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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

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

They're the latest addition to so-called "maker spaces" showing up in a number of libraries. But as libraries work to redefine their purpose in the digital age, it also raises questions about misuse.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Video Game Fame, Debating Cruel and Unusual Punishment, and Wendell Pierce From 'The Wire'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the creator of "The Oregon Trail," we look at a death penalty case before the Supreme Court, and Wendell Pierce who played Bunk on "The Wire" discusses Baltimore.

New Tech City

What Google Is Doing to Solve Its Gender Problem

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Three useful tips for any working woman, or anyone who employs women, from Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of Human Resources.

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Why Video Games Matter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For some people, "video game" doesn't conjure up images of anything considered worthwhile. But some games, like The Last of Us, belong to a time-honored story genre, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Morning Edition

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

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How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tech and telecom companies stepped up with much needed services. Facebook and Google offered tools to help those in the region let family and friends know they're OK. Other firms cut calling costs.

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All Things Considered

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Monday, April 27, 2015

The number of people using these services is growing fast. Find out what happens when a writer rents out his Mini Cooper and an Airbnb tenant learns something terrible has happened to his host.

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Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

Monday, April 27, 2015

Google will allow patent holders to "tell Google about patents they're willing to sell at a price they set." Tech firms have been targeted by "trolls" who own patents and charge them licensing fees.

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PRI's The World

Toronto's Zoo plans to turn its animal waste into electricity

Monday, April 27, 2015

From African lions to Grevy's Zebras, animals at the Toronto Zoo generate 3,000 tons of dung a year. Now the zoo will soon be turning all that poop into energy, thanks to a new biogas plant that uses manure to create electricity.

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New Tech City

Help us Rename New Tech City

Monday, April 27, 2015

We know "New Tech City" sounds like a show about infrastructure, subways, and start-ups. Help us come up with a better, more meaningful fit. 
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Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

Monday, April 27, 2015

Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and major music festivals, the All England Lawn Tennis Club reportedly cited the devices' "nuisance value."

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Morning Edition

Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

Monday, April 27, 2015

A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Ever Wonder About the Sounds a Building Makes?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sound engineer Ryan Schimmenti put it best, "every space has a sound, every sound tells a story." Using high-end equipment he documents and records the "voices" of buildings. There are a lot of those sounds in this piece. But if you want more . . .  

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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WNYC News

Bharara Warns of Looming Cyber Security Threat

Friday, April 24, 2015

In an unlikely speech before a gathering of urban planners, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara cited cyber-terrorism as the greatest threat to the nation.

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All Things Considered

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Friday, April 24, 2015

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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Tribeca Film Festival Live

Christian Slater Leads an Underground Hacker Army in Mr. Robot

Friday, April 24, 2015

There's a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world, and they're the subject of the USA Network's new series, Mr. Robot. Hear the show's creator and stars.

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The Takeaway

Comcast-Time Warner Merger Unravels

Friday, April 24, 2015

Comcast is walking away from its plans to take over Time Warner for $45 billion.

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The Takeaway

Time to Rethink The U.S. Drone Program?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Americans have been victims of drone strikes since President Bush implemented the program in 2002. Is it time to rethink the U.S. drone program? 

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A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Apple II watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the new Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. But he says he probably wouldn't wear one.

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