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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

What Your Data's Worth: Probably Not As Much As You Think

Monday, March 03, 2014

Data Brokerage can be big business. Brokers sell profiles filled with your purchases, your favorite stores and more. But, as Emily Steel of the Financial Times explains, your profile's quite cheap.

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All Things Considered

If There's Privacy In The Digital Age, It Has A New Definition

Monday, March 03, 2014

Even staunch privacy advocates are concluding that it's impossible to protect personal data completely. The best hope for online privacy, they say, lies in legal safeguards that prevent abuse.

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On The Media

You Can Virtually Hang Out In Seinfeld's Apartment

Monday, March 03, 2014

Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset -- you strap it on your head, and it lets you explore a virtual 3D space. Greg Miller has recreated a 3D rendering of Seinfeld's sitcom apartment for Oculus Rift, which means that anyone with an OR headset can download his project and sit around pretending that they're talking about nothing. 

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To Get More Women In Tech, Start At Home And School

Monday, March 03, 2014

Tell Me More celebrates Women's History Month with the series "Women in Tech." Diverse voices will share ideas on bridging the gender gap in tech fields. The series begins with two startup founders.

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On The Media

Someone Recreated The Jurassic Park Computer System

Monday, March 03, 2014

Hold onto your butts. Tully Robinson built a website that recreates the scene in Jurassic Park where the Chief Park Engineer played by Samuel L. Jackson, finds out that his computer system has been hacked. 

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CarPlay: Apple Unveils Plan Linking iPhones To Honda, Volvo, Others

Monday, March 03, 2014

The system aims to keep drivers from fumbling with their phones while they're behind the wheel, even as it brings them more options (and potential distractions).

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Banished Is Like SimCity Without The City (But With Cholera)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Banished is a new indie city-builder game, but instead of raising taxes and managing the affairs of a metropolis, the focus is on survival in the harsh times of a medieval era with limited resources.

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E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Gamers are attracting millions of fans to their live competitions and bringing in some serious prize money. E-sports teams can be bought for millions, and players are traded for thousands.

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All Things Considered

'Mad Black Men': Yes, There Were Black People In '60s Advertising

Saturday, March 01, 2014

As a black graphic designer, Xavier Ruffin wanted to like the show Mad Men, but was disappointed with its portrayal of black people. His Web series Mad Black Men is part spoof, part dramedy.

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All Things Considered

An Answer For Issues With 'Lavatory Logistics' At Outdoor Events

Saturday, March 01, 2014

For anyone who has ever been stuck at an outdoor event searching for a restroom, there's an app to help with "lavatory logistics." This idea started as a joke and has turned into a Mardi Gras tool.

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Tech Week: Bitcoin, Everywhere Camera And A Big Anniversary

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In this week's roundup, a major Bitcoin player collapses, a tiny camera that automatically snaps photos throughout the day and — can you believe it? — the Web's birthday cake has 25 candles.

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A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest

Saturday, March 01, 2014

For the second year, hundreds of visual-effects workers will be protesting instead of celebrating Hollywood's big night. They say subsidies luring studios abroad are draining the profession.

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With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Netflix/Comcast Deal (First) | How Google Hires (Starts at 18:30) | Stanley McChrystal (Starts at 34:40)

We're trying something new on the Brian Lehrer Show -- three of our favorite segments from the week, edited together to listen to on the weekend, in case you missed them. If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

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All Things Considered

As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred

Friday, February 28, 2014

Police are buying software programs that help them track suspicious activity on the Web. But they come with a risk: If they're used too aggressively, the department could end up in court.

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All Things Considered

Joint Surveillance Program Stores Millions Of Yahoo Webcam Images

Friday, February 28, 2014

Secret documents provided by Edward Snowden reveal a program shared by the National Security Agency and the UK's surveillance agency. Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian explains "Optic Nerve."

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On The Media

A Computer Created A Pretty Good Ashton Kutcher Burn Today

Friday, February 28, 2014

There's a specific genre of formulaic joke that you see a lot of on the internet. The way this joke works is that you take two topical but unrelated news stories and jam them together. 

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On The Media

Netflix Has (Kind of, Sort of, Not Really) Invented A Way to Pause Your Movie When You Fall Asleep

Friday, February 28, 2014

Netflix says they've invented a way to automatically pause your movie once you fall asleep. But will it really happen, or is this just a hovercar?

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Venezuela Protests Proof President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Friday, February 28, 2014

Violent protests have filled the streets in Venezuela for the past two weeks. Tell Me More gets the latest from freelance journalist Andrew Rosati in Caracas.

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On The Media

Why We Should Ban All Parody Twitter Accounts (And Why They're Never Going Away)

Friday, February 28, 2014

If it exists, there will eventually be a parody Twitter account for it.

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