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Reddit Bans Celebrity Nudes, Motorola Launches New Moto X & Moto 360, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 08-09-2014

Also, Microsoft revamps MSN, Steven loves emoji, Google Glass lands on Google Play, and Wakie wakes you up with strangers.


Reddit Breaks Out The Banhammer

Reddit has banned The Fappening — the subreddit tracking the celebrity nudes leak Apple Investigates Celebrity Nudes, YouTube Introduces Tip Jar, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, looking forward to the Internet Slowdown, Windows XP edges 1% closer to death, play Star Citizen for free, the new Raspberry Pi Web browser, and the wearables we narrowly avoided. Read More — as well as other forums continually reposting links to the photos in question. The celebrity nudes leak saw hundreds of photo of celebrities in varying states of undress leak online, and The Fappening subreddit became a hub for news and views on the scandalous event.

The ban occurred as Reddit was preparing a blog post explaining why it had so far refused to ban The Fappening and other “questionable subreddits.” Reddit maintains that The Fappening hadn’t broken any rules in regard to the celebrity nudes Titillating Tweets: The 18 Funniest Reactions To The Celebrity Nudes Leak [Weird & Wonderful Web] Opinions on this saga have varied. We are not here to preach, so, presented without judgment on their suitability, here are some of the funniest tweets that appeared on Twitter in the aftermath. Read More , but pre-existing rules started being broken, leading to the ban.

This explanation hasn’t placated the angry, placard-waving Reddit mob, which is suggesting this is nothing but censorship. It doesn’t help that while all talk of celebrity nudes has been censured, subreddits which exist to collect and share nude photos of non-celebs have been left well alone. Which, it could be argued, is double standards.

The mass debate is sure to rage on, and on, and on and on, until no one actually cares any more.

Motorola Launches Range Of New Products

Motorola has launched a trio of new products:-


The Moto X is a new version of the best-selling flagship phone How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today The Moto X boasts several features you won't find on other Android devices at the moment. The first of these is the Active Notifications feature, which lights up the screen with the latest notification. Another... Read More . It features a 5.2-inch OLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera. Buyers can choose to have a wood or leather finish on the back, with the device costing $499.99 unlocked when it becomes available later this month.

The Moto 360 is Motorola’s first smartwatch, which was announced back in March alongside Android Wear Google Android Wear, Moto 360 & LG G Watch, PS4 Virtual Reality [Tech News Digest] Android Wear for wearables, Moto 360 and LG G Watch, the NSA is MYSTIC, Xbox One expansion plan, PlayStation 4 virtual reality headsets, LINE Call for international chats, and the 'Unnumbered Sparks' art installation. Read More . Interested parties can now order the Moto 360 from various retailers for $249.99, with early stock having already sold out over the weekend. The Moto 360 sports an edge-to-edge round display, a heart rate monitor, and wireless charging.

Last, and most definitely least, is the Moto Hint, a bizarre take on the Bluetooth headset which is being called the first “earable.” The Moto Hint sits in your ear, letting you converse with your paired smartphone by talking and listening. Which is an interesting idea, but not quite as forward-looking as the smartwatches threatening to overtake the market.

Microsoft Revamps MSN Portal

Microsoft has revamped the MSN portal, with eager beavers invited to try out the beta version. The new MSN portal features a responsive design, touch optimization, and a switch from content produced in-house to content provided by more than 1,000 partners.


Further proof that Microsoft is committed to the MSN brand comes with the announcement that the Bing apps for iOS and Android will be rebranded MSN in the coming months. Which is a cruel irony given the recent culling of MSN Messenger Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Travesty, iPhone 6 Mobile Wallet, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, MSN Messenger is done, Pixlr arrives on desktop, Flickr lands millions of copyright-free images, Nintendo unveils new 3DS games consoles, and the worst Iron Man suit ever. Read More , now considered surplus to requirements thanks to the existence of Skype.

Steven Is A Social Network Based On Emoji

Steven is the name of a new social networking app based solely on emojis. Created by former Twitter exec Abdur Chowdhury, Steven logs your activities and locations with emojis, as well as allowing you to add photos and comment on friends’ photos, all using emojis. This isn’t the first emoji-only social network, but it is the first named after a cat.

Google Glass Available Through Google Play

Google has removed all barriers for those people who want to own Google Glass, adding the innovative wearables technology to Google Play. Unfortunately, despite this new easy availability, Google Glass is still priced at $1,500. Which means you need a lot of disposable income to justify even considering making a purchase.

If you believe the video we shared last week Apple Improves iCloud Security, Twitter Kills Twitpic Over Trademark, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Rdio goes freemium, Facebook privacy checkups, free Xbox One game offer, iDiots queue for the iPhone 6, and why Google Glass sucks. Read More , Google Glass wouldn’t be worth buying even at a fraction of that price. But then not everybody agrees What The Internet Really Thinks Of Google Glass [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. What about you? Read More with that pessimistic sentiment.


Wakie Is A Stranger Alarm Clock

And finally, installing a new app called Wakie means you can enjoy (or endure) being woken up every morning by complete and utter strangers. Wakie, called Budist in its native Russia, pairs people who want to be woken up at a certain time with people who want to do the waking up. After all, everyone needs a hobby.

Wakies and Sleepyheads, as the two parties are called, are of a similar age but the opposite gender, for no apparent reason. The Wakie calls the Sleepyhead at a designated time, with the conversation lasting one minute. Phone numbers aren’t shared, unless of course you decide to reveal it during your conversation. Which we personally wouldn’t recommend.

Wakie is already available for Android and Windows Phone, with the iPhone version awaiting approval from the overly cautious Apple.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Has Reddit done the right thing in banning The Fappening and its associated forums? Are you interested in either the Moto X or the Moto 360? Would you let a random stranger give you a wake-up call?


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. Tom W
    September 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Wait, so MSN Messenger was rebranded to WLM, MSN Search was rebranded to Bing Search, WLM was shut down, and now Microsoft had decided that it actually wants the MSN brand? It feels like grasping as straws to me.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Or further proof Microsoft sucks at naming stuff. Choose one and stick to it!