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

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

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

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

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

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explore the phenomenon of lifelogging. How much of your life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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photowalk. People here are preparing to take pictures of each

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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know. There are those who have got

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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probably our attitudes. lifelogging phenomenon is growing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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deciding the product and the service which is no intrusive and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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mixing automatic facial recognition. We are recording aspects of our

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

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

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collected in lifelogging. We have seen people become more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tagging and organising our lives publicly makes for a powerful and

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searchable database ripe for plundering.

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

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

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

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stark contrast to our fleeting analogue memory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taiwan are investigating reports that Samsung hired students to post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with ear phones, but a bone conducktion transducer will deliver

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

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

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continue to chat to friends while enjoying Facebook has been

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

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

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itself. E reader maker Kobo has launched a

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

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

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Leap Motion is making a landmark jump for gesture control on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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coming online. It was almost inevitable right from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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talking about and demonstrating would-be connected products in the

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

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the centre of this new mini revolution in home automation,

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

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around. That object - the smartphone! Ideally suited to

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

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household bulb. Increasingly, they can be

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controlled from the comfort of your armchair.

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The Bluetooth lightbulb is great because there are billions of

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smartphones out there with Bluetooth built in, that are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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entire home with Radio Frequency signals.

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So the ability to control lights, appliances locks - basically

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anything that you would normally handle individually in your home -

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

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

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

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

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

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internationally compatible because the RF frequency used by the system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have to have another product talking to that bridge product and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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controlling your entire home full of gadgets from afar suddenly seems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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at Moongiant. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in

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Moon activity. There'll be information about lunar eclipses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tens of thousands of them will never be read.

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

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

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leading social networks, making sharing your content one-click

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

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

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how engaged the site creators are with feedback and with smartphone

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

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

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

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

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populates your TV show with the status updates from your timeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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been pondering. Last week, they launched an inactive account

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

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to transfer all of your Google information to someone you trust

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

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

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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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