Tacos, Yubl, #Christianity, and Chinese Ecommerce crackdown 

Look out, there’s a new kid in town

After just 10 weeks in the App Store, a new phone app called Yubl is sitting pretty at fourth position. App Annie, an independent company which provides app analytics, Yubl debuted at 501st overall in apps and 29th in the social networking category when it launched on February 24. After being featured by Apple in their ‘New Apps We Love’, they’re in court position behind WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger.

So what’s so great about Yubl? It is an interactive messenger application which combines buttons, text, stickers, photos and videos to allow animated, real time conversations. One cool feature is the ability to make group decisions with the ‘vote’ button!

Hashtagging Faith

During the Easter period, the Church of England encourage parishioners to share their faith and easter celebration by using the hashtag  #EasterJoy. This is just one of the new ways that Christianity is slowing coming into the digital age.

Author of Online Mission and Ministry and ordained minister Rev Pam Smith explained, “This provides a much more realistic picture of the church as a collection of followers of Jesus rather than a monolithic organisation which occasionally pronounces unfavourably on contemporary society and is, in turn, judged by its organisational failures. Jesus often encountered people individually. Social media gives us the same personal access to people. This is an every-member ministry, and it’s exciting and inspiring.”

What else has been done?

Well the church of England provides free live-streaming of sermons, the Pope is on Twitter , and between 2010 and 2015 there was an online bible reading stream which encouraged participants to share their experiences.

China Cleaning Up Ecommerce 

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce will run a campaign from May to November “targeting trademark violations, counterfeit and poor quality products and the faking of transactions to boost a merchant’s online rankings”.

Chinese ecommerce websites are currently under a lot of scrutiny, with the regulating body ready to call out false and illegal advertising, as well as hand out stricter punishment for violators. While no names have been named yet, it is suspected the main targets are Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), JD.com Inc (JD.O) and Baidu Inc (BIDU.O).

Written by Bernice Abuan