BBC article/radio broadcast
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Last week was the 10th Anniversary of the research lab here in Cambridge. We had a few people from the media through to show them our wares. One result of that is this article and radio broadcast from the BBC’s Digital Planet show, broadcast on the World Service. It’s a nice little description of our

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Privacy is a matter for individual choice
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In this article on Spiked, Alex Taylor (who’s also in Socio-Digital Sytems) talks about privacy. He draws attention to how the current debate around this issue is so alarmist, focused primarily on the extremes of the invasion of personal liberties, and the dystopian future that envisages. The reality of privacy, though, is much more subtle

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Laptop-based multi-touch
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Multi-touch is all the rage at the moment, but is something that Microsoft and members of the team I’m in have been looking at for quite a number of years. Steve Hodges, manager of the Sensors and Devices team in Cambridge, reveals a new technical approach to multi-touch in the video below. The key to

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Little bit of self promotion
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Last November Tim Regan and I traveled to Brussels for Innovation Day 2006. This event was originally started by Microsoft Research Cambridge as a forum to show the work that we do to a broad, primarily academic audience across Europe. A way of avoiding them all having to travel to the UK. It’s grown quite

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Bill gets his degree
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30 years after dropping out of Harvard Bill gates goes back to get his degree. Although much of his commencement speech deals with the serious issues he’s attempting to tackle with his foundation, there are also quite a few lighthearted bits, like this: “Radcliffe was a great place to live. There were more women up there,

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Greg Papadopoulos CTO of Sun Microsystems on voicemail
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In this article on the BBC Technology web site Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems, comments on how broken voicemail systems are. “When I look at my phone, with the nice display and all sorts of processing power, I begin to think that voicemail is not just bad – it’s ridiculously broken. Messages should come

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Why Products Fail
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Article in Business Week that talks about Bill Buxton’s book.

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Sketch book
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Bill Buxton has been writing a book on sketching for quite a while and it’s finally hit the streets. In case you haven’t hear of him he is famous for the creation of a lot of innovative ideas within the user interface community throughout his career. He’s also famous for his wit and way with

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BubbleBoard on the Discovery Channel
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A good, generally positive article on the Discovery Channel about the BubbleBoard. Great to see some continuing coverage as a follow up to TechFest. Not sure I agree about some of the contentions about the advantages of multi-purpose devices over single purposes, but that’s a good discussion to have here at the CHI (Computer-Human interaction)

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Gordon Bell on CBS with the Sensecam
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Sensecam is a ‘life recording’ device that was developed by Lyn Williams in the Sensors and Devices group. That group is one of the three that make up Computer Mediated Living, of which I’m a part Here’s a video of Gordon Bell (in the right column), who works for Microsoft Research in the Bay Area.

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