Nick Barber

Director, Online Video

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

Boeing's laser hunts for drones

The Wrap: Intel drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi, IFA preview

The Wrap: Intel drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi, IFA preview

Intel has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese drone maker as it hopes to catch up to Google and Amazon.  In-flight WiFi will speed up now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared in-flight Internet...

Tech trains more powerful athletes

Tech trains more powerful athletes

Helped by laser arrays, breathing systems and other high tech tools, Northeastern University athletes are improving their game and their fitness

Ford's new SYNC will be more like your smartphone

Ford's new SYNC will be more like your smartphone

Ford's in-car infotainment system is getting an overhaul with SYNC 3, which will add a capacitive touch screen, better integration with smartphone apps and, eventually, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Quantum of the Seas is a floating heaven for tech geeks at sea

The Quantum of the Seas is a floating heaven for tech geeks at sea

Royal Caribbean's tech-laden Quantum of the Seas is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. But it's the cruise ship's technology that make the inner geek salivate.

Screen size matters to Apple fans in line for iPhone 6

Screen size matters to Apple fans in line for iPhone 6

Apple fans were out early in full force in Boston and New York Friday morning to buy the larger screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Prototype Microsoft keyboard interprets 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.

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...

Phantom flying drone shoots improved, more stable video

Aerial videography drone maker DJI introduced its next generation quad-copter, the Phantom 2 Vision Plus, at NAB in Las Vegas Monday.

NASA satellite to bring high-speed data to Hubble, ISS

NASA's newest Tracking and Data Relay (TDRS) satellite, which will provide high data-rate communications to space craft, went into orbit Thursday night.

Ford enlists MIT, Stanford to drive automated cars

Ford is enlisting top U.S. universities to make self-driving cars a reality, announcing that it hopes researchers at MIT can come up with advanced algorithms to help vehicles learn where pedestrians and other automobiles will be...

Here's why Amazon drones may never land at your door

Amazon's ambitious plan to use flying drones to deliver packages is far-fetched, but not just because of technology limitations or air traffic regulations. Amazon's fulfillment center network, as it stands now, is too limited to serve...

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