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Friday 22 March, 2019

One to hold a grudge? Find out which Balkan country is tackling its Hollywood haters head on. Blockbuster beefs aside, this week we take a look at the China's cutest clone to date, AI with a difference, a heart-warming case of social media solidarity and which Aussie city is almost the best in the world. 

1. BE TAKEN BY ALBANIA

Albania’s latest tourism campaign has raised a few eyebrows on social media this week. The tongue-in-cheek 'Be Taken by Albania' is challenging the country's stereotype as an organised crime hot-spot (no thanks to Liam Neeson's iconic Taken). With a petition to bring Neeson back to Albania, the campaign highlights the country's stunning coastline, dramatic snow-capped mountains and law-abiding locals.

2. MEET Q

With the rise of AI assistants, a trend is emerging - Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google all default to female voices. Shaking it up, the world's first genderless AI voice, 'Q', has been revealed. Q's voice was recorded by non-binary identifying people and then altered to sound gender neutral, falling into a range from 145 Hz to 175 Hz.  

3. CLONED CANINES

Why train top dogs when you can clone them? Chinese scientists have successfully cloned what they call the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs”. Kunxun is the first pup in a program to mass produce police dogs, with the hope of cutting down training times.

4. WORLD'S BEST CITIES

Time Out has revealed the best cities in the world, and while one Aussie city has come in at the pointy end of the list, another has slipped to a slightly less impressive position. Melbourne nabbed a respectable 2nd place thanks to its live music scene while Sydney dropped to 39th position as a result of to its dwindling nightlife.

5. WEIBO WARRIORS UNITE

A Chinese university student who was told to remove her goth-inspired makeup before boarding a train took to Weibo to challenge the Guangzhou Metro. The 
#ASelfieForTheGuangzhouMetro tag went viral, with thousands of users posting their own goth selfies in solidarity and celebrating alternative attire.

 
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