Laura Sydell

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What's Next For Reddit?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ellen Pao stepped down Friday amid criticism following the company's dismissal of a popular employee. The challenge ahead will be keeping Reddit an open and vital community — and a profitable one.


Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Monday, June 29, 2015

Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will be free for only 3 months.


The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong

Friday, June 19, 2015

Super Mario Bros. turns 30 this year. NPR's Laura Sydell met up with the video game's famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was in Los Angeles this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.


Gaming Industry Pushes Virtual Reality, But Content Lags

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Developers are showcasing immersive virtual reality games at the E3 expo. But aside from VR headsets and demos, there isn't much software available yet to take advantage of the new technology.


Apple's New Music Streaming Service Under Antitrust Scrutiny

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The same day that Apple did a splashy, star-studded introduction to its new Apple Music subscription streaming service, New York's attorney general posted a letter from attorneys for Universal Music Group indicating that prosecutors are looking at the streaming music business and that Apple is one of the companies ...


Apple Jumps Into The Music Streaming Business

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The tech giant, whose iTunes store is the recording industry's largest retailer, finally unveiled its streaming service, which will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited access to music.


Apple Jumps Into Music Streaming Business

Monday, June 08, 2015

The tech giant announced its new music streaming service, Apple Music, on Monday. Industry insiders say if anyone can get mainstream consumers to move to streaming music it would be Apple.


Apple's Cook Takes Rivals To Task Over Data Privacy

Friday, June 05, 2015

Tim Cook didn't mention Google, Facebook or Twitter by name, but it's pretty clear those were the companies he meant. But is Apple faultless on privacy issues? It collects lots of data too.


Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.


Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Internet is full of music, but not all of it generates income for composers and songwriters. Services that specialize in "micro-licensing" are helping to fix that.


At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Friday, April 24, 2015

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?


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.


European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.


Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Remember those days of tending rows of virtual soybeans and strawberries on your Facebook page with a game called Farmville? It was a moment, and Zynga, the company that makes the game, cashed in when it went public back in 2011.

Now, Zynga is losing money and its founder is ...


Artists In Residence Give High-Tech Projects A Human Touch

Monday, April 06, 2015

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.


After Resuming Deliberations, Jury Rules In Favor Of Kleiner Perkins

Friday, March 27, 2015

The jury said that the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not retaliate against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her.


SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.


Apple Reveals Details Behind Highly Anticipated Smart Watch

Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple is banking that people will want to read or watch videos on the watch face. But the company already has a remarkable track record of creating desire for a device where it didn't exist before.


Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

Sunday, March 08, 2015

I had a lot of experiences this past week: I shot birds out of the sky with my eyes, my fingers were on fire, I flew on top of a drone over the arctic and looked into the jaws of a dragon.

I did all this without leaving San Francisco, ...