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27/10/2012

A test drive of the new Windows 8 operating system and a look at the robots that could learn to look after us. Includes web reviews and tech news.


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to quit the European Union. Now on BBC News it is time for

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Click. We do not need you any more, start

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Is it really time to say goodbye to e-mails? We finally get our hands,

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or fingers, on Windows 8. Microsoft's attempt to bring its PC

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dominated operating system to tablets. There is a new way to get

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all the lovely data around the house without having to put in any

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new cables. Meet the Japanese robots that are swimming, or

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motoring their way. All the latest technology news and the way to earn

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cash for your photos in Webscape. Welcome to Click. The weather in

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Seattle is famously... for the last couple of years, the mood has been

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as well. The city's most famous technology giant, Microsoft,

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watched with a thunderous expression as PCs running Windows

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have fallen out of favour. Turns out that the world are now loves

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tablets, and they are run by Google and Apple. Until now. This is the

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week that Microsoft hopes to change all of that. It has unveiled

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Windows 8. It is the biggest change to windows that I can remember,

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basically because the windows themselves have taken a back seat

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to this new collection of brightly coloured touch tiles. This is to

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become Microsoft's standard welcome screen, the Xbox now has it, as

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will the upcoming Windows by eight. But beneath the surface, these

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devices will not share the same apps. When you switch it on, this

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is what you see, it is the start screen, it is a big touch-friendly

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version of the old Start menu. You can swiped through tiles, some of

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them are live, so the content changes, and you can launch any app

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or piece of software. The apps are written specifically for the new

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interface, which means they are touch-friendly. If you want to

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navigate your way around, you have to learn a few new gestures. For

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example, this is how you move between all the apps. If you want

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to see a list of what is open, you do that, and you can even have two

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Open at the same time. But you cannot have more than two. And you

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cannot split the screen directly in half. One has to be small. On the

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right of these Queen, if the swiped from this side, you have something

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that Microsoft is calling a menu. As well as an option to return to

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the start screen, this is where you will find some context sensitive

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functions. If you hit search, you can search within the app that you

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are running, or choose another part of the system. Do not panic, the

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traditional desktop has not gone away. There is a button on the main

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screen, and there is something that looks very familiar. If you want,

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you can split the screen say you haven't app on one side and a

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desktop on the other, or if you had a second screen, and you go to the

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devices menu, and stick your classic desktop on one and the

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tiles many on the other. The idea is that Windows 8 will work with

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what about form back doubt that you throw at it, and the software

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should work with by the desktop and the modern interface. If you need

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to switch between, as you leave home and want to work somewhere

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else, all the work will switch over as well. This is my major concern

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with Windows 8. The two party operating systems seem to work

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completely independent of each other. Open up internet explorer in

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modern, and it is not the same browsing session as it 1 Open in

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the desktop mode. You can send you tiled session to the desktop, but

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if you make changes, click on any links, they are not mirrored when

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you flit back. Some very useful bits of Windows software do not

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even had a toy or equivalent, take note pad. When you launch it from

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the modern side, you are put straight back on to the desktop

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version, which is not touch- friendly enough to use without a

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mouse and keyboard. Do not go looking for the start button.

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Whenever you want to launch anything, you have to fit back to

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the tiled screen. If you are in desktop mode, and you do not have a

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touch screen, you can still kind of get all the functionality. If you

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move your mouse to the top left of the screen, you get all the running

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apps, if you move it to the bottom, you get to the start screen, and

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the right corners, you get the chance menu. A compromise? One

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other big change for Windows is that there is now, for the first

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time, a version designed to work on the new chips that power most of

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the world's tablets and smartphones. It will run on Microsoft's own

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Surface. Confusingly, it will not run any existing Windows 7 desktop

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software. Is this the operating system that will finally bring

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Microsoft back to the cutting edge of personal, portable computing?

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Someone at least seems to think so. I could not be more excited about

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what we have. I could not be more anxious to get out there. To get

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the consumer response, to tell the story, to share the new devices. I

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have got a lot of anticipation. We are ready for it.

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Now it is over to you. Have you been using Windows 8? Give us your

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thoughts. Next up, a look at the technology news.

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Internet freedom campaigners are railing against a UN report calling

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for more surveillance on the internet. The UN Office on drugs

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and crime concludes that the internet has become a standard tool

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for terror groups did -- to use it to spread propaganda and raise cash.

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It has called for more comprehensive and surveillance of

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the internet. But the open rights groups warns that mass surveillance

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would be dangerous and threaten the fundamental rights.

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New Apple iPad owners may not be too impressed. Seven months after

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the third generation iPad hit the shelves, the 4th version is to

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replace it, sporting the new Lightning charger slot. For smaller

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pockets, Apple also announced the iPad Mini, the much anticipated 7.9

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each tablet has an iPad to chip inside, optional for did support

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and cost �269 for the cheapest wi- fi only 16 gigabyte version. They

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used it to pitted against an android tablet. Are they finally

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acknowledging that they had much more competition? Amazon has

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started selling its new kindle fire high-definition. It has a high-

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resolution screen, three Skype a video calls, and a wi-fi, allowing

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faster streaming and downloading. Microsoft's Surface tablet that we

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saw earlier makes its debut next week. Bad news for Sony. Vital

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security information which prevents PlayStation 3s from playing pirated

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software has been leaked online. It has got decryption keys. With them,

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users can circumvent security patches and firmware Updates and

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play illegally copied games online. And with more and more devices

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around our homes wanting to connected to the internet and each

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other, as we had just seen, some of us are finding that our home

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wireless networks are not up to the job. Maybe it is a wall blocking a

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signal, or not enough bandwidth in the air to send any high-definition

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pictures. Happily, the technology industry is developing new ways of

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moving the data around your home. Over the past decade, wi-fi has

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reigned supreme, the term has become a household name, and

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despite its somewhat limited range and speed, it has served our basic

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household needs. But today, we are much more demanding. We need more

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bandwidth, and a more elegant solution. This is where this comes

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in. Not that kind. Less fattening, it is all about slimming down. It

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is a brand new way of combining voice, video, and data on a single

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cable, that has probably been in your walls for the last 20 years.

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The Caltex cable. It is a stand it. 60 of the world's biggest companies

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have grouped together to make sure that all their products talk to

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each other. But why should you care about it? If you have got an Xbox,

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PlayStation, Apple television or any device that brings internet

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content to your television, you will know how different day it --

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difficult it can be to get a reliable connection that is fast

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enough to St H D mac content. -- to stream. This is how it works. Each

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box has a cable connector on the back, plus two ports on the side.

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You simply replace any cable or plate with the box, and connect the

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cable to the back. You need at least one box close to your

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internet Rutter, and after connecting a cable between those

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two, all the connections through a house instantly become network

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switches in addition to carrying the television signals. It takes

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your internet connection, you TV signal, combines them and sends it

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down your existing cable. It is really that simple. It would

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deliver more to pull strings of HD video, and 175 megabits of pure

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data goodness. We tested six different devices that were

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streaming media over the network at the same time, and experienced no

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issues. In the not-too-distant future, some boxers will include

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wi-fi hotspots. If you strategically placed them around

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your home, you will have pestering fast connections everywhere you go,

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instead of a fast connection closed your Rutter, and dense spots in

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other parts of your house. It is new, and with or new technology, it

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comes at a price. At $200 a unit, it is exciting, but do you invest

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now or wait until it is twice the speed and half the price? That is a

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little taste. Let us know what you Lots of technologies which have

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formed the cornerstone of science fiction have yet to manifest

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themselves in everyday life. When was the last time you saw a flying

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car? Robots however, they are a different matter. They form part of

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industrial life, they have been manufacturing cars for decades.

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Even they have not crossed over into normal life. If they are going

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to do that they have to evolve beyond the factory floor. We

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travelled to Japan to meet our electric friends.

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Whether it is running a mechanised mountains, tending to elderly

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people, or attempting to strut their simulated stuff on the

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catwalk, the Japanese have a unique affinity with the robot. It plays a

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very special part in popular culture. From robotic pet dogs to

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giant characters. 59 feet tall homage to Japanese

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animation pays tribute to a TV show. At 13 feet tall, this one is a lot

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more mobile. The plan is to build these robot suits to order. The

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suit itself is powered by diesel engine. Optional extras include a

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Jack Lang -- gun that fires plastic bullets. Some movements can be

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controlled by smartphone. A very big boy's toy. It will cost a cool

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$1.3 million. At the Tokyo Institute of Technology professes

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are conducting more practical robotic research. Rather than using

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science fiction as inspiration, they have been playing close

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attention to nature. This first robot was based on a snake in 1972.

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His laboratory has refined Robarts, the latest version has been

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designed for use in disaster zones. Helping locate tracked humans.

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can enter into very narrow space. In the case of a risky operation

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sometimes the human rescue team cannot enter. The snake robot can

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do that. It might be very useful. Now Japanese robotics researchers

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are adapting things we find in the natural world to a greater degree.

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Muscles and sinews are being mimicked by a robotics. His creator

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has previously worked on robots that replicate the movements of

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dolphins. This is a robot that mimics human swimming. Its

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movements are based on hours of video recordings of a real

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competitive swimmer. TRANSLATION: The primary application of this

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robot is to measure following forces acting on his two's body. --

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fluid. Because the robot does not get tired we can analyse the data

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very accurately. Swimmers can observe how to use propulsive force

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more effectively. Imitating human mental faculties is a far more

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difficult proposition. This is where this professor and his team

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come in. They have created a robot that will eventually have the power

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to learn for itself as start with Microsoft Connect for a head, it

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can recognise objects in front of itself. -- itself. The instructor

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tells it to observe the new object and tells the robot what it is. The

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road but performs a rapid image surge across the internet to magic

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to existing images. -- robot. Once the task is performed it asks the

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instructor if it has successfully identified the object. It is then

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added to the memory. It is making a cup of tea. Most robots are

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designed to perform a single task. A machine with a mind like this one

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could turn its metal hands to almost any job. The dawn of the

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learning robots. It could go one or two ways. They could laugh last or

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terminate us. -- love us. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, it

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could also be worth a bit of cash. We now have Webscape.

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If you could use a little extra cash in your pocket, this is a

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service for selling your smartphone photos for $10 a time. You'll have

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to split it 50/51st up --. You can increase your chances of making a

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sale by checking out the mission pages, where by there are requests

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for a particular type of image. -- 50-50.

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We carry these around with us everywhere. They take a pretty good

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picture. Citizen journalism is a growing trend across the world

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because of the speed and ease we can up lewd videos. Another app

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concentrates more on breaking news stories. -- up -- upload. The state

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of app uses in a particular area if they get a request for a photo.

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Nobody likes filling in the same details on lots of different

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website forms. When you are looking for work online it seems to be

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unavoidable. Not if you sign up with this website which uses a

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clever search algorithm they called Bob to scan the details of an

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uploaded CV. The developer's says this site is booked into around 90%

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of the job forums in the UK. Searching around 200,000 jobs daily.

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By the end of October they expect to be launching in the USA and

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India, with flat and America and the rest of Europe in their sights

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by the end of the year. -- Latin America. The service is free for

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job seekers. It makes a small commission from the jobs bought

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when the candidate applies. It could not be easier to get started.

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You can also get more targeted results delivered. I want to show

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you a really cute idea from a chat rehanging charity in Belgium. --

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feline rehoming. To be fair, the videos are pre-

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recorded loops rather than live feeds. It is a fine concept to grab

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the attention of anyone looking to adopt something cute and fluffy if

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they are in Belgium. The rest of the world, you will have to do with

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stroking the matter. -- monitor. A new website designed to help

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wheelchair-users and less physically able people find the

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most stylish entertainment venues for their needs. Currently the

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venues listed are mostly in London. It is spreading in the UK and

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Europe fast. Look up your smartphone with the

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