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Schoolbook

Life After the Ban: Schools Roll Out the New Cell Phone Rules

Monday, March 02, 2015

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New York City's ban on cell phones in public schools is over. Now, individual schools get to choose a policy that works for them. 
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Schoolbook

How Should NYC Lift the Ban on Cell Phones in Schools?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mayor de Blasio is still figuring out how to lift the ban on cell phones in schools, but New Yorkers had plenty to say in the meantime on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cell Phones and Searches

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

For the police, is your cell phone like a wallet or a safety deposit box? Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, Political Gabfest regular and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, discusses the cases being argued at the Supreme Court over the issue of whether a search warrant is required for cell phones.

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New Tech City

Stop! Recharge Yourself with this One Minute Digital Detox

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WNYC

Feeling taxed by 2014 already? Promised yourself you'd stop being a slave to your phone? Take one short minute for this fun video guide to a digital detox. 

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New Tech City

This Guy Brings Smartphones Back from the Dead

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Meet Justin Wetherill, CEO of the smartphone repair chain uBreakiFix. He knows how to repair the iPhone whose screen you stupidly shattered when you dropped it on the sidewalk last night. 

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The Takeaway

National Parks Enter the Digital Age—For Better or For Worse

Monday, November 18, 2013

Park managers across America are grappling with the question of how much technology to integrate into national parks. They’re considering everything from coded signs that park-goers can scan with their smartphones to access information about the parks, to weather updates via text message. Samantha Brown is a host on the Travel Channel. She explains the possible technologies being integrated into national parks and the push back park managers are seeing as the great outdoors flirts with the digital age.

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WNYC News

How Many Payphones Are Left in the City?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just how much does it cost to make a call on a payphone these days?  Then again, will it even work if you find one?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Do You Text and Drive? Be Honest.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Werner Herzog released a new documentary on the dangers of texting while driving called "From One Second to the Next." Call in with your tips on how to resist the temptation to text while you're driving, and how you teach your teenage drivers to do the same. And if you can't resist the temptation, tell us what makes it so hard to change your habits.

 

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Transportation Nation

Senator Pressuring the FAA to Hurry Up and End In-Flight Ban on Cell Phones

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(Photo CC by Jetstar Airways)


(Shannon Mullen -- Marketplace) You know that rule when you’re on a plane that you have to shut down your electronic devices for takeoff and landing? It’s up for review by an FAA panel with everyone from government regulators to airlines and device makers.

The group just met for the first time in January and plans to recommend new standards for devices on planes by July, but Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill thinks that’s not fast enough.

“If somebody is not being the squeaky wheel on this, it could be years, knowing how long this process typically takes,” McCaskill says. She points out that the FAA lets pilots use iPads in the cockpit instead of paper flight manuals, and she says there’s no hard evidence that other devices like e-readers and laptops interfere with planes.

“Unless and until somebody shows me that data I feel sense of obligation to keep pushing to make this rule change as quickly as possible,” says McCaskill, who is already drafting legislation to change the policy.

“Makes me wonder what are we doing there if people like herself have already decided that she wants a certain result and we better come up with it,” says Doug Kidd, of the National Association of Airline Passengers.

He’s on the FAA panel and he argues that there’s no evidence today’s devices don’t affect planes, and new devices hit the market every day. Kidd adds that most people don’t mind reasonable rules during takeoff and landing.

“It’s the most dangerous part of any flight,” he says. “It’s also the time when most accidents occur, so we’d rather not take a chance on distracting the flight crew at this point in time.”

The FAA would not comment on McCaskill’s push for action.  Kidd says the panel’s progress might seem slow, but Congress is not exactly known for its efficiency either.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Privacy in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Verizon Wireless recently came under fire when it was revealed the company has begun selling information about its customers—including users’ geographical locations, app usage, and web browsing activities—to third parties. Last month the ACLU released documents showing a massive increase in electronic surveillance by the government. For this week's Backstory, CNET’s Declan McCullagh gives an update on digital privacy, explaining who is pushing the boundaries of what can be done with our personal data, and what some activists are trying to do about it.

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New Tech City

As Apple Releases iPhone 5, NYPD Launches Operation ID

Friday, September 21, 2012

As the iPhone 5 hit stores Friday, the NYPD asked Apple aficionados to sign up for "Operation ID," a program aimed at helping police address a recent surge in smartphone thefts.

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Schoolbook

Cheating at Stuyvesant: Is it a Sign of the Times?

Monday, September 10, 2012

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Beth Fertig explains the latest on the cheating scandal at Stuyvesant High School and listeners sound off about whether cheating overall is on the rise.

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Schoolbook

More Suspensions in Stuyvesant Cheating Scandal

Monday, September 10, 2012

A total of 66 students will be suspended, following the cheating scandal last June at the highly competitive Stuyvesant High School. Today all students will receive an "academic honesty" policy that they and their families must sign.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cell Phones as Trackers

Friday, July 20, 2012

ProPublica’s Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan explain how the cell phone, the device that most people carry around all the time, can be used as a tracker. In a piece jointly published by ProPublica and the New York Times Sunday Review, they describe how cell phones track "what we buy, where and when we buy it, how much money we have in the bank, whom we text and email, what Web sites we visit, how and where we travel, what time we go to sleep and wake up.”  They also look into how much of that data is shared with companies who use it for marketing.

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Schoolbook

Weighing In on Stuyvesant Cheating Scandal

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Calls and comments streamed in when WNYC asked about the recent news of cheating at Stuyvesant High School. Several former Stuyvesant students said cheating was fairly widespread and others complained the emphasis on tests pushed kids to employ dubious tactics to get the best score possible.

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Transportation Nation

Heads Up, New Yorkers: If You Text and Walk, A New York Knick Will Hurl a Basketball At Your Midsection

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

To ensure compliance with the rules of the road, the New York City Department of Transportation is mounting a public safety campaign to make sure New Yorkers are displaying situational awareness.

Or as Baron Davis puts it in a video released Tuesday: "Hey, heads up! Come on man, pay attention!" before before nailing a phone-hypnotized pedestrian with a basketball.

Also at the receiving end of Davis's scorn: a salmoning biker and a driver who aggressively enters a crosswalk thronged with pedestrians.

Davis is a point guard with the New York Knicks. He's  currently recovering from surgery for a knee injury.

In an emailed statement, DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said the point is to raise awareness. “Whether it’s driving to the hoop or driving down the block, the cardinal rule of the road is to keep your eyes and ears open and your head up."

In addition to the video, the DOT is placing posters like the one below in bus shelters, and has distributed 250,000 coffee cup sleeves for delis and coffee shops around the city.

(image courtesy of NYC DOT)

 

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The Takeaway

Saving the World One Controller at a Time

Monday, June 25, 2012

What if all of the time and energy spent playing video games could be energy spent for good? At the ninth annual Games for Change Festival in New York City, game developers, designers, publishers, and players gathered together to explore the greater potential for games.

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The Takeaway

For Tomorrow's Games, Look at Your Phone

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In 1989 Gameboy revolutionized video games as the world’s first handheld gaming system. Now, developers are looking to continue the portable trend by transitioning video games into our increasingly phone-centered world.

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The Takeaway

Total Ban on Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel Planned for Chapel Hill

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be the first place in the country to ticket drivers for using their cellphones at all, even hands-free devices. Police won’t pull anyone over for talking on a cell, but drivers caught making traffic violations while on the phone may receive an extra ticket. The ban is slated to go into effect on June 1, but members of Chapel Hill’s business community think it goes too far.

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WNYC News

FCC, Cellphone Companies Work Together to Deter Cellphone Theft

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission and cellphone companies are working together to make it difficult to use a stolen cellphone.

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