08/09/2012 Click


08/09/2012

The team visit IFA in Berlin and are hypnotised by the latest TVs on display at Europe's largest technology trade show. Plus, hands-on reviews of Windows 8.


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That is it from me. Now it is time for Click.

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Come on, let's go and look at the latest CDs. No? How about we look

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at the latest tablets in here. -- TVs. All right. You can have a

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Welcome to Click. I in Spencer Kelly and welcome to Berlin. This

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is the enormous exhibition centre. It is where we will spend the next

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few days as we explore IFA 2012, Europe's largest technology show.

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We are living and breathing tech. We have a triumphant array of

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televisual displays. They are began they are clever. Also, hands-on

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with Windows 8 and the flexible kit willing to bend over backwards for

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us. Making notes and making notes but can you really be a genius on a

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tiny screen? All that plus the latest tech news and how to be

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cooler than your friends by listing to music known's ever heard off

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You are really there. OK. We begin with TV's. Despite fierce

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competition from tablets and phones come up the television remains the

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centre of the home. TV manufacturers make sure we never

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forget that fact that shows like this with these tremendous displays.

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Our correspondent has been on the trail of the small screen that

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keeps getting bigger and smarter and more transparent.

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We are surrounded by screens, pulling our eyeballs in every

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direction. Families are becoming atomised, Eija was lost in the

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video game-playing, PC using, tablet watching bubbles.

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Do you get parents seeing "why don't we do stuff like a family any

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more like watching TV?" TV is seen as the centre of home entertainment.

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Many manufacturers are concerned. Everything else means that -- are

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devices and us. Smart phones and other devices can get content to

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and from the TV thanks to Wi-Fi. It is what TV makers mean by smart.

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Panasonic's Panasonic Viera allows you to take content to and from the

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television. It is not just devices. Haier has been trying to do away

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with the remote control to hand gestures and brain waves. They have

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teamed up with Tobii, a Swedish outfit who are the technology --

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who are specialists in eye-tracking technology.

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It was developed for disabled people. It has been used in an

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innovative way inside the television.

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You can imagine that eye-tracking technology gets easier depending on

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the size of the strain. That is the direction we are heading in. This

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is the largest television in the world, the OLED TV made by LG.

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These are slimmer because there is no need for a back light. Each cell

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makes its own light. What we have been able to do with OLED TV is get

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it to a very large size. We have a couple of 55 inch models on display.

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We have got it to a realistic price point. It is still expensive, just

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under $10,000. That is a far cry from, we had a 50 inch one that was

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$15,000. The joke doing the rounds is that you are in trouble if you

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TV is bigger than your bookshelf, culturally. Some of us will need to

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buy some books, and some pretty dense books at that. These

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televisions are getting bigger. They are cramming in the pixels.

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Phil HD is 2.1 mega pixels. This 84 inch ultra-high definition screen

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is calling itself 4K. It means 8.3 million pixels. That is not the

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last word. Panasonic is exhibiting in 8K, 32.2 mega pixels.

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As the televisions have got thinner, the old CRT says, we have LCD,

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plasma. We have gone bigger and bigger and bigger. Really, if we

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want to all bidders still, wheat to improve resolution otherwise the

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pictures will look trainee -- grainy and not clear and much

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sharper. You will see the first jump to 4K resolution in a few

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years' time. If you want to see a 145 and screen like we have seen at

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IFA today, you will lead to go to 8K resolutions. 4K is already been

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used for surgical applications. You will have to wait until 2020 and

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tell 8K is on the market. -- Until. Another direction and some

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manufacturers are going in his were 3D TV. The adage in the glasses.

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With some of them, you have to look at sweet spots while the picture

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unravels. This picture is meant to work regardless of your point of

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view. As an interested observer, you do get a three-dimensional

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effect with the system. They also see making make two-dimensional

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pictures three-dimensional. -- say they can make. We add it to the

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device. Eventually, we will have phones and tablets and laptops all

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using this technology. A couple of manufacturers have come

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out with transparent screens. Samsung's are very impressive. One

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idea is you can put it on a shop front. They are trying to do away

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with energy burning back lights, using natural light instead. TV's

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are getting smarter and clearer. If the idea is to make us feel

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inadequate about our current That was David Reed, glued to the

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screens as ever. Now, a look at this week's other big take news

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stories. A slew of new smart phones has been

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announced by some of the biggest players in the industry who are

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keen to get the jump on Apple he will launch its new iPhone in the

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next few days. Nokia showed off the linear 920 which features wireless

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charging and runs a Windows 8 operating system. It has a curved

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touch screen which can be used while wearing gloves. Nokia is open

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to claw back the market share after Samsung over ticket as the biggest

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phone maker in the world. Fenland has extended its free streaming

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service to users in America. It downloads tunes and mixes to the

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device. Motorola has launched its first and said since it was

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acquired by giggle in May. Most notable is the RAZR M, the smallest

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phone in the 4G capable line-up which boasts an edge to edge screen

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in his super-thin chassis. The Droid RAZR Maxx HD can last 21

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hours of phone calling or 13 hours of video viewing. It is not just

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before and space that is hotting up. Amazon has sparked interest in two

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new high-definition versions of its Kindle fires a. The seven-inch

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version will be released in the US. The 8.9 inch version will give

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Apple a run for its money. It is slashing prices and introducing a

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new higher resolution version which makes it more readable and darker

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conditions. Sweden turn said to be the best country in the world for

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making the Web work for its citizens, beating the US and UK to

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the top spot. A new index plunged by the Web Foundation, which is led

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by the inventor of the Web itself, analyse 61 countries to evaluate

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how useful the Web is for content, censorship and political and

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economic impact. The high cost of access was the biggest barrier for

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most people, according to the report. It is hoped that countries

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and citizens will think again about how the Internet is operated where

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they are. If you keep missing Click, iPhone and iPad users have a new

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option from this week. You can watch whatever you want, even

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without a connection. I player has updated its mobile app with an

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option to download programmes and watch them within 30 days. You have

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got one week to get to the end credits after you start watching

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the for the programme deletes For the last few years, most of the

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excitement at trade shows has revolved around tablets and smart

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phones. But this year, the focus has shifted back towards the PC.

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That is because of the imminent release of Microsoft's Windows 8.

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We have asked in the past whether the desktop PC has had its day.

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Even laptops are decreasing in sales. It is the tablet market that

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is growing, and its touch screens gained popularity. The windows way

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of doing things is starting to look a bit irrelevant. So Microsoft has

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come up with the Windows eight. It will go on sale on October 26th. It

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is not quite finished yet. But this is what windows it will look like.

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It has got two very distinct looks. The first is the desktop look that

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everyone is familiar with. The second book, which is the one

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everyone is excited about is this. Every application installed on PC

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has a separate touch a friendly launch button. It may take a little

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while before every application works perfectly with Windows 8. The

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eventual aim is for all software to look and behave slightly

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differently, depending on which mode you were in. Although some

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apps have a metro version, many third-party applications kick us

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straight back to the desktop mode. It would be up to the makers to

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make sure their software has a side that is ready for it touch friendly

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experience. Expect a lot of apps after the launch of Windows eight.

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But the arrival of this operating system with a split personality has

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also prompted hardware makers to come up with portable devices that

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can be used in either mode. For example, this is the Lenovo Yoga.

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You can have it in a standard laptop mode, or if you want a

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tablet, you do that. There we go. Sony's version has a screen on a

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hinged stand. The Toshiba satellite laptop becomes a tablet by folding

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the screen down. Meanwhile, over at Dell, this one employs a design

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first used in the Inspiron range. This is Samsung's smart PC. Some

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would say this is the ideal factor. None of these designs are

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particularly new. But they are certainly more relevant. One of the

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problems that Windows eight addresses is this idea that touch

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screens are fine for consuming stuff, but not so good for making

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stop. LJ Rich has been giving it a The joy of touch-screen tablets,

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although sadly those lovely screens do not look quite as good when they

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get obscured by an on-screen keyboard. Anyone familiar with that

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creative urge knows you have got to get your ideas down as quickly as

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possible. A newly announced it had what comes with a stylus that gives

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you the note already. -- tablet. Sometimes you fingers just do not

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practical enough to do detailed work. That is why the stylus is

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pressure sensitive. It can be saved as a number of files. But there are

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no applications outside Samsung's ecosystem as yet. It reminds me of

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the old PDA. Samsung is also showing the Galaxy camera. On the

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back it looks kind of familiar, because it is an Android operating

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system. That means you can connect it. That means you can show you

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pictures and download applications to play with. For example, there is

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Instagram. It is not the only camera with it and wrote on the

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back. -- Android. Finally, welcome to the most creative device.

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Proposing on a portable tablet is not ideal. -- composing. This is my

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work around. However, I found it use a separate accessory, you can

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plug the whole contraption into your eye-patch. It will work with

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all kinds of applications, including GarageBand. The first

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keyboard has been launched that is designed to plug directly into the

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iPad. There is also a socket that will

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allow us to put a foot pedal in. That will allow us to sustain and

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things like that. It is lovely when you are writing on the run. I have

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just had an idea. You have created a masterpiece, the

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next thing you need to do is find yourself an audience. Kate

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Russell's first website could help you do just that.

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We looked at a playlist generator for you to the last week, but if

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you want to music a little more underground, this website is a

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great little broadcaster for soundtracks. Just register and you

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can start building a channel based on genre, tracks and the spoken

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word. You can invite people to listen with you. Switch to crowned

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you if you want to interact with Europe listeners. -- crowd view.

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This is another great way for a fence to start building a following.

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SoundCloud is where all the cool kids hang out. The free version

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lets you queue up to 24 hours of tracks. You can stretch that up to

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72 in a worse by pain. -- hours. There is a nice simple way to

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listen to SoundCloud life. I am always happy to learn about

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good accessibility tools. When one of my followers told me about a

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screen reader for Twitter, I got on the case. The queue this free to

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download and once installed, you load up a Twitter session. -- Cuba.

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With a session running in the background, you will get audio

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prompts each time a new tweed comes in. You can also operate all the

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standard functions. You will definitely need to go through the

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Readme file, as the shortcuts are vital. There are loads of them. The

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vision impaired are more familiar with using keyboard commands. If

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this lets you do everything you would expect from a Twitter tour.

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hotel, you can find some spectacular deals with Hotel

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Tonight. A free application for iPhone and Android, it offers a

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discount model to bring you some stellar deals with select hotels in

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the cities they cover. This is an interesting proposition, because

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you are not just fed the cheapest possible price. Instead, the

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website negotiates with a hand- picked selection of hotels to offer

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you deals in three standard categories. The service started out

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mainly in the USA, but they are expanding rapidly into the rest of

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the world. Popular destinations are added every month. In the UK you

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will find it deals in a London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh,

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with Manchester coming later. This could be just the excuse to have

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been waiting for. As always, the links up on the

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website. Along with all of our antics. If you would like to get in

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The team visit IFA in Berlin and are hypnotised by the latest TVs on display at Europe's largest technology trade show. Plus, hands-on reviews of Windows 8 and the flexible kit ready to bend over backwards for it.


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