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Now it is time for Click. Welcome to Click. Welcome to
Europe's largest technology expo. This is IFA 2011 in the heart of
Berlin and this is an absolutely massive show. To give you an idea,
I am standing in a halt for 20 of 28. Lots to do. Better get on with
it. -- in a hall. We will take out the latest TV screens, camera kits
and the most exciting of tablet tech. And we will bring you the
other big stories from around the world and a guide to the future of
the world in Webscape. We start with the biggest screen in
the house. The television. This year, the hype over 3D is giving
weight to televisions that can do more to just show movies or TV.
From high-definition to slim the panel. Wide screen and a wider
screen. Two 3D. Television makers have always sold sets based on
looks and picture quality. But now, it is switching to the multitude of
content and TV that can be delivered to your home via the
internet. More of the biggest swings we buy can be connected to a
rota, giving access to movies on demand, Internet-based TV channels
and streaming services like U2. One of the biggest players, Samsung,
says three out of four sets can be hooked up to the internet. --
YouTube. They offer apps and games and no longer need add-on boxes or
consols. Smartphones and tablets can be used from the sofa to
navigate Facebook or Twitter. But the limited number of apps this
Panasonic TV has, 100, means a lot less choice than on a tablet or
smartphone. Sharp, LG and Philips have announced a common platform to
encourage more titles. So one version becomes all of their smart
TV is. But owners will need good broadband connections to start with.
Panasonic says just one-quarter of its smart TV's have actually been
connected. Samsung believes in Europe, it is around half.
Explaining the benefits and intricate menus to customers new to
the idea may also been hampering uptake. With everybody offering
smart televisions, the race is on to stand out from the crowd.
Turkish outfit Vestel raised the temperature, unveiling a prototype
television with peer-to-peer file sharing software. That was built in
by BitTorrent. Just add a hard drive to store your movie downloads.
And Samsung showed off its YouTube 3D app which allows said owners to
view the tiny but growing amount of 3D content on the site. 3D itself
has struggled to capture the public's imagination as quickly as
manufacturers hoped. This Dizziness Free selling-point on the latest
Samsung models reveals one existing problem. And the need to wear
glasses has bothered many. But not from November. Toshiba says goodbye
to the specs with the glasses 33 D screen. Instead, a layer of
microscopic liquid lenses on the screen allows different perspective
to descend to each eye, giving the illusion of 3D. Face tracking
technology determines how far you are from the screen so the' lenses
can be adjusted to provide 45 overlapping sweet spot where the
effect works best. From two metres away I could move my head at 30
cent of readers and still avoid the shadowing effect. While it is not
as clean and effective as active shutter glasses, the picture has
good depth, providing a more need 3D effect that may suit some tastes.
The future of 3D TV is classes less. 3D, nobody wants to wear glasses.
That is why contact lenses are so popular in the market. TD must be
grasses less in order to attract more people to watch three deep. --
TV. By at glasses Free is not without cost. The 3D filter reduces
the screen's effective resolution to a 720 H D image. The viewing
angle is reduced. And it costs 8,000 euros. Panasonic thinks it is
a crazy idea and is sticking with glasses which deliver a clearer
picture with just one drawback - you have to wear them. But to make
things easier, it has teamed up with such Sharp, Samsung, Philips
and Sony to create a single standard so the one sport next year
may work well with your friend's 3D said.
-- the ones you buy next year. And IFA may look at more in the
next year. If you are sold on the glasses option, why not get rid of
the television altogether? For 900 euros, Sony will pop these new all
in 13 D specs on your face. That is a look. -- all in one 3D specs.
A with me today is Luke Westaway, the senior writer for the highly
respected site CNET. Welcome. Let's talk about the TV technology we
have seen. Connected TV's, it has to be said the use their experience
for a TV online has been pretty poor? Yes. It is not there yet. We
are better off putting our laptops into the TV. That is what TV
manufacturers are trying to discourage. They want their own
sites. If you are scrolling through an internet TV, it feels sluggish
still. It is annoying. There are no keyboards so you have to input text
very slowly. So just really making what they have more compelling.
There is not a lot of content apart from YouTube which you can get as
the use of. And there are encouraging signs, that the 3D
intercity is getting its act together. Standardised glasses and
the glasses Free TV. It is interesting. It works reasonably
well. It is going on sale. But you have to ask, if we have not reached
a consensus on whether we want glasses or no glasses, we are not
really their debt for 3D. Thank you. Stay there for a few more minutes.
Plenty more from it but still to come. -- from IFA.
It is all to ageing at Yahoo. Just two years after her appointment,
CEO Carol Bartz has been given the axed after her a star slashing do
to a more personalised experience failed to revive the company's
fortunes. It is apparently now open to a buyer and a Orwell is rumoured
to be the front runner. Just a few months before the launch of the
Triple X Domain, thousands of celebrities have registered to make
sure they are not related with the online red light district. Agencies
say 1,500 domains have already been registered by prototypes. And
finally after years in the labs, invisibility cloaks are finally
here. Sort of. BAE Systems is outfitting tanks, toppers and
warships with a device which mimics the temperature of its surroundings
to conceal it entirely or fall infrared and other surveillance
Tech into the deal it is something entirely different, like a car or a
cow. More on this and other defence orientated take in the coming weeks.
-- technology. So we have heard about the latest
TV technology here at IFA which includes a lot of 3D. There is also
this problem of not much 3D content around. The latest camera
technology may change that. Action. Plenty of interest at IFA
this year in shooting material in 3D. What is that? You are not
seeing me in 3D, you still need the specs with the system. That is
better. You have a darker picture, no difference in quality. Are you
feeling underwhelmed by the experience? And are you starting to
feel not just as well? OK, so 3D is working properly. You have lost it
again? The numpty forgot to charge the specs. OK, you may have guessed
that I do not buy into the multi- dimensional bars that the Big beat
-- big hitters of TB hardware are determined to whip up. But still
producing our own material and at last, give us something to put on
our new sets. So, prepare to be dazzled by twin-lens compacts,
twin-lens compacts double A Sella's and big nothing of empty your
wallet to the tune of a near $3,000 for a pair of 3D binoculars.
Happily, there is enough innovation in the playing boring it to the
camera space to titillate even the most trigger-happy of camera users.
If flip-up LCD's do not tickle you, connecting to a smartphone may. I
cannot think of any use also marries offhand but maybe you can.
Still, the building wi-fi serve some genuinely useful purposes like
uploading your latest and greatest creations to Facebook or Flickr.
And automatic Panorama allows an entire scene to be captured in a
continuous week. It also means you can have positively minutes of fine.
And ridiculous aspects. Or put yourself in the picture with a
quirky Magic Frame. Thankfully, there are no illusions when it
comes to the optical enhancements. Interchangeable lenses appeal on
ever smaller bodies week a new kneelers system that brings
seriously snappy performances. -- Nero or less. And everything from
camcorders to alter a compact, now with decent zooms and image
stabilisation, getting wobble freeze that is easier than ever.
These days, there is so much way for can -- so many ways for cameras
to make a splash that the industry is allowing that decade-long
megapixels Marketing Board to take a back seat. We are now being told
that less is more. Confused? To keep up. Few were megapixels are
better because the percentage is the same. Each pixel is bigger and
could use more light. So the low light quality or the quality of
normal conditions is much better. You have less noise or less grain
in the image. That is what the user wants. With stills camera shooting
video, the industry is shifting its seductive Megs are picked --
megapixels mania into frontiers. Chances are, you would be hard-
pressed to tell the difference between these two models. Still,
there are some choices we no longer have to make it all. This model is
capable of shooting a 10 makes it - - megapixels picture at the same
time as recording and HD video. Let's pick up on that idea of
convergence. Stills cameras that full -- sued for hedge de Vera --
video. Do we need to buy video cameras any more? It is safe to say
that if you are a casual videotape and just want to take some videos,
something quite small, that will still at work fine. But if you are
after a good quality video, a camcorder is still the way to go.
The ergonomics of the device... It is more comfortable to shoot video
with a proper camcorder. The same question could be asked of skills
cameras with respect to smartphones. Asked deals cameras in danger of
becoming extinct? Definitely. Most able take pictures on their
smartphones and they are very good. They offer the ability to share the
photo online. We are seeing more and more digital cameras having
that kind of feature put-in. We're seeing some wi-fi cameras, things
like that. The danger is that smartphones will take over the
still camera market. Thank you. Stay there. Accent. Moving on first.
For the last couple of years. Every -- everybody has been jumping on
the tablet bandwagon. But are they late? We have been continuing to
take the tabke the tabas the scene of a slew of tablet launches here,
devices which share Android operating system, most using the
latest version called honeycomb. Because these machines or use the
same operating system they have uniform touch-screen controls and
can download apps from the Google market. Most of the Android devices
on the market are performing much the same way. This creates a really
big problem for a hardware designers and engineers. How did
they make a different machine? How do they prevented from becoming a
need to tablet? In the case of Sony's engineers, they're trying to
make their latest stand out with the help of making sure. The Sony P
features a folding case with two 5.5 touch screens which should make
it more portable. Both displays can become one large screen with a
great big black bar through the middle of it, that is. It has four
gigabytes of one store -- online storage. It can also store extra
data. But the folding case design could prove to be a love it or hate
it feature which makes for breaks it. Its price could also provide
problems. It is �479. It could be a perilous proposition for Sony. Sony
also have a more traditional tabloid offering with the S Talbot.
This is shaped like a folding book or magazine magazine more
comfortable to hold. It has a 4.9 inch display. It is available in
three cheat and wi-fi versions. Both are PlayStation set-aside --
says a five say you should have access to old PlayStation games,
games of such antiquity they would probably have their own exhibit in
the British Museum. Sony is not the only outfit with a new Android tap.
Samsung has already started to launch its second generation of
Android tablets. This latest addition, the 7.7 inch galaxy tab
follows a familiar theme. Familiar because for some, this will be the
closest they get to a galaxy tad 7.7 unless -- at least before a
patent spat is sold. They argue that they have copied at the look
and feel of iPhone and iPad. They have been granted a court order
which prevents the sale. It chose to remove the 7.7 from the show
floor. If you have managed to snatch a look at it, you'll
discover it is a thin and like honeycomb defies. It has front and
rear cameras and a bright and alert -- --reen. It looks a little
difference. We I get to hear a word on pricing. -- we are yet to hear.
Samsung did launch one device which is unlikely to encounter the same
patent problems as its relatives. The hybrid phone and tablet. But
t that is smaller than most others
and a smartphone that is larger than most other phones? It
seemingly normal at first. It is Android power -- his Android power
which can create impromptu portrait. It is the fact that the note is
being marketed as a device which sits between a smartphone and a
larger Tabard. It will hit eight undiscovered section of the market.
And now thatd now thatad his from Toshiba. It has been on the died.
Probably the thinnest. It deserves millimetres thick 10 inch screen
new device. It is called the 8,200. It has micro US bees and micro
ports. Its last two attempts at tablets were not successful so this
one has a pretty big mountain to climb in order to draw attention to
itself. Let's pick up on the idea of price. Apple traditionally have
more expensive products than anyone else. Why on earth are all the
other tablets the same price as the iPad Bestinvest when the iPad
launched were -- the iPad was a little bit cheaper when it first
launched. I think -- Android tablets need to be cheaper. If you
are looking at buying and a Android tablet or an iPad it is more
sensitive to -- sensible to buy an iPad because other people have one.
If the Android was a lot cheaper there would be more reason to buy
one. It is a two-horse race for the Tablet operating system. Should
windows even bother trying to get back into tablet? Yes, it should
bother because it is always fun to have more staff to choose from. The
real challenge they have is apps. Apple's ils is more established.
They have more available. That is what makes a tablet great. Thank
you. We would love to hear your thoughts on everything you have
seen. Get in touch. You can e-mail or treat us. Moving on to Webscape
with Kate Russell. Crystal balls are all very well but if you want
an anpicture of what the future holds, you'd be better off
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agenda and global public calendar that lets you see the future with
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The site has what's that scan over 4,000 government and news website
looking for any reference to the future. The editors organise it and
put it into calendars so you can see at a glance what is likely to
be in the news next week. There are lots of invitations and uses for
people like journalists, marketers and event organisers. But even if
you are just ingested in the world or want to know the most -- just
interested in the world, the information is all in these pages.
If you use an iPhone, there is a free out called tomorrow. And
according to the Facebook page the Android version is coming soon. If
you are a bit of eight sued loved- up and likes discovering -- a bit
of a food lover, this Blackberry apples should be on your iPhone
should. City includes 50% discounts and other offers. It is a members'
club with an annual subscription but you get a 30-day free trial if
you want to taste the goods. The users are a mixed bunch for this
one. Some people complain that they have had trouble with the GPS and
locate -- locating a good restaurant that is participating. I
had absolutely no problems with it at all. With a free trial, you
cannot really lose. So if you do have trouble with the out or do not
have a blackberry and still want a taster, there is a browser version.
the Web is great for collaborating with distant friends and relatives
and there are some funky tools to help you do this if you look around.
Like Stroome, a cloud editing package for video, photos and audio.
After offloading your contact or pulling down some of the contest
uploaded by other users, use the interface to drag and drop bits and
bobs and linking with transitions and adding it music track. When you
have finished your time line you can share it with other Stroome
users so they can remix York works. This is a great way of
collaborating on creating a slide show from a family party or wedding.
It is perfect for simple drag and drop collaborating. But they are
much better tools out there for the advanced user. Good news for Jim e-
mail uses this week as Google have released a Cromer would stalk app
which gives browsing, filtering options to the world's most popular
client. The mobile clients have had this for a while and the browser
version is just a tweak of the Tablet interface but should prove
me his -- reviews for on the latter. And it docks and Callander have
also been granted limited off-line That was Kate Russell with Webscape.
If you have suggestions for a future Webscape please e-mail us.
All of those links along with everything else from the special
show are on the website. That's it for now. Thank you for watching. We
Good morning. We are expecting a storm to hit later on Sunday and
into Monday. But before then the winds will strengthen day-by-day
over the weekend. Those strengthening winds will bring some
showers or longer spells of rain. We start the weekend quite quiet
and in usually warm. Up to 18 in the centre of London. They could be
record-breaking. Humid areas in the one sector. They are driven by the
deep low approaching. The cold front will work its way eastwards.
It will start wet in Scotland. That should ease off a little bit. It is
initially heavy in the west and turns lighter as it runs in the
east. We still have some warmth and humidity in eastern England a bit
like we had yesterday. Temperatures before the rain arrives getting
into the low to mid-twenties. This rain this into Yorkshire, the
ginger, the Midlands. After the rain we get some sunshine in the
south Midlands and the south-west of England. Some showers will come
in. But at least we have some sunshine in the afternoon after
what looks like quite a look start -- quite a wet start. Some showers
in Northern Ireland. They could turn blustery as the winds fresher.
Some strong winds arriving in the Scotland. Some showers in the
afternoon. The winds look more like the overnight into Sunday morning.
Some showers. But by morning some persistent rain arriving on Sunday
into Northern Ireland pushing into western Scotland and the north-west
of England. Elsewhere we will have some sunshine but a few sharp and
blustery showers. The winds strengthened on Saturday and Sunday.
By Sunday night and Monday is when we will have the peak of the winds.
They could be destruction. The Met Office have issued an amber alert.
The trouble is all coming from the other side the hurricane. This is
something we have been watching over the past few days. She did not
make landfall in the US and now she's coming and moving back across
the Atlantic towards our shores. By the time she reaches us she will
not be a hurricane because she will have lost the war, becoming heavily