Every week we scour the Internet for fascinating sites (that sometimes prove really useful) and entertaining videos that will no doubt make you break more than a smile. Here’s this week’s finds.
For its Worldwide Developer Conference this year, Apple gave audiences a tongue-in-cheek glimpse of a world without apps. It all starts when a new employee accidentally pulls a plug, causing a massive outage around the world. Chaos ensues as a tech apocalypse descends, causing the populace to recreate apps physically, like giving out print-outs of their selfies and actual face swaps.
Roll with it
This viral ad, which celebrates values like sportsmanship and selflessness, will give you all sorts of feels. It opens on a group of boys playing basketball. When one of them spots his handicapped neighbour forlornly watching them play, he does the sweetest thing to make him feel included in their next game. Watch to see how it ends.
This video was made in response to the Israeli Ministry of Education’s decision to remove a book depicting a love story between a Jewish woman and an Arab man from school curricula. The campaign against hatred and discrimination declares that “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” and depicts pairs of Arab and Jewish couples making peace by kissing. Aww.
WEAR THE ACTION IS
Did you know that before humble denim became fashionable, it was the work wear of miners during the Gold Rush? Or that Coco Chanel’s little black dress paved the way for women to wear black to events? Visit virtual fashion exhibition We Wear Culture, a collab between Google and 180 establishments, including our very own National Heritage Board. Fashion fiends will have a field day geeking out on the A to Z of couture, discovering the history and stories of fashion, with over 500 digital exhibits curated from over 1,200 leading museums and archives on ‘display’ here. You also get to learn about the tales behind iconic pieces, from cheongsams to Chanel’s LBD. Struck by wanderlust? Go on a Google Street View virtual tour to stylish spots across the globe, from the snazzy Palace of Versailles to the futuristic Kobe Fashion Museum.
WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
In light of US President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal of America from the Paris climate pact, the Nature Conservancy in Brazil has created a web store ‘hawking’ (faux) products of tomorrow to highlight the dire consequences of global warming. To help paint a grim (yet scarily realistic) picture of Earth’s future, these ‘products’ are made available for pre-order, like the a SPF350 sunscreen for when the Earth is 4°C warmer in 2070, and low-acidic rainwater for 2037, when two-thirds of the world’s population will have limited access to clean water. How would our grandkids survive a world like that?
GEOG YOUR MEMORY
Even the well-travelled will have trouble beating Geoguessr, a site that pulls random Google Street View images from around the globe for you to guess where the places are. Once you’ve decided the picture is a desolate road in the Australian Outback and not a beach in Sentosa, it then shows you how far you’re off and awards you a score. You can pit yourself against friends to see who can identify more landmarks, from the relatively recognisable to the downright impossible, and finally settle the debate of who is the true globetrotter. Too difficult? Narrow it down by choosing themed-maps such as US cities and European stadiums. You can even create your own maps. Prata shops in Singapore, anyone?