Laura Sydell

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E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.


Video Game Trade Show Kicks Off Under Cloud Of Real-Life Violence

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

There were signs that E3's organizers were trying to bridge the contradictions between violent video games and the Orlando massacre. "Shooter games" are a significant part of the industry's sales.


Tech Billionare Peter Thiel Comes Forward In War Against 'Gawker'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel revealed he was a backer of Hulk Hogan's successful invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker.


For People With Disabilities New Technology Can Be Life Changing

Saturday, May 21, 2016

"We shouldn't need to know they have a disability. It should just work for them."


Too Much Technology Can Spoil Your Warhol Experience

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has reopened after a three-year closure. Like a growing number of museums, it hopes new tech doesn't get in the way of looking at the art.


Revamped San Francisco Museum Merges Modern Art With Interactive Tech

Monday, May 16, 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art re-opened this weekend with groundbreaking interactive technology meant to enhance the experience of looking at art. But can there be too much tech in a museum?


Google To Ban Payday Loan Ads

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Google says it will ban all payday loan ads from its site. Consumer advocates say the lending practice hurts the poor and vulnerable.


Biotech's Theranos Offers A Cautionary Tale For Silicon Valley

Monday, May 02, 2016

The blood-testing startup led by Elizabeth Holmes soared on hype and celebrity boosters. Now it's under federal scrutiny. It could show that Silicon Valley's success model doesn't work in biotech.


Beyond Streaming: How Will Future Fans Discover Prince's Music?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Whoever ends up running his estate will face some tough decisions about how to handle his musical legacy. What happens to the music in his vault? Will future concertgoers see him as a hologram?


Do You Yahoo? Despite Dismal Reputation, Many People Still Do

Monday, April 18, 2016

Yahoo goes on the block Monday. The tech company will accept bids for its Internet businesses, properties estimated to be worth billions of dollars. Despite its reputation as a digital dinosaur, Yahoo is the third most trafficked site on the web. NPR looks at users who have stuck with Yahoo.


For Sale: One Used Internet Company Called Yahoo

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Potential buyers are due to submit bids for Yahoo's core Internet business on Monday. Yahoo may be the number three search engine, but it's struggled to attract investors and keep up with competitors.


Can Silly Patents Help Fight Frivolous Lawsuits?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Critics of the patent system say it's too easy for people to save a slew of semi-realistic ideas, then sue when a firm separately tries to make something similar. A new website fights fire with fire.


Department Of Justice Says It No Longer Needs Apple's Help To Unlock iPhone

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Justice Department has asked a federal court to vacate its order that Apple write software to help the FBI access data in the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.


Oculus Rift Launch Makes A Splash. Will It Lead A Wave Of VR Tech?

Monday, March 28, 2016

After four years of hype, the Oculus Rift hits the market Monday. It's just one of several virtual reality systems — but not all the VR gadgets are up to snuff.


Digital Pioneer Andrew Grove Led Intel's Shift From Chips To Microprocessors

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Andrew Grove, the former CEO of Intel, has died. During 40 years at the company, he helped it become the most powerful chipmaker in the world.


Virtual Reality Vs. Augmented Reality: Should We Believe The Hype?

Friday, March 18, 2016

At tech conferences and in media reports, word is that Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are coming. But many people don't know what they are or what the difference is — and why they should care. NPR explains the difference and the hype.


Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

When people write computer programs, their biases can creep into code. Computer experts say it's important to talk about the problem because if humans don't fix it, computers won't do so themselves.


Can Computers Be Racist? The Human-Like Bias Of Algorithms

Monday, March 14, 2016

As algorithms play a growing role in determining content, critics say the results are often filled with biases. Women see ads for lower paying jobs and African-Americans for cheaper neighborhoods.


In Apple Security Case, Obama Calls To Strike A Balance

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The president's appearance at SXSW's technology conference comes as the Justice Department tries to force Apple to help it unlock an iPhone. Many in the tech world oppose the government's position.


At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity

Friday, March 11, 2016

The University of California president, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, secretly ordered data monitoring across the system after hackers broke into the UCLA medical center.