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iPad 3 Rumors, IBM Turns 100, Coffee, and Volvos

In this week's World Tech Update: iPad 3 rumors, IBM's 100th anniversary, Starbucks' new Android app, Google's well-paid employees, Volvos that automatically avoid animals, and much more.


Volvo Adds In-Car Radar to Prevent Animal Collisions

Volvo hopes to reduce collisions with wild animals with new technology.


Starbucks Adds Payment App for Android Devices

Coffee drinkers can use the app to pay for drinks, find stores, and check on rewards.

E3: Dance Central 2 Adds Simultaneous Multi-Player Dancing

Gamers playing Dance Central 2 can dance side-by-side. Harmonix said that more than 100 songs will be available for the game.

E3: Talk To Game Characters With New Kinect Feature

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 now lets gamers talk to in-game characters.

The Sights of E3 2011

The sights of the 2011 E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, CA.


Imaginary Interface Lets You Interact with an Invisible Phone

Researchers at Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute have developed what they call imaginary interfaces that allow users to interact with their phones even though they're not in front of them.


E3 Gaming and Apple's iCloud in the News

In World Tech Update this week: Nintendo announces the Wii U, Sony shows off the PlayStation Vita, Microsoft adds voice commands to the Kinect system, and Apple launches the iCould service.

Sprint, Motorola Launch Photon 4G Phone

The first Android phone from Motorola running Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 chip was unveiled in New York on Thursday. The Photon 4G is Motorola's first WiMAX-capable handset, and its first 4G device for Sprint.


E3 Hands On: Nintendo's Wii U Game System

The Wii U controller was surprisingly light and responsive, except for the one time that it froze and needed to be restarted.

New Android App Lets You Control AR.Drone Helicopter

Pilots can also compete in an international competition, and now have the opportunity to purchase inflatable donuts as flight obstacles.


NASA Footage of the June 7 Solar Flare

Spectacular video from NASA shows a solar flare erupting from the sun on June 7, 2011. The M2-class flare is expected to cause minimal disruption on earth, but could affect power systems and satellite communications.

E3 Hands-On: Sony's PlayStation 3D Display

In two-player games, Sony's PlayStation-branded 24-inch display shows different images to each player. The entire bundle, which includes the 3D TV, glasses, and a game, goes on sale this fall for $500.


E3: Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Explains the Wii U Controller

The Wii U controller has a front facing camera, microphone, touchscreen, accelerometer and other features that help it extend the screen of Wii gaming.

E3: Kobe Bryant Tries New PlayStation Move Feature

The Lakers superstar demoed a new "NBA On the Move" feature in front of the E3 crowd in Los Angeles.