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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?
Noteslate is the elegant simplification of the tablet technology. It has a monochrome matt epaper-display and looks like real paper. The simple interface for pencil and paper offers a new experience to take notes and do drafts.
Producers of the popular children’s TV series, Sesame Street, are making an episode focused specifically on helping families through times of economic difficulty. The Muppets and their human friends and neighbours will talk about how to deal with the impact of the recession in an upcoming PBS primetime special, "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times," starring Elmo.