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The new Snapchat update

Snapchat has released a new update which is proving to be very annoying for many of the users. It’s includes a lot of new features. In a blog published last year, Snapchat said the update was designed to separate content produced by friends and professionals. “‘ Until now, social media has always mixed photos and videos from your friends with content from publishers and creators’, it wrote”. Chats and stories from your friends can be viewed by swiping left, while stories from publishers, creators and the community can be viewed on the discovered page that you swipe right to get to.

The friends page has also been redesigned to make it more dynamic, so that the friends you talk to the most will be easier to find rather than seeing the people that you don’t really care for.

4 out of 10 people have recently deleted snapchatted because of the new update. People are complaining about “complicated” the new update is to use and control. They complain about how the new update is too cluttered and is just plain out “annoying”. Chloe Lehn said “ I hate it, I miss the old Snapchat and it’s really hard to view stories that I actually want to see now , I don’t understand why Snapchat would change their whole setup when it was fine the way it was and everyone loved it. The only thing we actually want back is when you can see each other

best friends and maybe some other stuff but not a change in the whole layout, there was no point”. Alli Rorrick agreed with Chloe and said “ The new Snapchat update ‘sucks’ and they should’ve kept the snap stories apart of there snap. I wish they added the best friends list; where you can see your friends best friends”.

Many people have tried to reverse the update by deleting the app, going to settings and turning off the automatic update and then re downloaded the app. If this happened to work, it would only last for about an hour or maybe even less than that.

Also many people on Twitter have been trying to direct message Snapchat and ask for the update back for a certain amount of retweets. Snapchat did fortunately reply to the direct message and said “We have heard a lot of complaints about the new Snapchat update so why don’t we say 50,000 retweets and we will think about a new plan for Snapchat”. So in the the future we can maybe see the Snapchat that almost everybody loved or we will have to unfortunately stay with this recent update.

Parkland Shooting

On Thursday at Stoneman Douglas High School, a 19 year old former student is suspected for gunning down at least 17 people. This massacre has now become one of the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Seventeen people were killed, more than a dozen were injured, five with life-threatening wounds.

Nikolas Cruz had been expelled from the school for unspecified disciplinary reasons, formerly described as a loner by one of his classmates. It is believed that to get a higher death rate, the suspect pulled the fire alarm to draw people out. Students had said they had a fire drill earlier in the morning so they thought it was strange when the alarm went off for a second time. The shooting occurred around 2:20 pm and lasted for several minutes. Cruz was armed with a AR-15 style rifle which was purchased legally and no laws were violated in the purchase of this weapon. According to a US official briefed on the investigation, the suspect bought the firearm in the last year and passed the background check to make the purchase of the gun.   

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Chinese Police Use Recognition Software in Sunglasses to Apprehend Criminals

When we see cool technological advances in things such as movies and other media, it’s no wonder why we see these as a great model for what we want the future to be. However, the future may finally be starting to catch up. If you heard there were glasses that could potentially be used to identify people and help stop crime, wouldn’t you think it was the premise of some weird sci-fi film? Well, as it turns out, Chinese police may be turning that strange image into a reality.

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Cape Town Dangerously Close to Running Out of Water

Cape Town, South Africa is dangerously close to becoming the first city in the world to run out of water. “Day Zero,” a term coined by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, is predicted to arrive sometime between April and May. This is the day when the Theewaterskloof Dam — alone responsible for more than half of Cape Town’s surface water supply — will finally run dry, and the taps will officially turn off. Continue reading Cape Town Dangerously Close to Running Out of Water

Justin Timberlake Halftime Show

Super Bowl 52 was one to go down in history as the Philadelphia Eagles took away the franchises first Super Bowl win. But something that people won’t remember from this year’s championship game was the Pepsi Halftime Show.

Justin Timberlake was the chosen artist to grace the 50 yard line during this year’s halftime show. As he recently released a new single, ‘Filthy’, many were looking forward to his performance. But even die hard NSYNC fans can admit that his performance fell a little flat. Timberlake opened his set with his new hit, but many feel that his vocals were difficult to here and masked by the dancers and set. He then went on to sing a mix of 10 more songs, including his most popular songs, Mirrors, Cry Me a River, Suit and Tie, and Sexy Back.  Continue reading Justin Timberlake Halftime Show

Volkswagen Under Fire for Animal Testing

Last Thursday, the New York Times released an article that uncovered an even more heinous layer of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. Following concerns surrounding the adverse health aspects of diesel exhaust, scientists funded by Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler (owner of Mercedes-Benz) conducted an unusual experiment: Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.

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Russia Bans ‘Extremist’ Comedy The Death of Stalin

Russia’s Culture Ministry has banned the film The Death of Stalin from theaters across the nation, just days ahead of its release.

But what is The Death of Stalin, and what makes it such a controversial piece? Well, as you’d expect, the film takes place in the USSR, at the time when the infamous Soviet leader passes away. To set the scene, the year is 1953, and the communist powerhouse is left without a head of state. The country is left deep within the voids of a power struggle, and the higher-up officials/comrades of Stalin scramble to usurp his throne. The movie is a political satire, and in the same vein of “Er Ist Wieder Da” (Look Who’s Back), the 2015 German shock-humor comedy in which Hitler wakes up in modern day Berlin. The Death of Stalin shares a similar style of one-liners and mockery.

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Scene from Look Who’s Back, which features a similar style of humor. Photo courtesy of Constantin Film/Netflix.

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Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar was supposed to be a top notch doctor who worked with elite athletes, so young athletes went to him for injuries and broken bones thinking that he could help them.

However, the doctor followed a repeated pattern. Under the disguise of medical equipment, Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting the athletes. He admitted to going back as far as 1998 to putting his finger into the vagina of girls as young as 13 and assaulting girls as young as six years old.  Into the sixth day of this trial, it is said that a total of 144 victim impact statements will be read in total. Victims got to deliver and talk about the hours of they spent of being assaulted and the tole it took on them after Nassar manipulated them.

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