It’s Friday and that means it’s time to get well-informed – just in time to impress all those friends you’re going to meet up with over the weekend.

A lot of interesting developments happened in the digital space this week, so we suggest telling your clients you’re in a meeting, turning your phone onto silent and making sure your chair is in the upright position.

This is the news.


The U.S. Secret Service plans to detect sarcasm on Twitter

U.S. Secret Service to understand sarcasm on Twitter

This will be exciting news to anyone who has tried to use a customer service orientated program that just can’t seem to understand sentiment. Thank you U.S. government…thank you.

To be honest, they aren’t just out to detect sarcasm and false positives, but are also wanting to monitor a host of other factors, so the resulting software should be impressive. Wonder if it will ever be made public?


Instagram believes bigger is better

Instagram site redesign

Instagram has of course always been all about the visuals, but now they plan to emphasise the power of imagery on their platform even more – they are redesigning the platform to ensure that images are bigger and the layout of the platform even cleaner on both desktop and mobile. Enjoy igers!


Apple launches music streaming service

Apple Music Service


The thing we’ve been patiently waiting for ever since Apple bought Beats Music has finally been announced! Apple took the opportunity at WWDC 2015 to announce the new service – which will soon be rolled out to over 100 countries.

Android users will also be able to enjoy the service in time, but in the meantime, Apple device users will be able to trial the service for 3 months for free.


Pinterest and Instagram embrace commercialism

Pinterest buy now button


If you’re a Pinteresting addict, then you can admit that you’d love to buy most of what you pin. Well then, good news! Pinterest is finally adding the “Buy Now” button as an option on pins.

In a similar move, Instagram has opened up their advertising offering to all businesses, not just the top guns anymore. Keen to start the monetising of both these platforms? Read up on more about both developments on Bizcommunity.


And here’s one for all the iPhoneographers – iStore announces iPhoneography competition


iphoneography competition

Do you have an iPhone?

Do you think your pictures are the shizniz?

If your answers were “Yes” and “of course”, then you might want to take a look at this competition. In its fifth year, this year’s iStore iPhoneography competition comes off the back of the campaigns launching Apple’s newest phone offerings. You have until 28th August to submit your top five photos – good luck!