Friday Fives, Vol.26
This Sunday is April 1st — a day more commonly known as “April Fools’ Day” or “the worst holiday ever”. Whether it’s a phoney internet article, your practical joking coworkers, or your devious friends, it’s easy to fall prey to April Foolery. The best defense is a good offense, so be sure have a good April Fools’ Day joke in your back pocket. Whether you’re in search of some inspiration or just looking for a good laugh, be sure to check out these early April Fools’ day pranks from Rent the Runway, Lexus, Warby Parker, Fresh Direct, Peeps, and more.
Here’s this week’s Friday Fives!
Slack wants users to stop mansplaining
If you’ve ever been guilty of mansplaining at work, Slack wants to let you know. The workplace communication platform has recently announced the development of “personal analytics” that will evaluate the communication styles of individual users and present them with a report of their own unique patterns and biases. These changes, announced amid rising concerns that Slack fosters a sexist workplace culture, are intended to establish a more open and respectful relationship between coworkers — both in-person and behind the keyboard. — MM
Proof we’re already living in the future
Wired has recently released “The Life Issue” — a collection of stories housed in a beautiful interface on how science and technology are disrupting every stage of human life. The list of articles covers a broad spectrum of topics including reality TV for toddlers, VR weddings, dating apps for senior citizens, and innovative technologies for enhancing the body and mind. Spoiler alert: despite the humanity’s best efforts, we still haven’t found a pill for immortality. — AH
After months of anticipation, Volkswagen has finally announced that it will be releasing an electric reincarnation of its iconic Bus — nicknamed “The Buzz” — in 2022. Although its sleek new redesign doesn’t have quite the same charm as the original version, The Buzz hopes to launch its 1960s hippie demographic into a new, eco-friendly future. So slide on your birkenstocks and grab your flower crown because #TheBusisBack. — LO
Netflix is asking to be hacked (sort of)
In need of a new side hustle? Netflix is paying up to $15,000 to hackers who expose flaws in its system. The bug-bounty program, launched through the platform Bugcrowd, is designed to help Netflix catch vulnerabilities in its system before they become threats. The bug-bounty trend is growing rapidly among large tech companies who dish out rewards based on the severity of what you find — Google paid over $3 million in bounties last year with rewards ranging up to $100,000 for a single bug. — KJ
A Designer’s Survival Guide to the Future
Now in its fourth year, John Madea has launched his annual Design In Tech Report — one of the most anticipated evaluations of the present and future design field. The report outlines valuable insight on what to learn and adapt to as a new designer in the evolving world of technology. Check out a few highlights in the link above, or (if you’re feeling brave) take a deep dive into the complete 91-page presentation. — AH
Originally published at eepurl.com.