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Feature: Why Was Among Us Translated Into Irish?

Among Us Irish1© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

Last week, it was announced that Among Us, the fantastically popular friend-murdering game, was localised officially into Irish. For many (mostly, the Irish) it was an exciting thing; for others, the response was mostly: “But why?”

It’s a legitimate question — Irish, or Gaeilge, is only spoken by around 40% of the Irish population, and is rarely used as a first language. It’s what’s known as a “minority language” — a tongue spoken by a minority of people in a country, like Welsh (622k speakers), Māori (157k speakers), and Basque (665k speakers). And, as with many minority languages, its speakers are invested in protecting it, rather than having it slowly eroded by the majority language, which in this case is English.

But asking “why bother” is to ignore the fact that Irish is still alive and well, and that its speakers are interested in representing it for reasons other than just being able to speak to each other. We spoke to Úna-Minh Kavanagh, the person who took charge of the Irish translation project, to find out more about the reasons behind it.

Among Us Irish2© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

Kavanagh is a streamer who plays games in both Irish and English, with fully Irish streams every Sunday. Officially, she says, there are very few games that have Irish translations, and many of them — like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, If Found…, and Dicey Dungeons — were made by Irish people with a vested interest in their own culture.

When Among Us got huge, Kavanagh knew she wanted to add it to the rota — “it was kind of natural that I’d play it, in particular with my audience on stream,” — but there wasn’t an official Irish translation yet. That’s not unusual, of course. Úna-Minh often ends up playing games on her stream in English, with Irish subtitles — and she ends up learning quite a few new words along the way.

“I noticed there was a mod made for Irish already,” Kavanagh said in a Discord chat, “but [I] wanted to improve on it.” After roping in a bunch of other Irish translators — Brian C. Mac Giolla Mhuire, Cormac Cinnsealach, and Mike Drinkwater — she tweeted a request at the Innersloth account to find out if they’d be interested.

And they were. After five months of work, Irish was finally added to Among Us at the start of July (alongside Traditional and Simplified Chinese) in version 2021.6.30 — and it was a huge hit, with Kavanagh’s tweet announcing the news gaining over 2,000 likes.

I’d already heard stories about school students in Gaelscoileanna (Irish language-speaking schools) using Among Us and putting their own Irish on it and thought, wouldn’t this be amazing as a learning tool.

Making the Irish translation official was a matter of accessibility, as well as celebrating the language. “The reason we would like it to be the official version rather than a mod,” she explained in a tweet, “is because installing a mod is not straightforward to the average gamer.”

The news will no doubt be welcome for anyone having to learn Irish in school, because like many minority languages, Irish is kept alive through the magic of education and examinations. Anyone who’s ever had to learn a language in school will know that it can be a painful process, but being able to play video games or watch movies in the target language is, at least, a fun way to immerse yourself.

“I’d already heard stories about school students in Gaelscoileanna (Irish language-speaking schools) using Among Us and putting their own Irish on it and thought, wouldn’t this be amazing as a learning tool,” says Kavanagh. “For a minority language like Irish, it’s vitally important that fresh, modern and quality content is created and that’s what spurred me on the most.”

The popularity of Among Us in Irish could even affect the way that Irish is taught to young people. As Kavanagh said in a tweet, “one of my biggest hopes is that the Irish media sees how IMPORTANT this is for the Irish language and for minority languages in general.” She even says that Among Us could be a great Irish entry point for pretty much anyone, because “the language used in the game isn’t particularly difficult” and doesn’t include anything that would require specific cultural knowledge.

Kavanagh herself attended a Gailscoil, and studied the language after learning it from her grandfather. “We always listened to the radio at home,” she says, and that immersion led to her getting top marks in her exams, and eventually studying Irish and Journalism at Dublin City University.

Among Us Irish3© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

Despite that strong background, she doesn’t see herself going into localisation as a career — “it’s a hell of a lot of work,” she says, “as rewarding as it is!” Her goal in translation as a side gig is ambitious all the same: “I would LOVE to translate something like Skyrim,” she says, “but that game is humongous.” Among Us, in contrast, is a lot easier — it’s largely just UI elements, and not a ton of lore and in-game books to read — but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have its own challenges.

“The hardest part was the quickchat, because we don’t have words for yes and no in Irish,” Kavanagh says. “We use the verb — so if you say ‘did you drink that’, ‘ar ól tú é sin‘, you’d have to answer with the verb: d’ól mé ( I did drink it = yes) níor ól mé (I didn’t drink it = no).” In the end, they went with and Níl, which are a sort of “yes” and “no” that are used in things like elections. “It’s not entirely correct,” she admits, but says that most Irish speakers will understand it from context.

But to answer that question at the start: why bother?

To the people who would ask that, Kavanagh says, “this achievement is not for them.”

Among Us Irish4© Alex Olney / Nintendo Life

“The language localisation is for those who do care,” she says, “and it’s clear from the reaction online and hundreds of comments on Twitter and TikTok (100,000+ views and counting!) [that people] do care, or at least care enough so say that they will play it.”

A little bit of a personal aside: I have a degree in Ancient Greek and Latin, two languages which no one speaks. A lot of people, when finding out my chosen subject, would have the same question: why? Why take out a colossal student loan in order to learn two languages you can’t use? What jobs can you even get with two dead languages in your pocket? I’ll admit, I questioned that myself, although the answer is apparently “games journalist or Prime Minister of the UK”, but my real answer is: you don’t only have to learn languages in order to speak them.

Learning Latin and Ancient Greek is just as fascinating as studying History, but no one says “what’s the point in learning about stuff that already happened?” (Or maybe they do, but that’s also silly.) It helps with my writing ability, it means that I can read stories in their original language, and most importantly: it makes me really good at trivia.

Keeping languages alive is important for staying connected to our past, our culture, and our identities.

Keeping languages alive is important for staying connected to our past, our culture, and our identities. It also makes us better at communicating in general; there are things that can be expressed in one language, but not another — like déjà vu, schadenfreude, smörgåsbord, and tsunami. We even have a few Irish loanwords, like hooligan, craic, and whiskey, so without Irish, we wouldn’t be able to express good fun or good spirits.

Being able to talk with people across the world is important, but preserving the ways we used to talk can give us incredible insights into humanity that might otherwise be lost to time.

A lot of that preservation work is done by a small, but proactive, number of people. “To keep minority languages alive, people need to simply just stop complaining that nothing is being done and go try and do it themselves,” says Kavanagh. “If they can’t do it, find someone with more knowledge and encourage them.”

So, if you’re wondering why they bothered to translate Among Us into Irish, the answer is just as Kavanagh says: if you think it’s pointless, then it’s not for you. Kavanagh and the rest of the team wanted to see something, and so they made it, and the fact that Innersloth welcomed it as an official mod is a fantastic step towards supporting more languages and cultures in games.

“Ultimately,” says Kavanagh, “it’s a massive win for a minority language.”

The update that adds Irish to Among Us is available now.

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This post originally posted here Nintendo Life | Latest News

WhatsApp almost ready to launch a must-have feature it’s been working on ‘for years’

It’s taken the Facebook-owned firm years to launch, but users of WhatsApp Web and Desktop are finally about to get one of the messaging app’s most-wanted features.  Until now, using WhatsApp on your laptop, computer or tablet meant keeping a secure connection to your smartphone. This has been a huge annoyance if your phone is out of battery, lost or broken. There’s no way to check your messages without an active phone and downloading chats and photos on a second device can be slow.

So users rejoiced this week when the company announced it will be adding multi-device support. You will now be able to use WhatsApp on up to four devices at once, plus your phone. Even better, it works without a phone connection.

The delay was because WhatsApp wanted to make sure it was protecting users’ privacy when switching devices. But it has developed some clever new tech to ensure all your messages still have end-to-end encryption so hackers can’t intercept and read them.

As a bonus, all your messages and other data like stickers, archived chats, new contacts and starred messages, will be synchronised seamlessly between all your devices. You will also be able to start and answer WhatsApp calls from any device.

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As an extra measure, a new technology called Automatic Device Verification will reduce the number of times you need to carry out identity verifications like security codes.

The new feature puts WhatsApp ahead of rivals Signal and Telegram. Signal has end-to-end encryption but doesn’t support multiple devices. Meanwhile, Telegram’s encrypted “secret” chats can only be read on one device.

Speaking about the upgrade, Will Cathcart Head of WhatsApp, said: “Very excited to be launching a beta of our new multi-device capability for @WhatsApp. Now you can use our desktop or web experiences even when your phone isn’t active and connected to the internet.

“All secured with end-to-end encryption. We’ve been working on this for a long time. Until now, @WhatsApp has only been available on one device at a time. And desktop and web support only worked by mirroring off your phone – which meant your phone had to be on and have an active internet connection. Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use desktop/web and Portal. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time.”

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to benefit from the change. It’s being tested with a small group of users before being rolled out more widely. We can’t wait.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Tech

Fortnite update 17.20 release date confirmed with handy new weapon slot feature

Fortnite fans are counting down to the release of update 17.20 later this week.

According to the latest Fortnite leak, the next big update is in the testing stage ahead of an imminent launch.

This means Fortnite fans should be able to download the update on the morning of July 20.

Fortnite update 17.20 will likely be released alongside a period of server downtime, so be prepared for a big download.

In addition to bug fixes and gameplay tweaks, the new update is expected to usher in a brand new feature.

The handy new addition will reportedly allow users to customise their weapon slots.

“Epic is most likely working on a setting to automatically place items types in the slot that you want, for example when you pick up a shotgun it’ll automatically place it in slot #3 or whichever you want,” reads a Hypex tweet.

“A “Preferred Slot Item Type” feature is being worked on since 17.00!”

In a follow-up tweet, Hypex revealed which weapons will be supported by the new feature.

“Here are the different item types that the Preferred Item Slot will support…

– ARs

– Shotguns

– SMGs

– Pistols

– Snipers & Bows (same keybind)

– Grenade Launchers & Rockets (same keybind)

– Consumables (all heals and foraged items)

– Utility (Grenades, Throwables etc..)”

The feature could prove extremely valuable for fans who like to order their loadout in the most efficient manner possible.

You could have your healing items in the furthest slot to the right, perhaps next to your grenades.

Personally, I would assign my AR to the first slot on the left, followed by my shotgun and then my sniper rifle.

Speaking of Fortnite leaks, the latest reports suggest pop superstar Ariana Grande will make an appearance in the game.

A new leak claims the Thank You, Next singer will perform a concert in the game, and will also have her own skin.

“Ariana Grande will be coming soon and will have a in-game concert (concert has already had a test launch done by staff at Epic),” reads a recent report.

It’s possible the concert and new skin will be added to the game during this week’s 17.20 update.

More to follow…

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This post originally posted here Daily Express

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ‘set to feature Loki’: Kang the Conqueror too?

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR LOKI SEASON FINALE AHEAD. This week saw the third Disney+ Marvel show end with quite the cliffhanger. Loki himself had been pushed back to the TVA where he discovered that Mobius didn’t remember him and the Time Keepers statues had been replaced by one of Kang the Conqueror.

The Loki finale then concluded with the promise of a second season, although it’s not clear if this has already been filmed or when it will be released.

And with upcoming MCU movies tying into the time travel and multiverse plot, fans have been wondering if the god of mischief will turn up on the big screen in the meantime.

Well now, this might be sooner rather than later given that The Hollywood Reporter says Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is expected to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

This is yet to be confirmed by Marvel, but it would make a lot of sense for him to team up with the Sorcerer Supreme and Scarlet Witch in the March 2022 movie.

And considering the multiverse of madness was kicked off when Sylvie killed the Kang variant known as He Who Remains, it would make sense to see more versions of the time-travelling villain show up in Doctor Strange 2.

But, by the looks of things, we don’t have to wait that long to see more alternate reality mayhem.

Doctor Strange is set to feature in Spider-Man No Way Home this Christmas before his solo sequel three months later.

Tom Holland’s threequel is heavily rumoured to feature variant Peter Parkers played by former Sony Web Slingers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Next year also sees the release of Thor Love and Thunder, so perhaps the main Loki variant will be reunited with Chris Hemsworth’s Avenger, who saw the main version of his brother killed by Thanos in Avengers Infinity War.

And considering that Natalie Portman is playing The Mighty Thor in the 2022 movie, maybe she’s a variant Jane Foster who was found worthy?

Now if that weren’t enough, what has certainly been confirmed is that Jonathan Major’s Kang will be the main villain in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania.

So that’s another opportunity for Hiddleston’s Loki to show up and take on the main variant of the time-travelling villain.

READ THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ARTICLE HERE

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This post originally posted here Daily Express

Remember Clippy? Microsoft’s most hated Windows feature is making a surprise comeback

The set of retro backgrounds was created by Microsoft’s designers to add some excitement to remote working and video calls, because “a little trip down memory lane can be good for the soul”.

The other three images are similar throwbacks. The classic time-killing card game Solitaire, which since its release in 1990 has been one of the most-played video games of all time, has been recreated in 3D. An homage to old-school creative app Microsoft Paint shows a brush escaping to smear paint across the virtual walls.

The best might be the recreation of the Windows XP default wallpaper, which shows gently rolling hills and a bright blue sky. The new version has included a sprinkling of tiny dandelions – perfect to soothe nerves during stressful meetings.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Tech

Acclaimed feature film Unchained sells out at BestBuy and other retailers

The Original Unchained Movie Poster

The Original Unchained Movie Poster

Eric Roberts as the Father in Unchained

Eric Roberts in Unchained

Mair Mulroney plays Aella in the film Unchained

Mair Mulroney in Unchained

Unchained continues strong global sales, thrashing all performance estimates

I am overwhelmed by the love and support that the world has shown our film. Thank you all for making this a success”

— Raphaello

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — After an impressive opening weekend, Unchained shows no signs of slowing down. The highly lauded feature film has been selling out at various retailers including electronic giant Best Buy. The movie was completely sold out at all Best Buy locations across the US over the last week.

Even by the most hopeful estimates, this retail dominance was shocking. As Unchained continues to open in new markets across all continents, it has kept beating the initial ex-pert predictions.

Combined with the fantastic opening 4th of July weekend, Unchained is proving to be the movie that defies the status quo. Without huge studio backing, the feature film is winning the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.

The movie thriller was produced by Tatiana Rusakova, Ilia Constantine, John Bryan, and director Raphaello.

Unchained stars Mair Mulroney (Dhar Mann), WWE superstar Franky Monet (as Taya Valkyrie), 3 time Hall of Fame wrestler Rock Riddle and Academy Nominated actor Er-ic Roberts (The Dark Knight, Best of the Best, The Expendables).

Unchained also has a wonderful support cast including Maricris Lapaix, Roni Weissman, Svetlana Constantine, Kasarlina Wang, Stan Divranos, Tyler Bowe, Micke Spreitz, and Larry L. Andrews as the villainous Warden Georgia.

The film is further enhanced by the sweeping film score created by composer Alexander Kotziamanis. The Unchained EP – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available exclusively from Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/unchained-ep-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1574825314

You can watch Unchained on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3humK99

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Book fair to feature e-commerce for first time as well as traditional

The annual Shanghai Book Fair, scheduled to open on August 11, will include more individual brick-and-mortar bookstores as well as e-commerce platforms for the first time, Xu Jiong, head of the local press and publication administration, said yesterday.

The fair will feature an area on the second floor of the Shanghai Exhibition Center as a new “Reading plus Coffee Culture” zone for readers to rest, exchange ideas and take a look at innovative cultural products.

“Readers need a more relaxing and cozy space for reading. The brick-and-mortar bookstores have already changed for them and the book fair should do so as well,” Xu said.

The individual brick-and-mortar bookstores joining this year’s book fair include Toyou Books, a bookshop that becomes a pub at night, Will Commune, where readers can borrow books for free, the female-themed Xinchao Bookstore and detective-themed Island Bookstore.

According to Xu, the book fair will place more emphasis on supporting and promoting emerging and featured bookshops, and future book fairs will have a group of different individual brick-and-mortar bookstores as exhibitors.

E-commerce platforms like JD and Douyin will have booths at the fair and provide both online and offline services.

In the fair’s public areas, new eco-friendly materials will be used to build booths, replacing wood and paper. Plastic bags and packaging will no longer be used. Instead, more attractive recyclable book bags will be developed.

To enhance on-site management of catering as well as pandemic prevention and control, a food corner will be located near Gate 9 of the exhibition center. Nearly 30 special dishes from nine popular food brands will be available there. This year, the book fair will have three major district-level branches — 800 Show in Jing’an District, Shanghai Music Valley in Hongkou District and Sinan Mansions in Huangpu District, while all 16 districts will have their own book fair events held in different places.

Reading goes hi-tech

The 800 Show branch will focus on the theme “City of Future Reading” to show how reading will be in the future.

There, cutting-edge science and technology firms will work with digital reading providers to organize activities about topics like reading, life, artificial intelligence, the Internet and Big Data.

Domestic big names including Huawei, electric car maker Nio, China Literature and Spiritual Wealth Club will have their own presentations about culture in urban digital transformation.

The Shanghai Music Valley branch will mix elements like music, reading, cultural tourism and innovative cultural markets and allow visitors to enjoy reading while traveling.

Sinan Mansions will have its first bookstore festival and encourage social life on a cultural base.

During the book fair, a map of local brick-and-mortar bookstores will be released to show their locations and help readers find their favorite ones. The fair now has a mascot called Doudian, whose head is shaped like a comma.

The first award ceremony of local publisher Dookbook’s science fiction contest will take place at the fair to highlight more young, talented science fiction authors.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, several exhibitions with related publications will be available to purchase.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 will use one key feature from PS5 DLC

“Additionally, with Intermission, there’s another element introduced: combo moves where Yuffie and Sonon team up, which makes for a different feel in battle strategy. I would like to leverage these, including other elements we tried out in ‘Intermission,’ in our next story.”

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is the PS5 version of FF7R, which adds the Yuffie DLC as well as tonnes of PS5 improvements such as a 60FPS mode and a 4K graphics mode.

It remains to be seen when Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 will actually release.

Director Tetsuya Nomura has long said he hopes to release Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 as soon as possible.

Speaking previously, the Kingdom Hearts mastermind said: “We know that everyone wants the next instalment quickly.

“We would also like to deliver it as soon as possible. Since we were also able to see the line of quality from the first instalment, we hope to make the next instalment even better in quality that can make for an even better experience.”

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Gaming

Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl to feature new book during signing, meet and greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub

Event Date: 

August 13, 2021 – 5:30pm

CARSON CITY — Northern Nevada author Molly Dahl and publisher iUniverse have announced the release of her new book, The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself.

Dahl, who has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and was a classroom teacher for 15 years, wanted to produce a book for adults based on the same principles that she’d successfully taught in her signature Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program for teens, YOUTH Positive, which was implemented in a number of schools in Nevada and California. 

“The skills and concepts that we use to cultivate and build emotional resilience are universal,” she notes. “As parents saw how much YOUTH Positive helped their kids, they wanted to learn more about the concepts for themselves. I realized there was an intense thirst for this information, and that I could expand upon it for an adult audience.”

The author drew upon her rich educational background and her passion for lifelong learning to write the book. Dahl holds a certificate of Applied Positive Psychology from the WholeBeing Institute; she’s a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance; and she’s an instructor of yoga and meditation as well. Dahl is the co-founder Mindful SEAD, a nonprofit organization established to support educators in teaching mindful social and emotional learning. She has also taught graduate level courses for Sierra Nevada University on social, emotional, and academic development.

Book reading, meet and Greet at Carson City’s Adams Hub
Please join Molly for a book reading and meet and greet signing at Adams Hub, 111 W Proctor St in Carson City, on Friday, August 13 at 5:30 in the evening. Please contact Molly [email protected] or Kassandra [email protected] for more information.Please come out and support a local author. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art of Emotional Resilience is available from Amazon as well as by request from most public libraries.

About Molly
Molly Dahl, M.Ed., is author of The Art of Emotional Resilience: An Everyday Guide to Resisting Reaction, Cultivating Compassion, and Gracefully Managing Yourself (2021) and Youth Positive, Exploring the Unique Genius of Every 21st Century Adolescent, (2015). The 3-book YOUTH Positive series includes a workbook for grades 5-8, a book/journal combination for grades 9-12, and a Teacher’s Guide for easy implementation in an education setting.

Author, speaker, coach, and positive education specialist, Molly offers workshops trainings, and presentation around the county and internationally. She taught the first Social, Emotional, Academic Development (SEAD) certification course through Sierra Nevada University. Molly is co-founder of Mindful SEAD, a non-profit education organization that offers teacher education on Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning and Intelligence. She is a certified teacher of yoga, meditation, and Cultivating Emotional Balance. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from The Wholebeing Institute.

You can find Molly at www.mollydahl.us.

Watch live on ITV Hub? You’re missing out on an amazing new feature for Love Island fans

If you watch the latest drama unfold inside the Love Island villa on ITV Hub, you’ll miss out on an exclusive new feature from ITV. Dubbed Shoppable TV, the UK broadcaster has partnered with South Korean technology firm LG to allow viewers to instantly add products featured on the show to their shopping basket – without taking their eyes off the latest re-coupling.

Boots is one of the first brands to sign-up to the innovative new system. So, when viewers with an LG spot a product used in the show they’d like to use – a tap of a button will bring up an overlay with extra information on the item. Similar products available from Boots will also be suggested to put the product into context. Additionally, users can also choose to view all products available from the episode of the show that they’re watching. If anything takes your fancy, an extra tap will send the item to your basket.

Paying for the item isn’t handled through your telly – so you don’t need to worry about typing in a credit card number with your remote. Instead, a link is shared to your smartphone, so you can securely checkout with Google or Apple Pay in seconds.

Love Island fans with LG Smart TVs can initiate the shopping interface at any time by using their telly remote. However, you’ll need to proactively opt-in to receive the notifications and use the shopping service, so those who don’t want to spend any money while bingeing reality telly won’t be bothered by pop-ups to add items to your basket.

To make its new “see it, shop it” system function, ITV is relying on code from TheTake – a contextual product discovery company that specialises in AI. No updates are needed to make the functionality work in millions of homes throughout the UK as TheTake’s technology is built into LG TV sets in the UK by default. However, this new partnership with ITV marks the first time that it has been activated.

Launching initially in Love Island, ITV has already confirmed plans to roll out its new shopping service on other shows across different genres throughout the rest of 2021. The Take technology is already live in the USA on 2021, 2020, and 2019 LG TVs.

In the UK, all 2021 LG TVs have the technology integrated as standard, while TheTake can be added via software update to 2019 and 2020 models.

ITV Director Digital and Creative Partnerships, Bhavit Chandrani said: “This is a unique commercial opportunity and the next natural step in what we can offer to brands. Love Island has been a fantastic platform for innovation in how we work with commercial partners over the past few years and is the perfect show to introduce shoppable TV before we roll it out across other programmes.”

Meanwhile, Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer Boots UK, added: “We are very excited to be partnering with ITV and TheTake on the new and innovative opportunity. Launching shoppable TV as part of our wider partnership with Love Island is a great way to help customers easily shop the products they spot in the villa and recreate iconic islander looks from the show.

“It will simplify the customer journey and bring the Boots brand even closer to the Love Island audience.”