15/02/2014 Click


15/02/2014

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issued, which means a danger to life. We just had a taste of it with

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the smart phone and skirt, but now, it is time for Click. -- smart phone

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skirt. When the boss told me he

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accidentally put my expenses in his recycle bin, I thought he meant that

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one on his desktop. This week's Click is a load of

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rubbish, but one well worth watching. We will find out what

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happens to our tech when we throw it away, and how new laws might prevent

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it ending up in the wrong hands. And, what if your device is broken

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and battered, but not dead? It is possible to fix it, and we will show

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you how. We will also clear up after ourselves after putting the latest

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robot vacuum cleaners to the test. And, the most outrageous piece of

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wearable tech I think I have ever seen, and a way to find out what is

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being said about you, yes you, online.

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Welcome to Click, I'm Spencer Kelly. A lot of the time on this programme

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we talk about bright, shiny, new gadgets. For every new piece of

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technology there is, have you ever wondered what happens to the old,

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obsolete and broken down versions? Well, a lot of them will end up in

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places like this. A recycling centre in Wales. And when I see a lot of

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it, I mean an awful lot. Here, at Sims recycling solutions, a whole

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host of different tools and methods, like electromagnets, water

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separation, and good old-fashioned humans, are used to separate and

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salvage different metals and hazardous materials. The rest is

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then recycled. It can deal with up to 75,000 tonnes of the waste every

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year. That is a significant chunk of the 1.3 million tonnes reduced every

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year in the UK. That is 21 kilograms per person. Guess what, that number

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is rising. In 2012, the planet generated nearly 49 million tonnes

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of e-waste. By 2017, that figure is expected to rise to around 65

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million tonnes, per year. E-waste is clearly a growing problem. New EU

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laws introduced on the 14th of February now force countries to

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recycle at least 45% of their e-waste. And make it more difficult

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to exported illegally to the developing world. At the moment, a

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significant amount of this guff ends up in Southeast Asia and West

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Africa, to be picked apart by workers, often children, in truly

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dangerous conditions. David Reid picks up the Trail of this illegal

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waste in Ghana. Recycling West Africa style.

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Consumer electronics smashed, sorted and valuable metals extracted. This

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is where technology goes to die. Workers here are smelting, feeding

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fires with TV casings and fridge interiors, a heat fierce enough to

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burn the installation of electrical cables. When I'm doing this I'm

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looking for copper. A fingertip search through the ashes clean

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scraps of metal that are then sold on. Take-home pay, between five and

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7 euros. The men and boys working here, and a range between 13 and 35

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years old, are not from Acra, they came from the north of the country

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on a gold rush, promised riches from waste. They turned out to be a

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pittance, and the gold turned out to be lead, cadmium, and other heavy

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metals, lodged in their bodies. Unless you get some medicine, it

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will stay in your body. This boy is just 17 years old, taking medicine

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to work in an environment so toxic, that even some of the boys he

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refused to touch the river running through the site. You can see the

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smoke, also. It is also travelling. Any place that it deposits this

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heavy metals, the soil itself you can see is hugely contaminated. Time

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to leave this place and head to the atomic energy commission. The lab

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has performed a battery of tests on soil from the site. They found

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cadmium 30 times over acceptable levels, that can cause cancer,

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kidney failure, bone disease. Levels of lead, which attacks the nervous

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system, topped 100 times the recommended maximum dose. I would

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not advise anybody to live there. This place has been classified as

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one of the most contaminated sites in the world. The processing here is

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fed by the illegal traffic of e-waste into Ghana. Today, used TVs

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from Australia and Spain are being loaded onto waiting trucks. There is

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nothing wrong with importing used technology if it works, but if it

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doesn't it is hazardous e-waste that shouldn't be here. How many of these

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TVs actually work? 99% are working. 100%? How big is 1%? Ghana is

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working on legislation to prevent illegal e-waste imports, but it is

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taking time, as legislators don't want to curb the legitimate trade in

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second-hand tack. The drafters are seeking to ensure that they don't

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end up preventing the viable trade in used electronic equipment. In the

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meantime, young men and boys will continue to stoke the fires, and pay

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a heavy price with their health, foreign handful of change.

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One of the obstacles to stemming this tide of e-waste is us.

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Consumers are almost demanding -- always demanding sleeker and smaller

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bits of kit, and then this happens. Whether it is drop it, knock each,

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or any other kind of damage, smart phone screens can break

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spectacularly. We asked you to send us your shots of your damage staff,

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and thank you very much. These are some very sorry sites. As it

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happens, LJ Rich recently managed to break the screen of her iPad too.

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She didn't throw it away, she didn't get it fixed, she decided to fix it

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herself. It is the worst feeling in the

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world. As well as the inconvenience, Apple told me this would cost me

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?200 to sort out. That is loads! Time to call my old friends, the

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restart project, to see if I could do it myself. These fixes hold

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events to help people do exactly that. Since we met last year, the

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movement has expanded to over 40 countries. I settled in at an event

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in London with a much cheaper replacement screen. Clearly, I'm not

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going into this completely dry. I have done a lot of research online,

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red tutorial videos, and read through how to do it. The next step

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is going from theory to practise. Before we start, some warnings. If

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you think you are covered by a warranty, you will probably want to

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take your broken gadgets back to where you bought them. And, there is

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always the potential for broken glass and electric shocks, but might

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iPad is ancient. I have done my prep, and one of the restart as is

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keeping an eye on me. Are used tape to collect broken glass fragments,

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and a chopping board to protect the table from the heat gun. The heat

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gun softens the adhesive that sticks a class together. Once it was

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offered, I used plastic and metal implements to prise open my gadget.

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Basically, the idea is to blast it with a lot more heat than I first

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thought. A lot more! Then, get in there and leave! It is a

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commendation of brute force and delicate touch. I have drawn a crowd

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because my repair is so complex. Plus, who wouldn't want to see the

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inside of an iPad? Wow! I've done it! Stuff is getting more difficult

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to open, and we are seeing that at the events we are posting. People

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always read up on Apple, but the point is that everything is becoming

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more difficult to open. Then I undid four small screws and lifted the

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screen to reach the touchscreen connector behind it. I got prepared

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to do it all again, but this time backwards. At the end of the night,

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might iPad worked, almost. I had severed the GPS antenna when I

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remove the glass cover. It is really that easy to botch your own repair.

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Back to the internet for what looks like an even more complex fix. The

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instructions you find online are great. But, there are also those

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little tricks that you need to know to get it right. If anyone is

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thinking about repairing their device, have a look online, and make

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sure you are confident with the instructions you have found. That is

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Alex, a professional repairer who was very impressed with my efforts

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at the party. He had a spare GPS antenna lying around, so we met

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again at the next event to continue the mission. This time, I've

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borrowed his professional tools, as might internet ones were not precise

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enough for the fix. I had to go right down to the logic ought,

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removing the camera assembly, unfeeling tiny bits of tape, and

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unscrewing tiny screws. Then, after hours of surgery, I was finally

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ready to swipe. Could it be? I had to be prepared to break my kit

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irreparably in order to understand it. Sometimes, it is not the

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winning, it is taking part that counts.

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The iPad is safe from the conveyor belt of steam. LJ Rich with some

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heroic repair work. In a trailer at home unsupervised.

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Next, and look at this week's news. The start of a key things to come.

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That is the warning from a security company after an enormous cyber

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attack targeting one of its clients. Hackers used and exploit using a

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protocol of the system users. The attack flooded servers with each

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data. The attack would use Web services off-line.

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It has been a bad week for bitcoin. Beat them altered withdrawals. The

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Sevilla the firm said the culprits used a bug in the underlying

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software. -- Bitstamp. There was a sharp fall in the value of bitcoins.

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Police have arrested five people on a crackdown. The other great website

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allowed a criminal trade of illegal drugs and weapons. Please see the

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round ?353,000 worth of bitcoins. The website launched 98 previously.

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After 50 million downloads, it is no more. The developer of fluffy bird

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called the plug when the interest became too much. For those in need

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of an avian fix, many clones have sprung up. If you are indifferent to

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the news, perhaps this YouTube requiem will persuade you otherwise.

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Let us move away from the rubbish and look at something far more

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stylish. Just in time for the opening of London Fashion Week this

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weekend. A skirt made of phones. As we wait for the future where your

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clothing is smarter, this number is made of 80 Nokia smartphones,

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running an app that simulates fabric on each screen. As the model walks

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and turns, the handsets detect the movement. The handsets shimmer like

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real material. It is a collaborative project between Nokia, who supplied

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the phone, fashion designer Fyodor Golan and London design house Kin.

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It went through testing and calibrating. The clips were

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3D-printed to the exact measurements and orientations required. I was up

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for wearing it myself but sadly it is not meant for somebody of my

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proportions. I am all for minimising waste. This is ridiculous. This is

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how the finished product went down on the catwalk. Unfortunately, the

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software didn't go down. I myself am a dedicated follower of

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fashion. Not all technology is destined for a place like this. Some

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is designed to clean your house while you live your own busy life.

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Last week, Dyson invested ?5 million in the development of a new

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generation of intelligence household robots. The results of that might be

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some way off. We send our correspondent to a boardroom

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capitulated and that could clean up sugar.

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They come from the world's biggest electronics company. This is an

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unbelievable opportunity. This process is not about your job but

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about making sure my house is spotless. At stake, a chance to

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change the way we clean. And become the vacuum apprenticed. --

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apprentice. In most areas of our lives. Technology changes the way we

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do things as the years. But it comes to cleaning, it is a manual process.

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Yet the last 12 months have seen the release of many updated and more

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versatile robotic vacuum cleaners. These devices use onboard cameras to

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photograph and map the home, even containing sensors to stop him

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falling downstairs or repeatedly hitting the cut. They have a choice

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of cleaning options with some allowing you to select areas to be

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avoided. It is all very well at these devices more exciting than

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your average cleaning equipment. The question is, how well do they

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actually do their job? We devised an experiment which might not be the

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most scientific should give us an indication of whether these robots

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are up to the challenge. Clean floor, need some catch powder. The

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traditional vacuum costs a third of the price. It did pretty well. It

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left a slight residue. Here goes. The most high profile of our

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apprentices is this device. It works similarly to many of its young

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pretenders like a Samsung robot, boosting a timer function, handy for

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when you want to programme a clean one at work. LG is fighting its

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corners hard with a square design. It has brushes. All of the machines

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tested proved fairly good on superficial surfaces. They were not

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it on cleaning up the towel. They struggled on the rug. They had great

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success on carpet. It leaves us with a grubby room to clean. Likely,

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another robot is on hand to help. This device slips and mops. Handy in

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this instance. Details are regaining their usual appearance. The floor is

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not the only place these minions are trying to clean up. Wouldn't it be

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nice if you could clean the windows without working up a sweat? Hmm.

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This might be the answer. It certainly washes the windows nicely.

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It works on any thickness of glass. The permanent court attached makes

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it feel a bit low-tech. While the future might hold the promise of

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great things, these candidates might not be ready to take over all of

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your cleaning duties just yet. You are fired!

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The robotic backing the needing to be concerned about turning up here.

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I am sure they will have a career in reality TV. Sticking with the

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rubbish theme, Kate Russell has a two dismissed the online trash from

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social media. -- tour. Have you ever do good your own name? It can be a

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scary experience, especially if you are on TV. If you want to know what

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is being said about you online, try this app that lets you set up

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keywords or phrases. You can scan social media and forums and blogs.

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As well as looking for mentions about you or your business, you can

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add key phrases you are interested in like developments in new

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technology that had about on this programme or perhaps your TV --

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favourite TV star, like Spencer Kelly. This is a similar service to

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Google alerts. It gives him or control and a nice interface to

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browse. There is a handy import button. If all of that seems

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narcissistic, and you want a quick way to check whether you have said

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anything silly on Twitter, this app offers a fun and simple service. You

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can judge how likely you are comments are to get you fired.

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We are getting used to our phones telling us where we are. There is a

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lot to be set at about getting lost sometimes. But if the premise behind

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this app. It sends a treasure hunt style location quest that will send

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you wandering around in a random adventure. This is a great idea if

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you are visiting a new city on holiday or perhaps somewhere you

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have moved too. Make sure there are no dangerous place it really

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shouldn't go. Remember to look up from your phone occasionally. You

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never know what you might stumble across. In a similar vein and only

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on iPhone is this app. It completes the challenges. Either against a

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friend or an opponent. It is great fun and has the pulse racing. The

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obvious caveat with sharing photographs with strangers apply.

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Einstein's English import in the world should feel the same in all

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frames of reference living in constant velocity. Last week, we

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looked at how fast we travelled through space and time. Is there a

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cost of -- cosmic speed limit? We can travel faster than light as

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suggested by Einstein. This week, we find out. We couple at the speed of

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light this way. If I hold a mirror in front of my face, will I be able

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to see my reflection? Time has flown. Much more technology

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news on the website. If you want to comment on anything you saw today,

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click on the link. We are on Google plus and Facebook as well. Thank you

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for watching. We will see you next time. How to cheat and beat the very

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popular Flappy Bird game. Pay attention. You can miss it. See

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right there? The latest winter storm is causing

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problems across some parts of the UK. This is the latest storm. Low

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pressure is bringing snow. Heavy rain is increasing the flooding.

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Around the base of the low pressure, winds

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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.


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