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Five things in five minutes
Friday 22 July, 2016

From the evolutionary effects of car crashes to the death of the VCR, this week’s missive is Pokemon-story-free zone.

Here’s five things in five minutes to kick off the weekend. Hope it’s a good one from the team at Access!

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched an innovative way to communicate the effects of road accidents on the body. Graham, created by artist Patricia Piccinini, a trauma surgeon and a crash investigator, is a representation of how the human body would look if it evolved to withstand a car crash. Viewers can also interact with Graham with augmented reality app, Google Tango.

Listen to a lot of The Cure and Souxsie and the Banshees on Spotify? Don’t be surprised to get served ads for hairspray and shapeless black clothing. The streaming service is now allowing brands to target you via your playlist.

For anyone who remembers sitting up all night to pause and restart their video recorder to compile the ultimate visual mix tape from Rage (anyone else, or just us?), you may just shed a tear when you learn that VCR production stopped this week.

You can now ditch the tin foil hat to stop your communications being overheard thanks to multitasker Edward Snowden. Currently in exile in Russia, the whistleblower/traitor (depending on your perspective) is developing a modified iPhone for journalists who are concerned they are under surveillance by the government.

Finally, an end to all those unnecessary calls to the police to report your car stolen, only to find it in row F, not E at the Westfield carpark. The Zus is a little charger like device that plugs into the cigarette lighter (does anyone even use those for ciggies anymore?) and communicates with your smart phone so you need never lose your car again. 

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