Click On

The latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

Series one presented by Rajesh Mirchandani, series two by Simon Cox.

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The latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

Series one presented by Rajesh Mirchandani, series two by Simon Cox.He investigates internet security, asking if companies are doing enough to protect their online customers.

And is it possible to be technologically knowledgeable and environmentally friendly at the same time?

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The Home of the Future has been with us since the 1950s, so why don't we live there yet? With an huge choice of PCs, TVs, wireless modems, MP3 players and mobiles currently available, Rajesh explores what's getting in the way of integrating these gadgets - enabling them to talk to each other to create a fully connected home.

Also, Rajesh's dad explains why, at the age of 80, he's glad he has his computer, while Rajesh takes a look at exciting developments in replacing keyboard technology which will allow greater access to the internet for people with disabilities.

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It's the time of year when people are thinking about relationships, so the programme takes a look at the social side of digital technology.

Whether it's email or social networking sites, the internet is changing the way we interact.

And now the way we interact is changing the net.

Rajesh finds out about 'Web 2.0' - the next generation of the internet, where collaboration and sharing will be key.

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He investigates just how many people are using unsecured Wi-Fi networks - challenging the users and businesses who are leaving themselves open to hackers involved in illegal activities, including downloading child pornography and online banking details theft.

Rajesh also questions the use of Open Source software and considers the benefits and drawbacks for the voluntary sector where money saved on software may not offset the higher costs of IT support.

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Book borrowing is falling in Britain's libraries, but the use of computers is soaring.

Public libraries have played a key part in the government's aim to provide universal internet access, and now computers are as familiar a sight as bookshelves.

Click On uncovers the role of IT in the 21st-Century library.

Plus, laying a digital landscape on top the real one - Rajesh finds out about a project which gives real life landmarks a new, virtual, dimension.

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Rajesh visits a Spam Lab to locate where our junk e-mail is coming from.

He discovers how your own PC can be recruited into a 'zombie army', to unknowingly send out hundreds of thousands of spam messages.

He also meets security analysts who are investigating the recruitment of computer savvy teenagers by cyber criminals.

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This programme explores how satellite tracking is enhancing natural history research and looks at problems with batteries in mobile technology.

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He meets a man whose hopes of setting up an online choir could change the shape of internet communications in the future and explores how the computer games industry is reaching out beyond its traditional audience.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine series covering the latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

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He goes on a GPS treasure hunt and explores how the latest trends in touchscreen technology will change the way we interact with our digital devices.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine series covering the latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine series covering the latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

As YouTube continues to cost more than it makes, is Google regretting paying nearly 900 million pounds for it? Plus Simon discovers what it takes to compose music for a top-selling video game.

Simon discovers what it takes to compose music for a top-selling video game.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine series covering the latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

Simon visits an air traffic control centre to see the computer technology which keeps planes in the air, and meets a musician who makes music using the sounds of vintage computer systems.

Simon visits an air traffic control centre to look at the computer systems.

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How does technology bring out our creative side? Simon visits an event in Newcastle that seeks to embrace digital invention and DIY.

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He explores the ways in which technology enhances collaboration and asks about the social impact of masses mobilised by the internet.

Simon Cox with the latest developments in the world of IT.

Simon Cox explores the ways in which technology enhances collaboration.

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Clare English finds out how new technology can help preserve the very old.

She visits the Cutty Sark to discover how computer modelling is playing an important role in the ship's conservation.

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Clare English explores some of the ways in which technology is being used to tackle crime.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine series covering the latest developments and issues in the world of IT.

Simon discovers how computer modelling technology used by Hollywood movies is being used to ease congestion in London's Oxford Circus.

And he fills his home with gadgets to explore another type of congestion - how household devices could be interfering with WiFi networks.

How computer modelling technology is being used to ease congestion in Oxford Circus.

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Simon Cox looks into the future of GPS, with the help of a four-legged friend.

With even our pets sporting the latest in GPS tracker units, is there no limit to what we can load onto what is after all a 30-year-old satellite system?

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Simon Cox delves into the world of augmented reality; what can a digitally-enhanced landscape offer that the real one can't? He also speaks to a man who is creating an online archive of his entire life.

Simon Cox delves into the world of augmented reality.

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Simon Cox asks if websites are doing enough to make content accessible to the disabled.

Plus, plans to give robots intelligence modelled on the human brain.

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As Bonfire Night approaches, Simon Cox discovers the role computers play in creating spectacular fireworks displays.

He also learns how technology used in mobile phones is helping researchers in Cambridge to monitor pollution.

Simon Cox discovers the role computers play in creating spectacular fireworks displays.

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Simon Cox looks at one rural community that isn't willing to wait on the telecoms industry and is building its own high-speed broadband network.

Simon Cox looks at the rural community building its own high-speed broadband network.

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Simon Cox returns for another series exploring the ways the digital world is changing how we live our lives.

Whether it's the device in your pocket, on your desk or built into nearly every part of the world around us technology is part our daily lives

Each week Simon Cox presents a range of stories from the very latest cutting edge developments to the day to day practical ways technology impacts on us all.

So whether it's what happens as soon your child hits the panic button on a social networking site or asking when will battery technology catch up with the growing demands on our portable devices? Click On will be there to guide you.

As well as responding to the technology stories of the week other content we plan to feature in the coming series includes:

Cyber warfare - the recent defence review is still dominated by the big ticket items; aircraft carriers, tanks and jet fighters.

But is cyber warfare being ignored by a military that is still frankly ignorant of the scale of the threat.

China is planning on electronic dominance" by the middle of the century.

So will the ability to wage a cyber war become the WMD of the future and what can you do when this war doesn't have to waged by another state?

Don't do the Crime if you must be online - Is technology allowing criminals to continue their activities beyond their cell walls? Social networking websites are coming under pressure to better monitor the use of their sites by prisoners.

Illicit mobile phone use by inmates has grown to the extent that authorities are installing jamming devices in all UK prisons.

Balanced against this is the knowledge that allowing prisoners to keep social and family contacts prevents reoffending.

So how has technology changed what it means to doing your time?

Lost in translation - we compare the various technologies aiming to translate foreign languages.

Which is best; online tools, the latest app for your smart phone or the trusty phrasebook?

Social Networks for the aspiring author - Harper Collins are no longer intending to accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Instead they've launched a social network where budding authors will review and rate each others work.

So will this result in better books getting published, or will it be only the best self publicists who will see their work in print?

Virtual Crime Scenes - Forensic teams in Glasgow are about to roll out a new reconstruction technique across Scotland.

3-D animations are now being used to demonstrate how a crime allegedly took place.

The technology can make complex situations more understandable while virtual models can be created of a body to show how a bullet or knife caused injury.

As well as helping to simplify technical evidence it also means juries might be saved from having to see distressing pictures.

We'll also be featuring a series of one to one interviews with those shaping our technological futures; opinion formers, blue sky thinkers and those behind the technologies of the next big thing!

What happens when your child clicks on the panic button of a social networking site?"

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Simon Cox explores the different ways the digital world is changing how we live our lives.

This week:

Don't do the Crime if you must be online - Is technology allowing criminals to continue their activities beyond their cell walls? Social networking websites are coming under pressure to better monitor the use of their sites by prisoners.

Illicit mobile phone use by inmates has grown to the extent that authorities are installing jamming devices in all UK prisons.

Balanced against this is the knowledge that allowing prisoners to keep social and family contacts prevents reoffending.

So how has technology changed what it means to doing your time?

Lost in translation - we compare the various technologies aiming to translate foreign languages.

Which is best; online tools, the latest app for your smart phone or the trusty phrasebook?

Simon Cox asks if technology is allowing criminals to continue their careers from prison.

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Simon Cox finds out how graphics usually seen in games are helping juries understand complex forensic evidence.

Simon Cox explores the different ways the digital world is changing how we live our lives.

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Simon Cox presents the topical magazine exploring the digital world.

As we ask more and more from our mobile devices, Simon looks at new ways to power them.

Simon Cox examines new ways to power our mobile devices.

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Simon Cox explores the digital world.

This week, a look behind the scenes of video game development, and how smartphones are becoming a tool in some surprising workplaces.

Simon Cox presents a look behind the scenes of video game development.

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Whether it's a device in your pocket, a PC on your desk, or components built into nearly every part of the world around us, technology is part of the fabric of our daily lives.

Simon Cox is at the helm for a new series of BBC Radio 4's guide to all things digital.

Each week Simon presents a range of stories ranging from the latest cutting edge developments to the practical, day-to-day ways technology affects all of us.

Be it exploring the psychology of online behaviour, asking when battery technology will catch up with the growing demands on our portable devices, or finding out whether 3D's time has finally come, Click On will be there to guide you.

Simon Cox presents a guide to the latest developments in the digital world.

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Mouse fingers at the ready...

Simon Cox explores the week's most exciting IT stories, hearing about the latest developments in the digital world and uncovering the multitude of ways in which new technology affects our lives.

Simon Cox presents a guide to the latest developments in the digital world.

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Simon Cox is looking at how the past comes back to haunt us.

When we pass on we leave behind an online legacy- Simon questions what happens to our social networking pages, our online real estate and whether it is worthwhile passing on our passwords to companies to safeguard them until our next of kin need access.

3D cinema has strong showing this year, and now it's a big push for us to put 3D TVs in our living rooms.

Is this the next big thing? Caz Graham takes a tour of 3D history in the National Media Museum to discover just how futuristic it is.

Simon hears about some very clever bins, and discovers what it's like to live with a teen addicted to their computer, and the therapy set up to cure them of their habit.

Produced by Lucy Lloyd.

Simon Cox presents a guide to the latest developments in the digital world.

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As the season for flu comes round again, Simon hears of the lessons learnt from last year's Swine Flu epidemic and how the internet is both hindering and helping the public understanding of its spread.

Reasonable people with unreasonable responses: why is it that message boards and forums often contain the most hostile of comments? Simon hears from the worst type of these offenders- a troll- and tries to understand the psychology of their behaviour.

And we discover how endangered animals' footprints are being tracked digitally to give scientists the ability to follow the movements of such species as the Bengal Tiger, Black Rhino....and the domestic dormouse.

Produced by Lucy Lloyd.

The personalities behind trolls, and monitoring flu, with Simon Cox

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Simon casts an eye over the revolutions and political unrest that has been taking place across the world, and asks whether Western tech companies are inadvertently helping governments suppress their people.

Rupert Goodwins is back, learning how we'll be fighting crime in future.

The government has repeatedly looked to crowdsource us for ideas, but they aren't really using them.

Should they bother at all?

And Simon discovers how the RNLI is using technology to save fishermen's lives.

Producer Lucy Lloyd.

Simon Cox investigates how technology is affecting the world.

0802The Next Silicon City And The Granny Cloud20110404

Silicon Fen, in Cambridgeshire, is a great success.

Silicon Glen, in the Scottish central belt, has many empty lots.

Can the government really create the next Silicon Valley in East London? Simon and Rupert find out.

With an aging population many people are at work trying to find ways to protect our elderly selves in the home, in the least invasive way possible.

Simon discovers some of the innovative developments.

And how Newcastle University set up the 'granny cloud' to teach children in developing countries, from their own living rooms.

Producer: Lucy Lloyd.

Creating the next silicon valley, and meeting part of the granny cloud, with Simon Cox.

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As officials struggle to stop radioactive material seeping into the sea and air, software developers in Japan and around the world have been using their skills to try and help out.

We speak to Shigeru Koboyashi in Japan, who has been distributing Geiger counters and hooking them up to an online radiation visualisation map, created by London-based Haiyan Zang.

High frequency trading relies on computers competing with each other to trade in the money markets.

Simon asks who is regulating this need for speed and whether it could contribute to another financial crisis.

We also hear concerns that the IT system used by the London Stock Exchange will in time struggle to deal with the ever faster algorithms used by traders.

Simon visits the Metropolitan Police's Digital and Electronic Forensic Lab, where police officers are now able to provide barristers and defence lawyers access to interactive evidence in court; allowing greater flexibility during trials, helping to engage jurors and helping in some cases to cut court cases by four weeks.

And George MacKerron an Environmental Economist from LSE discuses the results of his Mappiness, which collates information from thousands of people to find out when, why and where we are at our happiest.

Producer Kate Bissell.

Crowdsourcing radiation and the algorithmic arms race.

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Simon Cox delves into what the real impact will be for the new regulation of cookies.

Rupert tries out an eye-tracking laptop and we ask whether the mouse could be on its last legs.

Some of the last diary entries of the explorer David Livingstone are being revealed through imaging technology, Simon hears what other famous historical characters could have previously illegible writings brought to light.

And the ash cloud and snow caused chaos last winter, but it lead to the evolution of Twitter being used for customer service.

Are companies learning how to use this medium properly to keep people on the go, on the go?

Produced by Lucy Lloyd.

David Livingstone's last letters, customer service on Twitter and mouseless technology.

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At the University of London Dr Tariq Sadiq is leading a team of scientists in a project to create a mini micro lab that can be inserted into smartphones to test for STDs - but, as Rupert discovers, while the technology is there to make it, the ethics surrounding it are problematic.

Professor Martyn Thomas of the Royal Academy of Engineering joins us in the studio to explain how solar flares could interfere with our Global Satellite Navigation System.

We have become increasingly reliant on GPS and use it in our financial systems, for the emergency services and in shipping and air transport.

Will a nasty spell of space weather bring our networks crashing down?

After a lengthy search using underwater robots we speak to the team who have discovered the wreckage of Air France 447 on the ocean bed off Brazil.

It's feared that vital information stored in the black box will never be recovered - so can they be made more robust? We find out more about the technology inside these important flight recorders.

And Rupert meets up with a group of 'self-hackers' in London who use the very latest technology to log information about their lives.

Are they just data obsessives or can there be positive results? We hear from Jon Cousins who has overcome depression through 'self-hacking'.

Produced by Kate Bissell.

Solar flares and STDs on smartphones, with Simon Cox.

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Simon Cox returns with a new series of Radio 4's guide to the digital world.

In this first programme, as the UK enters the last phase of digital switchover all eyes are turning to the mobile technologies that will use the radio frequency spectrum previously taken up by analogue TV.

Will it deliver the "broadband in your pocket" speeds we're being promised and more importantly when will get it?

Simon also looks into the other technologies that will connect us in the future including a revolutionary new approach using visible light.

Simon Cox with the latest news from the digital world.

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Simon Cox with the latest from the digital world.

From robotic scalpels to recreating the thrill of a ski run, technology aims to put feel back into touch.

Simon Cox presents the latest news from the digital world.

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Simon Cox presents the latest news from the digital world.

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Simon Cox presents the latest news from the digital world.

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Simon Cox presents the latest news from the digital world.

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In this last programme in the series Simon Cox and Rupert Goodwins get their hands dirty as they lift the bonnet of the technology we all rely on.

Starting in the London Hack Space they learn the joy to be had by building you own technology before looking at the £15 computer aiming to gets us all programming again.

They end up discovering how getting creatively involved with technology allows you to come up with your own solutions for your own problems.

Simon Cox with the latest news from the digital world.