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Five, four, three, two, one.

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And it is a go for launch.

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Commence lift-off.

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Commence lift-off.

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There was a time when a launch meant a launch meant a launch.

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It was something big, something special.

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Something to remember.

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Something could go into orbit or go up in flames.

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Ignition sequence start.

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These days, launches also look like this.

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And this week in September, the tech world is going launch crazy.

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Apple is fuelling the good ship iPhone.

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Sony has started a PlayStation countdown.

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And everyone else has been over at IFA, launching

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everything they can.

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But are any going to be stellar?

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Or is everyone just having a launch because they feel they should?

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Let's find out.

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If you're ready.

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Let's do launch.

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And if you can't get to space, these days, space can come to you.

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There is Jupiter.

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There's Saturn.

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And all its moons.

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It's whistling past Uranus.

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And onto Neptune.

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Yes, I've got my hands on the first device to use

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Google's Project Tango, something we saw in prototype

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a couple of years ago.

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This is a 3-D sensing system that can learn about the landscape

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that it's in.

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It uses motion tracking, area learning and twin cameras

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to determine and remember the distance to everything it sees.

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And that should lead to a more intelligent augmented reality

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experience which means you won't be just play gimmicky games any more.

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You'll be able to do sensible things too like furnish your office.

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Pick a room that needs a spruce-up and then you can drop

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in a new stool or two.

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This is not the first interior design application I've seen

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but the addition its depth perception should make this kind

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of thing more accurate.

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And if you want to rip up the room and start again,

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there is this rather finicky tape measure which does kind of show

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the limitations of those senses at the moment.

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However, on the few occasions that we have got it to work

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probably, I can confirm 1.5 metres, that it is right.

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Which is better than most tape measure apps I've used.

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That is the smart furniture sorted and now we need a smart home for it

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to go in.

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Now we go to Europe's largest tech expo, IFA.

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There are many new smart home technology concepts launched at IFA.

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Over the past few years, we have learned about

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the Internet of things.

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From refrigerators growing herbs to quick drying hair extensions.

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And of course, the connected home.

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So for ?,1500, you can get this connected system from Laurastar.

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So for ?1,500, you can get this connected system from Laurastar.

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You might wonder why that it is useful.

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You can use the app to make the perfect movement.

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There are no sensors in this ironing board cover but you have folding

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lines here to perfect your technique with kids clothes and men's shirts.

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There's also a fan to keep things cool.

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Connected kitchen concepts are already here including this

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rather impressive display from Panasonic.

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The concept of this future kitchen is that it is really

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in the background.

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The comfort and the ease of use is in the foreground.

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This includes a sake fridge which maintains temperature

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and humidity and recommends recipes for your drinks and is connected

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to sensors in the fridge which keeps an eye on when ingredients

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are running low and orders them from an online shop for you.

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All this data is passed on to a very clever hub which starts warming up

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at the right temperature to cook your selection.

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The induction heaters even extend your kitchen table so you can

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keep your food warm.

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When you finish cooking, you can relax and watch television

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on a transparent glass door in your cupboards and also receive

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a notification that your laundry has been filled

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in by the robot next door.

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And slightly more practical than a laundry robot,

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Chinese company Haier has made a washing machine with two drums

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and an app to control them when you are away but the question

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is, how many people are using any of this stuff at the moment?

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There's a very strong technology push right now.

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In terms of features,

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all appliances are connected.

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The consumer part is slightly lower.

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I'm sure it will grow and our brand will be fully ready

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to serve the consumer.

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Robots are being integrated to smartphone concepts as well.

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These cuties are called Sanbots, similar to the robots we saw serving

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food in China.

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They are designed to do a wide variety of jobs including healthcare

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assistant and security guard.

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People sometimes say I am too chubby to be a security guard.

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Why?

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But I am pretty nimble.

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It has three cameras, projectors for eyes and sensors over

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the body and will do a dance on command.

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But the cutest home robot I have

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seen yet is Sony's concept Xperia Agent.

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He made me a coffee and played me a song afterwards.

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It could be a rival to Amazon's Smart speaker,

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the Echo, and represents Sony's plans to expand into intelligence

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robots which have an emotional connection with their user.

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This could expand into manufacturing facilities, logistics,

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elderly healthcare, just to name a few and so we will start small,

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maybe with things like a home robot but there is so much more in terms

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of applications with our technology and we intend to cover those areas

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in a big way.

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Putting all these technologies to the test, Panasonic announced

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a future smart city project right here in Berlin.

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By 2018, 69 flats will host families representing Germany's demographics.

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They will test everything from facial recognition

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to artificial intelligence platforms to assist elderly residents.

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It will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels,

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have electric currents and collective decision-making

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on areas of technology to develop.

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This could bring smarter and more connected ways of living

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to all of us before the next decade.

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Welcome to the week in Tech.

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While Apple, Sony and others have been screaming from the rooftops,

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the hottest news came from Samsung.

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After cancelling orders for the Note 7, after issues with units

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exploding, UK consumers were told they would be able to get new ones.

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In a 'whose side are you on' twist, Warner Brothers inadvertently

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requested its own website be taken out of Google's search,

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suggesting it was in breach of copyright.

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Oops.

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Hopefully my furniture and books will arrive.

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Amazon on taking on food-delivery groups Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

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Amazon's restaurants will be for prime users only.

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It is only available in some postcodes.

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And finally, a Pokemon GO player in Russia could face up to five

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years in jail after filming himself playing a game in charge.

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Video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky is in jail charged with mocking

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religious beliefs while he awaits trial.

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He is appealing the charges.

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Time for another launch.

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If you want to hurtle into no man's sky on a videogames console,

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you will need to be a PS4.

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It is an exclusive, you know?

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But will it be the current PS4 or the new PS4 or the other new PS4?

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Confused?

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We were as well but here is Mark Cieslak with full launch coverage.

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PlayStation head honcho Andrew House did not waste any time announcing

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the worst kept secret in games at this week's at Sony's presser

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in New York.

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We will introduce a PS4 system that is slimmer,

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lighter and more energy-efficient.

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BizarelyReports online of PlayStation 4 Slim is being made

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available for sale

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on eBay weeks before the console was even officially announced.

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Weird distribution issues aside, the Slim is just that,

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a PS4 that has been on a diet, which shares the same specification

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as the current machine.

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The big news was saved for the announcement of the console

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previously known as PlayStation Neo but now dubbed PlayStation 4 Pro.

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More powerfukl with 1 terabyte hard drive and upgraded hardware

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which supports improved graphics when used with a 4D TV.

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There is HDR, or high-dynamic range visuals.

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Weirdly, it doesn't have the UHT Blu-ray player.

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While the improved graphics are a big upgrade in resolution

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from the high-def images created by the current machine,

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the HDR will help by introducing extra brightness and improved

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contrast to the pictures as well.

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Games such as Horizon Zero Dawn were demonstrated with

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the machine's improved graphics.

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Sony also suggested games could be reworked to improve high-resolution

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images of which the game is capable.

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It also has extra processing grunt and pitch which will be used

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to improve the visuals.

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But is this ecosystem a good thing for gamers?

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It means there is a lower-priced console for those who cannot afford

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to buy the higher spec but at the same time

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there is a better model out there and anybody who has the lowest

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spec model will want to spend their time with the higher spec model.

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Sony is not alone in the new console stakes.

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Nintendo has a new machine waiting in the wings dubbed the NX.

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There is not much being confirmed about it yet though we do know that

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technically, it is going to be less powerful than its rivals.

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Microsoft already has its Xbox One S Slim which also

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supports HDR in games and streaming for video,

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plus it has an ultra HD Blu-ray player and it has its own hardcore

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piece of upgraded hardware in the works called Project Scorpio.

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Microsoft has something of an advantage, having already

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brought out the Xbox with the Blu-ray player which makes

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it an attractive proposition.

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They now have the chance to see what Sony is going to do to get

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the PlayStation four Pro to pull it apart,

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to see what's inside and make sure they can better it with a console

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that comes out towards the end of next year.

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For now, Sony has fired the first shot in the latest

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round of the console wars.

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The PS4 Pro launches on the 10th of November.

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Silhouettes, beautiful things.

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But sometimes we really do want to see the detail,

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and although our eyes can manage it, our cameras can't cope

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with the difference between a really bright background and a foreground

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that is in shadow.

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Which means you can only expose for one or the other.

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Personally, I would prefer the background.

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And it is only this year that a decent range of TV sets

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are beginning to offer a fix.

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It is called high dynamic range, or HDR, and it will show a greater

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range of brightness from content filmed on new HDR cameras.

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Now, different systems do it in different ways,

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but one way of achieving it is to capture each frame of video

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more than once, with different exposures, so that you can see

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the detail in the bright bits and the dark bits at the same time,

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something made abundantly clear by this Nasa project,

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which turned an ordinarily overexposed rocket burn into a thing

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of detail and beauty.

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Well, don't know about you, but I am ready for another launch

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now, so let's head back to IFA, to see which next-gen TVs have

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caught Jen's eye.

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Smolensk

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Smolensk ion over the years

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We have seen a lot of innovation in television over the years

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at trade shows.

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In fact, it has been 50 years since LG created its first television.

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To celebrate, here at IFA they have put together this

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rather remarkable display.

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It is made of 216 55-inch curved TVs.

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There are almost 500 million pixels on display here.

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But it is not the amount of pixels that have caught our attention this

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year, but the quality of them.

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High-definition televisions create more contrast,

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with brighter whites and more details in the shadows,

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leading to a more realistic picture.

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TVs classified as HDR have to meet the standard of brightness.

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This is measured in something called nits.

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It measures the intensity of visible light.

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There are two kinds of HDR television we have looked at,

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ones with dots or ones with Oled displays.

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We went behind the scenes to see the quantum dot technology.

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So new particles.

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So these are quantum dots.

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That's right, they are so small we have to put them into liquid,

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so we can actually show it.

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When the light hits the layout, we can see the different sizes that

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provides different colours.

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Quantum-dot TVs are essentially a new type of LED-backlit LCD TV.

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But there is less light wasted in the sets, and the quantum dots

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can create a pure colour.

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To demonstrate, Jose measured the purity,

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and showed us on the TV set as well.

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A spike in the reading shows the colour purity.

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These Samsung TVs are capable of achieving over 1,000

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nits in brightness.

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In comparison, a regular LCD TV can achieve about 100.

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Heading across the conference floor, Panasonic is backing

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Oled technology.

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These TVs can't yet produce the same levels of brightness as the quantum

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dots, but they don't have a backlight, so each pixel

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on the TV can be turned off, leading to darker blacks.

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The key with Oled is they can create perfect black.

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And what Panasonic have worked on a lot is taking that panel,

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which can create perfect black, and using our advanced processing

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to be able to show the shades of grey just above black.

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So you are not having just blocks of black on the screen,

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you are seeing detail in that black area.

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And why is that so important?

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Well, that is the movie experience.

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Our whole Panasonic ethos is "as the director intended."

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So we actually have here in this display, we've got a reference

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monitor, a reference Oled monitor, the kind that is used on film sets,

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and what we are trying to do is reproduce that on our screen.

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So I would say Oled is better for when you sort of pull

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the curtains, watching a movie at night, whereas LED is great

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for bright rooms, perhaps lots of people watching the football

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in the day.

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But they have both got their place, I think.

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There is another thing to think about when choosing a HDR TV.

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There are two standards for providing HDR content.

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One is called HDR-10, it is open-source, used by most TV

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companies, and the other is Dolby Vision.

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With more data, it is available in more colours, but it is not

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available for all TVs.

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One company has it for both formats.

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If you go and see the other companies, they improve the same

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picture quality with cinema and TV.

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It is not really fixed at this moment, some people are using HDR

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Dolby Vision, so no-one really knows what is going to be the standout

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in the market.

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So it is good to have both for their TV, for future-proof.

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And, if all that wasn't enough to think about,

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the BBC and NHK have approved a new standard called

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Hybrid Log-Gamma, compatible with both HDR sets.

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Yes, not the catchiest title.

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Christ!

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Have you ever rushed for the car and driven off,

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only to later realise that you've forgotten something important,

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you've left it behind?

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Well, if you are that type of person, you may be familiar

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with these sorts of things.

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These are little tags that you can attach to your valuables,

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and they talk with Bluetooth to your smartphone.

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And if you leave something behind, and the distance gets too great,

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this and your phone will bleep.

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This car takes this idea further.

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You connect your phone to the car, and up on the screen comes a list

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of all the items that you should have with you.

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And I know I have got my umbrella, for example,

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because it is tipping it down.

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There is the tag.

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If I want to find my keys in the car, just press

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that button there.

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There we go.

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There is Mr Moppity.

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Now I don't remember bringing my wallet with me,

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so hopefully that is here in the car.

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So...

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There is the tag, inside a wallet which needs some

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serious accounting done.

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I promise I will do that this summer.

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Annoyingly, the thing I have forgotten is my rucksack.

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It does, however, give me a map showing where it was last seen,

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which was just across the way, through the deluge.

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So if you will excuse me...

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Once more into the breach, dear friends.

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Right, launch time again, and arguably no-one does launches

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like these guys do launches.

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Apple's events create more hype than any other,

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and these were the scenes on Wednesday, as the iPhone 7

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blasted onto the scene.

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It is now waterproof, it has stereo speakers,

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and the larger version now has two cameras,

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a wide-angle and a telephoto, which means you can choose your shot

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size without losing quality by using a digital zoom.

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But by far the biggest impact was made by the removal

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of the headphone port, something that has been a standard

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in devices for decades.

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Your choices now are buying new headphones that use

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Apple's Lightning connector, buying new, rechargeable wireless

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headphones, like these new EarPods, for ?159 -

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what?

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Or using your current headphones and this adaptor.

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Right.

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Oh, and the Apple Watches now are water resistant,

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and will tell you if there are years Pokemon nearby.

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Dave Lee is our man in San Fran, and he was at the launch.

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How is it going?

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You have had a couple of days to ruminate on Apple's announcement.

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How would you rate this launch?

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Well, we didn't think it was going to be a massive,

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massive improvement on last year's iPhone,

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and it wasn't, really.

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Incremental improvements, not a huge year in the history

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of the iPhone.

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But I think people, as ever, were impressed with what Apple has

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come up with.

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OK, so the big talking point is the removal

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of that headphone connector.

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So do you think, when you open your iPhone 7 box, you are going to get

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a nice pair of iPhone 7-compatible headphones in there?

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Well, you are not going to get the wireless ones, I can tell

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you that much.

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They are $159 if you want the new cool, wireless AirPods,

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as they are called, but you will get an adaptor.

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It is a bit ugly looking, could be a bit fiddly if you have

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to have that always with you in your pocket.

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But that is their workaround, and Apple are sticking to it.

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They think that will do the job.

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Thank you for being there.

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Stay there, keep watching.

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Thank you for having me, Spen.

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Love you.

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No, you hang up!

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So there we have it.

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A week packed with launches, but have any of them been the moon

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shot we want them to be?

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Have any of them boldly gone, or even gone boldly?

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We have headphones that are a bit better, consoles incrementally

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improved, and TVs with slightly more colour.

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And everyone make sure you remember where you were when you saw...

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Pokemon land on a smartwatch.

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See ya.

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