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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

Ransomware: When Hackers Lock Your Files, To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Monday, December 08, 2014

There's a kind of attack — one that's evolving — that sneaks into your network, takes your files and holds them for ransom.

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Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Monday, December 08, 2014

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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All Things Considered

Inventor Ralph Baer Was An American Success Story

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who turned TV sets into visual playgrounds, died Saturday at the age of 92. Baer was a refugee from Nazi Germany who invented the first home video system.

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PRI's The World

For many geeks, Anonymous is the gateway drug to political and social activism

Monday, December 08, 2014

Anonymous has evolved from a band of online pranksters into a legitimate group focused on social activism. But just how much impact is it making? It's uneven, but that doesn't mean the group isn't making a difference, especially in the lives of budding activists.

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Morning Edition

Ralph Baer, The Man Who Thought Up Video Games, Dies

Monday, December 08, 2014

The 92-year-old was working as a military contractor in 1971 when he patented a piece of equipment that could create and control dots on a TV screen.

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Morning Edition

New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

Monday, December 08, 2014

The magazine saw an exodus of 50 top contributors in the days after billionaire owner Chris Hughes, formerly of Facebook, announced The New Republic was going to move to New York and transform.

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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The theoretical physicist has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years, until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.

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Is That $1 or $5? Ask This Money Reader For The Blind

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The iBill, a new currency reader being offered by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, aims to change how the blind identify different kinds of bills.

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Saturday, December 06, 2014

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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Tech Week: Online Threats, N. Korean Threats And RIP Clip Art

Saturday, December 06, 2014

In this week's roundup of tech headlines, Microsoft bids adieu to the clip art we came to love and the High Court considers how to handle online threats.

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Specials

Innovation Hub: Fact and Fiction

Saturday, December 06, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub: separating fact from fiction. Why denial is dangerous, the decline of entrepreneurship, and whether or not iPads for children are actually a good idea.

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On The Media

Blog to... Novel?: Five Internet Personalities Turned Fiction Writers (Besides Zoella)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Zoella's Girl Online is making a huge splash – are bloggers-cum-novelists always such a hit? (Nope.)
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Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

Friday, December 05, 2014

In countries like India, where vaccine records are kept on paper, kids often miss a dose — with potentially fatal results. Now some Yale students have come up with a high-tech (and cheap) solution.

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What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Why is it that you can share photos so easily online but you can't get a doctor to upload your MRI? An experiment to let patients see and share their scans gets rave reviews from early adopters.

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New Tech City

How to Give to the Tech-Lover in Your Life

Friday, December 05, 2014

Technology is changing our lives. But one thing that hasn’t changed: You still have to buy people gifts for the holidays. If they like technology, you've come to the right place.
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Money Talking

Clicking Your Way Through the Grocery Aisle

Friday, December 05, 2014

Lugging groceries around New York is tough. The weather's bad. The bags break. It's a grind. Fresh Direct pioneered home delivery, and now Amazon and Google want a piece of the action.

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On The Media

What Police Video Can and Can't Do

Friday, December 05, 2014

As the debate surrounding the effectiveness of police-worn body cameras grows, Bob Garfield looks at the concerns and evidence regarding the technology and its practical use.

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On The Media

Little Trolls

Friday, December 05, 2014

Alanah Pearce is a video game reviewer who gets harassed a lot online. But recently she learned something about her harassers that gave her a new way to deal with them. 

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Uber Is Richer Than Ever, But The Company Still Isn't Playing Nice

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Uber brought in $1.2 billion in its last round of financing, despite months of bad press. Or maybe because of it: One business professor says venture capitalists see jerks as better investments.

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All Things Considered

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A North Korean official now denies its involvement in one of the worst corporate hacks in history, after a different official played coy. How sophisticated are the Hermit Kingdom's hackers?

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