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Bloom App is 10!

“The first great iPhone app” – Bloom celebrates its 10th birthday
Ten years ago Brian Eno and musician and software designer Peter Chilvers launched the Bloom app on the iPhone. It revolutionised app development and was called “The First Great iPhone App” by Gizmodo. Requiring no musical or technical ability, the Bloom app enabled anyone to create music, simply by touching the screen. Now Brian and Peter are launching Bloom 10 Worlds - it adds 10 new worlds to the original app using enhanced visuals and music generation software. It will also be available on Android for the first time. Click went to meet Brian and Peter at Brian's studio in west London to learn how they came to create the original app and how technological developments have allowed them to update it.

(Photo: Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers. Credit: Microsoft)

Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

Mars Landing

Mars landing
Kate Arkless Gray tells Click about the technology on the latest Nasa Mars lander InSight and how this will work now that it is safely on the Red Planet’s surface.

Detecting unknown drones
Aviation and drone experts have been carrying out drone trials near a major airport in the UK to trial new software designed to detect unauthorised drones and see if it can alert planes to potential danger. Gareth Mitchell went along to see how the technology works.

Imagine if you went to a concert and perhaps thought the music that was being played there wasn't quite to your taste, or that the performance could be improved - would you want to change it? Well if the piece being performed is a webpage - one which anyone can access - you can make changes and see them implemented at the next show. Jack Meegan reports on his experience of Wikipiano.

Reading a book millions of times
Would you read the same story over a million times? New technology developed by the BBC will allow you to listen to a story in millions of combinations - the chapters are the same, just played in a different order. We hear more about B.S. Johnson’s “The Unfortunates.”

(Photo: NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars. .Credit: Getty images)

Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

Data Ethics Monitoring

Bias in AI data
The world’s first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has been launched today by the UK government. We discuss why one is needed and what its aims are.

Jean-Michel Jarre
Global music technology star Jean Michel Jarre has been to the BBC Click studios to talk about his latest album “Equinoxe Infinity” which explores the use of AI. Jean-Michel talks about bridging the gap between technology and humans to strive to save the planet.

Tony Sale Award
The 2018 Tony Sale Award for computer conservation has been won by a project to restore three generations of flight simulators. The Center for Technology and Innovation (Techworks) in Binghamton, New York, has restored a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s solid-state hardware version and a digital simulator from the 1980s. We speak to the woman behind the project Susan Sherwood, executive director of Techworks. The awards were organised by the Computer Conservation Society.

Quantum Compass
The UK’s first quantum accelerometer for navigation has been demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London and M Squared. Most navigation today relies on a global navigation satellite system like GPS, which sends and receives signals from satellites. These signals though can be blocked. The quantum accelerometer is a self-contained system that does not rely on any external signals.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

Using AI to Monitor Crowd Emotions

A Vision of Women and VR
After the walkout at Google of the way women and ethnic minorities are treated can other tech industries do better? A new project entitled “A vision of Women and VR” has bought together twenty leading women in VR in the UK to help create an equal future of the virtual reality industry; its workforce, content and audiences.

Agoraphobic traveller
Why does National Geographic website publish a story about a woman who is agoraphobic, yet is about to have an exhibition of global images? How can she take these pictures if she struggles to leave her home? She does it with the help of Google Streetview.

(Photo: Basketball fans at basketball arena. Credit: Getty images)

Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

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