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12/11/2011

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out on tickets for the 20 crock Olympic Games -- the 2012 Olympic

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Games now have the chance to see some of the world's best sports

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people in action. Now it is time for Click. Let's be honest - a

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shaving Aberfoyle smartphone is not going to put the razor industry out

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of business but this week we look at the devices that may face

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extinction in the face of the pocket. It is the battle of the big

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guns - we check out the two big shooters battling for your

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attention this Christmas. We have an essential guide to dodging

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expensive roaming charges. All that plus the biggest take news stories

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around and if there is just too much news for you, we have a handy

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tall to cut through the waffle in Webscape. --bscape. --you won a

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smartphone you will know there is nothing they cannot do these days -

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they are sat nav devices, bad diaries, can tell the time and you

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may have found yourself wondering whether you need to buy any

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dedicated devices at all. We have been investigating the threat the

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smartphone poses to, well, just about everything else. When your

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phone can play the part of a still camera, video camera, calculator,

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alarm clock, watch, MP3 player, sat nav, a games console and more, why

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would you need to go to the trouble and expense of individual pieces of

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hardware when, on balance, they seem to do the same. The question

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is, of course, how well the smartphones to each of these jobs

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and which devices could be reasonably replace? There may be

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close in one recent American survey which suggests that nearly two-

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thirds of smart phone users have scrapped their alarm clock, over

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50% no longer care for their sat nav and over one third are so over

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their NP3 and digital camera. -- MP3 player. If you thought

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smartphones were cleverer all ready, in Japan, you can already pay for

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your shopping with them and they are getting a whole lot smarter.

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There will be new generations of sensors that will be connected to

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your smartphone, particularly monitoring your health, your bodily

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output, the tiny stencils we will see everywhere in the environment

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tapping your blood pressure, your mood, the weather, how busy the

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traffic is and that will feed into the cloud and we will access that

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wherever you go. Smartphones are convenient and many ads are cheap,

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if not free, whereas dedicated devices providing only one function

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may cost a fair quid. -- many apps. It is little surprise that stand-

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alone GPS devices have taken quite a hit. Simple yet effective free

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apps likeable Navigator have replaced stand-alone devices like

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sat navs. Another market leader told me apps can also be a way into

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a bigger sale. People can use an app to use about us and some of our

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beaches and the user experience and then hopefully people will upgrade.

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-- features. People can benefit from a larger screen size, a

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dedicated device designed for that purpose, waterproofing, designed

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for running or playing golf can be fitted on your wrist. With some

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hardware easily costing over a few hundred quid, how much does a piece

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of technology add were very near app? A running watch may be less

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bitterly, for a start, but how about driving? -- the -- fiddly. I

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have a sat nav app here on my phone and a dedicated device from the

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same manufacturer. I will undertake a journey to see how accurate each

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device is. The displays were similar but the stand-alone is

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better Rat timekeeping. They both lost their way once but were quick

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to recalculate. The dedicated hardware means no interruptions

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from text messages. On a longer journey I could have benefited from

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the extra features but for city driving be dedicated device did not

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seem to add any extra benefits. Gaming on phones is fast becoming

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the platform of choice, at least for casual gamers. Here too

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established players are swimming with the tide. Sony has ported its

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PlayStation controls to their smartphone and its forthcoming

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hand-held console moves way out of smartphone territory. A serious

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gamer is looking for a gaming experience that appeals to their

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passion and their interest in gaming. A smart fawn and other

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portable devices -- a smartphone and other portable devices were not

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do. This has dedicated social Connectivity features, better

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controls for an experience more akin to a home console. While a

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smartphone is ultimately a compromise device, there is no end

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to the ingenuity looking to tempt us to drained the battery ever

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faster. This app lets you use a standard camp -- camera lens to

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take pictures on your smartphone. A smartphone is a good enough advice

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-- device and for most of us it is OK. If you care about music, care

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about video, taking great pictures, you are still going to want a

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second device. It is about innovation. It is not just about

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smallest, most powerful technology. Next up, a look at this week's take

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news. Adobe will abandon the development of Flash for mobile,

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concentrating instead on html5. It has never been supported by Apple

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on its mobile kit and Microsoft recently announced Windows eight

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Facebook's rival, Google Plus, is now open for business, as it

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welcomes companies and brands for the first time. Users can now add

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their favourite places, clubs and companies to their profiles. The

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latest version of Honda's human shape of robot has been unveiled in

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Tokyo. After four years in development, the revamped Druid has

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independently moving fingers which it can use to open a flask and pour

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juice into a paper cup and can even spell its name in Japanese sign

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language and using advanced base and sound recognition technology

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can distinguish between three people speaking at the same time. -

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- face. The cheapest way to talk to someone is always face to face

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unless you are buying dinner. Let's assume they are too far away to

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hear you, in another country and they do not have access to a

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computer or a web cam. In other words, you have to call them on a

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phone. We have taught many times in the past about how using one of

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these internationally can cost a fortune but it doesn't have to if

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you follow some tips from our essential guide to international

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communication. First up, switch your data roaming off. Print out

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anything you need so you are not tempted to hit the Data Connection

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button. Save your long conversations for when you have an

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internet connection. Skype and Google Talk to the same. By also

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lectured call phone numbers -- they If you really can't do without data

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then minimise your usage. Do not watch anything in Hyde Deaf Video.

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Opera lets you turn off image downloads. Consider a data

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squeezing service which will send less data to your phone. Check your

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tariff - it may be cheaper to send a text then have a short phone call.

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Text apps at let you text others with that app for free. Other

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websites let you take -- send text messages to any smartphone with an

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internet connection to most countries. If you are planning to

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travel to lots of countries in one trip, try a global Sim card. This

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will still tie you to a tariff. If you are in one place for long

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enough, by a local Sim card. Your number will be different and Yortt

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local tariff will probably not handle international calls. There

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is a work around. To receive phone calls cheaply while abroad, first

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get a virtual online number in the same country as your mobile,

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something like Skype. Before leaving the country, divert your

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phone to this number. At your destination, by a local Sim card

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and now use Skype call forwarding to divert your calls on to your new

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phone number. Go the other way by signing a second virtual number to

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the people you speak with the most. Make it a local number for your Sim

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card. If you are calling in the United States, make your virtual

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assigned number also from the US and then you can call your friends

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using that number which will be Click's feature on roaming charges

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is still available online. If all else fails, lead you phone at home.

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I hope that helps. You will find that essential guide along others

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on our website. -- alongside with. It is that time of year when the

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video games industry starts cranking out the new releases at a

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rapid rate. This means, it is also time to start playing them. Who am

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I kidding? Playing games is this man's life.

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First-person shooting games are big business. In fact, the most

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successful entertainment property in the world is a series of games

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which have first-person shooters. The call of duty series has enjoyed

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phenomenal success, with gamers and financially. Last year's title

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wrapped up $1 billion in sales in just five weeks. The publisher of

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were very happy indeed. When a single game generates profits with

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so many zeros appearing on a software company's spreadsheets,

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inevitably competitors will want a slice of that pixelated pie. So,

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this year, we see two titles have waited for mature players which at

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first glance seem similar. They are fighting for the hearts, minds and

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cash of the world's gamers. In the corner, call of duty modern warfare

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three which allows players to control special forces and soldiers

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in a campaign to take down a road ultra-nationalist. They are

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equipped with weapons, mass destruction and bad attitudes. And

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in the other corner, battlefield three from Electronic Arts. They

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adopt the role of not so special forces trying to fight ultra natal

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worst -- ultra-nationalist equipped with terrible weapons. I am

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beginning to see a pattern. I realised these two games seem

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extraordinarily similar. But please, bear with me. There have been

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bitter problems behind the scenes between the developer and publisher.

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Including high-profile staff departures from the company.

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Despite all of these backstage wranglings, modern warfare's

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campaign is much better than Battlefield three's. At times, it

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feels like the player is taking part in an action movie with a

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billion dollars budget. Sure, the player often feels like they are

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being guided through the action by the supporting cast. But the

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experience is so well executed and there are a variety of hardware at

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their disposal from rivals to drones, equipment forced this

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slightly silly narrative which sees hostilities kick-off on a global

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scale. For -- the environments are also admirable. They have earned

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their Air Miles as the action shifts from London to Paris, while

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taking in a devastated Berlin and New York which has been invaded by

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Russian troops. The scope and scale of the campaign is nothing but epic

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and immensely satisfying to play. In stark contrast, battlefield is a

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bit rubbish. It does the globe- trotting think with a share of the

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action taking place in the round, Paris and New York but the story is

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undercooked and it feels uninspired and flat. At points, I was more

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than a bit bored. So why all the fuss about battlefield three? Well,

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it's online multi-player mode is an entirely different beast. Online

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multi-player is the reason I suspect most people will purchase

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Battlefield and it is very good. On the PC - up to 64 players. On

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console - 24 players can make use of tanks, helicopters and difficult

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to fried debts. The more you play, the more advanced equipment is

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possible. It is this upgrading that is part of the player's addictive

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properties. Sorry, you caught me catching up on some light reading.

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In an effort to topple them, battlefield's developers drafted in

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some special consultants. This consultant has also penned a not --

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novel that ties in with the game. But which Orphir to turn to? It was

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not JK Rowling. No, not a man with a permanently pixelated face. His

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features have been obscured for security reasons. It is the ex

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soldier, Andy McNab. What advice did he have for the games

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developers? I said, they want it to be right, we are halfway through

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the process, they know what they are doing and have been doing it

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for many years, now we want to find to knit and delete up. So, some of

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the tactics were wrong, -- tu it up. They said he will not use that

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machine. They want to get the big gun in. So it was playing with that

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and householders would move with their weapons. That sort of stuff.

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-- how soldiers. Players can earn air strikes or deploy it unmanned

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vehicles to thin out the opposition on the other game. So which game to

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choose? Battlefield have been an -- will undoubtedly be a success but I

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do not feel it have so what it takes to rain on modern warfare,

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great. Now to a preview. It is quite literally a change of gear.

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Another outing for a popular chap - - a popular franchise. The stunt a

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high octane title rather than high explosive. Supercars take part in

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an illegal road race across the United States. A return to the need

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for us these series where road racing results in police

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intervention, leading to racing and chasing along highways and byways.

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Again uses the same physics engine which is also powering battlefield

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three but of course a single player story mode and online multi-player.

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Yes, we have seen and played this game many times. But hopefully a

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return to the straightforward cops first as road races format will

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Thule -- will inject some much- needed life into this long running

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franchise. Now, two of the most cthe most cine

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spaces in today's Wedd have to be social media and delivering the

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news. There are tons of sides that to one of those. So, can a young

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person from Ireland make any difference in this sector? Kate

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Russell thinks they have a chance. Here is more in Webscape.

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The Web is full of interesting articles. When you consider it

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would take well over 100 years to read with a beady alone, what on

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earth are you meant to find them? This website hopes to put a dent in

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the online content delivery market with their social aggregate of. It

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categorises hundreds of thousands up, using Facebook and Twitter to

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rank them in their feed. The serve this is kind of a cross-breed

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between a flip board and tweeting. But I do like the way it ranks

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things based on how fast they were shared, rather than just the volume

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of shares. Fine-tune your feet with location and content categories and

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leave it to your Facebook account. It will feed you information about

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what stories your friends are sharing. While this might not tell

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you much about what is really important in the world, it should

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give you a good idea of whether it is time to change your friends.

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We all love the smartphone apps. What we do not love is draining the

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battery playing games and not having enough juice left for the

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phone to perform its primary function. In other words, making

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calls. BlackBerry users can use -- can keep an eye on their power

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levels with this app. It does exactly what it says. And a bit

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more. There is a battery level indicator and status monitor with

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an historic visualisation monitor with a day week or month. With

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adjustable warning levels, you can make sure you eat enough power on

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hand when you are on a long journey. Deciding how you want to be warned

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and another -- and a number of other settings. And by pinning a

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state has monitored to your menu bar, you will have a constant --

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reminder every time you switch apps which can only give you more power

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As the UK remembers its fallen soldiers this weekend, an Oxford

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history graduate has embarked on a six-year project to tweet the

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events of the Second World War as they happened, 72 years on. Follow

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the project on Twitter. It is a fascinating glimpse into the past,

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including eyewitness testimony from the battlefield, photographs and

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That was Kate Russell. If you would like to suggest something for a

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future Webscape, you are more than welcome. Tweed asked for e-mail us.

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Everything from this week's programme is up at the BBC website.

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You can find more technology news stories there and a link to Click

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on the radio. On this week's programme, the

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How many popular gadgets can the smartphone really replace? The biggest video games shoot it out, plus cheap calls abroad.


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