This week in digital

Rachel Perry

This week in digital

A brush with death for Paint

Microsoft announced at the start of this week that Paint had joined a list of features that will be ‘removed or deprecated’. After a few days of outcry, Microsoft has now announced the application will still be available in its Windows store. They said: “If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans!” Paint was first introduced as part of the Windows operating system in 1985.

Google tests auto-play videos

Google has begun testing a new auto-play video feature in its search results. Currently they are only being tested on desktop search results pages, and it appears to be limited to search queries involving films.

Facebook faced backlash over a similar feature when videos began automatically playing in users’ newsfeeds.

Google also announced this week that they will be removing the Instant Search feature from mobile, which automatically populates the search results as you type, to improve the user experience.

Amazon vs Alibaba

Amazon launched its Prime Now services in Singapore this week, which is the brand’s first venture into the Southeast Asia market. The move is set to challenge Alibaba, Amazon’s Chinese rival, who own RedMart, Singapore’s largest online supermarket. The brands are already competing against each other in India. Watch the video below to find out more.

eBay launches AI image search

eBay has announced this week it is launching two new features, which use machine learning technology, for its mobile apps. Both are designed to enable customers to be able to shop by an image.

The first is called Image Search, which allows users to shop by uploading an image into the search bar of the app.

The second feature is called Find It On eBay, which will initially only be available for Android devices. It will allow users to share an image from a website or social media to eBay to see similar product listings.

And finally…

A zookeeper has gone viral this week for wearing a panda outfit whilst looking after pandas. The animals are currently in Wolong National Nature Reserve in Southwest China. The pandas are due to be released into the wild and the idea of the panda costume is to ensure they don’t begin to rely on humans. Watch below for a cute end to your week!