02/03/2013 Click


02/03/2013

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loud crash and a man screaming. That is it from me. Now it is time

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for Click. OK, Barcelona, find my location, find the location of the

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event, give me walking directions. That will be cheaper than getting a

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Welcome to Click. I am Spencer Kelly. Will come too beautiful,

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bustling Barcelona. We are here to cover an event that is becoming

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increasingly important. In a world where more and more of us want to

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be able to do and access things on the goal, more ice end up here on

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the city at the end of February. This is the home of the Mobile

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World Congress. We bring you the big news from the big show

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including giant phones, tiny tablets and all sizes of fablets.

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Move over touch, we will bring you some tech you cannot put your

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finger on. And those expensive foreign phone bills. The look at

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the alternatives to the high cost of running. Plus we research and

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old fantasy Classic in Webscape. The Mobile World Congress has a new

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home this year. This is the massive Fira Gran Via or. It is a sign of

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how big the mobile industry is getting. Just because it is began

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new, there -- is there anything began you to see? -- big and new.

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It was big, a labyrinth in, some new technology Launceston sum was

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not. -- labyrinthine. Technology launched and some was not. Samsung

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showed us the Galaxy Note 8. It aims to go head-to-head with the

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iPad Mini. It has got the S Pen. It comes with 3G and Wi-Fi. That

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depends whether you are in the US or elsewhere. You have got phones

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that evolve into a next-generation. You have got cameras with killer

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apps. There are even ecosystems. You can see why. Phones are

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mutating and adapting in ways you cannot believe. -- would not

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believe. Screen envy is a new ailment for which the only known

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cure is to trade up to something requiring a larger pockets. The

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Optimus G Pro is made by LG. The fight 0.5 inches display is the

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biggest on a mobile. -- 5.5 inches. It has front and rear cameras. They

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have also changed the optimists L series. These phones are equipped

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with remote monitoring systems. If the phone is not used for a while,

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it sends out a message, with location, too concerned relatives.

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The service contract the location of the handset. Great for worried

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parents. Be it is designed for having peace of mind for a lot of

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kids. It is so that people looking after them have peace of mind than

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they can be tracked. Other launches at Mobile World Congress include

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the whole wide assent P2. -- To Why SNP do. Gnocchi are showcased d5 20

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and sit and 20. Impressive camera performance and optics. -- Nokia

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showcased the 520 and the 720. Sony were keen to make an impression

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with their latest Ablett, Sony Xperia Z it weighs just under 0.5

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kilograms. It has got a trick up its sleeve. It is waterproof. You

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can use it in the bath, the kitchen. Sony have left their competitors

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sleeping with the fishes. You can submerge this for up to 30 minutes.

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It is not for a scuba-diving but it is handy if you get caught in the

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rain. Click featured Ubuntu a while back. Now Firefox has lost his

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operating system. Firefox all s is a browser based system. It means

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you are on the Internet when you are using it. It is seen as a

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gimmick -- game changed you by the makers. You can use it on

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applications like Twitter and Facebook. The innovation engine is

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so strong. We expected to do well. Queue-jumping is usually being

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polite. With PayPal second, you can place your order at will local

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coffee house remotely. Then you do it made to stand their steaming as

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you wait to get served. -- you do not need to. Waiting in line is

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painful. Waiting for the waiter to bring the cheque is painful. People

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love this. People turn their backs to a long line. Consumers love it.

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They do not have to wait in line. We have not just seen a blooding of

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the line separating phones from tablets but it is getting more

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difficult to tell where the virtual world ends and the real world

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begins. That was a round-up of this year's sure. I think it is fair to

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say that the smart phone revolution only really got going with touch-

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screen technology. Specifically, Capacitive touch-screen technology.

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Check this out. This is the prototype of a new type of touch

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screen. Firstly, you don't actually touch it. More importantly, you can

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see that it can detect, with a good degree of accuracy, how close the

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tips of my fingers are to the screen. That is clear there on this

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lap top. This paves the way for apps and devices that can be

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controlled using 3D gestures. This is also limited by your imagination.

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You can get more accurate as you move your finger closer to the

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screen. I find this quite exciting. The guys behind the touch-screen

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say they already have an interested manufacturer. These devices could

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be on the shelves by the end of next year. Next up, tech news. A

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new system of warning and then penalising those who illegally copy

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and distribute music, movies again than the Internet has begun in

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America. The six strike scheme is backed by some of the biggest

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Internet service providers in the country. Those suspected the

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Copyright infringed and will get six warnings, then their Internet

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access to be limited but not cut off. Campaigners against the scheme

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says it makes ISPs the judge, jury and executioner. There have been

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similar schemes in France and New Zealand. Piracy has been cut by 50

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% as a result. Apple has finally given in two and reappearance he

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blamed it for it in their children spend, spend, spend. -- given in

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two and the parents. A lot of apps that were supposed to be Police

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sued the company. Some children spent more than $300. Apple is now

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offering credit or refunds to people who said that their kids

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went Indian shopping without their knowledge or permission. LG has

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raised a few eyebrows by buying an operating system for Pam Smart

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phones and tablets. They plan to integrated into their TV range and

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other devices, which include cars and... It is ironic but one of the

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things that we struggle to get here are the Mobile World Congress is a

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decent signal. Like any large gathering of people, the local

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services are flooded. Many people are from Spain. The data on the

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phone can cost more than the hotel bar bill. Roman charges kick in

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when you leave your country of origin. Within the EU, the chances

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of getting a bill running into thousands of pounds are remote.

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There is a service to warn you when you build its 50 euros. Networks

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offer data at Dons we significantly reduce the cost. Many also offer to

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stop the connection may you hit a predetermined limit. The high price

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of roaming is also prompting alternative services. Goodspeed

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takes 10 some cards for a different countries. Globalbig give several

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devices access to data. At the moment, it is all a active in the

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UK, States and Australia. It offers rates more comparable to those at

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home. It is interesting to note that in most parts of the world,

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rates have gone up. Our pricing in all zones, even in two years time,

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will be based on domestic prices which will be lower than the EU

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charges. And indeed things are looking up. Next year, for the EU

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regulation allows us to choose which network build us for our

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roaming service. Essentially it allows us to the couple are phones

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from our home provider found at home. This will pave the way for

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apps for this one. It helps you plan before you get to your

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destination. It should force the networks to think more serious play

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about how much they charge for those foreign megabytes. You count

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you any of the available data plans and purchase them immediately by

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using the existing channels. Does more for up automatically controls

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all through settings. What network you are on full stardom you do not

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-- you're on. You do not have to worry about it. This woman is an

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analyst. Hello. It sounds like, come next year, we will be allowed

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to become law phones. It is going to be bad for our home and it works.

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Suddenly we're going to be able to choose a cheaper alternative

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compared to their rolling fees. makes the market more competitive.

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If they want to keep you, they will need to provide more competitive

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prices. In addition to that, we will see them investing more and

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trying to improve the customer experience. They will provide you

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with apps that allow you to track your usage then you are roaming.

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They will be very transparent about prices. They will try to keep you

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on their network. It sounds like Europe has strict regulations

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coming in to keep the prices down. What about the rest of the world. -

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-? There are no regulations. This means you can accept big bills and

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to continue paying very high prices. When you go beyond Europe, there

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will be some changes in various parts of the world. One thing is

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the allowance in the Far East. -- the bridge Alliance. You can travel

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across countries and paid $20 a day for a limited data. That is

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provided you only choose a network when you arrive in a particular

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country. That you very much for The Fighting Fantasy books were a

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total gain changer for entertainment. Quite literally as

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they opened our eyes to the concept of interactive adventures. 30 years

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on Ian Livingstone is still at it with blood of the zombies also

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available on iPad. This app took me right back to my teenage years,

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fighting to find the right path through books like Death Trap

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Dungeon, mastering the five fingered bookmark so you could jump

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back a few stages when it all goes horribly wrong. They've even bilge

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cheating into the app so you can jump back using the Bookmarks,

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giving me that full 1980s experiences. Staying true to the

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dice rolling gameplay, with the app you get added atmosphere through

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sound effects and tension music. And you don't need to carry a dice

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around or keep meticulous notes of your Inventory. Snapshot Serengeti

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takes you on a journey through the images collected by more than 200

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motion sensitive cameras dotted about the Serengeti National Park.

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These cameras have already captured millions of images. And it's your

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job to help them make use of that data by classifying and counting

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the animals that you see. It helps the famous wildlife reserve keep

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track of what's going on. It's like crowd sourcing the job of park

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ranger, and you get to look at some really cool photographs while you

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work. The complicated species IED process

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is made Simple with the looks like elimination options, and the

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tutorial spells that all out very quickly. It's also a great way to

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be more scientifically familiar with these animals in their habitat

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in a far more engaging way while On Monday 24th February the Strand

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1 nanosatellite successfully launched into Earth orbit with an

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Android smartphone at its heart. The 360 app loaded on to the phone

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will be capturing images and collecting satellite data, posting

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updates on its Facebook page. So check it out if you want to see how

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the brave Nexus One fares in space. And for you Browser TAP addicts,

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Google is working on a fixed to help spot an app playing a sound by

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showing an and lighted icon. It is only for Chromium and Canary right

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now but it should make its way on to the mainstream Chrome. Kate

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Russell. So we have established the mobile industry is moving rather

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fast, it is mobile after all, as well as this year's big

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announcements there are plenty of other things to see down there on

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the show floor at MWC. Here's It's a crazy fast-paced world of

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communication we live in. Especially the Mobile World

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Congress -- at the Mobile World Congress. Thankfully there are some

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people just trying to take life that bit easier. And Concepts

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giving us time to contemplate our surroundings. Ideas like this from

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Japan, a pair of augmented reality specs, reflecting an emerging trend

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towards wearable tech. Look down and they could show you where you

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are. Look up to the heavens and you might get the weather forecast or

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some other useful information. Unlike project last, these build in

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gesture to. For point your way to a menu when their horizontal and you

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get your apps -- for example. Fancy brushing up your artistic skills?

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No problem. They're still in their infancy and right now they still

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need a helping hand from a man at a laptop, but definitely a pointer to

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what ahead. There was no shortage of colourful expression at MWC and

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it's good to know some outfits are working hard to fully exploit that

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processing in our smartphones for creative ends. Creative self-

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expression through your mobile is all well and good when you're

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trying to take videos and pictures sometimes they can be prone to a

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bit of camera wobble. That's when sock where image stabilisation can

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help to counteract the very worst effects -- software. Mobile

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processors are now so powerful that smartphone cameras can now take two

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images almost simultaneously, one of the subject and one of its

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background. Because they're taken at two different focusing points

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the camera can isolate one from the other and that can lead to some

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very cool effects. Excuse me. And here we have the so called shallow

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depth of field effect so beloved by pros. You can see it's all blurred

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in the background and the best thing is you can dial the effects

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down or up according to your creative win. Now with all these

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innovations is easy to lose sight of the core purpose of mobile tech,

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to communicate. Right now that tends to mean a voice call is made

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through your phone. That's beginning to change. O2 has just

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launched to go, and app letting you take your phone number on multiple

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devices to let you make phone calls and texts. Soon we will be able to

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extend that phone experience to the Web as well. Imagine this is your

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mobile phone account on your operators website, or your contacts

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are here and you can use your regular phone number to touch base

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with each other. It's thanks to a technology called real-time

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communication and it will soon be implemented in the likes of the

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Firefox browser as well as kugel's Chrome. It means you can make voice

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and video calls from within the browser environment. -- Google. Or

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you could send any other data as well simply by dragging and

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dropping. The best thing is you don't need to download any

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additional software or plug-ins, it will simply work on any compatible

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Web browser, on any device, phone, tablet or PC. The mobile world can

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be an intimidating place, especially for mature users who may

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not be all that familiar with tech. The power of the Web is being used

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here as well. Loved ones can been put Granny's contacts or snaps into

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a web browser and then they are sent to her handset. For the more

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sophisticated Saull the surface there are devices that Givet --

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silver surfers -- give. There's a screen with haptic feedback which

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response to harder presses. There's even a panic button. For the health

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conscious there as a barometer. It does some sophisticated processing

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of incoming calls like noise cancelling, adjusting the frequency

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of the boys the according to your age, and even slowing down their

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voice and so you can hear them more clearly -- the voice. I'm on my way,

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I'm sorry I'm late. I know I'm late but I will be there in five minutes.

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Hello, baby, it's me. Yeah, I'm on my way. I'm sorry I'm late, I know

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I'm like but I will be there in five minutes. -- I'm late. Richard

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Taylor rounding off our coverage of MWC, 20 their team. I hope you've

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Click comes from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The team check out the latest kit on the show floor and ask what is being done to combat high international roaming charges. Includes tech news and web roundup.


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