25/05/2013 Click


25/05/2013

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-- having repeated. Now on BBC News it is time for

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Click. I wonder where we are going. This

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is like an adventure. It is like going on holiday. I love brand-new

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HDMI cables as well. Who are you? You are my new best friend.

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The Xbox is about to become an Xbox. This week, Click is in the US to

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get the 360's 6SR. We will strap on the latest smart watches to find

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out exactly what makes them tick. All that plus the latest Ten News

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and a suite of tools to make your home videos look that much better.

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-- technology news. Welcome to Click. In a couple of weeks' time,

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the video gaming world will head to Los Angeles for the annual E3 games

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expo. That this year it is such a bd for gaming, the manufacturers

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are jumping the gun. Sony has will be teased us with PlayStation 4,

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and now it is Microsoft's turn to get as excited. As the Xbox 360

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prepares for retirement, we have been to Microsoft headquarters to

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meet its successor. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing a

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Xbox One. With that, Microsoft fired another shot in the never

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ending war over who can build the best gaming console. Or did it?

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With more than 100 million Xboxs are sold through the years, there

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has never been any question that at its core, Xbox was all about the

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games. But in this round, Microsoft has a bigger and bolder approach to

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taking housing living rooms hostage. Tim Xbox is on a new mission.

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Design and build and all in one system to light up a new generation

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of games, television and entertainment. It does more than

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just allow you to score winning goals, drive race cars and shoot

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down enemies, you can also use it to watch movies and Live TV, listen

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to music, take a Skype call, even at the same time. And with

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ambitious content partnerships announced, with a new Halo TV show

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produced none other by Steven Spielberg himself. The Halo

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universe, where technology and myth-making meet to produce

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something really ground-breaking. It is a bit of a stretch to call

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the Xbox one just a gaming console, isn't it? It is still a gaming

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console, it is billed by game has, for gamers, that has incorporated

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new functionality. We have built a product that we can innovate and

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give create is the opportunity to build amazing new experiences.

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Certainly, playing two game as has paid off for Microsoft, it has been

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flying high for Prof -- from profits from Xbox but with a new

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offering from Nintendo already out, and one from Sony on the way, media

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interest in the battle for gaming supremacy in a $65 billion annual

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market has never been more intense. After all, why else would the Click

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team joined a gaggle of 200 other journalists to brave the Seattle

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weather? Did Microsoft capture their attention with its newest

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weapon? Splashy press conference, splashy announcement. First

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impressions. I think it is a really interesting product. The Gaming was

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a bit light but that is always going to happen. I do like the name,

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because I was iffy about it at first, but it is an all-in-one

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thing. They want you to have that thing and none -- nothing else.

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you feel that Sony, Nintendo, Apple, Google, will have to be on their

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toes? It is in the same area as Google TV. Much in the same way

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that they are going to try and introduce things. Google should be

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a bit concerned there. Maybe it is Microsoft that should be concerned.

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Despite initial favourable reaction, many hard core gameplay has

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complained about the emphasis on the Xbox's TV capabilities. The

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company's share price did dropped during the hour-long announcement,

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while Sony's surged 9%. Investor indifference, maybe. But there are

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still big question marks hanging over the new device. The new Xbox

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Mains behind glass, where it will stay until it is available...

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Microsoft has not said. Again, no- one knows how much it will cost.

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The specifics about content deals, how nicely the device will pay it -

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- will play with cable and will be ready to take full

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advantage of the new system, especially because you ought Xbox

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360 games will not work on the Xbox one. Filling out the new box, a

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Blu-ray tribe. 8 gigs of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive. Though

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Microsoft it did not spend much time talking about technology specs,

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it would take time away from the pretty pro duct pictures. Give them

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some credit for actually showing us their device. A feat that Sony

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spectacularly failed to match at their own rort event for the

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PlayStation 4, event the teaser video, adding precious little to

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what we do know about the form factor. But this console war is not

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just about the boxers themselves, it is partly behind -- about the

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accessories. Microsoft has caught up reinforcements, in the form of a

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new Kinect, which will be bundled with every Xbox one. Such an

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integral part is the improved Kinect interface. It has been

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redesigned with more invested 3D capabilities which allow for better

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gameplay, and it a more accurate Kinect. It is the height of

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enhanced interface which can recognise individual users and

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serve up content customised to their interests and a viewing

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habits. Its camera allows it to see in the dark, with vastly improved

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3D imagery which should help it better understand a user's physical

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input. With Kinect's improved voice recognition capabilities, couch-

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potato as do not have to search for the remote to do something as

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change the channel. Microsoft swears that the Xbox one his first

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and foremost a gaming console. Exclusive titles and two

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beautifully show us the system's graphics. EA Sports used at the

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event to demonstrate a new gaming system that should use every --

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which should make every footballer tool. It would deliver bonus game

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content or so. Competitors and gamers around the world, you have

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been put on notice. Microsoft intends to protect its turf. It is

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an unviable to devise. It will give you the best game experience, it

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will connect you with your friends, all the things that to love.

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Mission accomplished? The battle rages on.

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Are you are excited by it -- by what you had just seen? Email us

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and let us know. In a couple of weeks' time, we will be going to

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eat three to hear much more from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. -- 2

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E three. Yahoo has bought up blogging site

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Tumblr for $1 billion plus some small change. They hope it will

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open up a new audience to its online products. And make it cool

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again. Yahoo's boss means that most things will be unchanged, promising

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not to screw it up, but she wants to introduce more seamless

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advertising. It comes as Yahoo has made significant changes to its

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other big passions, Flickr is to upgrade its uses to 41 terabyte

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storage accounts, and to introduce a more picture rich android app. It

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is doubling the cost of paid accounts that carry no advertising.

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Twitter has asked for higher levels of accounts security, introducing

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two step verification. It is activated in a town settings. It

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requires you to activate a code sent to your mobile phone alongside

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a password. The move comes after several high-profile accounts were

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hacked earlier this year. Finally, a debate that has raged on the

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internet for over 25 years, has at last been put to rest. Steve

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Wilhite, in effect -- inventor of the GIF, publicly declared that the

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acronym is pronounced AGEF. It is still a staple of the online world,

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bringing us the weird and the wonderful. And also cats, a lot of

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cats. Every few years, technology changes

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enough for someone somewhere to get a brilliant idea. If things start

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getting smaller, we will soon be able to fit everything into a watch.

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So we see a new raft of smart watch has hit the scene. That is where we

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are now. This latest crop aims to be much more than just a bunch of

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posh timepieces. Perhaps the most famous clock in

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the world resides in London's Elizabeth tower. Here, inside the

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Elisabeth tower in Westminster, all year round, three o'clock mechanics

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tend to this giant 154 year-old example of mechanic timekeeping. It

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is almost a living mechanism. The plot mechanics feed it by winding

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it three times a week. They regulate it to ensure that it keeps

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good time. It is accurate to within one second a day. This is

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timekeeping delivered on a grand scale. But on a more personal,

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wearable level, time and technology march on. Lots of love may have

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ditched wristwatches in favour of a mobile phone's clock, but the watch

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itself is now capable of more than just telling the time. This is the

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annual What in jewellery Fair in Switzerland full, the premier event

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for all things chronological. That The latest marvels of micro

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mechanical engineering. Often, price tags resemble that of a

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family car. But how smart can they watched? That particular time he's

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over there is fitted with a personal locator beacon. That seems

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pretty clever to make. Crafted in lightweight titanium and measuring

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51 millimetres across, it contains an emergency transmitter that will

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notify search and rescue services of its own's location once

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activated. The watch itself transmits two signals on emergency

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frequencies. One is earthbound. The other can be detected by satellites

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in space, regardless of its wearer's location. The personal

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locator beta -- beacon has its own battery which must be recharged

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every two months. �12,000 for this level of safety. And if the Annat

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suddenly sets of the Beacon, showing off down at the pub, they

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will be charged a considerable amount of cash to cover the cost of

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any scrambled search and rescue teams. This one is not a watch at

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all but a wrist mounted mobile phone. Inside is a SIM card and the

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watch face has a colour touchscreen. It is certainly not a smartphone.

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It allows its user to make and receive calls, send and receive

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text messages, even watch and listen to multimedia content. The

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screen is very small. Texting and using the calculator will become an

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exercise in patience and steady hand at skill. But if you want to

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use a really smart what, you had better known a smartphone. Most of

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these devices connect through Bluetooth. They present their

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wearer with information from their fans like text or e-mail alerts.

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They can also act as a remote control for the music player. The

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Allah million Shell keeps the weight down. It has a touchscreen

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speak red microphone and can use the Android operating system. It

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can make and receive calls when used in conjunction with the

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smartphone. That screen and Bluetooth makes this a very

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powerful as the device, requiring daily charging. Because it connects

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to a mobile phone with Bluetooth tethering, it is more Bawtry

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intensive than standard Bluetooth. Once you are online, the next step

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is to set up each application through the cloud before anything

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well what -- anything will work. Even then, you might not get quite

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what is expected. Most applications work to some level but on the whole,

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the experience was slow and country. To cap it all off, the watch is not

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even water resistant. Pavel has had a lot to live up to, raking in $10

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million on Kickstarter, making it the most heavily funded project in

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the history of the website. That popularity came at a price, with

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huge demand and huge delays as a result. It is finally with us now

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and those delays have paid off - sort of. It is basically a second

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screen for the fine so if it is disconnected, it is not very useful.

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Connected always of looters, it is cooked up to an application on the

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iPhone or Android had set. Because of its limited screen real-estate,

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these and the work as an overview. In terms of style, the plastic feel

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might not be for everyone but it is waterproof to 50 metres and has a

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low-power LCD e-paper display, working out at about one week of do

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so from the battery. The development kit for the couple has

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been out since April and already has a decent support. Those

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applications include a new watch faces like these and a couple of

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dedicated applications like this fitness application. There are more

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in development. The quality of these applications could make or

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break the Pebble. At the moment, it does not to a lot but what it does

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do it manages fairly well. Rumours are rife surrounding Samsung and

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Apple's interest in producing a smart watch. In this area, wearable

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technology has potential in the not-too-distant future, even if it

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is not being realised in the present.

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I don't know about you, but in the 1980s, I had a cup today to watch -

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do you remember those? -- calculator watch. They were so

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small that he wanted to do anything, you had to take them off your wrist,

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at which point, all you had was a tiny calculator. Now, Webscape.

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Kit is fun to dabble with video editing but if you want to get more

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serious, check out the light works, a comprehensive editing suite

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powerful enough to produce top Hollywood measly -- movies like

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Mission impossible and that man. The free version is packed with

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features and effects with an upgrade to a professional if you

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want more integrated input and output methods. If it is your first

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time using software like this, it might look intimidating but you

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will pick it up in a time once you get to grips with some of the

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guides and tutorials. For those with more experience, it will come

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very quickly indeed because the interface is pretty intuitive.

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There will be a steep learning curve, however, so be prepared to

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lock yourself away in a quiet room for a few hours and read all of the

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manual files. It is only available for Windows right now but the Linux

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version has been released to the public. Stay tuned for more news

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relating to the Apple version. Ever get the feeling that you are

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being followed? That is the point with Twitter but one group has

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taken the concept to the end of creepiness with their free iPhone

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Apple, shadow me. Going beyond a simple follow, this allows you to

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shadow a particular account, seeing everything that is public that they

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see. Of course privacy campaigners will

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probably have a good it look at this one because it makes cyber

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stalking as easy as it has ever been, but that said, the

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information it is serving up is nothing that is not already

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publicly available, so if you are worried about what it is delivering,

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perhaps you should revisit your security settings. For a less

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creepy thing to do with your iPhone, a checkout this one. It is not free

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but it won't matter to all of you fans because it is beautifully made

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and you can keep an eye out for all those famous distribution lorries

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as you drive about. The world billiards championship is

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one of the oldest sporting World Championships in history, dating

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back to the mid-19th century. Agent De Bello 84 has given this

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particularly sedate game a 21st century twist, be created in

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glorious html 5 to be played on the latest internet browsers. In this

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version of the game, a billiards tournament has been infiltrated by

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a terrorist group. Yes, really. And you are under constant pressure by

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the driving pulling the plug music and exploding eight balls to clear

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the table as quickly as possible -- the driving music. It is apparently

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a very accurate rendition of the physics of a real billiards table,

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which is probably why my inability to sink a ball in a pocket is so

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frustratingly realistic as well. The winners of the 17th annual

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Webby Awards were announced on Tuesday. Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin

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Spacey were among those invited to make a five word exception --

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acceptance speech. Stephen Wynne height, inventor of

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the GIF received a lifetime achievement award. You know I

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pronounce that one right. There is also a YouTube channel if you want

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to watch clips from the night. Active Google+ uses of which there

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are now apparently 190 million we have noticed a complete overhaul of

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the desktop design last week. Now, the makeover is going mobile. The

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social network announced on its block that hosts would now appear

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at -- appear as cards in the mobile Webster in, making it easier to

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read and interact with. As well as looking prettier, they design adds

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41 new features including a multi- coloured layout, automatic photos

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and hashtag options. Thank you. You will find that on

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our website along with other material as well as breaking

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With a report from the USA on Microsoft's new gaming console the Xbox One and a look at what makes the latest smart watches tick. Includes tech news and website reviews.


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