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17/12/2011

Marc Cieslak asks whether you should let your toddlers loose on your tech, or should they use kit strictly designed for kids? Plus tech news and web reviews.


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spread of child sex images is ever more difficult, according to a law

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This week on Click, tablets and tantrums as we ask whether you

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should let your toddlers was on your technology. Forget words,

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think pictures. We look at how the Web is recognising the world around

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it. All of that plus the latest tech news and we show you how to

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become a jack-of-all-trades on your new Windows phone in webscape.

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Welcome to Click. It is often said that today's children can take to

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technology like ducks to water. It is simply a part of the world that

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they are growing up in. Today's toddlers will probably never buy a

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CD. To them, the Internet has always been there. He is a question,

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how best to teach your kids about technology. Should you just give

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them your tabloid or should you give them something made for

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children specifically? It's a question that's becoming

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increasingly important to me personally. My son is 20 months old,

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and, perhaps unsurprisingly, he's fascinated with buttons, flashing

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lights and tech. He loves the magic black piece of glass that reacts to

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his touch, as well as the buttons on top of the camera. And I swear,

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I didn't teach him how to do this either. Seeing his love for buttons,

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we bought him his own toy phone and laptop. But he still prefers mine.

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There are a ton of brightly coloured and ruggedized gadgets to

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choose from. With everything from junior laptops to imitation

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smartphones and even Blackberrys, these age appropriate devices are

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marketed as a safe way for kids to come face to face with tech. I'm

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just trying to get my head around this child's laptop. Obviously not

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a proper laptop - you've got a basic black and white LCD screen

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and you can click through to different educational games. If I'm

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honest I don't think it's as intuitive as you would expect it to

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be for 6-8 year olds. I'm actually finding it quite difficult to work

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out what to do. There are an awful lot of buttons that you can press

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here and a lot of options that you can click through to, but it does

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have a full QWERTY keyboard and a working mouse which drives the

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pointer on the screens, so it gets your kids used to using the

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keyboard & the mouse which obviously they're going to be using

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a lot of in later life. Now, if you want to introduce your children to

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the idea of taking digital photos here is a kids' camera - as you can

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see it's fairly ruggedized and bright pink obviously a toy but it

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does have 2 view finders to get them used to looking through the

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viewfinder before they take a picture and it's got 2 viewfinders

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instead of one, so they don't have to work out that they have to close

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one eye or the other. But it does take proper photos and proper

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videos, which you can sync to computer using a USB. As with much

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of this kids' tech, the actual technology inside isn't

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particularly cutting edge. With just a 2 mega-pixel camera, the

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price you're paying also goes on the attractive packaging, and the

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ruggedization. But this one does come complete with games and the

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ability to add silly faces to photos. That's all very well but,

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as you can see, the lens just swivels up and down, so if you if

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it's accidentally pointing up, when you take the picture, although the

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viewfinder says you are looking over there, you actually end up

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with a picture of the ceiling which could be a bit confusing. But when

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it comes to toys for us grown ups, there's no doubt what this year's

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big trend has been. Kids haven't been left out of the tablet

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equation. These kids tablets are obviously just toys, not real

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tablets. They do have brightly coloured touch screens and you can

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select from a number of different educational apps and games. You can

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listen to music, that sort of thing. You can add more games and apps to

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these tablets they both have slots for cartridges which you can buy to

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load extra games onto it. And they do both have their own online app

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store. The tablets themselves don't have Internet access - you buy and

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download the apps using your PC, and then transfer them to the

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tablet via USB. Which means your kids can't get online, and you can

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keep tabs on what they've been doing. One thing to note about

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these is unlike grown up tablets they're not rechargeable, they run

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on double AA batteries, so, parents, stock up, and again they're very

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slow to respond; if they respond correctly at all, as you can see as

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this art package tries to track where my finger is drawing a

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picture. My question is, would a child have the patience and the

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understanding to wait for thing to catch up with some basic finger

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strokes like that? Adults are used to leading edge technology and I'm

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an early adopter of gadgets myself and I absolutely understand that,

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but for children of the age group of LeapPad for example which is 4-9

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years old, we designed this product specifically with them in mind, and

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therefore the speeds are appropriate for them. So it might

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not be leading edge technology for you and I as adults but it's

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certainly leading edge technology for children who are 4 years old

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price is certainly a part of the mix when we put it together, what

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we don't want to do is to make it out of the reach of most people cos

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that would be the wrong thing to do, however at the same time we want to

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make sure we've got leading edge technology for children

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incorporated in the product. the makers of this kids tablets

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from Canada have a completely different approach. Vinci created a

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tab that not only looks and feels like the real deal, but at around

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$400 it costs the real deal too! It runs on the Android OS and the

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touch screen is very responsive. Like the other kids tabs though

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there is no internet access and all the apps and games are specifically

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designed for children. Now your other option is that you give your

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child your tablet. Yes, I know what you're thinking, these things are

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not kid-proof out of the box, but you can get a variety of ruggedized

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cases and screen protectors which give this thing a degree of

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protection. One UK nursery though has taken the plunge - the children

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here are using an iPad to do anything from colouring in to

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reading interactive stories. feel that the eco system behind the

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adult technology, whether it's through iPads or whether it's

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through Android tablets, is much more supportive and conducive and

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more of a future proof technology as well. A lot of the children's

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technology that's out there is great by its own right but it

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doesn't offer the same level of interaction on a long term scale.

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We don't offer children a dumbed down version of the personal

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computer. They use the same computer that their mums and dads

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use, so why are we trying to look at that in a different way with

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touch screen devices? If you look at young children when they are

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born into this world, everything is new to them and they are born into

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a world where digital technology is part of everyday life, and so to

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them an iPad is no more a novelty than a banana, because its just

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somehing that's always been there. In fact if you think about it touch

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screens are more intuimore intui buttons, keyboards or mice. Take

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this 1-year-old girl who is so used to swiping on a tablet that she

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can't understand why her finger strokes don't work on this magazine.

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With new technology I think there's this very real fear that because

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they can be so motivating they can become a little bit addictive

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because you get this fast response. But it's also helping children to

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get used to using them because they are a part of lives and not

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something that is going to take over a kind of critical sense that

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they are really not useful for because little children are still

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much more awed by three dimentional things by human contact by a pop up

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book that does things that's always going to facinate them more than a

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two dimentional thing. There are many educational apps available for

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iPad and Android tablets - and many of these are cheaper than the apps

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for the child-only tablets that we saw earlier, or in some cases they

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are even free. Kids tabs makers though would argue their own apps

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have unrivalled quality control. For a price, some tablet apps come

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with accessories. For example this car has capacitive sensors on the

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bottom allowing the accompanying app to turn the tablet into a

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virtual playmat. And this special stylus becomes a digital crayon.

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It's a far less messy way of colouring in. So, parents,

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guardians and tits, let us know, would you rather you something

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that's brightly coloured and made for children but using older and

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slower technology? -- and kids. Or, would you prefer to use something

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that's more expensive but has more and cheaper apps. The Dutch? Let us

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22 apps have been pulled from the Android store after being found to

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contain fraudulent software. Malware has doubled in the past six

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months. In a cheeky move, Microsoft is running a competition offering a

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free Windows phone for Android users willing to go public about

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their malware experiences. However, online security blocks are

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reporting that new SMS malware disables the new Windows 7.5 system

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known as Mangle. You know what they say about people in glass houses...

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-- Mangle. In response to Groupon's dominance, PayPal is launching its

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own rival service. It says that it service, which is due to launch

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next year, will happen to existing users' buying habits and locations.

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Users will see all for as Pol Pot on their phones as they pop -- as

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they pass by shops. I am sure that but not be annoying. YouTube has

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put together appeal -- playlets of the educational videos according to

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subject matter and age limits. It will block other videos without the

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school's explicit permission. Keyboards, track pants and mice are

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not the most natural things for humans to use. -- track pants. That

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is changing. As technology gets more powerful, it is possible to

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should command at your mobile phone or control a games console using

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speech. It means that it is now possible to ask questions of the

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Internet in new ways. For example, simply by showing that an image

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that you want to know more about. Richard Taylor has been

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investigating. The Web has changed beyond recognition. It is rich,

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interactive and incredibly visual. The way that we interface with it

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seems a bit stuck in the past. Keyboards, keywords, at the picture

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is worth 1,000 words, there has to be a better way for man to talk to

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my shame. As the Web matures, it is encouraging us to think more

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visually. -- man to talk to machine. It is no surprise that there is a

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revelation. Visual search allows me to take a photograph of, for

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example, football, and then it will match the pattern is too similar

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images online. It is a lot less hit and miss than searching for the

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word "ball." Google really kicked in the ball into the mainstream in

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2009 with Goggles, and app that scanned a photograph you had taken

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into you're smart phones. We have worked to me could recognise more

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things. We have added new features. Last week, we introduced a new

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version of Google Goggles that leads you point your camera and it

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works in continuous mode. This principle of image recognition can

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do a lot more than just returning search results. It can generate

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entirely new experiences like augmented reality, creating digital

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The EDL is not the most data friendly use of your mobile, so to

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reduce waiting times, acts like this look at your location and

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preload information. So at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans can enjoy

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highlights. It is enough to get the faithful buried sidled -- excited.

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As a Tottenh a Tottenh fan, it is brilliant. You have the club with

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you all the time. You can access the latest polls and highlights,

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wherever you laugh. Their goals from games Tucci you up. I find

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myself watching the goals from the Arsenal game over and over again

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and that puts me in a different frame of mind. The possibility is a

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marketing and content delivery are mind-boggling. One area we are

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likely to see this technology made money ride away is in retail.

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Already, it is a way to access your views and information about

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something without a bar code. Let's say I am shopping and I stumble

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across a product that I'm interested in buying, for example,

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a nice perfume. With his smart phone, I tensed take a snap of the

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product in question, and it will scour the way and return relevant

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information. These acts can handle shapes that conform to a stereotype,

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logo is and buildings, no problem. But once you get into soft items

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like clothing, which will look different on different people,

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specialist algorithms need to be written, designed to do just one

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particular ING. Such as mind the perfect pair of shoes for and

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heartbeat. -- an outfit. But this Act, due out early next year, will

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be able to scan a photo from a magazine and then find a similar

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item of clothing from about 70 basic principles are the same every

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company. The user gives you a picture with no other data and you

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must extrapolate all of your information from a bunch of pixels.

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Some computers, by combining images and words, they make the search

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more appropriate. Other people try and put the image into context and

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look around it and try and look at an image as a person would.

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developers like this and their crust with a click through

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advertising and commission on sales, so they can keep the service free

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to us and users. It is already becoming a crowded space and

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innovation will be key to grabbing attention on the verge will high

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street of the future. -- said well. It means the lacing a body shape

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analyzer up alongside the shopping system that no enemy recommends

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items of clothing, but will even tell you when you are looking at

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something that you really should not which brt which brle new level

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of meaning to the question - Does My bum Look be in this? An

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interestingly, when I Ash tried the app, this is what it suggested

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would look best on mate. Intelligent technology. Lovett.

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Only joking. Let's move on to webscape. We start this week with

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blocks. These days, it seems that everyone and his dog is riding one.

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quickly, run out of ideas on what to write. Is staring at a blank

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pages doing your way in, Kate Russell has drafted in a little

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help from the professionals. Word press. Just a handful of the

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blocking plat forms hosting a conservative estimate, more than

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100 million active Bloggs. What an Eartha they're all talking about.

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If you feel the need to block are stuck for something today, it could

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be the company that you are waiting for. Is that mixes mime group

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lobbying with content aggregation from your Twitter, a Google reader

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accounts. Your imagination will be sparked, ended is a stylish

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platform. The site is still in double secret testing mode. Well,

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blew the lid off it. But you will have to register and wait for an

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invitation if you want to join in. It has been in testing for quite a

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while and there is a great community already. It is definitely

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worth the wait if you have the patience. To connect with other

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users, like any other social network, and start building a

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conversation. It is similar to tumbler. But there is a lot less

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pressured to create content if you just want to dip in occasionally or

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I used Facebook most when I'm travelling, posting photographs and

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updates on my adventures. But since Gecko.com launched their Facebook

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page, I am taking in before I go travelling. It is one of the best

:20:04.:20:07.

travel booking sites out there and Facebook seems like a natural

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evolution for the platform. Where else will you get reliable tips

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about the best places to stay, if not from yout from you Use it posed

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questions about where to stay and what to do. Or, explore the

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discounts and deals that hotels, bars and restaurants are opening to

:20:24.:20:28.

the users. You can even request a deal, if you find a venue that you

:20:28.:20:33.

like, perhaps asking for a discount for a group booking. And it allows

:20:33.:20:37.

the venue owned up to respond with a targeted deal specific to you,

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without having to roll it out to the world at large. Windows find

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users are not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to enable them

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at sea. But called Fools is a need free download that gives you a

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handful of Piedad heads rolled into one. Things like a countdown timer,

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flashlight, ruler, conversion tables and a volume Twigger for all

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of the things that you listen to. There is even a tips And random

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number generator. The hi-tech alternative to drawing straws.

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Google has had a busy week, introducing a new recommendations

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engine, which is still in Invite mode. And an online magazine app,

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current on and read, and a new release says Picasso, with Google

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plus tagging and sharing and 24 new SX. And going Live With find my

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face, a facial recognition and on for Google class. Tagging dodos of

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people who have opted into the Beecher. Importantly, they have

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learned from Facebook's somewhat bungled roll-out of a similar

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technology earlier in this year, making it up in rather than a

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default, so you don't have to worry about being tagged if you do not

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want to be. If you are still having trouble with your Christmas wish-

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list, this is a free Social book marking Tell, designed to help

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people collaborate on wish lists. Instead of Santa clause giving you

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a whole load of junk that you don't want, make a list of what you do

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not -- do want and send it to the North Pole, or share it with your

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family and friends. It is also a really good way to share ideas of

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buying something be with other people, like a holiday, so you can

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discuss, a rate and decide together online. As this is the last fresh

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webscape of 2011, how about a look back week is that looks back at the

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year. A gracefully executed skin through the year, including seminal

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current affairs events as well. And all played to a backing track of

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uplifting music. As always, Kate's links are put our website. You can

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get in touch about those reports. That's all for this week. There the

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