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10/11/2012

Click visits IBM Research labs in Zurich, Switzerland - featuring wet computing prototypes and a laboratory on a chip. Plus two of the hottest gaming titles expected this Xmas.


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history. That is it for me. Now it is time

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for Click. Right, all I have to do is connect this to this and then

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pour that India and connect that to that. It's ready. I can change the

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That will take a bit of cleaning up. In the meantime, this week, Click

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looks to the future with the trip to Switzerland to see what

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technology giant IBM has been picking up in research labs where

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you can mix water with computer components without frying your

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chips. The biggest names of the Year face-off in the battle for

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gaining glory. And we learn how to pick up some good habits in West --

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Webscape. Welcome to Click. I N Spencer Kelly. Technology companies

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don't just have to be ahead of the game, they have to be ahead where

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the game is going to be in five or ten years' time. Have you ever

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wondered where all the ideas come from? We dispatched David Reed to a

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top secret location in Switzerland. It is not bad secret, it is outside

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Zurich. It is the IBM Research Laboratory. Technicians have been

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showing off their latest breakthroughs. To learn these

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secrets locked inside IBM's research lab, you would either need

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to steal through the undergrowth in the dead of night or be invited on

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a press trip. IBM was showing it all off. How to really hack of

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hackers, future feels and wet computers. Let's start there. They

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are pretty cool. Normally, computers and what to don't mix.

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However, water is a great coolant and with 2% of energy in the US

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Eton abided dissenters and 40 % of that wasted in air cooling, water

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is finding a new role. Water is a more efficient coolant than a year

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by some distance. This cooling system uses air, this, water. It is

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designed so water runs through tiny channels or holes edged into wood.

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It means of the air space that is currently the of for killing, you

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do not need it. We had miniaturised the cooler so it fits into the chip.

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You can stack as many chips as you want on top of each other. That

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increases the density by more than one million fold. It also increases

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the efficiency. That is the key, the driving factor. It means data

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centres will become more efficient and much smaller. The technology

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could trickle down so we could all have many high-performance

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computers tucked under our desks. - - mini. Something else getting the

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shrink treatment is the laboratory. There are times we're a quick blood

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sample is imperative or a tiny sample is all that is available.

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That is where this lap comes into its own. Touch a liquid to a narrow

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tube and it will crawl up it. It is called capillary attraction. Here,

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it is being used to send a sample of blood plasma on a winding

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journey for a variety of tests. The result? A laboratory which fits

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into a pen. Something that you can fit into your pocket. For example,

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a possible application would be a blood test for pre-natal babies

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where there is a sample available which is very small. The approach

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will save time and cost. Reagents are chemicals which test for a

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disease. Used with this in my school probe, the contest for

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cancer on the smallest of tissue samples. Pushed from one tube and

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sucked back up through another. It cuts costs, sure. More valuable

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still, it cuts the time it takes doctors to diagnose illnesses.

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From Lab on a chip to a stick to beat hackers with. Computers are

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prone to get infected with malware. This trusted information channel by

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patties your computer entirely so you can connect directly with banks

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online servers. The device is in operation. But make sure your money

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does not get directed into the wrong account. It is under the

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control of the present. The device has its own built in cryptographic

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capabilities which allow it to connect to the server itself. That

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way, the bank can always tell the device what to show, can always

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tell the engines but it is really a transaction that is wanted. If so,

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you press the green button. But not, you contact support staff because

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there might not be some software operating on your PC.

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Electric cars don't normally go as fast or as far as petrol cars. The

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planet is wheezing with polluting fumes and oil stocks are getting

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scarcer. There is the Grand Challenge of solving the issue of

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electric car mileage. -- grand challenge. This is the first time I

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have driven an electric car. I am making a mess of it. To compete

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with petrol, they must compete. -- they must improve. This battery can

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over 500 miles. Electric cars use lithium batteries. IBM is trying to

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make lithium last for ten times longer than the current charge.

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Others are working on this. The electric car race is of imminent.

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We started three years ago. We believe in this technology. We made

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the first step forward. Additional competition is only a sign that

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we're going the right way. This new type of battery is a completely

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different chemistry to the previous one. We need to solve many

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materials and problems to get the battery working in the right way.

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Another future fuel IBM is looking at is this photovoltaic system

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which concentrates the rays of the Sun, delivering three electrician -

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- electricity with no emissions. Much of the tech that IBM is

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showing is under development. They usually guard their secrets

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jealously. They were happy to show out of. It makes you wonder what

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they've got hidden in the basement. David Reed spilling the beans and

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IBM's not so top-secret research facility. What do something else

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that is public knowledge a -- public knowledge. This week's tech

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news. Windows Live Messenger is due to close next year. Microsoft

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announced that it plans to shelve its instant messaging servers in

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20th March 13, 14 years after launch. Users will be expected to

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shift to delayed his version escape, where messages can be imported.

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That is if they are not already Messaging on Facebook, apse what

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sup port and so on. Apple was ordered to Beith damages for

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infringing another company's pagans. FaceTime infringed patents held by

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VirnetX. Apple said the people did take makes Italy played a small

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role. Instagram has extended its reach into the web. Until now, it

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is used mobile apps. The design resembles pages from Facebook. It

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bought the app with this year. It is hoped it will encourage us to

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show more of our pictures. Privacy campaigners are concerned it might

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make it easier to take other users photos. Barack Obama brought news

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of his election victory on Twitter. It highlights how far the platform

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has come since his first election in 2008, where it had barely into

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the public, jitters. Others with a, his tweet and photo embracing his

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wife became the most retweeted post of all time, breaking Justin

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This is the time of year the video games industry goes into overdrive

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and engages in a mad rush to release its latest blockbusters on

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the gaming public. As the current generation of consols reach the end

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of their life cycles, the question is - do they have any more to give?

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Is it possible to innovate on platforms getting long in the

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I'm really sorry to disappoint you, it is not actually meet you are

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here to see. It is that person. The Master Chief, seven feet of Super

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soldier and the star of the first three halo games. He is now

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blasting his way back in Halo 4, vista of a new trilogy of science-

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fiction shooters. The series of games that began on the original

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XBox are back with the original hero referring -- returning to his

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favourite pastime, destroying hordes of alien bad guys. Games

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like halo have become entertainment powerhouses, spawning novels, comic

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books and toys as well as a live action when series. -- internet

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series. The video games sequel has a lot to prove. Fans of the series

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will be familiar with the injured Curtly thought outer universe and

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with the mechanics of the game. If the player must exterminate aliens

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with extreme prejudice. A wide selection of weapons are available

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and the host can commandeer a series of vehicles to help him get

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from A to B or how can get to a new planet once run by the mysterious

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four runners. Each iteration of the game has added new weapons to the

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Arsenal and this version maintains that tradition, but this time

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around, those weapons belong to a new adversary. The Master Chief

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still does battle with his previous adversaries, a combination of

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species called the Covenant, but now he is up against a far deadlier

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for her, or Prometheans. This is a little bit boring. Their attack

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patterns... The game experience is a story of two House. The first

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seems lacklustre compared to previous parts of the series. Then

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it becomes clear that this was all an elaborate set-up, if win the

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second half of the game will ratcheting up the action. The must

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achieve has a new team of public Masters claimed his strings. Bungie

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have passed the mind will have to end in house Microsoft studio to

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343 Industries. -- have passed the mantle. These hast not affected the

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overall quality of the game. There is plenty of extra content in the

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game, including the episodic Spartan Ops. Halo 4 competes in a

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crowded market place, including Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call

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of Duty: Black Ops two. This is company in which this veteran

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shooter can hold its head high. Time to another juggernaut, one

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that favours magic wands over weapons. Wonder Book is a new

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augmented reality peripheral for the PlayStation 3 that makes use of

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an Eye camera, move Controller and the wonder Book itself. Open the

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book to reveal that the pages are covered in these symbols. When you

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place it in front of the camera, the PlayStation can figure out

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exactly where the book is in three- dimensional space and if you hook

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at the screen, it will add content to be put. In this case, we have an

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interactive Harry Potter the title called book of spells. The new

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controller at its as a magic wand of while the book itself comes to

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life with instruction in the art of wizarding as well as stories that

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literally still from the page. It takes a while to get used to

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looking at the screen while waving the wander round but the technology

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gently guides the player through an entirely different and interactive

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form of storytelling. An interesting addition to the

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Caribbean of augmented reality apps and, refreshingly, one that

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actually works. -- pantheon. This in the week when a certain

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gaming legend has announced the return of a much-loved 80s classic.

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Can beat is getting a 21st century makeover. -- a Elite. This is a

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game with a spaceship and a small amount of money. And you have to

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make money by trading goods and the in a pirate. It is an open world,

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and you can go where you like and do what you like. This was the

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first true three-dimensional game using wire frame graphics. It had a

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completely different look to its contemporaries at the time, lots of

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a two-dimensional jumping around games. We didn't have a score, we

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didn't have three lives, it changed everything. You could play it for

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days and weeks on end. -- one end. The world has changed phenomenally.

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One of the big changes his online. One thing this will add his online

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play. You can play with your friends online or play on your own,

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whichever is the choice. But that changes the game dynamic in an

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important and exciting way. We have built a lot of technology, we have

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been so testing on remote servers. In order to make a game, you need a

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lot of technology behind it and we are in place for that now. We have

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the facility to make the game as good as we can make it. What we

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will do going forward is billed the game on top of that technology so

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people can play. You can read more of that and see the rest of the

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interview on our website. Time for something for someone --

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for anyone who has ever picked up a bad habit, which is anyone.

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We all know that we should be exercising more. Or drinking more

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water. The kinder to our colleagues. When it comes to picking up good

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habits, sometimes we need a lift, which is exactly what these aims to

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do. It is a free iPhone app that helps to identify goals and then

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tracks your performance. Tat to check-in when you complete a task.

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The statistics will reveal how close you are out of forming a

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habit. Scrolling through other people's good habits might give you

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some ideas but you can search for the specifically. Type in what you

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are looking for and if it does not exist, all you have to do is create

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it and you will be the first person in that group. Make sure studio

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producer brings a cup of tea at the end of every link. That really was

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easy! Another free iPhone Apple designed to help you make better

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choices is this one, where a business coach talks through the

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basics of her simple plan for entrepreneur has to decide whether

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a business idea is worth pursuing or not.

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For the younger business people, fantasy stock exchange is an into

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school educational Trading challenge, pitting the financial

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wits of players against each other while they learn the basics of

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share trading and fund manager -- managing. Anyone can sign up and

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begin trading straight away. You get free funds in your account to

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start, both in your trading account and in your bank account, and as

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long as you are not too reckless, that should be fine. There is

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always the option to and more funds for a small payment. Let's hope a

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train to -- training ground like this will show the next generation

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of City bankers how to turn a profit ethically.

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If you are strapped for cash but need the help of a professional,

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this is an interesting new social network that lets you invite people

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to meet up for a coffee or a bite to eat in return for a little

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advice. Using location data, the website will scour your LinkedIn

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contacts and his own registered users looking for a suitable

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excellent -- experts. If you see someone used for, for

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example, an accountant if you have a question about tax, you can

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invite them to lunch at a local venue. You can offer to pay for

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lunch or split the bill. You can even suggest they pay for it. But

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that might be cheeky if you want free advice. The website was a just

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venues and their discount vouchers available. You are not tied to put

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you through them. It has been going in the UK for a few months and this

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week opened to international members. There will soon be some

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smartphone apps. It could be a funny way to network with local

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business people. The obvious one is about meeting strangers from the

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internet apply. -- obvious warnings. Those links are available on our

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website. And that his way you need to go for a host of other resources

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as well. To get in touch with us, to get an archive of our previous

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Technology news programme. Click visits IBM Research labs in Zurich, Switzerland - featuring wet computing prototypes and a laboratory on a chip. Plus a look at two of the hottest gaming titles expected this Xmas.


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