Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) World’s Most Photographed Landmarks, But We’re Getting Bored Of The Same Pictures!
New pan-global* research released by Sony Mobile has revealed the top 30 most photographed landmarks worldwide – a list topped by The Eiffel Tower and including Alhambra, The Colosseum, The Burj Khalifa and Big Ben.
The #XperiaNewPerspectives research revealed that more than half of the Top 30 landmarks are shot from the same three angles. With 55% of travellers saying they would plan their itinerary based on photography opportunities, it looks like we need to up our holiday photography game to avoid boring our friends as 47% of people said they were bored of seeing the same three shots. Whilst 52% were more likely to ‘like’ an image of a landmark if it was interesting and something they’d not see before.
The Eiffel Tower’s presence at the top of the list may not surprise, but the data that shows 35% of photographs of the landmark were taken from the same three angles is eye-opening. Other notable landmarks that follow this trend include Christ the Redeemer in Brazil where 71% of shots are from the same three angles, Trevi Fountain in Italy (74%), Mount Fiji in Japan (77%) and Machu Picchu where 85% of all Instagrammed images are taken from the same few spots.
Research also concluded that half of those surveyed pick their holiday based on others’ holiday snaps and a further 45% look to Instagram for inspiration for where to photograph and visit.
Read The Full Story Here #Landmarks #Photography #XperiaNewPerspectives
2) That Animated Gif You’re Sharing Could Be An Ad In Disguise
Animated GIFs (Graphics Interface Format) are now 30 years old, and they are everywhere — we constantly use them to express feelings or joke around with friends, family, or even coworkers. They’re so ubiquitous on the internet that you can now easily find and share GIFs in all the popular messaging apps, like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, keyboards like Google’s Gboard, and even on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. They’re so popular, in fact, that a new trend is brewing. More and more of the GIFs you see are actually ads in disguise.
For example, if you type in “good morning” into a Tenor-supported GIF search, you may or may not see Starbucks-branded content. Starbucks-related GIFs can come from terms such as happy holidays, coffee, good morning, cheers, and more. But if the coffee company wants to make sure Starbucks-branded GIFs are your first results, it can pay Tenor to map its content to “good morning,” putting those results at the beginning. The model is cost per share, so advertisers like Starbucks will only have to pay Tenor when someone shares one of these branded GIFs.
Read The Full Story Here #Gifs #Tenor #Advertising #Marketing
3) Check Out This $12,000 Hourglass Created By One Of Apple’s Designers
If you thought Apple’s $300 physical books were testing the limits of what people are willing to buy, take a look at this. While not from the Cupertino company itself, one of its designers, Marc Newson, has teamed up with wristwatch website Hodinkee to create a $12,000 hourglass.
Instead of using sand, it contains 1,249,996 nanoballs that are made from stainless steel. They come with a copper coating and an anti-corrosion layer that will stop them turning green over time like cheap jewellery.
All those balls mean the product, which measures 5.9 inches tall and 4.9 inches across at the widest point, weighs in at 3.3 pounds. Those ball bearings do look quite hypnotic when falling from the top of the glass to the bottom, admittedly, but is it worth rushing out and placing a $6000 non-refundable deposit for one of the hourglasses?
Read The Full Story Here #Apple #Gadget #Hourglass #MarcNewson
4) President’s Confusing ‘covfefe’ Tweet Remains Live For Hours
Donald Trump has left Twitter more confused than ever before this morning after he started to compose a tweet only to seemingly give up halfway through and hit ‘Tweet’ anyways.
Surely he was trying to spell “coverage”, but what happened to make him mangle the word so badly?
Here are some of the best reactions online. Follow the link to see them.
Read The Full Story Here #DonaldTrump #Covfefe #Twitter #SocialMedia
5) Set Your Apps To Dark Mode When You Take Your Phone to Bed
Reading your phone in bed is ruining your sleep schedule. But if, like me, you do it anyway, learn to do it without feeling like you’re staring into the sun (or annoying your sleeping partner) by enabling “dark mode” on every app that offers it.
App-specific dark modes are different from Night Shift on iOS and Night Mode on Android, which lower brightness and blue light. Dark mode reverses the background and foreground colors, displaying white text on black. While Android also has a dark-colored theme, there isn’t a good-looking way to darken every app’s interface at once. iOS and Android offer an inverted mode, but this throws the entire interface into a nightmarish photo-negative palette. Thankfully, some of the apps that keep you up at night offer a dark mode that’s pleasant enough to use around the clock. Here’s how to find dark mode on the most popular mobile apps.
Read The Full Story Here #Sleep #Apps #Darkmode #Smartphones #IOS #Android
6) Viral of the week: Hare Spotted Legging It Through Dublin Airport With A Cigarette In It’s Mouth
Social media has gone mad for a picture of a hare with a cigarette in its mouth taken at Dublin Airport on Sunday. The wild hare was caught running across the Dublin Airport coach park with what one tourist thought was a fag hanging out of the side of its mouth yesterday.
Louise Acheson’s photo has been retweeted and liked thousands of times on Twitter – with people going mad for the animal. But Dublin Airport has revealed the truth about the animal – it actually has an overgrown tooth. They said: “Sorry to spoil all the online jokes, but don’t think that hare has a cigarette in its mouth. It’s more likely an overgrown tooth.” And one punter agreed with their explanation, revealing how a vet told him this is a common problem.
The hare was caught on camera at Dublin Airport. Bizarrely this is the second time some thought they spotted the hare smoking this year. Earlier this month, a Dublin bus driver was stunned when he spotted the hare while taking his own fag break.
#cigharette #nothingtodeclhare #DublinAirport #Hare #Viral #Twitter
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