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16/02/2013

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Connect plugged 78 to socket 35. It It turns out I have not flooded in.

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Anyway, this week on Click we get to grips with technology kits. From

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pies to boards to X two Y. Can anyone really DIY? And to doubt

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that news 3 D television set in Europe television room. If what you

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mean you do not have one? Which it in with the technology that might

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be about to check out. All that, plus the latest

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technology news, your thoughts on online piracy and you and your

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friends face to face online. We will show you how to do this.

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Welcome to Click. If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing yourself.

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At least according to people who own more than one palatal. But what

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about those who swap circular saws for circuit boards? Is it possible

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to do technology DIY? Technology companies generally

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encourage us to be consumers, not customise us. They are less than

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keen for us to explore if what is inside our gizmos. It is not likely

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can just put them back together when they stop working. Modern kit

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is complicated. Unless you are already pretty hot on electronics.

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It is difficult to know where to start. Enter the maker community,

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who subscribe to the following philosophy. If you do not have it,

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make it, and if you do not know how to make it, try it at home. Imagine

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you have taken the plunge and you have ordered a mobile phone charger

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kit. Inside this bag is a collection of components which, on

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their own, look intimidating. But with a soldering iron and website

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of instructions, it should take me about an hour to put together.

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Actually, this is going to take a lot longer. It is harder than I

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thought. I am going to take his home. To be honest, I'm quite

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looking forward to it. If anybody has made making a way of life, it

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is this man, who graduated from selling LEDs in his spare time to

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selling around 24,000 kits and components Priya through his

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website. His place is like a pick and mix of bits and bobs. You used

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to do it with a lot of hobbyists. They were into electronics. We are

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seeing a lot more people coming fresh into it. We had one mother

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get in touch who actually wanted to buy something that would turn of

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any television. It was so she could turn off the television whenever

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she wanted. The mode of charging Kidd is designed by a specific

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company, but the designers open source. It can be built by anyone,

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as long as they give credit. Benn pays a small licensing fee. This

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collaborative spirit that seems to permeate the maker movement has

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given rise to locations around the world. It is useful if you do not

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have it at home. Nottingham's had space is one such community. They

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tinker together. It is a maker's paradise. A freezing cold space

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full of warm-hearted advice and no shortage of tea or equipment. For

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the safety-conscious, who might not be up with laser cutters, common

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sense is welcomed here. If you are not sure how to use it, do not.

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Until you learn from someone who does. Help is always at hand at

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this 24-hour tweed station. It does not matter if you do not know

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everything. Do not put obstacles in your way that tell you, before I

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can make an electronics thing I have to learn all of electronics.

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Or before I programme something, I have to know everything about

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computers. It is not true. Most people start out by knowing nothing

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about what they are doing. But they become more adept at doing it. That

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is what this is for. Matt is an electrical engineer with three

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projects on the go. This is a shower timer that monitors how long

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you're under. Tested here with the ubiquitous cup of tea. He can

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actually build circuit boards himself. But here he is using one

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as a quick way to see if something works. It is basically the name for

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both the board and the software that runs it. It is helpful to

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think it as building blocks for a DIY computing. A way to connect

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software programming with hardware. He this is a little computer and I

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use it to programme it. I just do some power to make it work.

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piece of dr White take could be complete without a nod to the

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runaway success of the raspberry pie. It is a 25 pound micro

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computer that lets you connect everything to everything else. And

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the release of a new, cheaper model means there's a lot of making going

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on. It could communicate through the network into a motor. This sort

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of thing so much easier to do now. We are trying to get that smooth

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transition from day one. One that ends like it did for me in

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professional engineering. Google is helping to get more

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people interested in doing it themselves. It is your ability to

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do this. Eric Schmidt was on hand to oversee a $1 million donation as

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part of its programme to get more children interested in hacking.

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That is how you get Google engineers, after all. Pro Gummer's

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lot to fiddle with their computers. The average person doesn't. --

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programmers love. The average person just wanted to work. The job

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is to make the impossible so simple and trivial that you do not think

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about it. That is the great challenge. Back to my challenge. At

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a climate of charging project home to see if I had a hope of making

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something functional. I found instructions on the internet and

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watch the videos on how to solder. It took longer than I thought. It

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took three hours, but I found it enjoyable. While building the

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device, I unexpectedly developed a knowledge of each component and its

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functions. It is a side-effect of making stuff, which in turn did

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sink deeper understanding of the kit. I am a new member of the maker

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community. I can see the attraction, especially when it feels this could

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to build something electronic that actually works.

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Eagerly encouraging the self-made tech revolution. Next up, he looked

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at this week's tech news. Threats by the hacking connective

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anonymous to block access to President Obama's State of the

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Union address proved futile. If you do want that the President and

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Congress would face an army. But the speech went ahead unimpeded.

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The President called on Congress to bolster the nation's cyber defences.

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American Express is monarch icing Twitter directly. Using a specific

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hash added, customers will be able to order specific products. It

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generates a confirmation e-mail, along with a 15-minute wander to

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confirm the purchase was yours. And finally, you might remember

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that we recently reported on a kick-start a project to build a

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real-life Jetstar. It got over $350,000 in a week. A new rebel

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alliance is also using the card Funding Service to fight back.

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They're asking for investment for excellent fighters. Complete with

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iPhone integration. So far, it is a little short of its $11 million

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target. But if it goes planned, the next one will be a smuggling vessel

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for 13 million Standard credits. A couple of weeks ago we reported

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on the new file storage site Medard. It has been set up by this chap.

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Kim Dotcom. His previous site, Megaupload, has been accused of

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allowing people to swap a pirated movies and music. It had been shut

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down by the authorities. This prompted you to get in touch with

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us about these so-called cyber sides and about online movies and

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music in general. Pretty much none of your responses came out in

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defence of copyright owners. One person thinks that internet piracy

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simply gives many people a free alternative to a music industry

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that is greedy. Selling DVDs and CDs at 1,000 % mark up. Music and

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film companies, he said, had to learn that times have changed. Pop

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stars have to do it for the love of the music, not for being super-rich.

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Talking of which, for another person said that he wishes his

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customers would continue to pay him for his individual and creative

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each time they turn on a light or the central heating. He asks why

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any other profession should expect to get paid endlessly for their

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creations. It sounds like you would be in favour of artists phoning

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money under a new releases and then after a while giving them away or

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allowing them to be shared. An interesting idea.

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Another prison makes a similar point. After he has bought a book,

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he says he would read it and share it with friends. He would then take

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it to a sale and sell it on for 30p. He asks if his house is about to be

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raided by a heavily armed Swat team for a breach of copyright. I think

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you are safe. If you are making millions of copies of your book and

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distributing them for nothing, it might be worth it checking out your

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front lawn. It was not that long ago - three

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years in fact - that we were all been told a news 3 -- TV revolution

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was coming. If your television did not look like this, you were living

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in the wrong century. 3D cinema had been tried at least three times in

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the last 100 years and it had failed to catch on every time. Now,

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things will be different, we were told. Because 3D was coming to the

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home as well. How is that working out for everyone? Is there anything

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to see? In the winter of 2010, 3D was the

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buzzword. Tens of thousands of people from around the world,

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mostly journalists, analysts and business people, came to the

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International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is an annual

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event but that you felt special because of a multi-million dollar

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promotional campaign by television makers that had really started

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months earlier. Looking back, it was a little bit too good to be

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true. Three D was the most over marketed television feature you

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could imagine. Manufacturers' got behind it whole hog. Avatar.

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Everyone was talking about it. And the actual experience of going in

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and see in 3D movies - avatar is the exception - was disappointed --

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disappointing. Now we have a backlash. It is hard to believe the

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TV industry got it so wrong. Look around. What percentage of your

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friends watch 3D at home on a regular basis? Was this a case of

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manufacturers deliberately dressing up a sideline feature into a fully-

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fledged visual revolution? I don't think so. I think they had a

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genuine technology advancement. LCD displays. And the conductors that

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went inside were fast enough to be used for 3D content. And in the

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cinema, there was a move towards 3D. James Cameron was one of the people

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developing many 3D films like avatar. But the issue was not...

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There was not enough content for the television market and the

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television consumers. Even some 3D satellite services ended because

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they were not enough people subscribing.

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It is estimated that less than 120,000 homes in the UK are

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watching 3D television channels at any given moment. If you wish it is

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so low that the audience tracking companies cannot provide

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consistently accurate figures -- the viewing numbers. That makes

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advertisers are wary of running commercials, which means original

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3D programming is difficult to finance. At the cinema, the

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situation is not nearly as bad. Although market share for 3D movies

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in America has dropped to by one percentage point per year since the

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release of avatar. But some of the biggest movies like Skyfall were

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never released in 3D. That in turn blunts of the appeal of building up

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any kind of personal 3D Blu-ray collection. The latest launch of 3D

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in the home a couple of years ago was clearly not well thought out

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even at the simplest level. Much of the content was animation and

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family movies aimed at children. Yet the glasses that were required

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to seek that content came in only one size - adult. No wonder

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families found the entire experience challenging. There were

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barriers were getting even one person in the household to watch 3D.

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One of the main things they could have done better is to first of all

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get the last as things correct and make the glasses, with the

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television. If you sell a 3D TV, you should sell the glasses. If you

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cannot do that for a reasonable price, you should not be selling a

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3D TV. To this day, there is confusion about the different types

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of 3D glasses that work in different ways depending on your

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television set. With a less than impressive sales record, you would

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think the electronics companies would have given up 13 D. Not so,

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apparent although with so little of Tate and so little content

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available, they must be incredibly frustrated. -- so little uptake.

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Not frustrated but more realistic. We are realistic that we will not

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be able to change people overnight. These things take time. How long

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did it take high-definition to get into every home? These things will

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not be sped up. We are not going to be able to change people any faster

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by talking about it any louder. recent trade shows, the three

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designers are mostly gone. That does not mean 3D is a forgotten

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technology. One company claims it has cracked the perennial problem

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require viewers to stand dead centre in front of the screen. Now

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you can stand at any angle and get a good but not perfect result.

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Several other companies are working on glasses Free technology as well,

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especially the process of turning to the imagery into 3D. That is

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because everyone in the industry realises that creating more content

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is king. It will take many more avatars and films like The Hobbit

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to make 3D worthwhile. It turns out that us Britons and

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not a particularly talkative bunch. According to statistics, we

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referred to texting each other rather than pick up the phone and

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chat. As mobile broadband speeds increase, will the odds to open the

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favour of the Dio Cordon? If that is something you have always wanted

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to try, we have a good suggestion to start this week's Webscape.

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There are plenty of greater video conferencing applications of the

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market but not many that led to connect with up to 12 friends in HD

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completely free. This is impressively quick and painless to

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set up, giving you the options to connect through Facebook as well as

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downloads for Macintosh, PC, Android and ILS applications as

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well. -- iOS. This is not a new service. There are already millions

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of users. However, they have just launched a new update that allows

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you to connect up to four people over mobile. As well as live chat,

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there is a nice video message feature that lets you e-mail video

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clips or put them on YouTube with no download or registration needed

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for people to view your message. There are a growing number of

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interesting ways to look for work online. This is the perfect example,

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connecting people with time to spare for anyone who needs

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something done. The network caught the attention of the UK press

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around the time of the Olympics in London as people were trading for

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things like queue at the Olympics for me and I will pay you �30.

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It is quick and easy to sign up and start advertising with a small

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commission on transactions completed through the website. You

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can also a trade directly in cash with no fees although obviously you

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have to be very careful about who you meet for this and to make sure

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it is somewhere public and busy. Other common what jobs include

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waiting in for a parcel delivery or putting together flat-pack

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furniture. You can also sell anything from books and vegetables

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to tutoring services and accountancy. The addition of an

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iPhone act and other formats coming soon it means that TPS can help you

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find something local if a job needs doing quickly. -- GPS.

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Another way to make money with consumer technology is this free

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app for iPhone that is so simple it almost hurts. Up load your shots.

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They are reviewed by your Piers. They go on sale to the public in a

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photographic gallery to be made into print out posters for anyone

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to hang in their home. Unlike websites that list uses

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photos for sale is as stop images, this allows people to make money

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from selling photos. And print products, which opens the market up.

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They have worked hard to build a strong community feeling a bit like

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se. It is a nice way to do it but I would not get too excited about

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quitting your day job. Like other apps, it also suffers from stingy

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cups syndrome. This is more for hobbyists wanting to make a few

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Populist losing music service Spotify has landed on Windows 8

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this week, giving you access to your account on the move with

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windows. -- popular streaming music service.

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And a brand new Apple released this week taking inspiration from guitar

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hero is designed to be played with a real guitar. As you play notes on

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an acoustic or electric guitar, your computer's microphone picks up

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the sound and uses it to control the game. This is free to play for

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five minutes per day and you can make up to one our free play if you

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get other people to sign up and so on. For unlimited play, you can pay

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$9.99 per month subscription, which seems expensive for an internet

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game but when you consider the cost of guitar tuition, it becomes more

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Thank you. And if you have any suggestions for Webscape, sent us

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