Digital Buzz blog reports ‘The Tokyo Newspaper is suffering the same fate as many other leading city papers around the world, and the guys at Dentsu Tokyo have been trying to find new ways for the paper to connect with readers, when they came up with this, an Augmented Reality Reader app for kids, bringing a little extra life to the paper, and maybe… just maybe, a few new readers for the future!’
‘A CD of the sounds of silence from inside a village church has sold out after becoming an unlikely hit. The 30-minute recording was originally created to help raise some extra funds for repairs to St Peter’s Church in Seaford, East Sussex.’ reports Mail Online.
‘Church members believed the atmosphere in their small 12th century church was so unique that its peacefulness would appeal to a wider audience. So they left some recording equipment on inside the building for half-an-hour.
The only sounds that can be heard on the CD are the odd squeaking of the wooden pews, some footsteps and the distant hum of passing traffic. After selling out of the CD during a recent open day the church has now taken orders for it from as far afield as Germany, Austria and Ghana.’
via The Guardian
To help people ‘take a break’ from the online world, chocolate brand Kit Kat have created a ‘Free No WiFi Zone’—a bench that blocks off WiFi signals in a 5 metre radius.
Kit Kat hope that this outdoor campaign (in Holland) will encourage people to ‘disconnect’ from email, Twitter and texts - and get stuck in to as newspapers, hardcover books and actual conversations.
via Design Taxi
In June last year Twitter introduced expanded tweets, allowing users to preview news stories from selected media partners. This was further expanded to allow media content such as YouTube videos, images and tracks from SoundCloud to be previewed in a tweet.
This week Twitter announced that their embed function, which allows you to views Tweets across the web, not just in Twitter, will now be more engaging and become free-standing pieces of content. This means not only can you embed a tweet into your blog or website, but you can now fully view the content, retweet and favourite it.
Gigaom reported this week that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo sent a tweet that included a short video that auto-plays when you click to expand.
Then yesterday, Twitter launched Vine, a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos (6 seconds max). A move that signals Twitter’s intent to drive video sharing, while Facebook leads photosharing with its acquisition of Instagram.
Our experience of Twitter is becoming much richer with our streams filled with images, video, sound and stories.
The question this asks is - ‘what is a Tweet?’. One thing is for sure, it’s no longer just 140 characters….
Push To Add Drama - The Sequel
On a cold winter’s day, TV channel TNT placed the famous red button somewhere in a Dutch shopping street.
Virgin Atlantic Launches World’s First In-Flight Art Gallery
‘Passengers travelling on Upper Class flights between London and New York this February will have the opportunity to avail of a new in-flight service, with the route hosting what will be the first ever airborne commercial art gallery.
‘The Gallery in the Air’ will operate from February 1 to 28 and will showcase the work of Ben Eine with prices ranging from £2,500 to £15,000.
Canvases will also be on display in Virgin Atlantic’s London Heathrow, JFK and Newark Clubhouses.’
via Daily Telegraph
‘Shetland ponies and Fair Isle knitwear are beloved across the world, so why not combine the two?
The result is two cosy-looking mares dressed in button-down Fair Isle jumpers to promote the Year of Natural Scotland.’
via Mail Online
Fake Girlfriends for sale this Valentine’s Day
Enduring Valentine’s Day single is something no one wants to experience. But now thanks to NamoroFake.com, help is at hand.
The Brazilian based website creates fake online girlfriends for its customers. For $39.99, they will curate a phony Facebook profile for an invented significant other and will post statuses and comments, convincing anyone taking a peek at your own Facebook that you are in a relationship.
That means this Valentine’s Day you can lie all you like about your ‘missus’ at the pub, and your mates will be none the wiser. Thanks to NamoroFake.com, you can point to your fake girlfriend’s Facebook page as ‘proof’ that she ‘exists’.
Unfortunately, this sneaky service is only on offer in the female form, but they are hoping to offer virtual boyfriends in the future
London’s Brick Lane is transformed into 8 Bit Lane to celebrate the release of new Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph.
The installation includes a London taxi, a leaking water pipe, clouds and the world’s first blipp-able building using Blippar’s visual discovery app