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in 2012. One in five felt that the eurozone would not continue in its

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current form. Now on BBC News, time for Click.

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Gone, 51 programmes done. 51 tapes finished with. Are you ready for

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This week on the Click, we are giving you a year for, with the

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best tech of the last 12 months. We will have the world's most

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realistic flight simulator, getting straight to the heart of the action

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at the extreme end of the massive gamey. We are copying and printing

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ourselves at a rapid prototyping lab in London. We have an essential

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guide to shooting and editing video for the web. A handy guide to

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buying the right television. And the very best of the best of the

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web. We start this week on a high. Back

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in August, we decided to take a lot of flight simulators to a new level,

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by finding out just how a massive and experience we could get. Never

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mind pretty graphics or rumbling sound tracks. What we got was the

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right of our lives. This street looks pretty normal. In fact, it

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looks like thousands up and down Great Britain. Cars parked outside

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people's homes, rubbish bins waiting for collection. But inside

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this particular house, we found something quite unusual. Coventry's

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very own, suburban, 747. This is John Davies. He has been doing some

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extreme redecorating. It is a hobby that got totally out of hand. But

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there are about five computers running it with approximately 30

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programmes over the computers running it, interfacing with each

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other. The main software that runs the fight model and the flight

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displays that you can see just simulates the Boeing seven for 7.

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Then I am using Microsoft Flight Simulator for the visuals only.

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Flight simulators have long been the preserve of desktop pilots

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using a PC and joystick. But the provision of large projected

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feature was, as well as aircraft sounds, quickly makes me forget

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that I'm in a bedroom in Coventry. Convincing as it is, it does not

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improve my flying. But I wonder how Richard Taylor is getting on? He is

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at the other end of the country, trying on a slightly different sort

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of similar to set up. This is the British Airways flight

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training simulator here at Heathrow Airport. It would be impossible to

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fit this in a bedroom. This beast is capable of replicating movement,

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as well as the sights and sounds of pilot experience. Having the motion

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just reinforces all that training that we used to maximum effect. It

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is very important indeed. You get the visuals, you look like you are

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turning, but if your ears do not tell you why turning, you can get

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that confusion. So, my mission is to land this virtual version of a

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jumbo jet. This is going to hurt. Brace yourself. We are just about

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to touch down. Back at Heathrow, after what I think you'll agree was

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a relatively smooth journey. But if you really want to experience the

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highs and lows, the thrills and spills of flying, you leave terra

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firma completely. Which is why we have made this arduous trek to this

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airfield in southern California. I am feeling the need, the need for

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speed. I have got that loving feeling! Air combat pits would be

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fighter pilots against one another in real aircraft. Thankfully, the

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combat is simulated. Everything else, however, is real. Two X made

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the Top Gun pilates, call-sign snails and spartan, will accompany

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us on a sortie. They will take off and land the aircraft. In order to

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have passed channel that enough fighter Jock, we got to look the

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part. Having logged zero hours piloting real aircraft, a pre-

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flight briefing is in order. We're going to do five dogfights. We are

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trying to attack somebody from behind the wing line. When you get

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them in your gun sight, and you shoot them, you'll see smoke come

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out the back end. Briefing over, we received our parachutes, helmets

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and pilot call signs. In the air, I will be known as Chisel. And I'll

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be called Stitch. Looking forward to this! I can see him. Anticipate

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where he's going. Hard-right! Shoot! Pull the trigger! I've got

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you, Chisel! Spin, you went into a spin. Shoot him! That is what they

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call a kilt. -- kill. He tapped me a few more times than I managed to

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catch him. So Chisel takes it. have to remember, as every good

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fighter Jock knows, the first kill is the only one that counts.

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looks like you have lost that loving feeling.

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They will now forever be known in the Click of this as Chisel and

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Stage. One of our essential guides from this year, this one that was

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about how to create urine video masterpiece. Whatever you are

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shooting with, your raw footage can also -- always used some trimming.

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You want to create a masterpiece. First rule, before you hit the

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editing, get your source footage looking tip-top. That means a

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variety of shot sizes film from different angles, kept steady, and

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whatever you do not constantly zoom in and out. Footage in hand, you

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can start editing. The good news is that most of you will already have

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one of these on hand for absolutely nothing. For basic adepts, Windows

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users can use movie-maker. The equivalent Mac programme is fine

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movie. Once you have imported your files, it is time to start work in

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earnest. The basic principle is to tell the story through pictures.

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Drag them on to the timeline in the rough order you want and then trim

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them to size. The variety of available transitions, sound and

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visual effects will vary from one editing suite to another. But when

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it comes to transitions, less is definitely more. Loads of head

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spinning effect and transitions are a sure fire way off instantly

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giving away your amateur credentials. Editing can be a

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process heavy job, so if your computer is creaking under the

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weight, you could try a web-based video editor or mine. J cut is

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worth exploring, showing lots of features with the free desktop

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editing tools, and it is not that easy to use. All cloud base to

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video editors require you to upload or your footage onto the net first,

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so what you do not need a powerful computer, you will need a fast

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connection. Even those of us with a blistering download speeds will

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find that upload speed is pitifully slow. With this in mind, it is no

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surprise that the maximum limit for each clip his 250 megabytes, so if

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you are trying to edit footage coming from a high-quality video

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camera, this is not the place for you. Those of a social persuasion

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may like to collaboratively added a beer with their friends and

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publisher directly on to social the -- social networks. Most of us have

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already publish stuff to YouTube without a care or edit in the world.

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Fortunately, YouTube now has a basic video editor, allowing you to

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make some slips and add some music, and recently it has added the

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ability to stabilise your apparently drunken camera work.

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Finally, some interesting developments are on the horizon.

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Some programmes claim to be able to automatically choose the best bits

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of your footage for you. It seems to do a reasonable job in choosing

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good shots, but still lacks that human touch when it comes to

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cutting and the right place. If you only want to pack up your mobile

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phone footage then you can do away with the computer altogether.

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Splice is a free video editing up for the iPhone. You can add

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transitions, titles and music. It

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even on the iPhone back four is a bit of a struggle.

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There has been an awful lot of talk about 3D in the past year, but not

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all that has been about 3D TV. Take this next report, from July, which

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left me feeling rather small. I am having my head scan so that it

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can be duplicated. Not so the BBC has a spare in case of any

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accidents, but because my head is going to be reproduced by that

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machine over there. A 3D Printer. Preedy printing is essentially

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exactly what it sounds like. -- 3D printing. Producing a 3D object by

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printing to layer by layer. It is now catching on with those trying

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to create 3D models quickly and cheaply. Designers to need to test

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the look and feel of that prototypes and CommSec devices in

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the real world. Artists wanting to bring out to reduce desires to life.

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An architect to be to create precision scale models of their

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building plan. There is even talk that in the future, buildings

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themselves will be printed. Section by section. Recently the technology

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has become cheap enough to go mainstream. You can design guru and

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models online, and then get them printed, packaged and posted

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straight to you. It is even possible to print in colour. The

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machines are not so different to traditional printers, except that

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instead of flat layers of ink, these nozzles dispense thin layers

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of plastic, resin or even food. One on top of the other, until you work

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of art is complete. The process starts with the scan and the

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scanner. What you have a two lenses at atwhich are taking tens

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of photos every second. At the bottom you have a projector which

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is projecting agreed on to the subject. Abul show you what it

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looks like on the screen. -- I will show you. The Grid collects

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geometric data about the subject, which has been scanned. All that

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data is then fed into this piece of software which essentially stitches

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all those photos together. It uses the geometric data to form a 3D

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model of my head. Which you can see on the screen here. It does need to

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be a human touch, this operator is going to tidy up all the extra bits

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of noise, dots that have crept into the stand, and also fill in a hole

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in my face. Once he has done that, he has the texture and the colour

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back onto the head, presses go, and it sends all that information to

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At this point you have three different types of three-

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er will process the data it receives

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in a different way. The sprinter for example only needs the model to

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be broken up into cros into cros but a reason printer needs extra

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information such as where to put in the right shape before reason

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sets. One more thing to do, and that is to introduce you to my head.

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That is the result of the powder three-dimensional Printer. Not bad,

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is it? If your old television set has

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given up the ghost and you have ve

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an awful lot to consider. Earlier in the year, our reporter created

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this guide to buying and the television.

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What is left to know about how to buy a television? Not much, if you

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enjoy sifting through technical magazines. But if you would rather

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watch television and then trawl through jargon, keep watching.

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ut, si sieverythingeverythingl

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know, when it comes tot comes ton and if you get three-dimensional

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television, you may miss out on quality. For example, televisions

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in stores may be set up differently then how youen how youe it at home.

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But get your new television home and what you are watching through

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your set will complete the picture. The way a television manipulate

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standard definition pictures tell see a lot about the processor

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inside so gets you -- get yourself a taste of what you want by

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watching something in standard definition.

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fantastic vibrant colours in stores, whereas a football match shows

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fast-moving action so you should watch someone like that to see if

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you can -- if you will get a judder across the screen.

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You need to stay away from a few others. It is still worth

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inspecting your television from different angles to see how this

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green deals with reflective light. One thing is easily forgotten is

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sound. If you are not planning to play again a home theatre surround-

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sound set, test the speakers on your television set. Check the

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volume at low and high levels. Make sure you do not get distortion at

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higher levels of volume. Smaller things that should help now

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read your choice is how many inputs do you have at the back. And can

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you use the remote control easily? Design is often not at the

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forefront of a television so people are often confused by complicated

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controls and cannot get a grip with any new systems. One thinks -- one

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thing that manufacturers can improve is how usable some

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televisions are and to make TV's accessible.

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It is a game on as manufacturers engage viewers with newer, three-

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dimensional capable sets emerging onto the market. You will pay a

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significant premium while they are still in their infancy. Other

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notable features include built-in Internet connections, wired or

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wireless. But you do not need to get a new television set to update

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your viewing experience. Some devices work with your existing

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television set to give you a limited internet access on the

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television. Some can string a media files on your home network or from

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YouTube. Some gaining boxes also allow access to the internet.

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Televisions are like pets. Think about what you want because once

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you have decided, you will have it for a long time.

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We could not say goodbye to 2011 without a look back at some of our

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favourite websites. When I asked people on Twitter to

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suggest their favourite websites, there was one surprisingly popular

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choice. He knew so many of you were a karaoke fans? Because that is why

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you chose puresolo.com. Hands up if you ever secretly

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wished you had the guts to go on X Factor. This website is your chance

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to show off your singing voice, a kind of online karaoke with a

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social place where you record songs and other people compete with you.

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If you are at a budding Jimi Hendrix, you can also showcase your

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talent at playing guitar. If you are feeling very brave, you

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can also add video. Looking at the quality of contributions of other

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uses, it is not something I am prepared to do, especially not on a

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global television. I know for a fact that some of you have managed

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to do it justice. There is the chance to share your

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tracks and you get your own page like Facebook where fans can gather

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to shower you with compliments or in my case, tell me to please shut

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up as I am making the dog howl. There is at a new craze hitting the

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internet. This website does not have a catchy name but it does not

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make it any less of a demon when it comes to getting things done.

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It is all explained clearly on the home page. What it boiled down to

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it is creating basic tasks. This could be if I am tired -- tags and

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a photograph on Facebook, of the action this website suggests is t e

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mail me and let me know. It is all made Super easy by

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channels that they have created, giving you access that most of the

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average internet Tyler will use and pre-set links to most of the things

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people will want to use them for. Choose your trigger and a resulting

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action and your task is up and running. The seed using computers

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was complicated? -- who said.

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Computer monitors are set up to look good in daytime, when the

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screen is competing with sunlight but you may not realise the strain

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you are putting on your eyes at night. So says the creator of Flux,

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a friendly device that makes your screen been to make things more

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internet -- internet in the evening. I do not know if there is any

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official evidence to support the theory, but after installing this

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application, I hardly noticed the screen at night, not until I turned

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around to my second screen to check something and I was almost blinded

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by the glare. Once installed, you set your

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location and specify how warm you want your screen to be in the

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evening and then just leave your software to gently transition from

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day to night. When creativity strikes, you need

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the right tools to take advantage of it and at aviary.com you will

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find a whole flock of tools to help you with your pictures.

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This is a great sweep of tools for anybody in a creative business he

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wants to share and collaborate online. The applications are look

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good and are very easy to use with a great range of features to make

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something pretty beautiful. The only slight downside is the time it

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takes to save large files but that is what happens when you work

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online. Talking of the internet, do not

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forget that we live online. On Twitter we also have a feed.

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