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All Things Considered

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Monday, May 04, 2015

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

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The Takeaway

Bored & Brilliant Challenge: Put Away Your Phone!

Monday, February 02, 2015

WNYC's New Tech City is challenging listeners to put away their phones in their new "Bored and Brilliant" project.

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Morning Edition

Why Buy When You Can Borrow? App Connects People And Stuff

Friday, January 02, 2015

Millions of people use apps to share their homes and their cars. Now Peerby, an app developed in the Netherlands, helps people to share things like power drills and bicycle pumps with people nearby.

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On The Media

An App to Stop Suicide

Friday, November 07, 2014

An app that alerts you to potentially suicidal tweets from the people you follow on Twitter raises ethical and even legal questions. 

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Morning Edition

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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On The Media

The World's Greatest First Name is Back, as an App

Friday, October 10, 2014

Specifically, an app to allow you to talk to one guy named Ethan. 
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On The Media

Californians Shame Their Neighbors With a New "Drought Shaming" App.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The data revolution is upon us, folks, and we are using it to shame our neighbors for wasting water during a drought. 
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Transportation Nation

City Backs New Apps to Navigate NYC

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new tool making parks “easier to explore, discover and enjoy” was one of the winners of the Big Apps challenge.
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On The Media

No More "Tinder for X," Please

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It really isn't very helpful. 
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New Tech City

Treating Bipolar with a Microphone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amber Smith is bipolar. Her mood swings are dangerous. But she's testing new technology that could spot trouble early by detecting patterns in the sound of her voice.

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On The Media

Ok, Ok. We'll Talk About "Yo."

Friday, June 20, 2014

This week, the tech press did backflips over an app called "Yo." It's a messaging app that allows users to text the word "Yo." Nothing else. Just the word "Yo." Let that sink in for a second before we move on.

It was heralded as geniusit was derided as stupid. It was the subject of a conversation about meaning and subtext in online communication. It was given the avant garde treatment it deserved. Disregarding what was written about it, yo has cornered the internet's fickle attention long enough to enter the top 10 in the App store. By any metric, that's a victory.

We didn't write about it. Mostly because we thought there wasn't much to say that hadn't already been said. I think I acknowledged its existence on my twitter feed. Yo.

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All Things Considered

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pre-K Apps: Your Questions Answered

Friday, April 18, 2014

The deadline for pre-kindergarten applications is Wednesday, April 23.

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New Tech City

China's One App to Rule them All

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

One vexed husband tries to understand WeChat, an addictive app that pervades Chinese-American circles. 

 

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On The Media

An App Promises to Help You Write Like Hemingway

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hemingway is a new app that invites you to submit your writing into a text box where it'll be graded based on it's Hemingway-esqueness. 

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Press Here To Say You Survived The Latest Bomb In Lebanon

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Bombings are a frequent reality of living in Lebanon, so Lebanese student Sandra Hassan made an app to alert let friends and family know you're okay after violence strikes. It's getting a lot more attention that she had originally imagined.

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New Tech City

Guide to Finding Inner Peace Through your Smart Phone

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It seems totally contradictory, but that distracting device in your hand can also be your salvation for focusing your mind through meditation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Apps

Friday, January 03, 2014

Find out how apps are created and get recommendations for must-haves — tools that can help find parking, find a ride, track calories, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Elliott Forrest's Favorite Apps

Friday, January 03, 2014

On today's Please Explain, guesthost Elliott Forrest talked to Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin and Wall Street Journal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler about apps. Elliott's shared his favorites below. What are yours? Share them in the comments!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The App Generation

Monday, October 14, 2013

Howard Gardner talks about what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for the younger generation differs from life before the digital era. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World discusses the drawbacks of apps – that they may foreclose a sense of identity, encourage superficial relations with others, and stunt creative imagination – as well as their benefits – that they can promote a strong sense of identity, allow deep relationships, and stimulate creativity. 

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