‘Selfie surgery’ – the pinnacle of social media self-absorption or natural evolution

Vanity, though sometimes frowned upon, isn’t new to our species and in fact it can produce some very helpful byproducts. An elevated self-perception has been known to trick one’s audience into thinking the same and the ‘selfie’ phenomenon has undoubtedly pulled the very same wool over our peer-pressure-prone eyes, garnering the pretty or the ‘perceived …

Now you can test-run your Insta pics for likes before you post them

So we’ve accepted we’re not all capable of an Ellen DeGeneres-style, Twitter-crashing, multi-celebrity selfie, in fact, we need as much help as we can get if we’re trying to rack up those precious likes. Even digital favourites One Direction didn’t manage her 3 million retweet record. Luckily, a new site engineered by MIT researchers serves to …

‘Mingleton’ – Move aside Tinder there’s a new dating app in town

This week we were presented with further evidence that we are completely incapable or absolutely unwilling to meet people the old fashion way. ‘Mingleton’, a new smartphone dating app, makes the search for everlasting love (or temporary acquaintance) that much easier by connecting you with people in your immediate vicinity. The brainchild of two Harvard …

But is it art? – A look at the 2012 Lumen Prize shortlist for digital art

The Lumen prize is an international award given for the best digitally created art in the world.  Their mission statement is to celebrate this ‘exciting, emerging genre’, bringing attention to this growing artform, for a public that is increasingly interested in the latest technology and its affect on the art world.  Art may have evolved and may no longer be …