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NYFF Announces Convergence Slate, Including New VR, Immersive Cinema, and Interactive Experiences for Cinephiles

“The seventh edition of the annual program is driven by innovative modes of storytelling via interactive experiences, featuring Virtual Reality, Immersive Cinema, AI, and more” writes Kate Erbland for indiewire.com. This piece helps you join the citizen-led effort committed to reclaiming a paradise in the heart of the city by removing 12 million pounds of garbage. “My Africa” Virtual Reality – Documentary Dir. Source: indiewire.com Share This:

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The world’s top 500 food experiences revealed

“Trying local delicacies, experiencing different traditions and learning new ways to appreciate food and drink is one of the best ways to discover a foreign culture” writes Rachel Hosie for independent.co.uk. The list was compiled by top chefs, food writers and Lonely Planet’s “food-obsessed authors”, including contributions from the likes of chefs Monica Galetti, Mark Hix and Curtis Stone. The highest ranked UK food experience was revealed to be eating fish and chips (31st in the list), and the Lonely Planet team recommend enjoying it on a pebble beach in Stonehaven,…

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This is how much Americans spend on self-care every year

“Americans spend a whopping $143,280 over their lifetime to treat themselves, but are more likely to feel guilty about buying material goods than experiences, a new study finds” reports moneyish.com. Self-care doesn’t have to be out of budget.” The top-reported reason most Americans spend money on luxury event experiences is the basic need to take care of themselves, according to the survey; wanting to do something with family and friends comes in second.Three in five said they would rather spend money on real-life experiences than on material goods, and would…

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A Tuscan farmhouse is hiding the best travel experience in the world

“A cooking class at a Tuscan farmhouse and local market tour is the best experience in the world, according to TripAdvisor” writes Joanna Whitehead for independent.co.uk. The activity came top in the travel review site’s first-ever Traveller’s Choice awards, which aim to highlight the world’s best rated experiences.Closer to home, an inner circle access tour of Stonehenge, including a guided tour of Bath and a trip to the medieval village of Lacock, was rated the best experience in the UK. Winners are also broken down by country and category, including day cruises, private sightseeing, cultural…

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7 Ways Brands and Retailers Are Adapting to the Changing Retail Environment

“Here, the different ways companies are adapting to the changing retail landscape” writes unknown author for footwearnews.com. Gone are the days when brands and retailers were able to turn profit simply by introducing a new product to a store or opening an outpost in an untapped market.The above are only three examples of notable mergers and acquisitions in the retail space in the past year. Source: footwearnews.com Share This:

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Good social media experiences don’t outweigh bad ones for young adults

“(Reuters Health) – For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Primack said he believes social media lends itself to negativity bias because it is saturated with positive experiences that leave people jaded.But positive experiences on social media were only weakly linked to lower depressive symptoms. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Facebook is cracking down on businesses that lie to customers in their ads

“Facebook will anonymize and aggregate the data, which will show up in the business’ ads dashboard on Facebook” writes Dennis Green for aol.com. “When people have these bad experiences, it is bad for trust with all businesses on the platform, and it’s bad for Facebook,” Epps said.Eventually, Epps says, she hopes to see zero negative experiences on Facebook related to online-shopping ads.”The goal is to provide more relevant and trustworthy experiences interacting with businesses on Facebook.”.  Source: aol.com Share This:

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Why Viacom Is Betting on SlimeFest, Clusterfest and Other Live Events

“This is an exciting area, and we expect revenue in live events and recreation to nearly double” in the current fiscal year” writes Georg Szalai for billboard.com. “Live experiences are a great avenue for feeding that need and helping to bring kids and their families closer together and closer to Nickelodeon.”.  Source: billboard.com Share This:

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Airbnb quietly launches Travel Stories in beta, letting users share ephemeral pictures and videos that can be viewed in-app or online

“By creating a trove of travel content that links users back through to the Airbnb platform, Airbnb is creating something that is aimed at entertaining its users, while at the same time providing some practical functionality in the form of links to places” writes Ingrid Lunden for techcrunch.com. Now Airbnb is becoming the latest adopter of the format: the travel and accommodations startup has quietly launched a new feature called Travel Stories, a way for guests to create video sequences of their Airbnb experiences to post on the site.The company…

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