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Five things in five minutes
Friday 19 February, 2016

This week sport gets virtually real for all the sofa jockeys out there and satire proves wildly successful in what is an otherwise gravely serious campaign.

Feel the need for speed? Grab those virtual reality goggles for the sights, smells and sounds of action sport - live. Fox Sports has signed a five-year deal with live-action virtual reality company NextVR, so speed freaks in the US can enjoy the infamous Daytona 500 in virtual reality for the first time ever.

Who has time to tidy up boardrooms? These chairs tuck themselves back in with a quick clap thanks to Nissan’s Intelligent Parking Chairs announced this week.  

Want a round up of how social media performed at the Grammys? On Facebook, 21 million generated more than 50 million interactions, while twitter saw 17.2 million tweets 2.1 billion times.

Chinese New Year has made for colourful celebrations around Australia, and it’s been fascinating to see what social media has looked like for those celebrating the Year of the Monkey. Giving money is one of the way the celebration is market, so trust so trust WeChat to have brought the tradition into the modern age.

And finally, proving that satire can sometimes be the most powerful tool to galvanise people into action for a serious cause, Tim Minchin’s blunt plea to Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to appear before the child sex abuse royal commission has hit number 1 on the iTunes charts and helped to more than triple the target of the Go Fund Me campaign to send child sexual abuse victims to Rome to see Pell appear via a video link.

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