26/07/2014 Click


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Gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news, In this episode, how much your phone is saying about you, without your knowledge, plus how to bend tech to your own bidding.


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wreckage, and one black box has been found. Chris Rogers will be here at

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the top of the hour. Now, it is time for Click.

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Hi, just to let you know I am male and I really like watches. I work in

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London, but I passed by here every weekend. I am 41 years old, but I am

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a massive fan of One Direction. Your movements, your habits, your

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interests. This week on Click we will show you how much your phone is

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saying about you without your knowledge. We will meet the people

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trying to stop it, and we will find out how to bend the technology to

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Aaron Keating, as we turn a London street into a musical wonderland.

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All that, plus the latest tech news in Webscape.

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Welcome to Click, I am Spencer Kelly, and welcome to York. This is

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an ancient English city, but it is doing some 21st`century things. Of

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the millions of tourists who visit here every year, more and more want

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to go online while they are here using their smartphones, and York is

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one of the first UK cities to offer its own citywide free Wi`Fi. Now, I

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say free, but we'll know what they say about free lunches, their

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run`on. So, do you wonder what you are giving up when you go online?

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These dots are shop customers, moving around the store in real

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time. It is actually their mobiles that are being tracked, and it is

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happening without their owners' knowledge. When your devices

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searching for a Wi`Fi network, it repeatedly broadcast short pings of

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information, which includes its MAC address, a numerical code. The

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system listens for the pings and by triangulating their Origin it can

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get tricky accurate idea of where you have been, even if you never

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actually connect to the Wi`Fi. From this location map, we know exactly

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where a lot of people are spending time, and we can filter the data,

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how many minutes they are spending. For example, if they are spending

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three minutes in the chilled area, that helps us to improve the area.

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Although the system doesn't tell it anything about you, as soon as you

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connect to the free Wi`Fi are offered everything changes. When you

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login with Facebook, Twitter, or an e`mail address, all of that historic

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location data is then linked to your profile, to you. And it is not just

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within the walls of Wi`Fi system logs data, it also

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picks up thousands of passers`by everyday, many of whom may never

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enter the shop at all. Now, this system works on something the size

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of a shop, but in York, the analytics company behind it, Purple

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WiFi, is planning something on a much larger scale. By 2015, it is

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hoping to install the same tracking to knowledge it across whole parts

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of the city. Unlike the shop `based system, at the moment it is still

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quite limited, and only tracks your rough location, even once you have

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logged on. Even that information is proving useful to the York council.

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It is early days, but already we can actually tell the people who are

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using the Wi`Fi, where they are coming from in terms of Origin, and

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where they are going inside York. It gives us a better insight into the

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foot fall. We see a vast number of people who are logging on our

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middle`aged females from outside the UK. When the full location tracking

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and profile system goes live next year, the deal will be this. You get

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free Wi`Fi in exchange for information about who you are and

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where you have been. So, is this a fair trade? Purple WiFi's boss told

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me that you would see plenty of benefits if you are willing to give

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up that information. In a city type scenario, like this, it is

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understanding where the choke points are, where is the traffic of

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people, how do they move? If you take it a step forward you can take

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that data and control lighting or parking. It does mean that before

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you log onto the Wi`Fi you don't have so much information about that

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reticular device's movements, which I guess is annoying. It is and it

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isn't. There is a value in understanding how devices generally

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move around, because we get anonymous data, so that is useful.

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Where it becomes really useful is once we know more about you, your

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age, social interests, gender, who you are friends with, that is when

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we can start to push hyper local relevant information. Here is the

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thing. Remember this system can match personal information to your

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device's movement before you log onto the network? Well, Purple WiFi

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is planning to keep that location data for up to a year. How do you

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think people will feel about you knowing that? We won't tracking you

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for 12 months, we were tracking a device. A device that you now know

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is mine. Absolutely. Every bit of feedback is that if you are giving

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me something relevant, I am happy. If you are sending me a load of

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spam, don't bother. All this information is there in the terms

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and conditions that need to be accepted before you logon. You know,

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those terms and conditions, the ones that we all read thoroughly before

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we clicked OK. You think people actually read them? I think if you

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take any situation, no, I don't think they will. Have you ever

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actually read the terms and conditions? No, I don't think so.

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There is no right or wrong answer, is there? Do you think that clicking

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to read terms and conditions goes far enough? I think so. There is a

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value trade. You will get a free Wi`Fi, which comes at a small trade

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of your personal information. Is there an option for people to use

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the Wi`Fi being able to opt out of having their information tracked?

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No. I don't think there should be. It is a fair exchange. There is a

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cost to put the equipment, the overlay of software, and it is a

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fair exchange value. You want free Wi`Fi up because you don't want to

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use up your data. The exchange value is that you will share that data.

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These insights are only possible because of a unique combination of

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location information and demographic social media information. The

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harvesting of anonymous device information is described as a grey

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area in terms of data protection. Last year, the city of London band

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Wi`Fi enabled dustbins installed on public streets, after it emerged

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that they were logging MAC address is in a similar way, without getting

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explicit consent from passers`by. Although you just heard Gavin

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Wheeldon tell me he didn't think there should be an option to opt out

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of having your MAC address recorded, after our interview,

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Purple WiFi got back in touch with us and said they may consider an opt

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out system. I'm not sure how definite that sounds to you, but

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anyway... This issue of opting out has already reared its head in the

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US. We went to Washington to investigate something called the

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Wireless Registry, which may allow you to take back control of the data

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associated with your phone. If the idea of constant retail

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tracking doesn't appeal to you, what can you do about it? As we have

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seen, your phone sends out a unique identifier called a MAC address. One

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start`up, called the Wireless Registry, wants to help people take

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back control of what it calls your proximal identity, the signals you

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commit from your smartphone. We are allowing people to take control of

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their signal and decide what is associated with it. The idea is to

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allow people to take control of their smartphone identity, they can

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register and decide what is associated with the identity. With

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the Wireless Registry, you can choose to opt out of having their

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data associated with your MAC address trapped. It has created the

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platform, smartstoreprivacy.org, where you can enter your MAC address

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for Wi`Fi and Bluetooth, and a range of major retail traders say they

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won't get your information. This code of conduct is being followed,

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which is focused at American users, but the wireless register wants to

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take it around the world. We take wireless registrations from every

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asset around the world, and we are in global negotiations, and we think

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it is another barrier that has been in the way for developers. In the

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US, where you don't have general data protection rights to protect

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you against this kind of tracking, in the Wireless Registry opt out is

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a step forward. I do think that most people won't be aware that the

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technologies being used all, never mind that they have to go and

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register with a specific opt out registry. Not only do people not

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know where to look, but when you do find information about privacy it

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can be confusing. People are campaigning to make privacy terms

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and conditions associated with websites much more readable and

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transparent. A recent study by Deloitte said it would take the

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average wreckage user up to 31 hours per year to properly read through

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the terms. I don't think it is wrong to say that so long as there is a

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privacy policy that someone has clicked OK to, they have consented

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to everything in it. In recent weeks we heard Apple was working on

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creating a new privacy platform for its iOS8 operating system. It will

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randomise MAC addresses, so the unique identifier may be different

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every time. If they go ahead with it, it could be a huge blow for

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retail data collection. Of course, you could just turn off your blue

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Bluetooth and Wi`Fi on your phone. That is not what the Wireless

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Registry wants you to do. As well as the opt out option, there is an opt

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in, allowing you to share your personal data and control the

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wireless identity you broadcast around you. I signed up and created

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my own hotspot and linked my social networks to it. We can put your

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LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to your wireless signal, so any time

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you want someone to pick it up by being in proximity to you, they can

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see your social media. I can click on your Twitter and would be able to

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follow your feed just by being within proximity. While it appear

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strange to some that a stranger could sit next to you and see so

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much personal data, at least now there are systems emerging that

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allow others to control what other people say. Now you have heard all

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sides of the story, the questions are obvious. What you think about

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the fact your phone could be tracked even before you have consented? Are

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you excited it. In which case, tell us why. If not, what is your biggest

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fear? Google is meeting date of regulators

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from across the EU to discuss implications of the recent white to

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be forgotten ruling. The court stated in May that links to

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irrelevant and outdated Dato should be erased from searches on the

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quest. `` on request. Some said it could lead to censorship. Google is

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said to have received more than 70,000 requests for links to be

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taken down, since the court ruling was made. An electronics firm, is a

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new wristband. The Chinese company sold over 50 million phones since it

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make it `` began making them three years ago. The wristband says it

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will monitor your activity and sleep patterns, as well as lock the phone

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via Bluetooth, all for just $13. And if you are missing the World Cup,

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this might help. Sort of. The Robocup kicked off in Brazil this

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week. Robotic teams from 35 countries are taking part in the

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annual event, which started in 97. Unlike real football as these

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robotic players can't dive and we are pretty sure they don't bite,

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either! We've seen how your phone can be

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tracked using Wi`Fi. It can also be tracked using Bluetooth. In fact,

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some shops have already installed so`called Bluetooth beacons, which

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work out where you are and send you tailored information. It turns out

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Apple is betting big time on beacons. We know that because it has

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added the letter i in front of the title. LJ Rich has bended one of

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these beacons to her will. London's Regent Street, now with

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added technology. Beacons. Small transmitters that are like real

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world hyperlinks, sending you virtual data based

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location. Its prime shopping real estate and this bring around 100

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stores have installed iBeacon is to back and asked customers inside.

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Yes, install their special Apple, have Bluetooth turned on and you can

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be pinged with personalised content. `` special app. There are many

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different beacons. They all have a special component, a low energy

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transmitter. When you use your phone, the close your phone gets to

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the transmitter this band sends out a little signal that the application

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recognises. It says I want to pay for something or he is some

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information and that's basically it. But beacons don't have to just

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pinged do adverts, or they do is transmit data based on how close you

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are. Here in London's Brixton, on coffee house has upped its hipster

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quota by installing a beacon by the counter. With the right application

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running, the screen pops up when I'm close to the pills I `` close to the

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pills I can pay for my skinny flat white. But it has to be in the local

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currency, the Brixton pound. We are the first network of shops to be

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using beacons for the payments. Up until now beacons have tended to be

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used in larger businesses, mainly for marketing. When you go into a

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shop, it will automatically pop up and tell you where you are. You

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might be sat down having your copy and you see that there's a big

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queue. You know how much the copy costs. The beacon tells you where

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you are. You just have to write in the amount and quicksand and then

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you've paid, you can walk out. You are going to see many more beacons.

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One museum uses them to trigger audio guides, so there are ways to

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use them outside of marketing. The new technologies itching to be

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played with. I wanted to try something. So, over copy with this

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developer Jacub Tomanik, we hatched a plan. The beacons in Regent Street

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were broadcast out to the street, so I've thought we could pick up the

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broadcast and make music with it instead of just being encouraged to

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buy new genes. He agreed. We gave our weekend to the project. He

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quoted, I composed and then mapped the existing beacons in Regent

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Street using an android app. Now it was time to try it out. We can see

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the beacon ID, major and minor number. That basically allows us to

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trigger our own app and play some music. Right. All this is just to

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record it, otherwise you could put your own headphones in. But this is

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one for me, one for Click. As a world first, these are Regent Street

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beacons mapped in music. Each beacon is assigned a music

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track as soon as it is detected, and signal strength becomes the volume

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control. Walking along the street changes the volume. Some trucks get

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louder, others softer. You are a human mixer, mixing the music by

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changing your location. `` tracks. I think we can call this a success?

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I'm really happy. OK, this is eccentric. But as well `` as well as

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the fun of making these installations, this highlights more

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other practical uses for existing beacons, like an app that speaks a

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station's name or loudly as you approach it. It could be useful if

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you have impaired vision. Or as you walk to your favourite cafe. The

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usual order is set aside. We could even map information for tourists as

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they walked past landmarks. It looks like beacons will make us more

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connected than at. `` than ever. That is a classic view

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of York. It is one worthy of a selfie, if you don't mind. Give me a

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second. I don't know about you but the problem I have with them is I

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always appear too big in the frame. My arm needs to be about three times

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as long. You have the same problem? Don't worry. Kate Russell has an

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application for that now, unsurprisingly. Here comes Webscape.

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It's all very well recording those special moments on your smartphone

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camera, but if you are always the snapper, the downside is you never

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appear in the snaps. To fix this, use FrontBack. An ingenious free app

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for iOS and android that splits the photo between the front and the back

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camera views, capturing new, capturing the view.

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`` capturing you. You need to take to snaps. The first captures the

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subject, then the bottom panel opens up for you to snap the reverse

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image. Then you just saved to your camera roll and share on the usual

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social channels. Of course you can be as imaginative as you like with

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your captures, gaining followers and fans if you are creative enough.

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Another app defeat the ego is YouCam Perfect, also free on iOS and

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android. This selfie snapper lets you apply Fx and has beautifying and

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facial enhancement modes to smooth out skin `` add a town or shave off

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a pig `` of a few pounds. Both can be enhanced. Once finished, you can

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build a collage and share with all of your friends. Lucky them!

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If you are disabled, you might find it hard to know where you can go on

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holiday or for family days out without experiencing access issues.

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That's why disabled husband and father Michael Holden put together

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Trip`Ability, a place for those with hands`on experience to leave reviews

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about various destinations and how truly accessible they are. Michael

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Cole me his motivation for creating this site was so that he could treat

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his family to the same kind of days out at his able`bodied friends,

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without arriving at the venue to find it wasn't as accessible as

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promised. There is a good community already posting and leaving

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recommendations. At a site like this arrives when more people

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contribute. `` but aside. Make sure you sign up and leave your own

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opinions on the places you visit, and have good or bad access.

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Last week we looked at some summer holiday essentials, and now, to make

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sure you don't forget to pack anything, PowerPoint app has

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launched on iOS and android. `` Packpnt. Kelly Taylor and you are

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going and for how long and what you expect to do and it will build your

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perfect packing list. Complete with weather forecast.

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And another app we looked out late last year for android was Ingress.

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An augmented reality game that turns the world around you into a capture

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the flag style game, to get you moving more. It went down very well

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with android using Click viewers, so now I'm pleased to let you know that

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it's available on iOS as well. Kate Russell's Webscape. If you'd

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like to suggest a website or app for her, please e`mail us. You can also

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contact us on Twitter and Facebook. For more from us throughout the

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week, check out our website. That's it for now. Hope you've enjoyed it.

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Thanks for watching. It has been an interesting week of

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weather. Too hot for some. Many of us have been dry, others have stayed

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cloudy and misty and there have been violent thunderstorms scattered

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around. It will gradually turn cooler on the weekend. Some

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scattered showers. This is

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This time on Click we show you how much your phone is saying about you, without your knowledge. And we find out how to bend the tech to our own bidding as we turn a London street into a musical wonderland.


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