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next three weeks. Looks like we are in for a wonderful

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festival. It is time for Click. Playtime is over. Games are getting

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This week, Click gets to grips with a new genre of video games. Has the

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Internet created a new world of artistic collaboration? Or is this

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just a visual shouting match? The app that takes the stress out of

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splitting the bill. The industry itself has been

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criticised as being a risk averse. There are glimmers of more serious

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artistic intent. Sports. 1st-person shooters. These

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are the sorts of experiences that people imagine when you mention

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video games. As the technology that we play video games on the walls, so

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has the content itself. Games like call of duty are massive

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franchises. There are other stories that can be told. People making

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video games can have more courage about the things they can address.

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You can have games with very deep and emotional storyline. The

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independent sector, while lacking multi-million dollar investment

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budgets. Navid Khonsari. He is latest project is an altogether more

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personal affair. It is called 1979. It explains the events leading up to

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the Iranian revolution. Like many Iranian, his family left the country

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as a result of that revolution. These events led to the overthrow of

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the Shah. We've got games that take place in Germany in World War II.

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Your objective is just to eliminate the soldiers or the enemy and get to

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the next stage. It never really gets divulged to the audience. This road

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is closed, move along. I find what is really appealing is

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that true connection to real-life stories and real-life people. If you

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could put that as part of a game, then you are making so much more of

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an enriched experience for the user. I think it is absolutely crucial to

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bring history into it and I am surprised that not many people are

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doing that. Designed for consoles, PCs and

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tablets, users assume the role of a man who has come back to find his

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country in crisis. The player must make decisions such as choosing

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political alliance and choosing who they will all will not help. The

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player 's is ultimately affects the outcome. -- the player's choices. He

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hopes it will act as an educational tool. If you try and beat someone

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over the head with education, it's not going to work. When I play video

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games I want to be entertained. It's not that I'm getting hit over the

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head with it, but that educational element is coming in passively while

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you're being entertained in the foreground.

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He won't stop. That Dragon, Cancer. The game that

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explores the experiences of the games developer and his family. --

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the game's developer. His four-year-old son Joel has been

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fighting cancer. To explain to children how Joel was fighting a

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dragon called cancer. I hate this room. The first thing that we

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produced was a night that I spent in hospital with Joel. It was one of

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the worst experiences because he was in so much pain and they could not

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do anything to stop it. There was also this moment of grace that

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happened. I wanted to share with people the hard aspect of this

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night, and bring being bought to the end of myself. There are some things

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that video games can do that traditional media card. -- can't. I

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can have a conversation with them by offering them various choices and

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various paths. I think that can present a far more impactful and a

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far more in merciful experience -- in .

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We are looking for an hour to an hour and a half. It will explore the

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rollercoaster that is living with cancer. We have four children. Most

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of the time is spent in laughter in the day to day mundane tasks that

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happen in life. A very small amount of our life has been spent in

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hospital. This will explore all of that.

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Whether it's telling world events, or personal experiences, they are

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designed to have an emotional effect on the player long after they put

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the control away. Next up, a look at the big tech

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stories hitting the wires this week. British MPs want to question Twitter

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executives over whether it is doing enough to protect users. It comes

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after a feminist campaigner received hundreds of threats after

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successfully lobbying to have Jane Austen depicted on the �10 note.

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Twitter says it is looking at simplifying its reporting process.

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Car giant BMW has unveiled its fully electric car. The usual sleek lines

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have gone. So has the cost of running one. It will grow 100 mph on

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to minutes of charge -- two minutes. It has a rather petite two

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seater electric car. Google has launched a new photo sharing site.

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Using the android operating system Jelly Bean 4.2 or later, users can

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create... Head turning street view fashion. The Japanese outfits has

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revealed that new sales of the Wii U have been so bad. You could be

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forgiven for missing it. And intellect -- intergalactic brawl.

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The gruelling five-hour battle resulted in the destruction of

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nearly 3000 ships. Eve online's virtual currency can be exchanged

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These days, everything seems to be moving into the cloud. You can

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collaborate with other people, bouncing ideas off each other as if

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they are in the same room. If you put them in the same virtual room as

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each other. Virtually anything can happen. Dan Simmons has been finding

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out. Traditionally, art has been a bit of

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a solitary activity. Set up the easel, get painting that fascinating

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bowl of fruit. The closest they have come to teamwork has probably been

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swapping tips at a painting class. Nowadays, the size of your canvas is

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a bit more daunting. WebCanvas .com is one site with enough space for

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everyone. It is the radically infinite. -- theoretically. While it

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is certainly pretty busy around here, it's hard to tell whether this

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is collaboration or competition. It can feel like the equivalent of a

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shouting match. He takes a more focused approach. This wormhole of

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weird and wonderful. 3651 of them. The site doesn't seem to have

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changed much since it was launched 15 years ago. The results feel less

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chaotic. It is not just pick is getting the collaborative

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treatment. The exquisite forest project back by Google asked

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professional and amateur animators to add the twist to an evolving

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suite of short stories. Many of these projects over the routes to

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the exquisite cadaver or exquisite corpse. -- over their roots. This

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parlour game proportionably invented by the French around 19 was all the

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rage back in the day. Nearly a hundred years later and the

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professionals are shaped -- sharpening their crowns as worlds.

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The latest incarnation of the experience comes courtesy of

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software maker Adobe. For each project, every participant is given

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an hour to complete a piece of digital canvas. They use a piece of

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someone else's work as a starting point. It integrates with web

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sharing websites. Adobe hopes this will make getting feedback and

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working together a bit easier. would love to meet the other people

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adjacent to my piece of work and see what they think of how I responded

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to what they did and vice-versa. That is really nice to talk to

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people about your own work and how your work relates to the heirs.

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finished work is over a kilometre long. Results are quite mixed. Some

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people taking the collaborative spirit to heart but others ignoring

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it all together. And that could be the fundamental flaw. If we ever

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hope to cloud source a masterpiece, surely it is going to be more than a

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roomful of people shouting at each other. These collective project

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certainly emphasise individuality. Perhaps their beauty is in the

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juxtaposition of human expression. Rather than the realisation of a

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shared vision. Dan Simmons with the artwork that goes on and on and on.

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Nights out with friends can be great, up until the point where you

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have two split the bill. I've seen grown men cry arguing over who had

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what. But one person who never loses any sleep over that is Kate

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Russell. And not because she does not have any mates, at because she

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has an app for that. It comes Webscape. Keeping track of your

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finances can get complicated, especially if you share expenses

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with friends or flatmates. Built in as an act which should stop it

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coming to blows over cash flow, as it lets you easily record who owes

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what, keeping everybody informed by e-mail. Splitting a restaurant bill

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can be such hard work. Douglas Adams even used it as a concept for

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carrying a space ship in his famous at chukkas guide series. The bistro

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magic drive. It is a beautiful idea but if you want to create enough

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energy for interstellar travel you do not want to pick this application

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art. As well as free iPhone and android applications to tally up as

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you go, you can use the Facebook blog on to keep a note to your

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browser. With your splitting holiday expenses or spotting a colleague a

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fiver for lunch you need never loose track of another debt. There are 40

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default currencies to choose from, including that coins. If that is the

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way you trade with your buddies. There are lots of online tools to

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help you pick a holiday destination. Once you have, it is all about

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getting the best deal in macro the perfect hotel at the right time of

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year. That is where this application wants to help. Instead of a straight

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price comparison tool that lets you compare different flights, dates or

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even destinations, side by side on visual pin boards. Connecting

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socially with others to collaborate on a decision. A consumer study last

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you showed that 87% of travellers use the Internet to help plan their

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trip. With over 70% being influenced by social recommendations. A hot

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topic on the web now as developers rushed to come up with the perfect

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business model for cashing in on this trend. Prices and flight

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details are tracked and updated in real-time on you decide on your

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final item in a reverie, making this a quick and responsive solution for

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group travel, even when you're travelling companions are not. The

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web is now awash with infographics, eye-catching colourful displays of

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complex information and data set, created supposedly to make it easier

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to digests them. This is a neat call that lets you make your own no mess,

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no fast just click and low to edit one of the predesigned templates

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adding charts, maps, images and video. I have been quite vocal in

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the past about how much I despise infographics. It is not that I have

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a problem with the concept, only when it is used as a cheap way of

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adding eye candy to a site. If a graphic does not ring clarity to the

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information you share, will it really does is make your web page

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loads slower. That is just annoying. The free account lets you share work

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posted on an programme through the usual channels. If you want to share

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it privately or download to host on your own website or share off-line,

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you will have two upgrade to the pro account. With billions and billions

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of indexed pages, the web is a huge and space. One day to visualise

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expert has used interactive graphics to help us see the bigger picture by

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creating a stunning galaxy of Internet traffic. It contains

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350,000 planets which represent the most clicked on websites. All

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colour-coded by country. As you zoom, more websites are revealed.

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This is a perfect example of how to make information more accessible

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through a visual representation. If you must, you can call it an

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infographics. Talking of maps, quirky presentation tool has added a

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new set of features to their popular service this week that allow users

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to collaborate in real-time across the globe. Up to ten people can work

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together on a whiteboard style environment or you can deliver your

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presentation live to 30 viewers. To celebrate, the company has made an

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interactive map that lets you explore public collaborations in

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real time. In other map news, Google announced recently it will be

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closing to social location sharing tools. Attitude retires on the 9th

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of August and the plus local application known as Google places

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goes a similar way on the seventh. In their place, it has relaunched a

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web tool in smart application that android and iPhone users can use to

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find the best clubs and restaurants. The recommendations are selected and

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reviewed by industry experts, it is more of a guide than a social

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engine. The interface is delicious. There is a good selection of videos

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to get into as well. Right now the site and applications only cover

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eight American cities plus London, although Google says that will

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increase to 50 destinations with more places of interest covered like

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hotels and shopping. That is Webscape. The links are available at

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