BRIEF – Martyrs Day app unveiled

Burma’s Martyrs’ Day is on 19 July, and this year celebrations have turned hi-tech. A Burmese programmer has created a loophole to get around the government ban on the sounding of sirens to mark the moment of Aung San’s death in 1947. By downloading an app, observes can set their phones to automatically mark the exact time with a ringtone. Designer Zaw Thwin says he wants young people to share long-held traditions – in 21st-century style.