Stories by Nick Barber

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Social networking app backs up apr├Ęs-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.

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.

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.

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.

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