NPR Technology Podcast
At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time04/24/15
Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?
Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?
These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?
Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?
As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.
Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers
Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.
Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders
Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.
Why Do Courts Still Deliver Many Legal Documents By Hand?
A judge in New York recently allow one woman to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook. The case made national news because this almost never happens.
Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control...
Efforts to replace air traffic control's aging radar-based system have been stuck in the Federal Aviation Administration's bureaucracy and lacked funding from Congress.
Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo...
The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.
At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law
Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.
Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet...
Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.
VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover
Talk about a time warp! The iconic VW camper is getting a modern reboot. This time, it's electric.
This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque
The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.
Netflix Adds Audio To Bring 'Daredevil' To Life For The...
After releasing the new Marvel superhero series, Daredevil, which features a blind hero, Netflix has added audio description options to the show.
Company's Secret Weapon To Make Videos Go Viral
Videos don't always go viral just because they're clever or show a cat prancing on a skateboard. Often a company finds the video, promotes it and sells its licensing rights to media buyers.
What Does It Take To Feel Secure?
Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.
Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long...
Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.
The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't...
Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.
Experts Divided Over Iran's Cyberactivity Since Start Of...
The U.S. government and cybersecurity companies agree that Iran has greatly improved its cyberattack capability over the past two years.
On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble...
The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.
Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election...
Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As voting equipment ages, new concerns are being raised.
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