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Facebook Tests Deleting Updates, GTA V Confirmed For PC, PS4, Xbox One, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 15-09-2014

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

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 Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] So you want to text someone a private flirty or goofy photo or video of yourself, but you know that images and videos can be shared and circulated on the Internet very quickly. Well it... Read More , 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 The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More 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 GTA Online Launches: Here's What You Need To Know Rockstar's latest open world masterpiece set records as fans rushed to a life of crime in Los Santos, but a large portion of the game - the multiplayer - was missing. Until now. Read More 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 Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Read More has chosen its side, removing products featuring the name and/or the logo for fear of causing offence.

SanDisk Launches 512GB SD Memory Card

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 Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? About a decade ago, manufacturers started to sell what's now widely known as an HDTV. But now HD is old news, so the industry has decided to push another new technology; Ultra HD, also known... Read More , 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

Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More 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

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 iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More . 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 10 YouTube Mash-Ups Guaranteed To Make You ROFL I have a tough job sometimes, and when the orders come from above to sit there and troll YouTube looking for funnies, I am only too happy to oblige. I offer my services to you... Read More 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]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you want the ability to set your Facebook status updates to self-destruct? Will you be buying GTA V on PC, PS4, or Xbox One? Should the Apple Watch be round rather than square?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Imaduddin Sawal
    September 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Yeah , totally agree upon your point that , "What might be the use of self-destruction messages?"

    While other's might say that self-destruction messages are useful for messages you don't want to be responded to after a certain time or so your thoughts disappear after a certain time , then you are damn wrong . "Screenshots" should be your biggest fear then ...
    A while ago in my country , a politician posted a tweet and then deleted it and denied even tweeting that ( LOL ) , but the Media had already screenshot it and so he was proven guilty !

    • Krasen I
      September 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I think it can be used more like "Hey anyone for a drink ?" expire in 1 hour;
      or meet (insert brand here) at (insert place) for presents. expire in 1 day. :)