Peeple Has Vanished, Google Launches Marshmallow… [Tech News Digest]
Peeple goes missing, Android 6.0 makes its debut, Reddit gets curated, Apple Watch enjoys new ads, and Pepsi Perfect is a taste of the future.
Peeple Has Been Taken Offline
Peeple, the so-called “Yelp for People” which enjoyed a wealth of publicity last week, has seemingly disappeared. At the time of writing, the app’s website is down, and both the Facebook and Twitter account attached to Peeple no longer exist. All but one YouTube videos uploaded by the creators of the app has also been taken offline.
The mobile app, which allows people to rate people they know, was unveiled last week. It immediately received a barrage of negative press attention, as people realized the inhumanity involved with rating people in this way. Objections were also raised because of possible consequences, as negative ratings could lead to people hurting themselves.
Over the weekend, company co-founder Julia Cordray published a blog entry on LinkedIn suggesting changes were afoot. Peeple will now be “a POSITIVE ONLY APP”. In fact, Cordray states that Peeple has “always been a positivity app”. Which, if true, suggests the early press coverage skewed the truth. But then the truth about Peeple is still unknown.
Snopes conducted a thorough investigation into Peeple and the claims made by Cordray and her fellow co-founder Nicole McCullough. It’s fair to say something doesn’t quite add up. And now Peeple is being summarily excised from the Web. All of which leads us to suspect that Peeple will never see the light of day. Which may not be a bad thing.
Google Releases Marshmallow
Google has released Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) into the wild. Unfortunately, you’ll need to own a Nexus device to get hold of the latest version of Android anytime soon. The new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will ship with Marshmallow already installed, while other Nexus devices have first dibs on Android 6.0 .
The Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player will all receive over-the-air updates upgrading them to Android 6.0. People in the know can also manually flash the factory images by downloading them directly from Google. Everyone else will have to wait for their network to catch up .
Reddit Launches Upvoted
Reddit is launching a new website called Upvoted. It will exist alongside Reddit, showcasing the best content from the main site but without the user interaction that makes Reddit so entertaining . Users won’t be able to either vote or comment on content.
Upvoted will be curated by a team of around 10 people, who will create stories from the content originally posted to Reddit. This includes interviewing the original posters. In order to make money, sponsored content will also be published on the site.
As noted by Wired, Reddit is well known as the source of content which websites (including ourselves) repackage and present to readers. While we always give credit where credit is due, many sites don’t, which is probably why Reddit is changing things up in this way.
Apple Unveils Watch Ads
Apple has unveiled six new Apple Watch ads, all of which are very different than the previous efforts. The new ads are short, 15-second spots which focus on particular features and how they may fit into everyday life.
As well as Ride, which is embedded above, there’s Sing, Date, Train, Sprinkle, and Cycle. Apple understands the power of advertising , and at a time when most people remain unconvinced about the Apple Watch , these ads could make a huge difference.
Pepsi Goes Back to the Future
And finally, the future is almost upon us. That is the future depicted in Back to the Future II, which saw Marty McFly travel to October 21, 2015. All attempts to make a working hoverboard have failed miserably , but the beverage everyone drank in McFly’s future is becoming a reality.
That’s right, folks, Pepsi Perfect is a real thing. Perhaps even the real thing. Only 6,500 bottles of Pepsi Perfect will be sold, in collectible cases only available online. Blink and you’ll miss them. And what does Pepsi Perfect taste like? We’re guessing regular ol’ Pepsi. Disappointingly.
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Are you hoping Peeple has disappeared for good? Will you be upgrading to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)? Will you visit Upvoted or stick to regular Reddit? What do you think of the new Apple Watch ads? Are you keen to get your hands on some Pepsi Perfect?
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