Apps of the Week: Do we all get our news from social media?

Sunday Social 23/09/2018
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Cate Owen joins RadioLIVE’s Vaughn Davis to take a look at the latest in app news.

Local councils considering electronic voting. Modern or madness?

Nine local authorities are preparing to trial online voting as part of the 2019 local authority elections.

The participating councils are seeking an online voting system that is as secure as current postal voting in the hope to encourage more people to vote.

This ties in with the census, as this year was the first year it went digital – did it work out?

68 percent of Americans still get their news on social media, even If they don’t trust if

This is worrying given filter bubbles and fake news.

Facebook launching “context button” for news stories

The context button provides people more background information about the publishers and articles they see in newsfeed so they can better decide what to read, trust, and share.

Facebook have made the context of an article accessible.

This includes the publisher’s Wikipedia entry, information about how many times the article has been shared on Facebook, where it is has been shared, as well as an option to follow the publisher’s page.

Hey Apple, three movies I bought disappeared from my iTunes library

Apple: Oh yes, those are not available anymore. Thank you for buying them. Here are two movie rentals on us.

Vaughn: Wait... WHAT??

Sony’s PlayStation Classic will come pre-loaded with a cache of well-loved games

Sony announces the PlayStation Classic, its own mini retro console.

The original little grey box is back and it’s littler. And it comes with 20 games.

The teeniest new console is scheduled to hit shelves on December 3, retailing for $99.99.

The PlayStation Classic’s lineup will feature 20 classic games, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. 

The original launched almost 25 years ago.

Ikea is finally in NZ! Well, sort of.

We’ve been hanging out for the flat pack furniture giant to land here forever but now phone users can have the next best thing: virtual Ikea furniture in their own house.

The Ikea Place app uses augmented reality to show you in 3D what various Ikea items would look like in your room before you buy them.

The app measures your room in 3D then places the furniture virtually in your room so you can make sure it fits, decide where it will go and even see how the colour scheme works.

And then... not buy it because we don’t have Ikea here.

Listen to the full interview with Cate Owen above.

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