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Billy Bowden brings UberUMPIRE to Australia Day

Uber and Optus recruited cricket umpire Billy Bowden to pull the crooked finger out and keep the peace.  It’s your very own, real-life, legit, Cricket Umpire on-demand. Those who have downloaded the Uber app would have received an email and push notification on Monday explaining what to do. Basically, Australia Day goers were able to request an UberUmpire to lay down the law and officiate your game of backyard cricket for three overs. The best part? It was absolutely free. Watch the promo here:

Let the games begin

Twitter’s most promising feature, people talking about sports in real time, may be undercut by Facebook’s Sports Stadium. Sports Stadium allows all content on Facebook related to any game, to be found in one place, in real time and appearing chronologically. Users will be able to see posts from friends and their comments, commentary from experts, live scores, stats, play-by-plays and game info. Facebook’s product manager, Steve Kafka says that this product makes connecting over sports more fun and engaging. Big win for Facebook.


TV Ratings

Hewitt draws a mighty crowd

2016 Australian Open: Night 2 – Tues Ch 7 1,196,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Big Final: Session 2 – Sun Ch 10 1,074,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Big Final: Post Game – Sun Ch 10 1,072,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Big Final: Session 1 – Sun Ch 10 1,031,000
One Day Series – Aus V India Game 5 Session 2 – Sat Ch 9 954,000
2016 Australian Open: Night 4 – Thurs Ch 7 932,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Game 32: Session 2 – Mon Ch 10 895,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Semi-Final 1: Session 2 – Thurs Ch 10 824,000
2016 Australian Open: Night 7 – Sun Ch 7 776,000
Cricket: Big Bash League Semi-Final 2: Session 2 – Fri Ch 10 774,000

Apple makes a play to the style conscious market

They’re calling it the Apple Watch Hermes Collection, and it’s beautiful. Apple has partnered with the high end luxury company to provide some sturdy yet stylish new leather straps for the Apple Watch. They are marketing the stainless-steel watch in both 38 and 42-millimetre sizes with one of three leather straps to choose. Inspired by equestrian fixtures, the leather is adapted to allow the heart rate sensor to stay in contact with the wrist – fret not fitness junkies. These beauties will set you back at least $1,100… start saving.

A cigarette box that helps you quit

Smoking-Stopper is a smart box that connects to the user’s smartphone and only lets them access a set number of cigarettes each day. The user downloads the companion app and puts their cigarettes inside the metal box to get started. Then they enter some information about their medical history, fitness levels and lifestyle and the app will monitor their physical and emotional behavior. This technology is based on one of 62 psychological smoker profiles. Using this profile, the system manages their smoking habit – only letting them take out a set amount of cigarettes, thereby providing a pragmatic withdrawal routine. It’s certainly innovative, but will it be effective? After all, smokers can always just buy an extra packet.

App of the week

“A bear broke into my car again… I gotta go!”

Chelsea Handler wants to make your excuses more believable when you need to split. Gotta Go, allows users to set up a fake phone call or text message to get them out of uncomfortable situations. While the idea isn’t super original, it’s never really been done well. Handler’s new Netflix doco series, Chelsea Does, follows the creation of the app, which can be downloaded in the Apple app store right now. For those that have been on an awkward date, this one’s for you.

It’s an upbeat year!

Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown owns Australia Day. This year, more votes for songs with higher BPM suggests this government owned station is playing more pop music than ever. Triple J programming has dramatically changed to reflect artists from outside its core demographic taste base and in doing so, must be playing less of the artists it once considered core to its audience. In recent years it’s become clear Triple J is deliberately moving away from their loyal audience by reeling in commercial radio listeners. Triple J spent chunks of 2015 in the no 1 spot of the 18-24 and 25-39 demographics in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and ripped tens of millions of dollars of value out of the three commercial radio networks, Austereo, DMG and ARN, in 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016 with its current programming philosophy of turning a once alternative youth network into an ad-free pop station.

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