Digital art

It’s been four years since Google opened a virtual window into some of the world’s most famous museums, allowing us to ‘visit’ places like the National Gallery in London or Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

The barriers between the physical and the virtual have continued to shift since then. Open Culture – the blog/news site/knowledge directory whose posts last year covered massive art download initiatives from The Museum of New Zealand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum – provides one of the best ways of keeping up with these changes.

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Dial ম for Mishti Doi Man

I love these Indian super hero snack characters, created to steer Indians away from their growing appetite for Western junk food and back towards traditional snacks and sweets.

Whether, in a country with 66.8 million cases of diabetes last year, they could be better employed in raising awareness on the importance of healthy eating and its role in preventing, or effectively managing, type 2 diabetes is another matter.

In the meantime the likes of Laddoo Boy, Jalebi Woman and Mishti Doi Man, created by Rajkamal Aich, certainly succeed in making me hungry.

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The digital drug of the nation

YouTube Play at The Guggenheim (Flickr: @NYCphotos-flickr)

YouTube Play at The Guggenheim (Flickr: @NYCphotos-flickr)

If you have siblings/children/grandchildren of a certain age then you *might* have heard of Minecraft, which earlier this month extended its hold on popular culture with the launch of its own Lego range.

Videos of the blocky computer game form a massively popular sub-genre on YouTube – having been watched 47 billion times and counting – and it’s this sort of shift in media consumption that a new Ofcom report takes aim at. Read the rest of this entry »

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Travel in the opposite car

Spotify and Uber appear to have added a new way to annoy your taxi driver with a partnership that allows Spotify users to choose the music that plays in the taxi firm’s cars.

Soon users that connect their Spotify and Uber apps will be able to select music from either featured Uber playlists or their own ones on Spotify within the Uber app, or pick tunes from via the Spotify app. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter tries a new approach to music

Pitchfork Twitter Audio Card Sleater-Kinney podcastSome seven months after killing off its short-lived #Music initiative Twitter is having another go at more closely integrating itself into the digital music ecosystem.

The social network’s recently launched Audio Cards allow users to listen to songs, podcasts and other audio recordings directly in their timeline – though, for the time being, only if they come from SoundCloud.

Although it works to some extent within on a desktop/laptop, the initiative is explicitly ‘mobile first’. On iOS and Android mobile devices a single tap of an Audio Card lets you listen to the recording directly in your timeline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oh the horror

An engaging, Halloween-themed tweet from Innocent Drinks – whose modern horror ‘pumkinspiration’ tweets also feature a wi-fi down pumpkin.

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Got me a movie …

“How do you celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage?”* the European Parliament asked in a post to its Google+ page earlier today.

It was the first I’d heard of UNESCO’s annual drive to raise awareness of our audiovisual heritage that’s built around the fascinating Memory of the World register. Read the rest of this entry »

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