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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. 

How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

If you fear your device devotion has gotten too intense, how about imposing a no-cellphone zone in your home? Here are a few ways you can take a break from your addictive little screen.

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Morning Edition

This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Credit card data breaches get a lot of attention, but payroll system data breaches can have even more damaging effects.

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The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present

Monday, March 31, 2014

When Mozilla, best known for the Firefox browser, hired Brendan Eich as its CEO, it ignited a firestorm over free speech and equal rights. Now, the dating site OkCupid is getting involved.

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Soundcheck

Forgotify Helps You Hear Lost Songs On Spotify

Monday, March 31, 2014

According to the streaming music service Spotify, nearly 20 percent of its catalogue -- close to four million songs -- have never been played. But now, a new service called Forgotify aims to get you listening to those songs. PopMatters columnist Ben Rubenstein delves into the finer points of the service.

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Feds Will Require Rearview Cameras On Vehicles In 2018

Monday, March 31, 2014

The rule will apply to all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds, which includes small subcompacts all the way to commercial vans. The government says the new rule could save more than 60 lives a year.

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The Takeaway

A Balloon to the Brink of Space

Monday, March 31, 2014

Space might be closer than you think. By the end of 2016, a private company, World View, plans to bring tourists to the brink of outer space in a high-altitude balloon.

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The Takeaway

As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment | Hashtag Activists Come Out Against 'Colbert Report' | Space Tourism Provides Balloon to the Brink of Space

Monday, March 31, 2014

As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment | The Takeaway TV Smackdown Elite 8: Tony Soprano Vs. Data | Activists Come Out Against 'Colbert Report' | Turkey's Elections & A Prime Minister's Future | Retro Report Looks Back at Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church | 2001: How The United States ...

Getting Back In The Game: Finding The Right Game To Play

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Like movies, books and music, there are countless video games to suit all interests and tastes. If you're a would-be gamer, here's a guide to help you sort through the different worlds.

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Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A German-based group called PediaPress estimates that a print version of the ever-evolving, online encyclopedia would fill more than 1,000 1,200-page volumes. Now they just need $50,000 to do it.

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Wikipedia Holds An Edit-A-Thon To Draw Women Editors

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is designed to encourage women to contribute to the online encyclopedia. Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian American Art Museum tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

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Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The fairy tale of virtual reality company Oculus VR, your stories of smartphone distraction and the possible end to the NSA's bulk phone record collection led this week's tech conversations.

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All Things Considered

Monsignor Brings Pope's Tweets To The World, In Latin

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vatican Latinist Monsignor Daniel Gallagher has a unique job: He translates Pope Francis's tweets into Latin. And with 231,000 followers, the @Pontifex_ln Twitter handle is a hit.

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Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV

Friday, March 28, 2014

Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.

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On The Media

A Six (and a Half) Year Old Explains New Yorker Cartoons

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Yorker cartoons are weird. Sometimes they're funny in the traditional sense. Sometimes they're incomprehensible. Sometimes they're adjacent to funny - gestures towards this thing that is like humor but isn't quite humor. 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: New Tech City Talks Parenting in the Digital Age

Friday, March 28, 2014

Between tablets, cell phones, video games and computers, the minutes of daily screen time the average child logs in can quickly add up to hours. 

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On The Media

Why a Large Part of the Internet Is Mad at Stephen Colbert

Friday, March 28, 2014

Can a joke about racism be racist? Explaining #CancelColbert.

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Morning Edition

Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses

Friday, March 28, 2014

In the Mexican border city of Tijuana, entrepreneurs are going after a share of the Internet economy that usually goes to Asia. At a business incubator, they want to work with U.S. tech companies.

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On The Media

A Crisis of Cartographic Proportions

Friday, March 28, 2014

While Russia annexed Crimea with scarcely a shot fired, the crisis has grown heated between cartographers. An editing war broke out on Wikipedia's map of Russia, and National Geographic sparked outrage by suggesting it would map Crimea as Russian territory once the Kremlin made it official. Bob talks with Michael Blanding, author of the forthcoming book The Map Thief, about how map-making by nature is a risky geopolitical game.

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On The Media

The World According to Google Maps

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Google Maps, Crimea is still a part of Ukraine, though Vladimir Putin is urging the mapping behemoth to redraw Russia's borders to include the Black Sea peninsula. Whatever Google decides, it’s sure to be politically and culturally fraught.

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On The Media

How Much Oil Really Spilled?

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Southwest Alaska, the media reported, as they have since the disaster happened, that the amount of oil spilled was 11 million gallons. In 2010, Brooke spoke with Riki Ott - a marine toxicologist and author - who explained that the 11 million number is in fact a disputed figure the media have incorrectly adopted.

 

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