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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

Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years Of BASIC Computer Language

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The new programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.

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The Takeaway

Pushing Back Against College Sexual Assault | Schoolgirl Kidnappings Spark Distrust in Nigeria | How House Parties & Millennials Will Save Classical Music

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Pushing Back Against College Sexual Assault | Schoolgirl Kidnappings Spark Distrust in Nigerian Government | Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams Arrested | Congress Actually Agrees on Something: The Capitol Dome Restoration Project | Be Careful Posting That Online Review, You Might Just Get Sued | How House Parties & Millennials ...

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All Things Considered

High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Inventing a new product is hard if you can't afford to build a prototype. Enter maker spaces, workshops boasting shared high-tech tools. Entrepreneurs love them, and big backers are taking notice.

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All Things Considered

Twitter CEO Hopes To Attract Users By Clearing The Clutter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dick Costolo calls the @ sign "scaffolding" that gets in the way of clear communication. And he says Twitter has to bridge the gap between the brand's global awareness and user engagement.

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On The Media

A Vigilante Solution to Texting and Driving

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Florida man has been accused of putting a mobile cell phone jammer in his car to stop nearby drivers from distracted driving.

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All Things Considered

What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The military's reliance on cyberspace is outpacing its ability to defend against cyberattacks, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Here's how cyberwarriors are being trained.

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Morning Edition

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This new kitchen tool promises to scramble egg whites and the yolk to create delicious culinary creations, and save you from washing a whisk. A soft cradle keeps the egg from breaking.

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New Tech City

Attacked in the Comment Section, Companies Strike Back

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A cautionary tale of e-commerce, fine print, and the drastic measures some online retailers will take to protect their reputations, even at the expense of consumers.

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The Takeaway

Inmate Dies After Botched Execution | Amid Votes, Violence Marks Iraqi Election | This Is Where: 'I am Just Feet in the Sand'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution | Amid Votes, Violence Marks Iraqi Election | In Fight for Equality, Sterling's Ban is a Drop in the Bucket | U.S. Economy Stalls in First Quarter | This Is Where: 'I am Just Feet in the Sand' | SCOTUS Hands Major Victory to ...

All Things Considered

From Waltz To '90s Icon: The Unforgettable Life Of The Nokia Ringtone

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

With the announcement that Nokia will move away from the smartphone market, it's worth taking a moment to remember a sound once ubiquitous, which we might never hear again: the Nokia ringtone.

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All Things Considered

Supreme Court Considers Limits On Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In a case that reaches into almost every American's pocket or purse, justices struggled over whether police can search cellphones without obtaining a warrant at the time of an arrest.

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Check Out The Barefoot Wax Sculpture Of Mark Zuckerberg

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Visitors to the Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco will soon be able to see the zombiefied essence of the Facebook founder and CEO. Is the life-size copy too real-looking?

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On The Media

Art Gallery Does the Impossible, Makes Gifs Boring

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

According to Wired, London's Saatchi gallery has created a gif competition that awards prizes in what it now calls "motion photography." Wired sees this as legitimizing gifs as an artform, but in the process of legitimizing, it completely misunderstands the point of gifs.

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Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Get ready for a different kind of distraction. Tech experts predict hearables, which you wear in your ear, are going to hit the market in a big way very soon. And they may change the way we behave.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cell Phones and Searches

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

For the police, is your cell phone like a wallet or a safety deposit box? Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, Political Gabfest regular and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, discusses the cases being argued at the Supreme Court over the issue of whether a search warrant is required for cell phones.

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On The Media

Band Makes the World's Most Difficult To Access Album, But It's Still Pretty Cool

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Getting attention for your music in the internet age requires a lot of flair, a bit of ingenuity, and maybe some performance art.

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Morning Edition

Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Police have long been able to search people without a warrant at the time of their arrest. Two cases before the Supreme Court ask whether cellphones should be off-limits until police get permission.

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The Takeaway

Defining Unreasonable Searches in the Digital Age

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today the Supreme Court will consider a new question surrounding search and seizure as it relates to that most modern and most ubiquitous of devices: The smartphone. At issue is whether police need a warrant before searching the mobile device of a person under arrest.

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The Takeaway

Defining Unreasonable Search and Seizure| Sterlings's Punishment Could Yield Him a Huge Profit | Are New Russian Sanctions a Lost Cause? |

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Police and Cell Phones: Defining Unreasonable Search and Seizure | Inside Bank of America's $4 Billion Blunder | A Look at Nuclear Safety Since the Three Mile Island Meltdown | Politics, Conflict in Ukraine May Delay Chernobyl Reactor Project | Are New Russian Sanctions a Lost Cause? | Sterling's Punishment ...

All Things Considered

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

Monday, April 28, 2014

Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

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