Fire festival: bringing smartness to the humble candle

Fire festival: bringing smartness to the humble candle Candle Touch
The Candle Touch is a smart / IOT product which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. Of its €28k goal, it is about 95% there. As the name implies, the device offers an Internet connectivity to a candle. What this means for the customer is that they can download an app and then light up to ten candles simultaneously. The demand is clearly ther...
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Web Curios 21/02/20

Web Curios 21/02/20
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! I am slightly demob-happy this afternoon; I am going to the seaside (looking out of the window as I type suggests that this may not be the sunshine paradise that I might have hoped) and I am granting myself the boon of a WHOLE WEEKEND off the internet - meaning there won't be any Curios next week. Sorry about that, but occasi...
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The art of wrongness

The art of wrongness Melting Aesthetic, Erty Seidohl, 2018
Glitch Gallery is an online exhibition of software bugs. This isn‘t just tons of BSODs (but who doesn‘t love BSODs, right?), but captures of when software-powered artworks have gone seriously wrong. We love glitch, and the imperfections created by software - or, rather, the result of software written by imperfect humans. We covered Antonio Roberts‘...
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Botnet: because everything‘s all right forever

Botnet: because everything‘s all right forever
Botnet is a new social network for mobile. Do we  ​need ​ another social network? Why, yes we do... because this one is different. Very different. It‘s not a social network, really. You are in fact the only human being connected to a set of bots who imitate other users. There are, of course, other human beings in the network, but you could nev...
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Tate’s head of coffee: what debate over pay reveals about clash of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture

Tate’s head of coffee: what debate over pay reveals about clash of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture Jason Pan
When the Tate advertised for a new "head of coffee by Tate" recently, listing a salary of £39,500 plus a sales related bonus, there was a chorus of outrage on Twitter and in the news over just how high the pay was. With headlines focusing on the salary on offer, the coverage compared this to the pay of gallery curators. Grayson Perry tweeted "I giv...
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Web Curios 14/02/20

Web Curios 14/02/20
Love is in the air! Or a virus! Or both! Whether it be Cupid or the Coronavirus that strikes you down, I hope you're preparing to step into the weekend with vim and vigour and no little spunk. It's been another week - that's pretty much the best I can say about it - but now it's time to cast aside your cares and your worries and your woes and focus...
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Lights, camera, action: the kinetic colours of Irma de Vries

Lights, camera, action: the kinetic colours of Irma de Vries RBPR
Those of you who attended the recent Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the Tate Modern know how well a well-planned yet vibrant and accessible modern, interactive art exhibition can go down with the public. Moco in Amsterdam is aiming to replicate this success with a new exhibition from Irma de Vries . ​ Reflecting Forward ​ ​ is the title of...
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Atari to launch 8 hotels in the US

Atari to launch 8 hotels in the US Atari
Atari has had a chequered history. At its heyday, when its VCS console being in everyone‘s homes in the 1980s, it was a part of Warner Brothers. However, the video games industry imploded in 1983, causing Warners to sell Atari to Jack Tramel; this era gave us the Atari ST, Lynx, and Jaguar. Lightning struck again, with the Jaguar being a massi...
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A personal dive into the world of startups

A personal dive into the world of startups Karis Gill and Aayush Goyal, Social Stories Club
Being a serial binger and insomniac, I was sat up in bed one night a month ago, scrolling through the endless - and usually uninteresting - options that laid in front of me, finding nothing that seemed extraordinary. With no sleep coming my way, I caved and settled for the option that was trending at the top, an indie-Hindi film called Upstarts . T...
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Web Curios 07/02/20

Web Curios 07/02/20
It...it doesn't feel  hugely  different, does it? Almost like there was no control to take back! Hello everyone! Happy Friday! It's been another long, unpleasant week at the coalface - and I don't even work full-time FFS, I have no idea how you lot do it - but it's now OVER. How have you celebrated our first full week free from the SHACKL...
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Cover your ears: Paranoid brings smart speaker security to the home

Cover your ears: Paranoid brings smart speaker security to the home Paranoid Inc
Paranoid is a product from Canadian company Pleasant Solutions which is designed to enhance the personal security of smart speakers by covering how they listen. It's a small device which clips onto a Google Home or Amazon Alexa product and comes in three offerings. The Paranoid Home Button simply presses the device's mute button until a voice ...
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How to use Salesforce CRM for client retention

How to use Salesforce CRM for client retention Charles
In today's competitive business environment, businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to capture, acquire, and retain new customers. For this reason, businesses that are able to retain customers get to boost their revenues and enjoy a lifetime value that comes from dealing with repeat customers. Customer retention also helps businesses to&n...
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From Russia with love

From Russia with love Denis Malimonov
We‘ve had a rather beautiful email come in from Denis Malimonov, a reader in Russia. We hope that he doesn‘t mind that we‘re going to reproduce some of it, below. Hello. My name is Denis. I am from Russia and my level of English is not high enough, so I use Google Translator a bit. First of all, I would like to thank the work of your editors. ...
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Traffic jamming: 99 phones, a cart, and how to fool Google Maps

Traffic jamming: 99 phones, a cart, and how to fool Google Maps
Berlin-based artist Simon Weckert has been having fun with Google Maps. Using a relatively easy method, he has been convincing the all-seeing search giant that traffic jams exist when they don't. The idea is a simple one. Weckert loads a little red cart up with 99 phones, which are switched on, with data service, and running GMaps. He then wal...
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Web Curios 31/01/20

Web Curios 31/01/20 Alex Wilson
Are you READY? Are you PUMPED? Do you have a suitable selection of stimulants secreted about your person so that at 11pm tonight you can join in the massed, raw-throated, cord-veined chorus of RULE BRITAINNIA and get right on with the messy-but-fundamentally-necessary process of 'taking back control' via any means necessary? ARE YOU READY TO BONG F...
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Sci-fi author William Gibson: how ‘future fatigue’ is putting people off the 22nd century

5016443280_f5a346ea9a_o Rob Larsen, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/46711885@N00/5016443280
  The future isn't what it used to be, at least according to the Canadian science fiction novelist William Gibson. In a interview with the BBC, Gibson said people seemed to be losing interest in the future. "All through the 20th century we constantly saw the 21st century invoked," he said. "How often do you hear anyone invoke the 22nd century?...
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Derek Jarman's home needs saving

Derek Jarman's home needs saving
Late last year, we reported that a Derek Jarman retrospective is to take place in Manchester, in April . However, there is something more urgent, but still Derek-related, that we wanted to let you know about. It‘s Prospect Cottage. This is his famous cottage on the Kent coast which overlooks Dungeness Power Station. After Derek‘s death, his pa...
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One Question at a time

One Question at a time Sarah Parsonage (OQ) with Rankin
​Recently, we held a competition for free tickets to One Question. The response was genuinely unexpected - so many of you applied that it took rather a lot of time to weed through all of the entries. For the winners, we hope that you had a great time. One Question is... well, let's leave it to the team themselves to describe it. "One Question is co...
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Web Curios 24/01/20

Web Curios 24/01/20
Hello! Hello everyone! ARE WE ALL STILL ALIVE??? Welcome to the end of yet another week in which almost every single news item could double as the opening precis of a mid-ranking airport novel, one of those with the author's name in intimidatingly-embossed type on the cover and which you could comfortably beat a man to death with given enough effor...
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Guerilla ontology: Celebreedy invokes a famous face mashup

Guerilla ontology: Celebreedy invokes a famous face mashup Boris Johnson (51%), Leonardo diCaprio (49%), Celebreedy / Shardcore
People love celebrities. This is not a new phenomenon – whether it be flocking to see Kings, Queens, Italian Generals or village idiots, we love looking at 'notable' members of our tribe. Don't feel guilty, though. The urge to look at famous people is embedded in our primate evolution: a 2005 study found that Macaques will even 'pay' to see picture...
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