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Want To Learn tlhIngan Hol (Klingon)? An App Will Teach You

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Duolingo, an app that allows users to learn new languages, is adding Klingon to its course list. The language, used by a fictional alien race in Star Trek, should be available next year.

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All Things Considered

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.

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These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art. Not Everyone Is Pleased

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings re-created using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.

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Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bud Light was touted as "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary." But that's precisely the word that occurred to many people who saw it.

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Why Video Games Matter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For some people, "video game" doesn't conjure up images of anything considered worthwhile. But some games, like The Last of Us, belong to a time-honored story genre, says commentator Adam Frank.

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All Things Considered

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Monday, April 27, 2015

The number of people using these services is growing fast. Find out what happens when a writer rents out his Mini Cooper and an Airbnb tenant learns something terrible has happened to his host.

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Fresh Air

From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?

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Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

Monday, April 27, 2015

Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and major music festivals, the All England Lawn Tennis Club reportedly cited the devices' "nuisance value."

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Morning Edition

Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

Monday, April 27, 2015

A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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All Things Considered

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Friday, April 24, 2015

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Apple II watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the new Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. But he says he probably wouldn't wear one.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?

Friday, April 24, 2015

These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?

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Morning Edition

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

Friday, April 24, 2015

As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.

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All Things Considered

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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All Things Considered

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of 'Mobilegeddon'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This week, Google started prioritizing mobile-friendly websites in Google searches made on a smartphone. The change could hurt businesses whose sites don't pass Google's mobile-ready test.

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What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

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At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

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