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The Takeaway

Bored & Brilliant Challenge: Put Away Your Phone!

Monday, February 02, 2015

WNYC's New Tech City is challenging listeners to put away their phones in their new "Bored and Brilliant" project.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: At 17, Humza Deas Puts Shame in Your Instagram Game

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Humza Deas is 17, he's been on Instagram for two years, and he has over 100,000 followers. Here's how he did it.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Instagram Changes Your Memory

Friday, December 13, 2013

Can you really be in the moment - and be instagramming it? Emily Badger discusses her Atlantic Cities piece on how constantly recording events can change our perception of them.

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Transportation Nation

FTC to D.C. Taxicab Commission: Avoid "Unwarranted Regulatory Restrictions"

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Tech companies are complaining. A D.C. Council member is urging restraint. And now the Federal Trade Commission is asking the D.C. Taxicab Commission to be careful when it comes to weighing new regulations for app-based hailing services reshaping Washington's vehicle-for-hire industry.

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Cell Phone Makers Meet with New York AG

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.



Let's Make This Evening Special: Silence Your Phones

Monday, April 22, 2013

Been to a concert lately? Chances are if you have, you've seen the familiar sight of cellphones in the air, snapping photos, taking videos, posting that stuff to Facebook. But you wouldn't have seen all those blue screens in the air if you were at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show on April 7th in New York, or at the British post-punk band Savages show on April 16th in Seattle. That’s because, as Pitchfork staff writer Lindsay Zoladz tells us, the bands asked their audiences -- both politely and a bit less politely -- to shut their phones off.

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Transportation Nation

Massachusetts Has First Smart Phone Rail Ticketing in U.S.

Monday, April 23, 2012

By fall, MBTA riders will be able to purchase and display commuter rail tickets on their smart phones. The MBTA says this is the first for  a commuter rail system in the U.S.

Less than half of the MBTA's 140 commuter rail stations have vending machines, forcing customers to buy tickets on board.

The MBTA says 2/3 of riders now have smart phones.

“With this new and innovative approach, we are putting a ticket machine right in the palms of our customers’ hands,” said Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis, in a statement.

The tickets will work through barcodes that conductors will check -- also using smart phones.

The MBTA will pay the developer,  Masabi US Ltd, 2.8 percent of each ticket price, the same price it pays small retail stores (coffee shops, newsstands), to sell their tickets.

"We're using the 'bring your own infrastructure' model," said the MBTA's Joshua K. Robin. "Instead of our buying vending machines, customers bring their own smart phones."   Robin says a vending machine/smart card ticketing system for the MBTA was projected to cost $50-70 million.


The MBTA says it will use focus groups to design the new application, and will run a pilot in late summer. The full system will see the application in the fall.

Boston was one of the first transit systems in the nation to release real-time bus arrival information to software developers, a system now used by as many as a third of bus riders.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Future of Mobile News

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, discusses Pew's State of the News Media 2012 report and its findings on mobile devices. 

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On The Media

Apper's Delight

Friday, December 23, 2011

Smartphone apps are big business, and increasingly complicated to develop. WNYC producer Jody Avirgan talks with Rekha Murthy of PRX and Lisa Bettany of Camera+ about what it takes to get one made -- and pitches his idea for an app to Bob and Brooke.

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Symphony Goers, Start Your Smart Phones

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Cincinnati Symphony has established a section of its concert hall where audience members can bring out their iPhones, Androids and tablets and Tweet along with the music.

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Signs of Change: Video Chatting Software to Help the Hearing-Impaired

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sure, cell phone companies would love you to believe that video chatting from your mobile phone will change your life—but what if it really did? This week, engineers at the University of Washington will conclude testing on software that makes it possible for hearing-impaired mobile users to do just that: communicate through video.



City's Smart Phone App Competition: Trying to Make NYC Easier to Navigate

Friday, February 05, 2010

WayFinder app

WayFinder app

The winners of the city's 'BigApp' competition, which invited software developers to devise applications for smart phones and the Web using the city's raw data, were announced Thursday night. The Best Overall App goes to a program called