Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 223
BL and David discuss bulletproof vests for kids; the growing Cambridge Analytica Scandal involves Plantir and Peter Thiele; driving a car with VR; brands on HQ Trivia; long-forms audio; Google image optimization; Google Lens comes to iOS; a Boring development; the mountain of data you gave away to Google and Facebook will blow your mind; Desperately Seeking Counsel on Craig’s List; no more Lytro; a social network with no humans allowed; and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
A new campaign and website purporting to sell bulletproof vests designed for kids is actually promoting a hidden message about gun control in America.
VR Driven Car
At Nvidia’s GTC conference, the company unveiled a wild technology demo and it’s straight out of Black Panther.
HQ Trivia Gets First Brand Sponsors
Nike and Warner Bros are the first brand sponsors of the wildly popular HQ Trivia live game show that some call “millennial Jeopardy.”
- Warner Bros., Nike are first brands to sponsor popular HQ Trivia app
- Tonight you can win HQ Trivia’s biggest prize ever — $250,000
Audm – Audio Subscriptions
Service makes long-form journalism easy to consume online.
- Does Mark Zuckerberg Even Know What Facebook Is? – Article includes an Audm player
- Audm app
Boring Company to Sell Life-Size Lego Bricks (Maybe)
Elon Musk announced on Twitter that his Boring Company will sell life-size LEGO-like bricks made from excavated rock produced by the tunneling process for tunnels that don’t yet exist.
New Boring Company merch coming soon. Lifesize LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock that you can use to create sculptures & buildings. Rated for California seismic loads, so super strong, but bored in the middle, like an aircraft wing spar, so not heavy.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2018
Google Images Get Captions
Google will pull the title from the page on which the image is displayed to use as the caption for image search results.
- Google Images update: Captions added to images, pulled from the page title tag
- Get more useful information with captions on Google Images
Desperately Seeking Counsel
President Donald Trump is currently short on attorney, and since it looks like he’s gonna need one (or two), an anonymous good Samaritan decided to put a job posting on Craigslist to help Trump out.
- Craigslist ad seeking attorney for ‘difficult client’ in D.C. is the ultimate Trump troll
- Seeking Lead Attorney For Difficult Client
Worst Digital Cases
What Facebook and Google Really Know About You
Your data is the cost of using a free platform. But what they know is truly mindblowing.
Want to freak yourself out? I'm gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it
— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
Cambridge Analytica + Palantir = Super Scary Shit
Peter Thiel’s defense contractor is officially connected to the Cambridge Analytica story.
- Spy Contractor’s Idea Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data
- Episode 222: Cambridge Analytica Scandal & #MarchForOurLives
Leaving Facebook via Instagram
Apparently, not everyone realizes that Facebook owns Instagram.
Gotta love the ol' We're Stepping Away From Facebook declaration posted on…. Instagram. pic.twitter.com/xEIP90V4aA
— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) March 28, 2018
No More Lytro
The pioneering light-field camera company is shutting down.
Shiny New Stuff
No humands are allowed on this sweet pets only app.
Google Lens Comes To iOS
Lens is an on-demand object recognition tool, accessible through the Google Photos app. When users take a photo of a book or painting, for example, Lens recognizes it and spits out information telling you more details about the object.
Starting today and rolling out over the next week, those of you on iOS can try the preview of Google Lens to quickly take action from a photo or discover more about the world around you. Make sure you have the latest version (3.15) of the app.https://t.co/Ni6MwEh1bu pic.twitter.com/UyIkwAP3i9
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) March 15, 2018
The Daily Numbers