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Weird Wide Web: An apology to drag queens, a DOOM Lego masterpiece and helping you switch off

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
Oct 5th 2014, 11:30 AM 7,416 0

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

Exciting Netflix news of the week

If any of you are fans of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, you’ll be delighted to know that Netflix is going to release its first original movie next year – a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Source: Rico Torres/Netflix

Silly messaging app of the week

JibJab, who first brought you those wonderfully entertaining ecards that allowed you to put friends’ faces on dancing elves, have released a new messaging app in the Apple store. It works on the same premise of the ecards, using your face and those of friends to make amusing animated messages. The era of GIF messaging has arrived and it’s very silly.

Facebook apology of the week

The social media giant this week humbly apologised to drag queens and members of the transgender community for a policy that forced them to use their real names or set up a separate page. The company promised to fix the way the policy is handled.

Facebook Drag Queens Drag queens Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, protest the Facebook policy at City Hall in San Francisco. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Lego masterpiece of the week

Leo artists Ochre Jelly created this homage to the much loved first person shooting game DOOM – and it’s spectacular… See more here.

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Source: Ochre Jelly/YouTube

Helpful app of the week

A new app hailing from Germany – part funded by the government there – aims to help people switch off from their busy lives for a while. The difference between this app and other is that is doesn’t just identify your bad habits, it helps you break then, TechCruch reports. It allows you to unplug without missing urgent matters so you can set contacts who will be able to break through your offline wall and it will auto-respond to incoming messages on your behalf.

Source: Offtime via Facebook

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