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Game of Thrones’ next-week episode S07E06 was leaked… by HBO

Despite numerous threats from hackers to unleash the remainder of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, the latest leak ironically comes from the source itself. It turns out that HBO accidentally aired next week’s episode ahead of time, The Independent reports.

The new episode was purportedly available via the company’s Spanish on-demand service. While the episode was eventually taken down, it stayed online for about an hour – which is more than enough time to download and spread it all over the internet.

The footage has since been shared on Reddit, where it quickly went viral (you can find the thread here, but be warned that it’s full of spoilers). As expected, it immediately began to make its way on other platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, Twitch and more.

More of these services have also removed the unreleased episode for breaching their terms of services, but the episode continues to exist on numerous piracy portals.

At the time of writing, the latest instalment of Game of Thrones has landed on notorious torrents and illegal streaming services like The Pirate Bay and GorillaVid.

For context, this marks at least the second time an episode has been leaked ahead of time by an HBO insider this season alone.

A few weeks back, one of HBO’s international partners, Star India, accidentally posted this season’s fourth episode.

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Designer beautifully combines Helvetica and electronics to represent your favorite gadget brands

Rio de Janeiro-based graphics and motion designer Vinicius Araújo sure knows his way around gadgets: his new project, 36days Electronics, captures the essence of product design from 26 iconic hardware brands, in Helvetica letterforms for each letter of the alphabet.

The execution is as stunning as you could possibly imagine, incorporating memorable shapes, colorways, surfaces finishes and design elements from the likes of Apple, Canon, JBL, Motorola, Nintendo, Sony, and Western Digital.

As if that wasn’t enough, a few of them are beautifully animated too.

Credit: Vinicius Araújo / Behance

Find the entire project over at Araújo’s Behance gallery.

Via Colossal

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360 video shot over North Korea shows a sprawling, empty metropolis

Singaporean photographer Aram Pan was recently given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when North Korean officials allowed him to shoot and release 360 video on a short flight over the capitol city of Pyongyang.

The significance of this being the “world’s first” 360-degree overhead video comes from the perpetual media blackout in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – which is heavily enforced under dictator Kim Jong Un. The state restricts photography of all kinds and censors media with an iron fist.

Pan credits his approval to shoot and release the footage with his attitude toward the North Koreans, in an interview with NK News he said:

Perhaps it’s because I don’t see them as the terrifying people everyone thinks they are and I guess they feel that. I find that the friendlier I am, the more they naturally reveal themselves to me. There’s an old saying, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”.

His imagery is quite remarkable, and while it’s obviously been edited – Pan says he was able to keep about 90 percent of his photographs – it shows the hidden country in a way we haven’t seen before.

I’m taken aback by the sterility of the environment in North Korea. In the video you barely see any traffic, there doesn’t appear to be any masses of people anywhere, and there isn’t a single piece of advertising in sight.

It’s amazing to think that North Korea was, basically, destroyed in the 1950’s as a result of the Korean war, yet today it’s remarkably beautiful —  if not a little ghostly.

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WhatsApp ditches Apple’s emoji to unveil its own unnecessary alternative

WhatsApp will no longer rely on Apple for its emoji: The Facebook-owned company has introduced its own set of emoticons – that nobody asked for.

The new designs are currently available in the latest beta version of the app for Android, according to Emojipedia which first spotted the change. Up until now, the popular messenger used the Apple emoji set on both iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Despite taking the initiative to put together its own designs, WhatsApp certainly didn’t hesitate to draw inspiration from Apple’s own emoji – and the influence is difficult to ignore.

While the new emoticons will likely appeal to some users more than the old ones, this move seems like an unnecessary effort given that the new designs will likely confuse both Android and iOS users. Quite frankly, there is already too much choice when it comes to emoji.

The new set of emoji has yet to make its way to iOS – but will likely land on Apple’s mobile operating system in the near future. That is, if the company deems the Android trial successful enough to implement the same designs on iOS.

But since this is still merely a beta version, I wouldn’t get too happy – or mad – about the new emoji before WhatsApp has taken the steps to roll out the new sketches in the official release.


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