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Once upon a time, there was an adventurous young hero who lived
happily ever after. But have you ever wondered what
happens to everyone else in the This week on Click, storytelling
leaps off the page and on to your phone or computer. We will see how
modern authors are using tech to spin and enhance their fictional
yarns. Baby, It's Cold Outside, it's cold inside two at the Swedish
hotel made from ice, and will meet the artists using computers to help
shape their frozen sculptures. All that plus the latest tech news,
and we keep fit with the help of Welcome to Click. IM Spencer Kelly.
There was a time when you could sit down in front of your TV and watch
a programme from beginning to end, and that would be that. And of
course long before that you were able to pick up a book and read a
story from beginning to end, and that would be that. But now, there
is a new generation of storytellers who are able to touch -- use more
than one medium to tell their tales. He is LJ Rich to take the story in
a completely new direction -- here is LJ Rich.
Once upon a time, there were real But now, it is all about touching
screens, where modern content creators compete from retention
across platforms. Their aim, to make the Web or Allah smartphones
at least, as compelling as ever. We treat into a second screens or chat
about reality shows, or even dress for the occasion. This is
transmedia, weaving many strands to the same story. And now it is
giving fiction attacking makeover. Allanson Morrison knows how it is
done. As well as studying this multiplatform discipline for six
years she is going through her 5th novel, a romcom with a transmedia
twist. As a writer you need to know your story world put so much more.
You need to know your characters really well. You cannot succeed,
perhaps, a 75 year-old elegant character who works in her garden
at on Facebook, perhaps, because that might not be the place she
would naturally Goto. Seeding is when authors use social networks to
ring fictional characters to life. So does this mean the pedal book is
dead? -- bring them to live. Michael Grant has written around 50
that is most proud of his latest which breaks out of its paper
chains. BZRK is billed as a ground- breaking transmedia excrete it --
experience including a website, and autumn but -- of so much reality
game for your computer, but he feels the story is the most
important. I don't feel challenged by the story, I don't think you're
so it was will screw things up between me and the reader. I kind
of look them -- look at them as a separate industry up to a point, so
kids can enjoy the website and the ARG, and the various different
transmedia aspects of this, but the purpose of what we are about here
is the book. I don't think the book is any danger -- in any danger of
being replaced. If anything this has taught me the superiority,
frankly, of storytelling in a book because I can tell little snippets
elsewhere but I can only tell the full story in the book, and the
book, to me, is still 80 per cent of the pie, and everything else
makes up 20 per cent. Michael's Publishers Egmont Press believe
multiplatform storytelling helps attract a wider audience. For them,
transmedia also offers readers a rare opportunity to express exactly
what they think of the books they read. I think this is the most
exciting time in publishing, certainly in my career in
publishing, because digital is opening up a whole new word and --
well done the new audience brass we haven't touched before. The whole
driver is to try to reach more readers. So for us to see a video
blog or a chatroom, to see them taking ownership of Michael's story,
for him and us this is very exciting. As publishers we were
keen to see what is the turn of as much as what is exciting people, so
I see that as great, that is great new information. Part of the fun of
storytelling this way is that you can be a bit creative about how you
engage your audience, and if you are the audience, you can choose
just how far into the story world you are prepared to venture, if you
dare. I am here to eat, I mean meat, the
people behind a transmedia project involving zombies chasing deal.
Come to think that, I have some were to be!
This lot successfully applied to star in the charmingly named
Zombies Ate My City, allocation based game due for release next
month on the Windows firm platform. -- firm platform.
Scientists from the future need your help to stop the invasion and
players are carefully guided along the way. The main thing is you are
trying to figure out what you Taylor to which platform. So for
example, zombies, with the app you have collecting things, checking
orbs, seen way you need to go, but we also have a web-based experience
later in the year, way users will be able to discover other locations
and reveal them to the phone users, and there will be atwitter feed
with clues, and we have a flow chart. -- eight were to feed. We
will say, are we are playing with a video? What is the second element
that comes up once to have made this choice of followed this path?
Transmedia is more than just stories investing websites and real
life. Good fiction these days flows in both directions, and with more
books based on original Hollywood screenplays and television series,
the digital platform isn't always the spin-off. There are some
campaigns and stories that are out which have had solid transmedia
strategy behind them. It could be that people have already engaged
with these without actually knowing it. One example is a HomeFront, and
Random House published the Voice Of Freedom, the book about the
character in the game, which is not heralded as transmedia, but that is
exactly what cities. Increasingly, audiences are excited about the
prospect of interacting more deeply with the stories they read, and in
a crowded marketplace, whoever engages us with the most fulfilling
experience will live happily ever after.
LJ Rich. She has seen the film, read the book and warned the T-
shirt. If you have enjoyed any flick -- fiction split across
multiple platforms, even us and we will recommend it.
Next up, a look at this week's test -- tech news.
European lawmakers want to give web users the right to be forgotten.
The he wants us to be able to delete all traces of our past from
social network sites and other service providers if we decide to
stop using them, and to make it easier to shift data between
services. Some tech firms complain it will be costly and may stunt
innovation. The new Bill will need the approval of all 27 member
states, which is likely to take around two years.
Google will collate all uses data across its services to create one
see search terms recommended on your browsing or global class
activity, for example. Meanwhile the storm over global's social
search tool and apply to its own social network has attracted
criticism. The work around Proms results including Twitter, Facebook
and Flickr amongst others -- Google Plus. File sharing sides have
adapted their services following the arrest of the founder of one of
the world's largest file searing websites. He was arrested last week
in New Zealand and faces possible extradition charges to the US.
Other sides have disabled show -- sharing functions or blocked access
from America. It has been nearly three years in
the making but this week the full length crowd sourced version of
Star Wars: A New Hope became the latest YouTube hit. The cheeky shot
for shot copy his stick together from hundreds of 15 seconds clips
from users around the world. A preview project won an Emmy in 2010.
Last week, we were in Nevada in the US to look at new types of personal
computers threatening to put the traditional desktop tower PC out of
business. From tablet accessories to the apparently brand new
category of ultrabooks, there seem to be plenty of new devices
portable and convenient enough to consign the dust octet -- PC to a
dusty silicon grave. You guys, however, had other data -
You guys, however, had other data - - ideas. This user says gamers and
anyone else who enjoys treating hardware will always preferred
And that is the common theme with most of your comments, but it is
easier to swap, add bits and mess around inside a big roomy tower PC
vanities inside a laptop. And of course tablets are even more locked
down. Mr T Davey also loves the massive monitor you can attach to
his tower PC and the fact that parts, replacements and upgrades
are easy. Paul Sanderson also points out that
there -- desktops are cheaper compared light -- like-for-like on
processing power and storage and so on and the keyboard and mouse are
often better than the laptop, and they are harder to steal.
Not least because your desktop should be locked in your house.
Finally on this, Des Thompson. He is a self confessed -- confessed
geek who likes to ticket inside his machine, but he says, PS, can you
let me know the dubious position of the desktop you buried? It may have
bits on it I can use -- a dubious position.
I can assure you we didn't leave it buried there, but he is the
location. If you go there, you will find a whole, some tyre tracks, and
rather worryingly, quite a few shotgun cartridges.
Anyway, another story we covered this week on our Twitter stream was
the news that the iPhone 4 S and iPad are now fully jail breakable,
meaning it you can get code which allows you to download unauthorised
apps and tweets the workings of the device. We asked if Apple would
ever be able to prevent its devices Malcolm Bruce hopes that jail
Please do keep your comments coming in. They make us laugh and they
in. They make us laugh and they One question we ask quite often on
this programme is, can technology replace the artist? Could I be
replaced by a robot, for example? Do not answer that. Our next piece
comes was Sweden where computers are being used to create beautiful
ice sculptures? Will the warmth of the human touch always speaking? --
Each winter, as the sun 0 climate a rise high in the Arctic Circle, --
the sun 0 climate, crystal-clear blocks of ice harvested from a
local river are crafted into an extraordinary feat of engineering.
The work is underway to build this Packed snow is given a helping hand
with supports, to create a huge igloo that is to become the outer
But it is the ice sculptures and the unique lighting, designed and
created by the highly skilled artists, that transform this place
from a simple arctic dwelling to a But even here, where once the ice
sculptor relied on his own manual dexterity and vision, today their
creations are helped by some high- Hidden from view in a small corner
of a warehouse, Mats Persson pores over a PC running CAD, computer-
After loading his designs into a format the machine can understand,
Mats Persson chooses the right size of drill bit for the right size of
the job and sets them to work. It takes hours to careve each piece of
work. -- tic harbour each piece Of Art. The 3D effect is only achieved
by melding together two separate bits of hollowed-out ice.
Impressive though it is, the machine can only make sculptures up
to a certain size. For bigger jobs, an artist's dextrous hands are
still needed. It helps us a lot. Because we can
make the drawings in a 3D programme, we can see how it looks before we
continue with the work. Because it is a lot of work to build this. If
you do something wrong, you have to do it over and over again. We don't
have the time for that because the schedule is really tight and the
It might be a practical aid but the artists are in no doubt that
technology is simply a tool to be used. No matter how advanced the
technology is, someone still has to tell the computer what to do. And
that is the hard thing, I think, for me personally. What to
do. If I stand in front of a piece of ice like this, the biggest
challenge is what should I do with it? Then, if you know what to do,
the technology may help you. But still, the idea has to be there.
As for more mundane matters like power and lighting, the snow helps
to bounce around what little light there is. But here too, high-tech
developments abound, albeit behind the scenes.
Here is the projector for the fibre-optics. You have an LED in
here. You get out more. They are more powerful than four years ago,
when I was here the first time. From the beginning, we used hellite.
Also, fluorescent lamp light bulbs. And now, all the light and
This is nature, nurtured. With the help of a little technology, each
room takes several days to complete. But when the erasing warmth of
spring comes, all the hard work melts away, and the hotel must wait
If you are the type of person who finds it difficult to step away
from technology and switch off for a while, literally as well as
figuratively, I think you are going to like Kate Russell's first
suggestion this week. It is time to get serious about those new year's
It can be hard, working up the enthusiasm for a healthy jog. If
you have a GPS-enabled smartphone, you can turn it into a personal
trainer and motivator, with a free download from EndoMondo. Log in
with Facebook and download the app from an impressive list of
supported handsets, and you are off and running, quite literally if
that is your fitness activity of choice. This is a kind of fitness
social network, rather than just an application. The app tracks and
records your activity using GPS but what is really nice is the way it
hooks you into a social community where you can share and compare
results, giving a much-needed boost with a little friendly competition.
As well as being able to challenge friends or participate in site-wide
challenges, there are analysis tools to find better ways of
If you have a large file to deliver, you are probably better doing it
online than running it there yourself. WeTransfer.com is my new
favourite file transfer friend. It looks good, it does exactly what it
needs to do, and no more. And it looks pretty nice while it is
This site doesn't need to set up a direct link, like one that we
looked at a few weeks ago. So your recipient doesn't have to be there
when you're trying to send the file. And you avoid any issues with over-
sensitive firewalls. And it can handle more double file transfers
of up to two gigabytes in total without the need to register or log
on, so it is in the top spot for me. If you are sharing images, rather
than sending a file itself, Imagevat is an interesting newcomer
They offer unlimited Web space and bandwidth, something you will be
glad of if you get a lot of views. At the moment you can only upload
images anonymously, as they seem to have teething problems with the
registration link. Sharing with Imagevat is a really quick and
For a great education tool, check out wondermind.tate.org.uk.
Hello. Welcome to... In parallel with an exhibition, the
gallery has brought together art and science to craft a beautiful
and creative learning experience about the science of the brain. The
website uses Alice In Wonderland as inspiration and a backdrop for the
games and interactive videos. It is a brilliantly cunning way of
delivering an education. This game is all about moving around spaces.
Hats off to the Tate, who have really delivered on this count. The
videos are well-produced, and whilst my schooldays are admittedly
long gone, I don't think they were too patronising. Although they did
teeter on the edge occasionally. Altogether, a great contribution to
the school of the World Wide Web. Isn't it amazing how much more you
can learn, when you really go A word of warning for infrequent
Facebook users. It is time to clean up your act. Facebook timeline
became mandatory this week, so you have just a few days left to make
sure your social skeletons are locked safely away, before it all
There's no easy way to tell you this, but I'm seeing someone else.
Breaking up is never easy. I don't know what you mean. It is something
that app's virtual assistant, Siri, might have to learn to accept with
the launch of Evi this week. It is free on Android and costs 69p on
Apple devices and it is not limited to the iPhone4S, like Siri. There
has been some excitement around the launch. The vital statistics look
good. AI from a team in Cambridge giving her UK knowledge and
language nuances, and voice recognition from the people who
make Dragon Dictate, a first-class speech-to-text application. For the
moment, host servers have been so overloaded with early adopters that
it is hard to see if she will be giving Siri a run for his money.
For the time being, I am standing by my man.
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Guide to the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news.
This week Click meets the authors who prefer to tell their stories across multiple platforms: book, web and mobile app.
Plus we visit the hotel that is redesigned, rebuilt and melted down every year. Includes tech news and web reviews.