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The wall between the digital world and the real one is about to get a bit thinner, with the smartphones we carry learning to home in on real world beacons that will give them signals to take online action ... sometimes without the owner even noticing. At the heart of this revolution are beacons. An army of them are primed to get the service up and running. They are the real world sensors that spring to life when a smartphone is nearby.

Exoskeletons helping the paralysed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumours, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: in many respects, the future of medicine is already here. Experts say that, at the experimental level, human skills are already being enhanced or replaced by robots and other hi-tech substitutes - and these may become commonplace just a few years from now.
When Jon Voight joined the growing list of top-flight film actors on television last year as a small-time Boston gangster on drama "Ray Donovan," he felt the role of the aging family patriarch take him back to his early days as a character actor.
It already won a top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, but Richard Linklater's groundbreaking "Boyhood" is being talked about for the ultimate movie accolade, an Oscar. As it opens in the United States trade journal Variety said plainly that Linklater deserves an Academy Award for the nearly three-hour film.
He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers.
Bridge plays varies with the type of contest you are in. Pair is a different ball game where declarer's overtricks make all the difference whereas in a team event, the safety of the contract bid becomes the top priority for any declarer. It is always wise to think your way through the play covering all adverse possibilities. A good declarer shall always be a consistent winner compared with the one who makes instinctive play first and thinks later.
Germany's World Cup final victory is reward for a development which began more than a decade ago. Nearly all the players in the side which defeated Argentina 1-0 in the Maracana stadium were also on the field in Cape Town four years ago in South Africa in a 4-0 quarter-final defeat of the South Americans. Many have grown up together and played for Germany's youth teams after the federation decided in 2000 on an overhaul of its programmes for developing young talent.


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