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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. 

Norway Becoming First Country To Eliminate FM Radio

Monday, April 20, 2015

The switch from analog to digital radio offers more channels at a fraction of the cost, the government says.

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All Things Considered

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

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Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Monday, April 20, 2015

Before today, a Twitter user could send direct messages only if the recipient was one of the user's followers. Now there's an option that would allow users to message anyone on Twitter.

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New Tech City

Listeners: So Many Ways to Cook an Avocado

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last week, IBM's Watson computing system instructed Manoush and the Sporkful's Dan Pashman to cook an avocado. It was delicious. We wanted more.Thank goodness for our listeners. 
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The Takeaway

A Portrait of Resilience Five Years After Deepwater Horizon

Monday, April 20, 2015

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the owner of a small business dependent on the water and the environment in southern Mississippi weighs in on what's changed.

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Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does contemporary technology fundamentally change our relationship to the world and to each other? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn about this emerging area of philosophy.

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Morning Edition

Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Danger in The Mediterranean, The Sounds of Liberation, and A New Graphic Novel

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Takeaway explores the Mediterranean refugee crisis, criminal justice reform in Georgia, and new work about Ada Lovelace.

VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Talk about a time warp! The iconic VW camper is getting a modern reboot. This time, it's electric.

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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All Things Considered

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.

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Company's Secret Weapon To Make Videos Go Viral

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Videos don't always go viral just because they're clever or show a cat prancing on a skateboard. Often a company finds the video, promotes it and sells its licensing rights to media buyers.

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Solving The Vinyl Comeback's Big Problem, One Antique Machine At A Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody's making new ones.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Feel Secure?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.

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Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

Friday, April 17, 2015

The financial "screens" went dark for several hours during trading in London and Asia causing, among other disruptions, a delay in a British government debt issue.

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Morning Edition

Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long After Bombing

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.

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WikiLeaks Makes It Easy To Access Hacked Sony Pictures Information

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sony reacted angrily to the news that the leaked emails and private documents are now available in a searchable archive. WikiLeaks says they belong in the public domain.

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All Things Considered

The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't Use It

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.

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All Things Considered

Experts Divided Over Iran's Cyberactivity Since Start Of Nuclear Talks

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The U.S. government and cybersecurity companies agree that Iran has greatly improved its cyberattack capability over the past two years.

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LA Schools To Apple: You Owe Us

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to pay up for poorly performing software on its iPads.

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