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issued, which means a danger to life. We just had a taste of it with
the smart phone and skirt, but now, it is time for Click. -- smart phone
skirt. When the boss told me he
accidentally put my expenses in his recycle bin, I thought he meant that
one on his desktop. This week's Click is a load of
rubbish, but one well worth watching. We will find out what
happens to our tech when we throw it away, and how new laws might prevent
it ending up in the wrong hands. And, what if your device is broken
and battered, but not dead? It is possible to fix it, and we will show
you how. We will also clear up after ourselves after putting the latest
robot vacuum cleaners to the test. And, the most outrageous piece of
wearable tech I think I have ever seen, and a way to find out what is
being said about you, yes you, online.
Welcome to Click, I'm Spencer Kelly. A lot of the time on this programme
we talk about bright, shiny, new gadgets. For every new piece of
technology there is, have you ever wondered what happens to the old,
obsolete and broken down versions? Well, a lot of them will end up in
places like this. A recycling centre in Wales. And when I see a lot of
it, I mean an awful lot. Here, at Sims recycling solutions, a whole
host of different tools and methods, like electromagnets, water
separation, and good old-fashioned humans, are used to separate and
salvage different metals and hazardous materials. The rest is
then recycled. It can deal with up to 75,000 tonnes of the waste every
year. That is a significant chunk of the 1.3 million tonnes reduced every
year in the UK. That is 21 kilograms per person. Guess what, that number
is rising. In 2012, the planet generated nearly 49 million tonnes
of e-waste. By 2017, that figure is expected to rise to around 65
million tonnes, per year. E-waste is clearly a growing problem. New EU
laws introduced on the 14th of February now force countries to
recycle at least 45% of their e-waste. And make it more difficult
to exported illegally to the developing world. At the moment, a
significant amount of this guff ends up in Southeast Asia and West
Africa, to be picked apart by workers, often children, in truly
dangerous conditions. David Reid picks up the Trail of this illegal
waste in Ghana. Recycling West Africa style.
Consumer electronics smashed, sorted and valuable metals extracted. This
is where technology goes to die. Workers here are smelting, feeding
fires with TV casings and fridge interiors, a heat fierce enough to
burn the installation of electrical cables. When I'm doing this I'm
looking for copper. A fingertip search through the ashes clean
scraps of metal that are then sold on. Take-home pay, between five and
7 euros. The men and boys working here, and a range between 13 and 35
years old, are not from Acra, they came from the north of the country
on a gold rush, promised riches from waste. They turned out to be a
pittance, and the gold turned out to be lead, cadmium, and other heavy
metals, lodged in their bodies. Unless you get some medicine, it
will stay in your body. This boy is just 17 years old, taking medicine
to work in an environment so toxic, that even some of the boys he
refused to touch the river running through the site. You can see the
smoke, also. It is also travelling. Any place that it deposits this
heavy metals, the soil itself you can see is hugely contaminated. Time
to leave this place and head to the atomic energy commission. The lab
has performed a battery of tests on soil from the site. They found
cadmium 30 times over acceptable levels, that can cause cancer,
kidney failure, bone disease. Levels of lead, which attacks the nervous
system, topped 100 times the recommended maximum dose. I would
not advise anybody to live there. This place has been classified as
one of the most contaminated sites in the world. The processing here is
fed by the illegal traffic of e-waste into Ghana. Today, used TVs
from Australia and Spain are being loaded onto waiting trucks. There is
nothing wrong with importing used technology if it works, but if it
doesn't it is hazardous e-waste that shouldn't be here. How many of these
TVs actually work? 99% are working. 100%? How big is 1%? Ghana is
working on legislation to prevent illegal e-waste imports, but it is
taking time, as legislators don't want to curb the legitimate trade in
second-hand tack. The drafters are seeking to ensure that they don't
end up preventing the viable trade in used electronic equipment. In the
meantime, young men and boys will continue to stoke the fires, and pay
a heavy price with their health, foreign handful of change.
One of the obstacles to stemming this tide of e-waste is us.
Consumers are almost demanding -- always demanding sleeker and smaller
bits of kit, and then this happens. Whether it is drop it, knock each,
or any other kind of damage, smart phone screens can break
spectacularly. We asked you to send us your shots of your damage staff,
and thank you very much. These are some very sorry sites. As it
happens, LJ Rich recently managed to break the screen of her iPad too.
She didn't throw it away, she didn't get it fixed, she decided to fix it
herself. It is the worst feeling in the
world. As well as the inconvenience, Apple told me this would cost me
?200 to sort out. That is loads! Time to call my old friends, the
restart project, to see if I could do it myself. These fixes hold
events to help people do exactly that. Since we met last year, the
movement has expanded to over 40 countries. I settled in at an event
in London with a much cheaper replacement screen. Clearly, I'm not
going into this completely dry. I have done a lot of research online,
red tutorial videos, and read through how to do it. The next step
is going from theory to practise. Before we start, some warnings. If
you think you are covered by a warranty, you will probably want to
take your broken gadgets back to where you bought them. And, there is
always the potential for broken glass and electric shocks, but might
iPad is ancient. I have done my prep, and one of the restart as is
keeping an eye on me. Are used tape to collect broken glass fragments,
and a chopping board to protect the table from the heat gun. The heat
gun softens the adhesive that sticks a class together. Once it was
offered, I used plastic and metal implements to prise open my gadget.
Basically, the idea is to blast it with a lot more heat than I first
thought. A lot more! Then, get in there and leave! It is a
commendation of brute force and delicate touch. I have drawn a crowd
because my repair is so complex. Plus, who wouldn't want to see the
inside of an iPad? Wow! I've done it! Stuff is getting more difficult
to open, and we are seeing that at the events we are posting. People
always read up on Apple, but the point is that everything is becoming
more difficult to open. Then I undid four small screws and lifted the
screen to reach the touchscreen connector behind it. I got prepared
to do it all again, but this time backwards. At the end of the night,
might iPad worked, almost. I had severed the GPS antenna when I
remove the glass cover. It is really that easy to botch your own repair.
Back to the internet for what looks like an even more complex fix. The
instructions you find online are great. But, there are also those
little tricks that you need to know to get it right. If anyone is
thinking about repairing their device, have a look online, and make
sure you are confident with the instructions you have found. That is
Alex, a professional repairer who was very impressed with my efforts
at the party. He had a spare GPS antenna lying around, so we met
again at the next event to continue the mission. This time, I've
borrowed his professional tools, as might internet ones were not precise
enough for the fix. I had to go right down to the logic ought,
removing the camera assembly, unfeeling tiny bits of tape, and
unscrewing tiny screws. Then, after hours of surgery, I was finally
ready to swipe. Could it be? I had to be prepared to break my kit
irreparably in order to understand it. Sometimes, it is not the
winning, it is taking part that counts.
The iPad is safe from the conveyor belt of steam. LJ Rich with some
heroic repair work. In a trailer at home unsupervised.
Next, and look at this week's news. The start of a key things to come.
That is the warning from a security company after an enormous cyber
attack targeting one of its clients. Hackers used and exploit using a
protocol of the system users. The attack flooded servers with each
data. The attack would use Web services off-line.
It has been a bad week for bitcoin. Beat them altered withdrawals. The
Sevilla the firm said the culprits used a bug in the underlying
software. -- Bitstamp. There was a sharp fall in the value of bitcoins.
Police have arrested five people on a crackdown. The other great website
allowed a criminal trade of illegal drugs and weapons. Please see the
round ?353,000 worth of bitcoins. The website launched 98 previously.
After 50 million downloads, it is no more. The developer of fluffy bird
called the plug when the interest became too much. For those in need
of an avian fix, many clones have sprung up. If you are indifferent to
the news, perhaps this YouTube requiem will persuade you otherwise.
Let us move away from the rubbish and look at something far more
stylish. Just in time for the opening of London Fashion Week this
weekend. A skirt made of phones. As we wait for the future where your
clothing is smarter, this number is made of 80 Nokia smartphones,
running an app that simulates fabric on each screen. As the model walks
and turns, the handsets detect the movement. The handsets shimmer like
real material. It is a collaborative project between Nokia, who supplied
the phone, fashion designer Fyodor Golan and London design house Kin.
It went through testing and calibrating. The clips were
3D-printed to the exact measurements and orientations required. I was up
for wearing it myself but sadly it is not meant for somebody of my
proportions. I am all for minimising waste. This is ridiculous. This is
how the finished product went down on the catwalk. Unfortunately, the
software didn't go down. I myself am a dedicated follower of
fashion. Not all technology is destined for a place like this. Some
is designed to clean your house while you live your own busy life.
Last week, Dyson invested ?5 million in the development of a new
generation of intelligence household robots. The results of that might be
some way off. We send our correspondent to a boardroom
capitulated and that could clean up sugar.
They come from the world's biggest electronics company. This is an
unbelievable opportunity. This process is not about your job but
about making sure my house is spotless. At stake, a chance to
change the way we clean. And become the vacuum apprenticed. --
apprentice. In most areas of our lives. Technology changes the way we
do things as the years. But it comes to cleaning, it is a manual process.
Yet the last 12 months have seen the release of many updated and more
versatile robotic vacuum cleaners. These devices use onboard cameras to
photograph and map the home, even containing sensors to stop him
falling downstairs or repeatedly hitting the cut. They have a choice
of cleaning options with some allowing you to select areas to be
avoided. It is all very well at these devices more exciting than
your average cleaning equipment. The question is, how well do they
actually do their job? We devised an experiment which might not be the
most scientific should give us an indication of whether these robots
are up to the challenge. Clean floor, need some catch powder. The
traditional vacuum costs a third of the price. It did pretty well. It
left a slight residue. Here goes. The most high profile of our
apprentices is this device. It works similarly to many of its young
pretenders like a Samsung robot, boosting a timer function, handy for
when you want to programme a clean one at work. LG is fighting its
corners hard with a square design. It has brushes. All of the machines
tested proved fairly good on superficial surfaces. They were not
it on cleaning up the towel. They struggled on the rug. They had great
success on carpet. It leaves us with a grubby room to clean. Likely,
another robot is on hand to help. This device slips and mops. Handy in
this instance. Details are regaining their usual appearance. The floor is
not the only place these minions are trying to clean up. Wouldn't it be
nice if you could clean the windows without working up a sweat? Hmm.
This might be the answer. It certainly washes the windows nicely.
It works on any thickness of glass. The permanent court attached makes
it feel a bit low-tech. While the future might hold the promise of
great things, these candidates might not be ready to take over all of
your cleaning duties just yet. You are fired!
The robotic backing the needing to be concerned about turning up here.
I am sure they will have a career in reality TV. Sticking with the
rubbish theme, Kate Russell has a two dismissed the online trash from
social media. -- tour. Have you ever do good your own name? It can be a
scary experience, especially if you are on TV. If you want to know what
is being said about you online, try this app that lets you set up
keywords or phrases. You can scan social media and forums and blogs.
As well as looking for mentions about you or your business, you can
add key phrases you are interested in like developments in new
technology that had about on this programme or perhaps your TV --
favourite TV star, like Spencer Kelly. This is a similar service to
Google alerts. It gives him or control and a nice interface to
browse. There is a handy import button. If all of that seems
narcissistic, and you want a quick way to check whether you have said
anything silly on Twitter, this app offers a fun and simple service. You
can judge how likely you are comments are to get you fired.
We are getting used to our phones telling us where we are. There is a
lot to be set at about getting lost sometimes. But if the premise behind
this app. It sends a treasure hunt style location quest that will send
you wandering around in a random adventure. This is a great idea if
you are visiting a new city on holiday or perhaps somewhere you
have moved too. Make sure there are no dangerous place it really
shouldn't go. Remember to look up from your phone occasionally. You
never know what you might stumble across. In a similar vein and only
on iPhone is this app. It completes the challenges. Either against a
friend or an opponent. It is great fun and has the pulse racing. The
obvious caveat with sharing photographs with strangers apply.
Einstein's English import in the world should feel the same in all
frames of reference living in constant velocity. Last week, we
looked at how fast we travelled through space and time. Is there a
cost of -- cosmic speed limit? We can travel faster than light as
suggested by Einstein. This week, we find out. We couple at the speed of
light this way. If I hold a mirror in front of my face, will I be able
to see my reflection? Time has flown. Much more technology
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for watching. We will see you next time. How to cheat and beat the very
popular Flappy Bird game. Pay attention. You can miss it. See
right there? The latest winter storm is causing
problems across some parts of the UK. This is the latest storm. Low
pressure is bringing snow. Heavy rain is increasing the flooding.
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Click travels to Ghana to find out what happens to tech when we throw it away. Plus the latest news and the best of the net in Webscape.