Five things on Friday #188

Things of note for the weekending Friday August 5th, 2016.

Things of note for the weekending Friday August 5th, 2016.

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What a GLORIOUS DAY IT HAS BEEN!

Also: the newsletter is on time. What the flop?

Amazing.

Shall we?

1. GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, WATER PISTOLS DO

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If you’re an iPhone user, then you might already know that Apple’s latest firmware test release (aka – iOS 10 beta 4) features a number of really great emoji updates.

One of them though is perhaps not so great.

E.g.:

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You can see how this might be a problem.

Emojipedia has a great write up on the above (and more).

Go read it.

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2. PROPER TRANSFORMERS

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This live-action version of classic Transformers is actually brilliant.

And probably 10,000% better.

Go watch it.

Don’t even start me on the newly announced version of Hot Rod. Jeez.

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3. BANKING IN NEPAL

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This is amazing.

“In Kagbeni, Nepal, a village of fewer than 1,000 people nestled high in the Himalayas, rupees change hands inside shops and barley is traded for buckwheat in the streets, but there is no modern way to store wealth. The nearest bank is a three-hour hike away; while most villagers have a drawer or plastic bag filled with badly worn rupees, few bother making routine deposits or withdrawals. So when a family finds themselves with a little extra money, or in need of some, they look to their rooftops, where the Kagbeni version of a savings account is neatly stacked.”

Uh huh.

More here.

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4. FLOCK TO UNLOCK – UNLOCKED!

Hey, look at this NEW thing.

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About two yeas or so ago, if you worked in any kind of communications agency, you’d have had a conversation with a media agency about this SUPER NEW AND EXCITING new feature from Twitter called ‘Flock to Unlock‘.

Here is an article covering a Puma execution from August 2014.

If I recall correctly, the price of entry for use of said feature was about £50k. Might’ve been $50k. Can’t quite remember. Anyway, point being, jump back to August 2016 and Twitter have [finally] rolled it out for all and sundry with no huge media spend up front (seemingly, at least).

I think Marvel did it last summer too…

Yes, they did.

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It didn’t go down that well.

So look, ‘Flock to Unlock’ is now available. It’s got a new name and you can find out about the details over on Twitter’s blog.

Go on, off you pop.

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5. USE THIS

It isn’t new but it is useful.

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Thanks to TNW for the reminder.

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Bonus items this week are as follows:

And I’m done.

Oh.

One more thing.

What’s got two thumbs and is off to enjoy his weekend?

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