Nick BarberDirector, Online Video, IDG News Service

I'm the director of online video for IDG News Service. I cover general and breaking technology stories in text and video.


Next-gen touchpads respond to pressure

Researchers at the User Interface Software Technology conference demonstrated unique projects that took advantage of a new, pressure-sensitive Synaptics "forcepad" that could debut in ultrabooks as soon as next year.

Tosy Robotics Shows off Drawing, Dancing Robots

Vietnamese toy maker Tosy Robotics showed two robots at the IFA electronics show in Berlin.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Hands On

Analysis: The device's S Pen stylus is surpsisingly useful, with an update from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Camera: Hands On

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Camera, introduced at this week's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, takes clear, colorful images but is buggy and slow.


Android App Combines Social Networking, Phone Calls, Analytics

Current Caller ID, a new, free app that launched Wednesday for Android phones, applies social media and analytics to traditional phone calls.

Mars Rover Curiosity Sends Images, Video

A short, low resolution video captured the final minutes of Mars rover Curiosity's descent onto the planet. At the beginning of the clip the 15-foot wide heat...

Tailored Displays Compensate for Vision Problems

Researchers have built a prototype display designed to compensate for vision problems so that viewers don't need to wear glasses.

Microsoft Tries a Reboot on the Xbox 360 as Living Room PC

While it may have been the game trailers that drew cheers from the crowd at Microsoft's Xbox briefing in Los Angeles this week, the partnerships and new features...

Xbox SmartGlass: Microsoft's Multiscreen Strategy

Microsoft is hoping to create an immersive experience across multiple devices where users can consume different, complementary content on each platform with new...

Massachusetts to Tackle Big Data With MIT, Intel

With several big data initiatives announced Wednesday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Governor Deval Patrick said he wants to make the state a hub for big data research.

IllumiShare Project Connects Physical Desktops

Attendees at the Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI) this week saw a device that looks something like a lamp shade and houses a projector and...

Gesture Sensing Alternatives Use Radio Interference, Doppler Effect

Two Microsoft Research projects presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems used unique methods, completely absent of any cameras, to sense...

ZeroTouch Turns 55-inch TV Into Touchscreen, Gets Ready for Market

ZeroTouch, the inexpensive technology that turns regular displays into touchscreens, can be fitted to larger screens, is more responsive and is almost ready for...

Electric Lemonade Zaps Taste Buds

A research project at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Austin experimented with adding electricity to food to change its taste.

Exploited Display Bug Lets LCDs Show Two Images Simultaneously

Researchers have turned a display annoyance into a way to show two different images simultaneously. When an LCD is tilted, colors change and become difficult to...