published on: 22nd May 2013
Reported today (18th May) on the BBC website, Marks & Spencer have equipped their tills with not just card readers but with dual function Verifone 820 card readers. They accept contactless cards in the same terminal as normal Chip and PIN transactions. But who decides which card is used to pay? The customer - or the terminal? Many listeners tell us the machine takes the payment from a random contactless card in their wallet before they put their chosen card into the machine. Martin Emms, a researcher into new payment formats at Newcastle Universities' Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security has also replicated this glitch with his own payment cards and is interviewed by the BBC about the issue.
published on: 18th May 2013
Reported today in the Journal and as a University press release, is the work of David Green, a PhD student in Computing Science. Together with Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) he is launching a competition to celebrate the red squirrel and highlight the continued threat it faces. As a result of this, red squirrel fans in the North East are being invited to contribute to a film on 30 years of fighting to save the native animals.
published on: 16th May 2013
PhD student Thomas Smith has won the Innovative Interface category of the Student Games Competition at the Human-Computer Interaction conference CHI2013 with his project Squidge: An Integrated Controller. The competition aims to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their game design and development skills to the CHI community.
published on: 13th May 2013
Reported today (8th May) in the Journal, is the work of academics from the School of Computing Science. Interactive tables have been trialed in Longbenton Community College, in North Tyneside, for six weeks. Led by Dr. Ahmed Kharrufa, a research associate from Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, the team worked with students from the school to see how the technology works and could be improved further.
published on: 8th May 2013