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


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


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


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


Samsung row. Tigers in Webscape? Oh, yes.


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


suffering from freak weather conditions. Thailand has been one


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


roads, there water recycling vehicles were useless. They needed


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


not so lucky. This man has been living in his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


people look at technology centres and research centres, they think


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


been developed in this past year specifically to cope with the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Community with numerous floating streets acting as passageways


between ocean top of neighbourhoods. With Bangkok among other cities


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


increasingly unpredictable weather, these Virtual visions may offer a


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


News. If most of Samsung's best selling


Galaxy smartphones could be removed from shelves in America by


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


malty touch PCs with voice recognition. Third Samsung and Sony


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


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


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


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


episode of Click. Researchers say they have finally shown that


listening to loud music on earphones causes deafness, having a


similar effect on your order Tory nerves as multiple sclerosis.


Scientists in the UK concluded that noise levels above 110 vessels


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


enhance their photographs beyond a film photographer's while the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


basic principles of photography remained pretty much unchanged. On


the camera has always captured a specific thing that the


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


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


capture every single thing that surrounds the camera. Cameras which


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


different places. There is Google Street you wish stitch together


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


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


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


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


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


cameras and smart phones had been able to take panoramic photographs


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


skills and digitally stitch them together to create a photograph


patchwork. However, all of these methods involve piecing together


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


couple of dedicated attachments which can take complete 360 degree


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


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


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


photographs. The stock on the bobble scope houses are spherical


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


small and discreet with the low Fidelity solution to generating 360


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


develop the really long photo panoramas that this camera produces.


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


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


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


species from extinction? Kate Russell has been looking at the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to discover a new music. There are interesting new recommendation


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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