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make your first incision. Buffering, This week on Click, we are still
taking the tablets as a new device emerges to challenge Apple and
Google's tablets. And the former banker turning the classroom on its
head. But is educating online the best way to tackle teaching? All
that and the latest Tech News and amaze your friends and yourself
with signs in Webscape. -- science.
Welcome to Click. It seems like every major consumer electronics
outfit has to have a touchscreen device or two these days. From
touchscreen smartphones to hand- held games devices, touch is where
it is out. In fact, without it, devices like tablet would not exist.
While Apple with its iPad and Google with its raft of android
power tablets slugged it out for control of the market, one of major
tape player has so far remained relatively low key. -- tech player.
But all that is about to change. Seattle's Microsoft has decided to
properly weighed into the space. This report from Los Angeles.
Sleek, yes. Powerful? Maybe. IPad killer? Not so fast! Microsoft
certainly made quite a splash with the announcement of their newest
piece of hardware - the surface tablet. Expectations were set high
after the company announced a super secret press conference, location
unknown until practically hours before it began. Anguish media
queued up around the block. Video indoors, practically off-limits. It
said journalists to, ironically, snap whatever they could have with
their iPhones. Luckily, Microsoft was so kind as to provide their own
footage of the event, including the announcement from dec mac that
everybody had been waiting for. -- from the C O. This is the new
Microsoft surface. OK, we have got the name but what is the surface?
It is a tool to serve this your passions. To surface your ideas. --
surface. Surface your creativity and you're enjoying it. So, it is a
verb and not a noun. Either way, it is Microsoft's the bed on tablet
computing, designed to integrate seamlessly with their upcoming
operating system. But Windows seven was supposed to work seamlessly
with mobile devices as well. If by seamlessly you mean almost not at
all. What you are saying is that for touch alone with no other input,
windows seven may be limitless? is what idiots. The icons within
Windows are built for more accuracy. We are designed for touch optional.
But Surface is designed to be different. Microsoft says after
months of prototypes, they believe they finally got it right. Here is
what we know. It will come into that flavours. One featuring a
version of Windows eight Designed for mobile devices. It runs an ARM
processor. The second variant will run a full fat version of Windows 8
Pro. There will be a more powerful Intel Corp process of. Both feature
a 10.6 Hinch 16 by Nine touchscreen and a US be sought. 32 and 64
gigabytes for the IT model, different for the pro. Both have an
in-built kicks down and work with the slim and a smart catch, and
magnetic key pad. The biggest question about the surface ears,
where does it fit in a competitive tablet landscape? Especially
against its most obvious rival - the Apple iPad. So far, Microsoft
has not released some of the basic information and has not said how
much it will cost. But they say it will be priced competitively.
Whatever that means. Which brings us to what we don't know about the
Surface. In addition to costs and specs, Willett have mobile data can
-- capability? What is the battery life and when will we get our hands
on one? Questions like that may be responsible for a subdued reaction
from the techs community. I like what I saw but I want to know more.
I don't feel like Microsoft have really gave me enough information
to be able to make a decision on how I felt today. And users on
Twitter seemed to feel the same. From those who think it is too
little too late, like this person who writes for gardeners of the
features, there is no way they can out cool Apple. Stick to software.
Of course, what really matters is what consumers decide to do come
launch time. Rumoured for October. Then we will know if Microsoft is
ready to take a bite out of Apple, or if they yet to scratch the
surface. We were shown very brief briefs. It is hard to say if this
is going to take over from iPad. My gut says no. They say the price
will be competitive with other tablets. My gut says that other
manufacturers have tried to do that and have failed. They failed to
live from the iPad. It will come down to price and apps that are
available, the experience and that real life. We do not have enough
information on those things yet. The jury is still out. Nobody
mentioned soon. Next is the Tech News.
It seems Microsoft has been busy this week's, just days after the
announcement of Surface, the company trumpeted the announcement
of -- the launch of Windows 8. Phone eight sports a new start
screen and now probably supports Skype. But existing Windows Phone 7
devices will not be able to upgrade to the new OS. We are yet to hear
any word on exact hard respects, warned stable pricing. Google has
revealed that in the last six months of 2011, he witnessed an
alarming rise in the number of times government requested
censorship on online content such as YouTube videos and Sirte results.
Google regards the situation as alarming. A spokesperson said not
only because free expression is at risk but because some of the
requests come from countries you may not expect. Western democracy
is not typical -- typically associated with censorship. It said
it complied with 47% of requests to remove content and with 65% of
court orders. Facebook has been on a spending spree after acquiring
Instagram a few months that it has now brought -- bought face .com
which makes facial recognition technology for an estimated $18
million. Site members already use the software to help identify and
PAD photos of their friends. And if your computer is a bit slow, how
about this? IBM's supercomputer is now officially the world's fastest.
Nearly 1.5 times faster than last year's winner. It has over 1.5
million Processor calls. Your fancy computer might have two or four if
you are lucky. And,.... A couple of weeks ago, we brought to all of the
big announcements from the E3 gaining expo from Los Angeles. One
of the topics were covered was online gaming. There are two
different concepts. One is Cloud gaming which allows you to play a
game without a consul, by stringing it. The other is digital delivery
which allows you to buy a game by downloading it instead of buying a
physical disk. But both will have a big impact on games stores and on
the second-hand market as well. And you have added fuel falls to this
subject. One person in out and said downloading large gains or
continually streaming content can seriously affect your home
broadband connection. -- gains. India has service providers do not
provide unlimited data, he points out. -- internet service providers.
The deals can lead -- mean there are limits to data. How many
parents will be pleased when a bill is doubled? And the network is too
slow for them to watch things? And then there is the second-hand
market. After all, he cannot sell something that has been downloaded
or streamed to your machine. On this, trading up to pay the high
cost of new games is the way that a kid and his parents can afford to
buy the new games. Remove the trade-in and he will have to save
longer or even this a few releases. Except for on his birthday. Another
would like to see more of a mention of PC games, which he says are owed
a lot by the console games which Not everyone is a fan of games.
George would have preferred Got that, George. Seems to focus on
violence, killings and mayhem. No wonder some of our population
unsavoury and not very nice to know. There has been plenty of debate
over whether violent video games cause or relieve real life stress.
I am certainly not going to wade into that one here. I am a mindless
idiot after all. Still to come: Teaching using
technology and a virtual classrooms, courtesy of computers. And making
sure we do not end up blinded by science, with the help of this
week's Webscape. It is a cause of anxiety for almost
every parent. Your child's education. Especially at a time
when school systems are being criticised as underfunded and over
enrolled. Too few teachers and too much material to cover into little
time. But one Silicon Valley entrepreneur has come up with a
teaching method that completely revise the basic tenets of the
conventional classroom. It -- we went back to school to find out how
students are logging on. What it tells us depends on one's
new point. Remote learning 70s style. The
teachers my -- might seem laughable now but, back then, the Open
University was a radical idea. Turn British living rooms into
classrooms. Forget correspondence courses and instead school and
nation using the mass media of radio and television. Today the
medium of choice is online video, thanks to widespread and high-speed
broadband and robust the reassuring sight. Distance learning is being
reinvented again. Make peace with the French in October of 1797.
tuition lacks visual flair but they are proving widely, almost in match
-- unimaginably, popular. Almost 600 lessons are watched every
minute. It is the brainchild of a former banker who turned his back
on financial gave the property world of children's education
instead. It began with sending online tutorials to family members
and it soon mushroomed. YouTube is not for serious mathematics but I
gave it a shot. Traffic soared. The Academy now reaches more students
in a single week an Open University has in its entire history. It has
prompted people to think differently about their hobbies.
This could be breaching 100 million students and could do that forever.
This stuff does not get old. I thought it was an infinite social
return investments. Today, the Academy offers over 3,200 videos
for primary school pupils, second year university students and every
level in the 20. Initially seen as an after-school study tour, it is
now being implemented the additional classrooms. -- level in
between. The library of videos and the sizes mac and signs but he says
in a couple of years it will cover a broad curriculum. And almost
every video is taught by a Keehan, Alongside the videos, a software
perform generates quizzes and uses games to engage in students, making
mathematics problems are more like games by using incentives and
rewards. It is a clever combination. The exercises can firm uses fully
grasp the concept before moving on, and the videos are far less
daunting than a live teacher. Peoples are really nervous when
they around a human being the first time they are learning something.
There is something very comfortable with the video because you couldn't
make you do not know something. a parent, do you want your child to
learn by being parked in front of a computer? There is some concern
about the possibility of repetitive stress injury for young students
and there is concern about making sure we have Helbig bodies as well
as minds. Until the social development. But now, the website
is finding a home outside of its online origins. This high school
was one of 25 Californian schools participating in the pilot
programme, which brings the platform into the classroom.
remember what it's like to be in a typical classroom's A teacher
standing at the front of the room, lecturing. You, sitting at your
desk and listening attentively. After school, you go home and do
your homework. Online learning tools have fled the classroom.
Students watch the lectures are mine at home and past time is
working through problems with the help of teachers and classmates.
This teacher leads a flipped classroom, also called a blended
classroom since it combines elements of online learning and
classroom environment. It is traditional -- different from a
traditional classroom. Lamb Maura the support person for the students,
guiding them and helping them pick right what direction they should be
going in. But they are definitely in the driver's seat and deciding
what to do next. This might be why some teachers find the site a bit
threatening. But the goal is to have power teachers, not to
eliminate them. A teachers don't have to give lectures any more.
They can move up the value chain in become more closely tied to working
with the children and being mentors and guides. School administrators
said the pilot programme is a weakening DNA mathematician in
students. I was confused and this has helped me a lot. I understand
better. Not every student is a fan. Some are frustrated by a system
that completely up Benn's the classroom model they are familiar
with. So I can choose one of these students that has already completed
it. They can get an instant read on who and two is not thriving. At a
glance, teachers know who has mastered the concept and who needs
help. They can then work with struggling student in small groups,
or pair them up with another student who is ahead. After all,
two teachers to learn. It is too soon to learn -- tell of the online
programme will have a lasting impact. But teachers have seen a
42% boost in maths test scores. The site is having any impact elsewhere.
One third of the site's monthly users live outside of North America
in the developing world, where skilled teachers and classrooms are
thin on the ground. An offline version was introduced to this
orphanage in Mongolia. The creator it makes a lot of work remains but
with funding from heavyweights like Google and the Bill Gates
Foundation, he is pretty motivated. He had this knowledge that people
knew as being for the ivory tower, you need money to have access to it.
This knowledge is now going to be commonplace. If you have access to
a mobile phone, you will have access to their knowledge.
Some people just know how to do really cool things. Like making
gaffer tape glow in the dark. Or making liquid water freeze as it
has fallen through the air. Take a look at what Kate Russell has found
this week to kick off Webscape. Science experiments always have the
power to amaze. Mainly because this is what is actually happening
around us rather than being an allusion designed to trick our eyes.
This YouTube Chal celebrates the awesomeness of the physical world
by showing what is right under our noses.
These are the kinds of videos that get people talking, and maybe even
beginning to question the way we look at the world. The addition of
a compilation, showing highlights, is a great idea, but it is to flee
when watching the longer versions to see how science has created
delusions. -- the allusions. We share a lot of memories in our
social streams, which makes looking back over than a complicated
Endeavour, requiring several dozen separate lock-ins. This is an apt
you can connect to a multitude of popular streams that will extract
everything you have posted, shared and liked, raking it in a neat
horizontal time when you can share and in bed. -- timeline. You can
edit your memory lane, taking out any photos you do not like or
deleting any comments you are embarrassed of. You can also create
new lines to follow a special occasion. It is a great way to
collect and store wall of those scattered special memories littered
around the social web. You can follow other people's memory lanes
also. A nice feature is the memo Mail. NM Reid pulled from your past
and delivered into your mailbox. You can download an Apple which
lets you do -- relive your past with a shake of your smartphone.
Remit desktop -- this remote desktop specialist has added an I
phone app -- Deraa app to its basket of goodies. -- I don't
appear and -- iPhone app. One of the problems when using an Apple
device is the song and dance you have to go through to get any file
on to it. It is not hard if you have the right software but it is
still several clicks beyond being annoying. The app is incredibly
easy to set up and use. Install the desktop stream app on any machine
you want to connect to, they link your handset with a security code
or your Gmail account and you are up and running. Even playing videos
stored on your hard drive with sound. Just beware of your data
consumption when not on Wi-Fi. That was Kate Russell. If you
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