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Ethical Questions for Your Inner Couch Potato02/25/15
The creators of the web video"High Maintenance" tell us how they choose what to stream online. Plus:how they feel aboutpaywalls, sharing Netflixpasswords, and what they smoke on set.
Bored and Brilliant: The Personal Stories
Weaskedyou to put some thought into the ways you use your phones. In the process, we stumbled upon a fact that is, perhaps, obvious: No two phoneusersare alike.
Bored and Brilliant: We Got Bored
We changed our phone habits, opened our minds to day-dreaming, and it felt good.
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 6: Dream House
It's time to get really bored and make something creative. You might just learn something about yourself. Here are your instructions!
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 5: One Small Observation
For today's challenge, we want you totake note of one person, object, or interesting, uninventable detail you would have missed if your nose were glued to your phone.
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 4: Take a Fauxcation
Your instructions:Craft an away-message (or use one of ours).Put it up for an hour, an afternoon, or the whole day. It will make you more productive at things that matter.
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 3: Delete That App
Your instructions for today: Delete that app. And listen in as our favorite casual cell phone video gamer confronts the designer of her worst addiction.
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 2: Photo-Free Day
We take 10 billion (yes, that's a "b") photos per year, mostly on our phones. Today, we want you to start seeing the world through your eyes, not your screen.
Bored and Brilliant Challenge 1: In Your Pocket
On the train,bus, sidewalk, or passenger seat,keep the phone in your pocket. Or bonus pointsin your bag.
Bored and Brilliant, Early Findings
Prepare for ourweek ofBored and Brilliantchallenges with a peek atthedata we're gathering on how much you use your phones andthe science behind why it matters for your brain.
A Smartphone and Its Teenager
Hint: High school is pretty much how you remember it, but the mean girls don't have to look you in the eyes anymore.
Bored and Brilliant, The Beginning
We'rekicking offNew Tech City's biggest project yet. It'scalledBored Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out.Our goal is to get you rethinking our relationship with technology.
Seriously: Listen to Your Voicemail
Find a 20-something, a 30-something and a 40-something. If you’re feeling especially experimental, add in a 70-something and a teenager. Say the word: “voicemail.” Watch what happens. Voice messages —and the etiquette around them —are...
Tales of Real Life Tech Addiction
This week, an encore of one of our favorite New Tech City episodes ever: The tale of David Joerg, self-professed tech addict. David spent years living the life many kids can only dream of: video games at 3 a.m., Nutella from the jar, unlimited hours...
Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep
May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep. Without screens. Get alot of it. New researchfromthe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfinds that thatbluish-glow from computers, smart phones and tablets is, in fact, keeping us up...
Look how cute this military cyber warfare training ground is
Somewhere hidden in the sleepy suburbs ofNew Jersey, there is a very small town. This all-American villageboasts good public transit, its own reservoir, a coffee shop, a church, a bank... you name it. Their internationalairport rarely has delays....
Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?
In thisweek's show, we offer a humble helping hand through a messy digital dilemma. Your Facebook feed has becomethe new town square. The new water cooler. The new [insert your analogy of choice]. Sometimes yourfar off "friends" and relatives share...
The Robots Are Here For Your Job, But You Have a Choice
What are you willing to automate in your life? How much robot will you accept? This week, Manoush goes on a journey to find out what she's willing to automate in her life, what the right ratio of robot to human is. This, it turns out, is a personal...
Type "Hello" To Amy, Your Plucky Digital Personal Assistant
Imagine a world where everyone could have a personal assistant to schedule meetings for them. Checking inwith your team? Ask for it by next Friday and it shows up on your calendar a few minutes later. Drinks with friends? Handled. This is no longer...
Varsity Video Gamers
Yes, you can get a college scholarship for playing video games. So what's it like? E-athletes practice five hours a day in a specially outfitted room plush with sponsored gear called the arena. The football team is a little jealous.(This is part 2 of...
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