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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. 

Morning Edition

Project Eavesdrop: What Passive Surveillance Collects

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Over the past year, we've learned a lot about what the National Security Agency can do. Our technology correspondent allowed his phone and Internet activities to be monitored to see what was revealed.

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New Tech City

Your Posture May Change Your Math Skills

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fighting back the fear of math by standing strong just might work. We test out one attempt to tame kids' math anxiety with 'power poses.'

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All Things Considered

Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The Takeaway

Snowden's Lawyer: No Return Under 'This Regime'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After the NSA contractor turned whistleblower revealed the U.S. government's vast network of surveillance, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with two felonies under the 1917 Espionage Act and one count of the theft. His legal advisor explains why he won't be returning Stateside anytime soon.

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Arab Entrepreneurs Head To Silicon Valley To Grow Their Ventures

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As they seek to scale their businesses to the next level, innovators from the Middle East and North Africa are hacking, pitching to venture capitalists and brainstorming with CEOs.

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Translating The Web With Millions: Luis Von Ahn Answers Your Questions

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Computer programmer Luis von Ahn answers listener's questions about the potential of crowdsourcing.

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Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Under a waiver, energy giant BP will use a drone to conduct surveys over large oil fields in Alaska. FAA regulations ban the commercial use of drones in America's skies.

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Morning Edition

Microsoft And Sony Kick Off E3 With Dueling Announcements

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Every year, gamers turn their eyes to Los Angeles for E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's the annual video game industry convention.

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Morning Edition

Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NPR's Steve Henn, along with two tech experts, allowed Internet traffic through his laptop and cellphone to be monitored. If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would he find out?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Snowden's Lawyer Speaks Out, New Immigration Challenges Test System, Tea Party Support Slides

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1. Wave of Immigration Tests Ill-Equipped System | 2. Chaos, Violence Erupt in Pakistan | 3. Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans | 4. Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP Face Off Against the Tea Party | 5. America's Police Departments See Influx of War Gear | 6. Snowden's ...

Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

Monday, June 09, 2014

A program by two Russian artificial intelligence experts is said to have passed the iconic test by fooling a group of judges into thinking they were talking to a 13-year-old boy.

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All Things Considered

Apple Jacks The Headphone Port

Monday, June 09, 2014

Industry folks and Apple fanatics are upset about the company's plan to lose the standard 3.5mm connector in favor of a Lightning port. But the decision might be good for consumers in the long run.

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All Things Considered

In A Landmark First, An AI Program Fools The Turing Test

Monday, June 09, 2014

In an artificial intelligence breakthrough, a computer program has become the first to pass the Turing Test, according to scholars in England. Designed by Alan Turing, the test is meant to distinguish machines from humans in a series of natural language conversations. This program fooled humans into believing it was a 13-year-old boy.

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All Things Considered

Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff

Monday, June 09, 2014

For more than a year, YouTube has been trying to launch a music streaming service. It has reached licensing agreements with the major labels, but has put independents on notice.

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On The Media

We're Happy to Report That Webdriver Torso Is Not A Viral Advertisement

Monday, June 09, 2014

The secret is out, and we're happy to report that it's not a viral ad for a sci-fi property or a stupid art project.

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'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions

Monday, June 09, 2014

Envy, pride, lust and the rest — a new interactive explores the shifting morality of our always-connected lives.

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On The Media

The New "Game" By Minecraft's Creator Is An Indictment of Independent Games

Monday, June 09, 2014

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of the massively successful independent game Minecraft has a long-awaited follow up to his groundbreaking open world game. Unfortunately for fans, his new "game," Cliffhorse, is deliberately an unplayable mess.

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Morning Edition

HealthCare.gov's Next Version Is In The Hands Of Young Techies

Monday, June 09, 2014

David Greene talks to Wired magazine's Steven Levy about his story on Healthcare.gov 2.0 and the "tech surge" team that's parachuted in to build it. The next generation launches on Nov. 15.

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On The Media

TLDR #28 - No Trail

Sunday, June 08, 2014

In February of this year, Philip Welsh of Silver Spring, Maryland, was murdered. His murder remains unsolved, largely because he didn't use the internet, and left no digital trail. Alex talks to Philip's family and reporter Dan Morse about the case.

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All Things Considered

Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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