This Week in Digital…

Becky Grainger

This week in digital

Ebay Listing Goes Viral

A father of three posted a very honest Ebay description of his children’s buggy; “this buggy signifies everything that ended my happy carefree low cost child free life.” The hilarious description has now gone viral after the seller posted it on his Facebook “for a starting price of just £9.99 you too can screw up your life”, the buggy is now set to earn him over £156,000. 

As a key selling point the description reads: “during its lifetime its had pretty much every bodily fluid known to science, (and several that have yet to be discovered) chucked over it by my children”.  



WhatsApp Launches Google Chrome Extension

Messaging service WhatsApp has widened its offering from just mobile to now PC, laptop and tablet. According to an official blog post WhatsApp have stated that the Google Chrome extension “is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device – this means all of your messages still live on your phone.”

Bad news if you are an iPhone user though as WhatsApp revealed that the web feature will not be available on Apple devices: “Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.”

Microsoft Will Launch Office 2016

Microsoft held a large event this week to share more information on the upcoming Windows 10. Following on from this Microsoft have now also announced the launch of the new Office suite. Julia White, Office’s Product Manager wrote in a blog post: “Yesterday’s unveil of Windows 10 showcased a new generation of experiences that will empower people and organisations to achieve more. In partnership with Windows 10, the Office team is bringing a fantastic new set of Office experiences to this platform, furthering our mission to bring the unparalleled productivity of Office to everyone, on every device.” Windows have always dominated the desktop market but now with a focus on mobile for both Office 2016 and Windows 10 it’s clear that they are set to attempt to take on Android and iOS.

Twitter Translates Your Tweets

Twitter have revealed that they will be teaming up with Bing Translator to give users the ability to view tweets in multiple languages. You can manually enable the translations by logging into your account, go into your account settings and locate the tweet translation section. Once you have enabled the service you view a translation by finding the globe icon located in the tweet and clicking it to view a translation that will appear below the tweet.

twitter bing translator

Also this week, Twitter have announced another new feature titled ‘while you were away. Twitter’s blog post describes the feature as; “A lot can happen while you’re on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors.”

while you were away

And Finally…

Facebook aims to cut down on the amount of hoax stories that appear on a user’s timeline. Fake stories designed to redirect traffic has been an issue on the social media site and Facebook have now announced that their “update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook.”