Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

Pundits Vs. Machine: Who Did Better At Predicting Campaign Controversies?

Monday, October 17, 2016

We pitted two political pundits against an algorithm to compete at predicting the biggest issues to arise over a month in the presidential election. Now we find out who won.


Amazon Prepares To Launch Cheaper Music Streaming Service

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Amazon is taking a deep dive into the highly competitive music streaming world. It's introductory price of $3.99 a month undercuts every other streaming service, and it does some heavy lifting with artificial intelligence.


Samsung Officially Halts Production Of Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co., is reeling Tuesday after announcing it would halt production and sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Samsung had to issue a recall about a month ago after multiple incidents in which the phone overheated and caught fire.


As Buyers Circle, Could Twitter Be Better Off As A Nonprofit?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Disney, Google and others are said to be considering buying Twitter. It's got baggage — lackluster ad sales, abusive trolling — but also millions of users. What if Twitter focused on a public mission?


Would Twitter Be Better Off As A Nonprofit?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Twitter is struggling to earn a profit and please investors. Companies including Disney and Alphabet are said to be considering bids for it. But would Twitter be better off as a nonprofit?


Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.


Republicans Say Obama Administration Is Giving Away The Internet

Monday, September 26, 2016

The U.S. is about to complete its long-planned handover of Internet domain name management to a global non-profit. Republicans argue it's an example of the Obama administration giving up U.S. power.


Pundits Vs. Machine: Predicting Controversies In The Presidential Race

Monday, September 19, 2016

How well can a computer program predict which controversies around Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are likely to re-emerge in the coming weeks? Two human pundits agree to compete against the machine.


Coming To The App Store: Nintendo's New Game 'Super Mario Run'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

"Super Mario Run" will soon be available for iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement at a product event Wednesday, and shares of Nintendo soared on the news.


Apple May Test iPhone Users' Loyalty If It Dumps The Headphone Jack

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The next iPhone, expected to be unveiled Wednesday, may be missing something familiar: the ubiquitous headphone jack. Usability experts say the change could really sit badly with Apple customers.


A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

Monday, August 29, 2016

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.


With Demand For Its Products Down, Cisco Will Cut Workforce

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The company says it will lay off 5,500 employees and, like other Silicon Valley pioneers, move into different types of business.


Why The Airline Industry Could Keep Suffering System Failures Like Delta's

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Delta's massive outage wasn't the first malfunction to wreak havoc on an airline. The industry's systems are complex and require high security, which can make them more prone to shutdowns.


Why Taylor Swift Is Asking Congress To Update Copyright Laws

Monday, August 08, 2016

It's an ongoing standoff between musicians and Google's YouTube: Who should be responsible for removing unauthorized copies of songs posted online?


Is There A Double Standard When Female CEOs In Tech Stumble?

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Male CEOs fail all the time, but when someone like Yahoo's Marissa Mayer or Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes falls short of expectations it can feed stereotypes about women being unfit for leadership.


Pokemon Go: The Live Video Game Everyone Seems To Be Playing

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go is the latest game to use something called augmented reality which combines virtual and real worlds on a smartphone screen. Released only last week by Nintendo, it is a runaway success.


Bodybuilders Beef Over A Workout Supplement — And A Stanford Patent

Friday, July 08, 2016

Two bodybuilders go at it in a legal battle that reveals how university patents for federally funded research can end up in unexpected places.


Brexit Could Threaten England's Global Technology Status

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

London-based tech companies face the uncertainty of the upcoming exit from the European Union. Many worry about less investment and less access to the talent they need to grow. Some may just leave.


Game Developers Try Hard To Appeal To Professional Competitors

Friday, June 17, 2016

They may not be lifting weights to get in shape, but eSports players train hard. And they're competing hard at this year's E3 conference for video gamers in Los Angeles. Top prize is $10,000.


E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.