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11/08/2012

Tech talk getting your tongue in a twist? Click learns to code in a day. Plus, what is coming next for mobile mapping? Includes the latest tech news and webscape.


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Now on BBC News, it's time for Click.

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If ask geeks into talking code, this week's programme is for you.

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We are going to a cut in class which aims to turn people into

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Programmers in one day. If cows, what do young people really think

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about technology and how do you make a career in the field more

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appealing? We also get into charted territory, looking at the Matt King

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advances getting us closer to home. All of that and the latest

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technology news and a new way to shake your online activity with

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your friends. -- Matt King advances. Welcome. Are you confused by

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computing jargon, take technology - - terminology too much to taking?

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Does programming make you think of your favourite television show? It

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could be asked. We have been tracking down ways to decipher the

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language that dominates. Lines and lines of numbers and letters. To

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those in the know, it is computer programming. Two others,

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meaningless and confusing symbols which may as well have been can

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foist -- composed in an alien tongue. But computer programming

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and coding doesn't have to be confusing. There are now an

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increasing number of ways for people to equip themselves with the

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skills necessary to decipher the language of machines. All those

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people need is a bit of help. Online signs are chock-a-block with

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free tutorials and exercises designed to gently guide users

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through the basics of coding. But if you have the cash to spend and

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prefer personal tuition, just a stone's throw away from London's

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start-up Harb, we find an outfit which makes a bold claim that they

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can teach the basics of colluding in one day. When we launched,

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everybody said it was impossible. - - coding. We have absolutely proved

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that we can do it. Hundreds of people come through it and it is

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about making people feel confident and literate in a lot of the jargon

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of language that can create such a barrier about wanting to learn the

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skills. The students in the calls come from a wide variety of

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different backgrounds. -- course. Publisher, marketing director.

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have had people from boards of the FTSE 100 companies, right through

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to people looking for a career change. It is totally eclectic. Not

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typical codas, then. Why is it important for these people to

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understand what goes on behind a machine's could? There is an

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element of being able to talk to the people who are writing code. It

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is such an important interaction to have with the guys who are

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producing the stuff you want to build, the analogy would be if you

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are in fashion to be able to talk to the people cutting the textiles.

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It is the same thing. But once you start knowing what is possible from

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what is not possible, you can make your own plans and decisions about

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what can we actually do in taking things to a different direction.

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Before anybody can begin crafted lines of code, the day begins with

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a history lesson, introducing the group to html - the language used

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for creating Web pages which describes the content and also CSS,

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a language that can be used to control the appearance of a Web

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page before moving on to JavaScript which can be used to add features

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to a page or sight. In the normal course we go through the history of

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the Web, the could in language that underpins the Web. I look into

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history, we can illuminate the present. -- coding language. We can

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then look at the detail and start coding a simple website. Then we

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look at JavaScript detail. We start building some quite cool behaviour

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where the pages track the physical location of the user and show

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different content based on that. Then it is time for the students to

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fire up their laptops and get their fingers dirty. Most of the students

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are novices to coding. While the learning curve initially appeals --

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appears daunting, the penny starts to drop around the room. And their

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simple location based apps start taking form. I knew very little

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about the language that we have been using. I was looking at things

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like Javascript, html, html 5, CSS, with no idea what they meant. I had

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a vague notion that they existed but I was not sure what the

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differences were. Now when I am talking to our Web developers, I

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can actually understand what they are saying. There is a lot of fresh

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-- rhetoric about the hopes of our economy in the government. And yes

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it does not necessarily always get fed through to the policy and the

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curriculum. It is vital for us to have a competitive economy in the

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future so that that children can at least understand the basis of

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coding. As the end of the day approaches, a new -- a room full of

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apps are born. Alerting users to offers or services once they arrive

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at a particular place. But most of these people aren't aspiring codas.

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More often than not, they will be employing or engaging coding

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professionals. So, what have they got out of the day? When I came

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this morning, I would not have believed it if he told me that I

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was going to walk out having designed and developed my own app.

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Now I have an understanding of what is going on behind the scenes. I

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have heard to speak kind of not fluently but speak the basics.

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While learning to code perhaps is not for everybody, in the

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increasingly competitive 21st dysentery jobs market, the

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additional skills can't hurt. 21st century. Next, a look at the big

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stories making Tech News. It seems this PC maker does not

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want Microsoft to start making its own tablet. Microsoft surface is

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due this autumn when its Windows 8 operating services released. But

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they serve's boss and one of its biggest customers says the software

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giant is not good at making hard work and should think twice. Out!

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Microsoft says its devices are spot on. It is no longer personal but

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serious. Facebook's first real cash gambling game has been launched. It

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is the first to offer real cash prizes but only two adult players

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it is hoped self-help tools and spending limits will stop people

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getting carried away. Other Facebook game developers plan to

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follow suit next year. The world's biggest bookseller has become a

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library. At least four people in the US who can borrow the expensive

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textbooks they need by the sinister from Amazon. Copious notes in the

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margin will attract a fine. This comes in the week the UK operation

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follow the American won by selling more digital books than paper. And,

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finally, planes aren't the only thing flying at England's Bristol

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Airport. So is the food. The airport plans to be the first in

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the world to offer an Act that allows customers to order meals

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straight from their phone. Pizza Express introduced a similar scheme

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last year but this app can be adapted to work with most retailers.

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I wonder if we will start to work out out tip based on these

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connection fees? Some of the most successful people

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in the world started their careers as bedroom programmers. But when it

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comes to making job choices, the average teenager seems more

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interested in consuming tech than understanding it. So we went to

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find out how learning technology can be made more interesting for

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teenagers. Despite what many of these

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youngsters may think, not all techies antiques and most

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scientists don't fit the crazy professor kindy Lad image. Here,

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the aim is to inspire teenagers by showing them the jobs available to

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them in the technology industry, some of which they probably don't

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even know exist. There is no doubt that kids love using technology,

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depending on their phones, laptops or tablets, on a daily basis.

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don't really remember how I got by without Facebook. Our whole life is

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based around by phone. They got a chance to come up with ideas for

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apps they would like to use themselves. We are creating a party

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planning app. If you want to do like an 80s deemed party, it will

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tell you every place that has stuff for 80s and you can give it a

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budget and it will tell you cheap and expensive places. This is

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helping students plan for their GCSEs. It has a search engine,

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helps students know what they are doing. Teenagers are certainly not

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short of ideas about the tech they want. But it is not all about apps.

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Taking a ride on this Bob skeleton simulator may seem like an odd way

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of enticing kids into a career in technology but this in this live

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experience teaches them about various scientific principles, such

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as aerodynamics. We are introducing this bald and showing how typical

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it is. On the software, we have principles wear when you go into

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schools, we talk about Engineering Science, changing the perception of

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their ideas about Engineering. Generally we talk about engineering,

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you learn about the theory but don't put into practice. But using

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this Patfull you can. Through the software, they learn how to shoot

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the virtual sled. -- plat form. They can compensate for the

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characteristics of the passenger and of course have a go themselves

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to see how they customised set up pounds out. And what more of an

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incentive is there to take techs seriously than this? -- pans out.

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The objective is to build a load- bearing brick out of the staff and

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calculate how much weight it can handle, often with surprising

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results. -- load-bearing Bridge. At least we learn from our mistakes.

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In this activity, they saved the Transport and egg from one stop to

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another. By taking into account speed and gravity, eventually they

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get the train to run smoothly to the end. And it is through these

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hands-on experiences that team take, the organisation backed by 50

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different companies and universities, hopes to encourage

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kids to think about the technology sector. With day activities around

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the UK, they want to show pupils that they are plenty of options out

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there. We need to give the right messages to young people because

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there are companies on the one hand with a very cool jobs and they are

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crying out for people. And then we have a raft of young people coming

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out with inappropriate qualifications. There is a real

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disconnect. We wanted to show them what is really going on. That,

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actually, careers in science and technology are really cool, and for

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the most part pretty well paid. 20 finally to get a job, there are

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plenty of ways like about to distract you. -- and finally.

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The ways London is trying to get teenagers more interested in

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technology. If the possibility of becoming a multi-millionaire wasn't

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enough. Anyway, there was a time when not

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have long ago if you wanted to find your way around a new place, he had

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to buy a map. On paper. Recently, some will large tech companies have

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charter -- managed to chart our world to the finest detail. It has

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become a big selling point on getting us to use their services.

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We have been unable year age of We lose ourselves exploring maps.

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In fact, among Android and iPhone users the most frequently used app

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is Google Maps. Which explains why many tech companies are trotting

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out slick new features designed to hook and lure the navigator in all

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of us. Google's offline maps, just made available on Android, is sure

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to win over anyone who refuses to pay extortionate data roaming

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charges while traveling. Choose the area you'll be visiting and select

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'make available offline' from the menu to download the map. One gripe

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- the maps didn't seem to list many businesses, but streets are

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labelled and you can navigate around and zoom in as if you were

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online, even when you're not. But don't expect the rich environments

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we have grown accustomed to while we are online. For example, there

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is no Street View, Google's enormously ambitious eye level

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perspective on the world. The project has proved controversial as

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it captured data from unsecured Wi- Fi networks. At the same time, many

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people find the immersive outlook it offers utterly captivating.

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These are the cars they use to capture those images. They work

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really well, when you have roads, that is. But some of the most

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stunning places on this planet are only accessible by foot. What then?

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Take the technology, shrink it down and stick it on a backpack.

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Naturally. Feast your eyes on Google Trekker, the smaller sibling

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to the full-size car version, which still crams plenty of pixels in

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this 18 kilo pack. These cameras have actually 15

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lenses, each is five megapixels. So it's like 75 raw megapixels, two

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GPS antennas right there and you know heat sink, a mini computer in

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here to drive the whole thing. And it's controlled by an Android phone.

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Trekker has gone off-road before, on snowmobiles and trikes, but the

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backpack form factor unlocks unique possibilities. I personally would

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love to take it to Venice, you know why Venice? It's big, it's

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complicated, it's narrow streets, canals. The device is still in beta,

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so the verdict is out on image quality, at least for now. In

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October, Trekker's lenses will be trained on the mighty Grand Canyon.

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The images will be published soon after. But the fiercest competition

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in the mapping space is from the skies. Bing Maps has offered

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stunning mid-air views since 2010 and Microsoft has pledged to

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publish aerial images that cover the whole of the US and Europe by

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the end of the year. That kind of competition is keeping Google on

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its toes. The latest version of Google Earth drastically improves

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on the current 3D offering, clearly showing differences in terrain and

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making buildings far more realistic. The technology uses aerial

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photographs captured by planes from directly above a building and at

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45-degree angles. What we do is using image

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processing and something called stereophotogrammetry, we're able to

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actually extract the 3D model from those images. You can appreciate

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the merits of stereophotogrammetry as you take your own sky high tour

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of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge or the Coliseum in Rome.

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Sadly no 3D peak at Click's HQ in London. Google's first priorities

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have focused mainly on West Coast American cities. They say the rest

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of the world will follow as soon as possible.

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Not surprisingly, when a data mining company deploys planes over

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urban areas in tight flight patterns, people raise privacy

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concerns, like US senator Chuck Schumer. He's accused Google of

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using military-grade spy planes. Schumer wants the search giant to

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notify residents before mapping their communities and give them an

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option to opt-out, that's clearly a bit late for some already, but

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Google isn't wavering. These are just standard common commercially

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available aircraft. And these are the same types of images that have

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been available for a number of years in Google Maps and in other

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mapping products. It's not just Google under fire from the Senator,

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Apple's forthcoming update for iPhone and iPad users will see

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Google ditched as a mapping partner. In iOS6 we've built an entire new

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mapping solution from the ground up. And its stand out feature? Flyover!

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You guessed it, a 3D model of cities similar to Google's efforts.

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And from what beta testers have been showing off, even more detail.

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Apple has tried to allay the senator's concerns by stressing its

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commitment to privacy and pointing out that details like faces and

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licence plates aren't identifiable. Other features in Apple's mapping

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update like local search and turn by turn navigation are a direct

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swipe at Google. It's differentiated its navigation

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traffic feature by alerting you to specific incidents on route. And

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crowdsourcing info from other iOS users as well. And Maps will be

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tightly integrated into the rest of the OS too. With Siri offering some

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useful and fun information along the way. So here we are in San

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Fran! It's clear competition in the

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mapping arena is heating up. That's ultimately good news for us, after

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all we will have more ways to daydream about our next holiday

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spot. We mentioned Google in that report,

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but even though it has access to so much of our personal information,

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Google's social network has not created the same kind of buzz that

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Facebook has. But it is still quite young. Kate Russell seems to have

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found a new use for the social network baby.

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Google does not have a great track record in the social space, Buzz

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Bond, 'Wait' was a report, it has not found its niche. But hang outs

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may be about to change all about. It lets you and nine others are

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videotaped in real time. -- video chat. It is already being used for

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things such as cooking shows and DIY shows, or even to share a

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family moment. Videos can be saved to YouTube for watching a game

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later. There will be an add-on to a deal to such fiercely dedicated

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niche market. I am talking about RPGers and I am one of them.

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Tabletopforge.com integrates everything you need to run a table-

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top game, including dice rolling, all functions, seamlessly into

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doable Hangouts. -- Google Hangouts. This free add-on is likely to catch

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on fast. There are now lots of futuristic apps for my windows

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phone seven. But sometimes you have to admit the oldies are the goodies.

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Tom and Jerry Free serves up lots of Abersoch of the classic cartoon

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series in block -- inglorious dreamy MP4. Remember to stick to

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wi-fi if you do not want to demolish your data allowance. The

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app does buffer pretty well. Thankfully, it is not too hard on

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your back reduce either. With ongoing doom and gloom hanging over

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the economy, how do you prepare your children for the world of

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business? Playing a Facebook game may seem like escapism, but

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playfootfall.com has designed -- has been designed to teach children

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how to run a business. It would develop skills and improve

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financial literacy. Unusually, the subject-matter, produce use, may

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not discouraged some boys from taking part. -- pretty shoes. If

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people marked the mask science lab mission site, you probably saw the

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red planet's latest residents touchdown on Monday morning. If not,

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you can book mark the site to watch the action replay and you the very

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first pictures beamed back from the surface of Mars. That was Kate

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Russell with Webscape. As usual, all the links are available on our

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website. If you would like to get in touch with us, maybe to suggest

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