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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

Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

While social media can galvanize movements and offer access to activists, sensitive conversations can easily go off the rails online. But we are becoming better managers of these online conversations.

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All Things Considered

FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

FBI Director James Comey offered new evidence that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack against Sony. Some technology experts had been skeptical of the proof the FBI had offered before.

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On The Media

Dear Haruki: Japan’s Most Famous Novelist to Become Online Advice Columnist

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Move over Dear Prudence and Dan Savage, Haruki Murakami is ready to answer emails.
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New Tech City

Seriously, Listen to Your Voicemail

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Ask a 20-something, or even a 40-something, if they'd miss their voicemail if it went away tomorrow. Many wouldn't flinch. But there's something deeper we're giving up if that happens.

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On The Media

Locked Out of the Alt: Why One Woman Turned to Alt Twitter for a Room of Her Own

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Lily locked her Twitter account to try to find some privacy online, but it wasn't enough. Then she found "alt" Twitter.
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The Takeaway

The Piano Industry's Quiet Decline

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The piano was once the heart of the home—in 1909, more than 364,500 were sold. But the TV has adopted that role in the modern era, and the piano industry has slowly declined.

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The Takeaway

This Land is Your Land

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The D.C. power shift is putting pressure on the amount of public land controlled by government. Leading the charge is the new House Natural Resources Committee chair, Rep. Rob Bishop.

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New Tech City

Tell Us About Your Relationship With Your Phone

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

We want your stories. Is your smartphone a fifth limb? A necessary evil? A nemesis? A best friend? A bad boyfriend? You tell us.
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Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Companies developing technology for biometric identification say it's quicker and more secure than using a credit card, but privacy concerns remain.

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Morning Edition

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Digital downloads of iTunes fell sharply in 2014, as consumers abandoned Apple's music store in favor of cheap, easy-to-use subscription services.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Congress Gets Back to Work, Ferguson Juror Moves to Tell All, and The 30-Million Word Gap

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the new 114th Congress, a lawsuit filed by a Ferguson grand juror, and the slow decline of the piano industry.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Will Technology Help More Patients Control Their Medical Data, And Help People Make Better Decisions?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Eric Topol examines medicine’s “Gutenberg moment,” comparing new technology in medicine to the printing press, which liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class. 

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Transportation Nation

Variations in Tip Button Math Nets Cabbies $5.2M Annually

Monday, January 05, 2015

Credit card machines in New York City cabs suggest tips of 20, 25 or 30 percent. But it turns out many riders end up tipping 21 percent. Why?
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All Things Considered

Prosecutors Say Tools For Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns

Monday, January 05, 2015

Advocates say tools that cloak online identities are needed to protect activists. Prosecutors say they hinder efforts to police all kinds of crime, from child pornography to illegal gun sales.

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All Things Considered

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

Monday, January 05, 2015

A new wave of self-monitoring devices and apps is hitting the Consumer Electronics Show — ones with explicit medical purposes. They promise to help diagnose everything from ear infections to diseases.

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All Things Considered

Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big data is a trendy term for the ever-expanding cloud of information that's online and increasingly searchable. Some researchers say it could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say big data raises too many big questions — especially when it comes to medicine.

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PRI's The World

What I've learned after my Mom got hacked (and her data held for ransom)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Her mother was hacked and her data ransomed. So what was her first step after the ordeal was over? Backing up her own computer to stop hackers.

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Sleeping Near A Smartphone Can Disturb A Child's Rest

Monday, January 05, 2015

Lots of children have smartphones tucked under the pillow or on the nightstand. That may be enough to compromise sleep and make children feel less rested, a study finds.

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The Takeaway

Revenge Hacks: Sony Debacle Puts Companies on Offensive

Monday, January 05, 2015

Amidst the fallout from the Sony breach, private companies are taking cybersecurity into their own hands. Some are enlisting firms to learn offensive hacking techniques of their own.

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