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New Tech City

Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

WNYC News

How Airbnb Built An Online Marketplace Off the Grid in Cuba

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Cuba has a tricky business landscape and hardly any internet, so to do business there Airbnb looked to local experts.

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The Takeaway

E.U. Regulators File Charges Against Google

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is Google really good at maps, search, video and aggregation? Or are they a monopoly destroying competitors? The E.U. says the tech giant is monopolistic. 

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The Takeaway

The Pilotless Plane: The Future of Air Travel?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash, some aviation experts say one way to prevent such a tragedy is to do away with pilots altogether.

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WNYC News

Squeezed By Seamless, Restaurants Look for Other Paths Online

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A lot of companies are trying to be the next Uber – a service so popular with consumers, it’s reshaping the taxi industry. The Uber of food delivery, in New York, is Seamless. 

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The Takeaway

Frustrated with U.S., Amazon Tests Drone Delivery in Canada

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's an Amazon drone carrying a package weighing less than 55 lbs.

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The Takeaway

Supercharging Battery Technology

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With so many advancements in technology, there's still one essential component of most our gadgets that hasn't seen a significant upgrade in a surprisingly long time: The battery.

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The Takeaway

Pay Attention To Ellen Pao

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In her gender discrimination lawsuit against Silicon Valley's top venture capital firm, plaintiff Ellen Pao takes the stand.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's 'Tech Boom' Doesn't Ignite Job Growth

Friday, March 06, 2015

New York is supposedly in the midst of a tech boom - but do the jobs numbers reflect that?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Raising Wages; Cuomo Admin's Emails; Comedian Maz Jobrani

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Cuomo administration is now deleting employees' emails after three months; is NYC's "tech boom" translating into jobs?; Generation X writer Douglas Coupland; & comedian Maz Jobrani.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Racing to Invent a Battery, Exposing Corruption in Russia

Monday, February 09, 2015

Steve LeVine on the race to perfect the lithium-ion battery. Opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her private battles to overcome addiction. Yasmina Reza talks about her new novel.

New Tech City

Bored and Brilliant by the Numbers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thousands of people are signed up to track their phone usage as they take the Bored and Brilliant challenges. Herewith we present the results by the numbers. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking Up From Your Smartphone, Perish The Thought

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Every time we pick up our smartphone to distract us when we are bored, we may be robbing ourselves of the opportunity to brainstorm, plan, or think creatively. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bored With Gary Shteyngart, The Future of Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Robert L. Grenier on directing the war in Afghanistan. Debating life and art. Gary Shteyngart on his phone dependency. The future of cryptocurrency.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Growing Aliens in a Laboratory

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Science writer Corey Powell describes how recent discoveries in the lab are changing minds about what extraterrestrials might look like and where they might be found. 

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WNYC News

Inspectors’ Gadgets Find Illegal Airbnbs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For a little over a year, New York City has been using sophisticated data-crunching software to zero in what it sees as illegal hotels, and it seems to be having an effect.

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The Takeaway

Computer Masters Two-Person Texas Hold 'Em

Monday, January 12, 2015

Experts have already "solved" tic-tac-toe and checkers. Poker is a little more tricky. 

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The Takeaway

Revenge Hacks: Sony Debacle Puts Companies on Offensive

Monday, January 05, 2015

Amidst the fallout from the Sony breach, private companies are taking cybersecurity into their own hands. Some are enlisting firms to learn offensive hacking techniques of their own.

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WNYC News

Plan to Replace All NYC Payphones Is Approved

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Officials greenlight a plan to build a citywide wireless internet network.

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WNYC News

Electeds: de Blasio Kiosk Plan Would Worsen Inequality

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Does a plan to spread free wifi favor rich New Yorkers?

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WNYC News

Google Targets 10,000 NYC Households for High Speed Internet

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An ambitious pilot program aims to put broadband in poor New Yorkers' homes.

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