To convey emotions and feelings through literary devices is the goal of most writers – so what does an immersive physical experience do to literature if those feelings suddenly were induced by wearable sensors and actuators rather than emotional analogies? That’s the question that a team at MIT Media Lab wanted to know and they created a book and accompanying literary vest to test it.
Brevity, speed and top-quality curation are what the founders of Inside.com hope will be the winning selling points of the latest news aggregation app. The app’s curators will deliver 1,000 stories a day, chopped neatly into 300-character news bites.
The stories are really quick summaries of another outlet’s reporting. Users can click through to the full story, or simply scroll through the hundreds of summaries, scanning the top headlines. The summaries often use abbreviations and other grammatical shortcuts to keep within the 300-character parameters, making for maybe not the prettiest prose but it gets the job done.
The breaking news app, which launched this week, was founded by Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis who snagged Gabriel Snyder (formerly of The Wire, Gawker and Newsweek) as content chief. They described the new app as “sort of like Pandora for news,” in a blog post announcing its launch where they promised to do the “best curation in the world.”
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There’s yet another news reading app on the market, but this one is focused on women. The free InLight iOS app delivers news in four categories: me time, we time (relationships), nourish (health & beauty) and splurge (entertainment & lifestyle).
The app is pretty and the subject matter light-hearted and geared toward self-improvement (no politics here, folks). In other words, InLight, is the mobile version of a women’s glossy magazine. Articles explain how to find the best eye cream, compliment your man and raise kids. Celebrity news is sprinkled in, too. Read more
January 28 is Data Privacy Day, which honors Convention 108, an international treaty signed on January 28, 1981 which deals with privacy and data protection. In honor of our continued conversation about data privacy, we are sharing a professional perspective on engineering privacy - The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value.
The book offers insight on translating the guiding light of OECD Privacy Guidelines, the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP) and Privacy by Design (PbD) into concrete concepts that organizations, software/hardware engineers, and system administrators/owners can understand and apply throughout the product or process life cycle—regardless of development methodology—from inception to retirement, including data deletion and destruction.
The author of one of the most celebrated children’s books of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, would have celebrated his 182nd birthday Monday. Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Jan. 27, 1832, the mathematician wrote Alice, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, several other books and poems under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.
These magical and fantastical books and their author have been quoted the world over (Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle); reportedly inspired multiple Beatles’ songs, and of course, plenty of films (some that adhere to the original script, others that do not). Among apps, the creative license is also at work with modern interpretations of Carroll’s work seeming to grow in their fantastical elements each year. I have to believe, though, he might not have minded so much.
Here are three apps to take a look at on this author’s birthday: Read more
Today’s free eBook, Olivia, Mourning is a beautifully written historical fiction novel from Yael Politis. It begins in 19th century Appalachia. Pennsylvania, to be exact:
Olivia wants the 80 acres in far off Michigan that her father’s will left to whichever of his offspring claims the land. As Olivia says, “I’m sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey.”
The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.
Mourning Free, Olivia’s trusted childhood friend, knows how to run a farm and is also sorely in need of a new start in life.
The problem: though born in a free state, he’s the orphaned son of runaway slaves and the slave catchers who patrol the north hunting fugitives are not particular about who they take back south with them. Read more
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.
They include a list of our top 10 apps for music discovery, 250 free art books from Getty Publications, and great apps like Dr.Dre Beats and Fixed for parking tickets. We’re also sharing some bonus links to free books you can download this weekend.
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Franz Kafka’s novels are perfect for surreal digital productions, but how fun can the Kafkaesque world be for gamers who are accustomed to damsels in distress and archetypal ideas of reward – rather than the meaningless? Perhaps a game based on the absurd will transform the notion of gaming, simply by eliminating the rewards and replacing the risks with experience in an endless puzzle. One can only imagine the impossible:
Digital publisher Issuu is now making the more than 15 million publications in its library available through a new app for Android users. The free app dishes up a personalized collection of magazines, newspapers and even catalogs based on your reading behavior. Users can collect “stacks” of their favorites, select brands to follow and share items through social media.
A diverse range of publishers turn to Issuu to digitize their magazines and newspapers, which means the reader will find a wealth of niche and local publications to the more mainstream. The publisher just inked a deal with Huffington Post to bring the digital weekly Huffington magazine into its library as well.
Issuu says it has 1.5 million publisher partners and more than 83 millions users.
Trove, the social news reader first created by WaPo Labs, has a brand-new look for the new year.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper, but the decades-long Washington Post reigning family, the Grahams, kept other assets of the business, including Trove. Now Graham Holdings is giving Trove a new shot at success.
The iOS and web app filters news “from thousands of sources,” while users select which “Troves,” or subjects, to follow for news. You can choose from standard fare, such as politics and tech, special celebrity-curated topics, or create your own curated Trove. Users can pick posts to recommend for others, add a comment, or share directly to their Facebook or Twitter stream. The refreshed app launches with a dozen featured curators. Read more