This Week in Digital
LG Launches Airport Robots
Electronics company LG is trialling new robots in Seoul's Incheon International Airport in preparation for next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The brand has launched two types of robot. The first is the Airport Guide Robot, which helps with directions and boarding times and speaks four languages. The second is the Airport Cleaning Robot, which is tasked with keeping the floors clean and is able to dodge obstacles in its way. The robots were initially unveiled at CES in January this year.
Facebook Begins Testing a New GIF Feature
Facebook has been testing a new GIF making feature. Users will be able to create them through their camera using a range of different effects. It is currently being tested on iOS devices with a small focus group. The social media network is hoping for a wider roll out in the near future.
HTC Pop-Up Ads Annoy Users
HTC users were left very annoyed this week after unwanted adverts began popping up on their devices. The brand's latest smartphones feature a TouchPal keyboard as standard. Adverts are currently appearing above the keyboard when a user starts typing.
HTC responded to the negative feedback by saying: "This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we're working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible."
— Jack McCrone (@JackJMcCrone) 15 July 2017
Amazon to Launch its Own Messaging App
This week, it was announced that Amazon is preparing for the launch of its own messaging app called Anytime. The app will allow users to make video calls, use different image filters and will be available across PCs, tablets, smartphones and smart watches.
There were also rumours this week that users will be able to play games on the app and interact with Amazon services. Time will tell if it is able to compete with the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook messenger.
Many users were left without access to Facebook on Wednesday as the social media app appeared to go down. Users across many parts of Europe, including the UK, France, Germany and Poland, received ‘service unavailable’ notices when trying to connect. Many took to Twitter to air their feelings using the hashtag #FacebookDown…
— Megan (@Megan16388662) July 19, 2017
Facebook is down! I repeat, facebook is down. This is not a drill! 😅😂🤣 #facebookDown
— Diane Taboada (@d_ianthe28) 19 July 2017