Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game by Niantic based on Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise was finally released in Sri Lanka last week. The game was released in America in July but took several months to be made available around the world. The hype has since declined, but the game is still thriving and many played the Halloween Event, suggesting that Niantic should try more events like this, for example there is currently a Santa Pikachu that can be caught till December 29. Many fans who had almost given up hope of the game ever being available in Sri Lanka were finally satisfied.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian actress whose career spanned over 60 years, died at the age of 99 after having been on life support for 5 years. The middle of three glamorous sisters, Gabor and family immigrated to the US before World War II and became famous for her many husbands as much as her career. Her marriages included a Turkish diplomat and Mr. Hilton with whom she had her only child. In the 1970s Gabor released the book ‘How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man’, and later ‘Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success’. The New York Times called the actress ahead of time as being a celebrity famous for being famous, saying that before the Kardashians, there were the Gabors.
Russia ambassador assassination
Chilling photos and video footage, captured live, of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey circulated news sites and social media. Ambassador Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photography exhibition when 22-year-old Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, shot him while shouting “Do not forget Aleppo!”. The act was said to have been aimed at discouraging the political relationship between Turkey and Russia and as a protest against Russia’s help as an ally of Syria in the war. Both Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a provocation and that it wouldn’t affect Turkish and Russian relationship.
Trump’s Freudian spelling mistake
Donald Trump made what some called a Freudian spelling mistake when he used the word ‘Unpresidented’ instead of ‘unprecedented’ in a tweet. Many on the social media site caught on to the mistake including J.K Rowling who corrected the mistake and went on to correct the grammar and spelling of those who tweeted back mocking her. The word trended for a while. Some pointed out that the mistake indicated that there was no team behind the tweets. Trump later deleted the tweet and posted it again without the spelling mistake.
Apple releases new emojis
Apple released more than a hundred new emojis with the already existing ones getting a slight makeover. A Shrug, Facepalm and Fingers Crossed emoji have been added to the repertoire of reaction emojis, as well as a Handshake and an emoji that signals a call. Animals including the fox and bat have been added, along with a brilliant blue butterfly and quirky looking squid. A highly texturized potato along with bacon have been added to the food section with dozens of miscellaneous emojis added to suit many kinds of situations. In careers, a firewoman and scientist, teacher and police officer have been added, along with new sports. As language evolves to incorporate these new emoji, it will be interesting to see how they will be used.