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Weekly wrap: the top digital trends

Coffee, paper and gender diversity … they’re topping the list this week in the digital world. An unlikely combination maybe, but here’s our top digital trends this week.

Facebook Paper

Facebook launched its app for iPhone Paper this week, heralding a news driven look with customisable sections incorporating full screen video and updated aesthetics. Positive reviews of the app abound, with many predicting it will supersede Facebook’s main app. It’s got it all; messages, notifications, news feed, all wrapped up in sleek new aesthetics. This is one that’s worth a look.

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Futuristic table

Ideum and 3M have developed a coffee table of sorts and there’s nothing traditional about it. This table incorporates a 46 or 32-inch multitouch glass panel running on the Android system that’s capable of everything from Angry Birds to YouTube. To be released later this year, these water-resistant tables aren’t cheap – they come with a $7,000 price tag.

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Twitter revamp

Twitter’s testing a new look that incorporates a greater focus on images and content cards, and moves away from the current verticality of the tweet stream.

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Gender diversity

Facebook now offers a custom gender option ‘to help you better express your identity’. It offers users an extensive list of gender identities. In addition to male and female, you can now chose ‘other’, ‘cisgender’, ‘transgender’ or ‘intersex’ and define which pronoun you’d like to be referred to as. At the moment only users in the US have these options – it is unclear when they will rolled out to the rest of the world.