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If you were streaming the Oscars live last night (well done), you may have noticed a pretty cute Android ad during one of the commercial breaks.

Viewers in the US were totally charmed by the ad, which drove home a strong anti-bullying message through the medium of an animated rock, paper and scissors.

And everyone was in agreement that the whole thing was pretty damn cute:

The ad was masterminded by Dublin animator Conor Finnegan, working with London-based design studio Nexus London.

It's not Conor's first run-in with the Oscars – his 2012 animation Fear Of Flying was longlisted for a Best Animated Short by the Academy, after scooping a heap of awards at film festivals in Ireland and beyond.

Check out the ad here:



In a move that no one in the world saw coming, Pepsi is trying to get funding to release its own smartphone. Sounds a but strange, right?

The soft drink giant is currently trying to raise money on Crowdfunding and have already launched a campaign to promote the Android phone.

So far, Pepsi are only planning to release the smartphone in China and are calling it the P1. There is also a P1s going up on the market, but the only difference between the two is an extra sim card slot.

The device is a standard budget smartphone and comes with a 5.5-inch screen, a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front end camera and a fingerprint scanner.

Pepsi is taking pre-orders through a Chinese Crowdfunding side, where it plans to raise 3 million yuan (€440,000) by December 3.

It’s going to produce 4,000 phones to start and the first thousand who pledge can purchase the P1 for 499 yuan (€73).

The next thousand can purchase the P1s for 699 yuan (€102). After that, the prices increases to 999 yuan (€146) for the next thousand backers while the final thousand will have to pay 1,299 yuan (€190) if they want to get their hands on the Pepsi phone.

The phone looks like any regular smartphone, but has Pepsi engraved on the back. 



As we grow older we become more and more aware of the dangers on the streets at night. 

Being a lonesome wanderer after sundown is not only unsafe but extremely nerve-wracking, regardless of the time of night (or early morning).

The usual method of walking home alone is to call a family member or friend in hope that will warn off any unwanted guests. 

But students at the University of Michigan recognised that there was a definite need for people to feel more secure when walking home at night, without having to keep a friend on the phone for an hour.

The students decided to make an app that can check a person's safety in real-time – and we must say, it is genius. 

Companion cleverly lets you to enter your location and destination, and then tracks your movements as you go. 

Not only that, you can choose a friend to be your virtual companion who can follow your journey from start to finish.

Your friend can see your location as you go and if you happen to wander off-route, suddenly start running or your headphones get pulled out, the app will send you a notification. If you don't respond to the check-in function, an alarm will sound on your phone and your companion will be alerted. 

You can also hit an 'I am nervous' button if you feel particularly unsafe, and if anything does happen, you can tap a button to call the police, without having to manually dial any numbers. 

Despite it first being created for college students, the app has been downloaded by thousands of people around the world.

If you want to see how it works check out the video below. 




Research conducted by Avast has found that the factory reset button on your phone doesn't actually delete everything from it.

The study took 20 secondhand phones bought on eBay and recovered over 40,000 photos – and they weren't all family friendly. One phone contained "more than 250 selfies of what appear to be the previous owner’s manhood".

A Google spokesperson has said that the researchers must have been using older Android versions as their findings did not “reflect the security protections in Android versions that are used by 85% of users.”

This means if your Android is running version 4.0 or later, then you should be safe enough, though Google recommend enabling encryption on their smartphones (go to Settings and then Security).

iPhone users have encryption built in, so they can snap away to their hearts content – just be careful what you do with those photos afterwards!