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Consumer Electronics Show; audio search engine; iWarrior; Montenegrin domain name sale

In the lead up to the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Rory Cellan-Jones offers a preview of the upcoming highlights and gadgets for the future.

John Coleman of the Oxford Phonetics Laboratory reveals the plans for a search engine for speech.

How to keep hyena and other predators out of your village – and have fun whilst you're at it, with a computer. iWarrior is on its way from Kenya to a smart-phone.

And report on how Montenegro is making big business out of its top level domain name – dot ME.

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Consumer Electronics Show; Censorship in Iran; Stream UK; Solar scooters in Rio.

3D television is the talk of the town in Las Vegas at the end of the Consumer Electronics Show.

Iranians show increasing ingenuity in using social networking tools to circumvent censorship.

Stream UK offers punters a way of uploading films and photos from Iran and relaying it to broadcasters and others on the outside.

Helen Clegg reports from Rio de Janeiro as the Brazilian city embarks on plans to introduce electric scooters.

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Reconnecting Haiti; Google in China; Microsoft's Steve Ballmer.

The aftermath of the earthquake in China has shown the need to reconnect telecommunications as quickly as possible. Clark Boyd reports on the efforts to employ digital technology to aid the needy in Haiti.

What lies behind the threat from Google to pull out of China. Digital Planet investigates how a social conscience might compete with profit and hard-nosed business decisions.

Steve Ballmer the CEO of Microsoft outlines his vision of the future and how the company expects to maintain its prominence in the face of stiff competition.

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Howard Schmidt on cyber crime; Malaysia's love of Twitter; BBC's MyWorld doc; cMatrix12

Howard Schmidt explains the importance of cyber security, and what individuals and countries can do to avoid coming under cyber attack.

Jennifer Pak reports from Malaysia about the rise of social networking amongst the countries politicians, from the prime minister down.

The BBC unveils a new competition to encourage listeners to create short documentary films.

Colin Grant reports on cMatrix12, the work of art created by Bret Battey that grew out of a computer programming error.

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Misha Glenny is a writer and broadcaster who for his new book DarkMarket, has ventured into the cyber criminal underworld.

Along the way Glenny meets the architects of phishing attacks, hacks into major networks and just about everything in between.

At the heart of the story is one of the world's most notorious criminal websites.

In pursuing the criminals, Misha Glenny found that he was not the only one trying to infiltrate their world – so are law enforcement officers.

Misha Glenny joins Gareth Mitchell to discuss why we all have a stake in the outcome of cybercrime.

There seems to have been an explosion of interest in 3D printing in the last few years, with the dream that one day we may have such printers in our homes and be able to print off household items such as cups and even furniture.

But what about body parts? Angela Saini reports on the rise of 3D bio-printing, and a future where prostheses will be replaced by body parts run off on printers.

Are you fed up with one-finger typing on flat screen devices? Well a liquid keyboard might provide a solution for you in the future.

Such a keyboard would be designed so that the buttons position themselves to suit the user.

This liquid keyboard approach is at the heart of research at the University of Technology Sydney, and was unveiled at the recent Tech23 conference in Australia.

Christian Sax, one of its developers, joins Click to describe how it works.

Misha Glenny investigates cybercrime in his new book, DarkMarket

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Intel marks the 40th anniversary of the Intel 4004, the world's first microprocessor.

Compared to the Intel 4004, today’s second-generation Intel® Core™ processors are more than 350,000 times the performance and each transistor uses about 5,000 times less energy.

Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson discuss just how Intel 4004 can be said to have triggered the digital revolution.

In the interactive documentary series HIGHRISE, Katerina Cizek investigates the pressures of life in a 21st century city.

The 1000th Tower featured the residents of a run-down skyscraper in Toronto.

Out My Window applied the same concept to city dwellers ranging from São Paolo to Bangalore.

In the latest film, One Millionth Tower interweaves the stories of local people in a Toronto sky-scraper, brainstorm with their architect about how they can breathe new life into the building and surrounding areas.

Their ideas come to life courtesy of computer programmers and animators - all is demonstrated online in a virtual 3D-environment.

Katerina Cizek discusses this much praised collaboration of One Millionth Tower which is showing at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

There is disquiet in the development community – the international band of NGOs, advocates and volunteers engaged in improving the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished people.

Discord has broken out over just one acronym: ICT4D: Information and Communication Technologies for Development.

If there is a shared agreement of aims in that community, why should the words they use to describe their enterprise matter? Click is joined by two well-known figures involved in ICT4D.

Ken Banks, founder of kiwanja.net and Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs based in South Africa and also JamiiX.

Intel celebrates the 40th anniversary of the world's first microprocessor.

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How to spot the degree to which a photograph may be manipulated

Digital technology allows retouchers to fundamentally alter photographic images. The practice is widely used in magazines and advertising but there are moves now to introduce notification of just how far a photograph has been doctored. But with digital cameras don’t the changes begin even as the image is snapped? Hany Farid has developed software which he hopes will be able grade from 1-5 just how far an original image has been altered. He tells Gareth Mitchell just why the software is timely. And the retoucher, Sinisa Savic is interviewed by Snezana Curcic and demonstrates his skills to her.

The mHealth Alliance recently honoured eleven innovators who have used mobile phones in an exceptional way in order to improve people's health. They include Bright Simons, the founder of mPedigree. Bright Simons joins Click to discuss how he is using mobile phones to help unearth fake drugs that have flooded the pharmaceutical industry in many parts of the world.

(Image: A crowd of photographers. Credit: Getty Images)

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A new report suggests that we are too ignorant about the use and workings of the internet to be able to judge the kinds of regulations, if any, that should be imposed on it. The report in the journal, Science, flags up the fledgling discipline of web science which seeks a better understanding of this vibrant tool of communication. Jonathan Zittrain, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, discusses the report on Click.

Time magazine has described a solar-powered computer system in Uganda as one of the 50 best innovations of the year. The project called the Digital Drum aims to bring computing to people in rural communities in Uganda. It takes its name from its casing: a disused oil drum. Anna Cavell reports from Uganda on a device which some praise for bridging the digital divide.

Computers are being put to use to help solve drought in India. Jal-Chitra is based on a piece of software, an interactive mapping platform, that creates a visual representation of maps of water supplies in rural area that could help to combat drought in some of the world's arid and semi-arid areas. The water map highlights, for instance, where hand-pumps and wells might be located in a village; it also builds up a picture of a village's likely needs for water, especially in the season when drought usually occurs. Vikram Vyas of the Ajit Foundation, joins Gareth Mitchell to talk about how it works.

A new report says that better data collection will lead to a better internet.

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Calestous Juma discusses the extraordinary roll out of broadband across Africa

At the start of the New Year, there is growing optimism in Africa about the benefits that broadband connectivity has brought to the continent. Calestous Juma, a Kenyan national and professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard University, joins Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson to talk about how the technology has enabled many countries to circumvent the many decades of relative stasis and lack of conventional infrastructures to allow Africans the same kinds of access to mobile phones and computers as enjoyed and taken for granted by people in other more prosperous parts of the world.

Click is also joined by Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and John Stenlake, the Chief Technology Officer at Living PlanIT to discuss the growing excitement about integrated systems and smart cities. What does the future hold when it comes to smart cities? Are they a pipe dream or a coming reality?

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Click reports on the highlights from the Mobile World Congress.

Electronic giants have gathered at the Mobile World Congress. Rory Cellan-Jones joins them in Barcelona to discover the latest in smart phone gadgetry and applications.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt is one of the originators of Web Science. Last week he gave an annual talk as part if the 'Technology Visionaries Lecture Series' for the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. He joins Gareth Mitchell to discuss his work on the future of digital data and his ideas that the time has come for governments to unlock the information that your taxes have paid for.

A year ago, the New Zealand city of Christchurch suffered one of the worst earthquakes in its history. As aftershocks continue the city representatives and planners have turned to technology to help solve some of the current and future problems. Simon Morton of Radio New Zealand discusses how mobile apps, sensors and augmented reality have improved predictions of future tremors and provided key data about the nature of seismically active regions.

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Gareth Mitchell travels to the USA for a special edition of Click from the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Mitchell looks at indoor navigation, and talks to developers who, taking note of the improvements in satellite navigation, are exploring how new technology is now being applied to allow better navigation around buildings. He talks to Josh Marti, co-founder of Point Inside and also to Nick Such of the firm BuildingLayer.

He reports on a paper-shredder with an appetite and other seemingly human qualities, including knowing when it has had enough and talks to David Caygill of iris Digital.

Together with Click TV's LJ Rich, Mitchell samples new Apps developed by Weathermob for sharing and updating news about the weather.

Gareth Mitchell reports from the South by Southwest Festival in the USA.

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Author Andrew Keen on how today's online social revolution may be affecting us adversely

Andrew Keen discusses his new book Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us. He warns that social networking could have adverse effects that have not have been properly considered by society. He questions whether our privacy, responsibility and freedom are being threatened.

A team of sailors with spinal cord injuries in New Zealand are using a sailing simulator to re-learn how to sail with their disabilities. Sailability Auckland are using sip-and-puff controllers to set sails and haul ropes.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator, generates hundreds of millions of particle collisions each second. To record, store and analyse these experiments is a massive data challenge: the LHC produces roughly 20 million gigabytes of data each year. Openlab is a partnership between CERN and IT companies to develop cutting-edge solutions for crunching all these numbers. Next week the fourth phase is officially launched.

(Image: A scientist in the LHC Computing Grid room. Credit: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images)

Author Andrew Keen on how today's online social revolution is affecting us

Andrew Keen's new book, "Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us". He warns that social networking could have adverse effects that have not have been properly considered by society. He questions whether our privacy, responsibility and freedom are being threatened.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, generates hundreds of millions of particle collisions each second. To record, store and analyse these vast amounts of collisions present a massive data challenge: the LHC produces roughly 20 million Gigabytes of data each year. Openlab is a partnership between CERN and IT companies to develop cutting edge solutions to crunching these vast amounts of data. Next week the fourth phase is officially launched.

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Author Andrew Keen on how today's online social revolution is affecting us

Andrew Keen's new book, "Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us". He warns that social networking could have adverse effects that have not have been properly considered by society. He questions whether our privacy, responsibility and freedom are being threatened.

A team of sailors with spinal cord injuries in New Zealand, are using a sailing simulator to re-learn how to sail with their disabilities. Sailability Auckland are using sip and puff controllers to set sails and haul ropes.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, generates hundreds of millions of particle collisions each second. To record, store and analyse these vast amounts of collisions present a massive data challenge: the LHC produces roughly 20 million Gigabytes of data each year. Openlab is a partnership between CERN and IT companies to develop cutting edge solutions to crunching these vast amounts of data. Next week the fourth phase is officially launched.

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A report on the Islamic challenge to Facebook by Salamworld

An Islamic version of the social networking site Facebook plans to make its debut in July, during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The site, called Salamworld, is backed by Turkish investors. One of its main markets will be Southeast Asia since it has the world's largest Muslim population. Its regional headquarters is in Malaysia. Click's Jennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur on the buzz about Salamworld.

The video game Farmville got thousands of people around the globe to plant and harvest virtual crops from their computers and smart phones but in Jamaica armchair farmers are getting the chance to do it for real. Farm Village is based at an old plantation where online farmers work alongside real ones to learn more about agriculture in a bid to boost food security and tourism. The BBC's Nick Davis reports from the Jamaican capital, Kingston.

Researchers in Dundee, Scotland have developed a devise for people suffering from dementia, offering a new touch screen application that aims to help with memory loss. Dementia affects short term memory and, depending on its severity, there can be moments of lucidity but many more episodes of confusion and withdrawal. Norman Alm, the developer of CIRCA believes it has had remarkable results in triggering memories with people suffering from dementia. He joins Gareth Mitchell to describe how it works.

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A report on the Islamic challenge to Facebook by Salamworld

An Islamic version of the social networking site Facebook plans to make its debut in July, during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The site, called Salamworld, is backed by Turkish investors. One of its main markets will be Southeast Asia since it has the world's largest Muslim population. Its regional headquarters is in Malaysia. Click's Jennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur on the buzz about Salamworld.

The video game Farmville got thousands of people around the globe to plant and harvest virtual crops from their computers and smart phones but in Jamaica armchair farmers are getting the chance to do it for real. Farm Village is based at an old plantation where online farmers work alongside real ones to learn more about agriculture in a bid to boost food security and tourism. The BBC's Nick Davis reports from the Jamaican capital, Kingston.

Researchers in Dundee, Scotland have developed a devise for people suffering from dementia, offering a new touch screen application that aims to help with memory loss. Dementia affects short term memory and, depending on its severity, there can be moments of lucidity but many more episodes of confusion and withdrawal. Norman Alm, the developer of CIRCA believes it has had remarkable results in triggering memories with people suffering from dementia. He joins Gareth Mitchell to describe how it works.

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Andrew Blum goes behind the scenes of the internet in his book, Tubes.

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Andrew Blum goes behind the scenes of the internet in his book, Tubes

Pipes and tubes hold the internet together, so maintains the technology writer Andrew Blum whose book Tubes takes readers on a journey to the centre of the internet. Blum describes his adventure through the server rooms and hidden underground cables that hold the net together. Scrutinising the infrastructure at the heart of our digital society also shines a light on its fragility and the ease with which it can be breached. Andrew Blum joins Click to discuss his findings.

Five years ago, Israel and Egypt announced a tightening of the blockade of the Gaza Strip, after Hamas took control. The continuing restrictions have had a big impact on Gaza's economy. But one sector of society that is expanding, despite the blockade, is ICT. A group of IT visionaries from Gaza's University of Applied Science (UCAS) has found a way to flourish and export their business internationally. They provide innovative computer games, animation films, GIS tools and web systems for a growing number of clients around the world, as well as for local people and businesses. Angela Robson reports from Gaza.

Have you ever wondered whether there’s more to images in videos than meets the eye? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out that there is – we just haven’t had the tools and degree of requisite resolution that would enable us to see just how. That was the starting point for a group of researchers at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts. By amplifying colour and doing so in specific, narrow parts of the spectrum, they’ve managed to reveal details that have hitherto remained unseen by the human eye. They also envisage the technology has potential applications such as the ability to monitor the breathing of babies or checking blood through our vessels. One of the MIT team, Michael Rubinstein, talks to Gareth Mitchell about the research.

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Simon Morton reports on the winners of the Imagine Cup, plus poetry for smartphones

The Imagine Cup each year throws up interesting ideas from young people involved in the digital world. It is a technology competition that brings together students from around the world to help solve globally important problems. In the first of his reports from Sydney, Australia, Simon Morton highlights some of the themes that have emerged this year.

At Olympic level, there is often only a minor difference in the ability of the competitors. Sometimes only a tenth or hundredth of a second separates gold medallists from the silver rivals. With this in mind researchers at the Sports Technology Institute in Loughborough in England, working with a number of other research centres, have developed a kit for monitoring in real time, the movements of Great Britain's Olympic swimmers. Click learns from the Loughborough engineer Paul Conway how his technology may give swimmers an edge over their competitors.

Jason Lewis is a poet and an associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, who combines poetry with his use of technology. With new digital tools at hand, Lewis believes spoken or written work can also register on other levels and stimulate other senses. He has devised poetry especially for touch screens, and aims to utilise their tools to allow the reader to interact with the words. Lewis talks to Gareth Mitchell about his dancing poetry.

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Researchers turn images into sound to help the blind and partially-sighted.

Researchers in Jerusalem have developed an application that converts images into sounds. The question will become not so much what a picture looks like, but what does it sound like?

The system called EyeMusic employs musical notes that change pitch according to an object's shape. Colours are conveyed by different instruments. In the first instance the study used blindfolded volunteers who were able to guide their hand movements quickly and accurately. Amir Amedi joins Click to discuss the project.

Designers of a system called EnableTalk were winners at the Imagine international innovation competition last week. The team from Ukraine won a cup and a $25,000 prize for their system that converts sign language into speech.

Those who are unable to speak might use signing as a way of communicating. But what if the person you want to communicate with does not understand sign language?

EnableTalk recognises hand movements, from a glove worn by the signer, linked by Bluetooth to software. Simon Morton reports from Sydney, Australia.

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London through the ages, as depicted in Pan Macmillan's London Encyclopaedia, one of the definitive texts about the city, has been brought to life through a new app with text, video and audio. Click talks to one of its creators, the film director Richard Loncraine.

With the Olympic Games unfolding this week, feelings are going to be running high. But just how high? What would such feelings look like en-masse? Could they ever be visualised? Well yes, according to the artist, Drew Hemment who joins Click in the studio. He has been involved in setting up a project called Emoto that will run throughout the Games as part of an experiment in mining the social media with the end point being the creation of an art installation out of the data.

Shakespeare's Sonnets have inspired over the centuries but have more people claimed to have read them than is actually the case? How accessible are they, and would they benefit from becoming more so? The creators of a new app certainly believe so. The Sonnet, fourteen lines of prose, coincidentally is perfectly formatted for today’s tablets and e-readers. William Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets have now been rolled up into an app that includes recitals by Shakespearean actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart and also the likes of Stephen Fry. John Wyver directed the performances on the app and he joins Click to discuss bringing the bard to life with the latest technology.

A report on London through the ages via a captivating app

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Researchers have created a system that could enable people with paralysis to control a wheelchair with eye movements alone. It requires a camera from a video games console, a modified pair of spectacles, and some clever code. The new eye-tracking system, from hardware that costs a few hundred dollars, rivals existing ones costing thousands of dollars. The system is good enough to control computer games but, say researchers, it could potentially even enable wheelchair control for people with disabilities. Aldo Faisal, one of the team behind the GT3D eye tracker joins Click to discuss the system.

German researchers have found a cheap way of gathering data on emigration in populations. In many countries gathering official statistics on migration is expensive and subsequently incomplete or out of date. But email accounts might change all that. Emilio Zagheni from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research talks to Gareth Mitchell about the use of anonymous email traffic.

Have you ever imagined that a bridge sang to you as you walked over it? Well it might just be that you have been crossing the Millennium Foot Bridge in London. It is the work of a team including the music producer Martyn Ware whose sound sculptures have been deployed in various public spaces over the last decade. The latest project, close to the iconic Tower Bridge, has been opened in time for the Olympic Games. Click talks with Martyn Ware and the poet Mario Petrucci about their collaboration on Tales from the Bridge.

How a person with paralysis might control a wheelchair with eye movements alone

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The London Olympic ceremony dazzled with animations through the pixels on each seat of the stadium. It seemed a remarkable feat. But how was it done? The organisers are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief that it all worked. Will Case is the Creative Director of Crystal UK, the agency that designed those animations that were seen sweeping across the stadium. He joins Gareth Mitchell to shed light on the magnificent spectacle.

SIGGRAPH, the annual computer graphics festival has been under way in Los Angeles. It is one of the big events of the year in the interactive technologies industry. Its winning formula is its ability to unite an engineering conference complete with mindboggling research papers, with a trade show highlighting the latest technology, high-end graphics and animation on giant screens. Mike Seymour co-founder of FXGuide.com, a news and technology site for specialists in the effects industry, discusses the technological wizardry on display at SIGGRAPH.

Parkinson's disease is a debilitating condition that is often difficult to detect. But researchers in the US and UK believe that voice-recognition technology may offer a useful tool to aid diagnosis. They are calling on volunteers around the world to help them with an inexpensive test for the disorder by focussing on recordings of their voices. The Parkinson's Voice Initiative is asking volunteers, whether they have the disease or not, to leave voice samples over the phone. Max Little joins Click to discuss the project.

Behind the scenes of the high-definition dazzling display at the London Olympics

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What if Geeks ruled the world? A report from the Cambridge Geek Night.

How would the world look if Geeks were in charge? Is there any point to Geeks? Much scientific research now depends on Geeks and technology but how much does technology contribute to science?

Click travels to Cambridge University, a place that some argue has been a Geek heaven for centuries, to find out. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson investigate the Cambridge Geek Night.

They are joined by the former scientist and now Member of Parliament Julian Huppert; Mark Henderson author of The Geek Manifesto; and Emily Shuckburgh from the British Antarctic Survey.

And there's also a report on the bobsled that can be controlled by the mind.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee joins Click to discuss his ambition to increase the reach of the web. He has launched the Web Index which ranks countries according to the population's access and use of the internet. Sweden, perhaps unsurprisingly, came out on top. But there were a number of surprises. Sir Tim, the inventor of the World Wide Web discusses how the web might even better fulfil its potential.

In the last decade the internet has become increasingly sophisticated, and that sophistication sometimes makes navigation of web pages, for example, quite a challenge. This is even more so for people who have a visual impairment. That dilemma has prompted a collaboration between the Royal London Society for the Blind and IBM. Julian Dailly and Dale Lane discuss the way that the project, which focuses on browsing using speech, might be able to aid visual impairment in a 'conversational internet'.

A team of German student researchers have developed an app that might bring relief to drivers stuck in traffic. Greenway personalises drivers' journeys in ways that seem improbable. For instance, the Greenway system allows drivers to reserve stretches of the road ahead so it's clear when they drive on through. Simon Morton speaks to Christian Brüggemann about Greenway.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses monitoring the impact of the web.

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Analysis of a court ruling to block The Pirate Bay website

A British High Court has ruled that ISPs in the UK must block the Pirate Bay website. It follows a judgement in February that The Pirate Bay and its users violated copyright for nine record labels based in the UK. Click analyses the news.

The International Telecommunication Union recently celebrated its Girls in ICT Day. One of those taking part was sixteen year old Joanne O'Riordan from Ireland. Joanne, who was born without arms or legs, delivered the keynote address at the event. She tells Click about how technology has transformed her life.

In a disaster communication is imperative. A text based system called TERA aims to get early warning out to thousands of people instantaneously. TERA, Trilogy Emergency Response Application, aims to refine emergency responses: it is engineered to make the SMS alerts as relevant as possible, by sending the messages within defined geographical areas. It is a project of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies born out of the experience of the earthquake in Haiti. Robin Burton joins Click to discuss plans to roll TERA out around the world.

Earlier in the year Click played some electronic music in the studio that had been computer-generated using an open-source program called SuperCollider. Invented in 1996, it allows developers to take information from their environment or existing tracks and turn them into something new and beautiful. Well, just how beautiful is open to interpretation. And that is why there was a recent competition in London, judged appropriately, by computers - to discover the best music remixes produced using SuperCollider. Angela Saini reports from the SuperCollider Symposium at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Click reports plans to tackle cybercrime at an international conference in London

Cybercrime is a growing concern for governments around the world.

It has introduced a new type of criminal associate – young, geeky, good with computers and vulnerable to the lure of easy money proposed by hardened criminal gangs.

Click reports from an international conference in London on plans to tackle the huge problems posed by cybercrime.

Harry Potter fans will have to wait a little bit longer for the virtual world planned to give added value to the books and films.

The worldwide release of Pottermore has been delayed.

As its creators fine-tune its virtual world, Click invites the game theorist Tom Chatfield, due to speak at the iq2 If Conference in London on the topic at the end of November, and Rod Humble, the CEO of Linden Lab and creator of Second Life, to discuss the art of creating virtual worlds.

Next year Jamaica celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of independence from Great Britain.

To mark the occasion a group of patriots have got together to launch a documentary called One People, a reference to the country's motto: Out of many, One People.

But this will not be a straight forward historical document because the team behind the film have taken inspiration from Kevin Macdonald's Life in a Day to crowd source their film.

Justine Henzell joins Click to discuss how the film will be put together with clips sent in by punters reflecting on what Jamaica means to them.

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Calestous Juma discusses the extraordinary roll out of broadband across Africa

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When computers compose music what's left for the musicians?

Music has always evolved with technology but have the advances always been beneficial?

With news of the forthcoming release of an album entirely composed by a computer what will be left of the creative process for musicians.

Many other musicians have used the latest technology to 'push the outside of the envelope' of music, creating sounds and ways of listening previously unknown to man.

In a special edition of Click from the BBC Radio Theatre, presenter Gareth Mitchel and technology specialist Bill Thompson, focus on music and technology.

They are joined by a panel of experts, including the soundscape artist, Martyn Ware – founder member of The Human League and Heaven 17; the technophile composer Alexis Kirke, who has been called "the Philip K Dick of contemporary music"; and the experimenting pianist Sarah Nicolls, who plays on her own 'Inside-Out Piano' and triggers music via sensors on her muscles.

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Amazon’s new tablet is the Kindle Fire.

It runs Android and it’s smaller and it’s less than half the price of the iPad.

Click discusses how much of a challenge it is to Apple.

An orthopaedic surgeon has gone to unusual lengths in his approach to learn and understand anatomy and help him prepare for operations.

He has 3D printed a model of one of his patient’s bones.

Click talks to the surgeon Mark Frame about his innovative and cheap use of technology.

People the world over need reminding about the carbon they use when we travel the globe.

But more locally, how much could we cut down our emissions by taking the bus or walking? That’s the question posed by the developers of an app called CO2GO.

Christian Sommer, a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT talks to Jon Stewart about monitoring your own emissions.

Researchers are waking up to the potential of social networking for aiding an understanding of social science.

A recent study has shown the benefits of Twitter in this regard.

Each Twitter update might only be 140 characters but with 230 million tweets every day, that adds up to a dream data set if you’re a social scientist interested in what people all over the world are saying to each other.

Scott Golder from Cornell University joins Click to discuss how and why the researchers used Twitter to get a better understanding of our mood swings in the course of a day.

Amazon challenges the iPad with its Kindle Fire

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ADULT ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE

If you are looking for porn online, it is about to get a whole lot easier.

From this week, there is going to be an area of the internet, specially allocated to adult entertainment.

Wednesday sees the launch of the.XXX top-level domain name, which means porn sites will be able to sign up to having addresses with that suffix alongside, or instead of, the current.coms and.nets.

The company running the domain is ICM Registry and it is just about to take the first wave of applications for use of the domain name.

Stuart Lawley is the chief executive officer.

INTERNET DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM HACKED

There was a surprise over the weekend for users of websites including Vodafone, UPS and Microsoft.

Instead of going to the companies’ sites, web browsers ended up pointing to a page from a Turkish hacker group proclaiming “World Hackers Day”.

The companies themselves were not attacked; it was the firms that operate the directories that link our computers to internet addresses.

For further explanation, Click speaks to Graham Cluley, a computer security expert at Sophos Antivirus.

STEVE ROSENBAUM'S 9/11 MEMORIAL APP

Amid the tributes and memorials to 9/11 this week is a digital offering in the form of an iPad app called The 911 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future.

Its creator is author and filmmaker Steven Rosenbaum.

He also directed the documentary about 9/11, called 7 Days in September.

Sections of that movie are also included in the app.

Controversial top level domain on net launches, allocating special corner to adult content

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A report on whether violent video games actually change brain activity.

Just how damaging are violent video games to the developing minds of adolescents and young adults, especially males? A new study from the USA using brain scans suggests that there may be significant changes to brain activity following regular playing of video games.

Tom Hummer, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Indiana University in the USA discusses the outcomes of his study.

Click is also joined by Angelica Ortiz de Gortari from Nottingham Trent University, in the UK, who is a specialist in Game Transfer Phenomena.

Pretty soon robots will be in our homes helping us with everyday domestic tasks.

That is the ambition of many of the robotocists specialising in the field of humanoid, social robots.

But before robots can be of any use to humans they are going to have to learn how to interact with us and vice versa.

Many of the world's leading robotocists have recently gathered in London's Science Museum and brought their robots with them.

Lucky visitors to the museum were able to mingle and interact with the robots.

Click's Gareth Mitchell and Jamillah Knowles joined them.

They report on the attraction and fascination of high-end robots like iCub.

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Rory Wilson discusses the tag that monitors your mood

Daily Diary

Scientists in Wales have perfected a tag called the 'Daily Diary' that measures the movements of hard-to-study animals, species who live in remote places, in the margins of man’s influence.

It can be used, for instance, for birds that are difficult to observe. The miniaturised device allows the researchers to follow their every movement and monitor their energy consumption. It can also be useful for monitoring the tiny variations in the way humans walk and in the changes in their moods. Professor Rory Wilson from Swansea University in Wales joins Click to discuss the latest plans for harnessing the power of supercomputers to extract even more information from data captured by these portable sensors.

FlashFood

FlashFood, a real time food donation and delivery platform, was one of the star attractions at the recent Imagine Cup, which aims to use the latest technology to meet the Millennium development goals, a set of objectives set way back in 2000 by the UN in an attempt to make the world a better place. The key eight goals focus on environment, health, poverty, education and gender equality. Simon Morton reports on the technology platform that aims to curb waste by sending unwanted food from the "haves" to the "have-nots".

IM Blanky

Researchers in Canada have developed a sensory blanket that will enable scientists to explore what we are doing whilst we sleep. Their starting off point was to construct a blanket containing 104 tilt sensors. The work is called "IM Blanky". Rodolphe el-Khoury, associate professor at the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto in Canada discusses the blanket with Gareth Mitchell.

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Nicholas Roope discusses the highlights from the latest Internet Week Europe.

A European continent-wide get-together underway this week is not focussing on emergency summits to address the debt crisis but rather on the future trends that might be affecting the internet services and devices we all use.

Nicholas Roope, co-chair of Internet Week Europe, discusses some of the highlights from this year’s event.

This summer saw India's own smaller version of the Arab Spring.

After a string of government scandals, and accusations that politicians and bureaucrats have been taking bribes, thousands of people took to the streets to protest against corruption.

And given the huge role played by Twitter in the Arab Spring this year, some activists have also been asking whether the Internet and social networking could play just as much of a part in bringing greater transparency to India's democracy.

Activists are using the web to turn the Information Act into a powerful anti-corruption tool.

Angela Saini reports from New Delhi.

Peter Robinson imagines a future where your computer will be able to read your emotions, to tell whether you are bored and in need of greater stimulation, for the computer to work harder to satisfy your needs.

That world was outlined in the Festival ideas in Cambridge where researchers updated Darwin's experiments using photographs to analyse emotions.

Peter Robinson joins Click to debate the merits of the project.

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Karama!: Journeys Through the Arab Spring by Johnny West

Author Johnny West speaks to Gareth Mitchell about his experiences travelling across the Middle East and meeting hackers, activists and ordinary people and how they have been using social media to fuel events, as well as change perceptions.

Rioting in the UK

Has technology also fuelled the riots across the UK? Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch Europe, joins Bill and Gareth to discuss why the Blackberry messenger system is proving popular amongst those involved.

Also how the police are now searching for looters via the internet.

Crowdsourcing Robots

Roboticists face the challenge of coaxing their creatures into performing much specialised tasks.

One way of achieving fast and flexible, human-like behaviours, may be to turn to the crowd for help in giving robots more general skills.

How so? By allowing people to pilot real or simulated robots over the internet in trial experiments, as has previously been done in other areas of artificial intelligence such as online translation systems.

Sonia Chernova is developing an approach that could lead to better human-robot interactions.

Did social media fuel the Arab Spring uprisings? Author Johnny West believes so

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Porn blocked

Some of Britain's biggest internet service providers are to allow households to block porn.

If users want to view adult websites then they will have to 'opt in'.

Click discusses these new proposals.

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New York's Metropolitan Museum has unveiled its new website.

It aims to put over 300,000 objects and works of art online in 400 galleries, to archive everything from 11th Century Costa Rican pendants to the largest of Vermeer's oil paintings.

Click talks to Matt Morgan and Alex Morrison about the mammoth task facing the museum.

Babbage's computer

The Victorian computer pioneer Charles Babbage dreamed of building a machine which would have been the world's first computer.

It was one of his many plans that were never completed.

Chris Vallance reports on the team who is trying to realise Babbage's dream 150 years later, working on his plans to design the actual computer.

Myndplay

Is it ever possible to change film scenes with your mind? The consensus is "no" but that hasn't stopped Myndplay.

It believes that you can use your brainwaves to interact with the movie.

Gareth Mitchell tries on the headset to determine whether it might ever be feasible or is it just fanciful?

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The director Chris Riley, discusses First Orbit, his film of Yuri Gagarin's space flight 50 years on.

The film depicts the epic journey from Gagarin’s point of view.

NASA embraces the social media with its very own Tweetups.

Gareth Mitchell talks to Stephanie Schierholz, the social media boss at NASA, about how she gets space and social networks together online, sometimes via Twitter.

Click reports on an ambitious collaboration on both sides of the Atlantic that establishes a link-up between actors putting on a performance for three separate audiences.

The first audience is in Austin Texas, the other in London and a third is online.

This special theatrical experience is brought to life via Skype.

A discussion of First Orbit, Chris Riley's film of Yuri Gagarin's space flight 50 years on

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Gareth Mitchell reports from the South by Southwest Festival in the USA.

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Would an overall electronic system have been more reassuring to the Russian electorate?

In the fallout from the Russian elections, Click asks whether a fully electronic voting system would have been more transparent.

Ben Goldsmith from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) discusses the pros and cons of electronic voting.

Why is it being taken up in South America and Asia yet spurned in parts of Europe and North America?

Is the internet exploiting the creative community? Many think so.

How can artists ensure that they are properly remunerated for their work? These are questions that Robert Levine has puzzled over in his new book, Free Ride: How the Internet Is Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.

He joins Gareth Mitchell to discuss the contentious issue of paying for content in the digital age.

How do social activists harness the powerful medium of Hip Hop and turn it towards the common good? Rhythm of Change is an organisation that has recently combined activism and social networks to promote 'People Power', a song that has been released to coincide with the climate change discussions in South Africa.

The song is a reminder that we are all stakeholders in this debate, and is a call for greater engagement with the consequences of climate change.

Shelly Burton discusses the Rhythm of Change with Click.

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Intel celebrates the 40th anniversary of the world's first microprocessor.

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Li-Fi

Visible light communication (VLC) uses rapid pulses of light to transmit information wirelessly.

The team at Edinburgh is one of a number around the world who have used off the shelf LED's to transmit data at very high speeds.

Professor Harald Haas tells Click they have moved out of lab conditions and are able to use VLC in sun light – a major step forward.

If this proves successful could Li-Fi may be ready to compete with conventional Wi-Fi.

Arcade Gaming

It is around 40 years since the first digital arcade games came out, but in recent years the industry has suffered a huge knock because of the phenomenal rise in personal consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation.

In the US, for example, 42% of all adults have a games console at home.

But arcade gamers are not going down without a fight.

Reporter Angela Saini has been at a conference in London where manufacturers and designers have been getting together to find out how to revive our love of the arcade.

Medical shields

Most implantable medical devices, like pacemakers, defibrillators, brain stimulators and drug pumps have wireless connections, so that doctors can monitor patients' vital signs or revise treatment programs.

But this also leaves the devices vulnerable to a potential hacking attack.

Professor Dina Katabi and her team at MIT have managed to develop a system that only allows authorized users to communicate with these implants.

Could data transmission through a light-bulb replace Wi-Fi and broadband?

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Click looks at the future of books in the world of digital publishing

Coinciding with the London Book Fair, Click looks at the future of digital publishing in a special edition from the BBC's Council Chamber. Is the digital age one to fear or be embraced by the publishing world? Do electronic book reading devices sound the death knell for the physical book? Does this brave new world democratise the world of books, leading to stunning new voices or a sea of talentless self-promoters. And how will the reader find the desired author in the future? In a live edition in front of an audience, Click's Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by a panel of experts, including Dan Franklin, the digital publisher at Random House in London, the e-book publisher, Rosemarie Hudson, founder of HopeRoad Publishing, and the poet and host of the Book Club Boutique, Salena Godden.

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Click turns the spotlight on Blackberry’s recent black out.

Why did it happen and what does it mean for the future? Bill Thompson explores how vulnerable all mobile phone users are to such breakdowns in the system.

Karl Kathuria explains why it’s increasingly hard to foil censorship online.

It seems that authorities the world over are becoming ever more sophisticated at blocking content from international broadcasters.

Cory Arcangel is a New York-based artist who is also a self-confessed hacker.

Arcangel hacks gadgets and puts them to the service of his art.

He talks to Colin Grant about tweaking ten-pin bowling video games so that the balls always end up in the gutter, deleting the Mario brothers so that we are just left with the clouds; and sampling thousands of youtube guitar classes to re-produce a classical piece of music.

If there were Nobel Prizes for engineering, then Andrew Viterbi might be a fitting candidate.

The pioneer of mobile communications joins Gareth Mitchell in the studio to explain how mobile phones rely on an algorithm that he dreamed up in the 1960s.

A report on the fallout from Blackberry’s black out

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A report on the fallout from Blackberry’s black out

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Jenna Gorlewicz describes her App for helping the visually impaired.

Jenna Gorlewicz has developed an App to help visually impaired students with their maths lessons. She is capitalising on the use of haptics on tablet machines, providing feedback through touch. In particular the volunteer students have been able to navigate the way round the table through the vibrations which correlate to the position of fingers on the screen. Jenna Gorlewicz describes the potential benefits of the App to visually impaired people.

Cartoon Movie brings the leaders of European animation and video games industries together in the French city of Lyon. The city and the surrounding area is home to over 700 companies and more than 20 research laboratories with an image-related base. Perhaps it is no surprise as Lyon was the home of the Lumière Brothers, pioneers and founders of modern cinema. Once a year hundreds of animators and video games producers congregate in Lyon to report on their advances over the past 12 months. Click's Sylvia Smith reports from the event in Lyon.

Crowdfunding would seem to depend on huge numbers of investors in a particular project but a new adventure has highlighted the benefits of constraints and going local. It allows you to determine how long you want to hold the rights for a particular project. Sokap which aims to bring local backers and projects together has recently been launched. Gareth Mitchell talks to SoKap's founder, David Geertz.

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How worldwide is the World Wide Web? This week, in the latest programme in our season on openness in association with the Open University, a special edition of Click examines diversity on the internet.

In the online context, diversity can be thought of as making the web open to everyone, encouraging participation and giving people tools that they can use to express their views and take part in online culture.

It also relates to making sure that what they say is available to anyone who might be interested in it, which covers different languages, different technologies and rules for freedom of expression.

But does a diverse internet really matter? What is at stake?

Information we see online is increasingly being tailored by filtered, personalised searches on search engines, automated recommendations from online bookstores and social networks whose algorithms only tell us what is happening to those friends we care about the most.

The information society can be as diverse as it likes but each of us is already cosseted within our own familiar, safe, predictable information cocoon, so online campaigner Eli Pariser argues in his new book The Filter Bubble.

Along with Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion, Eli Pariser joins Gareth Mitchell in the Click studio to debate the pros and cons of web personalisation.

The Click team also discuss the results of a listener web personalisation experiment.

Listeners were asked to search for the same word on the same search engine, to see whether different people came up with different personalised results.

This week, the corporation that regulates internet domain names has broadened the range of possible domains; aimed largely at businesses with the desire, and the money, to buy that distinctive online identity.

It follows a similarly significant move that came into effect last year; opening up the internet to non-Latin country code Top Level Domains (or CC TLDs).

When the system went live, the familiar.be's,.fr's and.in's were joined by top level domain names expressed in Arabic characters.

Other scripts, including Thai and Tamil, were to follow.

So is the web any more diverse now that millions of users can type web addresses in their own script rather than being forced to use unfamiliar Latin characters? Egypt was an early adopter of the new fully Arabic domains.

Now a year in to the new order, George Victor of the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority tells Click what progress has been made.

How worldwide is the World Wide Web? A special programme on openness and diversity

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The EU's technology chief says copyright is not working and is thought of negatively

The EU says people have come to see copyright as a tool of punishment.

Europe's technology chief has criticized the current copyright system.

The Digital Agenda Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, believes that the creative industries should embrace rather than resist new technological ways of distributing artistic works.

Her spokesperson, Ryan Heath, joins Click to discuss how things might improve.

How do you teach computers to recognise and classify over a million different sounds, often unrecognised and unlabelled before? Click talks to Jay LeBoeuf about sonic search engines.

Instead of typing a search term in and seeing a load of returns in text, you could instead play in a sound or tune and it would find you sounds that either match it or resemble it.

Jay LeBoeuf discusses how his technology might come to the aid of musicians and filmmakers especially.

Researchers in Pittsburgh believe they have come up with a device to help obese people lose weight.

The eButton is a wearable computer with camera and sensors that you pin to your clothes.

It then photographs your activities minute by minute, day by day to build up a profile of your lifestyle to help doctors evaluate the best way of helping control your weight.

The device also contains an accelerometer and GPS.

Click talks to the man leading the eButton team, Mingui Sun, Professor of Neurosurgery and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering.

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Ten years ago the first technology programme, Go Digital was launched on the BBC World Service.

A few years later the world was judged to have gone digital and the programme changed its name to Digital Planet.

Earlier this year it underwent another transformation and has emerged as Click.

A decade after the first edition Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by guests to celebrate the world of technology and to reflect on the extraordinary and rapid changes to that world ten years on.

The panel includes the theramin playing robotocist Sarah Angliss; the science writer, Angela Saini, whose recently published Geek Nation has been critically acclaimed; the musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson; and the computer scientist and pioneer of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier.

Click charts changes to our digital world ten years after the programme's first edition

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Click reports on a conference in Tanzania on the progress of eLearning in Africa.

Shafika Isaacs, founding Executive Director of SchoolNet Africa, joined more than one thousand participants from across Africa converging on Dar es Salaam, discusses the present and hopes for the future.

Could the community approach that gave us the Firefox browser and OpenOffice help to clean up our oceans? An international team of volunteers has produced a prototype unmanned sailing boat designed to tow a boom for clearing up spilled oil and other debris from the surface of the sea.

Laura Sheeter has been to meet one of those involved behind the scheme, Protei.

Robot butlers envisaged at the latest Future Tech Expo in Hungary.

It is where the European Commission shows off what it is spending its money on.

Dan Simmons from BBC's Click TV has been hanging out with various robots.

He joins Gareth Mitchell in the studio to discuss the event’s theme of friendlier robots.

A report from Tanzania on the progress of bringing eLearning to Africa

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Amanda Boxtel, paralysed after a skiing accident, demonstrates how she can walk with a robotic exoskeleton.

She talks to Colin Grant about how the bionic technology has given her hope.

Plans are underway to make the exoskeleton available for home use by next year.

But how useful will the exoskeleton be and how costly?

SideBySide is an interactive system designed for multiplayer gaming with handheld projectors.

It has some interesting tracking technology under the hood that allows projections from completely separate devices to respond to one another.

Karl D.D.Willis talks to Gareth Mitchell about this revolutionary new technology.

Literacy Bridge is an organisation that has been trialling a talking book aimed at the billions of people around the world with limited literacy.

The talking book is a very basic computer that has already been used to help disseminate information and education about agriculture.

It is also to be used in heath education too.

Cliff Schmidt, director of Literacy Bridge, joins Click to describe how it works.

Photo: Getty Images

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Erik Hersman and Nigel Snoad discuss technology's role in helping after natural disasters.

Agencies and technology experts have gathered in London for Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (or CDAC). Gareth Mitchell joins Erik Hersman, co-founder of Ushahidi, the platform for mapping crisis information and Nigel Snoad, Product Manager, Crisis Response at Google, to discuss the lessons learnt from a number of disasters, including Haiti and Japan, about the role of technology in helping with the recovery.

Bell Bajao is a wide-ranging campaign, involving TV, radio, press, mobile video vans, and also the internet to focus attention on domestic violence in India, one of the most recurring, yet least discussed issues, not just India, but all over the world. Click’s Nivedita Pathak talks to Sonali Khan whose organisation Breakthrough is spearheading the campaign about the pivotal role of new technology in focussing attention on the under-reported violent crimes against women.

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Gamers solve a conundrum that has previously baffled scientists

Last week, the social network, Facebook, launched some of the most significant updates in recent times, including changing the newsfeed listing items according to 'relevance' rather than chronologically.

Jamillah Knowles reports on the reaction from users.

Gamers have helped scientists gain crucial new insights into how viruses like HIV work.

It is the outcome from the online game Foldit.

Gamers have used Foldit to flex and form the proteins into novel shapes.

Click is joined by one of the scientists involved, David Baker, professor of biochemistry at the University of Washington to explain this eureka moment.

Researchers at MIT in Boston are developing an in-car robot aimed at changing the way we engage with the vehicle.

Their developmental dashboard companion is called AIDA which stands for Affective Intelligent Driving Agent.

Jon Stewart went along and sat behind the wheel with Siggi Örn of the Personal Robotics Group at MIT's Media Lab to find out how it works.

Germany has some big names in IT such as Siemens but when it comes to startups, the country has become known in certain quarters as the innovation copycat – developing websites, services and products that are copies of existing ones from Silicon Valley.

But a band of startups in Berlin is trying to change that image.

Click's Abby D'Arcy reports.

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A new report says that better data collection will lead to a better internet.

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Click reports on the highlights from the Mobile World Congress

Electronic giants have gathered at the Mobile World Congress. Rory Cellan-Jones joins them in Barcelona to discover the latest in smart phone gadgetry and applications.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt is one of the originators of Web Science. Last week he gave an annual talk as part if the 'Technology Visionaries Lecture Series' for the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. He joins Gareth Mitchell to discuss his work on the future of digital data and his ideas that the time has come for governments to unlock the information that your taxes have paid for.

A year ago, the New Zealand city of Christchurch suffered one of the worst earthquakes in its history. As aftershocks continue the city representatives and planners have turned to technology to help solve some of the current and future problems. Simon Morton of Radio New Zealand discusses how mobile apps, sensors and augmented reality have improved predictions of future tremors and provided key data about the nature of seismically active regions.

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Computing is damaging the planet but could Information and Communications Technologies help safeguard the environment? That is the starting point for discussion between experts at meeting at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London called: The future of computing: Indispensable or unsustainable? Professor Andy Hopper, of the University of Cambridge joins Click to discuss how we ensure that computing becomes greener.

No actor in the theatre would like to hear that a critic found their performance 'robotic' but that might be understandable if the critic was reviewing the Sayonara Android Human Theatre.

The show is on a world tour, and one of the players was indeed a robot.

At the heart of the story is the dilemma: machines are now complex enough to show feelings, but do the feel? Can they feel? Click's reporter Abby D'Arcy joined the theatre audience when the show was performed in Berlin.

One of the latest Unmanned Aerial Systems looks a bit like a hobbyist's model aircraft and has a wingspan about the width of a large pizza.

It has been designed to provide video surveillance of wildfires to aid emergency services on the ground.

What is the value of sending a flying video camera into environments that, by their very nature, are full of thick acrid smoke? Kelly Cohen, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio talks to Gareth Mitchell about the project.

How to ensure that computing becomes greener and safeguard the environment

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The campaigning journalist Heather Brooke has been charting the extraordinary revelations to come out of Wikileaks long before the world had ever heard of Julian Assange.

She was also a key player in accessing the data that exposed the MPs' expenses scandal in the UK.

Heather joins Click to discuss how now, and in the future, the revolution will be digitised.

Juliana Rotich is one of the founding members of Ushahidi.

She discusses the growth of Ushahidi and crowd sourcing tools which have been used to spread revolutionary messages and also to help clean up after the recent UK riots.

Richard Taylor from Click TV reports on the fascinating technology behind light field photography.

Heather Brooke explores how rebellions have spread via digital social networking

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How do you turn information into action, in a way that doe not put you in danger? Stephanie Hankey joins Click to discuss what help her non-profit organisation, Tactical Tech, can give to activists whether they are mobilising protest amid the Arab Spring or posting videos of human rights abuses.

Can a computer ever be more human than a human? That is the question posed by the Loebner Prize, where chat bots and humans, hidden from the judges, pitch up against each other.

In 2008, the machines nearly convinced the judges they were more human than the actual humans.

In the following year the author and philosopher Brian Christian entered the contest in the quest to become "The Most Human Human".

He tells Gareth Mitchell how it led to a book with the same title, and how he did against his machine competitors.

Sony says its PlayStation network will be fully restored by the end of the week after it was forced offline when millions of its user accounts were hacked.

It has been a damaging time for the games giant.

It clearly has some enemies amid sections of the hacking community.

But what of Sony's competitors? Is their relationship with the hackers any more cordial and less confrontational? Click's Jonathan Kent has been finding out at the recent Hack in The Box conference in Amsterdam, one of Europe's leading security meetings.

Protest without persecution and some help with safer online activism

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Printing out and making a canal house in Amsterdam

3-D printed house

In a short story by Jorge Luis Borges a fastidious cartographer begins to unfold an enormous map of a region which he has drawn to the exact 1:1 dimensions of that region. Borges's story comes to mind when you stand in front of the giant 3-D printer in Amsterdam that is going to print a house. The machine will not modestly 3-D print the usual - a cup or a piece of jewellery, but an actual building. The KamerMaker 3-D printer is fashioned from the carcass of a shipping container and is six metres tall. Gareth Mitchell travels to Amsterdam to interview the DUS architects behind this project, Hedwig Heinsman and Hans Vermeulen. Mitchell hears that the plan is to have printed the façade of the building by the end of the year.

(Photo: Hans Vermeulen and Hedwig Heinsman of DUS Architects with Gareth Mitchell in front of the KamerMaker)

Virtual Singing Studio

16 April is World Voice Day and this year for the first time there are many linked events across the globe, including a global choral concert which starts in New Zealand and ends in Hawaii. The University of York is hosting World Voice Day for the UK; and is showcasing some of the most recent technologies that analyse the voice, synthesise voice and also manipulate the voice, for example in room acoustics, to show how the voice changes depending on the environment that it's in. Colin Grant travels to the audio lab at the University for a demonstration of the virtual singing studio.

Songdo Smart City

Songdo is often heralded as the shining example of what the future smart city will look like. But behind the hype just how smart and joined up is the technology that will propel this South Korean city into the future? Gareth Mitchell talks to Cisco’s Wim Elfrink about how Songdo is shaping up.

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Imagine holding a mini version of yourself. In the near future, you could visit a 3D print equivalent of a photo booth and emerge not with a passport photo but with a plastic, chess piece-sized sculpture of yourself.

Click brings that possibility to the BBC Radio Theatre where a 3D scanner is assembled and volunteers are 3D printed in the course of the show. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by a panel of experts to explore how 3D printing has evolved from gimmicky reproductions of jewellery to life-sized, 3D 'printed' houses on the canals of Amsterdam.

The panel includes: Bre Pettis, the CEO of Makerbot; the architect Hedwig Heinsman; Jonathan Meyer from EADS; the poet, Elvis McGonagall and the technical team from 3Dify.

(Photo credit: Mini self 3D image of Gareth Mitchell © Gareth Mitchell)

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Is 3D printing set to revolutionise manufacturing?

Imagine holding a mini version of yourself. In the near future, you will visit a 3D print equivalent of a photo booth and emerge not with a passport photo but with a plastic, chess piece-sized sculpture of yourself.

Earlier this year, Click brought that possibility to the BBC Radio Theatre where a 3D scanner was assembled and volunteers 3D printed in the course of the show. In a re-run of that edition, Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by a panel of experts to explore how 3D printing has evolved from gimmicky reproductions of jewellery to life-sized 3D printed houses on the canals of Amsterdam.

The panel includes: Bre Pettis, the CEO of Makerbot; the architect Hedwig Heinsman; Jonathan Meyer from EADS; the poet, Elvis McGonagall and the technical team from 3Dify.

(Photo credit: Mini self 3D image of Gareth Mitchell © Gareth Mitchell)

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We road test smart cars in South Korea and investigate the Netherlands' intelligent roads

At the start of a special six part series on travel and transport - real and virtual - Click takes to the road to 'road test' some of the new technologies and improved connectivity that aim to improve our lives.

We spend much of our lives on roads but they're often the least intelligent aspects of modern life, with arterial roads so clogged that at times: if an accident happens, far from sending an ambulance they might just as well have sent a hearse.

Looking to the future of transport, from smart highways to high-tech trains, Click hears from experts and tries out some of the latest technologies aimed at getting more and more of us, further and further. It's a trip that will take the programme from Sao Paolo to Venice and from the Glasgow to Nairobi.

Gareth Mitchell starts the series exploring the ideas behind a smart highway in the Netherlands and gets behind the steering wheel of a hydrogen fuel cell powered car at the R&D labs of Hyundai in South Korea.

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At the start of a special six part series on travel and transport - real and virtual - Click takes to the road to 'road test' some of the new technologies and improved connectivity that aim to improve our lives.

We spend much of our lives on roads but they're often the least intelligent aspects of modern life, with arterial roads so clogged that at times: if an accident happens, far from sending an ambulance they might just as well have sent a hearse.

Looking to the future of transport, from smart highways to high-tech trains, Click hears from experts and tries out some of the latest technologies aimed at getting more and more of us, further and further. It's a trip that will take the programme from Sao Paolo to Venice and from the Glasgow to Nairobi.

Gareth Mitchell starts the series exploring the ideas behind a smart highway in the Netherlands and gets behind the steering wheel of a hydrogen fuel cell powered car at the R&D labs of Hyundai in South Korea.

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How have developments in mapping and Apps influenced tourism

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Have you ever sat fuming in a car that was not going anywhere, as traffic ahead of you ground to a halt? You are not alone. Think of the passengers stuck in a jam three years ago in Beijing that lasted 12 days. We spend much of our lives on roads but they are often the least intelligent aspects of modern life, with arterial roads so clogged that at times, if an accident happens, far from sending an ambulance they might just as well have sent a hearse. But what if the road was intelligent and created its own energy to light up the motorway? What if you could take your hands off the steering wheel and let the car drive you?

We are all on the move, and arguably, transport problems are even worse in cities. Each week more than a million new people move to megacities. How do you move such huge numbers of people around the city on creaking, broken infrastructures? What can ordinary citizens do with hand-held digital tools to improve the transportation systems?

Click’s Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson, discuss the conundrum of technology and transport with a panel of experts: Marina Bradbury of the New Cities Foundation, NASA’s Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, the innovative designer Daan Roosegarde, and Tony Hirst from the Open University. They are given sat-nav guidance through the programme by Kathy Clugston; take the wheel of a driving simulator with Hamish Jamson; and are accompanied by Matthew Hainsby playing his song about the man who drives the most famous remote controlled car there is - the Mars Rover - Curiosity. Click joins forces with The Open University for a special edition at the BBC’s Radio Theatre, to debate on how technology can help to crack the gridlock that is too often a description of modern life.

(Photo credit: Solar Challenge car on Route 66 / Getty Images)

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In the second part of A Route 66 of the Future, Gareth Mitchell investigates our desire to switch to auto-pilot. Letting the vehicle take all of the strain might be an ideal of the future. Through clever computing, the fully automated vehicle takes over responsibility for getting the driver to his or her destination. But are driverless vehicles just a pipe dream? Although there have been several experiments in driverless cars, notably Google’s vehicles (several states in the US have allowed for testing of the cars on their public roads) will it ever be realistic or desirable for us to surrender the controls to the car or any other mechanised means of transport? Who will assume responsibility during a crash?

And in a world where satnavs become ubiquitous will we ever get lost again? Is it desirable to always know where you’re going and how to get there?

(Image: A bicyclist rides by a Google self-driving car at the Google headquarters. Credit: Getty Images)

How close are we to a world of fully automated vehicles?

In the second part of A Route 66 of the Future, Gareth Mitchell investigates our desire to switch to auto-pilot. Letting the vehicle take all of the strain might be an ideal of the future – where, through clever computing, the fully automated vehicle takes over responsibility for getting the driver to his or her destination - but are driverless vehicles just a pipe dream? Although there have been several experiments in driverless cars, notably Google’s vehicles (several states in the US have allowed for testing of the cars on their public roads) will it ever be realistic or desirable for us to surrender the controls to the car or any other mechanised means of transport? Who will assume responsibility during a crash?

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More than one million new people move to cities each week. It is an accelerating trend that has been going on for decades and has led to the creation of megacities. How do you move people around in such overcrowded places with creaking, overstrained transport systems? In part three of our special series, A Route 66 of the Future, Click travels to Sao Paulo in Brazil, at the start of an international New Cities Summit to hear some of the solutions proposed by technologists, architects and planners.

Gary Duffy talks to a range of specialists, including John Rossant, the founder of New Cities Foundation and the architect Daniel Libeskind. There is also a report on the new monorail planned for the city, which will reduce journey times by more than a half; and the ground-breaking Apps to improve city life that were finalists at this year's AppMyCity competition. Sao Paulo, a mega city with a population of 11 million, is known for its innovation. But it is also renowned for traffic jams that can be over 200 kilometres long. Can technology help to break the gridlock?

(Image: Gary Duffy (right) with Greg Lindsay)

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Have you ever sat in a car that was not going anywhere as traffic ahead of you ground to a halt? As the public announcement system on a train crackles into life, have you winced anticipating the news and apology for the expected delay that you are about to endure? Commuting affects all cities around the world, and is a common form of pain for citizens and governments both local and federal.

Sao Paulo for instance, routinely has traffic jams of 200 kilometres. Three years ago in Beijing there was a traffic jam that lasted twelve days. In London, traffic is so slow that doctors complain that in the event of a bad accident, far from sending an ambulance you might as well send a hearse.

In part four of Click's special series, A Route 66 of the Future: Signal Failure, Gareth Mitchell explores how technology might help to identify the worse problems of traffic congestion. There is also news about how App developers are using data to build features for more pleasant routes. And we look at how commuters are using technological tools to help not just themselves but also their fellow commuters.

(Image: Intersecting flyovers with huge traffic jams. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Amnesty International's online tool to help validate videos showing human rights abuses

An online tool to validate videos purporting to show human rights abuses. Amnesty International has released a website that offers ways of probing archive and videos to determine their reliability. YouTube, for instance has become an archive of human rights abuses in all kinds of conflict zones. Click hears from Christoph Koettl, the Emergency Response Manager at Amnesty.

NY Bitcoin Regulation

New York’s Department of Financial Services has embarked on a process to devise proposals to regulate Bitcoins. Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of the financial services, and Jeremy Bonney from CoinDesk, join Click to discuss the latest development.

Inclusive Games

When video games are devised, sometimes people with disabilities are overlooked. Call of Duty maybe a huge hit with punters but if the teams are kitted out in red and green then that’s not very helpful for the colour-blind. Ian Hamilton is a designer and accessibility specialist. He discusses how video games need to be more inclusive for people with disabilities.

British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Award

Zuzanna Stanska is a Polish art historian, founder of Moiseum, a creative consultancy for museums and cultural institutions in Poland, and winner of the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Award 2014. Click invited Zuzanna Stanska when she was recently in the UK on a tour of London’s creative businesses as part of her British Council award, and asked her about her innovations in the world of art and tech.

(Photo: Tahrir Square, Egypt, 2012 – used with the kind permission of WITNESS)

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Should access to videos on the internet be free and open or encrypted and tied to a cost?

A row is brewing over plans to restrict access to video content. To what degree should access be free and open or encrypted and tied to a cost? It centres on HTML5, the technology that will drive our browsers in the future and how freely it will deliver content. Critics argue the changes will only benefit the likes of Hollywood, enabling them to lock down their content at the expense of temporarily taking over the control of your computer. Click discusses the proposed changes with Danny O’Brien from the international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

PopularScience: Comments Closure

The prominent science news website, PopularScience.com, has recently decided to close down its comments section. The decision was taken following a deluge of potentially damaging misinformation loaded onto the comments page, which the website does not have the staff to properly police. Click hears from the editor-in-chief of PopularScience about why such a radical measure was taken.

Fairphone Demo

The makers of the Fairphone argue that it is one of the fairest phones in the world. The materials that go into the phone are ethically sourced. The makers also are at pains to ensure that the workers who put the phone together are not exploited, and that the phone will have a long life - with people being able to change batteries and fix components when things go wrong. Karien Stroucken gives a demonstration of the Fairphone.

(Photo: A man and a woman in a cafe using their laptops © AFP/Getty Images)

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Is your information safe? Professor Matthew Green explains the weaknesses in encryption

How safe is your encrypted information? Researchers have decided to test reliability – starting with the open source software TrueCrypt. They have raised $50,000 to conduct an audit of the TrueCrypt software to make sure it has no NSA back doors. After TrueCrypt they will move onto others. Professor Matthew Green from Johns Hopkins University discusses the need for such a test.

Robo Cockroaches

The company, Backyard Brains, have put together a controversial tool kit to help students better understand neuroscience. The company provides kits that will allow school children to implant sensors into cockroaches after drilling a tiny hole in their backs. The sensors can then allow the cockroaches’ movement to be remote controlled. Click talks to Greg Gage about the practicalities and ethics of devising a system to remote control insects.

Ultra Haptics

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have devised a system to make touch screens more sensitive, using ultrasound waves to produce haptic feedback. With this technology you do not even need to touch the screen. Project supervisor Sriram Subramanian, explains how digital devices can be controlled by letting your hands hover over the virtual knobs.

(Photo credit: Racks of assembled network points © AFP/Getty Images)

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Taiwan spamgate

Maybe you should think twice before clicking on that unsolicited email that drops into your inbox at work. Employees in Taiwan, in the New Taipei City government offices most probably think so after they were sent fake messages offering to access, for example, sex photos. One in six of the thousands of employees were tempted to open the fake emails. Cindy Sui reports on the fall-out from this government entrapment and what employers and employees have learnt.

Brian Eno: Scape

Brian Eno is a music impresario who has been experimenting with computers and generative music for more than twenty-five years. He became internationally known for his pioneering work on ambient music in the late 1970s. In recent years Brian Eno has tweaked his creativity with the latest digital tools that offer his work a new digital platform. In 2008, he developed the Bloom app with Peter Chilvers. Their latest collaboration is Scape, an app devised for the iPad that allows users both to play music composed by Eno for the app and also, through deep access to music elements, to compose for themselves. Colin Grant visited Brian Eno in his studio and spoke to him and Peter Chilvers about the very many creative possibilities realised by Scape.

MIT: Mapping danger zones

Every day firefighters enter dangerous building not knowing precisely what they will be confronted with. Their task would be made much easier if they and their colleagues on the outside were able to map that dangerous space. GPS is not specific enough for this kind of work which is why a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has combined laser rangefinders, a camera, accelerometers, gyroscopes and a stripped down Kinect games controller into a box of tricks that promises to help such rescuers. Maurice Fallon of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory joins Click to discuss the new system.

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Meet the artists attempting to visualise everyday technologies that we can't see or feel

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The near future is imagined at the Brighton Digital Festival

Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson travel to the south of England for the Brighton Digital Festival. In a special report, they talk to digital archaeologists about excavating the digital world 50 years from now. Gareth takes the remote controls of Carduino – a 3D-printed toy car hacked with an Arduino. Colin Grant talks to the innovative artist, Holly Herndon, who demonstrates how she composes using her lap top as a musical instrument. And, the Click team are invited to a near future world of caring robots that break down social barriers to embrace you.

(Photo: People play the laser light synth at Brighton Digital Festival 2014 © photographed by Oleg Pulemjotov)

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Highlights from CEATEC include the glasses that can translate foreign menus

The CEATEC electronics show in Tokyo is one of the key events of the technology calendar. Among the highlights this year was a tool that might help travellers who struggle with the foreign language of their destination. Click’s LJ Rich tries on a set of Intelligent Glasses that could translate a restaurant menu in a foreign language before your very eyes.

EmotionScan

Would you let someone take control of your webcam to see how you felt about money? The Bank of New Zealand is using the latest facial imaging software to try and get their customers to face up to their finances. Rather than making an appointment to see the bank manager, today banks want access to your web cam, via a website to discover how you feel about your finances. The aim is to sell more financial services. It is the first time facial imaging software has been used to gauge how people feel about their finances - so far nearly 5,000 have had a go. Simon Morton spoke to Tim Llewellyn from nViso - a Swiss-based company that specialise in mapping emotional responses from consumers using 3D facial mapping software - it's called EmotionScan.

Noise Reduction in Hearing Aids

There are millions of users of hearing aids around the world. But one big problem with hearing aids is that they do not work so well when the person is in a place with a noisy background. A team of researchers in the UK are exploring ways to cut out the background noise that will enable hearing aids to be more efficient in public places. Richard Turner joins Click to discuss the latest developments.

(Photo credit: LJ Rich puts some translation glasses to the test reading a Japanese menu © BBC Mehrnaz Farahmand)

LJ Rich tries on translation glasses from CEATEC in Tokyo

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The new app and widget that lets you send smells with a text message

You can touch your screen on your PC or mobile phone and interact with it but can you smell it? It may sound fanciful but Professor Adrian Cheok believes tasting and smelling via computers and mobiles will be possible in the near future. He has been working on a device that will allow users to smell the person they are talking to on the phone. He joins Click to demonstrate ChatPerf and talk about the ability to smell and taste via our technology.

Technobiophilia

Why does your screen saver resemble your fishpond or the beach you dream of one day visiting? Why have technologists defaulted to nature when devising a lexicography of the web or the net? Why do we ‘surf’ the net? It all comes down to Technobiophilia says Sue Thomas. She joins Click to discuss the interaction between nature and cyberspace.

Wireless Fall Detector

For people over 65 years old, falling down is a major cause of injury. Often when the elderly take a tumble they are on their own and find it difficult to call for assistance. To rectify that problem a team of researchers from Utah, in the US, has developed a system that relies on special sensors to detect people falling down. Brad Mager from the University of Utah explains how it works.

(Photo credit: Demonstration of the Electric Taste Machine at the TEDxBarcelona)

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A report from CES on 4K high definition TVs and wearable gadgets

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow and with tens of thousands of products launched over a few days. Competition between the technology giants is fierce.

Spencer Kelly is in Las Vegas and he reports on the highlights at CES including 4K TVs with even higher definition pictures, though there's no content just yet. There's news also on shrinking tablets, growing phones, and folding or detachable keyboards.

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Cyber begging

It’s now ten years since the internet witnessed the birth of a new phenomenon: Cyber begging. A decade ago a US TV producer, Karyn Bosnak, launched a controversial site to help pay off a huge debt she had built up with her credit card. Since then the floodgates of cyber begging have opened. Such sites have mushroomed with people openly asking total strangers online for money to help with their needs – for food, medical bills, school fees, facelifts, and even Caribbean cruises. With the global economic downturn, more and more people are hiding their identity and shame of begging behind their screens. Begging for a coin in the street is being reinvented through the advantages offered by the internet. But who is responsible and how is it regulated? Snezana Curcic reports.

From MP3s to Vinyl

Do you have a longing for the sound your old vinyl records made before the days of CDs? Are you saddened by the realisation that you have traded in all of your long playing records for digital audio on MP3s? Well, all may not be lost. A researcher in California has come up with a unique plan to convert MP3s into vinyl records. All you need is an extremely powerful 3D printer with top of the range resolution. But how practical is it; and how clean and attractive a sound will be emerging from a 3D printed Vinyl record? Amanda Ghassaei demonstrates on Click.

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Defeating the cyber criminals

Cyber criminals beware; Technology experts have gathered in Dublin to work out plans that will undermine the criminals who roam cyberspace. The technology experts who work at the 'coal-face' of cyber crime discuss how much they know about their adversaries, how they plan to monitor their nefarious activities and infiltrate the gangs. Gareth Mitchell hears from Fred Wright and Andrew Howard from the Georgia Tech Research Institute about harvesting and neutralising malware.

Biometric tunnel

Biometric apps using voice or facial recognition are increasingly being employed at security checks. A team of researchers at the University of Southampton in southern England have gone a step further by devising a biometric tunnel that will also scan your ears to help 'fix' your identity. Zoe Kleinman walked the tunnel for Click and talked to the scientists behind the technology.

Take the hype out of cyber warfare

Cyber warfare is all hype. That’s the belief of a number of critics. But it is also the aim of technology experts active in the field of cyber security to take the hype out of so-called cyber warfare. Gareth Mitchell talks to the former US air force lieutenant general, Robert J.Elder, who was responsible for helping device the forces response to cyberspace.

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How the electric car is touted as one of the biggest trends at the Frankfurt Motor show

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How virtual patients help medical students with their bedside manners

It has been said amongst medics that a good bedside manner is a vital skill. But many medical students have not lived enough to acquire those social skills. Their unease is especially evident when it comes to intimate examinations. And the medical student’s unease only magnifies the patient’s discomfort. Might a virtual patient help? Click hears from Dr Benjamin Lok about how technology, virtual patients and the simulation of intimate examinations can encourage empathy from the students and improve their bedside manners.

3D Printed Dinosaur

What do get when you put together a radiologist, a 3D scanning expert and a palaeontologist? The answer: a dinosaur skeleton realised from a fossil. One of the team, Dr Ahi Sema Issever, joins Click to discuss how a call from Museum für Naturkunde, a major natural history museum in Berlin, led to this innovative collaboration and the possibility of re-assembling a dinosaur skeleton whose fossilised remains were damaged during bombing in World War II.

Digital World of Fashion

The London College of Fashion is paving the way in weaving technology into traditional ways that clothes are designed, developed, made and worn. From body scanners that measure your dimensions within 2mm accuracy, to the 'magic mirror' that lets you try clothes on without actually trying them on; to the ‘haptic arm’ allowing art students who are more familiar with traditional drawing and sculpting methods to work on an object in an electronic space. Rich Preston reports on the digital revolution underway in the world of fashion.

(Caption: A nurse practices identifying patient safety issues with a virtual anesthesiologist and virtual surgeon © Virtual Patients Research Group)

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A report on the outrage over Facebook research into mood manipulation

Does the news feed that you receive affect your mood? The answer is "yes" according to researchers who looked at several hundred thousand accounts on Facebook. The idea of possible steering your mood negatively or positively on a social networking site has prompted outrage. Click talks to the tech specialist, Mary Hamilton and looks at the science of emotional manipulation.

Amnesty's Panic Button

You are a human rights activist, and you find yourself working alone in a dangerous environment when suddenly it looks like you are under threat. What will you do? Press the panic button, suggests Amnesty International. The panic button is a new app aimed at alerting people of your danger and providing help. Amnesty's Tanya O'Carroll joins Click to explain how it works.

Im-Able

Fifteen million people a year suffer from stroke worldwide and of these, five million are left permanently disabled. A New Zealand company has developed a video gaming system that helps rehabilitate victims of stroke. It is using traditional gaming technology to restore movement in stroke victims. The ableX system is presently under trial in Australia at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Simon Morton reports on one family's embrace of the new scheme.

Rebooting Explorer 3

A sleepy spacecraft more or less forgotten by NASA has prompted a group of volunteers to try to awaken it – with NASA's permission. Click hears from Dennis Wingo, one of the team of space cowboys aiming to reboot the explorer, ISEE–3.

(Photo: A Facebook patron looking at her page at an internet shop. Credit: Getty Images)

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The online security initiative making security software more user-friendly

How do we make security software easy to use? There is software available to punters online to build up security but it is often difficult for the lay person to implement. Simply Secure is a new initiative, supported by a number of tech companies to work with open source developers and designers to provide more user-friendly tools. Click hears from Sara Sinclair Brody, the Director of Simply Secure.

Emotion Recognition

Scientists in Germany have adapted emotion recognition technology for use with Google Glass. Jens-Uwe Garbas, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, joins Click to discuss the pros and cons of technology that will enable the wearer to determine the emotional state of the person they are looking at.

Satellite Surveys in Kenya

In 2009, scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Kenya, launched a new approach to insurance policies, using data from satellites. The project found it was possible to piggy-back on existing high-resolution satellite images that clearly show the state of forage availability on the ground. Since drought-related livestock mortality was the target, the ILRI team made use of the relationship between the amount of forage available for the livestock to eat, and their likelihood of death. Clare Kemp reports from Nairobi.

Flow Machines

Can computers make us more creative? Researchers at Sony have developed software that analyses the "style" of composers and musicians that will enable you to adapt them to your own style in music composition. The software "flow machines" will act as your musical companion/partner. Move over Lennon-McCartney, here come Lennon-Flow Machines. Click hears from the designers about this latest disruptive technology which could revolutionise the way we listen to music.

(Photo: Sara "Scout" Sinclair Brody ©Simply Secure)

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Manchester envisages 2018 at the FutureEverything Festival

The FutureEverything Festival propels visitors into 2018, imagining the future to inspire innovation. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson travel to Manchester to a pop-up future city where museums house objects not of the past but of the future. The recent revelations by Edward Snowden have highlighted the battle over privacy and data. Some artists at FutureEverything explore that dilemma in works that reveal the machine-like processing of soldiers' dispatches from the conflict in Afghanistan. Yet other artists take an ironic but critical approach to privacy by offering an anti-surveillance make-over. Click explores other risks to the cities of the future that might have streets lined by lampposts that monitor your every move and disorientating, chirping electronic bugs that lurk in alleyways and hang like bats overhead.

(Photo caption: Gareth Mitchell and producer Colin Grant in front of an exhibition called Endless War at FutureEverything in Manchester © Bill Thompson)

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FutureScapes: What will the digital world look like in 2025?

What will the digital world look like in 2025 and should we be afraid? Click looks into the future from the BBC Radio Theatre - not necessarily a world of flying cars, space elevators and personalised 3D printing – but one where everyone is connected and benefits from the tools of digital technology without being overwhelmed by them. That’s the starting idea behind FutureScapes, a project that examines how we will interact with technology in just over a decade from now. Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson are joined by a panel of experts –Anab Jain, who is working on the Internet of Things Academy; Rodrigo Bautista, from Engage by Design, a research studio that specialises in sustainability in design; and Esther Maughan Mclachlan from Sony Europe - to discuss the brave new world of technology.

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A Harvard professor alleges bias in Google Ads

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How farmers in remote parts of New Zealand gain wi-fi connectivity via hot air balloons

Project Loon is Google's experiment to provide internet access to the world from balloons floating 20 kilometres up in the sky. The concept has just been tested in New Zealand. The balloons are 15 metres in diameter, about the length of a small light aircraft and made from a very tough plastic. They have solar panels on board, computers, antennas and a control system.

The balloons can be inflated to change their height, which is key as the project plan is to launch hundreds of balloons into the stratosphere and have them circling the world providing internet access in places where there's poor connectivity. Simon Morton travelled to rural Canterbury to meet farmer Charles Nimmo. Charles was the first person to access the internet from one of Google’s balloons.

To be useful, autonomous robots need to move. But how do robots navigate their way over terrains and around obstacles? Two robots, Dora and Bridget have recently demonstrated just how at a convention in southern England. Dora is a self-guiding, human-sized robot on wheels, learning to navigate around indoor environments and Bridget is the prototype for the next Mars rover for ESA. Jennifer Whyntie reports on robots on the move.

'Hell is other people' wrote the philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre. It's a view held by the technologist, Scott Garner who has developed an app to help him avoid people. Garner talks to Click about the app that enables him to avoid friends and enemies as he walks around New York, enjoying an aimless uninterrupted wander.

(Photo: The Project Loon team prepares solar panels, electronics and balloon envelopes for launch as the sun rises in New Zealand © Project Loon Google)

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The new device that lets mobile phones get connected when there is no connectivity

So you are in a tunnel or up a mountain or even just in an area where there is poor connectivity. Perhaps you climb down the mountain or simply wait till you emerge from the tunnel and hope that connectivity will be re-established. A new device, goTenna, purports to offer a way of circumventing the problem. Click hears from CEO Daniela Perdomo, about testing the prototype for future with rescue services before manufacturing it for sale.

Google's Cardboard Kit

You would like to be exposed to virtual reality but balk at the cost of expensive devices such as the Oculus Rift. Google has the answer for you. A piece of cardboard, a pair of scissors, some sticky tape and a mobile - voila! You can now have a virtual reality experience. Google's Marie Tanguy explains how.

EasyJet's Drones

Repairing and maintaining a fleet of aircraft is costly and time consuming. A budget airline, EasyJet, thinks it may have a solution to make it cheaper and faster using unmanned aerial vehicles. Anand Jagatia visits Luton airport in the south of England to report on EasyJet's future use of drones and augmented reality in aircraft maintenance.

Cory Arcangel: Working On My Novel

Cory Arcangel is one of the world’s leading digital artists. He is also fascinated by the possibilities of hacking technology for art and for putting mischief at the centre of his work. All of those elements seem to have been combined in his latest art offering, Working On My Novel, a novel based on tweets about the procrastination of getting down to writing that elusive novel. Cory Arcangel joins Click to explore how he has managed to write a novel about not writing a novel.

(Photo: Daniela Perdomo, co-founder and CEO of GoTenna © GoTenna)

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How sound is a character in films like Gravity

Kenya’s Disaster Tool

Following the disaster at Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall where many people were killed and injured, technologists have been inspired to come up with a texting tool to let friends and family know you’re safe in the aftermath of a disaster. Ping is a simple and quick way of sending the alert. It has been devised by the non-profit company Ushahidi. Erik Hersman from Ushahidi joins Click to describe how it works.

Gravity

The Hollywood film, Gravity, has already met with glowing reviews about how it conjures the beauty and dangers of space. As well as the outstanding performances of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the soundtrack is the star. It reflects decades of advances in technology that unifies music, sound effects and speech. Click hears from Steven Price, the composer of Gravity’s soundtrack and from the critic and composer Neil Brand about how sound is increasingly a character in film.

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace was an early pioneer of computer programming. Working in the 19th century she conjured an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine and in so doing lay down the foundation for the workings of computers now at the heart of our civilisations. But for many years, Ada Lovelace, like many female pioneers, was written out of history. Click is joined by Suw Charman-Anderson to commemorate Ada Lovelace on the day now devoted to her.

(Photo credit: used with the kind permission of Warner Bros)

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Seoul hackers rescuing the good name of hacker culture

Seoul Hackers

Seoul may be a technological hub and home to key industry players in the digital sphere but the concept of hacker/maker culture is relatively untried. It might have something to do with the name “hacking” which can carry negative connotations. Gareth Mitchell visits Seoul and the founders of the first Hackspace in the city where hackers dispense with shiny gadgets and embrace soldering irons, 3D printers and even biotechnology.

(Photo: Gareth Mitchell)

Minesweeper: Egypt.

Egypt is riddled with huge numbers of unexploded landmines. For many years the perilous task of clearing the mines has been undertaken by human beings. The risks are very real with very many fatalities recorded in the last two decades. A new competition launched in Cairo aims to use robots to provide a much safer way of defusing the robots and reclaiming previously uninhabitable land. Dr Alaa Khamis talks to Click’s Colin Grant about the minesweeping competition “towards a landmine free Egypt”.

GEEK 2013

A formerly run-down seaside town in England is to become a hub for computer game lovers this week. Margate’s GEEK festival of gaming and creativity aims to rekindle our love of play, whilst also highlighting the financial as well as recreational benefits of gaming. Click talks to one of the organisers, Kate Neale, and also the developer, Adam Sawkins who is unveiling a unique multiplayer game to be played by hundreds of gamers simultaneously via their mobile phones.

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An innovative interactive documentary series charts the fear and thrill of high-rise life

High-rise Life

An innovative series of interactive documentaries currently in production aims to chart the fear and thrill of high-rise life. The New York Times is collaborating with film makers from Canada who aim to show how modern life has been shaped by high-rise accommodation. The New York Times has opened its photographic archives to the project, and readers of that paper are also being encouraged to submit their personal photos. Click hears from the New York Times's Jason Spingarn-Koff and the director of the Highrise project, Katerina Cizek.

(Photo credit: Rochdale Village in Queens, New York City, from the New York Times’ photo archive – taken by staff photographer, Sam Falk in 1966)

Flickr and your data

Flickr plans to put your digital data to use in enhancing the photographic experience. But other than encouraging greater sharing, what use does Flickr have in mind; and with the garnering of this additional information does it raise concerns about privacy? Gareth Mitchell talks to Markus Spiering from Flickr.

Robots on Tour

At a former factory space in Zurich’s industrial park robot watchers began queuing around the block earlier this month to meet the electrical friends we might soon introduce to our daily lives. Jamillah Knowles visits the Robots on Tour exhibition where some of the world’s finest robot creators gathered for a symposium and to share their work with the public. Apart from the odd robotic vacuum cleaner, robots tend to be machines that are found doing heavy lifting in factories. They are seen as big and sometimes dangerous, but this exhibition is working to change our perception and to let us know that robots are our friends.

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ICANN's plans for the future of domain names and policing the internet

Internet governance figures prominently at the big conference ICANN 50. The internet pioneer and Chair of the Board of ICANN, Steve Crocker, joins Click to discuss the future of top level Domain names and how the organisation aims to ensure that businesses in the developing world can harness the power of the internet.

DIY Digital Spies

We have been hearing a lot about technology and spying over the last few months, but as well as the involvement of big companies and government agencies, should we also be worried about the DIY spies? The idea of freelance digital James Bonds may sound fanciful but perhaps they are already out there. Click’s Jonathan Kent visited the Hack in the Box hackers conference in Amsterdam recently and found that there are a whole range of gizmos and security loopholes the tech-savvy can exploit.

NextDrop

The Smart City Summit in Dallas, Texas has witnessed a number of potentially revolutionary ideas over the last week. Sometimes the simplest ideas have the biggest impact. That might just be the case with NextDrop - a platform that informs citizens about water supplies, to promote and ensure fairer and cheaper water distribution. Click hears from Pronita Saxena of NextDrop.

LiFi Takes on Wi-Fi

LiFi offers the possibility of wireless connectivity but it is not to be confused with wi-fi. The technology has been around for over 10 years and allows you to connect to the Internet by using light. The intensity of an LED light can be varied extremely quickly – too fast for the human eye to notice. Data can be encoded in to these changes at one end, and a photo detector at the other end detects these changes and decodes them back in to usable information. LiFi, as Click’s Rich Preston reports, is starting to become commercially available.

(Photo: Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of ICANN at the recent ICANN 50 Conference in London © ICANN)

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Does the future lie in The Internet of Things - where all our devices are connected?

The next technological revolution is coming with The Internet of Things. The promise is that all aspects of modern life will be connected through the internet. In the future your mobile phone will be increasingly your gateway to life – allowing you to connect, turn on/off and adjust gadgets remotely. Imagine a world where you’ll be able to put on the cooker from your place of work, so that you meal is ready for you when you get home. Welcome to The Internet of Things. But how will all of our devices be connected and talk to each other? A number of companies are working on that conundrum. Adam Dunkels from Thingsquare joins Click to discuss his vision of The Internet of Things.

Fair Electronics: Fairphone

If you go to your local supermarket, you may find fairtrade coffee, fairtrade bananas, or fairtrade honey. There are even fairtrade sports balls, cotton, and gold. But what about fair electronics? In the Netherlands, a company is claiming to be producing the world’s first 'fair' phone. Cíntia Taylor reports from Amsterdam on how it doesn’t stop here - several initiatives are gearing up towards stocking up shelves in the future with, at least, fairer electronic goods.

Phoneblok

Are you fed up with the thought of throwing away your mobile phone, adding to a landfill site after only two years of use? Don’t you wish the screen was bigger or smaller on your phone, or the touch pad brighter or more discreet? Would you like to be able to get a tool-kit to repair your phone when it went wrong, or to customise it so that it had a longer lasting battery? That is the dream of the designer behind a new concept called Phoneblok. Dave Hakkens tells Click how he hopes to turn the idea into a reality.

(Photo credit: Internet of things evaluation kit ©Thingsquare)

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Five year old children in South Korea are building and programming their own robots. A computer literate population will live and work in an increasingly technology friend environment. That appears to be the aim as Gareth Mitchell visits South Korea which plans to put several thousand robot helps in kindergartens this year.

(Photo: Gareth Mitchell with Gary Donohue: technology integration specialist for the 'Village' School at Chadwick International School in Songdo IBD, South Korea - © Gareth Mitchell)

Berlin's Female Hackathon

There is still a division of the sexes when it comes to jobs in technology – developers and programmers are largely men. Environments that are heavily male can be unwelcoming and off-putting. But that is increasingly changing with the rise of geekettes. Abby D'Arcy reports from Berlin on a weekend of coding that is for women only.

Hacker's Guide to the galaxy

And Click hears about the hacker's guide to the galaxy. Citizen scientist are increasingly putting their digital tools and time to good use in the pursuit of science, especially so in space exploration. Ariel Waldman discusses how space exploration is changing with their intervention, providing a low-cost alternative to what has been up until now a multi-million dollar pursuit.

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New technologies allow us to archive and record myriad aspects of our lives that were hitherto unexplored and unexamined. Part of the human make-up is that we want to 'leave our footsteps in the sand': to have some trace of our presence on earth that is carried over to our ancestors. But given all the tools available to us, are there too many choices, and what about the importance of filtering of throwing things away? Are we in danger of being overwhelmed by our existing digital footprints, whether it be digital photos, Twitter, texts, Facebook postings or emails? To discuss what's worth keeping and what perhaps should be consigned to the recycling bin, Click is joined by Tim Regan and Cathal Gurrin. And Click's Lorna Stewart talks to a patient who lost her memory after developing encephalitis about how, SenseCam, a tiny digital camera that records photos every thirty seconds of her life, is helping to trigger memories from her recent past.

(Photo: SenseCam / Microsoft Research)

How would you like to be remembered when it comes to your digital life?

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The Mother of all slingshots propels India’s orbiter to Mars

India's mission to Mars has embarked on its year-long journey to the Red Planet.

The renowned science communicator, Pallava Bagla, talks about the significance of what Indians are calling a technology demonstrator of the $100 million mission to Mars. The Indian Space Research Organisation Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) compliments NASA’s mission to Mars, “Maven” but it comes at a fraction of the cost. NASA is spending $700 million on its mission. Even so at $100 million is it money worth spent? What benefit to the country is this high tech adventure when many of its citizens are still without clean water and electricity?

One of Our Probes is Missing

What do you do (other than panic) when your Messenger probe is lost in space. The probe, Messenger, has been designed to travel to Mercury. It is made out of Lego-like blocks connected by myriad cables. The robust and rigorous preparations can, though, sometimes go awry; and back on earth engineers heart flutter when Messenger goes off message and seems to disappear from their monitoring screens. Click Interviews with Chris Krupiarz who works on spacecraft flight software at Johns Hopkins University.

TeenTech

The science broadcaster Maggie Philbin is the brains behind TeenTech, a scheme to get teenagers involved in technology and brushing up on the coding and programming skills. Philbin talks to Click about TeenTech. There is also a report including some of the children who have taken part in constructing mobile Lego-like robots on the day of the TeenTech event, as well as the programmers who have volunteered as demonstrators.

(Photo credit: Indian scientists and engineers of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at the tracking centre, ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network) which controls the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in Bangalore on November 27, 2013 © AFP/Getty Images)

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one of the world’s biggest annual mobile get-togethers, the makers of the Firefox browser have unveiled their new operating system for the handset. Who is going to use it and how will it compete with other systems. Rory Cellan Jones reports on the highlights from the Barcelona event.(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Three years on from the Chilean earthquake, Click hears from Feliks Vainik about the early warning system that aims to save lives in the event of another quake. And Camila Ruz reports on how ordinary citizens might help to monitor tremors.

The last presidential election in Kenya was marred by violence. In the forthcoming election what role might technology play in curbing the violence; and how have politicians embraced social networking to get their messages across. Michael Kaloki reports from the capital, Nairobi.

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The artistic tribute to Nasa's Voyager-1 using audio from Earth and data from Voyager

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A radical use of cell phone positioning data to map the spread of Ebola

A team from SGI, GIS Federal and The University of Minnesota have created a tool using cell phone positioning data which could be used to map the spread of Ebola. The tool contains data on people movement, allows flagging one or more people as infected, backtracking where those people have been, and shows other people who may have been infected by having been in contact with infected people. Dr Andres Perez joins Click to describe how it might work.

Philippines Disaster Mapping

A collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world has been used in various useful ways following humanitarian disasters in recent years. In Haiti it was used to locate survivors in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. One year on from Typhoon Haiyan in which 6,000 people died in the Philippines, humanitarian volunteers are working with the Filipino government to roll out OSM training in disaster-prone areas. It is hoped that it will help communities prepare better for future disasters. Vishva Samani attended one of the workshops in the Bohol region of the country.

Playable Smart Cities

At a New Cities Foundation Paris conference, Gareth Mitchell recently met a number of inspiring entrepreneurs who have their sights set on the future of cities. He talked to the founders of organisations such as WikiHouse, Play the City and Makerversity about their ideas to make smart cities even smarter.

Hooked: Nir Eyal

We are all hooked on new technology believes the writer Nir Eyal. But it need not be all bad. In his book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Eyal offers tips to companies who want to tap into the idea of consumer loyalty. But he also has tips on how to wean yourself off technology when and if it becomes too overwhelming. He joins Click to discuss Hooked.

(Photo: A Liberian burial team wearing protective clothing loads the body of an Ebola victim © John Moore/Getty Images)

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Aaron Swartz remembered

Last Friday, the computing entrepreneur and activist, Aaron Swartz, died at the age of twenty-six. Swartz who was founder of the social news website Reddit committed suicide. He was due to take the stand on trial for hacking charges. Aaron Swartz's death has shocked the world of technology. Click reflects on his life and work.

Mobile phones and the safety of Indian women

Following the rape and subsequent death of a young woman in India and other recent violent incidents that have highlighted the vulnerability of women, some technologists have begun to ask whether technology may help with their safety. Prateek Panda, the managing editor of the technology news site The TechPanda, has suggested a number of Apps may be useful in preventing women from being attacked, and also to alert friends and authorities when women find themselves in danger. Prateek Panda talks to Colin Grant about the Apps. And the Click reporter Nivedita Pathak, discusses whether the Apps will be useful.

Rebuilding EDSAC

How do you build a computer from scratch? How do you build a computer with no transistors nor any modern components at all? In short, how do you build a computer, like they would have done in 1948? A team of volunteers in the UK have been working for a year now on a project to build a replica of one of the world's first programmable computers: Cambridge University's "EDSAC" (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator), which in its day is said to have done the work to win three Nobel Prizes. Today's replica team have no blueprints, just a few notes, some photographs, and a few rusting parts. Click's Alex Mansfield has been following their progress.

(Photo credit: EDSAC I, W. Renwick, M. Wilkes - © Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge - reproduced by permission)

A report on the work to rebuild the pioneering 1940s computer, EDSAC

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Is Rio de Janeiro's high-tech Operations Centre in danger of invading people's privacy?

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In the World Service "What if" season Click imagines a time when robots replace human

At the start of the World Service's "What if" season Click invites robots and roboticists to the BBC's Radio Theatre to imagine a world in which robots and humans sat down together.

(Photo: Rossum's Universal Robots: 1938 © BBC)

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Crowd-sourced Roboy, the boy robot gets his arms, legs and head; Developing the braille smart phone; The future of bendy, flexible phones

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How safe is your identity online? Technologists propose a new system of authentication.

How safe is your password? Are passwords about to expire permanently? Some experts in the tech industry think there must be a better and safer way to log on, especially when monetary transactions are to be made. They've formed an alliance called FIDO or Fast Identity Online to develop better forms of authentication, like face and voice recognition. Click talks to Nok Nok Lab’s Phillip Dunkelberger, one of the founder members of the consortium, to find out how a much more secure system would work.

Are the big tech companies taking the profits whilst we take risk? Do we enter a digital trade off because some companies appear to offer free facilities in return? Who stands to gain when you log on to Google’s translation tool? Will the actual translators be the beneficiaries? In the short term perhaps but not in the future argues the philosopher and digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier. Click’s Colin Grant talks to Jaron Lanier about the sometimes bleak digital prognosis for the future as set out in his book, Who Owns the Future. (Above image of Jaron by Jonathan Sprague)

You’ve managed to assemble all of the personnel, finance and acting talent to create your first ever feature film. Do you dream of launching it in a prestigious festival or in a multi-screen cinema? Well neither if you have teamed up with the South African start up, Cinemo. Rather you will be launching your film on Africa’s largest social network, Mxit. Click hears from Mxit’s Marlon Parker and Shane Vermooten from Cinemo about the first ever feature film launched on a social network accessed in Africa on millions of mobile phones.

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A code of conduct for digital volunteers in the aftermath following disasters

Mobile phones have helped to save lives and locate the injured trapped under rubble in the aftermath of typhoons and earthquakes. The work of organisations such as Frontline SMS and Ushahidi has demonstrated the potential for simple tools like mobile phones, SMS and mobile phone platforms to help in the aftermath of a disaster. But since the Haiti earthquake the number of digital volunteers has grown enormously. Digital humanitarians are increasingly entering a crowded arena, and it has been suggested that these well-meaning volunteers, sometimes monitoring and sending texts or tweets for example, complicate the work of established emergency and relief agencies. In a special edition of the technology programme, Click examines the evolution of the digital disaster response. Do digital volunteers help or hinder relief efforts after a disaster, and is there a need for a code of conduct?

(Caption: Residents clear debris near the shoreline on 23 November, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, Credit: Getty Images)

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North Korean tweets and gesture control at your fingertips at the SXSW Festival.

A special edition of Click focuses on the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, USA. Gareth Mitchell and LJ Rich report on the limits of tweeting from North Korea; leaping into motion with a fine gesture controller sensitive to your fingers; how to building a travel App within 48 hours; why crisis managers might welcome your photos of evolving disasters but not necessarily want you to use tweets as a way to call out the emergency services; and finally Click reports of the latest trends to emerge from one of the world’s premiere digital festivals.

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Click explores 200 years of communication technology at London’s Science Museum

In a world of total news, where our online presence is continually monitored and our digital footprints are stored in perpetuity, humans are connected in ways our forebears could never have imagined. And yet our ancestors did just that. They were romancers and dreamers who conjured a world that would put an end to ignorance, isolation and life lived in fragments. Information and its dissemination was the answer.

Information Age, is an exciting new gallery in London's Science Museum, that opened on 25 October. In a special edition, Click reports on the ambition to explore how our modern connected world was created through six networks, the electric telegraph, the telephone exchange, radio and television broadcasting, satellite communications, computer networks and mobile communications.

Tilly Blyth, Lead Curator of the Information Age gallery, and James Gleick, the award winning writer and historian of science and author of The Information join Click to reflect on 200 years of innovation. They also hear from the harmonium playing artist and musician Matthew Robins who has created a Victorian puppet theatre for the gallery to bring to life stories from the history of telegraphy.

(Image: The aerial tuning coil from Rugby Radio Station. © Cable and Wireless Communications 2014 by kind permission of the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.)

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on a new ethical mobile phone operator

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales has taken on a new role at a company that aims to be an ethical mobile phone network provider. He has just become the co-chair of The People's Operator – a company that has been in existence for over a year and is in need of a lot more customers. Wales believes they will sign up to an organisation that has at its core the intention of ploughing some of its profits into charity. Jimmy Wales talks to Click about the challenges of The People’s Operator.

Drones to Protect Rhinos

With the underground market in the illicit trade of rhino and elephant tusks booming, the number of poachers has also swelled. Conservationists in Kenya have turned to technology to help combat the poachers. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy has collaborated with a company called Airware to develop a drone that will be able to scan the terrain and deter criminals. Click hears from Richard Vigne, the chief executive at the conservancy.

Bespoke Electronic Tailoring

A growing number of people are shopping for their clothes online. But an absence of virtual fitting rooms means that often many off-the-peg items do not fit the customers when they eventually get to try them on. It has been said that almost a quarter of all garments that are bought online are returned. The majority are returned because they do not fit. A number of companies have taken note and with new technologies are designing virtual fitting rooms and bespoke tailoring for their online customers. Rich Preston reports on this growing trend.

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A from report Kigali on how technology is transforming Africa

African leaders and technologists recently gathered at Kigali in Rwanda to take the temperature of the IT industry and internet penetration on the continent. Nisha Ligon reports from the Transform Africa summit to hear how delegates are setting a new agenda for Africa to leapfrog development challenges through the use and uptake of broadband and related services.

Startup Battlefield

Silicon Valley was the birthplace of the startup and has pretty much had the monopoly on talent and money. But other cities are starting to put up stiff competition. Last week TechCrunch Disrupt - probably the most important tech event in the calendar - came to Europe for the first time. From Berlin, a select group of young European startups were sent to a panel of big US and international investors to battle it out for cash and the disrupt cup.

xHumed

They may be dead for more than a hundred years but that does not stop inspiring figures from taking to the floor at the xHumed event in the English city of Birmingham. Click hears how technologies such as Twitter and digital projection mapping is bringing the likes of H.G. Wells back to life for dead good thinking.

(Photo credit: Young people browsing the Internet in a cybercafe in Africa © AFP/Getty Images)

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BRCK, a router which copes with variable signals and intermittent electricity,is released

Staying online in some parts of Africa can be frustrating with variable signals and intermittent electricity supply. Ushahidi's new brick-like WiFi and 3G router aims to overcome many of the challenges. Co-founders Juliana Rotich and Philip Walton discuss BRCK's capabilities and keeping Africa connected.

Global Impact Challenge Winners

Google announces the winners of its competition to support UK charities using technology to tackle problems and transform lives. The winners talk about their projects and judge, Helen Goulden of Nesta, joins Click to discuss the importance of technology for charities.

Spanish 'Google Tax'

Spanish congress has passed a law nicknamed 'tasa Google' or 'Google Tax'. If it is ratified newspaper publishers will have the right to claim payment from any site that links to their content. Google managed to get round a similar law in Germany but the Spanish one will be much harder to dodge. As yet there is confusion about exactly who will have to pay, how much, and how it will be enforced. BBC Mundo tech blogger David Cuen explains the new law and its possible impact.

Drones to the Rescue

How easy is it to pinpoint someone who has gone missing? These days many of us have mobile phones in our pockets. Masters student Jonathan Cheseaux in Lausanne, Switzerland, has designed a drone to locate survivors using the signals mobile phones send out. Jonathan explains his idea to Click.

(Photo: the BRCK was designed to work in more harsh environments, where the infrastructure is not robust – used with the kind permission of BRCK)

Producer: Lorna Stewart

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Robots use WiFi technology to see through brick walls

Scientists in the USA have developed x-ray vision for robots. In recent years Yasamin Mostofi of UC Santa Barbara has fine-tuned her research using WiFi to see through solid structures such as walls. She plans to enable robots with this technology. The benefits could be far-reaching for example in efforts to locate people trapped by rubble after an earthquake. Professor Mostofi describes the latest developments.

Open Knowledge

Elizabeth Marincola, the CEO of PLOS, has been a pioneer of the free and open transmission of scholarly research. At a recent festival of Wikipedia she expanded on her altruistic ideas for publishing. She joins Click to discuss the huge potential of openly shared online information.

Editing Wikipedia and the Law

One of the perils of editing Wikipedia has been shown in a number of copyright law suits. But what are the laws that govern the free exchange of information? What is the international reach of copyright law? How far does it stretch and what are the consequences of breaching such laws? Tobias Lutzi offers a guide to Wikipedia's conflict-of-law issues.

3D-Printed Saxophone

The world's first 3D-printed saxophone has been made by a professor at Lund University in Sweden. Olaf Diegel developed the prototype in just six months. The saxophone, printed in nylon from dozens of components, is much lighter than a real saxophone. Professor Diegel is already planning another version, which will be more technically accomplished and aesthetically pleasing. He joins Click for a demonstration.

(Photo: Two unmanned vehicles are interested in seeing through these walls with only WiFi © Peter Allen from UCSB COE)