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04/08/2012

Guide to the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news. Are gadgets taking over our lives? Click looks at the phenomenon of 'information overload'.


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reputation. Are you a slave to the rhythm of

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your gadgets? This week, we ask who is in charge.

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Digital donations. We look at the tricks charities use online to get

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us giving and get us directly involved with the people we help.

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The biggest stories in technology and the picture powered guides on

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your phone that will help you do almost anything.

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Welcome to Click. There are not many aspects of modern life that

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remain untouched by technology. Most of the time, we are surrounded

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by it. Have you ever wondered whether it is all getting a bit

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much? Whether we are in danger of creating a landscape so saturated

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in technology that we begin to suffer from information overload?

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See that girl, that is me. I'm Veronica and I live in San

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Francisco. I live and breathe technology, privately and

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professionally. I feel the magnetic pull of the digital world

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constantly demanded my attention. I used to feel like I was in control

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of my technology, but lately it has been feeling like my technology is

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controlling me. It is time to step back and ask whether this plugged

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in lifestyle is doing as more harm than good. We are on Facebook,

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Twitter, foursquare, interest. Will come to take overload 2.0, the new

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updated version with a more insidious dimension. It is having a

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serious impact on our relationships, ability to manage out time

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effectively, even our minds. Something might online connections

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seem to relate to. The buyer for it most social media for exactly that

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reason. -- I avoid most social media. You do go to connect to

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people you care about and make new connections, but you have to manage

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the difference between Malays and signal. When a person sent a tape -

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- text message and does not get an instant reply, it has the same

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effect as someone turning around and walking away. Nick recently

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penned a book about the impact of technology on society. He reassured

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me it is not just my fault I'm out of control. Companies have a role

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to play in the problem and a possible solution. I do not think

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companies are sold in this problem yet. This is largely a user

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interface problem. When you get a text message, you phone vibrates

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and dings and you have to respond to it. It would be like if I wanted

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to have a conversation with you and hit you with a Taser. We have to

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reduce those frictions on mobile devices. All these digital

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distractions are reflecting a steeply. At the University of

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California, researchers have been stuck there -- studying the effect

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on our grey matter. It does not mean that multi-tasking is a bad

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thing, but you have to be aware of the consequences and make decisions

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based on that. My recommendation is that people guide their behaviour

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based on decisions that are informed by the data. Let me just

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get that. Are you guys call me? So the train of thought that was

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deeply in my mind a moment ago was broken by the phone and it has to

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be reactivated. Each reactivation is an active process. That was

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interesting. It is not just our thought processes taking a hit.

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Scenes like this are playing out across the globe as a relationships

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suffer under the strain about technology are diction. How

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smartphones take us out of the moment and into an ever stimulating

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online playground. But now it seems Dick Marty is on hand to solve the

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problem is created. We are seeing a wave of apps looking to play

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digital Cupid. This applet to make video calls with people with

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similar Facebook interests. Spot of fire recently released an out to

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help you find a partner based on your shared musical taste. You can

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send your beloved a thumb case to let them know that you are -- their

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inner thoughts. I think a for a -- phone call would be more romantic.

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Perrow is an apt that two people might use to connect. Facebook is

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something people might use to connect with a lot of people at

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once. The problem with information overload is that we have to

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remember how we build and create and sustain connections, which

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usually entails showing up in people's lives, taking part in

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their lives, showing an interest and nurturing those connections.

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I finally feel like I'm getting a grasp on how to disconnect. Hold on.

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15% off. Looks like I had a way to More tech now. It is our round-up

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of this week's biggest news stories. The Dow has apologised for

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temporarily suspending the account of a British journalist after he

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criticised in BC's prime-time coverage of the Olympics. There

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Adams tweeted and NBC executive's e-mail address, encouraging the

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public to complain directly. Hotmail is upgrading its interface.

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There is no official release date but is currently being offered in a

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preview mode. News is making the switch can keep their original e-

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mail address. Google is tweaking its Gmail video

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chat, to make it more like the hangouts in Google pass. Users will

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be able to video chat with up to nine people at the same time, work

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together on kugel documents, share their screens and so on.

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Warming up for a very slight and there before. The British Cycling

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crew has a secret weapon this year. Specially designed trousers that

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help them queue up before they compete. The hot pants toast

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athletes PIs to run up double 38 degrees. -- flies to an optimal 38

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degrees. We looked at an online phenomenon

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that is quickly gaining traction. Crowd sourcing cash to help get an

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idea off the ground. It turns out charities are also using similar

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methods. Not just to change the way people keep -- give, but to

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redefine the relationship between donors and those who receive aid.

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I am in training. I want to be stronger, faster, less that. I have

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been toying with the idea of biting off something big, maybe a

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sponsored marathon or swim. With the financial crisis, you would

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expect us all to become miserly, but charity giving by individuals

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has dipped only slightly in recent years. Charities and NGOs are

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moving their fundraising operations on wine and it has never been

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simpler to improve the world be a handful of change. -- with a

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handful of change. This Berlin- based website has developed

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something revolutionary. A platform to put those receiving aid in

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direct contact with those giving it. People looking for funding outline

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a project on site and donors choose which they want to sponsor.

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idea is to give up his ability to small, local grassroots projects,

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which are often more in touch with local needs. You can actually talk

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directly to beneficiaries and see what they're doing. These are

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usually people you would only contact through an NGO. Before the

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internet, he would never be able to fund people directly. -- you would.

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For the first time, recipients can organise their own projects and

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fundraising, making them less dependent on outsiders. Don't is

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actually get to talk to whomever they are giving them money. As an

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aid organisation and a donor, you do not get feedback from the

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beneficiary. You don't know whether you're doing any good because the

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organisation will always tell you that your donations make a huge

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difference and every penny counts. But to do you really know? When you

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look at the history of development aid, it is not as if we have

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achieved a whole lot. I think we could have achieved a lot more if

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we were more focused on beneficiaries and people on the

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ground had more of the boys. -- more of a voice. Donors can keep a

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remote eye on a project's progress. They are not out in the field but

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they're more engaged. And with more realistic expectations of what is

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possible and what is not. They and now even deemed adult enough to

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hear when projects fail. This aims for a more hard-headed problem-

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solving approach to development. If you are failing, you ain't -- on

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trying. It is not as simple as we thought it was. Making it okay to

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say that is ultimately what the Of the owners can take in a more

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nuanced picture, even then reality comes in with a generous pinch of

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grit. The UNHCR wants to draw attention to the intolerable

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choices people caught in conflict are forced to make. They have

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launched a series game that disentangles our assumptions about

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migrants, who arouse less public Symphony - maxim that be, from

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refugees who have no choice but to flee. It is a horrible dilemma and

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one that has no right answer. But by trying to think about what would

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you do in that situation, you start to understand what happens with a

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refugee and what they are facing. What they are up against. This gain

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is not to be convinced with others on the market. -- gain. It is not

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about amusement. It is about engagements and understanding.

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Unless people have that personal connection and understanding, it

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will be much harder to get them to support the government giving money

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for this cause or to make a donation of their own. Have you

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ever wondered why charities and humanitarians are always in such a

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hurry for us to give now? It seems giving is an impulse and you don't

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want the brain getting involved. Basically, if you get an e-mail and

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you don't decide to respond within the first three or ten seconds

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after you have received it, you are unlikely to make a gift at all.

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While it is true that there is space to lay out a more

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sophisticated e-mail, we find we are actually writing appeals, the

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most important question to our -- and Sir besides YTV is why give

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right now, in the next 30 seconds. If you don't do that, it is almost

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impossible that you will give. -- besides why give. If this all

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sounds terribly manipulative, it is. At least it is being done in a good

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cause and by organisations that are mostly non profit. Not always.

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Betterplace is non-profit but there are other sides, like those that

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have revolutionised online sponsorship, that take a 5% cut

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from donations. They say they are the leading charities from having

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to fund -- fund raised. If that is OK with you, fine but if 5% seems a

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David Reid giving as good as he gets.

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We are always interested in your thoughts on the issues that we

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raise. Why not get in touch and tell us what you think about the

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idea of middle men getting a cut from what you give?

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Changing the mood. Let's talk about moods. We all know music really

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affects the way we feel. As can images and smells. Although the

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internet has not worked out how to do smells yet. But all this week,

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Kate Russell has been playing with a website designed to put you in a

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mood. Here is what stake. If you are seeking inspiration or a

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little excitement, you can start with Moodstream. A browser console

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that plays music, images and video to help stimulate your senses in

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whatever way you want. Getty Images is famous and this app does not

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skimp on style. The music is samples. If you find that

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integration you are looking for, you have to find the full track and

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pay. Another source of inspiration I found recently is SBS.com. He is

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creating a fund community for business owners, looking for mutual

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support and promotion on social platforms. Members have imaginative

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tips to share. Definitely worth a If you are interested in geology,

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there is a great tool at PeoplePlotter .com that allows you

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to make visual plots of people's The set-up -- to set it up, you

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need a title, description and some images. These could be thinks you

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don't, linked through things like Imageshack and Photobucket, and

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also through Flickr. I have to say, it was not the most intuitive piece

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of software I have ever learnt. You have a lot of Customisation options

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and until you realise they are all edited through the same pop out

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panel on the right, it can be very confusing to get to grips with. But

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once you know where everything is, it is pretty easy to build your

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PeoplePlotter and then share it with the world on a website or in

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print. The free account allows you to make a limited treat with the

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cash upgrades if you want to make anything substantial. -- tree. The

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internet is full of people who want to share what they know it. Just

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look at Quora or Wiki Answers. You will find more of them in this Matt

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Fryatt community. A new social network that allows you to make

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step-by-step guides with their free The use of photographs snapped

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straight from your hands it is the stand-out feature for me on this

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app. It makes explaining complex topics really simple and could not

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be easy to execute. Sign in with Twitter or Facebook and you can

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start making guides straightaway or browse what other people are making

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to get some ideas. Even if you don't have an iPhone, you can look

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at the growing number of guides by registering on their website. Like

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all good social sides, there is the option to like, comment or build up

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a network through the usual Google has launched a new hang-

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gliding feature for mobile search and Android 4.0 and hire and iOS 5

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devices. You will find the option to enable it under your Google

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account mobile settings or by going to Google .com/preferences. You

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might need to refresh your browser to see the function enabled. Now,

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you can have right words anywhere on your screen to initiate research.

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It is a cool feature if you want to show off your friends but you are

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limited by space, but whether or not I will use it day by day is

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The troubled social book marking site digger mac has gone through a

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major and rapid rebuild after changing hands recently. The

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revamped site launched this week, supporting a modern New Look and

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social sharing features, currently with no comments feature which is

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kind of a staple ingredient for this kind of site. Developers say

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it will be added soon. But they have a rather handy app which you

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can send stories from the browser and it includes integration to keep

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track of your short URL best mac and a couple of other apps. --

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That was Kate Russell and Webscape. All of those links are of course at

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