29/09/2012 Click


29/09/2012

How close are we to being driven to work by our car? Click test drives autonomous car technology that could allow drivers to get on the road without touching the steering wheel.


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home and abroad. Now, it is time for Click.

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Would you trust a computer to drive you about?

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This week, Click hits the road without touching the wheel. We will

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test drive the travellers technology that could fit into

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existing vehicles. Is it something that you would trust? It is never

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too late to get online, so we will look at ways to make technology

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work for all ages. We have the latest tech news from around the

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world and we will show you have to find anything you have stuck one of

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these two. No matter how much of a tech head

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you are, there are some things must have this will not let a computer

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do. Of the 60 million new cars bought last year, none of them came

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without a steering wheel or similar human control. Several companies

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are demonstrating cars which drive themselves. Will they ever make it

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Thank you. We will be back in half an hour. The test track and into

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the fast lane? City driving is hardly as pleasant

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as the open road romanticised in most car ads. Hummus a daily

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commute contains breathtaking views and the odd hairpin turn, you might

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wish you could drive to work with your eyes closed. But what it

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vehicles could drive themselves? Request and location and the card

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as the rest. -- Carte does the rest. The most publicised of recent times

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comes from Google. It has developed a car that uses mapping data

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alongside video cameras and radar. The resulting vehicles can drive on

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their own. The company has looked over 300,000 miles so far in its

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research. Car makers have already included automated features in some

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of their models, like Self parking. Ford's automatic stopping system

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works at speed under 40kph. Three radars at the front of the car

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detect the speed of the vehicle ahead. The car's on-board computer

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makes a judgement and in a collision looks likely, the bricks

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will kick in. It takes over. You have no control over the braking

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system. It will apply maximum braking force instantly. Parking

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and bricking are only two aspect of driving. Imagine being able to let

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go completely in the middle of a journey. Relax and take in the

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scenery. Imagine driving around here as if your car was on rails.

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It would be as easy as catching the right tram. A few miles away, that

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is what is being promised for cars. It is here at a top-secret test

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track in Sweden that I'm about to get my first hands of experience. -

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- hence off. This is eroded train. The project has been running for

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the last three years. -- a rogue train. It allows drivers to take

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their feet of the paddles and hands of the wheel. Cars travel in

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private sink. It is as if the Cup throws out a breadcrumbs with

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information on acceleration and steering so the following vehicles

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can repeat the same acceleration and steering and follow the exact

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track but of the League Cup. does it feel to go hands-free at

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60kph? Is it okay to take my hands off the will? There we go. I have

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to say, this is an odd experience. Even just turning around to talk

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you feels utterly unfamiliar. There is a part of me going, keep your

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eye on the road. I found it surprisingly easy to trust the

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system what I joined the platoon. In the past a laptop please? You

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could do pretty much anything. How would this work in real life? The

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road train is not completely autonomous. There is still a driver

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at the front. One may indicate or changed lanes, the other cars to

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the same. -- when they indicate. When you get to a turn-off, you can

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request to leave the platoon, take back the wheel and continue on to

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our final destination. Each vehicle saves up to 20% of its feel and to

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the aerodynamics. That is unless the technology goes wrong. Should I

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be controlling the vehicle at this point? Thank you. Not exactly

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relaxing. The technology can't afford to fail. The main challenge

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technically is making sure it works under all circumstances. On the

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test track, it has been a challenge but on public roads, the challenge

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is much bigger. We have to do a lot of verification to understand we

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can work with unexpected situations. The once the industry has

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straightened up the technology, they have to convince the rest of

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us to make it legal. So far, the proposals have enjoyed overwhelming

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bipartisan support. There has been a bit of hesitancy and concern,

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firstly from the many factoring community out concern for liability.

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If the car driving itself as something goes wrong, who is at

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fault? We have fault-based liability in most states of the

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worst. But it is the driver that is responsible, provided the injured

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party can provide some net -- evidence of negligence on the part

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of the driver. Now, the machinery takes over, and we turn these cases

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into product liability cases more than cases of individual liability

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for negligence. This week, the senator's bill was backed. If

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approved, it will pass into law with a proviso that a licensed

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driver will sit in the driver's seat in case of emergency for --

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emergencies. Technology is not the big hurdle. The big hurdle is the

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legal, liability and perception issues. General Motors dimmest --

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demonstrated similar technology in its concept video last year. Other

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companies are playing with the idea of autonomous driving. If all these

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can't make this can do it, why can't we buy it? They many

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factories have said there was no existing barrier between the

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technology available and having these vehicles on the road -- roads.

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Carmakers and lawmakers may be confident that they are not far off

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but they will have to persuade humans that -- computers are better

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at writing than we are. -- at driving.

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Could you ever see yourself giving control of your whack into a

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computer? Tweet us. Next, a look at the tech news.

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Cat that mobile phones will stop working in Kenya from the start of

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October. The Communications Commission hopes the move will give

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people a better use experienced and protect mobile payment systems from

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potential fraud. Worried owners can send a text message with the

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check if the model is genuine. Samsung Galaxy Tab -- Galaxy owners

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could see their phones returned to backrower settings by clicking on a

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specific link. This was demonstrated at a security

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conference in Argentina. The researcher who found it said the

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fault lies with Samsung's interface. Samsung encouraged users to

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download a fix. The measures in addition to

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existing restrictions prevent Iranians from accessing many

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western sites. It is not the first assault on Google services in Iraq

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-- Iran. YouTube has been censored cents bit 2009. All parties say the

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restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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A new report sporting six cameras has been unveiled in France,

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designed to help wine producers maintain their vineyards. Tracking

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technology, artificial intelligence and mapping capabilities enable the

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robot to move Trudie veneered, recognising plant features,

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memorising each vine and pruning is needed. It supplies its owner with

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valuable data on the help of the soil, fruit and wine stocks. It can

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As we have said, apart from driving you about, there are many areas of

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our lives that we are happy to give over to technology. It is easier to

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stay in touch with friends and family, do your shopping, Bank of

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line. But ironically the generation of people that would benefit the

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most from the convenience is also the generation that finds it

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hardest to use. -- bank online. But there are some ways to make a

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complicated PC with small icons more user-friendly. We have been

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Silver service or senior citizens seduced by the allure of the

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silicon chip. Perhaps an unfamiliar sight. All the people wrestling

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with the finer details of writing an e-mail or making an online

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purchase. But as more and more services migrate to the Web, there

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is a growing need to educate less techs than the members of society

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about computers and technology. Here, all the people are learning

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this very skills on a course specifically created for novices. -

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- all the people. If you want to go anywhere or

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bought tickets for anything, most of it is online. If you are not

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online, you are out of everything. I feel as if I am missing out, in

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the sense that I feel cut off sometimes. Now, there are times

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when I need to be able to use a computer properly. We run classes,

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over 100 classes, all over England, helping people learn right from the

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very basics of how to use the mouse, through to how to make savings on

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my own and operate a bank account or compare prices online. I use the

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computer quite a lot and I am OK on word-processing. But there were

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things... Everything I know, I have picked up piecemeal. At the has

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been structured. So I wanted to get to know the computer properly. And

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toured by experts. The in-flight copying and cutting and pasting.

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Those things I picked up but I did not know how to do it properly. I

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had to ask somebody to help me. -- things like copying. This

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particular cause runs for ten weeks. As the students' progress, the

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world of technology starts to seem less daunting. I am more confident

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in copying, cutting and pasting, things like that, because I have

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been taught the correct way to do it. Once you on the computer, there

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is no stopping you. Training is an important part of introducing

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technology to all the users but is there anything the technology

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industry can do to assist? -- elderly users. Operating systems

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like windows have accessibility settings, which makes the type

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larger oar mac the five parts of the screen. But could ideas like

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this be refined into a simpler computing experience? There are a

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couple of solutions designed specifically for novices. We will

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take a look at a couple of them. First is this. It is called

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Simplicity. Simplicity is a complete operating system on a USB

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stick and comes with instructions and a disc. But the user will have

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to source a computer themselves. Now cut a her instruction manuals

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are something you do not see often these days. -- instruction manuals.

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Many are hidden in parts of the operating system. If you are a

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novice, that could pose a problem. That is where good old fashioned

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paper is perhaps more useful. The operating system itself is

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massively simplified, originally starting life as an awareness. It

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boots up and looks like an on the lip of the screen. There is

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oversize type to make it easier to read. Each has the ability to surf

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the Web all right documents. The idea behind the operating system is

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that it can be plugged into pretty much any computer. Because it is so

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simple and stripped down, you do not need a fire-breathing high-end

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PC. It should work with lower specification and all the machines

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without any problems. -- although machines. When you get it running,

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it is pretty straightforward. There are a number of video tutorials.

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And of course the manual is there to guide new users through the a

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West. But getting started is part of the problem. Simple operations a

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rather typical -- OS. The does not include a network options, which

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for a novice is not ideal. This is the kind of functionality that

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should be found on the main John Phillips green. Simplicity

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themselves do recommend the first time set up is performed by

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somebody who is reasonably techs savvy. -- found on the main screen.

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And they do offer a comprehensive telephone support. This brings us

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to a new outfit that had taken a slightly different approach to

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Simplicity. They have created a hardware and software solution in

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the form of laptops. This is basically a middle of the road

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Toshiba notebook. The lack books come in two flavours. 17 and 15

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inch. This is the 15th. The keyboard has an overlay, making it

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easier to read. Some have been set up for one key operation, taking

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the user to e-mail or we can. Upon boot up, the large icons instantly

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open particular axe. The experience in a -- in using this machine is

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not as smooth as it could be. Setting up an e-mail account is

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more complicated than it needs to be. Again, slightly tarnishing the

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easy to use, easy to set up ethos which underpins this and ever. Both

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of these options have good ideas at the heart but a let down by some

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irritating floors. And then you come to the cost. Simplicity is

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cheaper but you will need a donor computer. This one is about the

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middle of the road laptop with an operating system and is rather

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expensive for what it his. Keeping things simple.

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They can't be many of us who have not at one time or another have

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gone for our phone only to begin a slack Dance of panic. This is

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usually followed by a frantic search of your premises and a

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desperate cry to your friend to call it. We have covered ways to

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find a lost smartphone on this phone but Kate Russell start this

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week's Webscape with something that should take the frenzy out of

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losing almost anything. Two you wouldn't have to panic

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about losing your valuable items if you attack them at Belongings. This

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is a global Lost and Found service that uses stickers to mark an item,

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allowing you to tap it in a database as yours. In the hope that

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somebody on us will find it, lock onto the website and get it back to

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you. -- log. Personal users can apply to get sent sheets of

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stickers like these ones that are right through the post, free of

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charge, but you are encouraged to make additional payment for could

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points. Mind up about one week to arrive. When I got them, I started

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sticking them all over the things I own. Dan? We would not want you

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getting lost, would we? There is a monthly subscription plan for

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customers that has a bunch of additional corporate features. The

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new register the tax, providing contact details and either of --

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even offering a reward using a credit card or PayPal account.

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Users are wind-up anonymously so they can organise the return of an

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item directly. One of the greatest things about

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modern smartphone technology is enhanced personal security. You GPS

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data can tell people exactly where you while, even if you can't. This

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grabs this idea with both hands, to provide a paid app with your safety

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at its core. With so many apps and services like dating roadsides

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encourage you asked to step out of the online world and made in 3D

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space, I can see a real place for an act like this. -- dating website.

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You would hope to never needed and it should open the door to

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complacency. But it on that one occasion you do need it, it could

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To use it, just take a photo of something that can be identified,

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like a licence plate, St side or bar name we will meet somebody. The

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photo is stored on the Secure space with your ID, time, date and the

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GPS location. If something does go wrong, you're nominated contacts

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can request this information gets passed to the police, saving vital

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time tracking you down in an If that's all a bit too serious, I

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have the purse -- perfect thing - the Monty Python silly walks

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generator. This is childish and you -- if you are not a fan often Monty

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Python, you probably will not get it. But it's a lot of fun. Who

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knows? It may even catch on around To make your own much sillier walk

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than that, pick a background and character. My favourite is the

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Spanish Inquisition cardinal. Then, mark your moves along the post

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timeline and adjust the sliders to suit. Once finished, you can save

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and share or e-mail to a friend. It is sure to crack a small smile when

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Kate Russell with Webscape. Those links are available at our website.

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You can also find previous reports from previous programmes on there.

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