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Innovation

If A Smart Stove Could Suggest Recipes, Would You Buy It?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tech companies are lining up to sell us "smart" things that learn what we might want and give it to us before we ask. But so far consumers seem wary, in part because of privacy concerns.

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In Vegas, Intel Hopes A Smart Idea Takes Flight

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Chipmaker Intel made Silicon Valley possible. But now the company is searching for a new identity — and business stream. As consumers abandon PCs, the CEO is looking toward an untested area.

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All Things Considered

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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Innovation: An Alarm Clock That Won't Take 'Snooze' For An Answer

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Even its developer says it's annoying — and that's the point. The Ramos clock forces you to get out of bed and walk to another room to turn it off. Even unplugging it won't silence the alarm.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: 10 Years of Storycorps, Steven Johnson on Innovation & The Origins of General Tso's Chicken

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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Morning Edition

Why Buy When You Can Borrow? App Connects People And Stuff

Friday, January 02, 2015

Millions of people use apps to share their homes and their cars. Now Peerby, an app developed in the Netherlands, helps people to share things like power drills and bicycle pumps with people nearby.

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Tech Week: Sony's Cyber Woes, And A Coating To Ease Ketchup's Flow

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In our weekly roundup of tech headlines, we get you up-to-date on Sony's troubles after North Korea targeted its film The Interview, and tell you a community organizer's advice for tech companies.

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Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.

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Morning Edition

Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

Friday, December 12, 2014

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.

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Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kids often hurt themselves when they put their fingers into electrical outlets, but the Brio Smart outlet prevents injury by using sensors to differentiate between human touch and an electric plug.

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Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Monday, December 08, 2014

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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Is That $1 or $5? Ask This Money Reader For The Blind

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The iBill, a new currency reader being offered by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, aims to change how the blind identify different kinds of bills.

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Weekly Innovation: A Smart Pan That Helps You Cook Like A Chef

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Pantelligent frying pan uses temperature control to help you cook food perfectly. The pan is connected to a smartphone app, which contains over 50 recipes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 100 Greatest Inventions of 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

A protein bar made of insects. The first rollable screen. A "smart" bike lock. Popular Science just named its top inventions of the year. Here's what the future holds.

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Morning Edition

Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Monday, December 01, 2014

In its endless quest to get goods to customers fast, Amazon has hired squads of speedy robots. In warehouses where human "pickers" walked miles a day, machines now zip shelves of goods back and forth.

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All Things Considered

To Boldly Go Where No 3-D Printer Has Gone Before: Yep, Space

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NASA 3-D printed an object on the International Space Station for the first time this week. It's an important step toward long missions — like to Mars — where all necessary items won't fit on board.

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A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ben Wellington tracked down two of the city's costliest parking spots and its leafiest neighborhoods, while pointing out questionable health grades for restaurants and odd charges for subway riders.

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Money Talking

Forget Capitalism -- Long Live Monopolies!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Think capitalism and competition go hand in hand? Fuggedaboutit. Competition is for suckers who don't want to make any money. Real innovators build monopolies and never look back.  

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Weekly Innovation: A Seat That Fits In Your Pocket

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Sitpack is a compact seat shaped like a monopod that fits in your pocket when folded up. Creator Jonas Lind-Bendixen says the product could be used during travel or while waiting at a concert.

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Google's Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The latest update to Google's Android operating system is more than just a facelift. It's an introduction to the future of Google's Web.

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