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The headlines: European Union leaders have warned that distrust of


the US over spy and could harm the fight against terrorism. A statement


issued following the EU summit in Brussels says that a lack of trust


could prejudice intelligence gathering operations. The US


acknowledged it had created certificate challenges and


tensions. JP Morgan has agreed to pay $5.1


billion for misleading US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


The bank struck the deal with the US mortgage regulator. JP Morgan is


still tried to settle with the Justice Department over similar


claims. Italian coastguard said more than


700 migrants have been rescued near Sicily in the past 44 hours. It was


part of the enhanced patrols that year the European Union started up


to 300 migrants died when their ship sank off the Italian coast earlier


this month. Now on BBC News, it is time for


Click. Welcome to Click. Welcome to one of


the most famous skylines on the planet. This week, we are on a tiny


island that is having an enormous impact. It may hardly show up on the


map, but the country punches well up its weight. This is Singapore. We


will be passing the fake border control and taking a peek at the


secrets behind your credit cards, all in the name of touch less


technology. We will journey whitespace, to take `` test a


project promising to bring Wi`Fi to everyone. And we will check out some


singularly Singaporean research, including a low`cost way to turn


your television into a touchscreen, and a lavatory that recycles


everything, and I mean everything. All that plus the latest news, and a


way to go sightseeing from the comfort of your own home in


Webscape. Time for Click to blast off from New


Broadcasting House in London and had 6000 miles south`east. We are off to


a citystate that is home to 5.5 million people. It is only 70 miles


wide and only 85 miles north of the equator, and it wants to put itself


at the centre of everything. Singapore has always positioned


itself as a hub, a meeting place for East and West. As far as progress is


concerned, being physically small does have its advantages. When you


are not covering a large area, rolling out new technologies such as


four G can happen very quickly and easily. Connecting up the new


high`speed, 1 gigabit per second broadband service is certainly made


easier when 80% of Singaporeans live in high`rise public housing such as


this. Welcome aboard the Singapore Flyer, the largest observation wheel


in the world. From the top of the ride, 165 metres up, Singapore does


look like tiny. The city does not serve much bustle as harm with


activity, like inefficient machine. It is part of a drive that has


happened in the last couple of decades, which has created one of


the highest standards of living in the world, and a population where


nine out of ten people have a smart phone. They are certainly used to


having the best, first. We only have so much new technology. Today a lot


of new products turn up on the same day as the US, or South Korea or


Japan. It is not just the roads and dated networks which seem to work


well, its small size and compactness and means that this is the ideal


place to while out a nationwide network which larger countries have


so far failed to do. It is a network that lets you do stuff just by


touching one device to an upper. It is called NFC, near Field


communication. We have seen this quite a few times on Click, but the


tech is not quite come in enough for everyone to get on board. `` common.


Would Singapore be the place where NFC does make it into the


mainstream? What they have done is grouping a group of players in the


ecosystem to come together to roll out services. It helps to cut out


the deployment time and development time. After all, your smart phone is


something that you keep on your person most of the time, and at this


NFC showroom, they are demonstrating other applications. Once you are in,


the same phone can be used to pass on and receive information using


NFC. Touch it to a poster, and you receive promotional vouchers to use


while you are shopping. Touch the smart poster, I want a ten kilo bag


of rice and I wanted delivered to the house, that is something you can


choose to do as a convenience. But sometimes your smart phone alone is


not enough. Which is why some passports are already fitted with


NFC chips. Couple this with fingerprint scanning to check that


the handholding the passport matches the hand stored within it, and this


is how we could be passing through airports the future. NFC is ready a


way of life in Singapore. You may not have considered how these cards


are made, but since hundreds of millions of them are made Singapore


every year, it would be rude not to take a look. It is tempting to think


of your credit card as a simple piece of plastic, but there are


quite a few components that are tightly pressed together. The


process happens in what is a pretty confidential procedure. This place


is so secretive that visitors are asked not to touch anything and to


not to come in with bags, mobile phones, data devices or cameras. Of


course, it is confidential for a reason. You do not want any one


comprising any stage of the production process, whether it is


the embedding of the chip, the choosing of the colour or even the


transparency of the plastic. One of the layers inside this card is a


thin, copper spiral. This is the antenna, and when you connect it to


the chip in the card, it gives it its NFC properties. Of course, it


goes without saying, that you can pay for your taxi ride using your


NFC enabled smart phone as well. But getting NFC to work in Singapore or


anywhere is not just about getting the infrastructure right, it is


about persuading people that it will make their lives easier. Talking of


an easy life, LJ Rich has found somewhere a little bit more relaxing


than this, to check out another type of future network, something called


whitespace. I am somewhere very relaxing. This


is guidance by the bay. I am here for a reason. That is all about


being connect dead in a public place. `` connected. This guidance


did not exist six years ago. They were built on we claimed land. ``


origins. A tranquil break from the frantic financial hub a few miles


away. Futuristic structures known as super trees quietly harness solar


power, so they can light themselves up at night. But there is something


amiss in paradise. Tourists wishing to tweet about their adventures are


out of luck, unless they have brought their own mobile data


connection, because as any traveller knows, there is rarely free internet


access went straight in from a home network. But this went to live just


a few weeks ago as a trial area for Singapore's super Wi`Fi whitespace


programme, the idea is to eventually roll out free public Wi`Fi across


the city. We have seen whitespace before on Click. It is the name for


a wireless network made available when old frequencies are repurposed


to carry data. With so many people online, traditional wireless


networks are getting congested. You are talking about just coverage,


that is in the order of 400 base stations which will be able to cover


the whole Singapore Island. If you need a certain capacity in certain


areas, you probably have to plan more base stations. Those whitespace


antennas pick up the raw internet signal, then it is converted to a


frequency that our smartphones will be able to use. You have to register


before you can use the service, but the countrywide roll`out is


scheduled for completion in two years, hopefully someone will have


sorted out our smartphones that Reliance by them.


`` battery life. LJ is back in a minute. We are


coming back to Singapore. Facebook has rued a videotape of a


woman being decapitated from the social media network, and issued in


your rules on what can be shared on the site. The U`turn came after the


BBC revealed that Facebook dropped a ban on extremely violent videos and


images. Facebook says it will allow some graphic content, but will take


a closer look at this context. Google says it wants to protect news


organisations and human rights groups from cyber attacks, with its


new Project Shield. The software aims to protect sites wriggly


subject to politically motivated distributed denial of service, or


DDOS attacks. It also revealed a proxy feature designed to bypass


government surveillance software. Apple has unveiled the next


generation iPad, the fifth`generation Air is a third


lighter and 20% thinner than the previous version. The iPad mini now


has what Apple calls a retina display, offering higher resolution


than its predecessor. A raft of upgraded laptops are predictably


thinner and faster, and there is another update to the Mac operating


system, Mavericks is now available at no charge. Microsoft has released


two new surface tablets with updates to its Windows OS, and Nokia has


revealed three new mobile devices, including its first tablet, dealer


meow 2520. After Microsoft decided to buy the finished out of it, it is


no surprise in they also run the Windows operating system. You can


decide what you want in all out of focus, after the shot has been


taken. As you know, there are more millionaires per head in Singapore


than any other country on earth. That is the financial district of


the country. But it is not all about making money. There is a flourishing


academic scene as well. This is Nanyang technological


University, and it is full of laboratories. Inside its impressive


architecture, there is some equally impressive thinking going on. How do


you find the research that is really going to change lives? This is the


place that developed a real invisibility cloak, which may be a


bit of a niche, but some trends, specifically take that can change


how we behave, are quite easy to spot. What do you have first? We


have sitting in traffic. It is part of driving in this densely packed


island. So the strappy prediction project takes GPS data from large


taxi companies and use it to predict where things get bunged up. As


traffic gets heavier, this conventional data analysis starts to


fall apart. Cars driving closely together start to behave more like a


liquid, the roads are like pipes, so the programme switches to a physics


`based model, using fluid dynamics. If you look at the top, it is coming


up to rush`hour, and predictably we have got lots of red bits. They mean


that traffic is moving between ten and 30 km/h, that is, quite slowly.


At the bottom, the prediction and run, and it is showing how accurate


the prediction data is. Lots of blooming is pretty good. Like the


weather, the further into the future you predict, the less accurate the


result. For a big city, you will need a lot more sensors, and you


probably have to break the city down into small areas. Efficiency is


important, especially in a place like Singapore. As well as traffic


issues, this place's compact nature has brought other environmental


issues to the fall. It is to save energy, reduce waste and save water,


most of which is currently imported from Malaysia. One team has a grand


plan to make our towns more sustainable, by creating localised


waste treatment centres, which take all forms of waste from nearby


housing, and converted into energy. And that is why I find myself


staring down the toilet. Researchers have found that pretty


much everything that goes down he can be turned into something useful.


The process works best if you can keep solid and liquid separate,


hence, this is being done in not exclude. It is divided into


sections, to keep one away from, well, two. It is combined with food


waste to make biogas, which can be used for cooking. This is used to


grow microalgae, that is the green stuff, which produces bio diesel.


So, only one question remains. How would we take to wait to let that


requires, shall we say, a little more discipline? Well, the first one


has been installed in the university itself. So, it is time for me to try


it out. Just, am, give me a few minutes, would you?


While Spencer is otherwise occupied, here is something that could convert


any surface into a touchscreen. Tapping on a board, in this case


made of wood or aluminium, sends a signal to this attached town sensor.


Placing more than one sensor on a flat object, makes it possible to


work out where it has been tapped, it was the sound take slightly


longer to reach the centre further away. That is the thinking behind a


low`cost touch surface. Fast forward two years from the boards, and you


have a working prototype. Instead of 1 cent, have 12. It is fired along


the top, find along the bottom, and one along the top. 12 sensors


mounted around the glass, make foray sensitive touchscreen. There are a


couple of real issues. First, in order for this to work, you have to


make an audible noise. Secondly, if you want to do swiping, you are


going to need some of these. Together with the cameras on the


top, this kind of works. I know there are many other products that


let you use touch and gesture to communicate with them, but this one


has the advantage of being very affordable. Now, the thing about


this system is not that it can do all of these things, but it can do


them at incredibly low cost. For example, this 12 sensors here, plus


the camera, plus the glass, currently is coming in at around 100


Singapore dollars, that is around 75 US dollars, or ?50. Real`life


applications could include making a cheap, interactive whiteboard for


schools. It will take another 18 months before this contraption is


streamlined enough to hit the mainstream. Now, Spencer is back


with a panda. These days we are sending more and more data around


our homes, whether it is syncing files between machines, or streaming


visitors like kung fu and. It is or is easier to do that wirelessly, but


wireless is prone to break up and interference. That is why this team


have developed something called next`generation wireless. This is


being sent over a system that has between two and six gigabits. That


is enough to stream a high`definition video. This has the


technology up to a range of eight metres at the moment, so the


transmitter sending this video feed is down there at the end of the


hall. Another restriction is that this system is line of sight. It is


extremely directional, meaning you have to point the transmitter at the


receiver for it to work. If anything thicker than a piece of paper breaks


the beam, the signal is lost and the panda freezes, as you can see. The


team are hoping to get around that problem by helping the signal to get


around the problem, by bouncing it for wall on for example. In the


future, they hope to get the range of high enough so that you can send


data on building to building, creating a kind of mesh network over


part of the city. They think that version of the technology might be


ready within the next year. Well in time for Kung Fu Panda three. Let's


find out what Kate Russell has in store for us this week.


Being an environmentally concerned member of the Click team, I am quite


happy not to be piling on the air miles, jetting off to shows and


exhibitions cross the world, especially when I can enjoy all the


sites in full 360 degrees glory with the new out from 360 cities. This


amazing app turns your mobile device into a 360 degrees window into the


world, using the gyroscope to let you spin your viewpoint around for


some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet. Who needs a trip to


Singapore anyway? It is not free, but just ?1 50 seems pretty good


value for such a powerful image tool. There are thousands of


visitors to explore, browsing by popular, recent or local images


posted by other users. You can also make your own, with a simple point


and turn function. If you are the kind of person that


wakes up in the morning and reaches for your smart phone to check what


is happening in the world, you are going to love this kind of 360,


News360.com. Connect it to all of your main accounts, and it analyses


what you like so it can feed the latest stories straight to your


timeline. Social networks are grey way of news on topics that interest


you and your friends, but you don't always want to get drawn into the


general chitchat. This is a perfect solution, as you only see links to


publish articles in subjects that you have expressed an interest in.


You can fine tune the categories that appear in your feed, and over


time, the get more about what interests you buy clicking like at


appropriate moments. You can also download the chrome plug`in, or free


apps for Android, Apple or Windows seven or eight. TEDed My name is.


This allows you to turn any video into a complete lessons, with


resources links and discussion topics to engage students in the


lessons in held by the videos. TED has been around for several years,


bringing together people who are leaders in their fields. It has


become synonymous with world changing ideas. This education


initiative sits perfectly inside that idea. Anyone can visit the site


and enjoy lessons already posted by the community, either by subject, or


just delving into the users. You are never too old to learn something


new, and this is a totally inspiring place to start. What if someone


thinks I'm awful, or an idiot. This is the fight or flight response.


Blackberry has been struggling for some time now, last month laying off


4.5 thousand staff. Despite these trying times, there are still a lot


of fans of the chat client, BBM, which at its height claimed over


75,000 active users. That has shrunk since enthusiasm has waned, but


there could be a revival, at least for the Instant Messenger. There is


a lot to love in this act, including live status updates, group


messaging, and privacy options that means you don't have to share your


personal details with everyone you connect to. What is not to love, is


that you will have to put your name down in a queue to have your account


activated, as more than a million people are reportedly waiting to


start chatting cross`platform on BBM.


If you missed any of those links, you will find them all at our


website. If you would like to contribute to a future web scape,


get in touch. That is it for this Singapore special, I hope you


enjoyed it. See you next time. We wouldn't normally start our look


at the weather by jumping 48 hours ahead, but then the prospects for


late Sunday morning into Monday are quite far from normal for the


British arms. The Met


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