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The Week That Was: Consumer Technology (8/6/2018)

8th June 2018

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This week we discuss the latest innovations and news from the world of Consumer Technology. Check out the most talked about trends and discover campaigns that are making a meaningful impact on the sector and consumers.

Ginger Emojis Finally Arrive
It’s the news all redheads were waiting for, ginger emojis have finally arrived on smartphones. This news comes off the back of a long campaign where almost 22,000 people signed a petition to launch the emojis. Redheads aren’t the only ones in luck with other emojis featuring curly hair, white hair, or no hair will also be added. This new update brings the total emoji count to 2,823.

The Sonos Beam
In San Francisco on Wednesday, Sonos announced the launched of their new Sonos Beam. This new device will allow you to pick and choose which of the voice assistants you want to use for certain tasks, since it will be integrated with Siri, via your Apple device, with Amazon Alexa built-in, and soon it will also support Google Assistant. This product demonstrates the power and great usefulness of these devices working together and opens up more choice to consumers, meaning you don’t have to pick just one.

Monzo Announces New Link with IFTTT
Monzo is becoming your new smart bank. This week it announced its integrated with If This Then That (IFTTT) meaning that it can connect your account to a host of other services. This is the first time that a bank has linked up with IFTTT to connect their bank account with other apps. This is an interesting move and gives people more freedom to make their banking personalised.

Facebook is Apologising Again
Another privacy glitch has affected over 14 million users of Facebook, in what is the second issue to arise regarding their data security. The incident has meant that posts intended to be shared privately may have been published publicly. This comes not long after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They may be handling this incident slightly better than the last, being transparent from the start, but the lack of trust for the platform is undoubtedly growing.

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