well.
The price of the 512GB SanDisk memory card has been set at $799. This is inarguably a lot of money, but not that extravagant when you consider that this is the highest capacity memory card released so far. How long now until 1 Terabyte is being offered?
Netflix Officially Lands In France
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— Netflix France (@NetflixFR) September 14, 2014
Netflix has officially landed in France, as indicated by the above tweet the company sent out. A push into mainland Europe has been expected for several years, but securing rights to local content has slowed progress considerably. With France now in the bag, more countries are expected to follow in quick succession. Fingers crossed.
The Apple Watch Should Be Round
— Louis-Xavier (@LouisXavierL) September 11, 2014
Should the Apple Watch be round rather than square? A design student at Seoul Women’s University decided to test the theory, and the results are pretty striking. This poor design decision is just another reason to mock the Apple Watch. Or are we being too harsh?
Amateur YouTube Musician Mashup
And finally, mashups created using two or more well-known songs is so 2012. YouTuber and musician Kutiman creates magnificent mashups using amateur musicians and singers found on YouTube. These short clips are edited together to create what can legitimately described as masterpieces, and the video embedded above, titled Give It Up, is his latest opus. [H/T Vice]
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