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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. 

New Tech City

Treating Bipolar with a Microphone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amber Smith is bipolar. Her mood swings are dangerous. But she's testing new technology that could spot trouble early by detecting patterns in the sound of her voice.

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Morning Edition

FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Heavy traffic to the FCC's commenting site crashed it on Tuesday. That was the original deadline for the public to weigh in on a controversial Internet proposal. You now have until Friday to comment.

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Apple Teams Up With Former Rival IBM On Business Apps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The companies announced a deal Tuesday to sell Apple devices loaded with IBM software to big businesses all over the world

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All Things Considered

Bloated In Budget And Absent At Airshow, F-35 Charts A Troubled Course

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to be combat-ready next year. But the aircraft, which is already over-budget, failed to show up at the International Air Show in the UK. The show was to be its big overseas debut. Christopher Werth looks at what this means for the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

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Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In case you missed it, a customer posted eight minutes of a bleak call with Comcast. His attempt to cancel his cable set a new standard for bad customer service.

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The Takeaway

The New High-Tech Political Tools Every Voter Should Know About

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The brains behind the 2014 and 2016 elections are hard at work figuring out how best to harness the latest and greatest technology to help their candidates win. So what high-tech tools can you expect to be targeted with?

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On The Media

What Can We Learn About the Internet From the Disastrous DashCon Convention Last Weekend?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What can we learn from Tumblr's disastrous DashCon fan convention last weekend?

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Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Playing a quick game or taking a moment to connect with family or friends benefits both employees and their employers, a new study finds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Drones, Crime, and Sleepy CEOs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What happens when corporate and nonprofit executives actively encourage their employees to get more rest? Four CEOs who launched an experiment after WNYC's "Clock Your Sleep" Project share their results so far. Plus: Tracking Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's money; an update on Israel and Palestine; the legality of flying drones in New York City; and assessing Mayor de Blasio on crime six months into his administration.

 

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Challenges of Symbolic and Tangible Change in Politics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1. The Obama Presidency: Too Little, Too Late For Minority Communities? | 2. The New High-Tech Political Tools Every Voter Should Know About | 3. Nadine Gordimer's Lasting Impact on South African Writing | 4. The Symbolism & Politics of Geraldine Ferraro

All Things Considered

In Europe, Google Stumbles Between Free Speech And Privacy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Europe's highest court left Google with the responsibility of balancing the privacy rights of citizens with the public interest — and it's a tough balancing act.

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On The Media

Where the Internet Goes to Be Lonely

Monday, July 14, 2014

A decade ago, a Google search for "I am lonely" took people to a conversation thread on an obscure digital video discussion board. Now it's a 2,200-page repository of the Internet's thoughts on loneliness.

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Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Monday, July 14, 2014

The nation's top Internet companies are officially pressing for broad regulation to maintain free and equal access to the Internet.

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The Takeaway

Why Environmental Crime Goes Unpunished

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new investigation finds that existing environmental regulations are rarely enforced — and environmental crimes are almost never prosecuted.

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The Takeaway

Why Is It So Hard to Test for Lyme Disease?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer is prime time for the tick-borne illness; some 300,000 people contract it every year. But a regulatory loophole means the market for Lyme disease tests is unreliable — and highly lucrative.

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On The Media

On Passwords and Fearlessness and the Future

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today, Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims boldly declared that the password is irrelevant and dying. How boldly, you probably weren't asking yourself? Well, so boldly that he posted his twitter password in the article.

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Transportation Nation

Ridesharing Critics Urge Caution As D.C. Regulation Put On Hold

Monday, July 14, 2014

The move to regulate ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft will likely be put on hold as the D.C. Council moves towards a recess next week, but some say that leaves riders in limbo over whether the cars have adequate insurance coverage.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Escalating Conflict, The World Cup's Legacy, and A New Look at Hemingway

Monday, July 14, 2014

1. Tensions Between Israel & Hamas Escalate | 2. Benghazi, Citigroup, and The DOJ's Curious Timing | 3. Why Is It So Hard to Test for Lyme Disease? | 4. The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup | 5. Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Swiss vaults have held treasures ranging from Nazi gold to Wall Street fortunes. Now they're becoming the guardians of the 21st century's most precious asset: digital information.

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