Laura Sydell appears in the following:
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.
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.
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
Saturday, May 21, 2016
"We shouldn't need to know they have a disability. It should just work for them."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.