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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. 

New Tech City

Into the Woods, Cell Phone, iPod and All

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In August, life is supposed to slow down. But in the city, things never seem to let up. So WNYC's Amy Pearl thought, why not get away from it all? Go out into the woods and hike the Appalachian Trail for a couple days with just her dog Cola for company. Totally unplugged. Well, almost.

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How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

According to numbers released Tuesday, Twitter's one-year-old video-sharing app Vine now has about 40 million registered users. The app lets users shoot a maximum of six seconds per Vine, so we wanted to know why the limit's set at six seconds and not a second longer.

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Citing Privacy Worries, Tech And Legal Site Groklaw Shuts Down

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The website Groklaw, which for 10 years demystified complex issues involving technology and the law, is shutting down. Editor Pamela Jones writes that she can't run the site without email, and that since emails' privacy can't be guaranteed, she can no longer do the site's work.

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Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

There was a time when many thought the Internet was beyond government regulation, its very chaos a source of creativity and strength. Nate Anderson's The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement went about changing that.

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Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Researchers from the University of Michigan find that while Facebook provides an invaluable resource for social connection, it actually undermines well-being.

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Convertino's Phone Phreaking Leads To Cyber Weapons Career

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mike Convertino built a career making cyber weapons for the Air Force. While he can't talk about a lot that he did, there are some clues. He was decorated in Bosnia in the mid 1990s, around the same time the U.S. deployed its first lethal drone in combat. After Sept. 11, he helped craft standards for the rapid sharing of intelligence.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weibo and the Great Firewall of China

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jason Q. Ng, 2013 Google Policy Fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and author of Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China's Version of Twitter (And Why) (New Press, August 2013), discusses his new book, which catalogues the many words and phrases censored by the Chinese government on the popular social media site Weibo.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayoral Campaign Ads; Egypt Latest; Left-Brain/Right-Brain

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

With the primary three weeks away, voters are seeing more and more campaign ads and flyers from the mayoral contenders. We take your calls on how the candidates' messages are impacting your decision. Plus: Time's Bobby Ghosh on Egypt; City Council Member Brad Lander on unequal treatment of affordable housing tenants in luxury buildings; a new study debunks the idea of left-brain and right-brain behavior; and the words and phrases that the Chinese government blocks on the social media site Weibo.

→ Reminder: Reddit AMA with Errol Louis at 2pm Today! Will be live at this link a little before 2.

The End Of Buttons: The New Gesture-Control Era

Monday, August 19, 2013

The newest smartphones are abandoning both physical and on-screen buttons in favor of gestures. As with so much behavior change ushered in by technology, the change happens before we take wider notice.

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Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

Monday, August 19, 2013

Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America. Worried that Google has an outsized hand in digitizing books, the DPLA is combining, on one site, the digital collections of libraries nationwide — free.

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App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film'

Monday, August 19, 2013

Author Marisha Pessl turned to technology to enrich readers' experience of her new thriller, Night Film — creating found-footage YouTube films, screen shots of hidden websites, and an app that readers can use to access additional content after scanning an illustration in the book.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What's the News from Your Lab?

Monday, August 19, 2013

After covering three big stories from the world of science -- dolphin deaths, black holes and HeLa cells -- we're opening the phone lines for scientists and researchers to call in about what's going on in your laboratory, office, greenhouse or wherever you work. Call 212-433-9692 or comment below!

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Soundcheck

Neil Young Wants High-Quality Audio

Monday, August 19, 2013

Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk explains Neil Young's quest for super-high-quality audio and the uphill battle that it’s facing.

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The Takeaway

New Report Shows More Oversteps By NSA

Monday, August 19, 2013

According to documents provided by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post's Barton Gellman, the NSA has overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008. Gellman joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest NSA revelations, and the consequences for the Obama Administration and American citizens. Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who published Edward Snowden's leaks, found that his domestic partner was held for nearly nine hours under British anti-terror legislation at Heathrow airport on Sunday. David Anderson is the U.K's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He joins the program to discuss British anti-terror laws and why Miranda was held.

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Can Twitter Boost Literacy?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Despite complaints that Twitter kills language, there's evidence that social media can be used to enhance reading and writing. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Rey Junco, of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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University Pages: LinkedIn Launches New College Profiles

Monday, August 19, 2013

The professional connections site LinkedIn launches a new section of its social network Monday, as University Pages targets young people who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools are already on the network, says LinkedIn, which also dropped its minimum age, to 14 in the U.S.

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Features

Has Voyager 1 Left The Solar System?

Monday, August 19, 2013

For the past decade or so, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it already has — over a year ago.

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Hitting The Road Without A Driver

Monday, August 19, 2013

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing the ultimate in automotive sophistication: the driverless car. When NPR's Brian Naylor went there to check it out, he thought he'd be going for a spin on a test track. Instead, the car drove itself through suburbia.

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The Takeaway

Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.

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The Takeaway

Violent Confrontations Continue in Egypt | The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of Section 4 | Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Violent Confrontations Continue in Egypt | New Report Shows More Oversteps By NSA | The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of Section 4 |Philly Schools to Open on Time Despite Financial Woes | Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp | One Year Later, Undocumented Youth Program a Success