Writing: Stephany Malcolm|Subbing: Kate Reichardt Smart watches: they are the ultimate accessory to go with your smartphone. They can answer your calls and act as a personal trainer...and tell the time, too. 2017 has seen a jump in technology, whether this is down to the latest iPhone upgrades, introduction to wireless headphones or waterproof handsets. Smart watches are soaring this year with the range of choices. Dominated by the Apple watch, classic watch-making brands have followed suit, and added technology to beautifully crafted time pieces. A fusion of the old and new. A watch isn't simply always there to tell the time, as the icon Ian Fleming once said, "A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.” The Voice of London Lifesty
Plans to introduce the new 'Frowning Pile of Poop' emoji have been flushed, after controversy sent typographers spiralling into fierce debate. You might be wondering what all the fuss is about? Well, Unicode Consortium said they felt ‘embarrassed’ by the plans to create a new 'Frowning Pile of Poo' emoji, as an alternative to the original 'Smiling Pile of Poo' popular emoji. Unicode is where people work to create popular emojis that appear on Google, Facebook and Twitter (Yes, this is a real job!) The proposal to implement changes are currently undergoing scrutiny by members of the Emoji Subcommittee. Michael Everson, typographer, responded to the proposal with outrage: "Will we have a CRYING PILE OF POO next? PILE OF POO WITH TONGUE STICKING OUT? PILE OF POO WITH QUESTION MARKS F
Snapchat’s hyped redesign has been unveiled, and it finally separates business and pleasure. The changes are simple yet modern, and an attempt to recover from the Snapchat’s slowed percentage of user growth for the fourth consecutive quarter. As revealed by CEO Evan Spielberg, on a trendy explainer video, the main change between the current version of Snapchat and the new redesign is the separation of friend-based content and publisher content. Swipe left of your main screen, and you’ll have access to your friend’s stories and chats. Swipe right and you can see all the Discover content, that currently remains jumbled up with stories. The Snapchat update will be available to selected users before being released to all users in the next few weeks, and VOL can’t wait. Snapcha
The Duke of Cambridge has launched a campaign to fight back against cyberbullying. 'Stop, Speak, Support', is the world's first youth-led, online code of conduct. It aims to offer young people with something to turn to if the 'banter goes bad'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGcLa-vyxVQ 17 year-old Felix Alexander took his life after struggling with the impact of cyberbullying, last year. Prince William began work on the 'Stop, Speak, Support' campaign after hearing of Felix's death. The focus of the campaign is to encourage social media users to differentiate between online banter and scenarios that would feel them uncomfortable in real life. Charities and celebrities have taken to Twitter to show their support.