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If you weren't currently aware, California is currently going through a serious drought with water officials reporting that "growers have been sucking more water from the ground than nature or man has put back for decades" with many more sobering statistics involved.
Now as members of the public are being warned to watch their water usage, celebrities have been brought into the spotlight as some of our biggest water wasters.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been pointed out as a specific example among many others, sporting lush green lawns and full swimming pools amid a barren desert landscape, without any real measures put in place to curb their water usage in the immediate or distant future alongside. Adding to this, some companies are continuing to bottle water despite the severe shortage.
Dr Michael Salzhauer has become quite the 'internet celebrity' recently through the power of Snapchat - posing as his alias, Dr Miami, Salzhauer has been using his Snapchat story feature to broadcast videos of what he's been up to in the office.
While most users will post photos of their morning coffee, business lunch or absurd amount of incoming emails, Salzhauer has been showing off his handiwork in the medical sense, describing it as the most fun he's had since medical school.
Would you identify as having a dirty mind or are you simply wanting to keep your kids out of trouble? Either way, Instagram recently announced that they will be adding emoji hashtags if you're really wanting to search for more of the same but they're barring the eggplant from this service, Gizmodo has reported.
The aubergine is apparently too much like a phallus to be respected and therefore must be chopped. It's said that not only does this look a little like male genitalia, youth of today are using this hashtag as a way to represent such things (I have never felt as old in my life as I did writing that sentence).
The banana and corn emoji's are still running wild alongside the peach, dripping needle and more. If you're an activist and looking for a change, finding other minded people in regards to this issue will be hard however as we already mentioned it's not searchable.
During Facebook's Q1 2015 earnings report, the social network has said that there are now over 1.44 billion people using Facebook each month, which is up 13% year-over-year. From those 1.44 billion users, 1.25 billion of them were on mobile, which is a bigger increase of 24% year-over-year.
Facebook has 936 million daily active users, and 798 million mobile daily active users (an increase of 17% and 31% year-over-year, respectively). This is something worth noting: around 65% of Facebook's users are using the social network daily, with 64% of those on mobile using it every single day. The numbers are continuing to grow, where if we compare the mobile-only monthly active users from Q1 2013 (just two years ago now) where it was at 189 million, compared to 581 million in Q1 2015.
Other noteworthy numbers: there are 800 million people on WhatsApp per month, 700 million on Groups per month, 600 million people using Messenger each month, and 300 million people using Instagram per month. Insane numbers, which are joined by 45 billion messages sent daily, 4 billion videos viewed per day, 650 million people connected to sports Page of some kind, and there are now over two million advertisers using Facebook.
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has won over support after turning to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to make an announcement of her upcoming presidential campaign. Even though Clinton is a well recognized name in politics, it's expected she will try to use social media to promote a clear message in an effort to win over voters.
The following Tweet has garnered more than 100,000 retweets and has been favorited more than 97,000 times:
I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. -H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015
Social media is used for a lot of good purposes, but also has turned into the perfect outlet for middle and high school students to cyberbully and threaten one another. During a recent study, half of students in the Detroit area admitted to bullying one another, spreading rumors, or demanding sexting-related content from their peers, according to Wayne State University.
Forty six percent of students in "high risk schools" conducted social media misuse, while 54 percent of students in "low risk-schools" admitted to the same behavior.
"It begins with the constant texting or the stalking on Facebook," said Poco Kernsmith, associate professor of social work at Wayne State University, in a statement published by the Detroit Free Press. "'Where are you?' and 'Who are you with?' It becomes 'I don't want you to hang out with your friends,' and 'I don't like the way you dress.' It becomes controlling and isolating."
Fed up with Facebook's breach of rights in regards to things like tracking of data under EU laws and involvement in the NSA's PRISM surveillance, Max Schrems is spearheading a class-action lawsuit against Facebook with 25,000 users rallying behind him.
With the class-action filed against the Irish subsidiary at a civil court in Vienna, News.com.au explains this being a possibility "because under EU law, all member states have to enforce court rulings from any other member state."
Facebook wants to make it easier for parents to keep photos of their kids on the social network, unveiling its new Scrapbooks feature. The new Scrapbooks feature allows you to "opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook" and much more. Here's what it can do:
- You can opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook.
- You choose what you call the tag-it could be your child's name, initials or something fun.
- You and your partner choose which photos to tag.
- Only you and your partner can tag your child in photos.
- We've built in lots of reminders and tips to guide you along the way.
In order to use it, you just go to the "About" section of your profile, click on "Family and Relationships" and then "Add Scrapbook" next to your kid's name (as long as they're already added to your profile, and added as a family member).
The Somerset County Sheriff's Office in Maine were able to arrest a suspect on outstanding warrants with the help of his social media posts.
Christopher Wallace, wanted for burglary, made a post on Snapchat that he was back home, even though he knew local police were looking for him. When Fairfield Police Department officers were in his house trying to locate him, then Wallace reportedly posted on Snapchat that he was hiding in a cabinet - and additional phone tips were called into the police department.
"A search of the kitchen cabinets turned up some food, some pots and pans, and also a pair of feet," a recent Somerset County Sheriff's Office Facebook page boasted. "The pair of feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace. He was removed from the cabinet, and placed under arrest."
During Facebook's F8 developer conference, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that 360-degree spherical videos will soon be on users' News Feeds.
Zuckerberg showed the audience a demonstration of the new 360-degree video, which was filmed at its Menlo Park-based HQ. The in-house footage was captured with an array of 24 camera working together, which allows a user to look freely within a virtual environment - perfect for that $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR last year.
The best bit about the new 360-degree videos is that they don't require a VR headset like the Oculus Rift to be played back, as they'll work on normal computers, smartphones and tablets. Facebook does want to see Oculus Rift owners putting their Rift headsets on and watching the content that way, but we don't even know when the CV1 of the Rift will be made available yet. Facebook has, however, been on a .huge hiring spree leading up to the launch of the Oculus Rift CV1