01/09/2012 Click


01/09/2012

Click is in Thailand looking at new technologies that will help future flood victims to deal with the effects of a disaster. Includes tech news and website reviews.


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Time for Click. It seems that this is happening more often. What can

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we invent to help? How will the growing threat of the Single White

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change the way we live forever -- Super of wet weather. We look at

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the best way to shoot everything at once. The latest in the Apple-

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Samsung row. Tigers in Webscape? Oh, yes.

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If welcome to Click. It seems that many countries around the world are

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suffering from freak weather conditions. Thailand has been one

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of the worst hit. Last year, millions of families were hit by

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the worst floods in a generation. That horror has sparked some home-

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grown innovation that could be of help to the rest of us.

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Outside the capital, things look dismal. In six long months this --

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last year, it rained a lot in Thailand. When the Downs to the

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north could not cope, the flood waters poured into the south. More

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than 800 people died as a result of the disaster that followed. It is

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amazing how precious this is when it is all around you. The Red Cross

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was able to help in large towns but in outlying areas cut off from

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roads, there water recycling vehicles were useless. They needed

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what has since been developed - the SLS mobile water filtration system

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powered by the sun. The crucial but France in the Six phase filtration

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was in reducing the size of the cylinder. -- advance. It is coated

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with no particles of silver, which helped to kill bacteria. -- nine a

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particles it does not taste too bad either. This unit can produce 200

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litres of water every hour. That is one of these every ten seconds. The

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idea is that one will be left with an isolated community that is

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surrounded by water that they cannot drink. If they have no

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electricity, they will not need it anyway because there are solar

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panels on the top. Thailand's cities did not escape

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the floods either. At one stage, more than 30% of Bangkok was under

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water. For large buildings like this hospital, these white walls

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were built overnight in an effort to save them. Of a buildings were

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not so lucky. This man has been living in his

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home for more than 70 years and told it has been the worst flooding

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he has seen. He also says prices for most food doubled. No wonder,

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as many of the local markets, including this one, were also

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flooded. Here, you can still see the sand bags used in an attempt to

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protect the market. We asked the caretaker why the gap was in the

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wall. Because people used to sleep here, he said. Now it is devastated

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and all fenced off. But sandbags have their limitations. At

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Thailand's Manor Tech Centre, researchers have not just been pure

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flame flood water, they have turned it into a barrier against itself.

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These can be just as effective as sandbags. When dry, they are about

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one-twentieth of the weight. That makes them easier to transport to

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the areas where they are needed. Inside is a mixture of sand and gel

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designed to absorb water rather than stopped it. When it comes into

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contact with liquid, it takes five minutes to swell up to this size

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and form a natural barrier. There are similar things around the world.

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It is almost impossible to replace sandbags. They cost $30 US takeover.

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These ones cost $5 US per back. does that compare? It is twice the

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cost but it will be reusable. centre hopes to catch investors

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willing to take these ideas on and make them a commercial success, in

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turn paying for the government's investment in the research. When

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people look at technology centres and research centres, they think

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that we are not doing anything related to their lives. Our job is

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to find hi-tech solutions to everyday problems. Something that

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matters for them. This mosquito net has also attracted attention.

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Following floods, the water acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes,

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which, in turn, spread viruses and disease. This new net has a

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pesticide locked into the fabric. Unlike some other nets, it is

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washable and lasts five years. It kills mosquitoes and protects those

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inside. While all these innovations by the manner takes centre have

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been developed in this past year specifically to cope with the

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affects of floods, others are working hard to find be feasible

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solution to the problem on a much grander scale. Architects are

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designing and Viviers homes, living spaces that can adapt to water

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levels and help us co-exist happily with nature. These tall houses are

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inspired by both stilts and rafts, with a flotation device just

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underneath the flooring so that when the water comes in, the house

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goes up but still stays in the same postcode. Floating houses are

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already up and running in the Netherlands, a nation that has

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dealt with unpredictable sea levels for centuries. In Thailand, they

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have up like the idea to luxury seaside resorts. Then there is this

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- a grand design from Bangkok based architects. It is a complete

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floating city. Their design is based on the idea of a Connected

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Community with numerous floating streets acting as passageways

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between ocean top of neighbourhoods. With Bangkok among other cities

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predicted to sink below sea level over the next 100 years and

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increasingly unpredictable weather, these Virtual visions may offer a

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flood free future. Time for a look at this week's Tech

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News. If most of Samsung's best selling

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Galaxy smartphones could be removed from shelves in America by

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Christmas. A hearing to decide whether they should be banned has

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been set for December after a court last week found Samsung had copied

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aspects of Samsung's -- Apple's design and technology. It was

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ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages. This will not affect

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the latest Samsung model, which was released after the court case began.

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Samsung had some good news this week, launching an assortment of

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firms and tablets that are not banned yet. And a new range of

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malty touch PCs with voice recognition. Third Samsung and Sony

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are showcasing new altar high- definition televisions. Plus, for

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Sony, a splash proof tablet with accessories to turn it into a

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laptop with a Microsoft style keyboard cover. We will have all of

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the exciting parts of the Consumer Electronics Show next week's

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episode of Click. Researchers say they have finally shown that

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listening to loud music on earphones causes deafness, having a

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similar effect on your order Tory nerves as multiple sclerosis.

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Scientists in the UK concluded that noise levels above 110 vessels

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leads to the loss of the myelin sheath protecting nerves going to

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the brain. But they say that over time, the body can regenerate the

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protective substance. Finally, an interplanetary hit pop tune. Thanks

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to NASA's Curiosity Rover, reach for the stars by Wylye and took 15

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minutes to reach Earth. Not bad for a 106 D 6 million kilometre journey.

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It is not the first time they have tried beaming face sold back to

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base. In 2003, British band Blur was set to debut one of their songs

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also from Mars but the European vessel lost contact and was never

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seen again. The same cannot be said Over the last decade or so, the

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world of photography has over gone a revolution. Digital cameras allow

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us to review shots instantly. Even the most amateur enthusiasts can

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enhance their photographs beyond a film photographer's while the

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strains. There is a new fad for doing the rounds. -- wildest dreams.

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The digital camera and mobile-phone have made photographers all Volvos.

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Film is a thing of the past. -- of all fours. The physical photo album

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is a quaint notion. They had been replaced by a digital photographs

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and even a display walls like this one. The technology inside cameras

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and the different ways that we enjoy the images that they have

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captured have evolved rapidly in the last couple of decades. The

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basic principles of photography remained pretty much unchanged. On

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the camera has always captured a specific thing that the

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photographer is looking at. It is now possible to get a much bigger

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picture and they don't just mean a wider angle. It is now possible to

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capture every single thing that surrounds the camera. Cameras which

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can take a 360 degree image can be found in a wide variety of

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different places. There is Google Street you wish stitch together

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energies to make images. And -- Panoramas this camera used six

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divided lens cameras to take a video. You needed a backpack to

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accommodate the kit. NASA has got in on the act, photographing his

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own 360 degree images on the surface of Mars using a Marzal

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Rover called Curiosity. A bit closer to home, some digital

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cameras and smart phones had been able to take panoramic photographs

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for some time now. Some apps allow users to take a number of different

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skills and digitally stitch them together to create a photograph

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patchwork. However, all of these methods involve piecing together

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several different still images to create a panorama. There are now a

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couple of dedicated attachments which can take complete 360 degree

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images in just one shot. This is the Bubble picks up for the iPhone.

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It fits over the phone's own camera. It reveals a 360 degree lens under

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this. You fire up the app and then you can take your own 360 degree

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photographs. The stock on the bobble scope houses are spherical

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mirror. This has got optics and the second angled mirror which bounces

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in the image straight into the lens captures looks like a wheel or a

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flat tyre. The image is wrapped, allowing the user to go round the

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Panorama. That is not just restricted to taking still images.

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If you use the video function, you can capture moving images, as well

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might. The Panorama function works quite well but the quality of the

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image it captures is not exactly high definition. Once a Panorama

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has been created, video and stills can be uploaded and shared on the

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Webscape. The Bubble Scope itself cost about �69. This works on the

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same principle. The case housing that it has for your phone does not

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cover the entire phone and that does not have the stock that the

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previous device had so what does not have the same degree of

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movement. You can still capture panoramas with it quite well. The

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idea behind it is quite interesting. The image quality is still a bit of

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a let-down. And there are plans afoot to launch versions are both

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of these devices for Android as well as the iPhone. This is the

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Spinner 360. It might be more your thing. It uses 35 mm film. It is

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small and discreet with the low Fidelity solution to generating 360

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degree images. However, good luck in finding somewhere which can

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develop the really long photo panoramas that this camera produces.

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Our correspondent trying to get his head around 360 degree photography.

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We hear a lot of talk about how technology can change the world.

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Can the social web really play any meaningful role in trying to save

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species from extinction? Kate Russell has been looking at the

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website that was to help in they are's dwindling tiger population.

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He was Webscape. Tigers. -- here is Webscape. Beautiful, Majestic,

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powerful and in terrible danger of extinction. There are less than

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1,800 less in India. Tiger nation .com wants to help you and me

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protect them. It uses software to identify Tigers by their stripes,

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literally like a fingerprint. It builds the story of their life and

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movement. The photographs are taken by park rangers, those living close

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to the parks and the many millions of tourists that go through every

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year with their cameras. At least those to those who know about the

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website. To have your own fault or added to the next, uploaded to the

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side, someone will identify it and then you spotting, or should that

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we stripping, will be added to the mix. It is free to follow one tiger.

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Subscriptions benefit the society if you want to see more. You can

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Sickert the articles and features. A lot of big cat a drama. It is

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thought-provoking. -- you can checkout. The Web is a great place

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to discover a new music. There are interesting new recommendation

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engines being rolled out all the time. This is a new version. It

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allows you to tailor make your own YouTube radio station. It has a

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customise backdrop which you can set up which people will see when

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they chew into your station. It is a great place to connect with

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friends because of the social features. It is also perfect for up

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and coming young groups to connect with their fans and build a

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following. The site itself is quite young. I was impressed with their

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response rate when I got in touch. It is linked with Twitter there are

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no smartphone app so such. Just remember, streaming music will

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devour you did a plan if you are -- Your Data Plan. If you enjoyed

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looking at the 360 this to us, I have one for you that is out of

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this world. -- vistas. Take a look at the surface of Mars on this

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website. Stroll down for the solar date. It is not a 360 City as such

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but it is pretty amazing and you could use the embed code to put a

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little piece of the galaxy on your own website or blog.

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Never mind at the Mas A Rover, this could be more powerful than the

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first moon landing. It knows how to play a good board game. GT Games is

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a free app for Blackberry. But as a classic selection of casino eye for

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style games. Play head-to-head with gamers across the world. That

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casino-style games. You might not find anyone to play with. There is

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a simple social side to this app that lets you build a network and

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chat while you are playing. The games themselves are not exactly

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ground-breaking or particularly special but I don't think that

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matters when you have locked horns with somebody in mortal battle at

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an old classic. You sun, battleship. Luckily there are plenty more

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battles ships were that came from. And slot machines, card games,

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roulette wheels... Just don't forget about real life while you

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are playing. Kate Russell's Webscape. As usual,

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if you missed any of those loans, the other on the website. Faster

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Click is in Thailand looking at new technologies that will help future flood victims to deal with the effects of a disaster. Plus the latest mobile attachments that can take 360 photos. Includes tech news and website reviews.


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