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Weird Wide Web: Anonymous chat rooms, an unusual umbrella and an iPod for dogs

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Chat room app of the week

Facebook launched an anonymous chat room app this week, which allows you to talk about just about anything and no one will ever know it’s you.

Share the burden option of the week

Spotify’s announced a new service which lets premium users add five separate accounts to their monthly bill so they can split it between friends or family. Thousands of future family arguments avoided.

Nervous pet remedy of the week

If your dog suffers from anxiety (don’t scoff, pet skeptics it’s a real thing), this iPod for dogs is just the thing. According to Mashable, the device plays music that is specifically designed to soothe nervous pooches.


Coveted gadget of the week

If this actually works, we have to have one. Chinese designers have invented an umbrella which uses a”force field of air” to keep rain off you, Buzzfeed reports. The people walking beside you probably wouldn’t be too happy about it though…

Source: Air Umbrella via Kickstarter

Security tool of the week

Internet security is everything now, especially in light of recent high profile leaks of user data. With that in mind, this week Google introduced a new tool to be used in two-step verification for Gmail – an actual physical key.

Source: Yubico

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