Social Media Bytes – The weeks’ social media news

Posted on 13/02/2015 · Posted in Blog
  1. Mind-reading Pizza Hut menu helps picky customers find pizza perfection
  2. Shhhh! Not in front of the TV – Samsung warn viewers that their Smart TV might be a little more integrated into domestic life than previously thought…
  3. Internet ASBOs – UK government seek to address increasing levels of online anti-Semitism and hate crime
  4. Stuck for a Valentine’s date? Now you can hire one…
  5. Crowd-funded fundraiser backfires as generous givers request refunds over dubious Heathrow homeless stories

Mind-reading Pizza Hut menu helps picky customers find pizza perfection

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  • We’ve all been there, smiling politely as a picky date takes what feels like hours to decide on a dish while an increasingly frustrated waiter offers ignored suggestions. Well, Pizza Hut’s new mind-reading menu has made that awkward scenario a thing of the past, with a computerised menu that can make a choice on behalf of its user in 2.5 seconds
  • A built-in webcam tracks the movements of diners’ eyes as 20 menu items are rapidly flashed onto the screen, quickly choosing them a pizza with the ingredients their eyes lingered on
  • Tested in their flagship branch on the Strand, Pizza Hut now aim to roll The Subconscious Menu out across the chain
  • The menu offers 4896 possible pizza combinations, with 98% of customers claiming they were satisfied with the computer’s choice
  • What do you think? The best advancement in technological advance since Tinder or a pizza PR flop?

Read more here: http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/11/pizza-hut-tests-out-hi-tech-mind-reading-menu-that-tells-you-what-to-eat-5058137/

Shhhh! Not in front of the TV – Samsung warn viewers that their Smart TV might be a little more integrated into domestic life than previously thought…

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  • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”, so wrote George Orwell in his novel 1984, fast-forward to 2015 and the novel’s dystopian vision of a life invaded by prying telescreens has become a reality, with Samsung this week issuing a warning to customers that those who use the voice control setting on their Samsung Smart TV might be at risk of digital prying
  • News got out that when voice recognition is activated the Samsung TV is set to “listen” to commands and may pass on what it hears, regardless of content, to Samsung and third parties
  • The Samsung privacy policy that exposes this privacy lapse has been widely circulated on Twitter, prompting the company to issue a statement reiterating that the setting can only be activated via the remote control and that it did not retain or sell voice data
  • Are you happy to share secrets in front of your household appliances or is it all getting a bit too 1984 for your liking?

Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31296188

Internet ASBOs – UK government seek to address increasing levels of online anti-Semitism and hate crime

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  • Following a worrying rise of anti-Semitism in Britain, with incidents reportedly doubling in 2014 to 1,168, the government have this week announced plans to tackle online hate crime with ASBO-style bans
  • An All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism has suggested that anyone using online forums to commit hate crimes, defined as an offence carried out against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation, should be banned from social media and other aspects of online communication
  • The news comes as media outlets report a worrying online prevalence for anti-Semitic language and content, with incidents peeking during conflicts between Gaza and Israel in July and August last year
  • The likes of Hitler and Holocaust became common hashtags last year, with #HitlerWasRight trending worldwide in July. The inquiry’s suggestions will hopefully be the first step in reversing this trend, making people more accountable for their actions online

Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31246808

Stuck for a Valentine’s date? Now you can hire one…

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  • Stop! Cancel your Valentine’s Day plans! Send back all the cards you received! No wait. Burn the cards (recycle the cards)
  • For a mere £100 you can hire a buff, semi-clad butler to wait on you hand and foot and even run a bath for you on Valentine’s Day (but only for 2 hours…)
  • This is what you can expect if you order a butler for Valentine’s Day through the Butlers in the Buff and Bathrooms.com – get booking now!

Read more on the buffed up bodies here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dump-your-boyfriend-valentines-day-5137959

Crowd-funded fundraiser backfires as generouse givers request refunds over dubious Heathrow homeless stories

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  • Kind-hearted well-wishers who donated more than £9,000 to the middle-class couple who live rough at Heathrow Airport have been given refunds after questions were raised about their income.
  • Pensioner Alan Lane, 71, and Katrina Smith, 62, have been sleeping in terminals at the UK’s largest airportfive days a week and paying £50 a night to stay in a B&B for the remaining two.
  • Their story touched the hearts of people across the world and they have received the generous sum in donations from those moved by their plight on fundraising website GoFundMe.
  • But some of them are now asking for a refund after questions were raised about their situation including the fact that their combined monthly income is £1,400 – a sum many people feel is adequate to put a roof over their head.

Read more on the Homeless at Heathrow couple here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-heathrow-refunds-given-kind-hearted-5149390