18/02/2012 Click


18/02/2012

Technology magazine. The brand new Playstation Vita, the Mobile Film Festival in Paris, and technology that can be controlled with gestures. Includes tech news and web reviews.


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bbc.co.uk/news and click on the link. Those are the headlines. Now

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That way. Get away from me. Yes! Away from me and just through

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This week Click looks at the brand new PlayStation Vita and asked

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whether the rise of the smartphone means it's game over or game-on

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dedicated portables. We look at how to control a mouse or anything

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other than your good bod erk. Is this talent for the tiny, or can

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the mobile movie make it big? We take a look at Paris's Mobile Film

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Festival. We have an app that will not leave

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you in the dark in Web Scape. Welcome to Click. I'm Spencer Kelly.

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You can play video games on anything these days, on home

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consoles, PCs and out and about on portable devises. Mobile phones and

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tab lets have started to muscle in on this part of the industry,

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leaving some to suggest that the smartphone has done for the

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portable games console. Mark Cieslak tore himself away from

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playing games at home to play some games on the move.

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The launch of any new games devise is cause for much hoo-ha and

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hullabaloo. Each new devise claims to be the most powerful. -- -

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device claims to be the most powerful. The goal is to create so

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much buzz that the gamers can not feel they can live without the

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latest console. Things change when it hits the shops. The marketing

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onslaught does not always work. Last year Nintendo launched the 3DS.

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I cannot wait for you to try this. The 3DS is a handheld with cameras

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front and rear. The screen allows the player to see the action in 3D,

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without the need for 3D glasses. Initially it sold well, shifting

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374,000 units in the first week of sale. Those sales soon started to

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plummet. The 3DS launch portfolio was not

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that great. There was pent-up demand from consumers that

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tkwipbldled away relatively quickly. -- dwindled away relatively quickly.

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Nintendo slashed the price and launched a host of crowd pleasing

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games, such as Super Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7. It reversed the

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fortunes of the new device. In December last year, Sony unleashed

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its latest handheld, the PlayStation Vita. It has been

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described by some as a harcore machine. Front and rear touch

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screens and front and rear cameras. It has a pin-sharp OLED screen and

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powerful for a handheld quad-core ARM processor running the show.

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Like the 3DS, initially the Vita, in Japan, sold well. Second and

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third week sales, well they were nothing to write home about.

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announced sales of 500,000 units in Japan after what is really a short

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period of time. That's figure we're comfortable with. We measured the

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life of our platforms in units of years. Typically we looked to

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thrive and prosper over a ten-year cycle. Nintendo was forced to slash

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the price of the 3DS handheld not long after the launch. Will Sony

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consider that with the Vita. It is not on our -- in our minds at the

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moment. We are in the middle of a vibrant order campaign. The demand

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is strong. A price-cut, to be honest, is the last thing on our

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minds right now. Now the Vita is preparing to launch in the rest of

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the world. It's a really solid package. Its five-inch display

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delivered bright visuals. While it cannot match the home consoles, it

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does have a quad-core ARM processor, which means it is capable of

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producing visuals which are unmatched by any other handheld

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device. The analogue sticks ensure precise control. It feels familiar

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to hardened gamers. It is not that far off playing on a home son sole.

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The big selling point is the touch screens, one at the front and one

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at the back. The back touch screen is a good idea. It ensures the

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player's fingers do not obscure the action when the screen itself is

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being used. There's a strong line-up of launch

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titles including Wipeouts 2048 and third-person adventure, Uncharted:

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The Golden Abyss, a game which goes to great lengths to show off the

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different ways the player can interact with it. It makes use of

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both the touch screens. At some point the player has to physically

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move the device. Sure, all these different methods of controlling

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games are interesting. They have the potential to be used in some

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really fun ways. At the moment they are more of a curiousty rather than

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a must-have. Sony has done away with spinning drives and the Vita

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can download games from the store or use visible, bespoke memory

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cards, which are plugged into the top of the device. It can play

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music and video. There is a web browser. All nice features, but

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things which you can presently do on a device you might already own,

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namely one of these or one of these. Smartphones and tablets are

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becoming more popular as games devices, with app stores chobg ka

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block with new titles. Many of these titles appeal to

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casual or main-stream consumers. Is the Vita a handheld with a limited

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market? Will it only appeal to harcore gamers? That demographic is

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in the millions across Europe. We know how to go after that

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demographic. We know how to appeal to them. We will, quite subtlety,

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but steadily broaden the demographic, bring in the more

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casual consumer, hopefully the female consumer and grow that

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potential target available to us. It a east not necessarily a huge

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audience, but it is a -- it's not necessarily a huge audience, but it

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is an audience which spends a lot of money. It is a little unfair to

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conpair it to smartphones, what this was designed fosh, playing

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games, it does -- for, playing game, it does very well indeed. It does

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not look like the smartphone has conquered the world of gaming just

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yet. Your thoughts would be very welcome. E-mail us or Tweet us.

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Next up, a look at this week's news. This week, millions of Iranian

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Netizens, have lost G mail, Facebook and popular foreign nuls

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pages. It appears to be intermittent. Many are concerned

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the Government may reveal its Internet system, effectively giving

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the authorities total control on their on-line activities. Apple has

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responded to pressure over a lop hope which allows apps to get

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addresses without permission. It comes after the revelation earlier

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this month that the path photo sharing app was uploading entire

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address books to its servers. It transpired that Facebook and

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Foursquare engage in similar practises. Apple's iPad is facing a

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legal battle in China. Pro-view claim it owns the name and is

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asking customs to ban the import and export of all products. It

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could be a threat to their sales as China is a main base for the

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company. Many have confiscated iPads from

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retailers. And finally, in a separate

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development, Amazon is seeking out talents to develop originalal TV

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content for its on-demand TV streaming service. All on-line

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video services are fighting to get a slice of what might become a very

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big pie. Netflix, YouTube and hu lu are developing exclusive shows for

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their platforms. OK, time to throw away your remote

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control now, because for the next part of the programme you will not

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need it. This week and for the next couple, we look at interfaces - new

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ways of interacting with new technology. This week, ges-tureE

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The way it works is it measured how light is reflected back from

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objects. Based on that it can re create the object.

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One of the more practical uses is natural interruption over your TV.

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Everybody is talking about over the top, smart TVs on-line programming.

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Everybody forgets that people are lazy and they want to sit down and

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You stand there. You get scanned. You will see your body on the

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screen. Then the clothes will be mapped to your body. Actually you

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are working fabric come positions as well. It is precise. For the

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purpose of this, the guessures you make are with your hands and body,

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so you can see how the garment looks at different angles. Use your

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hands to pick the garments on the screen.

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With women, particularly, there are problems with vanity sizing now. A

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lot of brands are giving you sizes so you feel you are thinner than

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you are. That does not help you shopping at home. It is a maze.

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That is what it is helping with. You look at the clothes as they are

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and not what they are telling you In our case we are using infra-red,

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to kuen kait between the marker and the base. -- communicate between

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the marker and the base. We have a link which carries audio from the

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marker. That way, if you are far away and want a good audio link, we

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have a microphone in there. there you go. Your hand is now a

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controller. Next week, in our look at interfaces, we will look at how

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your eyes and brain can be left to do the work for you.

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Mobile phones and the images shot on them have already revolutionised

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revolution. Their potential as tools for news-gathering is

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undeniable. Can the mobile ever be used as a creative tool of artistic

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expression? Can a mobile movie or cell phone cinema ever be as good

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as, well filmed film? We went to Paris's Mobile Film Festival, in

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search fof a BlackBerry Besson or an iPhone Fellini.

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This is the seventh time France has held its Mobile Film Festival.

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Although the films are only one minute long and the cameras tiny,

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Organisers have received more entries than ever. 380 films have

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been submitted by producers vying for prize money. And a unique

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chance to work with a professional production company putting together

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a short film that will go out on French television. So, why mobiles

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and why just one minute? We decided two things. You shoot with a moat -

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- mobile so everybody is equal, almost, and it is one minute long.

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This one minute is very important because it to make a good one

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minute film you have to think of it very well, you have to write the

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story, you have to write the dialogue potentially, to make it as

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Lives can turn on one minute, or one minute can reveal the lifetime

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Last year, Une Longue Tristesse won Best Film, which for a brief

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exchange between a man and a woman gives us a glimpse of a couple in

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He believes the technical limitations of shooting with a

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mobile means film-makers Une Longue Tristesse was a minute

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that changed his life. He went on to direct a short film which went

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out on France's Canal Plus. The British actor Jason Wilcox appeared

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in both. What is extraordinary in this business, you get cynical

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people say you have made a movie with a mobile phone, what is that

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about? And a year later, having made a film where the budget is

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150,000 euros, a fair amount of money, now they are running down

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the hill saying this is a great The film industry is notoriously

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difficult to get into but the incredible array of inventiveness

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on show at the Mobile Film Festival reveals the industry could do a lot

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worse than tapping into this scene of emerging talent. Consumer

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camcorders and mobile phones mean this new generation has filmed and

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been filled more than any other in history but is that enough to make

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good film-makers? You know how to make a video of a cat, or the dog,

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anything that has no interest, but you are not a film maker. Film-

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making is knowledge, and experience, a technique, an art, and that is

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why we don't want to have this point of view of OK, you have a

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mobile, you can be a film-maker, no, you have to make this film

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qualities. That said there is something the professionals can

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take from the amateurs. The mobile phone is a particular type of

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camera was a split personality. On the one hand we associate it was

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cities and journalism and on the other hand it can be a family

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camera used to record intimacies between friends and relations. This

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second use was employed to great effect by the winner of this year's

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Festival, who came up with the perfect vehicle of a SEN -- still

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contained love story lasting just TRANSLATION: I already had an idea

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of a lift with two people inside. I said maybe I could try to make

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everything happen in one minute and then I said, why can't this girl

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tell a story in one minute and during filming that was the issue,

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how did time the journey in the lift Sir Mick was one minute and

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choose the right for. -- so it was one minute. Only in Paris could you

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fall in love at the start of an elevated journey, only to split-up

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Some might prefer to take the stairs. It would be interesting to

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see what other countries would come up with, faced with a similar set

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of rules, one mobile, one minute, one film. And we might get the

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chance. The organisers are exploring taking the Mobile Film

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Festival to London. Maybe we should try filming an

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entire episode of Click on a mobile phone one of these days. Someone on

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the team clearly disagrees. Moving on. Time for our weekly foray into

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the world of the Web as Kate Russell gets ready to shine a light

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on everything that is worth looking at the online in Webscape. It has

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all gone dark. Kate! Don't worry, I think I see the

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problem. I think you have popped up bored with your animal magnetism.

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Luckily I have my BlackBerry on hand to come to the rescue. The one

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thing most people always have close at hand is their mobile phone, so

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if you are ever caught in the dark and needed emergency torch

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flashlight two 41 app could be an absolute life-saver. Once installed

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you will see two new launch items - - icons in your application list,

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one for the back flashlight which gives you the torchlight and then

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there is also the front flashlight, which gives you were softer, more

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ambient light for things like reading underneath the covers at

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night. Just don't tell your mum I told you that. It is really easy to

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set up. Though I did wonder why a flashlight needs permission to

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access my personal information. This is explained satisfactorily on

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the wiki website though. Once you have shed light on the world around

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you you can start making sense of your desktop with Screencast-o-

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matic, a three Screen recorder that lets you take video and audio as

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well, and published direct to YouTube without having to register.

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Hang on, one second. If you have got any friends or relatives who

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are not that good with computers there is a fairly good chance you

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become their unofficial text support and by unofficial I mean

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unpaid. Well, you can save yourself huge amount of stress and troubled

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by just recording a simple step-by- step of what you want them to do

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rather than trying to explain it on the telephone. Yes, no, controlled,

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control... It runs on a Java applet that you will have to accept and

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just click to begin recording. It is a great little screen recorder

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and really easy to use. Social book marking tools are excellent for

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collecting on Lancashire's but you do have to remember to interact

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with them and actually book mark that page you're excited about --

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online treasures. Faveous .com takes that responsibility out of

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your hands as it links to sites and says anything you interact with.

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There is a plug-in or extension to cover most prototypes just in case

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you want to clip an entire page. Whether that impressive list of

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social hookups will make you want to jump ship from sites like

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Delicious and Instapaper, only you can decide. If you are teetering on

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the edge of indecision, unable to quite give up all the work you have

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put into those two particular sites, Faveous does have some nice little

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import tools to make things a little easier. You can set your

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collection as public or private, the default setting his public. You

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can set your own address to make chairing straightforward. Once nice

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touch is the option to or to delete your Twitter favourites after they

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have been saved to Faveous, so you can keep your favourites list

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private if you want. When you shop for clothes getting

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the right size can be tricky, as all the band seemed to work to

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their own standards. So a fashion mad computer programmer has

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launched a website this week loaded up with all the size data and

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statistics from the major UK and US retailers. Pentti Knorr

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measurements, choose a shop and a website will tell you which size

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will fit best -- enter your measurements. A fantastic accessory

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for when you are not going to try Swan who let the dogs out #. A Los

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Angeles photographer has become an overnight that success when his

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photographs of underwater dogs when viral this week. The struggling new

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business owner splashed out on a waterproof camera case and after

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being posted to Reddit the collection quickly became a social

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web favourite, clocking up 30,000 Facebook likes and boosting food

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for his website to 200 to 100,000 hits a day and that, my friends, is

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a perfect example of the power of the social web.

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That was Kate Russell. Her links are available as usual at our

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website. Along with all of our recent reports and extra staff as

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well, in video and text form, and you will find a link to the radio

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programme them as well. Getting touch on e-mail, on Twitter, if

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Click looks at the brand new Playstation Vita, and asks whether the rise of the smartphone means it's game over for dedicated portables.

Plus, tech that can be controlled with gestures, and one lucky film-maker gets a shot at the big time at the Mobile Film Festival in Paris.

Includes tech news and web reviews.


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