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Friday Five: Living in the Future Edition


Drawing in 3D, visualising London’s commuters and Google-generated poetry: yep, this is the 21st Century.

With half our office out at PHP London this Friday, it’s quiet in JAX towers… too quiet. Thankfully the Friday Five should bring such much-needed raucousness back into our working day, with an unintended “living in a high-tech future” theme.

1. High Profile Hacks – Burger King tweet a whopper

Global hacking collective Anonymous have been at it again this week, with fast food chain Burger King their latest target. The US company’s Twitter account was the subject of a security breach on Monday, with a tweet claiming they’d been bought out by rival McDonalds. Not long after, their profile picture was changed to the eponymous golden arches. Twitter acted swiftly suspending the account, but the damage had already been done with nearly half a million tweets related to the incident. Although Burger King gained a whopping 30,000 followers in one day because of the hack.

It’s been a week of high profile hacking – the next day, Chrysler Jeep’s account started posting disparaging tweets about the off-road vehicle, while American billionaire Donald Trump’s account posted a Lil Wayne lyric, peeving the tycoon immensely.

Even Anonymous themselves were hacked by upstarts Rustie League – not even the hackers are safe!

2. 3D printing’s little brother

Despite its insane growth, Kickstarter has struggled to shake off a reputation for being a catalogue of vapourware. However, 3Doodler looks very real, despite its outlandish concept: It can “draw” solid plastic lines seemingly out of thin air.


The project originally planned to raise just $30,000, but with 30 days to go has already raised a jaw-dropping $1.5m.

3. A day on London’s transport network


The JAX editorial team has spent enough time on the Underground to know there’s a lot of people on it. But we never knew just how busy it can get from day to day. Jay Gordon has published this cool visualisation of the 16 million daily transactions on London’s transport networks, using vehicle data from buses and Oyster cards.

Each pixel represents a 100m section of Greater London. Green indicates the number of passengers in transit, blue shows travellers either before their trip or after, while red indicates those are between trips or outside the network. The result is something rather beautiful and shows just how hectic London’s transport network can get.

4. The next generation of shooting stuff

Did you catch Sony’s big PlayStation 4 press conference this week? While still light on details, Sony at least showed off its new touchpad controller, revealed that it can livestream and record videos of your gameplay and promised the final console would be out by the year’s end.

Matt Lees of has packaged up the event’s highlights in a three-minute video (warning: contains NSFW language and British humour).

PlayStation 4

5. Google gets poetic

And finally… Who would have thought that the world’s most popular search engine could provide so many eloquent stanzas just with its autocomplete function? New Tumblr blog Google Poetics is the poetry compendium on the subjects that the people want. It could be up there with Keats and Wordsworth.



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