10/03/2012 Click


10/03/2012

A special edition to mark the anniversary of the earthquake and tsumani that struck Japan on 11th March 2011. Plus a look at the kitchen of the future, tech news, and Webscape.


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online world in Click. -- whole look.

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If this did it ever happen again, could we cope any better? -- did

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Is there anything technology can do about this? One year on, Click

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reports from Japan on its desire to invent new ways to deal with a

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feature disaster before it happens. Enter the kitchen set up that comes

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with Wi-Fi baked in. A multi- million-dollar bet on the future of

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your cuisine. Plus the latest tech news and the

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app that allows you to keep an eye on your phone from your laptop.

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Welcome to Click. It is incredible to think that it is now one year

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since eastern Japan suffered its worst natural disaster in decades.

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The earthquake and tsunami that followed devastated the country,

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cutting off power and communications from those who need

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it the most. But this technology loving nation made good use of its

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unique innovations and social networks to help in the aftermath.

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On a basic level for those who simply had access to a phone,

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Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO's emergency message board that

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survivor's leave was messages which could then be accessed by anyone

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searching their phone number. -- voice messages. We reported on how

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some of the social networks unique to Japan help people find each

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other in the aftermath. difference between Facebook and

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Mixi is we do not use it to connect with friends. Posting pictures and

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updating information. We use it to communicate with people who we do

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not know it. Recreate community through it. A man had a restaurant

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in an area hit by an earthquake but he still had food and water and can

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cook at his restaurant. He would like to serve three fit for the

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people who escaped and had no place to cope. All the information from

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many different social networks could be scanned and mapped out,

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hopping rescuers and the public determine what was happening and

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where in real time. You would want to find a way to charge your

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cellphone, which backs are open, which grocery stores are open.

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These are all pieces of new information that happened after a

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disaster. What to put on your map is up to you. Honda has fitted its

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cars with GPS Sat Nav. After the quake, it opened up that data base

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to show real time car movements, hopping anyone with an internet

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connection see which roads are still open and how fast traffic is

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moving. Then, there was a third disaster to deal with. The for Abu

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Bakar Bashir nuclear power plant threatened widespread contamination

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after being badly damaged in the tsunami. -- Fukushima power plant.

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Robots were deployed in two areas too dangerous for people to go,

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sending back images of people buried under rubble.

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Dan Simmons's last March summon up how technology lent a hand in the

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hours and days following the quake. So since then he has been back to

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Tokyo to see what has happened since and has discovered some

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innovations which should help out if this ever happens again.

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Your phone can tell you a lot of things after a disaster. It was the

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one piece of technology most Japanese turned to. This map shows

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usage levels. This one shows one operator's ability to maintain a

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mobile data network, partly through the fast deployment of microwave

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stations. Give any specific threat of a nuclear meltdown here,

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operator NTT DOCOMO showed off a new prototype cover for smartphones

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that measures radiation levels. Some low level radiation balls we

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used to demonstrate it, sending readings of the handsets to 20

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times higher than background levels. Long after the nuclear disaster of

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the consumer, it could allow nuclear -- ordinary people to

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decide which areas they could return to or check whether food and

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water has been contaminated. It was data networks that held up much

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more successfully than voice services, which saw a 50 fold

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increase in demand in the hours after the quake struck. It is one

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of the reasons cited for the surge in the sale of smartphones. There

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is a renewed interest in not relying on another type of network

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to. The power grid. Been green can it mean being self-sufficient with

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larger personal wind up her Bines going on sale this year, cheaper

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solar panels and in home batteries to stop how you do not use. My son

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thinks the move towards electric cars might be useful also. Nissan.

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One source of power we may have in the future of might be our electric

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car. Typically, we would drive it home, plug it in and it chews up

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the battery. But in the event of a disaster, Nissan have turned at the

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idea on its head. You can plug your That charge has just changed the

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pride and Voltage that the car needs to that which the appliances

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need inside the home. How much energy are we using typically

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inside this apartment? This tablet application shows us the LED lights

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are not taking very much but the TV screen is 300 watts and these air

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conditioning units are taking some power also. The car can provide up

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to 6,000 watts per hour to an apartment or house. Mason think

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that typically we would use about 1,200. The car has enough power

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were on a full charge to last around two days of what it

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describes as normal use. By this time it is hoped the electricity

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can be restored. After an earthquake, the amount for this

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type of energy independent system has been very strong. -- the demand.

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The speed of this system has been accelerated. At its extreme, the

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drive towards self-reliance is embodied in this mission. Whole

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cities used to design and less power and topped with solar panels.

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This is Fujisawa. It is a model now, but the City is being built and

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hopes to be entirely self- sufficient by 2015. You may think

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this looks like an I saw. One company is trying to help us see

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through that. These solar panels are clearly helpful. 3m has shown

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that he can capture the energy from the sun without blocking all of its

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light. The see-through photovoltaic panels are designed to be stuck on

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to large windows of office buildings and homes without

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blocking the view. Here, under artificial light, about two square

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metres produces about 13 bolts. It converts the Alnwick -- energy from

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the light hitting both sides of the flexible panels. It is hoped the

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added benefits of making glass windows less vulnerable to

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shattering will -- and keep pure -- keeping your home call means they

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will be a big hit when they go on sale. -- cool. This radio frequency

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sensor detects movement. My fingers register on the screen as peaks and

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troughs. It can listen for heart beats. This technology is seen as a

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significant -- has seen a significant reduction in size. It

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is hope it can be integrated into a phone. This solar-powered take on a

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segway both built in defibrillator is designed to aid and ferry the

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injured or -- injured to safety. These technological developments

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show how the earthquake and tsunami has steered research, development

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and marketing. But a big -- visit to Japan shows something different.

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The national mindset has shifted, with many families keen not to be

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left helpless as they were last March.

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A look at this week's tech news. Seven hackers alleged to have

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masterminded last year's attacks by media groups have been arrested.

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The FBI says five were in for it -- involved in the group will sap. Its

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leader as pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges. He is thought to

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ha haated with the FBI. Since its launch at the end of last

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month, Raspberry Pi is selling like hot cakes. Made by a Dave Braben,

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the device plugs into your TV and keyboard and can do everything from

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word-processing to plain high- definition video. Its main aim is

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to be in the great demand amongst schoolkids for learning how to

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programme. A new reaction to Apple's latest

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iPad will launch. There is no fault Siri support or haptic feedback but

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the tablet does feature 4G connectivity, a faster processor

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and a super high res screen, which means a sharper images and high def

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video playback. A battle but dubbed Cheetah has set

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a new world speed record. It runs faster than you or I am is one

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third quicker than its predecessor. The American defence agency behind

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the project of them are the aims to deliver a war-zone robot which

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Until a few years ago at each here had wi-fi in your home you could

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probably and only use it to connect your laptop to the internet. These

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days there are more devices around your house which can talk your

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router. Televisions, radios, smart phones and tablets. There has been

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one room which has remained off line until now. Ian Harvey reports

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on some of the latest gadgets for your kitchen. Beauty is so

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forgettable. Americans throw out 25% of everything they bite because

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it gets lost in the refrigerator. Electronics companies are once

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again trying to convince us that the fridge door is an ideal

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location for a screen, wi-fi enabled and multi- touch. The idea

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is that as to it is placed in the fridge it is scanned along with its

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expiry date. That information forms a data base in the cloud. You can

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always a research a recipe with your mobile device basdevice bas

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ingredients you have available. From your expiration dates and

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reminders you can access a shopping app and three partnerships with a

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shopping chains bought your groceries from the kitchen.

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Currently the Samsung screen comes with a predetermined list of apps,

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but there is no reason why developers could not contribute

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their own in the future. Electronics manufacturers believe

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it will assist us to eat more healthily. Each member of the

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household can have their own profile. The consumption of fresh

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fruit, drains etc will be monitored. These appliances could talk to each

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other but will usually be controlled directly by an Android

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device. You can download recipes on your throne and sent them to your

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smart oven. Another example is the washer dryer. You can loaded at any

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time but commenced the cycle when it is convenient. When smart

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kitchens were first thought of the television was pitched as the

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control hub, but now the tablet and smart and have taken over that role.

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Panasonic hopes that every household world one day run its

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appliances using home-made energy. They see a future where every piece

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of equipment in the House can communicate with the inside and

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outside power sources. You can generate your electricity using a

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r later if you make more than in need.

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The entire system will work more efficiently and smarter as well.

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This hear the word Smartie is being applied to a generation of products.

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-- smart. We want everything to get smarter. On some Panasonic air

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conditioners can sense where the people are in the RIM and divert

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the air it so it does not have to work as hard. It is worth noting

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that in many cases the smart technology cannot be retroactively

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fitted, so it probably means upgrading most of the appliances.

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And be wary of the ongoing cost. Smart devices present the

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opportunity to package services wheeze subscriptions. Not

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appetising. At the moment I am sending and receiving text messages

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on this. It is thanks to an app I have on these. A message from Kate

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Russell telling me not to muscle in on Webscape. Thank you Spencer -

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stick to what you know best, please four-strong when I work at home I

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miss some telephone calls or text messages. Perhaps because I am in

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the kitchen. Not any more with Mighty Text for Android. On down

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led the app and install the Chrome browser plug-in and you will access

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it through a Google account. On you can send and receive text messages

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even if your telephone is at home, as long as it is turned on. The

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application still uses your handset to send the message does so you

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will still be charged whatever you pay foreign SMS. On on top of these,

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they sink messages from your handset to be stored in your

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computer. And there will be a missed call alert. That should be

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helpful if you spend their days split between your computer and

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your phone. Video blogging has been growing in popularity. Some are

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better than others. If you want a head start to professionalism on

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your own video blog checkout cueprompter.com. This is ideal if

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you have a camera mounted on top of your monitor. You perfect your

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words in a word processor, put them in a queue prompter. You can change

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the size and colour of your text. Just adjust the speed of scrolling

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to suit your voice. Remembering your lines made easy. Are my TV

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music in the Webscape studio. -- I might even use it in the Webscape

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studio. Talking of talking, do you fancy learning Spanish? It is one

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The Web site harnesses the power of the crowd to translate online text

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into languages as you learn them. The concept is clever. You are

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given words to translate and exercises to help them sinking.

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Behind the scenes you are translating a passage of text

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somewhere on the internet. To put this in perspective if one million

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people used Duolingo .com to learn Spanish they could translate

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Wikipedia in eight hours. You will have to apply for invitation. I can

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see these having an impact on the nature of the Web it in years to

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come. The Search for extra- terrestrial life goes into

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overdrive this week with the launch of city life which asks netizens to

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classify radio frequencies. -- city Laden. On. This Romanian person for

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in a stunt which would make Buzz Lightyear envious. Finally, and an

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inventor. Many of you were sad when Google Labs pulled it this tool out

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of the toy box, but it has been relaunched this week by MIT. It was

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Webscape. If he missed any of those thinks they are all up on our

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