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Chinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen

It’s one thing making full use of a hashtag when you’re watching your favourite TV show (even people who don’t watch the Great British Bake Off were entertained by the initial reaction to #bingate). But it’s another going to see a movie and having other people’s opinions pop up on the screen while you’re trying…

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Diane ShipleyChinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen

ManServants could be the best idea ever, but shinyshiny actually predicted it!

So, the most perfect start-up was launched in San Francisco this week. Named ManServants, the service offers you a sexy stripper-free man who does whatever you want (get your minds out the gutter, girls!) The idea for ManServants sprung, partly, from a colleague who insisted that her bachelorette party be male stripper-free, and the two…

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Hayley MinnManServants could be the best idea ever, but shinyshiny actually predicted it!
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This piano turns clouds into music

A French museum of modern art has commissioned an installation that makes music from the weather. (Probably a better way to handle the end of summer than moaning to everyone you know about it being September.) With the help of digital and musical experts at the University of Minnesota, American artist David Bowen, who specialises…

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Diane ShipleyThis piano turns clouds into music
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Amazon’s released its new round of pilots (and wants to know what you think)

It’s Amazon pilots season again: when they unveil initial episodes of several prospective online series and allow customers (and critics) to tell them what we think. This time around, everyone’s favourite geek from the O.C, Adam Brody, has a lead role in The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set comedy about a group of expats that also stars…

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Diane ShipleyAmazon’s released its new round of pilots (and wants to know what you think)
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Moviegoers don’t care about CGI, say neuroscientists

All those fantastical worlds filmmakers create on computers might give movies an impressive backdrop or stunningly scary monsters, but when it comes to CGI, it turns out viewers' natural reaction is... meh. Neuroscientists from Birkbeck teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AKA the Oscars people) and Swedish eye tracking company…

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Diane ShipleyMoviegoers don’t care about CGI, say neuroscientists
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Overconfidence is the key to success, says study

If you’ve ever dealt with the manager of a company and wondered how they got into that position considering they don’t really seem to know what they’re doing, a new study explains how that happens. It’s all about (over)confidence. Researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Exeter discovered that other people’s opinions of our…

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Diane ShipleyOverconfidence is the key to success, says study

The 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair

Garages across the nation are crammed to the rafters with dusty dumbbells, ex-exercise bikes and untrodden treadmills, testament to the spirit being willing but the flesh being lazy. It's no surprise, then, that quick-fix fads offering gym bodies without the actual effort have made millions for their inventors. We're all guilty of watching those celeb-laden infomercials,…

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Holly BrockwellThe 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair
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Swiss start-up creates a ‘chair you can wear’

There are many places where it's unacceptable to plonk yourself on the floor out of tiredness: the train, the pavement, the loo. But Swiss start-up company noonee has created the a prototype for the 'Chairless Chair' to solve this problem and allow you to take a rest whenever, wherever you need to. As reported on CNN, the device…

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Sadie HaleSwiss start-up creates a ‘chair you can wear’
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ABC’s Selfie has become the first ever TV pilot to be shareable via Twitter

We wouldn’t expect anything less from a TV show called ‘Selfie’, but it’s become the first TV show to ever get its pilot episode available and shareable through Twitter. Starting yesterday morning, ABC made the entire 22-minute pilot episode of the comedy, starring Doctor Who actor and Britain’s very own Karen Gillian, available to watch…

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Hayley MinnABC’s Selfie has become the first ever TV pilot to be shareable via Twitter
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Jaime King used Uber to get to hospital and give birth

Jaime King has revealed she took an Uber to hospital when she went into labour with last October. The 35-year-old American actress and model told host Conan O'Brien that an ambulance was too 'dramatic'. She explains her decision in the video below: 'they [Uber] say 'three minutes away', with an ambulance you don't know. I can rely on…

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Sadie HaleJaime King used Uber to get to hospital and give birth
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Is this the perfect formula for a viral video?

The internet knows no bounds when it comes to strange videos. We saw the Evolution of Dance, the falling grape lady and the panda sneeze uploaded during the early years of YouTube, while later contributions include the infamous wedding entrance dance, Dove's 'evolution' video and the five-second-long dramatic chipmunk. But many of the most popular videos of all time seem to…

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Sadie HaleIs this the perfect formula for a viral video?
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Is this fur real? Cat Video Festival comes to Vienna

You would be forgiven for thinking the world has gone barking (meowing?) mad, but this is really happening: a Cat Video Festival celebrating the best in online feline sensations gets underway tonight in Vienna. The Festival will feature an evening's worth of the best cat videos, showing the animals 'in everyday life, sports, music videos, and of course their special…

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Sadie HaleIs this fur real? Cat Video Festival comes to Vienna
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The five best places in London to work and kill time: Ziferblat, Yumchaa, Park Theatre

Sometimes a quick pitstop is all you need, and London is eternally well-equipped for those. But what about the occasions you have work to focus on, or time to kill, and home just isn’t an option? There’s a lot of chat about 'coffices' being the future of urban working, but not every café is up…

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Lauren BravoThe five best places in London to work and kill time: Ziferblat, Yumchaa, Park Theatre
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shinyshiny went to V Festival with Pringles

Promotional Post for Pringles. This weekend, in conjunction with Pringles, we went to V Festival, and had an amazing time, with Justin Timberlake definitely being a highlight. Arriving at the Pringles village on the Saturday, along with fellow blogs, It’s a LDN Thing and 1883 magazine, we were able to test out the Pringles party…

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny went to V Festival with Pringles
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Smartphones will make statues talk

Usually, if you talk to statues, you’ll be met with a, er, stony silence. But from tomorrow, certain statues in London and Manchester will talk back. And you won’t even need to take hallucinogens first. Public performance company Sing London has teamed up with specialist museum-guide developer Antenna Lab to give voice to 35 iconic…

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Diane ShipleySmartphones will make statues talk
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10 annoying photo trends that need to be stopped, including ring selfies and yoga posers #PhotoWeek

There's no shame in being an amateur photographer: smartphone cameras are so much better than they used to be, it would be stupid to waste them. But as much as I enjoy scrolling through the photos of my closest online acquaintances, or seeing what our oversharing-est celebs are up to on Instagram, there are some…

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Diane Shipley10 annoying photo trends that need to be stopped, including ring selfies and yoga posers #PhotoWeek
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10 places you should photograph at least once #PhotoWeek: Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Tower of Pisa

Yesterday we had a list of 10 places in the UK that you should photograph at least once, and it got us thinking 'What else should people be photographing in their lifetimes?' With that in mind, we decided to list ten places across the planet that everyone should visit and immortalise on camera. 1. Eiffel…

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Tom Pritchard10 places you should photograph at least once #PhotoWeek: Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Tower of Pisa
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New exhibition suggests selfies are ruining culture

We've already touched on some of the problems with selfies: snapping them during funerals and plane crashes is insensitive, and if a monkey takes one with your camera, you could find yourself in a real copyright quandary. But some people think that at their worst, selfies are more than self-centred and a little irritating. They…

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Diane ShipleyNew exhibition suggests selfies are ruining culture
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UK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy

Forget emails and phone calls - parents can now communicate with their children via a toy. After a Kickstarter project which reached its fundraising target easily, Toymail has been successful in the States and launches in the UK today. It's described as 'a combination of voicemail and email, only infinitely more accessible, interactive and fun'. It…

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Sadie HaleUK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy