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Five Things in Five Minutes
Friday 10 August, 2018

This week we look at new apps connecting Indigenous communities, how coffee cups are helping locate missing persons, and China's new high-tech surveillance. Read on for more.

1. It's a bird! It's a plane!
No, it's a spy drone. Dubbed the 'Dove', the new high-tech surveillance has been spotted in numerous provinces in China. A bird's eye view for authorities, the drones are said to be used for emergency response and urban planning. 

2. Coffee cups the new milk carton
Twenty of Melbourne's top cafes will serve takeaway coffees in biodegradable cups featuring the portraits of six missing Australians for National Missing Persons Week. 

3. Time's up for social scrolling 
Users who updated their Instagram and Facebook apps this week would have discovered the equal parts helpful and terrifying feature that lets you track your time on the platform and put a cap on your daily usage.

4. This is my mob
A new world-first app is connecting Indigenous people, their families, and their mobs, promoting cultural unity through technology.  

5. Earth is officially not flat
Bad news for all ‘Flat Earthers' with Google Maps this week updating its platform to feature a three-dimensional Earth. 

 
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