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New Players In The NBA: Big Data, User-Controlled Jumbotrons

Sunday, November 02, 2014

We're way beyond instant replays. Last year, the NBA began tracking the movements of players in every single game, and this season, new tech gadgetry is popping up on some arena's big screens.

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Human Impersonates A Help Desk Robot

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Robots are not loveable if you can't get your computer to work. A city worker in New York for an information technology help line was suspended for answering the phone with a robotic voice.

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Morning Edition

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Friday, October 31, 2014

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

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A $1.3 Billion Question: What's The Future Of LA's iPad Program?

Friday, October 31, 2014

The departure of Superintendent John Deasy leaves the controversial program — and the future of the district's technology plans — up in the air.

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Morning Edition

Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with Web searches and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are. So how do you stand out when others share your name?

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In An Online, On-Demand Age, TV Reruns Are Redefined

Friday, October 31, 2014

FX's new digital platform, Simpsons World features all 25 years of episodes from The Simpsons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's also among several sites that are revitalizing the TV rerun.

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Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

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Online Dating Site Used Fake Profiles To Get Members To Upgrade Service

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission is making JDI Dating pay more than $600,000 to users who were scammed into paying for upgraded accounts after receiving messages from fake profiles.

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Russia Reportedly Suspected In Hack Of White House Network

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The breach of the unclassified network is thought to be a state-sponsored effort, and The Washington Post reports that Russia is considered the most likely culprit.

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Morning Edition

Picture This: Emojis Are The New Search Term

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Love them or hate them, those tiny smileys and symbols called emojis can be put to practical use. The search engine Bing now lets you search with the characters.

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All Things Considered

I've Got The Ingredients. What Should I Cook? Ask IBM's Watson

Monday, October 27, 2014

IBM's supercomputer has crushed Jeopardy! Now chefs are using Watson to come up with new kinds of recipes that work around dietary restrictions and other limitations.

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What's More Embarrassing Than That Old Screen Name? Sharing It

Monday, October 27, 2014

Years ago, you spent hours dreaming up the perfect AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Many of you aren't so proud of your now-defunct handles today, but that didn't stop you from sharing them with us.

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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Morning Edition

With 'Dorothy' App, Clicks Of The Heel Command Your Phone

Monday, October 27, 2014

The new app Dorothy will allow you to control your smartphone with a click of your heels. A small device called Ruby slips into your shoe and communicates with your phone to make it do things like ring or text.

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Mac Sales Continue To Soar For Apple, But Who's Buying?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Apple just set an all-time record for Mac computer sales. Who is buying and why? NPR's Arun Rath talks to tech culture reporter Omar Gallaga from the Austin American-Statesman.

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Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The music streaming company is making a play for artists' goodwill, announcing a new service that gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

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New Facebook App A Throwback To Old Chatrooms

Friday, October 24, 2014

Facebook's new app, Rooms, harkens back to the days of 1990s anonymous chat rooms. New York Times tech reporter, Mike Isaac, talks about why having secret identities online is a good thing.

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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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