Election day is almost here, and while we'll be doing our civic duty, it's also time for a classic democracy sausage. In addition to our excitement for the sizzle, we take a look at how Apple is weighing in on Indian politics, Uber's latest venture and China's love affair with Europe.
1. FOR THE LOVE OF SNAGS
It’s an Aussie tradition to grab a snag after voting, and Instagram is jumping on board with the release of democracy sausage stickers. Available until this Saturday, this clever sticker also reveals your closest voting booth. For true fans, the team behind Democracy Sausage has also updated its interactive map, locating your nearest sausage sizzle or cake stall.
2. MADE IN INDIA
While the humble sausage sizzle is top of mind for Aussies, protecting on-shore manufacturing is a key issue in the upcoming Indian election. Apple's latest marketing campaign, 'Made In India,' is re-advertising the iPhone 6S as a product proudly built on Indian soil in a bid to boost sales. This is just one more example of brands tapping into politics.
3. AN ODE TO EUROPE
Huawei has designed its new research and development campus to replicate cities across Europe. Unlike the futuristic designs of Apple and Google, Huawei’s copycat campus takes a unique step back in time, with facility buildings modeled on famous palaces and castles from the continent. The Ox Horn campus boasts an incredible 12 towns across nine square kilometres.
4. UBER TO MECCA
Need a ride to Mecca? Just Uber it. Uber has recently acquired a Dubai-based company offering bus services for pilgrims. Buses will provide a direct ride from Saudi Arabian city Jeddah to the holy capital of Mecca, totaling 85 kilometers and 25 riyals ($US 6.70) each way.
5. DIY DIAGNOSIS
Researchers in the US have developed an app to help parents detect ear infections. The app uses a mobile's microphone and speaker to send short, soft pulses of sound to detect fluid in the ear. With promising results during testing, it's hoped that a commercial release will allow parents to diagnose children from the comfort of home.