Early last Sunday morning, a 29-year-old gunman open fired at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 53. Only 30 people were found alive. It is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Obama said that it was an act of terror and hate. Following the attack, Facebook activated its first Safety Check, a feature that allows users to let family and friends know they are safe during dangerous situations, in the US. Many vigils have happened and are continuing to happen. #LoveWins, #GaysBreakTheInternet and #OrlandoStrong remain trending as people come together on social media. Other reactions to this tragedy have ranged from tearful memorials to heartfelt speeches, but naturally it would not be a national disaster without a political blame-game. Now the topics of gun violence and gun control are on the minds of a lot of politicians. There was even a 15-hour filibuster about it, and trust us, the event was not as cool as the word itself.
The Orlando shooting wasn’t the only tragedy to take place in the Orlando area this past week. Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old singer and former contestant on “The Voice,” was shot last Friday while signing autographs at a meet-and-greet after a show. The gunman shot himself after Grimmie’s brother tackled him to the ground. Also earlier this week, a family vacation turned deadly when an alligator snatched and dragged a 2-year-old boy in the man-made lake at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The toddler’s parents tried to fight off the gator but they were unable to save their son. His body was found the following day. As with the gorilla incident a few weeks ago, parenting and animal experts chimed in on social media.
In wake of all the tragedies that took place in Orlando this week, our thoughts are with all of the victims and their families. Orlando, you are not alone in this. Stay strong, America's got your back.
Microsoft has a new $26.2 billion connection on LinkedIn ... and it’s LinkedIn! (Psst, remember when Instagram sold for a measly $1 billion?) The acquisition is the first for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the biggest for the company itself. The all-cash transaction give Microsoft access to over 433 million members. Microsoft intends to “make LinkedIn profiles the central identity in the workplace.”
Apple takes your LinkedIn acquisition and raises you their 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference. The conference included updates for Mac, iPhone, Watch and TV. Apple is trying to make it so iMessage > Facebook and Snapchat. But the biggest gamechanger: you can FINALLY delete the built-in apps from your Home screen *fist pumps.* But sigh, there was no announcement about the George Jetson-like Apple automotive (iCar? iDrive?). We’ll just keep waiting.
Once upon a time, dinosaurs ruled the world. And with his small arms and big hair appetite, T-Rex was the Donald Trump of the prehistoric Jurassic Park. To prove that he was still at the top of the food chain during our modern time, the all-mighty T-Rex competed on American Ninja Warrior and did pretty darn well too, just don’t ask him to reach for anything on the the top shelf.
In a galaxy, far, far away, jedi smell like oranges, pepper, water lilies, herbs and musk. You think George Lucas would have mentioned this in the prequels.
You know the satisfaction you feel when you respond with the most perfect GIF? Well a new app called Dango uses artificial intelligence to do that for you. Powered by an underlying neural network, the floating app essentially predicts emoji, stickers and GIFs based on your writing. The developers gave it gazillions of examples of human emoji usage from around the web so not only is it good at understanding your writing but it’s also well versed in pop culture. For example, if you type in ‘Kanye West is the’ and it will recommend a goat emoji, referencing Kanye’s self-bestowed title of G.O.A.T (or, Greatest Of All Time). Mind = blown.
After waiting for 13 years, is anyone else super excited for Finding Dory? We’ll have the reviews for you in next week’s Weekly Spread.