Stories by Nick Barber

World Tech Update, May 17, 2013

Coming up on WTU this week sending cash via Gmail and more at Google IO, BBM coming to iOS and Android and Windows Blue to restore some missed features.

New application could make all software 'open source'

Imagine controlling Apple iTunes from inside Microsoft Word without having to switch applications. That could be possible, according to researchers at the University of Washington who are working on a project that could essentially make any proprietary software open source.

Imagine Cup winners design software to solve global problems

Microsoft wrapped up its seventh annual Imagine Cup and announced the worldwide winners of the challenge Tuesday. At the four-day event in Cairo, Romania’s Team SYTECH won the coveted software design award, South Korea’s Team Wafree won for embedded development and Brazil’s Team LEVV It won the game development contest.

Netflix dumps HD DVD, opts for Blu-ray

Stating that the industry has already picked a winner in the battle of next-generation DVD superiority, Netflix announced Monday that it will stock only Blu-ray discs and drop the HD DVD format. Since the first high-definition DVDs came on the market in early 2006, Netflix has offered both formats.

IBM to recycle silicon for solar

IBM announced Tuesday that it has created a process allowing its manufacturing facilities to repurpose otherwise scrap semiconductor wafers.