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Last Updated: Friday, 26 November, 2004, 16:22 GMT
Webscape
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

3G Congress

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Not all of us are able to travel to Hong Kong to find out the latest developments in 3G so you will be glad to know you can still experience events like the 3G World Congress online. Me, bitter? Never. Not when there is a world of 3G goodies right here on my desktop.

For starters you can check out exactly what the Click boys are up to in Hong Kong by visiting the exhibition pages. Predictably they are stuffed full of useful information, which includes an archive of pictures, words and videos that highlight the very best of the exhibitions gone by.

Log on later this month and you will also find content from this year's show - who needs a plane ticket to Hong Kong anyway?


Maporama

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This year there has been a rapid expansion in web content available for browsers on the go, even if you haven't invested in 3G technology. Here are a couple of suggestions you might find come in handy.

Maporama is a useful little application if you are on the move and need to know where you are, where you are going, or what is near by. Using your PDA and a suitable phone, it basically allows you to view maps, look up numbers, check the weather and find nearby essential services - such as budget hotels and car rental. So you will always be assured of being able to get yourself a bed for the night.

Also very handy if you happen to be in a foreign country is www.dictionary.com/wml. The wml extension means you can't check it out on a normal PC browser, just your mobile or PDA. As well as being the obvious - i.e. a dictionary - a really useful function of this site is the limited instant translation tool that could help you to overcome basic language barriers, even if all you do is point to your phone's display.

It is worth noting that I have tried these pages on several different phones and PDAs, with varying degrees of success. It seems to depend a lot upon the size of the screen and how modern your browsing software is. At the end of the day this is still fairly new technology so allowances have to be made, but there are ways you can tweak your settings to make browsing easier.


WinWap

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For example, Windows on the PDA has a "fit to screen" function, and also there are high and low graphics versions of some sites, such as the BBC's own website, which makes download times more realistic for viewing pages on the go.

Now, remember I said you could not check out wml pages from your PC? Well you can if you download the WinWap browser. It is quick to download, and free for a 30-day trial. Click through the registration options during the installation to take advantage, and use this trial period to your benefit by hunting down the best mobile links to save in your phone.

If you usually use a standard mobile connection then the major benefit of searching for sites with your PC is the increased speed with which you can surf, plus if you are using an always on connection, you won't be paying extra either.


Discover Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a city of colour and contrast - with strong Chinese roots surviving a British colonial past to create a cosmopolitan culture that buzzes with possibility.

How do I know this without having been there? Well, I read about it at Discover Hong Kong, the home of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the best source I found on the web for getting under the skin of the culture.

Well laid out, with plenty of pictures and narrative, it is a joy to surf. Of particular note is the Interactive Gallery section which has some great videos to help you get a feel for the place. And check out the Hong Kong Stories section for an insider's view on life in this incredible city.


Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office

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Now, if the boys have any energy left after pounding the aisles of the exhibition, they would do well to visit the site of the Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office, where you can learn all about the history of man's settlement here, going back more than 6000 years.

The site has pictures and information about many historic monuments and archaeological dig sites. Of particular interest, if you are planning a visit, is the Heritage Trails section, which details various walks and short journeys you can make if you want to take in the best of Hong Kong's heritage.


Fringe Club

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Finally, a very brief look at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, for those looking to experience the artistic side of the culture. I really like the design of this website, the use of Flash 5 is classy and not over the top. I think it reflects well the artistic nature of Hong Kong's people. Navigation is natural and will take you to sections about the Fringe club, what is going to be on in the coming months, and how you can participate. For those lucky enough to be heading there in person, you can even book your tickets in advance online.


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