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Tech demos won't be the same again with Google's Demo Slam aims to inspire Google users to re-imagine technology demos using Google products.

Google on Wednesday launched a site,, that it said is designed to inspire Google users to re-imagine technology demos using Google products and create their own, exciting ones.

Google is selling it with the line It's "a place where boring tech demos become (hopefully) gotta-show-my-friends awesome -- thanks to the creativity of Google users like you."

The new site is an attempt to make Google technology more accessible to those outside the tech bubble, the search company said. Google Demo Slam visitors are encouraged to create their own slams to highlight Google technology.

The site brings in two tech demo videos to challenge each other. Although the initial videos are provided by Google, the company hopes the site will motivate users to create demo videos or "slams" of their own.

Users can vote for their favourites in weekly video competitions and those votes will determine the Demo Slam Champ of the week.

Contenders can upload their videos to YouTube and Google will choose the best in the onsite demo slam competition that ends on 30 January, 2011.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.