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03/11/2012

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Click. Wanted, as many friends as possible

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helping to move into our new house. This week on Click, could Facebook

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friends and Twitter chatter now be influential in up to tip the race

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for the White House? We are in Kenya where we catch up with some

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particularly African start ups, and in Asia, to discuss the hi-tech

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hotel controlled by your phone. We will also showcase and app that

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brings all your conversations together in Webscape.

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Welcome to Click. Next week, there is the small matter of electing the

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President of the United States. We wondered whether this time around,

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the use of social networks could actually swing the race. It is very

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tight. 2008 was the first big political outing for Twitter and

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Facebook. Many felt that President Obama out tweeted his opponent,

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John McCain. But four years on, both parties have mastered the art

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of the 140 Character campaign message, and a whole lot more.

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For decades, television has been the central battleground for

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presidential races, now social media campaigning has caught up.

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Millions of dollars spent by candidates Barack Obama and Mitt

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Romney have ensured a saturated cyber presence. Campaigning may

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have been officially paused after Superstorm Sandy hit America's

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eastern seaboard, but the chat rooms and message boards never go

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silent. Lee Byrne Rubinstein is now political art which director at

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Tumblr, that and the last election, she worked at MySpace. I was

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working directly with all the campaigns. I can attest to the fact

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that Obama invested far more than anyone else in that category. This

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year, social media, it is assumed that candidates will engage in that

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way. The political consulting universe that has sprung up around,

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servicing the needs of the candidates, is really staggering.

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Compared to four years ago, the amount of personal information that

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is available online and off-line to die set has exploded. The biggest

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being in the 2012 race is the use of big data. It is the merging of

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different sources together. They have been able to target them on a

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very precise level. You take marketing data, from consumer

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databases, you have files that political parties keep, and finally,

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what they do online, and their social networking activities.

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political parties can also identify a possible circle of friends, and

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use that group to spread ideas. You are more likely to pay attention to

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messages from your friends than your politicians. Presidential

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campaigns are a useful reminder of just how fast a technology moves.

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In 2008, there simply were not any iPads, cellphones were a little

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smaller, lower resolution, more difficult to read information from,

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and if you jump forward to today, laptops are lighter and longer

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lasting, battery wise, and so the average voter is far more likely to

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be watching the election through multiple screens. While they are

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watching television, they had a second screen, and they are

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commenting in real time on Twitter. There is a second conversation

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going on. You have the debate and then the chattering masses. Also

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some good fact-checking as well. way is that more evident than at a

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debate watching party in college. It is the second presidential

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debate, and many students at Boston University are constantly typing

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all looking at messages on Facebook, Twitter, and new favourite

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Instagram. But it is not clear whether this parallel streams of

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information and insight are always helpful, especially when one of the

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candidates says something that is a little unexpected. Mitt Romney

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talked about the funding PBS, and about Big Bird, myself, along with

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a lot of people, could not focus on what anyone else was saying for the

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rest of the debate, because we were thinking, what did he say? The

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twitters stream reflected that. At times, a social media can be a

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distraction from the real issues. They brought us binders full of

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women. Many of the stand-up phrases in this year's race, including,

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binders full of women, horses and bayonets, had been captured on

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Tumblr, which is one of the social sides credited with the rebirth of

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the animated gif. It helped to boost its total number of users to

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41 million. A gift plays when you look at it, whether you like it or

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not, and if you catch it in the debate, it catches body language

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and facial expressions. You can try to describe it in words but it will

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not fit in 140 words. In a visual orientated quarter, this is

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important. We Twitter recording 40 million tweets during the

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conventions a lion, this has 360,000 in 2008, it is obvious that

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social media is having more of an impact four years on, despite

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claims that the fate of followers and friends can be bought for

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pennies each. The irony is that as soon as the election is over, the

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White House of Winnie -- winner will shed as many social media

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towns as possible. A look at some of the big

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technology stories. It was not just campaigning that was disrupted by

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the weather on America's East Coast. Superstorm Sandy briefly managed to

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take dime several high-profile websites, including Gizmodo and the

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Huffington Post, which ran a low- tech version of its site. Many site

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outages were blamed on battery failure. Emergency site such as

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Hurricane Hattie has emerged, with information like maps of places

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that need sandbagging, and ways for people to sign up and raise

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donations. Apple has changed the way his voice activated search

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service works, after it emerged it was directing users do it sites

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that are illegal. It comes amid a management shake-up. The executive

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which over short the criticised maps app is to leave her. Mobile

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phone users in 11 British cities willing to pay a premium now had

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access to a super high-speed mobile broadband, the 4G network from EE

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offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, which means that a

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high-definition movie could be downloaded in minutes. So far only

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a handful of devices support 4G, and the new service is being

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criticised for the more expensive than other data at Harris. The man

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behind Star Wars, George Lucas, is selling the franchise and the

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company which made the movie is to Disney. The $4 billion deal will

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see Disney produced the final three episodes of the original Star Wars

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series, starting with number seven, due to be released in 2015. Once

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finished, Disney has promised a brand-new Star Wars every few years.

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You will remember a few weeks ago we visited Kenya. It was a long

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road trip and we were there may need to look at the simple

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technologies which were designed to solve problems that he will only

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find in the developing world. They are simple solutions. While we were

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there, we also popped into a place which has more hi-tech aspirations.

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But it still has a distinctly An exclusive live set from two of

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Kenya's up and coming gospel stars. They enjoy at least a little fame

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in Kenya, but that does not mean that they make much money. Much of

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the music is pirated online, and that is why these two artists have

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signed up for an idea that was born in this very room. By day, this

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glass-fronted top four of a Nairobi office block is an open-plan office

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space. It is named 88kph. It is in a reference to the speed needed to

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achieve time-travel in back to the future. It is one of several start

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up incubators in the City, which offers support, guidance and

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possibly investment. The start-ups to which they have lent their name

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to, it is a new way of selling music downloads. In Kenya, this is

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mostly done through feature of bone from the website, which only pay

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the artist a small percentage. This hip-hop star is also helping to

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push this new idea. It is a scratch card bought from newsagents, which

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will cut out the network operators and pay more of the money to those

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who create the music. It is also hoped that is more convenient way

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would mean that fewer people will attend to download pirated copies.

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-- will attend. The projects do mostly target owners of simple

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phones, there is a service for schools, which was sent messages

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and take some results. -- test. This is the pilot for a local

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newspaper published online and on mobile websites. Its stories are

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sourced and written by budding local reporters in the area,

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delivered by the Mao and that checked by essential sub editing

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teams. -- by email. But can such ideas, aimed at so many people who

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live close to the poverty line, really yield profits that were

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tracked big investors? -- that will attract. There are certain times

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that such opportunities come along. Right now, there is the opportunity

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in Africa. There is an explosion in mobile phone users. It is a

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continent of almost 1 billion people. The English-speaking

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population in Africa is larger than in the US.

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Whether the challenge is uniquely African or one faced the world over,

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such as music piracy, the solutions are out there, they just need a

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little bit of buying from investors, and more importantly, from their

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target audience. If, like us, you travel a lot on

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business, then you may also have come across a mid-range hotels that

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aim to provide something a little bit extra. So-called hi-tech hotels

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might offer automated mood settings, or gadgets with interactive bits,

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but rarely do these flashy extras come together in a single, neat

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concept, that also saves you money. One hotel that we came across on a

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recent trip to Thailand aims to do exactly that, using one of bees. We

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cannot resist popping along to see if it could deliver a five-star

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Bangkok has always been a city that is just as home -- just as at home

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with the old as the new. But this hotel may be leading the way we

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stay when we travel in the future. Although there is not much that is

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futuristic from the outside. Things start to change as soon as you get

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to the reception desk. A run for Dan Simmons's please. Instead of a

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key card, I have been given a mobile phone. Useful because to get

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to my room, I will need to use the lives. They are activated by an NFC

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chip inside by newly acquired Hann said. The door to my new home

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operate in the same way, recognising it is me. -- handset.

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And it gets better. Once in the room, you can control pretty much

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anything from this phone. From the bedside lights to maybe the

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curtains, making sure you are not disturbed during that movie you

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might want to watch. Of course, give a boy a toy and he will play

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with it. I gave the lights a good workout for at least 15 minutes. On,

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off, on... Once the novelty faded, I found the pre- programmed mood

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settings came into their own. One touch and several things happened

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at once. The remarkable thing about the set-up is that hardly any of

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that uses new technology. The smartphone is an old Samsung Galaxy

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phone. The television and lights are controlled through Bluetooth

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all Wi-Fi. Each room has a wireless receiver tucked in behind the wall,

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and even staff do not know rarities. That in turn controls whatever it

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is you need to control. -- where it is. The key is that it brings it

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all together from concierge to mood music. -- is that this app. It is

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not just smartphones. The hotel found an innovative way to use

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tablets. In the lobby, they offer local information and in the

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restaurant you can use at iPod de que roos order a bottle of wine --

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bottle of wine. Just make sure you get the right table! And the

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concept of technology making will stay easy and pleasant extends to

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when you are out and about. Because the handset comes with a local SIM

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card that has an all-you-can-eat data planned, you can access Life

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naps, so if websites and make local calls without paying a penny. You

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can even set up a Wi-Fi hot spot to connect your own devices. You can

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also call internationally using your connection for a fraction of

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the usual roaming price. While free calls may be welcome to travellers,

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this phone will not have your contacts on it. And if you lose

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this phone, do will have to pay the entire replacement cost to the

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hotel which will be expensive. And then there is the issue of security.

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All of those numbers you have been using an internet pages are stored

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on a SIM card that is not yours. And on a handset that you are

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leaving with the hotel. Back at base, the hotel manager assures me

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my privacy is being carefully guarded. Renewed checkout, another

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important part is the privacy and data. It automatically a raises the

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data. The number you have been issued is a bank of 1,000 numbers

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so it gets to the back of the queue. It will not be re-used for many

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months. You will not get the phone calls from people. The smartphone

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idea can be applied to any hotel with a few modifications. The

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company behind it says the next step is to make it work with any

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smartphone. Currently, we used, as you have seen, at app on the phone

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that we distribute to guests. In the future, it will be downloadable

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and that app will go into the individual's device. That will make

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a difference. Everybody wants to use their own devices as they are

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more comfortable with that. In the meantime, guests are politely

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requested to take good care of the handsets. Four free calling,

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internet access, considered and for controlling everything in the room.

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I have no idea where it is! And the television is off. Dan Simmons,

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traumatised without his mobile phone or any television. And if you

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have been in that kind of a situation, wanting to keep in touch

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with friends abroad, not tearing up your hotel room, Kate Russell has a

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clever app in Webscape which should mean you never miss a text, Tweed,

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post, status update, e-mail message...

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A recent UK study found we are now more likely to send a text message

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than pick up the phone. But with contacts scattered across so many

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social and chat platforms, you are in danger of tying your apps in a

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not trying to talk to everybody. Not with this chat applicator that

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connects with all of the Instant Messager platforms including MSN, I

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am, Facebook and Skype. -- IM. You don't often think of Facebook as an

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instant messenger client but with so many using it, there is a good

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chance the person you want to talk to it is using Facebook. The next

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time you want to swap it out with somebody on holiday, instead of

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giving them your mobile telephone number, why not swap Facebook

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account details? Then you can speak to them on things done it --

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Instant Messenger, the cost is negligible or free and if they turn

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into a nightmare when you get home, just block their account. You can

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connect with people through the bowser application for with one of

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the free smartphone apps. Sometimes, you need more than a

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text message. Meetupcall is a conference service that is easy to

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use, you might never have a face to face meeting again. Just invite

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pasta defence by e-mail, clearly stating time and date, and it

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include meetupcall on the invitation list. Now, the service

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takes over, keeping everyone informed about the meeting and who

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is attending, even extracting and including link the touts and

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photographs so you know who you are talking to it on the call. -- link

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details. The free account shares the cost of the conference call

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between all the participants, so everybody picks up their own

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charges, dialling in from 10 different global locations. There

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are premium that never ships, upgrades if you want more

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participants or more dialing locations, and the pay as you go

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account lets you pick up the cost of your participants calls, only

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paying for the minutes you use. Once the call is finished, there

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will be a recording in your Inbox if you ever need to check what was

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said. If you prefer to communicate

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through music, don't worry, I will not sing again, but I have a funky

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collection of free Windows Phone 7 they should get your beads mixing.

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RaveIT is an awesome simple drum machine that lets you build from

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pre-loaded percussion sounds. Human Beatbox, as the name would suggest,

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draws on recordings made by you to fill up the sample grid. You can't

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record a new plight you can with a drum machine app, which is a shame,

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but it is loads of fun going around and picking up samples by recording

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people's voices or sounds around you and then capping it out with

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your fingers. In the time honoured tradition of TV, here is one I

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prepared earlier. Sequencer it's a more grown-up app.

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But it is still simple to master. But if you prefer to go plain daft,

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checkout this gimmick from a pop band but it really is quite fun.

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And it is very silly. Remember, remember, this month is November.

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So get your moustache on to raise awareness for men's health issues,

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particularly prostate and testicular cancer. Find out more at

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the roadside or two it -- or download the free apps.

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-- the website. And step aside Siri, Google has

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added a voice assistance to its revamped surge up that looks to set

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over disgruntled Apple owners, with lightning-fast recognition. What is

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the weather like in Tokyo? And accurate results.

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Kate Russell with Webscape. All of those links are at our website.

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The tech show reports on next week's US elections, trendy tech startups in Kenya, and a hi-tech hotel in Thailand. Includes tech news and Webscape.


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