If your Facebook feed were a flavor, what would it be?

When was the last time you called your significant other, “honey,” or criticized someone for being “sour”? It’s a curious thing to sit down and think about, but the reality is that we often communicate with each other — perhaps subconsciously — in terms of taste, even if we’re describing something abstract and flavorless.

But what if it worked in reverse? What if we could taste the words we used on a day-to-day basis?

That’s the kind of thinking that inspired the flavor masters at Talenti Gelato to take on their most ambitious project ever. Known for creating delicious frozen treats from an extensive catalogue of natural flavors, Talenti recently devised a way to create a one-of-a-kind gelato flavor based on your social media persona.

It’s called FLAVORIZE.ME — and it can transform the words you use on social media into a quantifiable flavor.

Best of all, there’s a chance that your unique personality flavor will get made for real. Here’s how it works.There’s a lot that goes into creating your personal gelato flavor — and it’s more than just upwards of 350 ingredients.

First, the Talenti team sifted through a corpus of the 10,000 most-commonly used words in the English language — along with popular social media phrases like “turnt” and “SMH” — and broke them out into the five categories that our taste buds recognize: Sweet, salty, sour, bitter and spicy. Naturally, words like “love” and “awesome” fall into the sweet category, while words like “stupid” and “hate” belong in the bitter realm. But that wasn’t enough.

To add further clarity to the corpus, Talenti arranged its massive flavor catalogue into those five categories and indexed them based on the levels of intensity. Meaning, if “love” is the most intense word in the sweet category, it’s matched up with Talenti’s most intense sweet flavor, say, brown sugar.

Then things get a little complicated (in a good way).

When you submit your social media persona for evaluation, Talenti’s algorithm will analyze the words you used most on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — even the colors of your Instagram photos — and place them into the flavor index. Your persona will then be assigned a custom flavor based on how proportionately sweet, salty, spicy, sour or bitter you are.

Granted, if you spend the majority of your online time trolling on Twitter, you probably won’t like the bitter flavor you receive. But the Talenti team says that’s the point. “Some people just don’t have suitably delicious gelato personalities,” a Talenti rep says.

In an ideal situation, however, you’ll receive a totally off-the-wall representation of all facets of you personality. Maybe your generally-sweet-but-sometimes-cynical-sometimes-sarcastic attitude lands you with a delicious blend of mango, lime and chocolate cake — a flavor combination that the world may have never known if not for you.
You can finally see — and taste — just how unique you are

To get started with your personal flavor profile, visit this link for details: http://www.FLAVORIZE.ME.

Starting today, Talenti will run FLAVORIZE.ME for five weeks. At the conclusion of the challenge, Talenti will choose six of the most unexpected and delicious flavors to be produced and shipped to their personality “muses” — meaning, only the best entrants will have the chance to taste their social media personas. For more information about the delicious world of Talenti Gelato, please click here: http://www.talentigelato.com


Siri will call the police when you say ‘Charge my phone to 100%’

Well, this is slightly alarming.

A newly discovered bug in Apple’s iOS will call emergency services when a user asks its voice assistant Siri to “charge my phone to 100%,” as reported by The Verge. After you make the request, your iPhone will give you a five-second window to cancel the call.

If you ask Siri to “charge my phone” and then say a phone number, or a contact’s name, it will call that number. If you ask Siri to “charge my phone” and then say a phone number, or a contact’s name, it will call that number. Similarly, if you ask Siri to “charge my phone to 99%,” it will attempt to call 99 — which isn’t a phone number.

Perhaps the issue stems from Siri misinterpreting “charge my phone” as “call,” and “100%” as 911. Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.

News of the bug surfaced on Twitter earlier this week, with some users encouraging others to ask Siri to charge their devices, without noting what the end result would be.

Siri is no stranger to quirky bugs and throwing intentional shade, but while her sass is often cute and funny, this latest issue could be dangerous and could instigate a flurry of prank or unintentional calls to authorities. Prank 911 calls can result in fines or jail time in many jurisdictions.

To confirm the issue, Mashable tested the request on both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6S, running with iOS 8.4. It also worked on the beta version of iOS 9 with an iPhone 5S. Meanwhile, if you ask the question using Siri on an Apple Watch, it prompts you to call emergency services using Handoff on your iPhone.

It’s unclear why someone would ask Siri to charge their phone in the first place, but it could explain why this error is only being discovered now.  for more information please click this link


Students and graduates – watch TV to boost your employability

Yes I’m serious and no, I don’t mean copy what you see on The Apprentice – the only thing you’ll learn is how not to act in the business world. If all you do is shout then hopefully you’re going to be fired. Dragons’ Den on the other hand, challenges small business owners to pitch their product and themselves for investment. Essentially, that is what you’re doing as a graduate when applying for a job. You are an investment for the employer and they will hope to see a significant return if you join their business.
Graduate recruitment is an expensive investment and companies want a return on that outlay. If a company is spending an average of £5,000 per graduate hire, plus training and development costs, they won’t settle for second best. In the ‘Den’, the Dragons are quick to pick apart weak pitches and don’t hesitate to call applicants out on their shortcomings. Likewise, if an employer can’t see the potential return on an investment, they won’t hesitate to declare themselves out. Click here to read more

Free Film Festivals – A New Way To Enjoy Cinema | Gorilla Film Online

Going to the cinema is not exactly cheap. In fact, I would go as far as to say it is expensive. Ticket prices have risen over 25% in the past 5 years and gone far above inflation over the past 30. One of the more simplistic solutions suggested last year by a large distributor was to adjust the price of film tickets in line with their budget; if The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies costs you, let’s say, £15, then Boyhood might cost you about 24p. Seems fair.

Amazingly that idea hasn’t taken off, but there might be a more simple approach that is rapidly developing. Enter the Free Film Festivals: the umbrella name for a network of free, community run film festivals in the UK.

Like all good ideas, it started in a pub. ‘I knew someone who wanted to start a film festival in Peckham and another person who wanted to start one in Nunhead,’ says Neil Johns, FFF founder, ‘so we got together in a pub one night in 2010 and that’s how it started.’ Words which, with the exception of Watson and Crick, don’t tend to lead to much. Yet, currently there are 7 festival locations, with 6 in London (mainly the South) and 1 in Weston-super-Mare. ‘We were all local residents who liked living where we did,’ continues Neil, ‘and the idea was really a celebration of our community as much as it was about film.’
Salvation army hall free film festival

Salvation Army hall

This might sound a bit twee to some, but it’s proving to be a sturdy business model. Trust, friendship, ’community’; call it what you like, but the bond between neighbours in these boroughs and pockets is a valuable asset and precisely what makes the festivals free. ‘It’s amazing who comes forward to help,’ says Neil, ‘we have venues saying we can use them for free, caterers offering help with food and drink, shops opening late so they can be cinemas.’

Money is needed to some extent, of course. Collections are held to fund the purchase of licenses the following year, local authorities chip in with generous donations and charitable organisations like Film London, Cinema for All and the BFI provide advice and occasionally grants too. But overall, with each festival running on a budget of £2,000 – £4,000, it remains almost entirely autonomous.

Importantly though, it is always completely free for the audience. ‘When all my family wants to go to the cinema it can cost nearly £40,’ says Charlotte Ashworth who is organising the Herne Hill FFF for May 2015, ‘and that’s not including transport and popcorn. That puts a trip to the cinema out of range of many families which is awful.’
Herne hill station outdoor cinema for free film festival

Herne Hill Station Outdoor Cinema

Beyond making them more affordable, community run events provide a flexibility not always permitted in a more margin driven environment. This May, for example, Herne Hill is showing films ranging from art house to cult at a train station, a lido and a velodrome, whilst the Camberwell FFF (19 – 29 March) is showing similar at venues like a cafe, a church and a whole host of pubs.

Jacqueline Chell is Operations and Development Manager for Cinema For All; a national organisation that supports and advises people who want to set up community film events like these. Jacqueline draws a connection between affordability and this originality. Due to the high price of admission at a cinema ‘audiences don’t go to cinema as regularly, and take fewer risks with their film choices. For many, £9 is a lot to gamble on a film that you might not enjoy.’ But community cinemas with their affordability and eclectic programmes allow audience to ‘take a punt on an unknown or challenging film, and are more likely to come back to your venue more often.’

Jacqueline makes another important point in saying that this is not new: ’Volunteers have been putting on film screenings for a long as film has been around,’ she says, ‘even before the first cinemas were built.’ But although clearly screenings have always been organised by non-commercially motivated groups, their means of doing so has advanced drastically in the past 10 or so years.
people with no professional background in film can source titles, licenses and screen within a short time span
The technology is more readily available now; people with no professional background in film can source titles, licenses and screen within a short time span. Importantly, they can organise and communicate better than ever too. 10 years ago a group of previously disparate individuals could not meet, discuss and promote the way that they can now. It is wildly optimistic, but it seems as if the foundations may be being laid for a fresh, affordable and more progressive way of publicly screening and viewing film.

The first of the 2015 Free Film Festivals starts in Camberwell on the 19th March and runs to the 29th. There are also events in New Cross (April/May), Weston Super-Mare (May), Herne Hill (May), Peckham and Nunhead (September), South Norwood and Thornton Heath (October), London Fields (October).

Full details on the Free Film Festival site.

via Free Film Festivals – A New Way To Enjoy Cinema | Gorilla Film Online.

RIP Internet Explorer

Nostalgia for the ’90s is literally everywhere right now, but as of today there is an official death in our ’90s tech family. Microsoft is getting rid of one of its signature ’90’s products, and killing off Internet Explorer — the notorious browser of our youth that still gives those pure 1995 feels.

The company confirmed rumors that it would be dropping the Internet Explorer brand and begin using a new name for its next browser release. That brings us simultaneous levels of nostalgia pangs, and realizations that we haven’t actually used Internet Explored in many, many moons.

“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” marketing chief Chris Capossela said at Microsoft Convergence on Monday, The Verge reports. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser, which is codenamed Project Spartan..”

Translation to that is that Internet Explorer isn’t going to go away immediately. It will still be around in some version of the new Windows operating system, Windows 10, but the new browser will be the default way for users to access the web. Which means, if you want to use Internet Explorer you’ll have to make a really conscious effort to do so.

BTW ICYMI, Internet Explorer has been stigmatized in the computing world for years, for being buggy and prone to hacks. A lot of people also just think it’s not quite sleek enough.

The new browser will be faster and have a user experience more similar to Google Chrome, Firefox, and other competitors. Do you think we should send in some name suggestions for Project Spartan? Code Giggles? GigglyGo? GoGoGiggles?

We’ll do some brainstorming


All Comedy Will Be Canceled: How the BBC Prepares for the Eventual Death of the Queen


No one lives forever, not even monarchs. In a recent piece for Business Insider UK, Rob Price explored the slightly morbid topic but deeply fascinating topic of what will happen in Britain when 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth II’s reign comes to an end. The Queen has been on the throne for over six decades, during which time 12 different Prime Ministers have served Britain (as well as 12 US Presidents). Price posits that her eventual death will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years, affecting all aspects of British life. In the excerpt below, he discusses how this will play out on the BBC:

Assuming the Queen’s passing was expected, the news will spread at first via the main TV channels. All BBC channels will stop their programming and show the BBC1 feed for the announcement. The other independent channels won’t be obligated to interrupt their regular…

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