Twitter Removing User Backgrounds

Twitter has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the social media revolution; the ability to tweet updates to millions of followers has revolutionized the world as we know it. But, have you noticed something slightly different about your profile? No, ok, moving on. Seriously though twitter has seemingly removed wallpapers from users home and notifications timelines as of Monday 20th July 2015.

Twitter confirmed that users will now see a stark all-white background in place of their usual customized backgrounds, when viewing their profile, ntifications, and main timeline. A Twitter spokesman stated that “background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly i.e. Tweet pages, list pages, and collections pages.”

Safe to say people did not take this well and voiced their opinions on, yes Twitter, with one person pointing out that this was similar to the actions of Myspace before its decline. This decision is also not entirely new considering the social media giant did start to remove backgrounds from new users as of last year, only difference this time is that they have rolled out this idea to everyone.

It seems rather odd and pointless to artificially create a storm over a feature which could so easily have been kept. Whether consumer’s care enough about this news is another story, considering for example Facebook has also had multiple redesigns ranging from the popular to the awful and still retained a significant number of consumers, only time will tell.

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‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ Designed To Help Reduce Impact Of Explosions

Soldiers are often moved to new locations with little protection from nature or the enemy, for this reason, they often bunker down in old buildings and use what they can to fortify their camps. Nick Boone, a research mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Centre (Try and put that on your CV), has come up with a way to increase their protection in these make-shift camps.

‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ as it has been called, is made up of Kevlar fibre combined with a polymer film. Kevlar is the material used in body armour, and in this instance when combined with an adhesive backing creates a sheet of material that can quickly be put on walls to offer instant protection.

While the name is unofficial and it is still in research and development stage, Boone hopes that this can one day can be produced and fielded in an attempt to save lives. The concept aims to help protect soldiers from when the walls around them are hit. Without the wallpaper, when hit, the wall will send shards of rock and explosive device inwards towards the soldiers bunkered within. The wallpaper acts like a net, containing the rubble and debris and therefore reducing the risk to the soldiers within drastically.

With the ability to instantly reinforce buildings and structures with haste, the wallpaper can help save lives and protect people both in and out of war zones from anything that might cause a building to crumble inwards.

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