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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


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


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


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.


Around the base of the low pressure, winds


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