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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. 

On The Media

TLDR #25 - Monsters

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kim Correa loves the online game DayZ, which lets you interact with other humans during a zombie apocalypse. DayZ's appeal is that it allows weird, spontaneous interactions between players. It also allows really terrible ones. Kim talks about her experience of being raped in a virtual world -- something she doesn't quite know what to do with. We also talk to writer Julian Dibbel, who wrote about how one online community dealt with a virtual rape back in 1993.

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To Know Thyself, Collect Data On Your Dog

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There are plenty of wearable gadgets that help us track how we exercise. Now the makers of devices and apps to track data on pets and babies hope to capitalize on the quantified-self movement.

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Say It With A Selfie: Protesting In The Age Of Social Media

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Signs remain a popular tactic for activists, but now they're showing up in digital self-portraits. These shared visuals put local issues, like kidnapped girls in Nigeria, into a global context.

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High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Congress has ordered the FAA to create new rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. airspace by 2015, but North Dakota's farmers aren't waiting.

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Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week's technology news included the departure of Target's chief in the wake of the chain's data breach, efforts to regulate commercial use of drones and reports Apple may buy Beats Electronics.

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The Takeaway

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Mom Explains How to Raise a Brilliant Child

Friday, May 09, 2014

Though it might be a bit outdated, the old saying goes: "Behind every successful man, there's a great woman." In the case of astrophysicist, author, radio and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, that great woman would be his mother, Sunchita Tyson.

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Not-So-Social Media: Why People Have Stopped Talking On Phones

Friday, May 09, 2014

There was a time when teens would spend hours on the phone gabbing with friends. Now, that's the stodgiest behavior imaginable. Even for older people, a ringing phone is an unwanted intrusion.

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On The Media

The Applebee's-Only Social Networking App is A Hoax, Of Course.

Friday, May 09, 2014

TGIF, hopefully this will be the last silly internet story of the week. 

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The Takeaway

Will Dr. Dre Be Hip-Hop's First Billionaire?

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to reports, Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics LLC, the headphone and streaming music company owned by music legend Dr. Dre. The deal could make Dr. Dre the first billionaire in hip-hop.

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The Takeaway

Businesses Rate Consumers. What's Your Score?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Most consumers are familiar with the opportunities to review businesses, but New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi was surprised to find herself on the other side of the equation when she was reviewed as a customer.

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On The Media

Good Morning! Go ASCII Yourself, Please.

Friday, May 09, 2014

This is silly and fun. The ASCII webcam will show you live video of yourself rendered in ASCII. The upshot is that you can take one of these newfangled selfies everyone seems to be raving about, but with your visage rendered in text symbols. Here's me, waving: 

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Morning Edition

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?

Friday, May 09, 2014

There are about 5 million searches for lyrics every day on Google. Who gets paid when people look up lyrics online?

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Morning Edition

Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form

Friday, May 09, 2014

A new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image is showcasing reaction GIFs, those little animated images people employ online when words fail them. Cue the dramatic chipmunk!

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Morning Edition

Joust To The Music: Video Game Evolves Beyond The Screen

Friday, May 09, 2014

A new high-tech game is a little like musical-chairs-meets-tag. Johann Sebastian Joust is a video game — but without the video. A technology expert sees it as a return to traditional types of play.

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform | Does the World Care About Young, Black Girls? | A Mother's Day Message from Neil deGrasse Tyson & His Mother

Friday, May 09, 2014

After 40 Veterans Die, Pressure Mounts for VA Reform | Businesses Rate Consumers. Do You Know Your Score? | Russians Celebrate 69th Annual Victory Day with Fervor | Reviews of this Weekend's New Movie Releases | Does the World Care About Young, Black Girls? | Neil deGrasse Tyson's Mom Explains ...

On The Media

Being a Lady and Playing DayZ

Thursday, May 08, 2014

I have 172 hours logged in DayZ. I bought it in January, after my partner suggested it as a game we play together. The first time we played was a weekend and we played for 13 hours straight. I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Snapchat Settles With FTC Over Privacy Breach

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The messaging service promised users that their photos and video would "disappear forever" after being sent, but the FTC says the company saved email addresses and phone numbers.

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On The Media

#25 - Monsters

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Kim Correa loves the online game DayZ, which lets you interact with other humans during a zombie apocalypse. DayZ's appeal is that it allows weird, spontaneous interactions between players. It also allows really terrible ones. Kim talks about her experience of being raped in a virtual world -- something she doesn't quite know what to do with. We also talk to writer Julian Dibbel, who wrote about how one online community dealt with a virtual rape back in 1993. 

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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Transcendence'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.

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Science Friday

Another Climate Report, But Who's Listening?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The White House released its latest climate report this week, with much the same message as recent IPCC findings—climate change is real, and it's happening fast.

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