28/01/2012 Click


28/01/2012

Guide to the latest gadgets and computer industry news. Click meets the authors who prefer to tell their stories across multiple platforms: book, web and mobile app.


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the link, we are the bottom right hand of the screen.

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Now on BBC News it is time for Click.

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Once upon a time, there was an adventurous young hero who lived

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happily ever after. But have you ever wondered what

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happens to everyone else in the This week on Click, storytelling

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leaps off the page and on to your phone or computer. We will see how

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modern authors are using tech to spin and enhance their fictional

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yarns. Baby, It's Cold Outside, it's cold inside two at the Swedish

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hotel made from ice, and will meet the artists using computers to help

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shape their frozen sculptures. All that plus the latest tech news,

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and we keep fit with the help of Welcome to Click. IM Spencer Kelly.

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There was a time when you could sit down in front of your TV and watch

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a programme from beginning to end, and that would be that. And of

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course long before that you were able to pick up a book and read a

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story from beginning to end, and that would be that. But now, there

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is a new generation of storytellers who are able to touch -- use more

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than one medium to tell their tales. He is LJ Rich to take the story in

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a completely new direction -- here is LJ Rich.

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Once upon a time, there were real But now, it is all about touching

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screens, where modern content creators compete from retention

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across platforms. Their aim, to make the Web or Allah smartphones

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at least, as compelling as ever. We treat into a second screens or chat

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about reality shows, or even dress for the occasion. This is

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transmedia, weaving many strands to the same story. And now it is

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giving fiction attacking makeover. Allanson Morrison knows how it is

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done. As well as studying this multiplatform discipline for six

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years she is going through her 5th novel, a romcom with a transmedia

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twist. As a writer you need to know your story world put so much more.

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You need to know your characters really well. You cannot succeed,

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perhaps, a 75 year-old elegant character who works in her garden

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at on Facebook, perhaps, because that might not be the place she

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would naturally Goto. Seeding is when authors use social networks to

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ring fictional characters to life. So does this mean the pedal book is

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dead? -- bring them to live. Michael Grant has written around 50

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that is most proud of his latest which breaks out of its paper

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chains. BZRK is billed as a ground- breaking transmedia excrete it --

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experience including a website, and autumn but -- of so much reality

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game for your computer, but he feels the story is the most

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important. I don't feel challenged by the story, I don't think you're

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so it was will screw things up between me and the reader. I kind

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of look them -- look at them as a separate industry up to a point, so

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kids can enjoy the website and the ARG, and the various different

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transmedia aspects of this, but the purpose of what we are about here

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is the book. I don't think the book is any danger -- in any danger of

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being replaced. If anything this has taught me the superiority,

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frankly, of storytelling in a book because I can tell little snippets

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elsewhere but I can only tell the full story in the book, and the

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book, to me, is still 80 per cent of the pie, and everything else

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makes up 20 per cent. Michael's Publishers Egmont Press believe

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multiplatform storytelling helps attract a wider audience. For them,

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transmedia also offers readers a rare opportunity to express exactly

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what they think of the books they read. I think this is the most

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exciting time in publishing, certainly in my career in

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publishing, because digital is opening up a whole new word and --

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well done the new audience brass we haven't touched before. The whole

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driver is to try to reach more readers. So for us to see a video

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blog or a chatroom, to see them taking ownership of Michael's story,

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for him and us this is very exciting. As publishers we were

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keen to see what is the turn of as much as what is exciting people, so

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I see that as great, that is great new information. Part of the fun of

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storytelling this way is that you can be a bit creative about how you

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engage your audience, and if you are the audience, you can choose

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just how far into the story world you are prepared to venture, if you

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dare. I am here to eat, I mean meat, the

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people behind a transmedia project involving zombies chasing deal.

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Come to think that, I have some were to be!

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This lot successfully applied to star in the charmingly named

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Zombies Ate My City, allocation based game due for release next

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month on the Windows firm platform. -- firm platform.

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Scientists from the future need your help to stop the invasion and

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players are carefully guided along the way. The main thing is you are

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trying to figure out what you Taylor to which platform. So for

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example, zombies, with the app you have collecting things, checking

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orbs, seen way you need to go, but we also have a web-based experience

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later in the year, way users will be able to discover other locations

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and reveal them to the phone users, and there will be atwitter feed

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with clues, and we have a flow chart. -- eight were to feed. We

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will say, are we are playing with a video? What is the second element

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that comes up once to have made this choice of followed this path?

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Transmedia is more than just stories investing websites and real

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life. Good fiction these days flows in both directions, and with more

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books based on original Hollywood screenplays and television series,

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the digital platform isn't always the spin-off. There are some

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campaigns and stories that are out which have had solid transmedia

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strategy behind them. It could be that people have already engaged

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with these without actually knowing it. One example is a HomeFront, and

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Random House published the Voice Of Freedom, the book about the

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character in the game, which is not heralded as transmedia, but that is

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exactly what cities. Increasingly, audiences are excited about the

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prospect of interacting more deeply with the stories they read, and in

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a crowded marketplace, whoever engages us with the most fulfilling

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experience will live happily ever after.

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LJ Rich. She has seen the film, read the book and warned the T-

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shirt. If you have enjoyed any flick -- fiction split across

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multiple platforms, even us and we will recommend it.

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Next up, a look at this week's test -- tech news.

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European lawmakers want to give web users the right to be forgotten.

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The he wants us to be able to delete all traces of our past from

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social network sites and other service providers if we decide to

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stop using them, and to make it easier to shift data between

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services. Some tech firms complain it will be costly and may stunt

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innovation. The new Bill will need the approval of all 27 member

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states, which is likely to take around two years.

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Google will collate all uses data across its services to create one

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mega Profile for each user. The change in the privacy policy could

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see search terms recommended on your browsing or global class

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activity, for example. Meanwhile the storm over global's social

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search tool and apply to its own social network has attracted

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criticism. The work around Proms results including Twitter, Facebook

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and Flickr amongst others -- Google Plus. File sharing sides have

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adapted their services following the arrest of the founder of one of

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the world's largest file searing websites. He was arrested last week

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in New Zealand and faces possible extradition charges to the US.

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Other sides have disabled show -- sharing functions or blocked access

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from America. It has been nearly three years in

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the making but this week the full length crowd sourced version of

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Star Wars: A New Hope became the latest YouTube hit. The cheeky shot

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for shot copy his stick together from hundreds of 15 seconds clips

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from users around the world. A preview project won an Emmy in 2010.

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Last week, we were in Nevada in the US to look at new types of personal

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computers threatening to put the traditional desktop tower PC out of

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business. From tablet accessories to the apparently brand new

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category of ultrabooks, there seem to be plenty of new devices

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portable and convenient enough to consign the dust octet -- PC to a

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dusty silicon grave. You guys, however, had other data -

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You guys, however, had other data - - ideas. This user says gamers and

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anyone else who enjoys treating hardware will always preferred

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And that is the common theme with most of your comments, but it is

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easier to swap, add bits and mess around inside a big roomy tower PC

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vanities inside a laptop. And of course tablets are even more locked

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down. Mr T Davey also loves the massive monitor you can attach to

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his tower PC and the fact that parts, replacements and upgrades

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are easy. Paul Sanderson also points out that

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there -- desktops are cheaper compared light -- like-for-like on

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processing power and storage and so on and the keyboard and mouse are

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often better than the laptop, and they are harder to steal.

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Not least because your desktop should be locked in your house.

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Finally on this, Des Thompson. He is a self confessed -- confessed

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geek who likes to ticket inside his machine, but he says, PS, can you

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let me know the dubious position of the desktop you buried? It may have

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bits on it I can use -- a dubious position.

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I can assure you we didn't leave it buried there, but he is the

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location. If you go there, you will find a whole, some tyre tracks, and

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rather worryingly, quite a few shotgun cartridges.

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Anyway, another story we covered this week on our Twitter stream was

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the news that the iPhone 4 S and iPad are now fully jail breakable,

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meaning it you can get code which allows you to download unauthorised

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apps and tweets the workings of the device. We asked if Apple would

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ever be able to prevent its devices Malcolm Bruce hopes that jail

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Please do keep your comments coming in. They make us laugh and they

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in. They make us laugh and they One question we ask quite often on

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this programme is, can technology replace the artist? Could I be

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replaced by a robot, for example? Do not answer that. Our next piece

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comes was Sweden where computers are being used to create beautiful

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ice sculptures? Will the warmth of the human touch always speaking? --

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Each winter, as the sun 0 climate a rise high in the Arctic Circle, --

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the sun 0 climate, crystal-clear blocks of ice harvested from a

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local river are crafted into an extraordinary feat of engineering.

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The work is underway to build this Packed snow is given a helping hand

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with supports, to create a huge igloo that is to become the outer

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But it is the ice sculptures and the unique lighting, designed and

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created by the highly skilled artists, that transform this place

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from a simple arctic dwelling to a But even here, where once the ice

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sculptor relied on his own manual dexterity and vision, today their

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creations are helped by some high- Hidden from view in a small corner

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of a warehouse, Mats Persson pores over a PC running CAD, computer-

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After loading his designs into a format the machine can understand,

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Mats Persson chooses the right size of drill bit for the right size of

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the job and sets them to work. It takes hours to careve each piece of

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work. -- tic harbour each piece Of Art. The 3D effect is only achieved

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by melding together two separate bits of hollowed-out ice.

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Impressive though it is, the machine can only make sculptures up

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to a certain size. For bigger jobs, an artist's dextrous hands are

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still needed. It helps us a lot. Because we can

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make the drawings in a 3D programme, we can see how it looks before we

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continue with the work. Because it is a lot of work to build this. If

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you do something wrong, you have to do it over and over again. We don't

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have the time for that because the schedule is really tight and the

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It might be a practical aid but the artists are in no doubt that

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technology is simply a tool to be used. No matter how advanced the

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technology is, someone still has to tell the computer what to do. And

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that is the hard thing, I think, for me personally. What to

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do. If I stand in front of a piece of ice like this, the biggest

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challenge is what should I do with it? Then, if you know what to do,

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the technology may help you. But still, the idea has to be there.

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As for more mundane matters like power and lighting, the snow helps

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to bounce around what little light there is. But here too, high-tech

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developments abound, albeit behind the scenes.

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Here is the projector for the fibre-optics. You have an LED in

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here. You get out more. They are more powerful than four years ago,

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when I was here the first time. From the beginning, we used hellite.

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Also, fluorescent lamp light bulbs. And now, all the light and

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This is nature, nurtured. With the help of a little technology, each

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room takes several days to complete. But when the erasing warmth of

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spring comes, all the hard work melts away, and the hotel must wait

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If you are the type of person who finds it difficult to step away

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from technology and switch off for a while, literally as well as

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figuratively, I think you are going to like Kate Russell's first

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suggestion this week. It is time to get serious about those new year's

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It can be hard, working up the enthusiasm for a healthy jog. If

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you have a GPS-enabled smartphone, you can turn it into a personal

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trainer and motivator, with a free download from EndoMondo. Log in

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with Facebook and download the app from an impressive list of

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supported handsets, and you are off and running, quite literally if

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that is your fitness activity of choice. This is a kind of fitness

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social network, rather than just an application. The app tracks and

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records your activity using GPS but what is really nice is the way it

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hooks you into a social community where you can share and compare

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results, giving a much-needed boost with a little friendly competition.

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As well as being able to challenge friends or participate in site-wide

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challenges, there are analysis tools to find better ways of

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If you have a large file to deliver, you are probably better doing it

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online than running it there yourself. WeTransfer.com is my new

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favourite file transfer friend. It looks good, it does exactly what it

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needs to do, and no more. And it looks pretty nice while it is

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This site doesn't need to set up a direct link, like one that we

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looked at a few weeks ago. So your recipient doesn't have to be there

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when you're trying to send the file. And you avoid any issues with over-

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sensitive firewalls. And it can handle more double file transfers

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of up to two gigabytes in total without the need to register or log

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on, so it is in the top spot for me. If you are sharing images, rather

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than sending a file itself, Imagevat is an interesting newcomer

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They offer unlimited Web space and bandwidth, something you will be

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glad of if you get a lot of views. At the moment you can only upload

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images anonymously, as they seem to have teething problems with the

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registration link. Sharing with Imagevat is a really quick and

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For a great education tool, check out wondermind.tate.org.uk.

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Hello. Welcome to... In parallel with an exhibition, the

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gallery has brought together art and science to craft a beautiful

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and creative learning experience about the science of the brain. The

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website uses Alice In Wonderland as inspiration and a backdrop for the

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games and interactive videos. It is a brilliantly cunning way of

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delivering an education. This game is all about moving around spaces.

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Hats off to the Tate, who have really delivered on this count. The

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videos are well-produced, and whilst my schooldays are admittedly

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long gone, I don't think they were too patronising. Although they did

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teeter on the edge occasionally. Altogether, a great contribution to

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the school of the World Wide Web. Isn't it amazing how much more you

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can learn, when you really go A word of warning for infrequent

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Facebook users. It is time to clean up your act. Facebook timeline

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became mandatory this week, so you have just a few days left to make

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sure your social skeletons are locked safely away, before it all

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There's no easy way to tell you this, but I'm seeing someone else.

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Breaking up is never easy. I don't know what you mean. It is something

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that app's virtual assistant, Siri, might have to learn to accept with

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the launch of Evi this week. It is free on Android and costs 69p on

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Apple devices and it is not limited to the iPhone4S, like Siri. There

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has been some excitement around the launch. The vital statistics look

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good. AI from a team in Cambridge giving her UK knowledge and

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language nuances, and voice recognition from the people who

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make Dragon Dictate, a first-class speech-to-text application. For the

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moment, host servers have been so overloaded with early adopters that

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it is hard to see if she will be giving Siri a run for his money.

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For the time being, I am standing by my man.

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You are the wind beneath My Wings. If you missed any of the links,

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they are at our website. You will also find many of our previous

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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.


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