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25/08/2012

Click examines a new kind of hybrid car engine, visits a virtual car showroom and looks at how small business owners make technology work for them.


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problems. -- she said. That's the summary. Now on BBC News, it's time

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Sorry, we're closing now. This week, Click is haring down the

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road towards greener transport. We will look at the new hybrid car

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that is turning heads and not just because of its looks. We will also

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the dough -- visit the kasha run that has virtually no Mac models or

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vehicles. And running your own business can be tough so we look at

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how technology can help the boss stay in charge. And whether you are

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the boss or just a new employee, we have an app to make filing expenses

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as simple as spending the cash in the first place in Webscape.

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Welcome to Click. I'm Spencer Kelly. The car industry is not shy of

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technology. Bodies are designed and aerodynamic tweaks using super

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technology. Even this show ring is fully digital. Over the last few

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years, more technology has been applied to the problem of the

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missions and dependency on fossil fuels. This man lives and works in

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LA which used to be Smog Central and he has found that even though

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the streets are still full of gas- guzzlers, the city has spawned a

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number of hybrid roadsters and even the odd new car company.

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As a red-blooded American male, it is like constitutional right or

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duty to drive the biggest, fastest and sexiest car on the road. But I

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also live in southern California where being eco-friendly is a way

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of life. How do I juggle the list two? Maybe with one of these? The

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Fisker Karma -- Fisker Karma. It has a -- has a 52 gallon drunk and

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a totally unique hybrid mechanism. To understand this to the car, it

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helps to understand the man. And why BMW's former top designer

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believes the world is ready for his company. There is a whole new

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generation of people that truly feel like, I want a different type

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of vehicle to project to I am and what I believe in. And that is what

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we are trying to create. It's a whole lifestyle brand. You can

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drive and environmentally friendly car but it can look cool and the

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fast and fun. Most new cars are first created with a visual style

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in mind. That style evolves and changes as the car becomes a model.

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To accommodate the mechanics. But not so with this one where design

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is key. Henrik Fisker grinned up the perfect automobile and told the

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engineers to make it work. The result is an American car that is

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as visually stunning as any European exotic. That is because

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the car is designed by a top-notch car designer. Mr Fisker is an

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expert. He is one of the best in the world and it shows up in the

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car. Whether you like electric cars or don't, no matter what your

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attitude and perspective is, when the Carmen mac goes down the street,

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everybody's take turns. -- the karma. But beauty is skin-deep. We

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petrol heads tend to find numbers. 405 horsepower. It goes to a top

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speed of 125mph. And is the route to 60 in under six seconds. Not bad

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for a hybrid. But forget numbers. How does he drive? In the name of

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journalism, I had to verify this claims. Off I went in search of

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wide open roads, promising that my insurance was up-to-date and that

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that would take better care of the car or than the camera. Yes... When

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you get in the karma, if you did not know that it was an electric

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car, you probably would not know without driving, especially when

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the engine is on. You get that motor noise you are used to. That

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separates it from a lot of the environmentally friendly

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competition, which asks drivers to sacrifice sporty feel for saving

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the world, because going faster takes energy. Lots of it. That is

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what all electric and hybrid cars are trying to conserve. But the

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fiasco has been engineered differently from any other hybrid.

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You get to choose which mode you driving. Electric, stealth mode or

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sports mode, using gas. You can choose between the two using this

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panel on the side of the steering wheel. Uniquely, the driver has

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control over the road. It has a range Extender. In stealth mode,

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the battery provides power to the wheels and is good for about 50

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miles. When it is out of Jews or the driver switches to sports mode,

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the four cylinder kicks in. But instead of driving the wheels

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directly like every other car on the road, the petrol engine acts as

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a generator, recharging the batteries and powering the rear

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wheels. The benefits? Sports car- like performance. But the trade-off

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is that the engine only gets 20 miles per gallon. Not exactly world

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class for a hybrid. If you have an engine running a generator, that

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electricity is eight change of form of the energy that has to go

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somewhere else and then go to the road or battery. There are losses

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in the entire process and that is why the car is getting 20 miles per

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gallon, as a gas car. That is a disappointing number. If the car is

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far as the more efficient in all- electric mode and the fiscal wants

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to be seen as a truly progressive company, it begs the question, why

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not ditch the motor altogether? Even today, with the lithium ion

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batteries, there is a limit to how far you can go. They have to say,

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how much will people really drive every day? The average commuter is

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a lot less than 50 miles. If you can put a battery in that is about

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40-50 range and that you can charge overnight but then you have a range

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extend or so that when you really want to go far, you can still get

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to work. Despite the sporty looks and performance, it is working hard

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to sell that it go from the image. With leather free interiors, a

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solar panel on the roof for a bit of extra power. Even a touch screen

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to let you know how all of that energy is officially being used.

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But that trade-off means you don't have the true leather-bound luxury

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we are used to seeing in other cars sporting a $100,000 price tag. It

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seems this green variety does not come cheap. And that could be what

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-- one of the biggest obstacles. The market for a big-budget hybrid

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is only so big at the moment. There is already stiff competition from

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well-established hybrids like the Toyota clears and more recently

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from Tesla, another 21st century start-up which, only a few years

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ago, was itself redefining the market with its super cool of all

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electric road stir and which just started delivering its new model,

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the cheaper form a successor. But it is not just its competitors it

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is fighting. It is also fires. This one in California have happened in

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early August and another one in Texas back in May that

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investigators say started inside the car and spread to its owner's

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home, causing $100,000 in damage. They are still investigating the

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cause of this devastation but released a public statement on the

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latest blaze, saying that independent investigators concluded

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the cause of the fire was not the battery or engine components but

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instead a faulty fan provided by an outside supplier. As a result, the

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company has announced a full recall of the Carmen mac in an effort to

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keep them fire free. -- the calmer. Assuming they can allay fears over

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the fires, the company is already looking ahead to its next model.

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The Atlantic. It will benefit from lessons learned and come with a

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cheaper price tag. But this car will not hit the road until at

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least 2013. So, until then, it can use all of the Kama it can get.

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Next, a look at this week's Tech News.

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Next generation 40 mobile services are to be launched in the UK it

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sooner than originally thought. -- 4G. Ofcom has allowed Everything

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Everywhere, the company behind Corrigin and T-Mobile, to change

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its existing bandwidth. It is not clear when the new service which

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promises faster downloads will begin. But not everybody is happy.

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Many existing devices will not be compatible and operators Vodafone

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and oh to have expressed their disappointment, saying their

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customers will be excluded from the first wave of digital services.

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Ofcom is to auction 4G to other providers next year. Nikon has

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produced the first compact camera to be powered by Google's android

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operating system. The Coolpix S800c is being marketed as a social

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imaging device. The new operating system lets people take high-

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quality pictures and upload them to social networks using certain

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Alfred apps. It is seen as a Nikon's attempt to regain some of

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the ground lost in recent years due to the popularity of smartphones as

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cameras. Electronics brand LG has released the world's biggest UD TV,

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that's all true definition. It is the largest screen to support the

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advanced 4K picture format. But be warned - the 84 inch screen,

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offering four HD TV is put together, will cost a whopping �14,000 to

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have in your room. South Korea is the first to see them go on sale.

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The rest of the world will get their next month. And the auction

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site eBay is to bang the trading of fortune-telling, witchcraft and

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what it says his other intangible advice, including curses and

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blessings. It said it was due to the high number of conflict between

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buyers and sellers that became hard to resolve. It starts at the end of

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August and has upset many users who started a petition. But while

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thousands of people have signed up, others argue the move offers solid

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consumer protection. We have looked at a new type of car

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engine. Now it is time to have a quick look around a new type of car

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showroom. This is Audi City - the digital show room in the heart of

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London. It is completely digital and almost completely virtual, in

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that there are hardly any real cars here. The idea is you can check out

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the collection on these massive floor to ceiling screens.

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And how do you navigate this virtual library? Not using sat nav,

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you use your feet. A Xbox Kinect motion sensors catch your moves

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that and tracked you as you step in and out of different venues. But if

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you feel more comfortable behind a desk, you can drive the software

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using these tables. Here, you customise your car and control what

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is shown on the screens with a tap. The tables in the consultation

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rooms downstairs also have built-in sensors which recognise any

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materials you place on them and register them to your customised

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car. Once you fully design your car, if you don't want to buy it there

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and then, perhaps you need to go home and save more money, they will

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give you your car on a US beef/drive Richard Todd into your

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computer at home and when you are ready you can come back and it

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brings up your design there and then. -- USP drive. But can you

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really put up with being tantalised with this technology without riding

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in the real thing? You may as well crews the selection from the couch.

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But then you would need a 180 inch We are living through tough times.

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A worldwide recession has forced millions from their comfortable

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corporate cubicles. If you have lost your job, one solution is to

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reinvent yourself as self employed. These days, there is a plethora of

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gadgets and applications to help you do that. These energetic self-

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starters use technology in the everyday cut and thrust of small

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business. Running your own business can be a double edged sword. Yes,

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you can sleep in late, but you also have to keep up with the

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competition, staying on top of technology that is constantly

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involving -- evolving. Jacob is a freelance fight choreographer for

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shows on Broadway. These moves might make it into an upcoming

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version of Cyrano de gauche Iraq. Every cut and thrust must be

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approved by the director miles away in London, long before the cast

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comes together. That used to mean filming on a video camera, editing

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on a PC and then sending a DVD discs. Now, it is being recorded on

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mobile phone, giving everyone else a much easier time. Before we even

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leave the rehearsal studio, I came Edit pieces together, put

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commentary on it. If we are watching it, I can suggest things

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that did not happen in the rehearsal. I can of load it to file

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sharing websites light YouTube and get feedback immediately.

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Technology has already changed many aspects of running a small business.

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Managing Client bookings by e-mail and text message is old hat. There

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are specially created platforms for running be employed -- appointment

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only businesses. Heidi uses this Apple for mobile devices, which

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makes it easy for customers to book appointment, especially last minute

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ones. The air is less time spent on both ends and they can change it at

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any time. They also get a reminder of the night before. If they have

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made an appointment and they forget, they get a reminder automatically.

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It is not something I have to think of. We show the new the Doxie Go

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scanner a few weeks ago. In the context of a mobile workforce, this

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device is causing in the revolution. It is self-contained. We do not

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need a computer to use it. You can also get a Wi-Fi enabled s the card.

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All documents and receipts can be up loaded to the cloud instantly.

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Connectivity, productivity and speed. A self-employed person's

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dream. Invoicing can be made much easier. Now, there are many

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companies offering online invoicing with the ability to capture every

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service, product and expense in real time on a smartphone. Many

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also offer the ability to send out reminder notices to forget for

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clients at frequent interviews -- intervals. Freelances are also able

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to collect money electronically, a change that can make all the

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difference. Out of the people surveyed, we found that people who

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excepted electronic payment for their invoices were paid twice as

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fast as the normal invoices going through other processes. This is

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the early days of what we are dealing with electronic invoicing.

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There is a lot of opportunity for interconnectedness and removing

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friction. Collecting payments on the spot

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with mobile devices is one of the most requested services from three

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lasses. In America, it is still early days, but Jack Dorsey, one of

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the founders of Twitter, has already turned his start up into a

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billion-dollar business because each transaction costs much less

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than many other methods. A small device floods into a phone and can

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be used everywhere there is a signal.

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Except in mobile payments would not even have been possible a few years

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ago. There are times when cash, especially large notes, can be a

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problem. We realised that we needed to take credit cards. We did lots

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of research of different point of sale systems. Every proposal we

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received was complicated. Monthly fees and charges for equipment.

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This is the beginning of a revolution in payments. Square is

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pushing automatic transactions for businesses. A customer's face

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appears at the checkout when he walks in with a phone. The shop

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owner or business man confirms his identity visually. One, the company

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has already agreed to start using it this year. -- one coffee-making

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company. What do you do when you're small

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business becomes a huge success? Personally, I always fancy buying

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myself a plot of land somewhere warm, sunny and privacy.

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Coincidentally, that is what Kate Russell has been doing in Webscape.

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I have never taken a trip down under before, so when I heard there

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were plot of land being snapped up free of charge to build what ever

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you like on, how could I resist? Luckily, I did not have to fly 24

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hours to get there, as this Australia is on the internet. And

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all the buildings are made with Lego bricks. At the moment, and you

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can only get yourself a plot of land in Australia and New Zealand,

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as this project has been launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary

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of the Lego brick in Australia. I felt like Captain James Cook

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exploring the deserted hills and beaches. Also, I am pretty sure he

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did not have a sackful of Lego bricks. It would have been nice to

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see some of the special pieces like people and wheels. I hope they

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expand the project to involve more elements and countries in the

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future. You won't incur any travel expenses

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visiting your Lego brick holiday home, but if you travel for real

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and have a smartphone, Checkout this website to keep your receipts

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in order. Scammed to record and enter the details. Why is it that

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so many people hate filling their expenses? Turning in your travel

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receipts means getting reimbursed for money you have spent. And yet,

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I know so many people, including myself, who put it off for weeks

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and weeks until they come to it and find they have lost all of their

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receipts. That is not a problem with his application. SmartScan

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works relatively well, although it has trouble identifying different

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which point in time, you have to pay. Once all of your receipts are

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stored, head over to the dashboard for sorting and reporting options.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Facebook user

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in possession of a good game will have a jolly good time playing it.

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Not quite up to Jane Austen's standards, but I do believe she

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would have enjoyed this latest adventure. Players must find a

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Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, who have let out of the pages of the

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book and run off somewhere to hide. Facebook games are generally not

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that sophisticated. Some might call them boring. But they have been

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designed to entertain you for a few minutes during your lunch break,

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rather than drag you into an extended narrative for days at a

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time. This is a good example of the genre and it has some nice touches

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in the art work. With various hidden objects and games in the

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seas of Jane Austen's novels, this is a charmingly literary journey

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that does not tax the old grey cells too much. With a record to

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get sales, the 20 top Paralympic Games start on Wednesday. But if

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you do not need a ticket to keep up with all the action, life. The

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official website will be streaming 780 hours a across five channels,

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using a brand new technology that synchronise information like real-

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time results and biographies in cite the player window. There will

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be daily weather log entries and, throughout the opening and closing

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ceremonies, reporters will be commentating on the events as the

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