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Stories by Nick Barber

Facebook's F8 keynote in two minutes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that users will be able to have fine grain control over what information Facebook applications see. The social network will also allow users to access apps anonymously.

Written by Nick Barber01 May 14 08:31

80s video game updated with Oculus Rift, Kinect

What do you get when you combine an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a Kinect motion tracking sensor, multiple computers and a video game from the 1980s? PaperDude VR, a project presented at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Toronto that combines a real bicycle and a virtual world where gamers gain points by delivering newspapers.

Written by Nick Barber01 May 14 00:02

Microsoft's prototype keyboard understands gestures

Microsoft's research division has developed a keyboard that can interpret basic hand gestures, potentially bridging a gap between touch devices and more traditional input methods.

Written by Nick Barber30 April 14 07:58

Inside Casio's G-Shock watch "torture chamber"

Japanese watchmaker Casio is known for its G-Shock, a rugged brand of watches that can take a lot of abuse. At the company's R&D center in western Tokyo G-Shocks are put through a series of punishing tests.

Written by Nick Barber29 April 14 08:28

Home inkjet printer fabricates circuit boards on photo paper

Using a home inkjet printer, special ink and photo paper, scientists from Microsoft Research have created what they hope will be the future for fabricating basic electronics. Presented at CHI 2014 in Toronto, the project uses "circuit stickers" which let users build electronics by sticking circuit elements onto paper.

Written by Nick Barber29 April 14 06:11

How to selectively delete browser history

Rather than delete your entire browsing history after visiting a website you want to keep secret, there's an easy way to remove individual sites.

Written by Nick Barber26 April 14 00:59

Rapid Reaction: Businesses unfriend Facebook

Puzzled by Facebook's news feed algorithm some businesses are dropping their presence on the social network in frustration. Zach Miners of IDG News Service breaks it down.

Written by Nick Barber14 April 14 08:57

Roboy's springy joints move like yours

The springs give Roboy's movements fluidity, which is different than the sometimes stiff movements in other robots.

Written by Nick Barber13 March 14 08:23