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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Secret DOJ Program Collects Cellular Data Using Airplanes That Mimic Cell Towers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Department of Justice has been collecting the data of thousands of Americans using special devices on planes that mimic cell phone tower signals.

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The Takeaway

ISIS Fears Sink NSA Reform

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping overhaul to the NSA's surveillance program—a program that first came to light largely because of revelations by Edward Snowden.

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On The Media

California To Require Kill Switches To Deter Phone Theft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California has passed a law that will allow people to remotely disable stolen cell phones. Will it deter theft?
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Schoolbook

Cell Phones in Schools: Lessons from the Front Line

Monday, May 19, 2014

New York City school kids aren't allowed to bring their phones to class. But at one Brooklyn high school, teachers are playing by their own rules.

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The Takeaway

Defining Unreasonable Searches in the Digital Age

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today the Supreme Court will consider a new question surrounding search and seizure as it relates to that most modern and most ubiquitous of devices: The smartphone. At issue is whether police need a warrant before searching the mobile device of a person under arrest.

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WQXR Blog

No Time for a Symphony? Try a Ringtone, Says Spektral Quartet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Spektral Quartet, from Chicago, has just commissioned 47 composers to write ringtones, alarms and text message alerts for cellphones.

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New Tech City

See Which Subway Stations are Wired for Wireless

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hint: They're all in Manhattan.

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WQXR Blog

Pianist Christian Zacharias Halts Concert to Berate Cellphone User

Friday, October 25, 2013

The pianist Christian Zacharias halted a performance Wednesday night with the Gothenburg Symphony after an audience member's phone began to ring. See what happens next.

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New Tech City

Apple Fingerprint Security Scanner Hacked?

Monday, September 23, 2013

That didn’t take long.

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WNYC News

Smartphone Thefts Could Set New Record in 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This week, Apple introduced two new iPhones to the world. But buyers of hot new phones may have trouble hanging on to them: As of late August, more than 11,000 smartphones had been reported stolen to the NYPD. That's 7 percent higher than in the same period in 2012.

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New Tech City

Understanding the Smartphone Black Market

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This week, Apple introduced a new iPhone. Among its features: fingerprint recognition and other security measures that could make the device harder to re-sell if it’s been stolen. But it’s up against a sophisticated black market that has had six years to cater to the world’s insatiable appetite for second-hand smartphones.

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WNYC News

Schneiderman’s Coalition Pressures Smartphone Makers

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A coalition of prosecutors is sending a warning to smartphone makers: thefts of phones are getting out of hand, and it's time for manufacturers to start working with law enforcement.

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WNYC News

Cell Phone Makers Meet with New York AG

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.

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Transportation Nation

MAP: Where the (Subway) Wi-Fi Is

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wi-Fi and cell phone service is now available at thirty-six New York City subway stations. Where, you ask? Read on.

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The Takeaway

How to Disaster-Proof a Cellphone Network

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It wasn’t just power that went out for hundreds of thousands of people across the northeast. Cell reception — even in areas with power — has been spotty at best, and frequently entirely absent.

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The Takeaway

Is Technology Making Our Children Narcissists?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Does technology hurt a child's character development? Psychotherapist Sheri Noga believes there are potentially negative sides. As she sees it, today’s technology amplifies the mindset of immediate gratification; and that can be bad for children, parents and the world.

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The Takeaway

Why Texting in Class Might Actually Be a Good Thing

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If you’re a parent, teacher, or student, you probably won’t be surprised by these statistics: In schools that permit cell phones, 71 percent of students text during class. In schools that ban cell phones entirely, the percentage is nearly as high: 58 percent. While we frequently hear teachers and parents complaining about these statistics, not all adults see these numbers as a bad thing. In fact, a small but growing number of educators are exploring how cell phones might be used to help students learn more and learn better.

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On The Media

The Future of the Phone

Friday, May 18, 2012

The text message turns two decades old this year, and numerous studies have shown a sharp decline in actual phone use in favor of texting and email. Brooke talks to writer Tom Vanderbilt, who says the phone call’s day may be passing.

 

JD Samson and MEN - Life's Half Price

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: NJ Gov Wants to Borrow Billions To Fix Transpo Infrastructure, Transit Decifit Looms in San Francisco

Monday, November 21, 2011

Top stories on TN:

A NYC school bus strike is looming. (Link)

A transpo funding bill -- without high-speed rail -- gets the president's signature. (Link)

How one TN reporter learned to stop worrying and love a California freeway. (Link)

Lincoln Tunnel helix in 1955

Governor Christie wants the state legislature to okay borrowing billions to upgrade the state's transportation infrastructure. (The Record)

And: a year-long, $88-million overhaul of the Lincoln Tunnel's helix will close lanes and divert traffic onto local roads. (The Star-Ledger)

Will the head of San Francisco's transit agency and the city's new mayor collide over how to reduce MUNI's deficit? (Bay Citizen)

Women are at a greater risk of being injured in car accidents than men, according to a new report. (NY1)

DC has more license plate readers than anywhere else in the country -- and how it's using that information is spurring privacy concerns.  (Washington Post)

If it's illegal to use a cell phone while driving, it's illegal to use it while stopped at a red light. (New York Times)

Brooklyn's Prospect Park tries to slow bicyclists after two serious bike-pedestrian collisions. (New York Times)

NPR kicks off a series on CAFE standards with a look at electric cars -- and why people aren't buying them.

Philadelphia joins Chicago on the list of cities moving to open fare payment for transit systems. (Inquirer)

The world's cheapest car -- India's Tata Nano -- gets a makeover after disappointing sales. (BBC)

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