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.
Come on, let's go and look at the latest CDs. No? How about we look
at the latest tablets in here. -- TVs. All right. You can have a
Welcome to Click. I in Spencer Kelly and welcome to Berlin. This
is the enormous exhibition centre. It is where we will spend the next
few days as we explore IFA 2012, Europe's largest technology show.
We are living and breathing tech. We have a triumphant array of
televisual displays. They are began they are clever. Also, hands-on
with Windows 8 and the flexible kit willing to bend over backwards for
us. Making notes and making notes but can you really be a genius on a
tiny screen? All that plus the latest tech news and how to be
cooler than your friends by listing to music known's ever heard off
You are really there. OK. We begin with TV's. Despite fierce
competition from tablets and phones come up the television remains the
centre of the home. TV manufacturers make sure we never
forget that fact that shows like this with these tremendous displays.
Our correspondent has been on the trail of the small screen that
keeps getting bigger and smarter and more transparent.
We are surrounded by screens, pulling our eyeballs in every
direction. Families are becoming atomised, Eija was lost in the
video game-playing, PC using, tablet watching bubbles.
Do you get parents seeing "why don't we do stuff like a family any
more like watching TV?" TV is seen as the centre of home entertainment.
Many manufacturers are concerned. Everything else means that -- are
devices and us. Smart phones and other devices can get content to
and from the TV thanks to Wi-Fi. It is what TV makers mean by smart.
Panasonic's Panasonic Viera allows you to take content to and from the
television. It is not just devices. Haier has been trying to do away
with the remote control to hand gestures and brain waves. They have
teamed up with Tobii, a Swedish outfit who are the technology --
who are specialists in eye-tracking technology.
It was developed for disabled people. It has been used in an
innovative way inside the television.
You can imagine that eye-tracking technology gets easier depending on
the size of the strain. That is the direction we are heading in. This
is the largest television in the world, the OLED TV made by LG.
These are slimmer because there is no need for a back light. Each cell
makes its own light. What we have been able to do with OLED TV is get
it to a very large size. We have a couple of 55 inch models on display.
We have got it to a realistic price point. It is still expensive, just
under $10,000. That is a far cry from, we had a 50 inch one that was
$15,000. The joke doing the rounds is that you are in trouble if you
TV is bigger than your bookshelf, culturally. Some of us will need to
buy some books, and some pretty dense books at that. These
televisions are getting bigger. They are cramming in the pixels.
Phil HD is 2.1 mega pixels. This 84 inch ultra-high definition screen
is calling itself 4K. It means 8.3 million pixels. That is not the
last word. Panasonic is exhibiting in 8K, 32.2 mega pixels.
As the televisions have got thinner, the old CRT says, we have LCD,
plasma. We have gone bigger and bigger and bigger. Really, if we
want to all bidders still, wheat to improve resolution otherwise the
pictures will look trainee -- grainy and not clear and much
sharper. You will see the first jump to 4K resolution in a few
years' time. If you want to see a 145 and screen like we have seen at
IFA today, you will lead to go to 8K resolutions. 4K is already been
used for surgical applications. You will have to wait until 2020 and
tell 8K is on the market. -- Until. Another direction and some
manufacturers are going in his were 3D TV. The adage in the glasses.
With some of them, you have to look at sweet spots while the picture
unravels. This picture is meant to work regardless of your point of
view. As an interested observer, you do get a three-dimensional
effect with the system. They also see making make two-dimensional
pictures three-dimensional. -- say they can make. We add it to the
device. Eventually, we will have phones and tablets and laptops all
using this technology. A couple of manufacturers have come
out with transparent screens. Samsung's are very impressive. One
idea is you can put it on a shop front. They are trying to do away
with energy burning back lights, using natural light instead. TV's
are getting smarter and clearer. If the idea is to make us feel
inadequate about our current That was David Reed, glued to the
screens as ever. Now, a look at this week's other big take news
stories. A slew of new smart phones has been
announced by some of the biggest players in the industry who are
keen to get the jump on Apple he will launch its new iPhone in the
next few days. Nokia showed off the linear 920 which features wireless
charging and runs a Windows 8 operating system. It has a curved
touch screen which can be used while wearing gloves. Nokia is open
to claw back the market share after Samsung over ticket as the biggest
phone maker in the world. Fenland has extended its free streaming
service to users in America. It downloads tunes and mixes to the
device. Motorola has launched its first and said since it was
acquired by giggle in May. Most notable is the RAZR M, the smallest
phone in the 4G capable line-up which boasts an edge to edge screen
in his super-thin chassis. The Droid RAZR Maxx HD can last 21
hours of phone calling or 13 hours of video viewing. It is not just
before and space that is hotting up. Amazon has sparked interest in two
new high-definition versions of its Kindle fires a. The seven-inch
version will be released in the US. The 8.9 inch version will give
Apple a run for its money. It is slashing prices and introducing a
new higher resolution version which makes it more readable and darker
conditions. Sweden turn said to be the best country in the world for
making the Web work for its citizens, beating the US and UK to
the top spot. A new index plunged by the Web Foundation, which is led
by the inventor of the Web itself, analyse 61 countries to evaluate
how useful the Web is for content, censorship and political and
economic impact. The high cost of access was the biggest barrier for
most people, according to the report. It is hoped that countries
and citizens will think again about how the Internet is operated where
they are. If you keep missing Click, iPhone and iPad users have a new
option from this week. You can watch whatever you want, even
without a connection. I player has updated its mobile app with an
option to download programmes and watch them within 30 days. You have
got one week to get to the end credits after you start watching
the for the programme deletes For the last few years, most of the
excitement at trade shows has revolved around tablets and smart
phones. But this year, the focus has shifted back towards the PC.
That is because of the imminent release of Microsoft's Windows 8.
We have asked in the past whether the desktop PC has had its day.
Even laptops are decreasing in sales. It is the tablet market that
is growing, and its touch screens gained popularity. The windows way
of doing things is starting to look a bit irrelevant. So Microsoft has
come up with the Windows eight. It will go on sale on October 26th. It
is not quite finished yet. But this is what windows it will look like.
It has got two very distinct looks. The first is the desktop look that
everyone is familiar with. The second book, which is the one
everyone is excited about is this. Every application installed on PC
has a separate touch a friendly launch button. It may take a little
while before every application works perfectly with Windows 8. The
eventual aim is for all software to look and behave slightly
differently, depending on which mode you were in. Although some
apps have a metro version, many third-party applications kick us
straight back to the desktop mode. It would be up to the makers to
make sure their software has a side that is ready for it touch friendly
experience. Expect a lot of apps after the launch of Windows eight.
But the arrival of this operating system with a split personality has
also prompted hardware makers to come up with portable devices that
can be used in either mode. For example, this is the Lenovo Yoga.
You can have it in a standard laptop mode, or if you want a
tablet, you do that. There we go. Sony's version has a screen on a
hinged stand. The Toshiba satellite laptop becomes a tablet by folding
the screen down. Meanwhile, over at Dell, this one employs a design
first used in the Inspiron range. This is Samsung's smart PC. Some
would say this is the ideal factor. None of these designs are
particularly new. But they are certainly more relevant. One of the
problems that Windows eight addresses is this idea that touch
screens are fine for consuming stuff, but not so good for making
stop. LJ Rich has been giving it a The joy of touch-screen tablets,
although sadly those lovely screens do not look quite as good when they
get obscured by an on-screen keyboard. Anyone familiar with that
creative urge knows you have got to get your ideas down as quickly as
possible. A newly announced it had what comes with a stylus that gives
you the note already. -- tablet. Sometimes you fingers just do not
practical enough to do detailed work. That is why the stylus is
pressure sensitive. It can be saved as a number of files. But there are
no applications outside Samsung's ecosystem as yet. It reminds me of
the old PDA. Samsung is also showing the Galaxy camera. On the
back it looks kind of familiar, because it is an Android operating
system. That means you can connect it. That means you can show you
pictures and download applications to play with. For example, there is
Instagram. It is not the only camera with it and wrote on the
back. -- Android. Finally, welcome to the most creative device.
Proposing on a portable tablet is not ideal. -- composing. This is my
work around. However, I found it use a separate accessory, you can
plug the whole contraption into your eye-patch. It will work with
all kinds of applications, including GarageBand. The first
keyboard has been launched that is designed to plug directly into the
iPad. There is also a socket that will
allow us to put a foot pedal in. That will allow us to sustain and
things like that. It is lovely when you are writing on the run. I have
just had an idea. You have created a masterpiece, the
next thing you need to do is find yourself an audience. Kate
Russell's first website could help you do just that.
We looked at a playlist generator for you to the last week, but if
you want to music a little more underground, this website is a
great little broadcaster for soundtracks. Just register and you
can start building a channel based on genre, tracks and the spoken
word. You can invite people to listen with you. Switch to crowned
you if you want to interact with Europe listeners. -- crowd view.
This is another great way for a fence to start building a following.
SoundCloud is where all the cool kids hang out. The free version
lets you queue up to 24 hours of tracks. You can stretch that up to
72 in a worse by pain. -- hours. There is a nice simple way to
listen to SoundCloud life. I am always happy to learn about
good accessibility tools. When one of my followers told me about a
screen reader for Twitter, I got on the case. The queue this free to
download and once installed, you load up a Twitter session. -- Cuba.
With a session running in the background, you will get audio
prompts each time a new tweed comes in. You can also operate all the
standard functions. You will definitely need to go through the
Readme file, as the shortcuts are vital. There are loads of them. The
vision impaired are more familiar with using keyboard commands. If
this lets you do everything you would expect from a Twitter tour.
If you find yourself stuck in a major city in need of a last-minute
hotel, you can find some spectacular deals with Hotel
Tonight. A free application for iPhone and Android, it offers a
discount model to bring you some stellar deals with select hotels in
the cities they cover. This is an interesting proposition, because
you are not just fed the cheapest possible price. Instead, the
website negotiates with a hand- picked selection of hotels to offer
you deals in three standard categories. The service started out
mainly in the USA, but they are expanding rapidly into the rest of
the world. Popular destinations are added every month. In the UK you
will find it deals in a London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh,
with Manchester coming later. This could be just the excuse to have
been waiting for. As always, the links up on the
website. Along with all of our antics. If you would like to get in
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.