Audience participation. Two words that used to strike terror into the hearts of theatregoers and make them long to cower beneath their velvet seats. Happily, there is little to fear from the virtual equivalent and the explosion of so-called 'immersive online theatre'. These are shows, led by actors in videos and voiceovers, in which friends and families can get together across continents — or even within their own home — to solve international conspiracies, defy scheming megalomaniacs or simply solve a homicide. If you have any doubts about being able to navigate the technical challenges of such games, I recommend you summon a child; either in the flesh or via social media. Luckily, I am blessed by having two such creatures (aged 11 and 16) on call, both of whom make me feel like the digital equivalent of Fred Flintstone. Happily, there is little to fear from the virtual equivalent and the explosion of so-called 'immersive online theatre' Plymouth Point … [Read more...] about All the living room’s a stage: PATRICK MARMION dips his toe in immersive online theatre
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Facebook is to pay mainstream UK news outlets millions of pounds a year to license their articles, as the social network faces the threat of a government crackdown over its dominance of online advertising. Most British newspaper groups have signed up to the programme, under which their articles will appear in a dedicated news section on the site that is due to launch in January. While most Facebook news consumption is currently through links shared on a user’s main newsfeed, the dedicated news tab will involve contractors paid by the social network selecting what they consider to be the main stories of the day from mainstream outlets. In return, publishers are being promised substantial cash sums and the promise of new readers. Facebook declined to comment on the amount of money it is putting into the scheme, but some publishers are privately expecting to make millions of pounds a year from the multi-year deals they have signed with the social network. As a result, news … [Read more...] about Facebook to pay UK media millions to license news stories
A STUNNING fan-made video reveals how the next iPhone could shape up when it hits shelves later this year. The upcoming gadget is shown with a retro boxy design and a triple rear camera system squeezed into the top left corner. Apple only recently confirmed it's making a new iPhone, which is expected to launch in October. Other than a vague release date, the firm hasn't said anything about the mobile – thought to be called the iPhone 12 – or revealed what it looks like. Video-makers at YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone took matters into their own hands, building a 3D mockup of the phone based on recent rumours. Their imagined handset boasts a "super retina XDR OLED display" and Apple's new A14 microchip. The mobile also has unusual squared off edges, a return to a boxier design not seen since 2016's iPhone SE. Apple has opted for curved bodies and edges for the last few years. However, the company is strongly rumoured to be heading for a more retro look with the … [Read more...] about Jaw-dropping iPhone 12 concept video showcases upcoming mobile’s ‘retro’ design months ahead of release
Facebook has been described as a "school yard bully" running a "bulldozer" over democracy after it blocked access to news media in Australia, rather than pay to run their content. Australians woke up on Thursday to find they could not share nor view any domestic and international news content on Facebook ahead of a new law which would force the platform to pay the organisations producing that content. "It is one of the most idiotic but also deeply disturbing corporate moves of our lifetimes," said Julian Knight MP, who chairs parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, speaking to Sky News. "I'm almost speechless which is quite rare for a politician," Mr Knight said. "Australia's democratically elected government is democratically elected. And they have the right to make laws and legislation. And it's, it's really disrespecting democracy to act in this fashion," he added. Advertisement "We represent people and I'm sorry but you … [Read more...] about Facebook: International backlash grows after ‘school yard bully’ blocks Australia news media
Facebook has blocked Australians from accessing and sharing news in a fight over internet platforms paying media organisations for content. Sky News looks into why this has happened and why it matters for the rest of the world. What has happened and why? Australians woke up on Thursday to discover they could not access news on their Facebook accounts and people around the world could not post or share links from Australian publications. Commercial and government communication pages, community support groups, charities and news from emergency services were also inaccessible. Advertisement The US-based social media giant made the move after the Australian House of Representatives approved a law to compel internet companies to pay news organisations. Facebook said the law, which needs to be passed by the Senate, "fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it". More from Australia … [Read more...] about Why has Facebook blocked news in Australia and what does it mean for the rest of the world?