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More news at the top of the hour. Now it is time for Click. Left a


bit, left a bit more. Keep coming. This week on Click, live cameras in


space. Just watch where you are put in them. We look at the satellites


that can watch your grapes grow in real time. We will meet the daddy


of all rebut cleaners to ask where robots go next. Plus the latest


tech news, and if you are having trouble with clout, we have some


apps to blow them away in Webscape. Welcome to click. Thanks to Google


Earth and virtual earth, we all now know what our house looks like from


space. You may have noticed that the satellite images used on stuff


like that are often months or even years out of date. Apparently, my


car is still parked outside my old house and the house I live in now


has not been built yet. There are times when you do need a satellite


eye view of things that are happening right now. David Reid has


been taking an elevated view of the image and uses for the eyes in our


skies. -- emerging uses. Wine is a delicate blend of


tradition and technology, a process that has barely changed in


centuries. The part the connoisseurs rave about happens


without fanfare and very slowly, though it always has, in sealed bag


-- barrels. The technological bit is the chemistry and how you sort


the creeps. Not all great the same. Even the same variety in the same


field will have different maturities and different strengths.


Traditionally, winemakers have been able to tell the different


maturities of grapes and went to harnessed by taking a closer look.


Thence to satellite technology, that closer look is coming from 800


km in space. The satellite company has come up with a system called


wind at you which analyses from space the light coming off the need


to calculate the density of the vine leaves. Leaf density is one of


those age-old methods wine-growers swear by to indicate what grade or


strength of grapes they are producing. Thanks to these glowing


snapshots, winemakers now know what they have in terms of goats and


where before harvesters have even started sharpening their shoes. --


cheers. The decision to make is how to break -- pick the right groups


for the right wine. This will help the grower to make the decision on


the Peking to choose good for each quality of wine. If you want a


premium red wine, he will select the right parts and the orange. For


an easier to drink two years wine committee would use green and


yellow. -- you will use. This gives us a picture of all our clubs. We


have 100 km of Bines. We need to see the character of groups and


every parcel of land. Red wine used to be really subject its because


unless we analyse them we had no way of knowing whether all the


graves were the same on a single parcel of land. The great stone red


and we harvest them. Now we can sort the grave beforehand and then


harvest later. -- grapes. The helps these won -- help these winemakers


are getting his thanks to satellite imagery from satellites like this.


It costs one million euros and is due to be strapped into a rocket


and fired off into space next year. To give an idea of coverage with


just four satellites, you can photograph any point on the globe


twice a day. Pretty useful if you want to know what is going on in


places cut off by extremes of geography, like the drought


affected Horn of Africa. Here, distances are dauntingly fast.


Satellite service companies are providing imagery and analysis for


humanitarian agencies desperately trying to get aid to people on the


ground. It is very useful information for people in the field


to provide local support, bringing food, water, clothes and medicine.


Not only providing them with maps but to show them what is happening


so they can plan in advance which resources they need to bring.


you think this will grow even more? Exactly. These high altitude


humanitarians are becoming orbiting investigators, policing the high


seas. They can detect oil seeping actually from the ocean floor or on


naturally from well platforms and tankers flushing out there oil


tanks at sea. Doing this saves the ship's money but is a legal. They


get away with it because you often only know about it when it is too


late, when the ship has long gone. This is an aural slick created by a


vessel. -- oil slick. It is 21 km long. And that is just of the


southern coast of France isn't it? Exactly. We are very nearby the


French Riviera. You can imagine such a slick reaching the shore.


There is one leg -- level of regulation saying that kind of


activity can't continue. This all hints at an expanded future role


for satellites, detecting crimes against the environment such as


pollution and illegal logging. They are in an ideal position for law-


enforcement. They have this completely surrounded. -- have us.


Now a look at this week's tech news. In a challenge to Apple's dominance


of the tabloid market, the Amazon CEO has announced the online


retailer's own a cut-price 100 dollar tablet. The kindle fire has


a seven inched touch-screen in uses the Android operating system. It


lacks a microphone or camera. Amazon also showed of two new


kindle any readers, one with a touch screen and the other a QPAC


entry level device. Prospective purchasers may have to wait a while.


At the moment there are only available in the US. Facebook has


changed its settings for its use a lot out process. An Australian IT


specialist raised concerns after finding out Facebook was collecting


data on uses online movements even after users locked out. When a user


logs in, the site plans a cookie on their computer. This book says


these issues have been resolved. Finally, the inhospitable -- a


desert in Chile is to become a racetrack for Latin America's first


rally for solar-powered cars. Students around the region have


unveiled their prototypes in Santiago. The race is not exactly


Paris-Dakar. Most of the vehicles have a top speed of 30mph. Their


builders are confident that they can have -- cover 760 miles in


three days. At least in the desert, parking should not pose a problem.


If you own and iPhone or iPad, you'll know how difficult it is to


watch videos on it that have not been acquired through iTunes. He


will also know that once you have used up your storage, that's it.


These three Apple devices are breaking those rules. They are


playing videos which have not been at loaded through iTunes. In fact,


they are not even stored on any of the devices. They are all being


streamed and Wireless Lee from this thing every year, EC gate go flecks


satellite. A portable 500 Gig Harbour Drive with a built-in


wireless transmitter. This is how it works: You get the hard drive


and plug it into your computer and it behaves just like any external


hard drive. You can drag and drop files to it. But on. It, take it


out and about and switch it on, it runs and a battery that last five


hours. Switch on the Wi-Fi huts but facility. Any wireless device you


have got can log on to that Wi-Fi. At that point you need a special


app. That is the thing that allows you to stream the media from the


hard drive and short on screen. In the best case scenario, this device


has enough bandwidth to stream three high-definition video is to


three different devices at the same time. It is not doing a bad job


right here. If you do not own and iPhone Orin iPad, there is an


equivalent Android app. This will work on in Android smartphone. Even


if you do not own one of those, you can open your web browser and


stream at the video through the browser to your laptop screen. If


that hard drive is a little too bulky for you, you might like to


consider this - a drive made by Kingston, pretty much the same idea.


This is a solid state to drive, much more robust and much more


expensive. This can hold the key to gig. That can hold 500 and there


are roughly the same price. One advantage of this drive is it will


act as a gateway to the internet. You do not have to choose between


accessing a portable hard drive or accessing the internet. One


disadvantage is that this does not work when it is charging. There you


go. Next time your mother tells you to stop watching this media's and


Still to come: What next for robots. We have a sprinkle of application


magic. Robots just have not lived up to


the promise of science fiction. We do have industrial robots, which it


-- as simple our cars in do other repetitive tasks. But they are not


autonomous beasts that can take over the daily chores. Recently, I


caught up with a man who is working towards one, if not both, of those


goals. Any Takao and lumbered with the


vacuuming must surely at one time or another be tempted by something


like this. The robot decades your floor plane while you're out,


navigating the room and dodging table legs. Not that the company


behind this robot cent cut to clean up. They did not expect to make


money through vacuum cleaners. Founded by three artificial


intelligence students, the company develops robots for the military.


These reports are deployed in two dangerous environments. -- robots.


So what exactly does a robot used for bomb-disposal have in common


with one used for dope disposal? One of the things that you want to


assure with a vacuum cleaner is that it goes everywhere in the room.


We looked at the problem and book to work that we had done for mine


hunting. The algorithm is in the robot started out in a robot mine


hunting programme, funded by the US government. For the moment,


simple tasks on five floors. When the terrain is more hostile than


the average kitchen, they cannot be left on their own. They need to be


controlled by humans. They can be controlled with off the shelf USP


models. There are hopes that in time it will change. What we will


see over the next few years is radical navigation and more --


mapping. Robots that can control into an environment a creator map.


Robots will start to understand their environments and understand


what the kitchen is all the library, etc. That will enable a whole host


of new applications. Robots are certainly much more mobile these


days. In fact, having watched and adapted techniques from the animal


kingdom, developers have produced reports that look almost spookily


organic. Even as they negotiate the most demanding and difficult


terrain, it is the sensor technology which still lets them


down. Their inability to judge their environment has led to


countless disastrous demonstrations of dexterity. And while living here,


we have seen it attempts to increase awareness of their


surroundings, it seems that the most research is actually being


done by another industry entirely. It is that been a holy grail for


robotics, Machine Vision. We focus on vision for navigation. The


people doing the most work are the cellphone people. My mobile


computing people. Every phone, every tabloid has a camera on it. -


- tablet. The idea that I have a phone that can be pointed as a


productive and recognise it. That is using the camera and vision.


Huge money is going into it and it is good farce. Right now, with


research funding feeling the at


the technology inside out smartphones and Pablo its turns out


to be at the cutting edge of what is possible. The mobile industry is


making a tremendous amount of money. It has the effect that the leaders


had some economic gravity defying characteristics. The research and


development situation in the robot industry is exhilarating because we


are able to go and take advantage of other industries -- accelerating.


In particular, the mobile industry. We can integrate those technologies


We talk a lot on his programme about the cloud. It is a great


solution for the people who want access the data from portable


computers. But there are some folks who do not want to let go of such


control. If that sounds like you, we have a solution that lets you


hold a bit of the cloud in the palm of your hand.


If you're having trouble trusting the cloud, but one access to the


same essential apps and tours Werribee go, or the need is a


memory stick and portable apps .com. Instead of all her hosting apps


online, it is a suite of three Wetzels bed fits onto and runs from


August any device with almost five regiments of megabytes of space. --


512. The website design looks a little last decade, but did not let


it for you. It is a powerful Swede There are loads of popular apps to


download, depending on the size of your memory stick. Creative and


operating tours, media players and loads of gains. Because they run of


a USP drive, you can access them on any computer. One really good tip


is to use the portable apps anti- Talking of bypassing the cloud, Q


search - next and large files from


one computer to another. The website typically allows deaf --


direct transfer of up to one gigabyte. It is all done through


the browser. No sign up on farce. It has linked to the file you want


The system uses technology called real-time media flow protocol,


which basically set up a direct connection between two machines.


Because it is direct, it works very fast. Precisely how fast will


depend on your connection. The service is free and secured. The


file you're sending never actually passes through the service. It


travels person-to-person. There's also a desktop application you can


download. I can absolutely see this serve as defining the way we handle


a large fire transfers in the future -- file.


There are hundreds of thousands of apps for your iPhone. Some are free,


some you have to pay for and some you can find under the counter for


a limited time. This action cases and three new paid apps per day,


that are being offered three for a period of time. The app comes


packaged with cutesy animations and APD date sequence to show you how


much the money you have saved. I am not sure it is necessary and the


animations and sound effects get annoying quite quickly. Just give


me free Staff! -- staff. You have 24 hours to download each selection


of apps. You might not find everything you like every time,


this is definitely one apply more Yet another using innovation free


designed for Facebook is imminent. It bodgers officially in the next


couple of weeks. The new layout sees your page turned into a


sprawling timeline stretching right back to the day you were born. This


has many uses concerned about what might be buried in posts made by


their friends and relatives. You'll also be ableso be ableevents


information to fill out your history. On one hand, it could be a


really great way to record a map of from your taste in films and music


to your favourite wine and way you like to go on holiday. Privacy


campaigners say this type of information will allow marketers to


target users. It could even be used by criminals to establish trends in


year activities. As is customary when Facebook announces any major


change, it has got a lot of their 800 million users up in arms. Also


in the firing line this week is a spot of five being tethered to his


fa fa game. -- Facebook login. The Facebook redesign


lodgers in the next few weeks. You can try it out now by following one


of the many step-by-step guides you As always, the links can be found


on our website. It will also find all of the reports from this week's


report up there. There is also a link to our player, we can watch


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