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On Being

danah boyd — Online Reflections of Our Offline Lives

Thursday, April 09, 2015

danah boyd has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives.

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On Being

[Unedited] danah boyd with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 09, 2015

danah boyd has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives.

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New Tech City

What Your Phone Stats Say About You

Friday, February 13, 2015

A look at the data from the Bored and Brilliant project offers some insights into how phone minutes and pick-ups correlate with demographics and phone behaviors. 
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New Tech City

Tell Us About Your Relationship With Your Phone

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

We want your stories. Is your smartphone a fifth limb? A necessary evil? A nemesis? A best friend? A bad boyfriend? You tell us.
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The Takeaway

FBI Director Worries New Smartphones Too Smart

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey fears that technology will soon become so sophisticated that authorities will not be able to gain access.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hi. Could You Call Us?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Help us mark the Brian Lehrer Show's 25th anniversary! We're looking for listeners and fans who want to leave a message introducing our series on 25 years of important stories.
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WNYC News

Why Inmates Can't Afford to Make Calls from Jails in New Jersey

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Jail inmates in New Jersey pay almost 8 times as much for phone calls home than those in New York. We find out why. 

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On The Media

The Apple Ad Everyone's Crying About

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Apple has a new iPhone ad that's really an ad for the idea of smartphones. 

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On The Media

In-Flight Cell Phone Calls Are Possibly In Your Near Future

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FCC plans to recommend that airline passengers be allowed to make phone calls from their cellphones during flights. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Daisey's 'Faster Better Social...'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Mike Daisey talks about his latest theater work “Faster Better Social Click Like Touch Tweet Yes Yes!!1! (or, Our Slavery is Rich and Full),” and addresses the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China.

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WNYC News

Payphones Enjoy A Resurgence of Relevance, Post-Sandy

Friday, November 23, 2012

The payphone, which seemed to turn into a bit of a relic in the cell-phone age, is getting a modern day make-over.

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Radiolab

Escape!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stories about traps and getaways ... about getting stuck, and breaking free.

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The Takeaway

BlackBerry Service Disruption Continues for Third Day

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

For the third day, millions of BlackBerry users around the world have been unable to use messaging and browsing services. Users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India lost access to their devices' most essential service. American users, who had initially been sparred from the outage, have also reported service issues. All this bad news for BlackBerry's manufacturer, Canadian firm Research in Motion, comes on top of the blockbuster success of Apple's new iPhone 4S, which was released on Friday. The BBC's Rory Clellan Jones has the latest on the story.

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The Takeaway

Is Your Cell Phone Safe?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's not definitively known whether cell phone radiation has a detrimental effect on health. While scientists try and figure it out, non-profit watchdog Environmental Working Group just released an analysis of 1,000 different cell phone models and their radiation levels. We talk with Richard Wiles, the group's spokesperson; and Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an online publication that covers radiation issues.

If you're in the market for a new phone and concerned about radiation – though we should point out there's no firm evidence yet saying whether you should or should not be – you may want to consider Samsung, which has the phones that head the Top 10 list for lowest radiation. For more information, read the Environmental Working Group's rankings.

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The Takeaway

Texting While Driving? You Might as Well Drive Drunk

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A study says that if you're using your cell phone while driving, you're just as likely to crash as someone who has been drinking. But most states don't ban texting while driving. And no state has banned driving while talking on the phone. The New York Times reports that federal agencies withheld studies showing how dangerous texting while driving actually is. Joining The Takeaway is Adam Bryant, New York Times Deputy Business Editor.

"Collectively, we're making all these small little decisions, but across the country I think it's pretty clear that adds up to a safety risk."
—Adam Bryant of The New York Times on texting while driving

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The Takeaway

Playing Telephone with Google (and Us)!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Now that Google is rolling out a free phone management service, phone use is becoming more like email and instant messaging. Join The Takeaway and New York Times personal technology editor Sam Grobart as we play with a powerful new means of communicating and managing your identity in a world of instant communications.

PLAY TELEPHONE WITH US!

Google Voice has a transcription service, but it's far from perfect. We're playing with it's flaws by having people leave a message with part of the Gettysburg address. Click through here, then click the Google Voice image, enter your phone number and when it connects you, pick a section below and read it. We'll post the (imperfect) transcripts later.

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The Takeaway

Get Smart! The Next Generation of Smartphones Is Here

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The iPhone is getting cheaper. Yesterday Apple announced it was slashing the price of the current iPhone in half just as it launches a new version, which is the third new model since 2007. This comes days after Palm launches it's so-called "iPhone killer," the Palm Pre. New York Times personal technology editor Sam Grobart helps us navigate the buying frenzy.

Watch an ad for the iPhone 3G S below.

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WNYC News

212, 718, 646, 917, 347...When Will The Numbers End?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


In Brooklyn, there's cachet being in 718. In Manhattan, 212 means you're olde skool New York. Soon, New Yorkers will have even more area codes to contend with, because we're running out of phone numbers. The State Public Service Commission says by 2011, the city won't have ...

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