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23/08/2014

Click travels to Philadelphia to meet Evan Blass, a notorious phone leaker on the net. The team also test the latest cycle tech and discover what the internet sounds like.


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executed a number of Palestinians, accused of collaborating with Israel

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in Gaza. Meanwhile, a rocket has killed a four`year`old Israeli boy.

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Benjamin Netanyahu has promised a harsh response. Now, it is time for

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Click. I really should not be telling you

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this but it really is earthshattering news. I cannot tell

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you. I cannot! I cannot! OK, what is happening is this. The iPhone is

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going to... This week on Click, I would let you

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know but perhaps it is better hearing it from this man. We visit

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the world 's most notorious phone leaker in Philadelphia. Spoiler

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alert! We find out what cyclists make of the latest bike tech. And we

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find out what happens when you try to play the whole internet. All of

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that plus how to stay safe online in Webscape. Welcome to Click. Over the

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coming weeks, we will see a number of properly big tech announcements.

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These days, that usually means new smartphones. We have the imminent

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launch of the iPhone six lost a number of announcements from Samsung

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and Sony, all of which we will cover here. `` plus a number of

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announcements. The thing is that these days, despite the best efforts

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of the big players in tech, we know exactly what is going to be

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announced long in advance of these showpiece launches because full

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weeks, if not months in advance, pictures and details have been drip

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fed by leakers to their hungry online audiences. Chief among them

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is Evan Blass, who has brought us a virtual torrent of the latest

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prerelease specifications for a number of years. That is until very

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recently, when completely out of the blue, he wrote on Twitter that he

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was retiring. The reclusive figure has never appeared on camera before

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until we paid him a visit in Philadelphia. Notorius, Inverness,

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prolific... In famous. He has near legendary status online. Leaking is

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very competitive but he is top dog. Any prediction he makes is treated

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basically as fact by tech journalists the world over. And this

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is mission control, where Evan Blass sits for up to 22 hours per day,

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gathering information from his closely guarded network of sources.

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Sometimes I get neck strain over here because this is my instant

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messaging monitor and I can spend 20 minutes to half an hour instant

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messaging and then suddenly, oh, no, crook neck. Evan Blass suffers from

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multiple sclerosis, so moving around is extremely painful for him. Most

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of his life is spent online. There is a lot of work that goes into even

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the shortest leaks but it does not look that way when they are on

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Twitter. It looks like it takes five minutes. My favourite nickname is

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the one they have, for me in China. They call me the great God. He

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refuses to reveal how he gets all his information but it is clear he

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has informants within the industry. When you leak something, you are not

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only that in for yourself and for your source as well. You are

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basically saying that you have a good source and you believe this

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person enough to put the information out there. It all started with

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consumer tech show CES in January, 2011. To the crowd, he revealed this

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days before the launch. Is leaking Korea had begun. There is great

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satisfaction in seeing some new blueprint or some story you made up

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spread around the world. Some manufacturers are furious about his

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leaks but others have had a much more surviving `` surprising

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reaction. Companies say they are never happy with leak but that is

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not true. I have received controlled leaks. That is why a phone

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manufacturer, if they tell you that they hate leaks, that leaks are

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always damaging to them, they are not being truthful because more than

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one, more than two, had given me material to leak. Any advanced

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information about Apple always makes people go bananas, confusingly. It

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goes without saying that Evan Blass have known for months about Apple's

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announcements scheduled for September. I think there will be two

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iPhone models. I have information to that effect. They will be 4.7 inches

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and 5.5 inches. That has been reported widely. Many of the parts

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have already been leaked out of the Chinese factories where the phones

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are made. The biggest danger of all is the people who make the least

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amount of money, the workers in the Chinese factories. They probably get

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can sneak something out of the factory. A picture of an upcoming

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iPhone display is going to be very, very popular, because it tells you

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so much about what will be like. I woke up in a bunch of pain, unlike,

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oh, oh... As well as coping with multiple sclerosis, Evan Blass also

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has problems sleeping. While his insomnia might worsen his help, he

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does believe it keeps him productive. When you have a disease

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that suddenly starts getting worse and does not get better, you feel

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like you are dying and when you feel like you are dying, you are willing

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to do certain things like take on a job that probably does not have a

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real future. I have been sleeping a little better now that I'm not

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leaking any more. Evan Blass moved closer to his parents last year and

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they seem proud, having a famous tester for a son. We have always

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waited for him to find his something that he loved doing. And something

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he was passionate about. And that was the leaking. And we were

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thrilled. And I would check every day. I'm not on Twitter but I would

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go on his Evleaks page to see what was going on, so it felt like being

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in touch. I started Evleaks so I could keep my name out there. I was

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the only person who tried to be a professional leaker. Even though I

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was not making enough money for a full`time job, I decided to make it

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my full time job and decided to live on whatever money I could scrape out

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of it. I needed it to be out there that I had stopped. Now, there is no

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more leaking. I would not consider a leak now stop even though people

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still send me stuff, I say no thank you or please send it to another

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site or something else because I have no use for it. I don't really

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care about my name is associated with the leaks.

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It always will be and now, it will be a legacy, I guess. Evan Blass

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will stop interesting. Your thoughts? We won't tell a soul.

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Next, this week's tech news. Twitter is to start removing the issues ``

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images of deceased people at the request of family members. The

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company says it will consider intervening in cases where critical

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injury occurs to the deceased moments before or after their

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death. The news comes after Robin Williams's grieving daughter was

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haunted on the site over her father's suicide and the Islamic

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State group released a video of the killing of James Foley. Cars that

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talk to each other. Buckle up, it might not be as crazy as it sounds.

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The Obama administration has announced it is taking the first

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death in requiring all future cars be equipped with tech that allows

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vehicles to send each other so. The technology would use radio signals

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to transmit the car's edition and speed, which would then be picked up

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by other similarly equipped vehicles and alert drivers to potential

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collisions. Watch out, Robert Downey Jr, there could be a new iron man in

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town. The US. Navy will test two exoskeleton suits for potential use

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in its shipyards. It is hoped the lightweight suits will be used for

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jobs that require the use of heavy tools over extended periods of time

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and potentially allow users to list items up to 36 pounds. But if they

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had watched a show from Japan last year, they could have seen how a

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real expert does it. A few weeks ago, we brought you some of the

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latest electric bikes. If you are a cyclist and you prefer

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to use your own pedal power to work up a sweat, there are still plenty

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of devices around to help keep you safe and add a bit of tech to the

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experience. We tracked down some keen cyclist to put some of them to

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the test. Cycle polo. Informal, urban, and as these people told me,

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still being made up as they go along. For these players, cycling is

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not just about sport. It is also their chosen method of transport

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everyday. Who better to test the latest urban cycling tech with? We

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got our hands on some innovative devices and prototypes page, so

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designs and functionality are not yet reflected. I have some toys I

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would like to put the test. As a, being seen is vital. These lights

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that can be worn on any backpack can help. It feels like I'm wearing a

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day pack. I believe you are about to turn right. I know the control is

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working but I do not know if the backpack is working. It could be my

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only way of indicating and I'm trusting that it works. Perhaps

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these clubs will fare better. The idea is that you hold your hand up

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to indicate and as soon as you make that gesture, it points and arrow.

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They look like decent gloves. What I like is that it does not stop you

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from doing what you are taught to do but it accentuates it. What did you

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think's easy to use. I have never indicated but found people cannot

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see. For those cyclists who say it is everyone else on the road that is

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the problem, this is your chance to prove it or not. This backlighting

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camera records into our lips everything that is going on behind

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you. It has a 130 degrees wide angle lens, five hours battery life and

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records two hours of timestamps footage. The recordings continue

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really good, overwriting earlier footage, so you always have your

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last two hours of video stored. Would you use one? I'm not sure I

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would feel the need to always feel behind me. It does not seem bright

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enough for me. It's only bright if you are looking directly at it. What

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is it? Even in fog, this radar once a rider of what is going on up to

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140 metres behind them. As a speedy vehicle approaches, not only does

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the backlight flashed one of the bicycle's presents but once the

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cyclist of a potential hazard via the light panel in front of them.

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Would you want to use it in the real world? Probably not. It stops you

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thinking about looking behind you. You always have to make those

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checks. Is not as good as a mirror. Bicycle theft is that the technology

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is trying to fight as well. This lock only works using your

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smartphone. It's embedded sensors can even alert you if someone is

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tampering with the bike. And GPS tracking means that if it does get

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taken, you should know where to find it. Sometimes your phone runs out of

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batteries and I would be worried about that. The most important thing

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about a bike lock is how easy it is to cut through. Maybe you feel your

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bike could do more for you like charger mobile phone. Let's look at

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what this does. This USB charger gets its power from peddling,

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allowing you to charge of devices while on the go. That is wicked!

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Will did you think? This is a great idea. It's useful and does not

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affect the functionality of the bicycle at all. Sometimes you might

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not have access to a PowerPoint. And there is a removable battery pack,

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giving someone who does not have access to a PowerPoint outlet or

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computer the chance to charge something on the go as well. Mixed

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reactions from the serious cyclists but it's not until the finished

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products are available that we will see if the occasional cyclist feel

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the same. Take a look at this. It is not

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space, but data visualisation. This maps what is happening on Twitter

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during the Israel and Gaza conflict. As messy as this is, the

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relationships are organised. They reflect society. What do you analyse

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when you look at the Twitter feeds? A look at network structure and

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understand communities within social networks. So how are people

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interconnected on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. How does that affect

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how information spreads? Is there faster and better information flow

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and a certain structure into that this? Gilad Looked at the results on

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Twitter TV bombing of a UN school in Gaza? You can look at regions that

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are much more connected within the region and identifying these

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communities. That is represented by the colours of the crop. The closer

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together the notes are, the more connections. Green represents pro`

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Palestinian activists. Great is international media, which Gilad

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says is more sympathetic to the Palestinian narrative. Blew our

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Conservatives who are pro` Israeli. `` blue. In terms of this event,

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anyone who reports the facts of what we know, how many people died,

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what's the damage was, is put on the pro` Palestinian side of your crop.

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Anyone who either doesn't report that all reports the IDF line is put

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on the pro` Israeli line. Do you think that is too simplistic for

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this complex and very emotive subject? The UN example is one of

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many examples reported around these events where systematically various

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mainstream Israeli media did not put any emphasis on reporting

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Palestinian casualties. His date visualisation says that the left

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wing Israeli news source is having the most potential bridging bias and

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barriers because it has the most connections. He believes that social

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network connections are designed to reinforce rather than challenge our

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views. We are most likely to talk to people like us. We are most likely

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to see content that reinforces what we already believe. What we want to

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believe. The hope was that the Internet and social networks could

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be a great equaliser, where Israelis and Palestinians could finally

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connect. That is not happening. Fascinating stuff will stop next up,

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a fascinating project. What happens when you cross a computer programmer

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with a musical keyboard? The answer is a lot of noise from all angles. A

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reporter gets hands`on with what can only be described

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where the sound would be coming from artist.

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where the sound would be coming from where it is coming from the world.

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It's the sound is coming from Asia or Africa or South America, you

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would hear it here. I love the idea that there is regular happening all

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the time. Around the world, there is a world of sound. I wrote software

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that this to streams and finds notes on it. When I play a note on the

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keyboard, this is a B`flat, my favourite, it takes sounds from

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radio stations all over the world that sound like a B`flat and they

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get played through a speaker that is based on that location. You get the

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idea of the music around you. There is also a screen that shows where

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that sound have come from. The whole thing uses Internet radio to get the

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sound and the equivalent of a guitar tuner to identify what

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note it is on. This is part of an exhibition that Google now is

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enthusiastic about as they have funded for art projects in this

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room. `` four. Perhaps they are hoping that the coolness will rob.

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It is not about being called. `` cool. People think about someone

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plugging away at the keyboard. Young people come here on BC that code

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means that you can have butterflies on a screen and you complete the

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radio sessions of world. You change perceptions of what do you think it

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is and what it is all about. This is an art installation, but you

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contribute play it as a musician. In saying that, it is a feat of

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engineering. There is something joyful about playing the music

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around the world. I'll report on a musical journey around the world

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without having to leave London. That is how we like it. The web is an

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amazing playground, but is difficult to know how to stay safe and some

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people, it is more of challenge. To our reporter. Online safety is a

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complex issue. If you are looking after young people with autism

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spectrum conditions, it is especially so because of the social

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awareness and payments sometimes caused by disorder. `` impairments.

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There is an online took it designed to give teachers and carries the

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building blocks for a tailored approach to safety for those with

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autism conditions. As well as advice for carers and educators, there are

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activities to reinforce lessons. The toolkit handles the issues well, it

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covers sensitive topics like cyber`bullying, contact by strangers

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and exposure to inappropriate content without being alarmist or

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getting too technical. Hopefully, everyone can enjoy the enriching

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experiences online in a safe and happy environment.

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By all transfer between iPhone and PC has always been a bit of a pain.

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`` file transfer. Pocket Drive Texas that. It is a breeze to set up with

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just a couple of clicks. It is wireless and there is no need for

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cables to connect it. You can use it to listen to me sick, watch videos,

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reading documents and even to unlock files. Another neat way to share

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files between devices is to send anywhere, EPA to pare file transfer

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service that works to any browser and has free apps for a less, and

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wrote and chrome. `` IOS. The difference between peer to peer is

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that the file goes straight down the pipe. Both need to be connected and

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running for the transfer to happen. You get a temporary six digit code,

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which the recipient must enter into their device to access the file.

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There are a few services like this. We looked at one for photo sharing

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and Whatsapp. It is supposed to preserve the quality of image files

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while letting users send large batches of data. More than 100

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photos or two gig of data at a time. Your suggestions for sites and apps

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are greatly received. You can get in touch with us. Thank you for

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watching. The next time. `` see you next time.

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For many of us, this weekend is a bank holiday. There will be

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sunshine, although it will be chilly at night. On Monday, they will be a

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change of pressure. It will be

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Click travels to Philadelphia to meet Evan Blass, one of the most notorious phone leakers on the net. The team also test the latest cycle tech and discover what the internet sounds like.


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