Laura Sydell appears in the following:
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Satoru Iwata, who helped Nintendo innovate and launch its revolutionary Wii game console, has died. His business card summed him up this way: "I run a game company, in my heart I am a gamer."
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Ellen Pao stepped down Friday amid criticism following the company's dismissal of a popular employee. The challenge ahead will be keeping Reddit an open and vital community — and a profitable one.
Monday, June 29, 2015
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 be free for only 3 months.
Friday, June 19, 2015
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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Developers are showcasing immersive virtual reality games at the E3 expo. But aside from VR headsets and demos, there isn't much software available yet to take advantage of the new technology.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Investigators want to know if music companies are colluding with subscription services such as Apple Music to squeeze out free, ad-supported streaming.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The tech giant, whose iTunes store is the recording industry's largest retailer, finally unveiled its streaming service, which will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited access to music.
Monday, June 08, 2015
The tech giant announced its new music streaming service, Apple Music, on Monday. Industry insiders say if anyone can get mainstream consumers to move to streaming music it would be Apple.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Tim Cook didn't mention Google, Facebook or Twitter by name, but it's pretty clear those were the companies he meant. But is Apple faultless on privacy issues? It collects lots of data too.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
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.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Internet is full of music, but not all of it generates income for composers and songwriters. Services that specialize in "micro-licensing" are helping to fix that.
Friday, April 24, 2015
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?
Monday, April 20, 2015
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.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.
Monday, April 06, 2015
A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.