Laura Sydell appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
On Monday, Apple announced iRadio — its entry into the crowded field of music streaming services. iTunes has become the top music retailer by selling song files. But no one in the music business thinks the iTunes model is the future. Pandora is the oldest and most successful streaming service so far. But it's been a disappointment to investors.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Apple announced its much-anticipated entry into the increasingly crowded field of music streaming services on Monday. But what was rumored to have been called "iRadio" is now "iTunes Radio" and the streaming service will be integrated with Apple's music app. It's less of a stand-alone music streaming service than people were expecting.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Computer giant Apple goes on trial Monday, accused by the government in a civil action of colluding with publishers to fix the price of e-books. Five publishers have settled with federal authorities already on the prices fixing charges. Apple denies the charges. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Laura Sydell who is at the trial.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Microsoft has designs on your living room. The software giant's new game console — Xbox One — uses speech-recognition technology and physical commands. Not just to control games, but also your TV, Skype and recorded video. Microsoft demonstrated the new device Tuesday.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Microsoft has had few blockbuster successes in recent years. On Tuesday, when the tech giant is scheduled to introduce its new Xbox, it will be targeting more than just hard-core gamers. Analysts say Microsoft will also be aiming to make its console the center of entertainment in your living room.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
On Wednesday the company launched All Access, a paid subscription service that will put it in direct competition with Spotify and Pandora.