Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Americans have purchased millions of smartphones, tablet computers and other digital tech this holiday season, and many of those gifts are showing up under Christmas trees this morning.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
As the French author Jules Renard once wrote, "Being bored is an insult to oneself." And he didn't even have a smartphone! In today's digital environment, there's really no reason to ever find yourself with nothing to do (well, unless your phone or computer dies -- and then you're just out of luck). Evolver.fm writer Eliot Van Buskirk joins us to recommend his four favorite boredom-busting musical apps.
Friday, January 27, 2012
For Apple, the last two weeks have been filled with praise and scrutiny. Steve Jobs was held-up as the best American business has to offer in Tuesday's State of the Union address while the New York Times reported worrying work conditions at Chinese factories that produce Apple products. Bob speaks with Wired's Steven Levy who says the bad news won't immediately change public opinion of Apple.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Millions of Americans love their Apple products: from iPods to MacBooks to iPads. But there's a story behind the beloved devices. How do they get made and what price is paid? Our partner The New York Times has been investigating and this morning's story is a riveting read, in particular the safely problems at a Chinese factory that makes iPads.
Monday, October 24, 2011
A Silicon Valley school where computers are taboo, and a new way to use technology to help people with autism communicate. A drive at the city's elite schools to provide homework holidays, and concerns that city high school graduates are not doing enough work to help them succeed in college. These were some of the educational issues in the news this weekend.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
At Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, everything is made the old fashioned way. As a certified dairy, they even pasteurize their own milk. So patrons of the shop — where milk shake mixers, wall posters and table mats pre-date most of its clientele — may be surprised to find an iPad on the counter where a vintage brass cash register might sit.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Is there a place for long-form journalism among the blogs and the tweets, the Tumblers and the YouTubes? In a world where people can get their news in 140 characters, how are deeply reported, several thousand word long articles supposed to survive? It was this very question that inspired Evan Ratliff, a freelance writer for Wired, The New Yorker, and National Geographic to create The Atavist. (Check out a promotional video after the jump.)
TN Moving Stories: Automakers Struggle To Win 20-Somethings, Britain's HSR Woes, and Navigating by iPad
Monday, February 28, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Automakers struggle to market cars to the younger generation. (NPR)
Joan McDonald --Gov. Cuomo's choice to head the New York State Department of Transportation -- is scheduled to go before lawmakers today in Albany, talking budget and transpo funding. (Wall Street Journal)
High-speed rail in Britain has had cross-party support, but it's now facing opposition on environmental grounds. (Telegraph)
Navigating by Apple: the FAA is allowing some pilots to use iPads instead of paper charts. (Autopia)
Turf battle: the FAA and the NTSB are sparring over who has access to safety data. (Wall Street Journal)
MetroCard vandals are becoming more aggressive in some parts of New York. (NY Post)
The NY Daily News's Pete Donohue writes: "The MTA is paying hired-gun lawyers more than $540 an hour to deny token booth clerks earning $18 an hour a modest raise."
If Karsan wins NY's "Taxi of Tomorrow" competition, will they assemble part of the vehicle in Brooklyn? (Brooklyn Paper)
The National Journal debates Rick Scott's rejection of high-speed rail in Florida.
New York City is eyeing ways to maximize parking meter revenue. (NY Daily News)
More than $4 million in federal funds is ready to fuel passenger train service across New Hampshire. But legislation proposing to disband the N.H. Rail Transit Authority has stalled the effort. (Nashua Telegraph)
Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Washington State has reached an agreement with the DOT over high-speed rail funds. A new report says improving transit in outer boroughs is key to NYC's job growth. And Houston's bicyclists and pedestrians win a small victory.
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Friday, February 04, 2011
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Terrance McKnight : WQXR Host
What do you think about iPads as instruments? A few months ago the pianist Lang Lang came to our studio and played Flight of the Bumblebee on one. That's possible because of a three-dollar application that simulates a keyboard. Now there is an app that simulates the violin.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The experience of holding a tablet or eReader is so different from using a computer that it's changing our attitudes toward paying for digital media. A new consumer survey from the Boston Consulting Group finds that tablets are nudging consumers to give up their cheapskate ways and pay for content, but it has to include extras and come at the right price.
Friday, April 23, 2010
By David Wall Rice : Takeaway Contributor
Like others on this show, Morehouse psychology professor — and Takeaway contributor — David Wall Rice bought into the hype surrounding Apple's new iPad this week. But on Earth Day, he put his new device away and got insight from a day without technology.