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A look into the umbrella that covers you from the rain and allows you to text while walking into other people
by Lory Martinez
I first saw this story on Gawker, and I thought I’d share it with you all.
“Brolly,” once an englishism used to describe an umbrella, is now the name of a “text-friendly” umbrella designed to allow users to stay dry and still freely use their phones. The promo for the new gadget is a parody of what is now deemed a classic “first world problem” : Not being able to text…in the rain.
Check it out:
As a New Yorker, I’ve had this problem, and have been the victim of many a joke by my friends who offer no assistance and instead watch with wide grins as I fumble with my umbrella and phone at the same time. I would often find myself thinking, “the struggle is real,” as the umbrella falls to the ground and I get covered in rain anyway. But of course, the best part is when I walk into/bump into a stranger who is most assuredly having the worst of days, and swears me into a stupor.
Business, I’m sure, will be “a boomin” for the company as this is a common problem. However, I’m not sure this solves the issue of inattention while in motion. Maybe people will bump into each other more often and be more polite to each other as a result? Perhaps we will come up with a way for us to look where we are going while still browsing our phones… but that’s just a pipe dream, and dangerously Terminator-like.
- The Brolly Umbrella Leaves Your Fingers Free For Texting (businessinsider.com)
- Text-Friendly Umbrellas Will Be the Worst Thing to Happen to Sidewalks (gawker.com)
- Google to open stores for Google Glass? (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Search In Pics: Google Story Time, Not Evil Umbrellas & Google Japan View (searchengineland.com)
- Google Glass Will ‘Definitely’ Get Someone Punched In The Face By This CEO (webpronews.com)
A look into Anonymous‘ most recent cyber protest
By Lory Martinez
Infamous hacker group “Anonymous” threatened a massive cyber attack on US servers earlier this week to protest American foreign policy. The plan, dubbed #OP USA, was to be Anonymous’ successful follow-up to #OP Israel, but it did little to no damage to US sites.
According to the group’s press release, “#OpUSA will be initiated on 7th of May 2013 and will target American websites & servers. The hackers say they are targeting the USA for its war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hackers also said the attacks will be done in solidarity with the innocent victims of american drone attacks especially the innocent children.”
However,the plan backfired and instead reinforced relations between the groups’ victims-the US and Israel- in cyberspace. The Times of Israel reported that Israeli hackers promised to fight alongside American cyber-defenders, if the need should arise. The Israel Elite Hacker team, formed in the wake of #OpIsrael, tweeted, “This is a message from the Jewish Nation to our friends in the #USA,” the group said. “Although we have cowards for leaders, we take care of our friends!”
In the states, our cultural response had less of a “friends stick together” feel. It was simply a matter of memes:
Some food for thought, from all of us here at The Media Review.
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- Israeli hackers ready to defend US sites, as #OpUSA flops (timesofisrael.com)
- Digiliante roams the Wild Wild Web: On hacker group Anonymous (themediareviewonwhrw.wordpress.com)
- ‘OpUSA’ Cyber-Attacks Fail to Gather Momentum During First Day (eweek.com)