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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


watched with a thunderous expression as PCs running Windows


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


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


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


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


basically because the windows themselves have taken a back seat


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


completely independent of each other. Open up internet explorer in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


software. Is this the operating system that will finally bring


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Internet freedom campaigners are railing against a UN report calling


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


and crime concludes that the internet has become a standard tool


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


It has called for more comprehensive and surveillance of


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


would be dangerous and threaten the fundamental rights.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


acknowledging that they had much more competition? Amazon has


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


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


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


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


security information which prevents PlayStation 3s from playing pirated


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


users can circumvent security patches and firmware Updates and


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


around our homes wanting to connected to the internet and each


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


PlayStation, Apple television or any device that brings internet


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


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


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


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


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


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


internet Rutter, and after connecting a cable between those


two, all the connections through a house instantly become network


switches in addition to carrying the television signals. It takes


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


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


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


data goodness. We tested six different devices that were


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


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


wi-fi hotspots. If you strategically placed them around


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


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


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


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


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


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


formed the cornerstone of science fiction have yet to manifest


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


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


industrial life, they have been manufacturing cars for decades.


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


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


travelled to Japan to meet our electric friends.


Whether it is running a mechanised mountains, tending to elderly


people, or attempting to strut their simulated stuff on the


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


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


giant characters. 59 feet tall homage to Japanese


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


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


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


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


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


$1.3 million. At the Tokyo Institute of Technology professes


are conducting more practical robotic research. Rather than using


science fiction as inspiration, they have been playing close


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


His laboratory has refined Robarts, the latest version has been


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


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


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


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


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


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


has previously worked on robots that replicate the movements of


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


movements are based on hours of video recordings of a real


competitive swimmer. TRANSLATION: The primary application of this


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


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


very accurately. Swimmers can observe how to use propulsive force


more effectively. Imitating human mental faculties is a far more


difficult proposition. This is where this professor and his team


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


picture. Citizen journalism is a growing trend across the world


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


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


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


Nobody likes filling in the same details on lots of different


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wheelchair-users and less physically able people find the


most stylish entertainment venues for their needs. Currently the


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


Europe fast. Look up your smartphone with the


best Halloween fines apps. It delivers one quality app every day


free in the run-up to the holiday. All really good downloads but they


come with a frightening amount of pop up adds. That is the kind of


treat worth getting dressed up for for. Those lines are available


whenever and wherever you need them at our website. -- links. Get in


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