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World Tech Update, March 10, 2011

On World Tech Update this week VeriFone accuses Square of enabling skimming, Sony's CEO taps his likely successor, a Windows Phone 7 update is delayed, space shuttle Discovery touches down for the last time, Facebook offers movie rentals, gadgets keep us awake, and Cisco's home video conferencing system gets an update and price cut.

Written by Nick Barber11 March 11 08:23

Social networking app backs up après-ski tales

A slopeside location-based social networking service came to five ski resorts this season, allowing skiers and boarders to track their Vail Resorts vertical feet, earn virtual ski pins and connect with friends. Called <a href="http://www.snow.com/epicmix">EpicMix</a>, Vail Resorts rolled the system out to mountains in California and Colorado, covering 17,000 acres or about 70 square kilometers of terrain.

Written by Nick Barber10 March 11 05:00

Ford debuts all-electric car

Ford Motor Company debuted its first all-electric vehicle, the Focus Electric, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show Friday. It is one of five new electrified vehicles that will be available in North America and Europe by 2013.

Written by Nick Barber08 Jan. 11 05:59

OLPC XO-3 tablet delayed

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child said that the XO-3 tablet computer will debut sometime in February 2011, about 45 days later than originally planned.

Written by Nick Barber04 Nov. 10 01:15

Aiptek i2 shoots 3D video on a budget

Aiptek has introduced the i2, a pocket-sized twin lens camcorder that can record 3D video, at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Written by Nick Barber05 Sept. 10 02:00

GoGear Connect plays music and movies, runs Android

Philips introduced the GoGear Connect, an Android-powered device that can play music and movies, take pictures and surf the web, during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Written by Nick Barber05 Sept. 10 08:59

iPad copter fun to fly, steep learning curve

The AR.Drone from France-based Parrot is an exciting, fun-to-fly, four-rotor helicopter that can be piloted over Wi-Fi by an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. But flying indoors proves tricky and may frustrate inexperienced pilots. The helicopter goes on sale in the U.S. at Brookstone stores on Sept. 3, 2010, for US$299 and is available for pre-order now.

Written by Nick Barber23 Aug. 10 21:02

MIT app uses mobile phone to determine eyeglass prescription

MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a mobile-phone application that, coupled with a small plastic device held over the screen, can determine users' eyeglass prescriptions. Called NETRA or near-eye tool for refractive assessment, the system asks users to align lines on the phone's screen while looking through a small plastic cube.

Written by Nick Barber29 June 10 03:22

Surround Vision hopes to change TV viewing experience

Santiago Alfaro hopes to one day use the Surround Vision technology he created at the MIT Media Lab and work with famous director James Cameron to incorporate it into a film.

Written by Nick Barber10 May 10 04:13

Technology runs the Boston Marathon

The runners took center stage during the Boston Marathon Monday, but behind the scenes of the prestigious road race was an enterprise-class data center capable of accurately tracking more than 26,000 runners and relaying that information to a number of outlets.

Written by Nick Barber27 April 10 07:33

Controlling RFID tags to protect privacy

A researcher is working on technology he hopes will be able to control RFID tags and protect private information.

Written by Nick Barber19 April 10 06:30

New application could make all software 'open source'

Imagine controlling Apple iTunes from inside Microsoft Word without having to switch applications. That could be possible, according to researchers at the University of Washington who are working on a project that could essentially make any proprietary software open source.

Written by Nick Barber01 April 10 09:47
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