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TECHNOLOGY / Pokmon Go has become a regular sight on the streets and the front pages over the last few days. The phenomenon created by the video game, which is available in 35 countries with over 35 million downloads, has been explored from different perspectives: the price of Nintendo on the stock market; addictions caused; the differences in popularity between generations; game locations; PokeStops and PokeMeets, among other features. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the accidents and incidents reported in public areas have caught the attention of local authorities and the media and opened a debate on the "safety" issues and risks involved (depending on how the issue is seen) when walking while holding a mobile phone.

TOURISM / They stay away from the tourist hotspots, they avoid mass tourism, they are drawn to districts without tourist appeal and lesser-known city areas, they seek out cultural, gastronomic, artistic and social experiences... These are today's young, middle-class city dwellers, the so-called hipsters, who choose alternative districts in the large cities as a destination for their holidays and weekend breaks. Such districts would be Grcia and the Raval, in Barcelona; Malasaa and Lavapis, in Madrid; Kreuzberg, in Berlin; and Pijp, in Amsterdam. The UOC's professors of Tourism analyse this phenomenon.

HUMAN RESOURCES / “I'm taking the whole of August off”. Until only a few years ago, this was the most frequently heard comment when talking about holidays. However, a number of factors are reversing this trend and increasingly holidays are spread over the year. What are these factors? What is the least number of days that an employee needs to disconnect from work? How should he or she go about it? Gina Aran, professor on the UOC's Master's Degree in Human Resources Administration and Management, answers these questions.

URBANISM & TOURISM / In summer, the Sagrada Famlia metro exit is full of sunburnt foreigners, speaking languages which are familiar or very difficult to identify, wearing all kinds of caps and hats and carrying old and new cameras, some fitted with the popular selfie stick. They are people of all ages and from all over the world with the same aim: to visit Antonio Gaud’s temple. What do the local people think of this tourism boom? Experts in tourism from the UOC analyse how this and other neighbourhoods of Barcelona are transformed during summer and whether this is inconvenient for those who live there all year round.

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA / Advertising or opinion? This is the question many users ask themselves when looking through the profiles of bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers, tweeters and celebrities. Do they wear that brand of sunglasses, wear that jacket, drive that car, drink that soft drink or use that travel agency because it is their personal choice or is it in fact covert advertising? The United Kingdom and the United States have passed a law prohibiting influencers, people with a strong presence and reputation on social networks, from promoting products without telling the public that they are in fact advertising.

INTERVIEW WITH HUGH BEALE, PROFESSOR OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK /There's no stopping the progress of Internet and the information and communication technologies, and that's a good thing. But it also generates legal controversies and lots of questions, especially when we are talking about common spaces, such as the European Union. Hugh Beale, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, and visiting professor and research fellow at Harris Manchester College (Oxford), was member of the working group in the European Commission's Common European Sales Law project and is one of the leading experts on European contract law. On 7 and 8 July, he was in Barcelona, invited to speak at the 2016 Conference on Internet, Law and Politics (ILP Conference) Building a European Digital Space, organized by the UOC, to talk about the future of European contract law and the recent proposals of the European Commission directive on digital content and online sales.

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  • How do cities change in summer?

    In summer, the Sagrada Famlia metro exit is full of sunburnt foreigners, speaking languages which are familiar or very difficult to identify, wearing all kinds of caps and hats and carrying old and new cameras, some fitted with the popular selfie stick. They are people of all ages and from all over the world with the same aim: to visit Antonio Gaud’s temple. What do the local people think of this tourism boom? Experts in tourism from the UOC analyse how this and other neighbourhoods of Barcelona are transformed during summer and whether this is inconvenient for those who live there all year round.

  • Covert advertising by bloggers is an offence

    The United Kingdom and the United States have passed a law prohibiting influencers, people with a strong presence and reputation on social networks, from promoting products without telling the public that they are in fact advertising.

  • The UOC's mobile apps receive an honourable mention at the Learning Impact Awards

    The UOC's mobile apps – Explica!, Assess and Submissions – received an honourable mention at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards, where they had been named among the finalists.