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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. 

All Things Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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All Things Considered

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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All Things Considered

Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

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On The Media

Want to Make a Bot That'll Write a Novel? November is the Time to do it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month. This year, for the second time, it's also National Novel Generation Month
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Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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Drones Are Taking Pictures That Could Demystify A Malaria Surge

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That's the question that's been puzzling a team of scientists. And they're using drones to find the answer.

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All Things Considered

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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All Things Considered

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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All Things Considered

Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

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Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

All the Other Geniuses

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Steve Jobs wasn't alone in developing our digital revolution. His biographer Walter Isaacson talks about the group of pioneers who collaborated in making our modern digital world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Two of 'The Brilliant Ten' Scientists

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Computer scientist Roxana Geambasu and bioengineer Jonathan Viventi, listed on Popular Science magazine “The Brilliant 10” list, talk about their groundbreaking work.

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Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most Internet users. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years in 25 Days (2006): Skyrocketing Art Sales

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art critic and author Deborah Solomon, with artist Eric Fischl, look back on 2006 and how big money has affected NYC's art market and artists.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ira Glass & Sarah Koenig; Blondie’s Chris Stein

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blondie's Chris Stein on the legendary club CBGBs; tech money and art; Ira Glass and Sarah Koenig of “This American Life;" Walter Isaacson; and subway performers, know your rights! 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Hearts and Minds: Loving NYC, Top Creators and Scientists

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writers on their unshakable love for New York City. The story of four NYU undergrads who set out to build anew  social network. Two scientists on Popular Science's “Brilliant 10” list.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Plan to Protect Your Privacy from Facebook—and Why It Failed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jim Dwyer tells the story of four NYU undergraduates who set out to build a new social network that let users control their personal data—and why their plan ultimately fell apart.

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New Tech City

Containing Disease Like They Did in This Video Game

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Governments need to be able to predict how outbreaks spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Here's how one bizarre and totally accidental video game incident made the modeling smarter.

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All Things Considered

In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

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Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

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