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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says they could do stuff like this — but they won't. Who's right?

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New Tech City

At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More reporting from Manoush Zomorodi and the New Tech City team about summer camp and smartphones.

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The Takeaway

Your Oldest Gadgets

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In praise of old gadgets! We live in a world where new technology is celebrated, but some of us still can’t let go of our 8-track players and Walkmans, including Takeaway listeners who share the old-timey gadgets they still love and use.

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WNYC News

Do iPhone Announcements Get More Attention Than They Deserve?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Excitement over the launch of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone might seem like a no-brainer. But since when did the announcement of a new smartphone become a national event by default?

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WNYC News

As Starbucks Adopts 'Square' Payments, Will Other Merchants Follow?

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

You could soon pay for a latte at Starbucks simply by walking into the store with a smartphone in your pocket and giving the cashier your name. Square, a San Francisco-based payments startup unveiled a deal Wednesday with the world's largest coffee chain that will move its mobile payments products into Starbucks stores around the world.

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WNYC News

Father Of The Cellphone 'Unleashed' World's Callers From Copper Wires

Monday, July 09, 2012

Almost 40 years ago, inventor Martin Cooper walked down a New York street and made the world's first public call on a cellphone. His 2 1/2-pound phone helped usher in a whole new world of wireless communication.

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WNYC News

Like The Instagram-Facebook Deal? Depends On Your Filter

Monday, April 09, 2012

Facebook's decision to acquire Instagram for $1 billion set off strong reactions among Instagram users Monday, when the deal was announced. And if any of the photo-sharing service's fans were in love with the deal, they seemed to be keeping pretty quiet about it.

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Apps For Apnea? New Gadgets Promise To Improve Sleep

Monday, February 13, 2012

For some people, getting a good night's sleep seems like an impossibility. A new batch of gadgets and apps tries to help troubled sleepers learn how to get their best rest.

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WNYC News

Steve Jobs Dishes On The Tech Business In 'Lost Interview' From 1995

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

When he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs was eulogized as the tech visionary who put elegantly designed gadgets into the lives of people who often hadn't realized the devices were essential — until Jobs, and Apple, created them. A recently recovered 1995 interview offers another chance to hear from the late CEO.

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The Takeaway

Telepathic Helmets! Power-Generating Pants! How Will Military Technology Change the Way We Live?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The American love affair with military technology has stretched out for decades - from the walkie talkies of the post-WWII era to the GPS systems that are used in our cars today. But as military technologies become more sophisticated and information technologies grow more complex, will we continue to love the high tech gizmos the military invents, or want to escape them?  

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The Takeaway

First in Line for the iPad: Inside the Minds of Early Adopters

Thursday, April 01, 2010

In a mere 48 hours, Apple will release its widely anticipated and newest product: the iPad. As with every other Apple product launch — including that of the iPod and iPhone — crowds are expected to line up around the block on Saturday, hours before the stores open, to buy iPad on opening day. But some might wonder: what’s the point? Won’t these early adopters just be wasting half a day, paying too much money, and buying a glitch-filled experiment?

 

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