03/05/2014 Click


03/05/2014

Click travels to New Zealand to meet up with MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and explores the mysterious shapes making waves on the internet.


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here are cautious. They do not want to be taken for a ride. You're

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watching BBC News. Now it's time for Click.

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Deal boss. Why would you answer my e`mails? It's like you don't even

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understand what I'm typing. This week on Clip, we investigate some

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real internet enigmas. We will meet a computer and war hero and a movie

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villain, at least, according to the FBI. We will lift the lid on the

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mysterious shapes taking over the web. And look at the kit that can

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send these not so curious signals to your TV. Welcome to click. And

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welcome to Bletchley Park. During the Second World War, this was the

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home of the UK's Government Code and Cypher School. This is where some of

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the world's smartest computer scientists and codebreakers worked

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together to crack the codes from the German Enigma machine and helped

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shorten the war. Since then, technology has moved on phenomenal

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and these days, the internet uses a type of encryption that is so hard

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even our fastest supercomputers could not crack it in a reasonable

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time. Encryption lets us do lots of things securely online like banking

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and e`mailing. It's something that the was a blow at Edward Snowden and

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange both advise using to stop being

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spied on by the authorities. And that is what this man is hoping to

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do. Kim Dotcom. Yes, that is his real name, used to run a web locker

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service called Megaupload, which was used by its users to store and share

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a lot of pirated movies. The government came after him. His

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mansion was raided and his assets were seized in dramatic fashion.

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Since then, he has set up a new service which again allows users to

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upload anything they want to it. But this time, all the content is

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included on the way up, meaning Kim Dotcom will not know what the site

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is hosting. And therefore, he hopes he cannot be held responsible for

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its contents. He is still fighting extradition from New Zealand to the

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US, where he is accused of being the criminal mastermind behind a mass

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conspiracy to commit copyright infringement on a mass scale. That's

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the official term, by the way. But we were given exclusive access to

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follow Kim Dotcom as he travelled the country on his own copyright

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crusade. This is Hollywood's most wanted man. But if he is feeling the

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heat, he is certainly not showing it. Kim Dotcom is on a high. His new

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storage website is already worth millions of dollars. Now, he's

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taking on a new challenge and launching his own political party.

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The internet party was born out of this injustice. I was pulled out of

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my happy bubble and my life of creation and innovation. I had all

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these ideas lined up and all these websites that we wanted to launch.

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It woke me up to a whole new reality. Kim Dotcom is out on bail

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and he is now using his money to fund the internet party, which wants

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to make major changes to the law in New Zealand. We want to bring

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internet freedom to the agenda and we want to make sure that high

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technology is an economic factor here in New Zealand. All of that is

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going to be open sourced. I have been invited to spend some time

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behind the scenes with Kim Dotcom and his closest advisers as they hit

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the campaign trail. Today, we will meet a breakaway political group. He

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wants and needs their support if the internet party is to have any chance

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of winning a seat in the upcoming election. The goal is to find out if

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there is common ground for us to work together in an alliance. Kim

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Dotcom was also hoping to convince the national media that his party

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should be taken seriously. He received a traditional Mari welcome

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but the feeling of a media circus was not lost on the mana party's

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leader. Unconvinced that all of the media in this country is here to

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listen to what I have two say. With the formalities over, all Kim Dotcom

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had to do now is win their support. This party is about social fairness

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and who in his right mind could not be for social fairness? I'm for

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social fairness. The day had been a success but some still questioned

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when his motivation was really coming from. Kim Dotcom says a lot

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of it is down to one man, Edward Snowden. To me, he is a hero. His

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sacrifice will be remembered as one of the most heroic things of our

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time. He has opened the eyes of the world to injustice and because we

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know about it, we can do something about it, so I'm grateful to him.

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Have you spoken with him? Yes. I don't want to go into that. People

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here have not always liked Kim Dotcom. At first, he was seen as a

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rich foreigner using New Zealand as a safe haven `` safe haven but the

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raid changed everything. He is a celebrity. We watch him on the news

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and he seems like an honest person. The internet party now has more than

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1000 members. While I was visiting, he invited them to the mansion. I

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don't know much about the dude but in honour of his starting something

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like this which seems to have good intentions, I'm willing to hopefully

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find out more about it. Even with find out more about it. Even with

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all of this enthusiasm and energy, Kim Dotcom's legal problems still

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remain in a lot of people 's minds. Those lawsuits keep on coming and a

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lot of very powerful people want to see him in jail. It seems to be the

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Kim Dotcom Parties starring Kim Dotcom. Today, he did not have any

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candidates beating, it was just him. Distancing themselves from their

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creator would be something to look into. Kim Dotcom has the support and

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the money and his own sense of unwavering belief in his innocence

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but if he is forced to go to the US, none of that will matter. He faces

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more than 20 years in prison. It is never going to happen. I think the

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extradition will fail because copyright is not an extraditable

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offence in New Zealand. They added these extra charges, you know, using

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the Transnational organised crime treaty to basically sell the court a

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story here that we are some kind of Mafia. And that is not going to fly.

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There is no evidence to support that at all. So they are going to lose.

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I'm happy. I have embraced this site now and I will see it through all

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the way. Kim Dotcom describes his battle as David versus Goliath

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versus Godzilla versus the dinosaurs. The question now is if

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Hollywood will win its fight to put him on trial. If you have any

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thoughts on what he had to say or on copyright on the internet in

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general, send our way. Afraid of giving away all your personal

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information? Well Facebook has unveiled an anonymous login feature

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that will allow users to sign into applications without using their

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identity. Those applications will then be forbidden from collecting

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your personal data. Mark Zuckerberg described it as a way of testing

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apps without fear. Microsoft has warned consumers that a

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vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser could let hackers

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gain access and user rights to their computer. The floor accounts for

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almost 50% of the global browser market. Microsoft says it will take

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the great action to protect its customers. Google has announced it

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has stopped scanning millions of student Gmail accounts under its

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Apps for Education scheme after reports of the practice may breach

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US privacy law. Google highlighted its use of such scans for

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advertising purposes when it's updated its terms and conditions

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last month. It also announced it would cease advertisement targeting

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business and government Gmail accounts. Finally, if you are

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planning a trip to North Korea or you are simply curious about the

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most secretive country on earth, you will soon be able to download the

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world's first North Korean travel guide app, featuring thousands of

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previously unpublished photos, advice from a tour guide with a

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decade of experience, a price comparison guide and even the GPS

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co`ordinates of various tourism spots. The app will be available for

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android and Apple devices from the 7th of May. Of all the people who

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worked at Bletchley Park, this man is undoubtedly the most famous. This

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is Alan Shearer in, the man who codesigned the machine that cracked

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the German Enigma codes. `` Alan Turing. He is widely thought of as

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one of the founding fathers of theoretical computer science and

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artificial intelligence, whose work was vital to the Allied cause in

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World War II and which saved countless lives. And next month

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marks the 60th anniversary of his death. He took his own life after

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being convicted of gross indecency in a time when being gay was still

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illegal in the UK. It was only last year that he received a posthumous

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royal pardon against his conviction but his place in computing history

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has been known and certain for decades.

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And I wonder what he would have made of the latest mystery that has

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appeared online? Do not adjust your screen. These are some of the many

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strange videos uploaded to YouTube by a single user in the last few

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months and when I say many, I mean more than 77,000 of them. Each one

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is an 11 second sequence of red and blue rectangles and these screechy

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tones. In the last few days, people have started to wonder what they

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could possibly mean. Several theories are doing the round. ``

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doing the rounds. Could this be a hi`tech version of a number

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station? Those mysterious shortwave radio broadcasts of spoken numbers

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thought to be coded messages for spies listening in around the

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world? Could it be part of an internet wide treasure hunt like the

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notorious SIM card 3301 trial of hidden messages believed to be a

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recruitment campaign for a secret agency. `` cicada. Are these

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automated outputs from a piece of browser testing software that

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happens to share its name with this YouTube user? Some have suggested

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it's an attempt to talk to aliens. That's aliens who use YouTube, of

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course. Anyway, we have been doing some digging of our own and we have

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turned up some interesting stuff. Stephen Beckett is not only one of

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our researchers, he is also king of his local hacking club and that

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means he can peek behind the videos and analyse the code that is stuck

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on the back. I was looking for patterns or anomalies in the videos

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and there are so many that it's impossible to do it by hand so I

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made a programme to do it for me. I found that the user had associated

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their account with Switzerland and also that the videos had been posted

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throughout the day and night, so it's unlikely they were doing it

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themselves. A machine had been uploading it. And here is the

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weirdest thing of all. Steve noticed that amongst the tens of thousands

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of videos, two of them were very different indeed. Video number one

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is only watchable if you pay with a French Reddit card. And it's this.

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Video 1182 is this. The Eiffel Tower filmed from a nearby balcony. And

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the flash of a screen. Is this the user's Facebook page? And

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underneath, this comment from web driver torso itself. What do we

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know? Well, there is a lot of French in this mystery. There is the Eiffel

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Tower, the French video of the french fries locked behind a French

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pay wall. And then there is the rest of the videos, all in the colours of

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the French flag. These days, more of us are choosing

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to stream or download movies, TV shows and other video content to

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watch whenever we want. All this is fairly simple to do on smart phones,

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tablets and computers. It's never been as easy as I would like, to get

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that video on to your TV. But it is getting easier. We have been looking

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at some of the options. They are now a number of small and

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relatively cheap devices that can plug into a TV.

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As long as the TV screen has an HDMI socket. Firstly, this little fellow.

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The Chromecast from Google. But it into the socket, then connected

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wirelessly to a smartphone, computer or tablet. The dongle itself does

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all of the streaming with the device that acts as a road control,

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pointing the box where it needs to go online. Setup is pretty simple

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and takes a few minutes. `` remote control. There are two ways to get

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content onto the screen. The first is by using apps that support

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Chromecast. Hit the icon and away you go. There are overgrown number

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of applications like TV streaming and photo sharing apps that support

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the device but it is still pretty limited. But it is growing all the

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time. Because the Chromecast stick is doing the streaming, the device

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we used to control it, in this case at tablet, is left free to perform

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other tasks. It is possible to break away from the confines of apps. You

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can surf the web using the Chrome browser on your device with results

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appearing on the TV. But weirdly this feature currently doesn't work

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with mobile devices are not only computers. Cheap, cheerful and an

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easy way of bringing some parts of the web, not all of it, to the TV.

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Next, the broken stick which does much of the same job as the

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Chromecast but does it in a different way. `` Roku stick. It has

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this. Remote that doesn't look dissimilar to a normal TV

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controller. It is simple to set up. Once that's complete, the viewer is

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presented with an interface which lists the apps that the device will

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work with, about 500 of them. It all feels a lot more like TV interface

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at, unlike the Chromecast, this stick lacks a browser. In terms of

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apps the usual suspects are present, `` are present. Searching using the

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remote control can be clunky but there is a smartphone app which

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makes things easier. `` app. The final device isn't a stick which

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plugs into your TV but a little box that sits in front of it. Amazon

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Instant Mac Fire TV has a higher specification than the two sticks we

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have seen. But with that comes a higher pricetag. `` Amazon's Fire

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TV. Currently only available in the US, if you don't already have an

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Amazon account Fire TV takes a little bit of time to set up. Once

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up and running, the user is greeted with a very slick interface, clearly

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labelling the different content available. It is those `` noticeably

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faster than other devices on test but that's because under the skin

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lurks a processor, two GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU. Searching using the

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Chromecast is pretty easy because you can make use of a tablet or

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smartphone's keyboard. It is harder using the Roku stick because it has

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a traditional TV remote control. Amazon Instant has a solution, which

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is voice controlled search. There is a tiny microphone and if I pushed

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the button... Breaking Bad. I tell Fire TV what I am looking for and it

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has found it! Press OK and it delivers the content. While the

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voice search does seem to function OK, at the moment it only works with

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certain content providers, so it doesn't throw up every option

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available on the device. This is likely to change in the not too

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distant future. For an outfit like Amazon, a box that sits beneath the

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TV is another chance for the retail giant. It shows promise but its

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price codes produced by this thing. Press

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a letter here and a pleased they let me touch it. Here

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comes Kate Russell and Webscape. Weather reports have been getting it

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wrong since the dawn of civilisation but now, thanks to the power of the

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crowd, we might be getting closer to an accurate forecast. We zoom ``

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Wezzoo is a free up that lets you see exactly what to expect from the

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weather by gathering comments and photos from people who are actually

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out in it. We do love to talk about the weather. It's part of the human

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condition, I think. But recently, especially in the UK, there have

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been some very unpredictable weather fronts. Getting the news first`hand,

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including photographs of the sky, a `` would help us understand what

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conditions are really like before heading out of the door. Another

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weather at that uses the power of the crowd is whether is it all for

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Andrew. `` WeatherSignal. You can check the conditions where you are,

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including cabbage, light, pressure, and if you are using a recent model

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even humidity. `` temperature. You can report your findings, building

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up a picture of the weather the around world that you can view

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through your handset or a browser. Another topic we think about Arlott

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in this day and age is how health and there is a booming digital

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industry to support this online. Lifesum is the latest act to hit my

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desk, allowing you to monitor and track lifestyle to make sure you are

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running along a healthy path. I did a round`up of fitness apps and

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gadgets on Webscape at the end of last year and I have to say I still

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find my fitness Powell, with its extensive database of foods, the

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most effective tool for counting calories and nutritional intake.

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That said, the Lifesum apps and browser interface have a far more

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stylish design. If you upgrade to the professional version, the life

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logged and lifestyle plan are for serious people who want to make

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changes. Another key feature is the ability to specify a diet you are

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following, like low carbs, high fat. Rozic `` pro users can get

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integration with other popular apps for tracking and monitoring your

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health and fitness. If all that sounds a little too

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active, sit back and make sweet music with the online Multi Player

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Piano. Actually, don't expect to make anything even vaguely

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resembling sweet music in the open broom. It is an ivory bashing free

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for all that will have most people, with even the slightest music

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inclination, reaching for the earplugs! Instead, make your own

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private room and invite friends to collaborate via Facebook or Twitter.

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It's a fun way to pass a few minutes at lunchtime tinkling on the old

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ivories. Yes, I know, don't give up the day job, Kate.

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Those links are up on our website as usual. That's it for now from the ``

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from Bletchley Park. Before we go, I thought I would show you something

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that has been on the BBC News tech website this week. What do you think

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happens when you take a team of flying robots and get them to move

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so precisely that they can make sweet music? `` flying hex rotor

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robots. I will leave you with the answer. Thanks for watching. See you

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next time. With clear skies for many to start

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the weekend, it will be chilly. Even a touch of frost first thing. It

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will lead to a mostly dry day, with sunny spells that time. More cloud

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towards the west. That will continue to build as it moves further inland,

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taking grain across Northern Ireland. Perhaps a few spots for

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west Wales,

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