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14/01/2012

Click is in Las Vegas, at the Consumer Electronics Show, to look ahead to the brand new portable devices and internet connected TVs hitting the shops near you soon.


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of a woman and a girl, aged eight. Another girl in the House suffered

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minor injuries. This is my past from the world's biggest technology

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trade show. -- pass. This is the Welcome to Click. I am Spencer

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Kelly. While everyone is struggling back to work after the holidays,

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tech execs are clambering aboard planes and heading here, at to Las

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Vegas, for a spot of gambling. They are not gambling their hard earned

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wages, they are gambling their brand new products will catch the

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world's attention at the massive consumer electronics show. This

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week we will check out some new ideas around smarter TVs, future

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uses for your Tablet and a brand new window on the world. We

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discover a new way to remember all that important news in Webscape. It

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is quite a few. That is the Nevada desert. Here is part of the world

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famous Las Vegas skyline. You have these Stratosphere Hotel in the

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distance. Here is where Elvis performed and this is the last

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Vegas Convention Centre. It is here that 20 Tup is starting to take

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shape. They are releasing big projects. -- 2012. The small

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outlets are announcing innovations which may change the world in the

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coming months. Around 20,000 products were announced during the

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show at press conferences... new series nine weighs 2.5 lb.

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AA have done a fabulous job with this design. -- they have done.

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show this year, personalised tech for every part of our life - from

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the morning drive, to the daily chores, and the evening meal. One

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of the most eye-catching features of the shows are the sheer numbers

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of TV screens that blaze at you from every direction. Competition

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is fierce. Samsung claim to have the biggest LEDs screen. LG saw

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that and raised it. They make their 3D. They were both so thin you can

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shave with them. Both companies were also showing off ultra-high

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resolution screens was poor times as many pixels as normal high def.

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LG's was 3D. It you are worried that he BTEC his advancing so fast

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that your new set will be out of date next week, why not try this

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Samsung TV which comes with an upgrade slot? Does put in

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tomorrow's shiny new processor. The start of the show was the connected

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TVs. It plugs into the net and allows you to screen videos and

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download apse in the same way as a Tablet or a smartphone. A lot of

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people are making a lot of noise about their TVs. Will 2012 be the

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year of connected TVs? There are a lot of them being sold but not many

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are being connected to the internet. Lisa Montgomerie is here. You

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watched a lot of TV. I do. What is the problem? Right now people are

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trying to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. The more ants

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they do have, the more different they become from competitors. Some

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offer more than 1000. That is hard to manage. That makes it more

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complicated. People say, forget it. Right now we're seeing a trend to

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making all that content easier to find, and at the date, control and

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enjoy. -- navigate. We are moving away from the hard butter and

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remote so. We're going on to Tablets which are like a mini TV

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screen. That is the same as is on the big screen. You get a more

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interactive feel. The big news is manufacturers are incorporating

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facial recognition and for his control as a way to navigate

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through the content. You can go directly to your chosen service

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just by speaking to the TV set. could or it could recognise your

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face. What do you make of the actual content you get? Is it good

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enough? They are becoming more and more diversified. Social media will

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always be a hot button. Now we are seeing applications that make the

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TV a helper to you. It can monitor in the back grant a sporting event

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- monitors the noise level. -- background. If it gets crazy, the

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TV will lead to an tell you what Channel to turn to because it might

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be a kid to watch. -- alert to you. Apple are the king of interfaces.

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They introduced millions of people took iTunes. It has all kinds of

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But this show has more to offer than just connected TVs, more in

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fact than any one person could hope to see. Exploring all 1.8 million

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square feet would take even longer than it would take for my body

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would take to digest our Las Vegas breakfast, then to the tablets -

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big ones, small ones, some with keyboards and some sporting the new

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Android operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich - ooh, back to that

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breakfast again. What will the portable computer of

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2012 look like? With me is Rudi Aunkofer, who is an IT market

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analyst. Rudi, hi. We're starting to see some serious contenders that

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are smaller than the traditional large-screen tablets, seven, eight-

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inch screens, for example, the Kindle Fire. Do you think that size

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tablet is going to catch on? Both factors are needed. We have a huge

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variety of content. People have accessed nearly everywhere to

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online content to the Cloud. They may need smaller ones for maybe

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travelling. They need a bit larger one for watching some kind of clips,

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downloading from the web. Therefore, small as well as mid or large

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screen sizes are needed for the market. One of the trends with

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laptops now seems to be the introduction of touch-screen. I

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guess that's following on from the tablet to the laptop. Touchscreen

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on laptops - interesting? Yes, touch screen the big trend coming

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from the smartphone side. Touch screens making tablets so

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interesting, and tomorrow, every netbook, every notebook, from our

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understanding, will have at least limited touch-screen functions.

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There is a lot of talk about these UltraVox we have been hearing about,

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a new type of laptop. Can you just remind us, what features are we

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seeing in UltraVos? What is making them a class in their own? I just

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look at this more as a synonym for a new cool design, long battery

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lifetime, very thin, instant on. They're much more convenient, and

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therefore it's the right time for them. Consumers are looking for

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products which are offering an ease of use. Also packing a big punch

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are the phones of 2012, starting with this one - a prototype from

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Fujitsu packing a quad-core processor with a 13-megapixel

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camera and 4G capability. We expect to see more of this baby next month.

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As well as firsts, there was also a last. It's goodbye to Microsoft,

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which has decided not to attend the show from now on. It highlights the

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history of Microsoft and CES together. Still, at least the CEO

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got to them here. Thanks for a great partnership. We have decided

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to have the opportunity of beer tonight. Let's go get started.

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Although we did get to see more of its new operating system, Windows 8,

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it was confined to a small desk on the show floor out of reach of

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inquisitive fingers. Microsoft didn't mention it, but we're going

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to anyway. We have found someone else who's willing to talk about

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Windows 8. This is Jay Greene, a senior writer from CNET. Windows 8

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isn't here, but it is expected later this year. Why do you think

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we're not seeing more prototypes at least? I think Microsoft thinks the

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noise of CES is so loud, the volume from other companies doing things

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here will overwhelm the message. I also think they want to control the

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event. So when Windows 8 comes out, they want that message to be theirs.

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They don't want to have to compete with everyone else or do it on

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someone else's stage. And they're not going to be here next year?

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That's right. Microsoft have said this is their last CES. That's the

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reason. They want to control these events. Is there a possibility when

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we do see Windows 8 it will be this merge not just between tablets and

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the PC operating system, but also the Windows operating system?

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Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 both become Windows 8? That could happen

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a ways down the road. That's not going to happen with Windows 8. But

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Windows 8 will have a lot of the things Windows phone users will be

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familiar with. The interface - it's going to be a touch interface. It

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is going to use what's called "the metro style," which is a tile-based

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interface, so for consumers, it will have a lot of familiarity.

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you think it will put Microsoft back in the game when it comes to

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portable computing with tablets? That's the big bet. Microsoft is

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going to be in the game with that. It's a real open question as to how

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much - certainly people love their iPads. Here in the US folks are

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jumping on the Kindle Fire from Amazon. Microsoft is late, and it's

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going to be three years late by the time Windows 8 comes out for

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tablets. That is going to be a fight for them. It does give users

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some advantage, doesn't it? It means they can carry their laptop

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and desk-top applications through to a tablet experience. You can't

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run Microsoft products on Android or an iPad. That's true. One

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challenge is there are so many Windows applications out there that

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are written not for a touch-based device. Now it's hard to imagine

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how you would use an Excel spreadsheet in a touch-based

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environment. It doesn't make sense. Let's look ahead to a couple of

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other big trends for 2012 you have identified for us. Take us through

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the big things we should watching for over the next 12 months. One of

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things I think about it gets to the conversation we were just having -

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is Cloud-based computing, so that is industry jargon, but it's

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storing stuff on the internet. That's not new. It's not new.

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What's interesting is you get these tablet devices that are always

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connected you get your phone that's always connected. You're going to

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want to have access to all those photos you took of your kids on

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vacation. That'll be stored on the Cloud. There are going to be all

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sorts of devices that can really use it. What's really interesting

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to see in the industry right now are the behemoths are really

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fighting one another for this space. You have Apple, Google and

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Microsoft really pushing hard and butting heads to try to win that

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area. CES is always big, bright,

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colourful and pretty noisy, and as we said, it is almost impossible to

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see everything on show, but here's just a few of the really cool

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innovations of the team here CES have come across.

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Microsoft's connect motion-sensor controller is breaking away from

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its gaming roots. Ever since its launch, enterprising types have

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found ways to plug the connect, originally used with the X Box

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video games console into new PCs, finding new applications for its

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two cameras and its ability to measure distance. Now the software

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giant from Seattle has launched its own official development kit for PC

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and Connect. Microsoft research in Cambridge have developed this. It's

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called Connectfusion. It turns the whole idea of the device on its

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head. Instead of moving around in front of Connect to control the

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video game, you actually move the recorder to measure and record

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objects in 3-dimensional space, turning it into a 3D scanner. So if

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I show you these objects on the table here, I point the Connect at

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them, slowly paint in like this, and it creates a full 3D model of

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all the objects on the table. As long as an object stays still, it's

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possible to scan it. We're going to scan me right now. Take it away. As

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the device is moved around me, it generates more data, building up a

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more accurate 3D model. In just a few seconds, a full 3D model of

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myself appears on the screen. What a handsome chap.

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Picture the scene - you have a recipe on your tablet. You're in

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the kitchen following the recipe, then you accidentally spill your

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accompanying glass of wine all over the screen. Suddenly it's not just

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your eggs that are fried. Well, here' the solution,apparently. It's

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a tablet that has been made especially for cooks. It's called

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Qooq, Q-o-o-q. As you can see, the operating system has been written

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especially for this tablet. That's what I think the world needs is yet

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another tablet operating system! But seriously, you have access to a

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number of standard features down the right - the weather, your

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social networking. There is a video player there, a stopwatch there.

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You can actually watch videos or listen to your music on here by

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side loading them. There is a number of standard ports there, an

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SD card, for example. But as you can see, most of the screen is

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given over to cooking. You can download recipes and search on

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different types of food. You can select the recipe you want, and

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this will send the shopping list to your smartphone. Let's cook

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something. You can - the tandoori shrimp in a masala sauce - why not?

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You can watch the preparation by clicking on the button there. And

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you can follow it either in pictures or in text here. And if,

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for example, you already know how to do step four or five, then you

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can just touch this, and the video will skip to the next step, which

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is chopping the onions, the bit I always have problems with. Guess

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which country this tablet made for cooking comes from. Correct, France.

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You're in the living room. You want to watch the football. The other

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half wants to get lost in a period drama. What do you do? Probably

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have a blazing row about it. Well, not if you have a duel-view TV, you

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don't. As you can see, it's displaying both images at the same

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time. It looks a bit of a mess, if I'm honest with you - until, that

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is, you put on some active shutter specs. These specs synchronise with

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one or the other of the images at the press of a button so you can

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watch your football highlights while the other can weep into a

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hankie. In terms of sound, there's a couple of speakers on the arms of

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the glasses to take care of that. I have to say, it does sound a little

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bit tinny, but the real question I have is, do you want to be wearing

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a pair of specs while you're watching the box? I'm sure I've

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asked that question before! Want to hear a secret? I've got

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really small ears. Now, generally that doesn't cause me a problem

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apart from when I am trying to wear in-the-ear headphones. My canals

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are so small, they keep falling out. The solution would be custom ear

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headphones. Those are generally quite expensive, and you need a

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specialist to do them. Meet EARS. This is a do it-it-yourself in-ear

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head moulding kit. You take it home, in these babies is silicone. When

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you flick a switch, a balloon in these pumps starts to inflate with

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silicone. It takes five minutes to set. Once it has hardened I'll have

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two ear buds specially made for my canal shape. I am not allowed to

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talk during these five minutes, so I am going to bring in Joceline,

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who will explain the procedure for you. OK. You're actually going to

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start to feel the silicone flow into your ear and start flowing

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into the plug, expanding that balloon, and any of the excess

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flows out. You're now starting to experience all of the sound, all of

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the noise in the room to disappear, and you're starting to get into

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your quiet zen zone. Once they're moulded, it will never

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change shape again. There's my ears. Hello, ears. And that is what the

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inside of my ear holes look like, and the theory is I should now have

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a pair of earphones which are so tightly moulded to the inside of my

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ear that they provide complete sound isolation because there is no

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gap around, and also the sound reproduction should be - and indeed

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is - quite good. Oh, Adele - again. What a surprise.

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Some devices have more noble aspirations than others. This is

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the OLPC XO 3 tablet. It has been designed by the One Laptop Per

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Child initiative, a project designed to bring low-cost

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computing to developing countries. The XO13 uses a touch-adapted

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version of the operating version which featured in the original One

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Laptop Per Child computer. It has been designed to be simple and

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intuitive. In many cases this will be the first piece of technology a

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lot of the children using it have ever seen. One of the hallmarks of

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the programme is a consideration for power in countries where

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electricity isn't in abundance. You might be able to use this prototype

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solar cell which is fitted in the sleeve which fits around the tablet.

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Or if all else fails, you could just reach for the trusty hand

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crank. One minute's worth of cranking results in ten minutes'

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worth of juice in a tablet. That might seem labour intensive but

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it's a technological lifeline for those who might not have anything

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at all. Back in the day before the web

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arrived and turned everything on its head we used to get our news

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and information in these bulky, flimsy old devices, but as these

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things continue to become yesterday's news, the number and

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range of stories we need to sift through online continues to explode.

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Well, Kate Russell has a tool to help us all do exactly that right

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now in Webscape. Catching up with your social

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networks is much more than a lunch hour distraction these days unless

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you use Summerfy to help filter out the noise. Connect with your

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Twitter, Facebook and Google accounts and you can set the app to

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compile an update between one and four times a day applying certain

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content fitters if you want. Sharing through Facebook and

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untwitter can be automated but be careful you don't update your

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followers with excessive spam. # I have never dreamed it #

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Summerfy looks at what your friends are sharing and also keeps a note

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of what you choose to read so that it can make assumptions about the

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kind of content you'll enjoy, then it packages it all up in a neat

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little website that is easy on the mouse pointer as well as eye. The

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ranking process isn't as sophisticated as NewsWhip, a site

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we looked at a few weeks back, but for a neat little lunch time digest

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of what your friends are currently talking about, this is a friendly,

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flexible service that shouldn't be overlooked.

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# Dreamed a night like this # If you've ever sneaked a peek at

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your Facebook page while you're supposed to be working, here's a

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social site with a to movil focus, connecting and building

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relationships with your co-workers, and they want you to use it with

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the blessing of your boss. # Let's work together #

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As well as helping you find colleagues to have lunch with or

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maybe even set up a carpool, there is the usual swathe of badges and

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rewards, which your company is encouraged to personalise to

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recognise your achievements in the workplace. Now, I like the idea of

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this website. I really do, but let's step back from the marketing

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blurb for a second and really think about this. Is any employer EVER

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going to encourage you to use a social network whilst you're at

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work? I mean, it's bad enough with clan testine Facebook status

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updates and surreptitious instant messenger chats without adding a

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company-approvedas to time waster to the list as well. That said, if

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you do have the world's most enlightened boss, maybe it's worth

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showing them this site. It certainly can't help to have a

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place to connect with your colleagues especially if you work

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in a company with hundreds of employees.

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# Down a tunnel # We do so much more text inputting

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on our smartphones now than just sending the odd text message - e-

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mail, blogging, updating social networks - they all require rapid

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key typing and deliver equal amounts of frustration if you make

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a mistake, so why not make your life a little easier with Adaptxt?

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# The shape of things to come # And you're seeing the writing on

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model that makes intelligent guesses about what you're trying to

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write. The developers have worked really hard to get your software to

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understand language use and context, and for me, the accuracy really

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shows in the results. This free app also learns how you write as you

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use it to make the results even more accurate and personalised.

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Once installed you can download language and grammar add-ons with

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an impressive catalogue of 40-plus languages casered for. It's an

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impressive app for people with clumsy fingers all over the world.

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Kate Russell, and that is it from the Las Vegas Convention Centre for

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this week, but we're back in Vegas with more tech from CES next week.

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