Lauren Silverman appears in the following:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.
Monday, September 04, 2017
In a new series called "Is My Job Safe?" NPR looks at the future of jobs at a time of rapid gains in artificial intelligence and robotics. We start with a high-paying job in medicine: radiologists.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Facebook and Twitter became de facto centers for thousands of stranded people as 911 centers became overwhelmed with calls. Police and officials are using social media as an essential tool to connect.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the Internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
With Internet providers able to track and sell your browsing data, people who want to keep their activity hidden are turning to virtual private networks. But VPNs can themselves be insecure.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Amazon's remarkable popularity has made it one of the five most valuable companies in the world. But as the power of the Internet juggernaut expands, it also faces a growing number of detractors.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients' health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
One in seven men has suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. But male victims of domestic violence have a hard time finding safe places to get away from their abusers.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
For the first time, a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Giving people who have serious mental illness peer support has proved so helpful that some states are starting to pay these peer specialists to bridge the gap when there aren't enough professionals.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
An industry has sprung up to make wallets and accessories that block hackers from "skimming" data wirelessly through radio frequency identification. But some experts say there's little need to worry.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Verizon has completed its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, and, as expected, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is resigning. She's turning over control to Tim Armstrong, the former CEO of AOL who is now the head of Oath, a digital media brand that combines the Internet assets of AOL and Yahoo. Verizon sees the acquisition of media content as a way to expand beyond its core wireless business.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Technology and new laws are taking notarizations digital, adding them to the list of things you can do on your phone or computer. However, America's 4 million notaries are split on the idea.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Teenage pregnancy rates have declined across the country, but some parts of Texas have made much less progress on that. Abstinence-only sex ed policies may be one reason why.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Scientists are learning that some astronauts' eyes change shape after time in space, leading to vision problems. But a sleep sack being developed might offer relief.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
A quarter of doctors practicing in the U.S. went to medical school elsewhere. Many of these physicians practice in parts of this country that the government says need more primary care providers.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The agency has decided to leave kratom off its list of highly restricted drugs for now. The DEA is asking for public comment and help from the Food and Drug Administration in evaluating kratom.
Monday, September 12, 2016
The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on a plant that it says is involved in a number of deaths. Advocates say kratom can help treat opioid addiction, which is a far bigger hazard.
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Trying to prevent gun violence by tying it to mental health legislation began in 1966 when a young gunman killed 16 people in Austin, Texas. But some believe the approach is misguided.