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And now, on BBC News it is time for Click.


Another working day in the glamorous life of Click. Travel to


work, travel to work, travel to work, still not at work. Travel to


work - yes, I'm at work and just time for a spot of porridge and a


nice sit down before it's time to This week, Click goes walkabout, to


explore the phenomenon of lifelogging. How much of your life


and your friends to you want everyone else to see? A view of the


world like no other. We will bring you the secrets behind these


amazing pictures. Openening the door to a smarter abode. We have


the latest on the automated home. There's all that, plus the latest


tech news and if you have ever thought your social life was a soap


opera, we will show you how to turn your Facebook feed into a TV show


in Webscape. Welcome to Click. I'm Spencer Kelly. The always on


society - it is a future feared by those of us who prefer to keep our


private lives secret. If the tremed of lifelogging catches on, there'll


be more of us to see than any of us expected. Rich Ricci -- LJ Rich


rich walked us through this. Unless you are naturally talented or


practiced, memory is fleeting. Perhaps that is why we love to


record our favourite moments for prosperity. This is my first ever


photowalk. People here are preparing to take pictures of each


other and everyone will share the photographs. You will not believe


how many people are taking photographs of me right now. I am


used to being on camera. It feels different knowing my picture could


be taken all the time by anyone. Even though this is always the case


in public spaces. So, why does it feel strange? My smartphone knows


where I live. Facebook knows what I like and there's a whole host of


pictures and statuss I'm happy to share online with people I don't


know. There are those who have got


further, sharing themselves, warts and all and I am not just talking


about lover's tiffs online. These supersharers upload short films


exploring how they have aged or the places they have visited and danced


in. As well as some things the rest of us would keep private - that is


Josh Harris, who a decade ago recorded his entire life for online


viewers to see and comment on. Lifelogging or lifecasting has been


around for a while. I don't want to be treated like that - ever. No!


Life casting in the past involved doing this. What happens when we


start doing this? With my fam ra projecting outwards it is record --


camera projecting outward it is recording my point of view. That


could become you. It is easier when it is hands free. Wearing Google's


soon to be released specks and add a memory to your increasing


collection. Don't freak out yet! Remember you probably take pictures


tall time with others in them, like this lot and Trey Ratcliff, the


fellow behind it is relaxed about this overexposure. We will take


more photos and share more and more. That is how we communicate. It is


unstoppable. In essence, why complain about it? Why not adapt


your lifestyle to deal with it. The problem is not technology, because


technology grows on its own. It is its own beast. The problem is


probably our attitudes. lifelogging phenomenon is growing.


These days it has some serious backing,. Memoto found this. Their


start-up raised 11 times its target. The devise takes a photo every 30


seconds. It is a tiny wearable camera where GPS built in. $280


might seem steep, but it comes with Cloud software, which helps you


organise those 2,000 daily picks. It shows the Zuma photos sorted


into scenes. It shows what you have been up to in each location. It can


be in different colours an everything. We have been focused in


deciding the product and the service which is no intrusive and


that is complying to both the users and the people around the user, in


that sense it is designed like this. Pretty visible for people opposite


to me. That person can ask me to take it off or what it is. It's not


invisible, in the spy camera sense. We have been trying to implement


that in the design. Yes, the notion of recording your


view-point throws up an interesting side effect. If you are not in the


picture, other people are. Not so good if you are camera-shy and


mixing automatic facial recognition. We are recording aspects of our


lives for each other. God knows what the next generation of


historians will be able to do. They will be able to share data we have


collected in lifelogging. We have seen people become more


uncomfortable with too much information. That's the tensions we


will see playing out over the next decade. Meanwhile, the photowalk is


at an end. Batterys are empty and memory cards are full. Time to


upload, post-produce and most importantly share the pictures.


They are labelled with hashtags. People get tagged. There we go.


Both social tagging and interest in devices like the camera shows that


for some of us it's no longer enough to merely record our


memories, we need to make sense of them and share them too.


Tagging and organising our lives publicly makes for a powerful and


searchable database ripe for plundering.


Lifeloggings rise presents us with a decision to make - do we


integrate it into our online life, or untag ourselves in an attempt to


dampen our web presence, regardless, total digital recall has arrived. A


stark contrast to our fleeting analogue memory.


LJ Rich. This idea of logging the world from your point of view has


been around for a little while, but it might just catch on now the


technology is small enough to be worn. The question is, is it


something you would do? Is it something you would mind being done


to you? Let us know. You can e-mail or us send us a lin


took a video -- link to a video you have made. Fairtrade officials in


Taiwan are investigating reports that Samsung hired students to post


negative comments about HTC. The Facebook paing de scribed it as --


page described it as unfortunate. Twitter has unveiled a new app


called hash music - what else? It analyses Tweets and finds songs by


artists you follow. It will be launched for Apple and PCs for US,


UK, Ireland. It is by iTunes or you can stream


them by a Spotify or RDIO account. Project Glass - it is being


developed for release later this year thaifplt will not be able to


charge for or serve up adverts T voice-activated wear will not come


with ear phones, but a bone conducktion transducer will deliver


it through the user's cheekbones into the user's ear.


It will take 720p Hd video. The feature which allows you to


continue to chat to friends while enjoying Facebook has been


available on Android for a few weeks. Due to software restrictions


the IOS will not let you take your chatting heads out of Facebook


itself. E reader maker Kobo has launched a


high-definition display. It boosts a higher resolution and is geared


towards magazine readers. It will offer crisper pictures. Finally,


Leap Motion is making a landmark jump for gesture control on


computers. It has announced a deal to embed the technology on machines


made by HP. It is a stand-alone controller, able to dedetective all


of your ten fingers' movements at once, allowing for gesture controls.


Now, there's always a tonne of stuff happening online and in the


tech world in general. Kit be a struggle to keep on top of it all.


That is why we thought we would Take Google Streetview and mash it


up with a particular photographic technique, and this is what you get,


it is basically a time-lapse technique and usually bogus on a


point of interest. This particular one has been created using a


JavaScript programming language at a creative out... A creative outlet


based in Canada, using Google Streetview as their material. This


is usually a painstaking process taking a lot of precision and many


hours of stitching images together. But by using street view, the crew


has developed an easy-to-use interface and engine which means


now any of this kind creates our own. It is quite stunning, to boot.


Fantastic stuff. If you have seen anything you think we should share


with the rest of the world, then e- mail it to us.


Every year in technology promises to be important in one way or


another, and we said back in January that 2013 could well be the


year when the idea of the internet of things finally starts to gain


ground. This is the concept that household objects can go online and


get hold of us. There are many possibilities, including opening


the door. We have been finding out whether home automation is finally


coming online. It was almost inevitable right from


the start. Movies, comic strips and novels have predicted it forever.


Now everyday devices that we find around the home are, one by one,


becoming plugged in, hooked up and often fully automated. Even the


potted plant in the corner wants to get in on the action. It's a


Bluetooth, smart, low-energy plant sensor. What it does, it senses


four different areas within the garden, whether indoors or outdoors.


It senses sunlight, senses temperature, moisture in the soil,


as well as fertilizer in the soil. And it will take a reading of those


four sensors every 15 minutes and it will send via Bluetooth low


energy back to your smart device, tablet or smartphone, etc. Green


thumbs are no longer needed, because the readings can be used in


conjunction with a database of 6,000 common plants to ensure yours


receives the best treatment. But how do we know this sort of device


will become part of our everyday lives? After all, people have been


talking about and demonstrating would-be connected products in the


living room, kitchen and elsewhere for decades. There's one object at


the centre of this new mini revolution in home automation,


which means that this time around the concept is more likely to stick


around. That object - the smartphone! Ideally suited to


bridging the gap between humans and the appliances. Take the ordinary


household bulb. Increasingly, they can be


controlled from the comfort of your armchair.


The Bluetooth lightbulb is great because there are billions of


smartphones out there with Bluetooth built in, that are


capable of controlling the light bulb. You can have multiple light


bulbs in your house and multiple users of the bulbs and they can all


control the light bulbs from their phones - dimming it, changing its


colour. The great thing is it's built into everybody's phone. It


doesn't require anything special - other than the lightbulb, you plug


it in, connect it and off you go. Bluetooth is not the only method of


communication that gadgets can use. Z-Wave technology can blanket an


entire home with Radio Frequency signals.


So the ability to control lights, appliances locks - basically


anything that you would normally handle individually in your home -


can be controlled by Z-Wave. And the technology is very strong


because it's a mesh network and the more devices you have in the home,


the stronger the mesh. Z-wave is an improvement on the


older X10 system, which can be slower and more unstable. But one


drawback of the Z-Wave experience is that its gadgets are not


internationally compatible because the RF frequency used by the system


differs slightly around the world. That's one of the reasons why a Wi-


Fi route might be a better option. Belkin International thinks so. It


has developed a whole line of products under the brand WeMo,


including a power socket that can be manipulated remotely to turn on


or off any electronic device plugged into it. There's also a


baby monitor that can be heard by mummy across the hall, or daddy


across the globe. Wi-Fi is in most households today


and so the user experience with Wi- Fi is really simple - you plug it


in, you hook it up to the network and you're good. You don't have to


do anything more, you don't have to install a bridge product, you don't


have to have another product talking to that bridge product and


the bridge product talking to the Internet. We just plug our products


in and two minutes later the product is working on the Internet


on your home network. With all these Wi-Fi items in the


house, you might start to worry about bandwidth. Don't worry, says


Matt Rogers, the co-creator of the self-learning, always connected


Nest thermostat. So most of these products don't use a lot of


bandwidth.They can be very infrequently, you know, bytes at a


time. It's not like megabytes, it's


nowhere near streaming video. If you can stream video at home, you


can use any of these products. But whilst your home network might


be able to cope easily with the extra data traffic whilst its up


and running, what happens if your network goes down completely? Maybe


controlling your entire home full of gadgets from afar suddenly seems


Ian Hardy bringing us back down to earth with that final thought.


Next up, it is time for the buried best bits of the web and the top


mobile apps of the week. Here's On the 25th of April, there will be


a partial lunar eclipse visible in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and


Australia. It won't be as dramatic as a full eclipse - only about 2%


of the Moon will pass to the shadow of the earth. You can find out more


at Moongiant. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in


Moon activity. There'll be information about lunar eclipses


and a map on the homepage shows the position of the Moon at any point


If it is too cloudy where you are to see the eclipse, you can always


try searching for clips of the event online. Google has released a


nice site that shows you how the web has become searchable, so that


One thing Google is not short of are blogs. Blogs about cats, blogs


about boats, there are even blogs Tumblr is one of the most popular


platforms. It hosts 90 million blogs, which generate millions of


new pages every day. No matter how brilliant those pages are, many


tens of thousands of them will never be read.


That is something Glipho wants to fix, with a social platform


Along with an internal network, it has integration with all the


leading social networks, making sharing your content one-click


simple. It is a nice interface. There is a hassle-free set-up which


involves no themes or plug-ins. I have also been very impressed with


how engaged the site creators are with feedback and with smartphone


apps in the pipeline as well, this With so many social connections, it


can be hard keeping up. So socialstudios.tv has come up with a


novel idea, your own personalised news round-up of your favourite


events. Welcome to Your Show. After authorising, the app goes off and


populates your TV show with the status updates from your timeline


and any birthdays your friends have got coming up, complete with their


celebrity birth twins. It is the moment we have been waiting for -


which of your friends is the most funny, most interesting, most


popular. Let's check it out. I love the way it changes your


friends' status popularity into an Oscars-style ceremony. It's classic


American pop culture TV and it is a really fun way to catch up with


Facebook essentials in the last five minutes of your lunch break.


That is the end of this edition of Your Show. I will be back tomorrow


with the news that's important to What is Bitcoin? If you have been


intrigued by all of the talk about online currency Bitcoin and wants


to know what it is all about, point your browser at WeUseCoins.com,


where you'll find a useful guide to understanding this destructive


online global currency. -- disruptive. There are no


prerequisites all arbitrary limits. And LJ looked at a camera that


digitally records your life earlier - but what happens to all of your


online assets when you are dead? This is something that Google has


been pondering. Last week, they launched an inactive account


manager, called Google Afterlife, on the social web, which allows you


to transfer all of your Google information to someone you trust


All of those links are available at our website. Please do feel free to


get in touch about anything that you have seen today. You can e-mail


Is it a good idea to record everything we and those around us do? Click looks at the growing trend of life-logging.

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