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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. 

Tech Week: Video Game Console Sites Attacked; Uber's Crazy Year

Saturday, December 27, 2014

In our weekly roundup of tech headlines, Sony and Microsoft video game console sites streaming The Interview were possibly hacked, and a look at Uber's year of hyper-growth and backlash.

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Pyongyang Blames U.S. Amid Reports Of New Internet Outages

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pyongyang has accused President Obama of "reckless words and deeds" and said the U.S. is "playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would."

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All Things Considered

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Friday, December 26, 2014

Using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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All Things Considered

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Friday, December 26, 2014

Maha Hilal helped launch #MuslimApologies partly as a rebuttal to the more earnest hashtag, #NotInOurName. She tells Audie Cornish how it reflects a divisive conversation in the Muslim community.

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All Things Considered

Doubts Persist On U.S. Claims Of North Korean Role In Sony Hack

Friday, December 26, 2014

One cybersecurity expert says there's no smoking gun to prove Pyongyang was behind the attack and that the FBI's evidence is circumstantial at best.

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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

Friday, December 26, 2014

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites

Friday, December 26, 2014

A group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a possible denial-of-service attack against the tech companies' online game sites.

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Morning Edition

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

Friday, December 26, 2014

The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.

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All Things Considered

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

Thursday, December 25, 2014

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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PRI's The World

Cuban entrepreneurs find ways to get information — with or without the Internet

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Some technically minded Cubans have come up with clever ways of navigating the information superhighway, even though the Internet is more of a dirt road in Cuba,

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Science Friday

Birdie in Flight

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The aerodynamics of the badminton birdie, along with a complex chain of movements executed by players, enables it to reach 200 mph.

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Science Friday

SciFri Live: Science Movie Quiz

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

You may know science, but how well do you know movie science?

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Science Friday

2014 Science Year in Review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.

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Science Friday

John McPhee Assembles California

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.

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PRI's The World

Please don't leave a message after the beep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Coca-Cola announced recently that it is eliminating voicemail for its employees. Is this part of a growing trend away from voicemail?

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Morning Edition

In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In what scenario does a $44 million slapstick comedy become a good fit for independent theaters? Only one involving geopolitical intrigue, a humiliating hack and terror threats from North Korea.

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New Tech City

Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep... without screens.

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All Things Considered

North Korea's Internet Outage Could Just Be Bad Timing

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

North Korea's nationwide outage, which came after President Obama promised a response for the Sony hack, was not likely caused by the U.S., Internet analyst Doug Madory tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

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PRI's The World

When the Internet goes down in North Korea, there aren't many to notice

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

No one know who's responsible for taking out North Korea's Internet on Tuesday, but most North Koreans aren't especially concerned. They use an "Intranet" called Kwangmyong, or "Bright Star," and for them, nothing changed.

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