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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.

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...

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.

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 ...

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 c...

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 goo...

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 kee...

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/epi...

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.

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