Laura Sydell

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A Video Game Meant To Take Us Back To The Physical World

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ingress, an innovative game from a Google startup, is designed to get its players more engaged with each other. And as the game evolves, the writers respond to actions taken by players.


Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Friday, April 04, 2014

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.


Apple And Samsung Face Off In Court Again Over Patents

Monday, March 31, 2014

Each company claims the other one has swiped its patents. This time Apple is going after patents in the Android operating system that run Samsung's Galaxy S3.


No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints

Thursday, March 27, 2014

King Digital Entertainment went public Wednesday, and the results were crushing — the stock sank. It may be a sign that investors are losing faith in the mobile gaming market.


Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NPR's Laura Sydell is afraid of heights, so when she got a first-person view from atop a castle, the experience was dizzying. Is Oculus Rift, the headset she was using, the future of entertainment?


Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Young announced his long-planned, high-fidelity audio player, Pono, on Tuesday at SXSW. But at a time when music streaming is overtaking downloads, will anybody want it?


Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality

Monday, March 10, 2014

On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones.


Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The film ignited protests in the Islamic world, but this copyright claim comes from an American actress who appears in the movie. Google plans to fight a court order to pull the video from YouTube.


A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Liberation Music threatened to sue Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig over a song he used in one of his lectures. Lessig sued back, and now the label is taking a look at its own copyright policies.


iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Apple recently found a critical bug in its mobile and desktop systems. Unfortunately, the security fix won't help you if you haven't updated your mobile device to iOS 7.


Wireless Companies, FCC Reach Deal On 'Unlocking' Cellphones

Thursday, December 12, 2013

U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.

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For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

Friday, November 29, 2013

As video games become more mainstream, some social action organizations are using them to raise awareness or raise funds. They advocate for a range of causes, from the struggles of women in the developing world to the effects of power in Congress.


What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

Monday, November 11, 2013

Perhaps no company showed how the Internet could turn sharing into a global phenomenon more than Napster. The music-sharing site upended the record industry. But the industry ultimately survived and free-music Napster did not. What are new businesses doing to avoid the same fate?


Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For parents of teens in the fast-changing social media landscape, which includes sites such as, it can be tough to figure out the balance between giving your children freedom and protecting them from danger. That dilemma was illustrated by the suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl who reportedly was cyberbullied.


Long Before Most, Intel Chased The Smart Watch

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Long before smart watches became the latest pursuit for tech companies, Gordon Moore of Intel was experimenting with wristwatch computers. Intel's co-founder and his colleagues built a line of chip-powered watches in the late '70s. The concept was visionary, but the business was a failure. Moore now keeps a memento that he calls his "$15 million watch."


What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The label run by engineer Cookie Marenco sells super high-definition downloads — a development even she thought impossible 15 years ago. The downloads may be expensive, but she says, the sound is superior to current popular audio formats like MP3.


Apple Hopes New iPhone Will Help It Compete In Developing World

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple is introducing two new iPhone models as it battles for market share with rival phone makers such as Samsung. One of the phones, the iPhone 5C, starts at $99 and is aimed at consumers in the developing world. Apple is also launching a fingerprint called Touch ID that could be used instead of an iPhone password.


Basic Internet Economics At Stake In Net Neutrality Suit

Monday, September 09, 2013

The basic economics of the Internet are at stake in a lawsuit that went before a federal court on Monday. Verizon is suing to overturn FCC rules that govern Internet service providers. The "Open Internet Order" prohibits companies such as Verizon from blocking or discriminating against certain kinds of websites.


Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public

Friday, August 30, 2013

Radio and print ads launched this week warn of damage wrought by so-called patent trolls. Business groups and software developers say patents are being used as legal weapons in a tactic that costs the economy tens of billions of dollars a year.


Can Streaming Services Make Money?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are changing the way we listen to music, but all have had money issues. Apple and Google join the fray this year and music producer Jimmy Iovine is launching a service with Beats by Dr. Dre.