Google brightens up its logo, Wikipedia breaks protection racket, Amazon Prime lets you download videos, Colbert voices Waze, CBS streams NFL, and Jimmy Kimmel makes enemies of gamers.
Google’s New Logo Splits Opinion
Google has unveiled a brand new logo which looks markedly different from the previous logo. The thin, stylized lettering is gone, replaced with a much simpler, brighter, and bolder alternative. The new Google logo could have been designed by a child with a marker pen, which, believe it or not, is a compliment.
The new Google logo isn’t just about those six letters though. For starter, the logo is scalable, meaning it remains legible no matter what size screen people see it on. Secondly, it’s animated, morphing into four dots boasting the four colors Google uses across its range of products and services.
I personally like the new logo, but it seems to have split opinion pretty much down the middle. John Gruber, who is an Apple fanboy to his core, stated, “Their old logo was goofy. This new one is simply garbage. Just right for a company with no taste”. Which, correct me if I’m wrong, means he’s not a fan of either the logo or the company behind it.
Wikipedia Discovers Dodgy Editors
I just edited Wikipedia for the first time and it was a lie to prove a point and it worked and you’ll NEVER CATCH ME *skips away*
— David Pierce (@pierce) September 2, 2015
Wikipedia has banned 381 editors alleged to have been taking part in “undisclosed paid advocacy”. What this essentially means is they were shilling for brands and publications, creating Wikipedia articles in order to promote said entities. For a hefty fee, of course.
According to the Wikimedia Foundation, these bogus editors would create articles in full, and offer to publish them in return for cash. What’s more, for $30-per-month, these same people would offer to “protect the article from vandalism and prevent its deletion.” Like a digital protection racket.
Wikipedia’s CheckUser team launched an investigation codenamed Orangemoody (after the first sockpuppet account ever discovered), and 381 editors have had their accounts banned and 210 articles have been deleted. There are bound to be more attempts at this kind of thing, but at least this particular scam has been scuppered.
Amazon Prime Offers Offline Viewing
Amazon has updated its Prime Video apps to allow offline viewing for selected content. Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria can now download certain content to watch later.
This includes Amazon Original Series such as Bosch and Transparent, popular shows such as 24 and Downton Abbey, and Anchorman 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Which, incidentally, are films Netflix is losing at the end of this month.
The offline viewing option is available on Android and on iOS, with Amazon stating, “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection”.
Stephen Colbert Voices Waze Directions
You can now enjoy Stephen Colbert giving you turn-by-turn directions in community-based navigation app Waze. This is a purely promotional effort for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (which premieres on Sept. 8), but it’s still pretty awesome.
Colbert did exactly what you would expect him to do, which is mock the whole thing. He said, “For years, I navigated the roadways using a compass, a sextant and the guidance offered by the stars. But now I can just listen to my own dulcet tones instructing me on Waze”.
CBS Streams NFL Games for Free
Football is everything! pic.twitter.com/CTX4mLnLHm
— Football Life (@FBLife_) September 2, 2015
CBS has announced it will be showing two regular season games for free on a range of different devices. It will also show four playoff games and the Super Bowl, again without the need for a subscription or any authentication.
The games in question are the New York Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 4, and the Carolina Panthers vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 26. As previously announced, Yahoo will be streaming the Buffalo Bills vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars game for free on Oct. 25.
Gamers Fight Back Against Jimmy Kimmel
And finally, Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t understand why anyone would watch gamers play games. He can’t help it; he’s old and out of touch. However, gamers really didn’t like him mocking their hobby when he reported on the launch of YouTube Gaming. And many called him out on his ignorance.
Rather than apologize for offending people, Kimmel doubled down on his attack, reading out some of the responses in order to get some cheap laughs. So, not only has he attacked people for partaking in an activity which harms absolutely no-one, he’s now openly mocking them for disagreeing with him. Nice!
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
What do you think of the new Google logo? Have you ever edited Wikipedia? Will you be downloading Amazon Prime Instant Video content? Who do you want to voice Waze directions? Will you be watching the free NFL games on CBS? If you’re a gamer, what do you think of Jimmy Kimmel?
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