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Viral Video: The British Library's Stiff Upper App

Earlier today, All Things Digital noted a new app from the British Library.

Called Treasures, it’s a mobile multimedia look at more than 100 prized items from its collections, including the original version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the world’s oldest Bible, hand-painted medieval books, Nelson’s battle plan for Trafalgar and doodles by Leonardo.

And here’s the very classy video that explains the app. available on the Apple iPhone and iPad and also Google’s Android smartphones:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus