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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. 

An MIT Project That Lets You Spy On Yourself

Monday, July 01, 2013

With nothing but email metadata, you can paint a pretty complete picture of your personal and professional universe.

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Texas Teen Jailed For Sarcastic Facebook Comment

Monday, July 01, 2013

A Texas teen who made a Facebook comment about "shooting up a school full of kids" is in jail on a felony charge for making terroristic threats. "These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made," says the teen's father.

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Kids Unplugged: Summer Camps Ban Electronics

Monday, July 01, 2013

A decade ago, many summer camps nationwide instituted a no-tech policy. Technology has changed since then, and social media threatens to distract kids' attention more than ever. But while kids are kept from their gadgets, behind the scenes, technology is enhancing their safety.

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Google Pulls The Plug On Reader Service After 8 Years

Monday, July 01, 2013

For the millions who had gotten used to having their favorite online news delivered via Google in neatly stacked headlines, it's a tough day. The company shut down Google Reader on Monday after eight years.

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Computer's Screen Inspired First Video Game, 'Space War'

Monday, July 01, 2013

Steve Russell was the main creator of Space War! at MIT in 1961 — the project was one of the earliest digital video games. He tells Robert Siegel how he came up with the idea of battling spaceships as a way to use a donated computer.

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Listeners Join The Aspen Conversation

Monday, July 01, 2013

Host Michel Martin checks in again on Twitter's latest online conversations about education.

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Hear the #NPRAspen Education Chat

Monday, July 01, 2013

Host Michel Martin checks in on the latest education conversations happening in the Twitterverse.

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Little By Little, 911 Centers Receive Emergency Texts

Monday, July 01, 2013

In some parts of the country, you can text 911 if you have an emergency. But that technology is taking a long time to roll out. It's among the difficulties of adapting old systems to new technologies. Renee Montagne talks with Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Numbering Association about the challenges and opportunities for texting to 911.

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Q&A: On The Death Of Google Reader And The Future Of Reading

Sunday, June 30, 2013

As Google Reader gets put to rest, we talked with Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of the relaunched Digg, about the way we consume media now and how to make sense of content overload.

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Living Large in 140 Square Feet

Friday, June 28, 2013

Chris Tack made seven unloading trips to Goodwill before moving into the tiny home he and his wife Malissa designed and built. Constructed on a trailer bed and parked in Snohomish, Washington, the house is more than enough space for them, the couple says. And one advantage of an abode on wheels is that you can always move, says Malissa.

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Aiming For 'Wild and Crazy' Energy Ideas

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff — if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.

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U.S. Army Restricts Access To 'The Guardian' Website

Friday, June 28, 2013

The British newspaper was the first to publish recently leaked information about top secret U.S. government surveillance programs.

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Please Text And Tweet During This Theater Performance

Friday, June 28, 2013

A play that encourages the audience to keep its phones on, take photos and live-tweet the characters onstage. "All it really did was give me a chance to check my email during the show," contributor Noah Nelson writes.

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Radiolab

Artist Plays Detective: Can I Reconstruct A Face From A Piece Of Hair?

Friday, June 28, 2013

You find a hair on a table top. A cigarette butt on the street. You take it home, and using not especially sophisticated tools, you recover traces of DNA. Can you now reconstruct the face of the person whose hair that was? Who smoked that cigarette?

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What You Suggested For Our Tech Blog Reboot

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We asked; you answered. A look at ideas offered by readers and listeners for our technology coverage reboot.

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Student Facebook Use Might Affect Future Success

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nearly every college student uses Facebook, according to a recent study, but not every student uses it the same way: some game, some chat, some post. Purdue University Professor Rey Junco talks to host Michel Martin about his study.

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Game Console Ouya Lures Buyers With $99 Price Tag

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A $99 video game console funded through Kickstarter went on sale this week. Ouya is significantly cheaper than the big-brand consoles and also relies on a different business model. Games are sold through something like an app store, allowing customers to sample them before buying.

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This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Researchers are developing a technology that could draw carbon dioxide directly out of the air. It's very expensive now, but it works, and one company is already trying to identify a market for all that captured greenhouse gas.

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As People Head Into Space, PayPal Says It Will Follow Them

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Many people know how to buy things in cyberspace. But what about doing business in outer space? That's the question PayPal wants to answer. Citing the looming era of space tourism, the company is starting the Galactic project with the SETI Institute, to "make universal space payments a reality."

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Man Indicted In Scheme To Blackmail Romney Over Tax Returns

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The indictment says Michael Mancil Brown of Franklin, Tenn., "falsely stated that he had stolen tax documents for Willard M. Romney and Ann D. Romney for tax years prior to 2010." Brown now faces federal charges of fraud and extortion.

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