Laura Sydell

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Ballmer's Retirement Announcement Drives Up Microsoft Stock

Friday, August 23, 2013

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's longtime CEO, says he will retire from the company within the next year. His departure is a surprise since he announced a major reorganization at Microsoft just two months ago. Ballmer will leave a company that remains influential and immensely profitable, but has struggled to adapt to mobile technology.


Kodak Reinvents Itself As Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.


How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

According to numbers released Tuesday, Twitter's one-year-old video-sharing app Vine now has about 40 million registered users. The app lets users shoot a maximum of six seconds per Vine, so we wanted to know why the limit's set at six seconds and not a second longer.


Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

Monday, August 19, 2013

Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America. Worried that Google has an outsized hand in digitizing books, the DPLA is combining, on one site, the digital collections of libraries nationwide — free.


'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The New York Times' website and app went down just after 11 a.m. ET and began returning just after 1 p.m. E.T. The news organization says it's an internal technical problem.


FTC Receives Complaints About Learning Apps For Babies

Friday, August 09, 2013

Some educational apps may not be all that educational. At least that's the claim made in a complaint filed this week at the Federal Trade Commission against Fisher Price. Its Laugh & Learn apps have been downloaded nearly 3 million times.


Amazon Enters Art World; Galleries Say They Aren't Worried

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Will the local gallery go the way of the local bookstore or record store? In the past few years, there's been a growth in sites that sell fine art on the Internet. On Tuesday, Amazon joined that market.


Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights

Monday, August 05, 2013

Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two recent decisions coming from the Obama administration — one involving iPhones, the other dealing with e-books — indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.


Google Ups Its Game Against Apple With New Smartphone

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Google subsidiary Motorola announced on Thursday the launch of a new smartphone, the Moto X. The device, which will be made in America, represents a major plunge into hardware by Google — and pits the company against rivals Apple and Samsung.


Ad Agency Merger Reflects New Realities Of Online Advertising

Monday, July 29, 2013

Once the merger of advertising giants Publicis and Omnicom goes through, the combined company will be the largest advertising firm in the world.


Apple's iPhone Sales Up, But Profits Down

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Apple sold more iPhones than expected last quarter — though its profits are down over last year. Still, in a quarter where other tech companies aren't meeting expectations, some analysts say Apple isn't doing too badly.


How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

Monday, July 15, 2013

A group of good guy hackers showed us how they can listen in on phone conversations and read text messages of Verizon customers simply by using inexpensive store bought technology.


Apple To Appeal Ruling It Fixed E-Book Prices

Friday, July 12, 2013

A federal judge this week ruled that Apple conspired to raise prices of e-books, handing a victory to the Justice Department. Another winner in the fallout from this case was Amazon, the dominant seller of e-books.


No Clear Answers On Cause Of Commercial Jet Crash

Sunday, July 07, 2013

NPR's Laura Sydell has the latest on the plane that crash landed on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Two people were killed and investigators have not yet reported on the cause of the crash.


Douglas Engelbart Dies At 88, Invented Computer Mouse

Thursday, July 04, 2013

U.S. inventor Douglas Engelbart was one of the visionaries of the computer age. Besides inventing the computer mouse, his insight laid the groundwork for the interactive technology we now take for granted. Engelbart was 88.


New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

On July 4, Jay-Z will release his album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, via an app that will be available to Samsung smart phone users three days before its wider release. It's not the first branding promotion between the tech and music industries, but it may be the highest profile.


Taj Mahal: Still Cooking Up 'Heirloom Music' His Own Way

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Massachusetts-born, San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist and singer has mixed styles since he first came on the scene in the late 1960s. A new 15-CD set traces his career from the beginning; NPR's Laura Sydell visits some of his old Bay Area haunts with him.


Game Console Ouya Lures Buyers With $99 Price Tag

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A $99 video game console funded through Kickstarter went on sale this week. Ouya is significantly cheaper than the big-brand consoles and also relies on a different business model. Games are sold through something like an app store, allowing customers to sample them before buying.


Pandora Buys A Radio Station, Songwriters' Group Calls It A 'Stunt'

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week, the Internet radio broadcaster bought a radio station in Rapid City, S.D., in an effort to get the more favorable royalty rates given to terrestrial broadcasters. But the move has songwriters and composers up in arms.


Gamers Converge On LA For Electronic Entertainment Expo

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The biggest players in the video gaming industry are attending E3. Gamers have been anticipating the unveiling of new products from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and other companies.