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Tech Startup Harnesses Virtual Reality For Use In...06/01/15
A startup company called The Third Fate envisions virtual reality as a way for architects and builders to offer tours of their designs before they're even constructed.
Getting 'Physical' And Emotional In Virtual Reality
Digital life isn't just stimulating your eyes and ears. Silicon Valley is racing to peel another layer, and simulate the sense of touch. Getting "physical" online can feel very real.
Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your...
Apple's newest product is a screen on your wrist, with its own operating system and software. Tech correspondent Alexis Madrigal calls the Apple Watch "a powerful extension of what your phone can do."
Cyber-Archeologists Re-Create Destroyed Artifacts
Hundreds of ancient artifacts have been damaged or destroyed during violence in the Middle East. Project Mosul uses the power of crowd-sourcing and 3D imaging to re-create the ancient artifacts.
Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums
With ballgames, family reunions and trips to the beach, summer is full of chances to snap photos. Apple and Google are in a battle to help you store, organize and share all those visual mementos.
As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?
Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.
Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison
Ross Ulbricht, creator of the website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. The website was a sophisticated criminal enterprise that specialized in selling illegal drugs.
New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade
AMC's show Halt and Catch Fire chronicles the dawn of the PC-era at a time when companies like Texas Instruments dominated the Silicon Prairie. The second season debuts Sunday.
'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women...
Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."
Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense
It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.
The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are...
The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate...
The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.
How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?
For the first time in a White House race, the candidates will need a game plan for cyber policy for Day 1 in the Oval Office and will have some tough choices to make.
In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As...
Is paper just a curiosity of the nostalgic? It turns out that digital natives think paper works in tandem with our devices. Research agrees that old-school note taking offers benefits a screen can't.
What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?
This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president: stagnant wages, violent extremism, cybersecurity and the federal debt.
Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild Bird...
Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.
One Man's Mission To Keep AOL's Legacy Alive
In the wake of Verizon buying AOL, one man wants to make sure that the history of the once-dominant Internet service provider stays alive. Jason Scott wants you to send him all of your AOL CD-ROMs.
Got A Voice For Radio? The Algorithm Speaks
In response to our call, nearly a thousand NPR listeners submitted voice samples. Now, the algorithm has rendered its judgment.
With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even...
Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.
'Kiss Everybody': Voice Mails Live On After Parents Are...
Writer Charles Ornstein's parents endure in many forms, he says. Most of those, he doesn't carry in his pocket. But the voice mails — those unscripted moments of everyday life — he does.
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