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postponed, a key demand of the opposition. That's it from me,
Chris Rogers will be here at 2 am, minute, hang on, wait, wait, wait...
This week, Click takes a ride on the bizarre bike that does stand up
by itself. And saves a bit of energy along the way. We'll take a
raspberry raspberry pie. Apple, Google and
Microsoft all square up... Well rectangle up anyway. We will review
the the latest Tech News, and how to
find a hired hand at short notice in Webscape. Welcome to Click, I'm
Spencer Kelly. Can you remember the first time you ever saw a segue
scooter? To wield scooter, which against all odds, stands up by
itself. Well first up this week we thought we would show you a brand-
new vehicle which does something more
more than a little odd. We have been to California to investigate.
your your wildest sci-fi fantasies come
to life. Sell driving cars, robots that fetch beers... And now a
futuristic set of wheels that looks like it was driven straight out of
a scene from Tronc, this is the C one. This working prototype is full
head turner. So is it a motorcycle his
his brainchild, the founder, Daniel Kim, says both are. It takes
romance and the efficiency of a you motorcycle and the safety and
comfort of a car. The motor that the motivation was to trim the fat
in our transportation systems. So they did that. Then loaded it with
Tech. Fully enclosed stealthng bouncing electric motorcycle. It
gets 220 miles with charge, 0-60 in transportation. Most of that makes
sense, fully enclosed. Okay, so no helmet needed. Electric, got that.
bit about self- balancing? would be very hard to knock over
our vehicle. I know what you're thinking, how is it possible? It
uses the very same technology that is used in the international space
station and the Hubble space telescope. Gyroscopes. With two
Jiros, one for redundancy, it puts out over 1700 Newton metres of talk.
It can withstand much more than feeble reporters who skipped gym
workouts. We hook it up to an SUV, and basically test to see i
fell over. We simulated a collision. motorcycle licence. Since its
intended tore shouldn't be though, there shouldn't be any
learning curve. And so called landing gea up
right when propped. Still observers say consumers may not be entirely
convinced by Kim's ground-breaking Tech. This thing balances for you.
Unlike a motorcycle, if you begin to doubt it, you can't put your
foot on the ground, you have to trust it. There's a great degree of
faith that he is asking the purchasers to have in a different
kind of vehicle. They also tread into very familiar tech territory.
detect detect your phone, it could provide
access to navigation apps or streaming music. Talk may require
trust, but apps, those customers know and love. Samuel is one of 500
people who have put down $100 for a spot on the waiting list. -- a few
hundred dollars. This is his first impression. That is cool. Followed
by what is it, and is this real. advanced
advanced features, followed by customers like Long. Motorcyclists
are looking for a more comfortable ride, as well as commuters. It's
only 40 inches wide, so you can get through traffic. And the
company is eyeing up countries where to Wheeler's rule the road,
Countrie Countries that have enormous growth
engines, incredible technology forward populations, and a class of
people in tarly Thirties who are coming into
That could That could be golden. But would it
be the ride of choice for tight- knit families like these? A
for two, but one, 2, three, four, five, six, baggage and two dogs?
Doubtful. To make any in Rome's at all they first need to get past the
being denied a test drive by protective engineers, I settled for
sitting behind the wheel. The first thing I noticed, it's actually
pretty spacious. I'm not the tallest person on the planet but I
have got plenty of room. Back here, you notice these electronics, they
are for stability control. They will be shrunken down to this size,
Danny tells me. And they will be somewhere up here. Not quite ready
for production, but the company has time to polish and protect before
its 2014 shitting goal. It will cost $24,000 initially, but the
they they can reach scale to $12,000 in
the US and $5,000 in Asia thanr cheaper manufacturing. -- shipping.
Almost everyone I spoke to from future customers to car tech
experts agree, the cool factor seals the deal. The first time I
development shop in San Francisco, intake year of breath. It's an
amazing machine -- intake of breath. design that I look and say, I would
customers and investors to want the same.
Possibly the most stable thing on two wheels I have ever seen. What a
this week's big Tech News stories. A new global alliance has been
launched to tackle child porn on up of 48 co
Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, and sevemerica.as well
ways to reduce the availability of child porn on the Net, and increase
the number of prosecutions. It comes weeks before the new cyber
centre opens up at the Haye League. Amazon is launching an all-you-can-
eat contents series for kids, the offers
and and music from between $3-$10 a
month. It will be available for Amazon's Kindle, of which more a
little later in the show. Social is getting much more social as
Microsoft has opened up its online con 10 sharing gallery to the
public. It works a bit like... -- content sharing. It has been opened
up to students in May. Anyone with sign up as
sign up as the site goes head-to- sharing
robot is a robot is a world record holder.
San Francisco to Australia unaided. It has taken just over a year to
solidity and ecosystem. Its owner has three similar robots still out
at sea, although one has had to divert to Hawaii for an urgent
how it's getting on! One of the Big Tex stories of 2012 has been not a
very fast complicated smartphone, comput
computer. -alled raspberry pie and it is designed to
teach kids about programming and get them excited about programming
computers and making the teaching of programming affordable. We
covered it earlier in the year on Click. But we have brought back in
Mike Powell, who is the face of raspberry pie to have a look. Hello.
it? It is stand alone, you just need a USP, and you're away. What
can this ne do that the old version can't? It is the same
machine, it has got up on memory, a difference. More memory gives it
more breathing space to do stuff more efficiently. It is big enough
to run the Android operating system from the smartphone world?
yet to see looking
looking forward to it. Your app developers for Android can develop
for Ras Group I? Yes. This is what you see when you start it, a
raspberry p raspberry pie. Can you talk us
through what we are seeing here? have got a simple text editor and
we have written a simple one Line programme that says, hello, BBC
click. We hample on the much longer programme and this does
run Space invaders? Yes it does. I will press the key to start us off.
There it is running, that is the script ill done
in the python language in a few hundred lines of code? Yes. We are
going back to the Eighties, because a generation of school kids miss
out on programming because the PC got access
into programme. Yes. Now you have got access to raw programming
languages and you can see the whole thing in action, you can take an
existing programme like Space invaders and you can edit it. That
is just as valid as writing something from scratch. What other
things have you seen being used? player, you can run it as a simple
media player to play back HD movies. We have seen a burglar alarm
programmed with it before as an educational exercise. And many
way accessories can now be pegged into
you to do? sical devices to it, lamps, relays,
motors, and control them, and sense things from the physical world.
Tell me about the chicken. It is a robotic chicken. It connects to the
raspberry pie via this device. We have a Twitter application running
on the raspberry pie that listens for a certain hash tag, when it
receives it the rust replied speaks the tweet on a monitor in a
synthesised voice, and the chicken flaps its wings and its feet as
well. I think the tech world has been missing that for a number of
Bookings in this world a safe the fickle finger of fashion and
that includes technology. Not long ago the take industry was trying to
persuade us that by laptop was the solution to all our computer
problems and suddenly it was the smartphone and no, you need a net
book. Did Ineed an ultra book. The latest trendy
so so many of them around, argued
shoes before they too become yesterday's news? Mark has been
testing out the latest crop of tablets.
For a short time, have also to the top of the tap -- at the top of the
Tablet tree Tablet tree supreme while android tablets
struggle to match the quality. Two years later, our whole host of
Android devices which can just about match the iPad. Crucially,
they all cheaper. To make things interesting, Microsoft has entered
can can take on all-comers. The Surface.
What tabards are great for surfing and watching a movie and TV,
creating co creating co creating colt
difficult to a lack of keyboard or mouse plus processing power and
apps which seamlessly integrate your software you might find on a
desktop PC. Microsoft's primary aim with the Surface is to address this
by creating a tablet that behaves a lot like a laptop. Surface is a
meaty slab of Tabard technology. Physically larger than all of its
rivals. To it makes use of Microsoft's Windows eight operating
system. A full-size USB port and these
these magnetic cover a keyboard. These come as the next
event -- expensive optional extra and in two flavours. One which has
properties and this they know, which lacks
which lacks keys which actually good. The flexible version, less so.
It reacts slowly to keystrokes with a noticeable lack between typing
and the characters appearing on screen. A lack of tactile feedback
can be unsettling when trying to tie up quic
tie up quickly. Surface does of course have a nice big touch-screen
as well but touch and windows eight works ever so slightly different
metre touch on an Apple iPad or an Android tablet. A slight on the
right-hand side of the screen reveals what Microsoft is calling
the charmer bar. Users can access the search tool. Something Surface
as which all other tablets lack is this ability to open what is in
essence a kind of desktop you would of Microsoft Office, it can run
won on his desktop. This software is pretty much all you can use the
kick the desktop is sparsely populated. Wait until you see the
app store. Its shelves are presenting as a Soviet supermarket.
I I think it's engineers did not want
Surface is Surface is not a great Laptop and
it is not great as a tablet for a couple of reasons. One of them is
physic physical fitness to handle a
Surface but it's a very heavy bit of hand-held kept. So heavy in fact
if I am one, I might even consider cancelling my gymnasium
subscription. From big to small, displays. Asus and Amazon Kindle.
And it is not the size that a stronger. These are but what you
would call wallet-friendly tablets. But that these machines have
similar price tags. The Kindle Fire runs a skinned version of the
Android operating system system. It looks different to the interface
where I used to but the main focus of the screen that pushes uses
towards content like music, films and Berks. hich
Amazon cells. This mean that any apps you downloaded or hidden away
and this option here which feels a little bit weird but for the cash,
it does have an H D screen which is really rather good. The next seven
is a rather straightforward tablet about. The user interface will be
familiar to Android users. Slightly lighter than Kindle, the screen is
not as high resoluti perfectly good for most purposes.
Google Play, the android app store, is full to brimming with apps. What
of Apple? They have been busy preparing not one but two new iPads.
One with more powerful internals and the smaull-
size iPad does that as more of that same stick this many expect from
Apple products. Boasting a high- resolution retina display now with
a faster processor, both the 10- inch iPad and the Mini now have the
new lightning, to which means any Aldeburgh fe
fitted with an adaptor to make them work. -- bullet-proof roles. It is
shrunk and shrunk and
backwash. I backwash. It lacks the Repton and
is thin and light. Combine that sure to keep Apple fans happy.
Mark looking at some of the latest tablets available now. Looks like
Apple may have some stiff competition in 2013.
Have you ever needed someone to help you with your work at short
notice? Thank you very much. Someone to help make the day go
have, have a look at Webscape now way to find
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If you need help for the last minute job, take a look at this web
service with a free iPhone app that lets you advertise a position and
look for work in your immediate With no registration or payment,
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knew that as it is free, or to got to lose?
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Mark Twain. But if you enjoy it, you might want to do some work on
your golf swing. This website has received an iPhone app called Swing
techni technique so what can be analysed
by their ow would like you to click on that
icon and send your video to Swing. expect to be advertised to for
things like golf lessons, once they have your details. Well,
you didn't expect to get professionanothing, did you?
swing were nothing, did you? Your personalised feedback will arrive
they have 1 they have 15 golf pros on hands -
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English language expert, yo probably use grammar and spelling
checkers in your documents but what about all the other things to
write? Ginger is a free download products.
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make sure your communication has always spot-on. Spelling and
grammar checkers are a great pick up
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if you're having trouble figuring it out for yourself. As well as
looking for context, the app takes pronunciation into account so it's
a very good for ironing out spelling issues when you're using
English as a foreign language. And aid
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to to help people of dyslexia,
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spelling. Thanks, Kate. Those Webscape links
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The tech team discover a motorbike that doesn't fall over and weigh up the latest crop of tablet computers. Includes technology news and Webscape.