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Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

Monday, April 27, 2015

Google will allow patent holders to "tell Google about patents they're willing to sell at a price they set." Tech firms have been targeted by "trolls" who own patents and charge them licensing fees.

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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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All Things Considered

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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All Things Considered

Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Craning your neck in the dressing room is just part of the shopping experience. But Neiman Marcus hopes a new digital "Memory Mirror" will make it easier to find something that fits just right.

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All Things Considered

Artists In Residence Give High-Tech Projects A Human Touch

Monday, April 06, 2015

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Evolution of Copyright

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In the U.S., copyright originally lasted only 14 years. These days, creative works could be protected for as long as the author's alive, plus an additional 70 years. Cultural historian Siva Vaidhyanathan explains the evolution of copyright law, and how it's affected artists.

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The Thin Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The recent "Blurred Lines" copyright decision has again raised questions about the limits of copyright law, and the disinction between inspiration and imitation. UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala believes the verdict sets a risky precedent for artists and misunderstands the way the creative process works.

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All Things Considered

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Monday, March 30, 2015

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

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A 'Post Modern Skateboard' That Ditches The Board

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It has been a while since we've seen an upgrade to either roller skates or the skateboard. But which one is it? These wheels give skating in the 21st century an effortless new look.

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All Things Considered

Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice

Monday, March 23, 2015

If you're trying out for a job, the one judging you may not be a person — it could be a computer. Algorithms are evaluating human voices to determine which ones are engaging, calming and trustworthy.

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A New 3-D Printing Method Is Rising Out Of The Ooze

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Remember how the T-1000 in Terminator 2 re-formed out of molten metal? The folks at Carbon3D figured out how to do that in real life, and what they created may be the next iteration of 3-D printing.

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Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but also helps collect data that make the municipality run more efficiently.

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Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free From Your Mobile Carrier

Monday, March 02, 2015

To get the most out of your smartphone, do you really need a cellphone plan? That's the question a Wall Street Journal reporter tried to answer by relying only on Wi-Fi networks for a month.

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Fresh Air

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Radical Future for the Automobile

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The $2 trillion automotive industry is in the throes of a revolution. But everyone still wants to know: how soon can we expect flying cars? 

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All Things Considered

This Valentine's Day, I'm Loving The Boyfriend I Built For Myself

Friday, February 13, 2015

Single and tired of being asked if you're dating? A new service offers the appearance of having a significant other who texts you and even leaves voice mails. NPR's Jasmine Garsd gave it a try.

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'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.

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At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Powers of Two - Joshua Wolf Shenk

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Joshua Wolf Shenk talks about his book, "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs."

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Austin Kleon gives advice on how to "Steal Like an Artist."

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