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03/12/2011

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seem to be learning something. This week on Click, we are looking

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at games that are good for you. But are they any good? Plus, the

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technology that helps you preserve your memories for future

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generations. It is standing room only as we review a game designed

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for your Hayne. All that, plus the latest technology news and a

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website to make his mother. -- you smarter.

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Welcome to Click. Video games. They meld our brains and turn us all

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into lazy kedge potatoes. It is something that's it so often and I

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am sure many people assume that no gains can be good for anyone.

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Whether or not driving high-speed supercars or shootings of these is

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good for our mental agility or not, some games have been specifically

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designed for more serious educational purposes. Every year,

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they all come together for Lyon's Serious Games Expo.

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We are all just oversize children in a world full of big toys. It is

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true that we learned a great deal from plate and the Serious Games

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Expo aims to exploit our ability to retain what we learn while having

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fun. It is a whole new approach to education and has taken off in the

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last few years thanks to the incredible advances in gaming

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technology. TRANSLATION: You could say that we use a lot of games

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technology based on video games or based on traditional games like

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board games. These can often be considered like simulators in a

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sense that it is a tall that helps train someone. For instance, we

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could put a salesperson in a situation where they are in front

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of a client. Today, we have also seen developments in what we call

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the science of integration. So, when a new employee or a group of

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employees, arrive at a company, we can test them in the new

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environment to see how they react to the complexity of a new company.

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The French company cube 0 producers video gains for training personnel

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--, they are. It taps into the French love of comic strip. In this

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circumstance, they employ the services of a private investigator

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or to sogginess three of the last database. The idea is to eight get

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employees familiar with complicated systems by having them participate

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in a story. It translates into training they is usually a daunting

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and dreary. Not all games are about learning. Advertisers have long

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exploited the benefits of product placement. That is discreetly

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putting products in the plots of movies and soap operas. The idea is

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that when we I immersed in a drama, our guard is down and we're not so

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good at filtering out, so messages. Now, they are beginning to put ads

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in games. It is a serious business. Another French company, Serious

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Factory, makes these sorts of advice for games, like viral

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advertising, they are custom-made. This was promoted on the iPhone and

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iPad, Windows and also Apple and enjoy platform. -- enjoyed. Within

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one weekend, but the company grade A goodbyes through the advertising.

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It is a strong communication channel. You are training on the

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message. -- trading. You can give a message to the customer. It is a

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good communication channel, right But it is not all about businesses

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finessing commercial messages. A series games can also deal with

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highbrow issues, such as Europe's democratic deficit and voter apathy.

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European politics can be dull and Dutch kids find the whole thing so

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dreary, they are having difficulty even sitting through the needed two

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hours a year their curriculum divides to the subject. A

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Xmediaworks has come up with a game, Battle of the Laws, in which pupils

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are members of the European Parliament. The aim is to be dreamy

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teenagers more aware of the backroom deals and horse-trading

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that are integral part of politics and coalition building. In every

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level, we try to let them understand that as an under the jaw,

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you are a member of the party. At a second level, as part of the party,

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they have to build a standpoint. In the third level, they learned that

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that if they do not compromise with other parties, they were not get

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anywhere. It teaches them to achieve negotiations. The game and

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when there is a final vote. That is when they will know if the laws

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they have designed will be used auric there will be an amendment.

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We make them understand you have to negotiate to get somewhere.

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more serious game still is LudoMedic. Being ill is obviously

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no fun. The treatment itself can be a trauma for a child who is

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confused it in an alien, clinical environment. This game familiarises

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children with what their enormous means. It also say what happens in

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hospital and attempted to undertake many into a kind of adventure.

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TRANSLATION: Is also a tool that makes less of a drama out of going

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to hospital. Clearly, it is serious. Clearly, it is not always easy. We

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cannot leave them to fight it out of line. He video game allows us to

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have a wider dimension to what is happening. -- lighter dimension.

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can learn better when we play. The best lessons are not necessary LED

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in the school of hard knocks, but As we have said, many traditional

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games really I just point and shoot. None more so than the one that we

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are now about to demonstrate. I remember the days when if you

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wanted to play a video game, you had to go to an arcade or have a

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dedicated video games console. Of course, these days, you can play

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games on all kinds of devices - mobile phones or MP3 players. Or

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even, the lavatory. This by in London is a rather unusual setting

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for a new kind of video again. One of the brains behind the gain gave

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us the low-down on the UN base interface. The pile walks up, the

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game sensors his presence did it will start when he starts. When he

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goes left, it goes left. When he goes right, it goes right. It will

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continue as long as the as water to play with. The first game is a

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skiing game. You go left or right, hitting as many penguins as you can

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and avoiding obstacles. The second game is a quiz game. They are

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simple true or false questions. We found we had to make the questions

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quite simple. Each one of the game in its is equipped it with three

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downward facing sensors, which monitor the player's in port. High

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scores result in an on-screen code, which allows the player to check

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their ranking fired again's website. So now, it is time for me to embark

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on perhaps the strangest begin again review I have ever performed.

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Come on, you didn't really think ours going to the loss of on-camera,

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did you? We have bought up this road and a tree planted as the game

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out. It does actually play quite well. I have tried some internet --

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innovative user interface is in my time, but this is the first Jenny

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when we game we have ever played. The scores on their doors speak for

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themselves. He will go anywhere for a good

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story. Next up, a look at this week's

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technology news. Facebook privacy is in the

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spotlight again this week. The club's biggest website has agreed

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to tighten privacy controls as part of a settlement over abuse of user

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data. Facebook allegedly about day- to-day be shed when they said it

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would be kept -- be kept private. So it comes as EU lawmakers

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consider new rows about social networking.

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Meanwhile, Facebook users in Thailand had been given a stark

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warning about using the like button. The country's information minister

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has warned social network is that they should do lead the posts which

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insult the monarchy, which is a crime which is possible opted 15

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years in jail. Spot of fire has added game against.

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Adding to recently introduced social features, it now has an

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application platform, which partners can develop four. It means

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that the recommendations and editorial content, with the

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partners including LastFM and Rolling Stone magazine. China is

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down the bog's smartphone leader. A new study says it has overtaken

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America, with 24 million units sold in the last quarter. A 30% of the

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world's phone are now smart. And from smartphones, too smart cars.

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Toyota has unveiled a rather futuristic one with a side that

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looks and works like a joy it touch-screen bone. The Fun-Vii lets

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you to change its colours in the same way you would a mobile phone

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wallpaper. No word yet on if and when it will actually make it onto

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the roads. Car chases will never be Now, the death of a loved one is

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obviously an emotional and a traumatic time for those left

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behind. After the initial shock, there is a lot of unwelcome

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paperwork and organisation to attend to. Wills, build and

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property. But today's elderly generation has left its oz -- of

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spring and additional responsibility. The preservation of

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slides and negatives. All that became popular in the 1960s. As our

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reporter found out, collecting and converting those memories to

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digital form presents some This year, I said a final farewell

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to my dad in the UK. My mother died several years before so now their

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house, the home but I grew up in, had to be clear and sold. There

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were many moments of joy as they thought about everything that had

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happened there. Learning to walk, playing in the back garden. I set

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about collecting every bit of family imagery as quickly as

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possible before it deteriorated in the cold and vacant house. I packed

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everything up and took it back to the US where I live. It is hard to

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admit it but almost everybody on planet earth would regard the

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contents of these boxes as being nothing but junk. But to me and a

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few close family members, these are priceless memories left behind by

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my parents. Unfortunately, I no longer have a film projector or

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slide carousel and so there is only one option. That is, turn

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everything into ones and zeros. I brought this film to a company in

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book and find out the best way to convert 8mm and Super 8. Some

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companies protect the original movie and we screen it with

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significant quality loss. I discovered the best way is to scan

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every frame individually keep -- individually. It is the same as HD

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TV. That allows asked to capture each frame and played back at

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different frame rate. 18 frames per second, 12 frames per second, 24.

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And we determine what speed it was filmed at and process it that way.

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Edit it at that speed, colour correct each seat in out give it --

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with a digital editing software. The results were outstanding. The

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good and very different from what it them on my dad's original

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projection screen. One tip is to have the finished full quality

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footage put onto a hard drive. Bird it on to DVD, for an example, which

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means -- Burnie on to DVD means data can be lost for ever. Some

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footage I have never seen before, including my parents' wedding. I

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wished they had been able to see this version. There is a lot to be

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said for doing digital Dobbs while family members are still alive.

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There are many people who do that. Almost every customer who walks

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through this front door has a similar reaction to the footage.

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But it has often -- but the images have often born unseen for decades.

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This is called! This is more precious than gold. If you realise

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that material things can get rid of those things but these special

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moments, they are utterly treasured. The next part of my project was to

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complete the scan every still image left by my parents. I tried a

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flatbed scanner and noticed the output quality improved

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dramatically in the last few years. Instant LED lights have replaced

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all the bulk that of minutes to warm up. Scanning is an art form of

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by itself. But for archiving purposes, I decided to scan slides

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and negatives at a high resolution of 4,800 dpi so I could make larger

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Prince, use the 48 bit RGB setting to extract the Matt mac -- maximum

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range of colours and save everything as a tiff file. But if

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you are looking to extract the highest possible quality from the

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negatives and slides, this scanner may not be for you. Instead, this

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may do the trick. It weighs Bogart 20 kilograms. It cost $20,000. --

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weighs over. But the results are remarkable. The settings can be

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endlessly manipulated. But even another has can put a brawl image

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with two clicks. -- can output a ball in it. It is distortion free.

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There is no glass between the film and the lens. A magnetic trap

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stabilises the hall but and transported across the minus side

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of the optics. The image is bent and so the image is always captured.

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So you haven't even scan from end to end. Capturing your collection

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of films and photographs in as higher-quality as possible is just

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the first step. Next time, we will look at how scanned images can be

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improved dramatically and how a faded photograph left hanging on a

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sunlit wall for nearly 40 tears can be bought back to life in the hands

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of an expert. -- 40 years. If you are watching this show,

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there is a good chance you have a healthy interest in the sciences.

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Not everybody takes to science easily. But the internet is awash

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with great educational website to help you get your head around

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complex subjects. As Kate Russell discovered in this week's Webscape.

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They say you do not get something for nothing but in the case of this

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not for profit website, they are wrong. Here you can find a wealth

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of knowledge passed out in easily badgers double videos and it is all

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completely free of charge. -- easily accessed.

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There are over 2,700 videos, covering everything from Owl to --

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from algebra to exercises to help it all sink in. There are also

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practise exercises and resources for educators to help them inspire

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their students. You will need to login with a Facebook or Google

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account and then you can track and save any progress. You can watch

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the videos without logging in but if you do, you can save your

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completed activity and post questions and comments against the

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articles. Most of the content is aimed at middle or upper school

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pupils. There are a scattering of subtext steered towards younger

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children as well. -- of easier subjects. When you finish

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organising your child's education, spend time getting your business

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with him to escape with Skylightit.com. An organisational

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tool shed that covers everything from sales, document management,

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customer relations, resource scheduling, project management and

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loads more. That really is the power of this service. The vast

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range of options you have means you can keep all of your productivity

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requirements under one virtual bridge. This really is a one stop

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professional collaboration and utility shop. Fee-free account

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gives U2 active projects for two users and 100 megabytes of storage.

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You may want to upgrade for more flexibility. All accounts let you

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store unlimited contacts and other resources. All together, a great

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productivity suite that cannot fail to help a busy cricket manager keep

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on top of things. -- critic of manager.

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How many of you have ever used a QR code? I am willing to bet it is

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actually a small one -- small number which is a shame as they

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really are an excellent way to access digital content on the go.

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There is a fund social Swiss -- twist to the technology. Link to

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your social media accounts to make sharing codes quick and easy.

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Creating your own QR code requires no prior knowledge as it is just a

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few simple drop-down menus. Stand codes are Auto categorised for

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convenience but you can tweak those settings through the browser

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dashboard for more control. The app is free for android right now with

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iPhone apparently launching this weekend. BlackBerry and Windows

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Phone 7 apps are in development. It is a well rounded service that

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deserves to bring QR codes back into the spotlight a little.

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When is an iPhone not an iPhone? When it is a Windows Phone 7, of

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course. Microsoft have come up with a novel way of trying to end ties

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android and by West users to switch platform. An online a mobile demo

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that gives you a taste of the WP7 experience. -- iOS.

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And finally, it must be nearly the end of the year as Facebook has

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released this off the top 40 most shared stories for 2011. From giant

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crocodiles have to satellite photos of Japan, before and after the

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tsunami and earthquake. There are links to all of the original

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articles in case you missed them the first time around.

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Kate Russell. As always, you can find more information at our

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website. You can also check out the reports

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Click looks at games that are good for you - but are they any good?

Plus, the tech that helps preserve your memories for future generations.

And a London bar has installed a video game - in the gents' toilets.

Plus tech news and Website Reviews.


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