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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?
French lifestyle and gaming technology publication Amusement is bridging the divide between traditional print and online magazines. Each magazine comes complete with an RFID tag which provides readers with a link to additional exclusive content online.
Two new apps recently debuted that allow people to connect with friends – sitting on their couch or out and about. For those who prefer to spend the night at home, Miso is the perfect couch potato companion. TV fans can ‘check in’ to the shows or movies they’re watching and chat about them with friends all while earning badges a la Foursquare. On the other hand, the movers and shakers out there have Hot Potato to meet and greet with friends at live events. People add live events to their schedule and then share videos, pictures and their experiences at each event with their network.