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What’s the best way to make the In­sta­gram gen­er­a­tion in­ter­ested in art? Com­par­ing self­ies to mag­nif­i­cent gallery works. ART SELFIE, part of Google’s Arts & Cul­ture app, finds char­ac­ters from fa­mous art­works that most re­sem­ble your own ap­pear­ance. Be warned. You might wish for da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, only to end up with Munch’s The Scream.

Hol­i­day post­cards were a step closer to re­tire­ment, fol­low­ing the re­cent clo­sure of 159 ru­ral post of­fices around Ire­land. How­ever, a Clare-based app de­vel­oper is breath­ing new life into this clas­sic means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. POSTASELFIE, de­vel­oped by Storm Tech­nolo­gies, trans­forms pho­to­graphs into pic­ture post­cards. Users press send through the app and a phys­i­cal post­card is in­stan­ta­neously sent to the re­spon­dent.

A new Ir­ish app gets back to na­ture in time for the chilly months ahead. En­able Ire­land’s THE SE­CRET GAR­DEN ex­plores the joys of flora, en­tic­ing us to chill out amidst trees and shrub­bery. The three se­cret gar­den apps fea­ture 360 videos of the En­able Ire­land Bloom Gar­den, the War Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Dublin 8 and the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens in Kil­macur­ragh, Wick­low. To get your hands dirty, visit en­ableire­

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