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Now on BBC News it is time for Click.

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Do not change channel. Do not change channel. This week on The

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Thick Of It, we are back at the IFA technology show to witness the

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future. From thought power would a TV remote, too smart house lights.

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We will meet the smart -- the smaller companies try to get a big

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ideas noticed. And we will talk to two audio visionaries, the inventor

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of the MP3. Welcome to Click. Well come back to

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Berlin. Last week, we saw a time of new devices been launched at the

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IFA technology expo which was taking place just down the road.

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They are or hitting a shop near you very soon. But while the product

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managers were busy pushing their toys, some other organisations were

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showing off staff which is a few years ahead of its time.

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Some ideas are further off than others. For many years, there has

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been a bubbling interest in brainwaves. We have seen a number

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of companies attempting to detect electrical brain activity and use

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it to control simple devices. Hit- out, Chinese technology out bit

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Haier were showing a simple video game where the play at tries to

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blow up barrels by thought alone. The eventual idea is to change TV

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channels simply by thinking about it. The problem at the moment is

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that only two brain states can be detected with any accuracy. It

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would translate to change channel and do not change channel. There

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was no allowance for whether you want to go up and down a programme

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guide. But sometimes were changing research it takes decades to come

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to a fruition. It is something that this man knows all too well. After

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more than 20 years of research, he finally complete changed the world

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of music with his innovation, the MP3. Once upon a time in the late

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70s, there was a professor in Germany who thought it should be

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possible to transmit audio over ISDN lines. A couple of years later,

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he got a PhD student interested in this, that was myself. A number of

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years, it did not really go forward. There was a meeting in London in

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1992. Depending on whom you ask, it was five-ten years and will the

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rest -- the rest of the one noticed. At this year's IFA, they were

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demonstrating ideas that were much closer to being ready, if anyone

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buys into them. This is an interactive shop window, allowing

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shoppers to browse and buy, even when the shop is closed. The giant

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3D infrared sensor catches gestures in the same way as the Xbox Kinect,

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although this one can already trapped subtle movements in

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individual fingers, something that Microsoft is also -- is still

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working on. How do you stream high- definition video to a portable

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device that refuses to keep still? Traditional wi-fi is not fast

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enough to cope with all the data, so how about using visible light

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instead? By flickering over head LEDs on and off, it may be possible

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to transfer those all important ones and zero is at speeds of 800

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mbps, it is a tin ear being dumped as hi-fi. -- it is a technique.

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This is leaked way version. They are receiving their own Datastream

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and sending their own Datastream back up using a light transmitter.

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Although these two computers have Web cameras attached, the output

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for one is being steamed up to another, and the output form one is

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being streamed back to that laptop screen. In the future, data can be

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streamed due whereby you had a light source. Traffic lights can

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been traffic information to your car as it passes by. The

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researchers say that visible light communication is visible when

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normal radio wi-fi is undesirable, in example, in hospitals. It is

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also more secure because it does not leave the room. It is not the

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case that researchers can always go off and explore any area they feel

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like. There were cost money, and that often comes from large

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technology companies in the whores in IFA. It can mean that you become

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a slave to fashion. -- in the halls. In Germany and all over the world,

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conserving the environment, e- mobility, better cars, all that is

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in fashion. That is good. On the other hand, a lot of other things

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that I think should be more in fashion, such as laying the

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groundwork, my true it -- Micro Electronics is out of fashion in

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Europe. If you are talking about the shrinking computer? That is

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part of it. The basis for tomorrow's equipment. Tomorrow's

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equipment may not be made of rigid silicone chips installed -- at all,

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but instead flexible electronics, printed on to bendable polymers. 1

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Y are doing that is to use a printer such as this one, which is

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being developed by a Japanese researcher. It is capable of

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producing darts and lines more than ten times denied them traditional

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printers. -- ten times thinner. With the global economy still

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reeling from the crash of 2008, is R&D Investment suffering, were the

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crowds at future technology shows been treated to anything new at

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all? I have not seen any group of companies that have a lot of money

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to spend. Everybody looks after the bottom line. Does that mean that

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R&D is suffering at the moment? is always suffering, that is

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nothing new. It is a bit disappointing if you know that you

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talk about development of some technology costing half a million

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in total, and then they have five more million dollars to do the

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marketing. One of the options open to the larger tech companies is to

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let the smaller guys come up with the idea, go through the pain of

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development, and then just to buy take a look at how the smaller

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innovators are weathering the financial storm. Now it is time for

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this week's tech news. Microsoft has been showing off more of its

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next operating system, Windows 8. This version is designed to work

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with PCs and tablets, in a bid to challenge Apple's IOS and Google's

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Android operating systems. It will feature a large, easy to hit a

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patch green tiles and controls, which should improve on the fiddle

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the ones that made Windows 7 such a woeful experience. It is due to

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launch in 2012. As Windows moves to arm, Android is moving to Intel.

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The next generation of its smartphone OS will be operating on

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Intel's atom protesters. -- processors. It looks like

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Hollywood's Scarlett Johansson could be the latest victim of

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computer hackers. Naked photos were leaked online. The FBI says it has

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launched an investigation. They went on to say that dozens of stars

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have had personal information stolen from e-mail and other

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accounts. Last week we heard from Richard

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Taylor, Dan Simmons and Mark Cieslak on developments in their

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chosen fields of tech. While there were making their reports, a few

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other Brandon James caught their collective attentions.

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The big boys at IFA is pushing 3D on the consumer at every single

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angle, including laptops. This machine has glasses with 3D

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technology, which is basically a lenticular screen with a little bit

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of software which is connected to the web camera. It looks for your

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face, and then very subtly, it shifts or where the focus of the

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image is, it needs to do this to try and create a 3D switch box. So

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the image has always looked like they are falling behind the actual

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screen. If I move around a little bit, it subtly shifts. If you get

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bored of watching 3D, you can simply flip off the screen, and

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then get back to plain altar 2D. We are used to our smartphone as

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being able to do absolutely anything, but this new one from

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Korea Telecom wants to be part of everything you carry around with

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you. For example, take this tablet. It does not have any processes or

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storage inside, the guts of the machine is provided by your phone,

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and it is waiting to be connected so that when you pop it in the back,

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the Android a 2.3 operating system under a smartphone ditch you this

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rather nice 10 inch screen on which to play. You can take it a stage

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further as well. We have seen the occasional phone that slots into

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the tablets, but Katie's Spider Phone, due out in November in South

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Korea, is designed with several add-ons in mind. It is the first

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with a jaw called 1.5GHz processor, making it most part -- more

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powerful than most Netbooks. Each part has its own battery, and all

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can share the phone's 3G data connection. With this set-up, you

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are stuck with a smartphone version of Android, rather than one

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designed for a larger screen. A lot of phones have an HDMI cable

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slot, so you can put the big game on the big screen. You can get is

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fine talks to the Controller of via Bluetooth. When you start playing,

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it is also -- it is almost like you are not playing a phone game at all.

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MP3 docks are a hallmark of trade shows, but this is one of that is

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scaling new heights. It is the brainchild of Jean-Michel Jarre. He

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took some time out to explain what I was witnessing. It is delivering

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10,000 watts. For public spaces, hotels, and for smaller venues, for

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concerts, if your ceiling is high enough up. It is sort of an audio

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totem for the industry, saying that we are ready and to get back with

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Every time we two to a trade show there's one stand in the corner.

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Not run by a huge corporate, but a smaller company with a big idea.

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What inspires these people. Do they really have the next big thing? LJ

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Rich has been tracking the tech entrepreneurs trying to get noticed.

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The age-old problem in a crowded marketplace - making your product

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stand out. This year 1400 Exhibitors plyed their wears,

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hoping to induce buyers. These video recording sunglasses, 720P,

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HD among the few. It shows style is as important as function,

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reflecting the direction. Consumer electronic industry. Big business

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can make products faster, cheaper and better quality. An advantage of

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smaller outfits is they can move quickly. To get a wider audience,

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they need help. Here is a phone with no internal power, turning any

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object into a 1 wt speaker. Public transport could be a nightmare with

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it. Along with 27, Taiwan's Raytech is looking for a distributor in the

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EU. The first one was 3,000 units. All the boxes on display show

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different packaging options. Judging by the interest of passers-

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by, he should have made a few more units to sell and a side business

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in earplugs. The opportunities of south-east Asian companies to

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attract European buyers does not come cheap. You look at $3,000 for

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a stall in the back of beyond. This one-handed tablet holder might take

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on a usual fare. What's wrong with using a finger. Imagine making

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detailed drawings or arranging fe. In character based languages like

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Chinese and Japanese, there's the gap in the market. Whether it's big

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enough to make a profit is another matter. Like the others. Robotics

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master has come to IFA looking for European rengs. Jack the Ripper's

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latest product is a $50 -- Jin Sato's latest product is a ladybird.

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Powered by two electric toothbrush motors, it recognised black and

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white squares, turning them into one of 64 commands. It's a unit in

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Japan exported to India, Korea. They cannot afford so I believe my

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smaller one will help many people. Don't we all. After tracing the

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shofer, I'm not the only one that could do with a back rub. These

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vests look clumsy. The patient sticks in their hands for pressure

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on the shoulder, it's pleasant. So it should. The good feeling coming

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a at a barg ain $100, Darth Vader would have less stressed if he

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swapped his helmet for a face mask. I felt the force under here. They

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shib 60,000 a month. As an entrepreneur knows, shipping means

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the product is delivered to someone else's warehouse. Ending up in our

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house makes a difference to the bottom line. LJ Rich, loving the

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head mass anger, I'm having a bit of that -- massager, I'm having a

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bit of that later. Hands up who stares at a computer model most

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days. Pretty much our crew. And who spends a good part of every evening

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doing the same. If you find that the bright monitor is causing arm

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strain as darkness falls, what you need is a bit of Flux in your life.

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Kate Russell explains more. Computer monitors are set up to

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look good in the daytime, when the LCD competes with sunlight

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streaming through the window. You may not realise the strain on your

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eyes at night, so says Flux, a widget that dims the screen to

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something more intimate in the evening. I don't know if there's an

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official medical evidence to support the eye strain theory,

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after installing Flux I didn't notice the gentle warming of my

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screen, until I turned to my second PC, killed the screen saver and was

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almost blinded by the glare. Once installed you set the location and

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specify how warm you want the screen to be in the evening and

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leave the software to transition from day to night, giving your eyes

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the most comfortable ride possible. There are free downloads for

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Windows, Mac and Linux. There's an overright button when you work on

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colour sensitive products late into the night. Launching a successful

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networking site is no mean feat on today's socially saturated web.

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This presents itself as a Twitter model with a twist. Giving you 2

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minutes of simple to record audio rather than 140 characters, calling

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itself a vocal social network. Like any social networking start-up it

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needs a critical mass of users to make it a success. They are not

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there yet. If you feel like a gossip and don't want to type into

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a internet text box, this could be a good place to hook up.

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# I don't want to # Talk about it. This is Kate

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Russell. Bear in mind all posts are public. Be careful what you choose

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to gossip about. You can follow people, recording reply messages,

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creating a string like what a text network is. My only gripe is lack

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of control when listening. Roll back options would be nice. If you

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are looking for something cool to do with your windows phone 7, take

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a look at Timedancer an episodic sci-fi series fuseing video and

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gaming to create an engaging experience. It is well-known that

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the Timedancer corporation used time travel tech for years with no

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supervision from... You make choices along the way to unlock

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Click, carving is class through a narrative a bit like the fighting

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fantasy games you used to get when you make a choice and turn to a

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particular page. This has great- quality video. The downside is you

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have to watch the video through a cloud of greasy finger marks on the

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screen. The first episode is free to give you a taste and after that

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you'll have to pay for downloads. It's a well produced app with a

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great story. You can enjoy it more than once, which is probably just

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as well, considering how little content there is out there for the

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windows phone. If you are a rugby fan, you might have noticed a big

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event is going on right now. The Rugby World Cup 2011 reaching a

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climax towards the end of October. Keep up with the latest fixtures

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and news at the official website. They have free apps for the major

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mobile form at, as well as keeping you up to date with matches and

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results, includes information about the players and teams, and a

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regular dose of video highlight. If you happen to own an iPhone or iPad,

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there's another app you can download. Rugby World Cup calendar

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2011. It's free with supporting banners. There's no video, it's

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been really well put together with loads of information on the players

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and an indepth run down of the rules. So if your other half is not

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a rugby fan and bothers you with questions during the match, hand

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them the iPhone and crack open more beers. Finally, I wanted to give a

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quick shout out to Posterous who implementeded a well overdue revamp

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of their blogging platform, the overhaul positions the site to

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compete with People Plus and Facebook. Focusing on sharing

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retaining core values. Worth another look if you have left your

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poor Posterous to gather kust in your hard drive over the last

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couple of years. The mobile apps had a makeover, I had to download

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it again, it didn't update automatically. That was Kate

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Russell and Webscape. That's it from Click in Berlin, I hope you

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enjoyed our jaunt around IFA. Get in touch on our website or tweet us.

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Don't forget everything at IFA is on the website. On this week's

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podcast we'll talk to broadcaster and author who delved into the

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