Stories by Nick Barber

Military robot one step closer to the battlefield

The robotic mule, which was developed by Boston Dynamics for $2 million can traverse rugged terrain while carrying much of the Marines' load.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition)

Samsung has built one of the thinnest, sexiest notebooks on the market.

Turtle Shell waterproof Bluetooth speakers offer solid sound

The shower and the beach aren't usually friendly places for electronics, but the new Turtle Shell Bluetooth speakers from Outdoor Tech seem right at home in either locale.

Whistle activity monitor is like FitBit for dogs

If you've ever wondered what your pet does while you're at work or whether your dog walkers are doing their jobs the Whistle activity monitor might be for you.

Google smartwatches, Android Auto and an updated OS packed into company keynote

Google IO, the company's developer conference kicked off Wendesday in San Francisco with a focus on in-car technology, wearables and a new mobile OS. IDG News Service's Martyn Williams joins Nick Barber to give you the highlights.

Human or humanoid? Tokyo museum hires new "guides"

The robots meant to anticipate a time when androids are so lifelike that humans may have difficulty distinguishing them.

Intel updates age-old webcam technology

Called RealSense, the new, 3D camera can understand facial expressions and gestures.

South Korea and EU to hammer out 5G standards together

South Korean and European officials signed an agreement to jointly fund 5G mobile network research and to work together on global standards

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab S boasts stunning screen, but small physical keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S comes in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes and will start shipping in July.

Microsoft calls Surface Pro 3 tablet "laptop replacement"

Microsoft introduced its latest tablet, the Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York Tuesday.

How to change the voice on your Android phone

Changing the voice used for navigation on an Android phone from robotic to something more natural is easy, but buried in the menus.

Inside United Airlines' nerve center

When Tracy Lee talks about the weather he's not just making idle conversation.

Facebook's F8 keynote in two minutes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that users will be able to have fine grain control over what information Facebook applications see. The social network will also allow users to access apps anonymously.

80s video game updated with Oculus Rift, Kinect

What do you get when you combine an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a Kinect motion tracking sensor, multiple computers and a video game from the 1980s? PaperDude VR, a project presented at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Toronto that combines a real bicycle and a virtual world where gamers gain points by delivering newspapers.

Microsoft's prototype keyboard understands 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.