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Time for Click. Have a guess where we are this week.

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Welcome to Click. On this programme, we have been lucky enough to visit

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countries from across the technology spectrum from the

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richest to the poorest, least developed and most advanced. This

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week, we are at the cutting edge of the sharp end. This is Japan. This

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week, we arrived at the Country pass mark if technology

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extravaganza to check out the latest ultra-high definition

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screens, the cars that park themselves and the other bizarre

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devices that could be just a few years down the road. We also hit

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the streets of Tokyo. All that plus the latest technology news and a

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chance to get hands-on with science remote meet one Webscape. --

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remotely. Here we go - off to the future, to a country renowned for

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its love of technology. Japan lies 9,500 kilometres east of our base

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in London. Time to such a laugh -- saddle up and write east. Tokyo is

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a crowded capital city that looks every bit a set from Blade runner.

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But it is what is going on in neighbouring Chiba prefecture that

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is interesting us. This is Japan's big technology expert. As you might

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expect, it is slightly more futuristic than the equivalent

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shows in the US and Europe. That is because companies don't just use

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this event to launch new products, they also use it to show off new

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research that is still many years away from completion. Case in point,

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this car that is currently parking itself. This is a specially adapted

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Nissan Leaf fitted with sensors that detect the special white lines

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painted on the floor. The idea is that once you have drugs and the

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car to the destination, you can use your smartphone to order it to park

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to its space by itself -- once you have driven the car to the

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destination. You can call it back using the smartphone as well. The

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company says it does not know if or when this concert will actually be

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put into practice and since the senses and the working areas

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treated with the reflective white paint, this will be more suited to

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places like car parks than entire road networks. This is where this

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amazing Expo happens. This is call one of eight. It is for great stuff.

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Just as the TV is usually the centre of attention in our living

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rooms, so it is taking centre stage once again. Rising from the ashes

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of a lacklustre 3D Renaissance to promise a picture so we'll it has

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its own its reedy quality. 4 K screens like these are so named

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because they have 4,000 picture rules -- pixels along the bottom,

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delivering an 8 megapixel image, as opposed to ordinary HD, which

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delivers just 25% of that. The effect can be seen on a larger

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screens bigger than 50 inches. This 80 inch screen it goes on sale this

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month for a court �20,000. In previous years, all the buzz

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about TV has been about 3D television. But there was not much

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interest in that. Instead, 4 K is king. At the moment, there is not

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much demand for that I said. -- Eva. You can watch YouTube on 4 K. That

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is already available on the internet. It is already possible to

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enjoy the content. Toshiba has two 55 inch for case screens on sale.

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This small but growing number of PC games are 4 K compatible. Just as

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DVDs can be improved to high- definition, so high-definition

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content light of Blu-ray discs can be upgraded 24 K. The result is not

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so that. Well getting hold of complete movies shot in 4 K can be

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difficult, you can create your own with this for cave movie camera.

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Sharpe kept things in focus with a screen technology that reduces

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reflections. The glass surface is uneven and so disperses light that

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hits it. The light coming through it is seemingly untouched. Away

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from televisions, your phone screen may be due for an upgrade. This is

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the first full hi-def five-inch display that we can expect to see

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in devices next year. With 30% more pixels the chief than Apple

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iPhone's retina display, you can see every detail close up. Your

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phone might be looking just as closely at you with this Palmer

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Scanning app. An on-board camera can identify the true owner and

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unlock the device. I tried but could not for it. Just as well that

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his keeper did not use his other hand. This phone users dozens of

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sensors to detect where and how hard you are squeezing it as an

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alternative to touch control. You just know this live-action will end

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in tears. Many manufacturers believe your mobile will be the

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centre of controlling your home environment as well. From

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instructing robot vacuum cleaners to making a cup of coffee. This is

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the $7 solution from one company - a microchip that can be added to

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most home appliances when they are made to allow wireless controlled

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by the new Bluetooth. It was that less energy in standby mode so it

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won't drain your battery. A different technology does Newfield

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communication - was found in this demonstration. By touching the

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phone on the microwave, the cooker knows exactly how long to sack her

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baked potato. If we actually use microwave to cook rather than heat

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up one or two things, that would be useful. The final gesture to the

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future goes to Toyota, which showed off a concept car called the insect.

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It has face and voice recognition and will open the door when you

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wave at it, thanks to the in-built Microsoft Kinect system. Once

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inside, it links to its own cloud server to provide mapping controls.

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Mitsubishi reached for the stars, showing off at this voice-activated

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elevator that gives an ultra smooth ride. That is important, because

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you will be moving at 60kph up the world's second tallest building.

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That is four stories per second. Once they finish building it, that

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is. First, this week's Technology News.

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Eight row is brewing over whether Google is breaking European privacy

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laws. EU Data Protection Commission has looked at Google's new privacy

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policy, which, since March, covers all of Google's services. It was

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able to compile a much wider picture of users' habits by cross-

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referencing what they do with up to 60 services. The report are such

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Google to give users more control. It is being viewed as a warning

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before any legal action but Google insists it is not breaking any

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European law. Supporters of British hacker Gary McKinnon has welcomed

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the decision by the UK government to block his extradition to America.

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He has always insisted he was looking for evidence of UFOs. The

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extradition was stopped after fears that Gary McKinnon, who suffers

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from Asperger's syndrome, might commit suicide if sent to America.

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Microsoft has launched a new free music service to compete with

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iTunes and Spotify. XBox Music streams tax and allows online

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purchasing across tablets, phones and computers running Windows 8,

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the operating system expected out in a few days. We will have a full

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review of the new system in our next episode. Microsoft's is

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cracking down on users playing a pilot version of Halo 4. It is

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threatening and -- a lifetime ban. One of the many brilliant things

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about Japan is that people in this part of the world embraced

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technology in a way that people in the West just don't. Take robots

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for example. They are loved here and feared there. Japanese people

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seem happy to it - technology to absolutely anything, even if to the

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rest of it, it makes no sense whatsoever. This bakery has all

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kinds of freshly cooked Japanese produce. Potato cakes, a turnout

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with a carried a kingside. -- don't out -- cake with thank you in sight.

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But how will you pay for your groceries? People might be used to

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standing barcodes but these checkouts scanty food itself using

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this camera and software that identify as the shape and colour of

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each item. The developers say that new staff

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cannot always remember the name of each item and that can cause a

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hauled up at busy times. Software has to work hard. Not all

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wholegrain loaves look the same after all. So it has to learn

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several considerations for each item. A definite match is outlined

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in green. Anything the computer is not sure about is outlined in

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yellow. At which point a human has to step in. At that point, the

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computer adds that image to its memory, which should make it

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smarter in the future. This system can be expanded to any shop.

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Technology for a technology's sake, I hear you ask. At least you get

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some real food out of it. Unlike his next project. I have come to

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the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where researchers are cooking up

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something very strange indeed. He is a cooking simulator. Yes, you

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heard me correctly. Eight cooking simulator. The pan is real but if

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you look at the action from this angle, the food is most definitely

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virtual. It is all run from this PC, which is playing a nice sound

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effects from the speakers and the image is projected from here.

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These wires attached to the pan. First, they tell the computer which

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way you are tipping the pan so it can make the food has lied about in

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a realistic fashion. Also, the motors attached to the fires can

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give the pan a little tug so it feels like the food is hitting the

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edge of the pan. A virtual slice - attached to a

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real handle here, means you can... And a dropped it.

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This is not actually designed to teach you how to cook, it is

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designed to teach you about the physics of cooking. Not only can

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you see the food change colour and eventually ban, if we switch to

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thermal mode, we can see how different pan techniques changed

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the texture of different parts of the food. Yes, it is more expensive

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than practising on a real food, but at least you won't make anybody ill

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by undercutting the chicken. I thought I would show you

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something that has to be... (INAUDIBLE) Japanese. Here are the

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While the audience is their lunch, the performers live these use of

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the discs around the floor. -- beat performers drive these huge robots

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around the floor. It is an assault on the senses and something I would

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We will take a virtual tour now. With buttons to push and levers to

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pull, the Science Museum is one of the most into active days out in

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London. Thanks to this website you do not need to use -- leave your

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sofa to enjoy it. This is part of a five-year experiment. You probably

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have to wait your turn in the queue to interact live, now I've told

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everybody about it will probably get a bit longer. Luckily, there

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are virtual options as well for all the exhibits if you cannot wait

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your turn. My favourite is the sketch pot. You'll need a web

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camera to take a photograph as the actors not upload a picture from

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your hard drive. I also really like the telly Porter, a clever live 360

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degree window to summerhouse in the world. Right and the world of this

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busy bakery in Carolina. Keeping track of your cash can be annoying

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especially when you have more than one bank account or credit cards

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from various companies. This Act lets you take control through one

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central hub so you know what is going on with your money and

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whether your income matches your outgoings before you start getting

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uncomfortable letters from the bank. Some of you may not feel

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comfortable handing over your bank account login details to another

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company. You are not storing anything on the servers. NEWLINE

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organs are handled by another company which deals with some the

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biggest banks in America. The security is tight. You are and the

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granting read-only access to your account. Even if somebody did hack

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end to your dashboard account they could not do any transactions. This

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type of service is called an account aggregate of. Your bank

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will not like giving it access probably. That is becoming less

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common as the technology grows in popularity. You can set budgets and

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extract all manner of reporting and balance are limits. The company

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makes money from commission on sales of additional financial

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products. Expect to get sold to occasionally when you use the free

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service. Some of the best things in life are free. Like this coming

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Android game which was made by a kick you. The object is to collect

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as many stars as you can without getting your bubble popped. Not as

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easy as it sounds. Simplicity is often the way to the heart of a

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good game for me and this takes the box. It was super-fast to download

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and launch as quickly and there were no dodgy looking commissions

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to install it. Mainstream at developers could learn a thing or

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two. The controls are very obvious. Slide to position and tack when you

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see a window of opportunity. Bunce the bubble of the walls to collect

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more stars. Czech and to the real world occasionally too. Look out my

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boss security updated its free Android app this week. You can find

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your phone even if your factory is dead. A signal pinpoints the last

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location your phone was before it died. Hopefully helping you

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retrieve it. That was a web skate. Before we go we have to give you a

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quick whizz round the Tokyo TEC show. We have been scouting he

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calls for the coolest kits. Video- conferencing may have gone mobile

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over the past few years, but this company wants to make it a personal

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experience. Developing a pair of concept video conferencing set.

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Inside the glass I've two fish-eye lenses. Let me show you what

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happens when I put them on. At the moment, what to see is a view of my

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face. The only real thing is my eyes. The rest is a computer

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generated avatar. Supercomputer will combine it into a moving image

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of my face and look more flattering. There are different ways this

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technology can be advanced. You can imagine somebody wearing these

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spectacles and having the images projected onto the front. You

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grandmother could wear a pair of the spectacles and have hit vital

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signs monitored. And there is the Google project file of projecting

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augmented reality overlays on to the real world three glasses. You

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could check out the price of a handbag or project any other kind

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of real world information. It could be ten years before we see these on

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the market. They may never appear at all. But they look a lot better

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than 3D spectacles. The very height of ocular fashion indeed, and this

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is another device that relies on your eyes. Will -- I imagine you

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are travelling on a packed commuter train in Tokyo and you want to use

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your tablet. This is a device which is controlled by looking at it. At

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the bottom of the tablets are the senses. They are monitoring eye

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movement with a bit of calibration, we have to look around the screen

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and it knows what my eyes are looking at. There is a pointer, if

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I look around the screen, it follows my eye movement. If I open

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up an application, the Web browser, we have arrows on the screen and I

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can scroll up and scroll down. And left and right by looking at it. It

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is not 100% accurate. It does actually work. And on simpler app

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macros, the image is nice and thick. The device gives a new meaning to

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the phrase look but do not touch. Proper sense we overload here. It

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can get really noisy. This is where handset like this comes in handy.

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It has a vibrating display which means when you get an incoming call,

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you have not just sound waves but vibrations going straight through

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into your ear canal. Courtesy of an electric actuator a motor inside.

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To prove the point, when you put on headphones, I can hear industrial

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sounds loudly, when the call comes in, I can hear the voice of

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somebody transmitted and vibrating directly through my tissue into my

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Ekka now, of allowing the to hear the call. It could be very useful

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for those hard of hearing in future. But what I like about it is, for

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the first time in a decade you can talk about voice calls on a mobile.

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The open road enhanced by an open car or environment. This is a car

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cockpit concept. It is invented by a Japanese company. It has few

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controls. The features are driven by this glowing circle here. The

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whole cockpit is designed for a minimum of driver distraction. With

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displays and controls only appearing as and when they are

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necessary. He hand movement over the glowing gearstick indicate

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which controls they need and then they appear. As well as gesture

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controls, a heart-rate monitor blending into the seat and cameras

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and a steering wheel which will go the eyes of the driver. The data

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from both of these combined to make sure the driver remains a lead in

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