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World Tech Update, May 27, 2011

Coming up on World Tech Update this week, Microsoft demos Windows Phone Mango, Steve Ballmer accidentally announces Windows 8, and explosion at a Foxconn manufacturing plants kills three and injures more than a dozen others, North Korea starts making PCs, Sharp shows off Super Hi Vision televisions and a flexible OLED, and Angry Birds robots attract a crowd in China.

Written by Nick Barber27 May 11 08:33

PRODUCTS: Angry Birds robots under Wi-Fi control

Robots modeled after the characters in the popular mobile game Angry Birds were controlled over Wi-Fi at the Beijing International High Tech Expo this week.

Written by Nick Barber21 May 11 03:53

Humanaquarium blends art and tech, attracts crowds

The creative lighting, strange sounds and odd look of the project attracted large crowds at the Computer Human Interaction conference. Called the Humanaquarium, the large plexiglass box housed two musicians whose performance could be controlled by audience interaction.

Written by Nick Barber14 May 11 01:58

CHI2011: World Tech Update, May 12, 2011

On World Tech Update this week Microsoft announces that it will buy Skype for $8.5 billion, Google announces that the first Chromebooks will go on sale June 15 and we’re at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Vancouver where we’ll show you the latest in cutting edge research and development from all over the world.

Written by Nick Barber13 May 11 08:54

Friction control makes touchscreens sticky or slippery

A prototype touchscreen on show at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Vancouver can change from slippery to sticky depending on what's happening on the screen.

Written by Nick Barber11 May 11 10:30

Invisible touch interface creates multitouch 'force field'

Using infrared sensors like the ones on television remote controls, Texas A&amp;M University students presented an inexpensive multitouch system at the <a href="http://www.chi2011.org/">Computer Human Interaction (CHI)</a> conference in Vancouver.

Written by Nick Barber11 May 11 01:59

Flexible, e-ink mobile to rival smartphones in coming years

Researchers from <a href="http://www.queensu.ca/">Queens University</a> presented a flexible, e-ink display at the <a href="http://www.chi2011.org/">Computer Human Interaction conference</a> that they believe could one day replace smartphones. Called the Paper Phone, the device isn't much thicker than a few sheets of paper and uses the same type of display found on the Amazon Kindle and other popular e-readers.

Written by Nick Barber11 May 11 00:42

World Tech Update, May 5, 2011

On World Tech Update this week Osama bin Laden's death breaks a Twitter record, Sony execs apologize for the Playstation Network outage, Intel intros a new transistor and the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone shows up in Europe.

Written by Nick Barber06 May 11 15:17

World Tech Update, April 28, 2011

On World Tech Update this week Sony announces plans to enter the tablet market, the Playstation Network shuts down and personal information of users is compromised, Android and iOS devices are tracking you even if you don't want them to, we hear the latest on earthquake cleanup efforts in Japan and Google Video decides to stay.

Written by Nick Barber29 April 11 08:43

World Tech Update, April 1, 2011

Coming up on World Tech Update Amazon offers free storage in the cloud, Google chooses Kansas City for gigabit Ethernet, electronics manufacturing in Japan slows following disaster, Nintendo's 3DS goes on sale and LAX steps up its baggage screening capabilities.

Written by Nick Barber01 April 11 08:54

World Tech Update, March 24, 2011

On World Tech Update this week phones and tablets debut at the CTIA mobile show in Orlando, we take a tour of a Japanese nuclear power plant, Apple sues Amazon.com and the Fisker Karma goes on sale.

Written by Nick Barber25 March 11 09:04

MIT robots take stage in new opera

An unlikely pair of robots and opera singers teamed up for the U.S. debut of "Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera" in Boston Friday night.

Written by Nick Barber23 March 11 02:31

World Tech Update, March 17, 2011

On World Tech Update this week Japan is ravaged by natural disasters, Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9, iPhone users miss daylight savings time, HP's new CEO steps out of Mark Hurd's shadow and a robot opera takes to the stage.

Written by Nick Barber18 March 11 08:08

Contour GPS shoots 1080p video, logs location

The Contour GPS hands free camcorder crams a 1080p sensor, Bluetooth and GPS radios, removable storage and a rechargeable battery into a small, lightweight package. Designed for outdoorsy types and extreme sports enthusiasts, the video quality is good for a camera this size and while the audio capture is good when stationary, there's a lot of wind noise when moving.

Written by Nick Barber15 March 11 02:01