NPR Technology Podcast
Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout...07/05/15
A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.
In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work...
A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.
How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And...
When you're buying a smartphone, chances are you don't dig too deeply into the personal assistant. Google aims to change that — and in the process, it's testing our appetite for privacy in a big way.
USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best...
A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.
Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little...
Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.
Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical...
Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.
Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music
Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will only be free for 3 months.
SpaceX Rocket Explosion Raises Questions About Private...
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Andy Pasztor, aerospace reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about insurance options for SpaceX flights and launches.
Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With...
Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.
Service Jobs, Like Uber Driver, Blur Lines Between Old Job...
Uber is appealing a California Labor Commission ruling that one of its drivers is an employee. Uber says she is an independent contractor. A new type of job category is emerging: dependent contractor.
For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage
Online video is such a huge and lucrative market that a lot of companies are trying to lure some of the biggest stars away from the current king of medium — YouTube.
Federal Employees Criticize Government Response To Massive...
Federal workers are furious after the huge data breach of sensitive information. Some complain letters are going to the wrong name or address, compounding their anger over government incompetence.
State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare
The problem has had a wide impact, keeping farmworkers, Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes and foreign students from entering the U.S. The agency has 100 experts working on a fix.
Storage Of License Plate Scanner Data Raises Privacy...
Police across the country have collected an enormous amount of data with license plate readers over the past few years. But what does that data actually tell us and who can see it?
Police Use Stingray Tool To Intercept Cell Phone Signals
For All Tech Considered, NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's "Note to Self" podcast, about an often unmentioned feature of your cell phone that may be helping law enforcement catch criminals.
The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'
The new show, which focuses on a vigilante programmer, has gotten some rave reviews from real-life hackers. But the show's creator, Sam Esmail, says he wasn't inspired by any individuals in the news.
Can You Remember Your Life, One Second At A Time?
Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.
The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong
Super Mario Bros. turns 30 this year. NPR's Laura Sydell met up with the video game's famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was in Los Angeles this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition
Amid the buzz around wearables, Fitbit heads to the NYSE. The fitness tracking firm faces challenges from smart watches, but it may get a boost from companies that want to keep tabs on workers.
Disney Suddenly Cancels Layoffs For Technology Employees
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Patrick Thibodeau, a senior editor at Computerworld, about why a round of layoffs for some 30 technology employees at Disney-ABC Television Group was suddenly canceled.
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