29/12/2012 Click


29/12/2012

The second part of Click's most memorable gadgets and tech from 2012. Featuring lifesaving Robots, filmmaking on your phone and kitchens of the future.


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unite around the reformist agenda. Click.

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Where is my seat? Where is the seat? I guess I am standing.

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Welcome to part two of the best of Click 2012. Last week we said a

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fond farewell to the BBC Television Centre, and this week, as we rocket

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towards the new year, I thought I would formally introduce you to

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Click's new home, New Broadcasting House. Shiny, isn't it? And we had

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some shiny tech to show you as well, as we look back at the Droids, the

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cameras and a time of our that tag which has caught our eye. We will

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mobiles are seeing. -- Singh.

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Many science-fiction fans have long dreamed of a future where machines

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themselves. themselves. This year, we will tell

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what may happen if computers did gain a body, a mind or a soul. At

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what may happen if we then let them loose.

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The Japanese have a unique affinity with the robot. It plays a very

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special part in their culture. It is 59 feet tall, a homage to

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stationary tribute to a television Technology, students and professors

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robotic research. This professor created his first robot based on a

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state in 1972. His lab has continued to refine their robots.

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The latest version has been designed to use in disaster zones,

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to help humans locate others natural world can perform --

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imitating mental aspirations is a more difficult function. They have

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created a robot called SOINN, or Self-Organizing Incremental Neural

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Network, a robot which will eventually have the power to learn

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for itself. With Microsoft Kinect for a head, which acts as a

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distance sensing I am a microphone, placedects

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placed in front of it. -- sensing I. A special teacup is placed in front

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of the robot. The robot then performs a performs a its search

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across the Web to try to match the object to existing images. --

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internet search. She again make a guess about how to use it. It is

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making a cup of tea. This old opera house is host to be building is, a

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combined art exhibition and game, which uses 19 computers to give us

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the impression the building is swings.

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swings. The building's mood changes the painting to -- on what people

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do, as all the installations are connected, and action in one room

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can change what happens in another. The hidden beating heart, complete

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with proximity sensors, awaits the gentle touch of an Angry Jester. I

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had to put my arms inside this strings inside. While this

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exhibition is clearly about art, objects in forming humans of their

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state gives us a glimpse of a future where everything is

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connected to end up being -- everything else.

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This is EMILY, the emergency Integrator and lifesaving Laing Art.

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From this summer, it will be zipping out to swimmers in trouble.

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The Life Guards asked me if I wanted to see EMILY in action. I

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That is cold! The Life Guards had said that the water is about 16

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things things to y things to y suck

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the air out of your body. It gives you a problem if you tried to fight

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a very strong current. Within 20 seconds, EMILY was with me. As long

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as the swimmer is still conscious, it can be a real lifesaver. It will

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either towe either toweson back to shore, or it will simply give them

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a break until human help arrives. There is a lot of backstage

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effect. The performer and the image on the right can see and hear each

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other, allowing the on state artist to interact with the projected one.

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-- on stage. I can see where I am. I can see where Lucinda is. To get

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right up close, you may need to ditch the avatar and take the form

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of a robot instead. This firm puts you inside of one, giving you a

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physical presence in the room, and looking ahead, other things apart

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from your image may be communicated as well. Finally, something much

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more unnerving. It is designed to test our trust in technology. Will

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we ever reach a point where we meet -- led a robot to drive us about.

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How easy will it be to give over- physical control to a machine. I am

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have much choice about where I want it to go. This frightening looking

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beast is caught compass, and there has the ability to spin you around

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if you do not like the what -- if it does not like the way you are

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headed. It would not let you walk into the rectangles. It is guided

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by a small magnetic field running under the carpet. It gets its talk

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by spinning heavy weights in the opposite direction. This is kind of

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awesome but also it is not very nice. Compass is really insistent

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on where it wants me to go. It is really strong bus stop it is very

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difficult to resist when it may feel like. What a very strange

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day that was. The rise of the machines may be a little way off,

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but there are some industries which technology. The multi-purpose

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smartphone is challenging many industries which makes single

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so than the camera and video camera This is the bubble pigs for the

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iPhone. It comes with its own sleeve. -- BubblePix. It reveals a

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360 degrees defence underneath. You fire up the app when you are ready

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photo. The stork on the BubbleScope sphere recall. It bounces the catch

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it image straight into the phones lanes, it also acts a bit like a

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allowing the user to simply swipe around the Panorama. This is the

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seventh time that France has held its mobile film festival. Although

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the films themselves are only a minute long, and the cameras can be

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tiny, the pomp is full size. Organisers say that this yet they

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have received more entries than add up. 300 are 80 films have been

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submitted. -- 380. Lives can turn on one minute, all one minute and

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revealed the lifetime leading up to Malkin Simone one best film through

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this one. -- Malkin's a mine. In a brief exchange about a dress that

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she should wear that night, gives us a brief glimpse of a couple in

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crisis. The film industry is notoriously difficult to get into,

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but the incredible array of inventiveness on show reveals that

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the industry could do a lot worse than tapping into the scene of

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emerging talent. But we won it just how good a movie you can make on a

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smartphone. -- won it. We decided to make one. I am looking around

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 63 seconds

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Target is why it, attack, attack, attack. Let's try a bit of Droid on

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Remember last week I showed you the old News Room at Television Centre?

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This is the new one. It is full of the latest news-gathering

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technology. We have seen our fair a

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a look at these. You are in the living Room, you

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want to watch the football, but do you do? Probably had a blazing row.

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Not if you had two view television. It is displaying both images. It

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looks like it is an unholy mess, until you put on some special

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spectacles. You can watch the half can weep into her hanky. In

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terms of sound, there are a couple of speeches to take care of that.

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but will you be wearing a pair of spectacles while you will be

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These appliances can talk to each other but I usually controlled

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directly by directly byoid device. can download recipes on your phone

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and then send them to your smartphone. It will start reheating

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for you. It is because you do not need to be there. Another example,

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the wash and dry up. You can loaded up at any time but remains the

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Perfect if you would like to have the washing machine stopped just as

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you arrive home at work, so you can hang up the damp items before they

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start smelling. When smart kitchens were first thought of, the

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television was pitched as the ideal control Harb, but now the tablet

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and smartphone had taken over that role for obvious reasons. Panasonic

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is hoping that every household will one day run its appliances using

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home-made energy. They envisage a future where every piece of

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equipment in the House can communicate with power sources both

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inside and outside. You can generate your electricity

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using a hydrogen fuel-cell. If you make more than you are currently

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using, you can stick it away for lay up.

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We want to make sure that the entire grid and the entire system

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works more efficiently and smarter as well. There is that word again,

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and again... and again. Smart was the buzzword for it televisions in

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2011. This year it has been applied to a whole to a whole household

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products. The word itself is likely to be abused by marketing

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Sometimes we fill our most vulnerable at night. It is dark,

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you do not know who is behind you. Flicking through your phone to find

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the alarm button may not be ideal. You may want to have something

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closer to hand. There is no shortage of hardly to keep track of

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your movements. This bracelet will set you back nearly 180 quid but

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aims to look like a simple fashion accessory. It has a built in panic

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button, activated by pulling at the bracelet, and sinks with your phone,

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where all your movements attract an emergency response can be triggered.

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This key fob is in fact a GPS device that can track location and

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act as a panic button. And when it comes to being sure way your kids

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or, but recovered to VAT -- colour devices like this watch offer at

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extras like safe Jones, areas where your child should stay, created

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alert if they go outside of it all if the what is removed. -- safe

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zones. Ensue of living in front of a video game, you use a Controller

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to record objects in three- dimensional space, turning it into

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a 3D scanner. If I throw you these objects on the table, I point the

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connect at them and for lowly paid in like this and it creates a full

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3D model of the objects on the table. -- and slowly. As long as

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the objects stay still, you can scan it. I will scan me now. As the

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device move device movetes more data, building a more accurate

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3D model. In a few seconds, a full model of myself appears on the

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screen. What a handsome chap! thanks.

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He was not talking to me that I will take it.

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One of the most popular parts of Click is our weekly trawl through

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the Web to find out how the best of sight and apps for your mobile. --

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to find the best. Kate Russell is looking at her favourite apps. If

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you stall nothing else, installed this.

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-- installed. One of the greatest things about

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modern smartphone technology is enhanced personal security. You GPS

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data can tell people where you are, even if you can't. Safe Mike grabs

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this idea with both hands to provide a paid at with your safety

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at its core. With so many apps and services like dating websites

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encourage it asked to step out of the online world and knead in 3D

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should not open the door to complacency. But it on that one

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quiteuld quite literally be a life-saver. To

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thating that can be identified, like a

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licence plate, street sign or a barmaid we will meet someone. It is

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stored on a secured database, paired with your unique ID, time,

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date and the GPS location. If something does go wrong, you'll

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nominated contacts can request that this information gets passed to the

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police, saving vital time tracking you down in an emergency.

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

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selling your smartphone photos for use in commercial projects at $10 a

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time and you will have to split that 50/50. The Act is free for

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iPhone with an android version in register and start uploading images

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you are happy to sell. You can increase your chances of making a

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sale by taking out the pages where buyers have posted requests for a

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We carry these around with us everywhere everywhere take

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a pretty good picture. Citizen journalism is a growing trend

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across the world, mainly because of the speed and ease with which we

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can upload videos. Another app launched recently does a similar

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thing but does -- concentrates more on breaking news stories. Scoop

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shot allows it to upload photos, sit in your own price and terms.

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They also tip-off app uses in a to fret -- geographical area if they

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request for a photo of a breaking news story. You will share any

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profit you make with the scoop shop different photo filled the app. It

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roadand road and Windows Phone 7. You can

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take photos, and filters and share them deal social networks. Nothing

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new there. But the context tagging, saying what you were doing when he

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took the photo as well as where you were, makes it possible to compile

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themed collections around a This is a great feature if you

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follow a sp follow a sp cultural event. The app has been around for about

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one year but was recently completely redesigned for and road

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and I West. There is a new version taking better advantage of social

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discovery and location aware aspects. -- android and iOS. It

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does everything you would expect from a social photo tool and it

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learns what you like by the photos you snap and will push similar

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images from other users to your stream, along with posts in your

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for getting a different perspective. Kate Russell.

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That is pre That is preook back at 2012. Except for one more

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thing. Because technology is not always the most exciting thing to

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put on TV, after all a lot of it happens inside small inanimate

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boxes, you may notice we dress the subject up a little. Possibly none

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more so than this final item. All we wanted was a report on the

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stand-off between various competing video game consoles. But this is

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what happens when you give our reporter a bit much -- a bit too

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It used to be the meanest console. He dominated this town for two

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stranger in town. But over the space of a few short years, he

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built up a power base that challenge and then overtook his

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rival. -- challenged. Now both have consols with the Xbox 360 and the

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PS3 that are getting along. But who will draw first? Who will bring a

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replace the respective consols which have become all the time has?

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Of course, Nintendo and Microsoft to the draw. They

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will be the first company to have next generation console in the

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mac. Of course we will see how we mac

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shapes up to Sony and Microsoft's next-generation games consoles in

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the coming months because that is the meantime, if you have been

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