Google Home Mini Listens Up, Twitter Adds Bookmarks and Apple Wants in on Stranger Things Nostalgia: The Week in Review

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // October 13, 2017

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know to silly social trends.

Last week in social…

Bookmarking is coming to Twitter, rejoice! This feels like the rare Twitter update created by people who actually use Twitter. (Looking at you, 280-character increase.) A “Save for Later” feature will be coming to tweets soon, likely splitting the current Share via DM button up into a menu with the additional option to Add to Bookmark. This is a welcome improvement over the current system, where most people DM tweets to themselves or give a Like as a makeshift bookmark. (via Engadget)

Snapchat’s Context Cards add additional info to your Snaps. The latest feature on Snapchat lets users swipe up on a snap to see additional information about what they’re looking at: locations, contact information, reviews, restaurant reservations and access to Lyft and Uber. The tools to create these cards are said to be similar to the marketing tools already part of Snap’s platform (like when you swipe up for more info on a story). It’s not just about convenience: the cards will also keep you on Snapchat for longer, bumping engagement stats for Snap while minimizing the need for you to pull up Google or Yelp. (via TechCrunch)

Facebook, we have a problem. Due to networking issues, Facebook and Instagram experienced outages on Wednesday in the United States and Europe. The outages were first being reported around 11:11 a.m. and most of the issues were resolved by 2:30 p.m. With users unable to access Facebook and Instagram, people quickly turned to Twitter to voice their complaints. Well… what’s bad for Instagram and Facebook is good for Twitter, right? (via Mashable)

 

Last week in technology…

“Oops-k Google.” In what sounds like a worst case scenario for Google’s new home smart speaker, a journalist’s review unit of a Google Home Mini was inadvertently recording him nearly constantly, sending the info back to Google. Google determined the problem was due to an overly sensitive touch mechanism on the device, but accidental eavesdropping is still creepy. (via Popular Mechanics)

Happy anniversary, Kindle! Amazon celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Kindle e-reader with a new 7-inch Oasis. Even more significant than the larger screen size? This is the first waterproof model—no more frantically checking the tide charts during your beach reading. The new Oasis also has a built-in Audible app… but no headphone jack, so you’ll need to stream your audio books to external speakers or headphones via Bluetooth. (via the Verge)

Close encounters of the Apple TV kind. What happens when you’ve got $1 billion to spare and you’re on a mission to create your own original content? We’re about to find out, as Apple starts ramping up original programming for iTunes and Apple TV. They’ve sealed the deal with an interesting throwback: a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi anthology Amazing Stories. While it’s hardly the most beloved Spielberg property, it’s not a half-bad gamble given the Stranger Things/1980s lovefest going on right now. Plus, anything that helps us forget Planet of the Apps is a good thing, right? (via the Los Angeles Times)

 

Last week at Mindset Digital…

When Facebook is up and running, your news feed can be filled with meaningless updates in no logical order (maybe Facebook being down for a day was a blessing in disguise). Sure, you tolerate the friend who posts 10 times a day, five of them being about their meals, but you don’t want those lasagna pictures pushing down important updates from people or companies you care about. Learn how to prioritize your news feed so you can scroll through the important things first and then check in on your friend’s dinner progress.

 

Thank you, Internet!

Are you a Marvel fan? You’re in for a sneak peek thanks to the one and only Mark Ruffalo. The actor, who plays the Hulk in the film, live-streamed the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok on Instagram. However, Ruffalo forgot to end the live-stream once he entered the theatre so fans got to hear the first ten minutes of the film before he realized and stopped streaming. Only Mark Ruffalo could accidentally break Marvel’s confidentiality in the purest of ways. And really, who’s going to try and discipline the Hulk?

(via BuzzFeed)

 

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Kelly Rudolph, Pete Brown and Matt Weiner all contributed to this week’s roundup.