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Downtime speed read
In the Netherlands “Vertragingsapp” (or the ‘Delay’ app) offers you short stories on your mobile device based on the time of your delay on public transportation. After you have entered the expected time delay, you can browse stories from well-known authors and read it within that time.
Why it matters
Whilst the app promotes authors, it also caters to consumers by tailoring media to their everyday needs. Is this a new trend whereby TV show lengths may be reduced to 15 minutes or where movies will need to include intermissions for today’s time-poor audiences? Are there other services or products that would be better suited to consumers if they took into account time restraints?
Facebook and mobile manufacturer HTC have paired up to design and launch a new smart ‘social’ phone.
Folk has found its place again in popular music. Listen to some of the trending songs monitored by sites like hypem.com and wearehunted.com and you might hear something reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Bands like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers, and American supergroup Monsters of Folk are gaining huge popularity in the US.