Samantha Raphelson

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Tech Week: Video Game Console Sites Attacked; Uber's Crazy Year

Saturday, December 27, 2014

This week in tech, Sony's $44 million comedy film, The Interview, opened to mostly sold out shows Friday. But on the streaming end, Microsoft and Sony experienced significant outages in networks used by their Xbox and PlayStation video game consoles. Also this week, we look at the global ...


Tech Week: Sony's Cyber Woes, And A Coating To Ease Ketchup's Flow

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The big story in tech this week was Sony's continuing cyber troubles following the hack of its computer network late last month. The FBI formally accused North Korea of the cyberattack Friday. Also this week, we look at a new nonstick coating that helps condiments easily ...


Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just think about how much food or product we waste because it's stuck on the sides of its container. Whether it's that last bit of ketchup or toothpaste, it seems easier to throw it out and start anew rather than deal with that endless game of shaking and squeezing.

The ...


Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If you're a parent, you know the aggravation that comes with baby-proofing an entire house. Probably one of your biggest fears is that your child might stick her finger or a foreign object into an electrical outlet.

More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur annually, according to the ...


No More Word Puzzles: Google Can Tell You're Human With One Click

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A squiggly word puzzle pops up as you're trying to buy concert tickets. You stare at the words, scratching your head, as time disappears for you to purchase those tickets. Your first few attempts are utter failures, and you wonder why confirming your humanity on the Internet has to be ...


Weekly Innovation: A Smart Pan That Helps You Cook Like A Chef

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

For the average cook, stovetop cooking is often a complicated game of guess and check.

You throw some meat into a pan with some olive oil and all you have to go on is the sound of sizzling and popping to guess the temperature of the pan. Often this leads ...


Weekly Innovation: A Seat That Fits In Your Pocket

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If you're traveling this holiday season, you'll inevitably be doing a lot of standing around.

Whether it's standing in an airport security line or waiting at a crowded gate, it would be nice to take a load off in the midst of the travel rush. Better yet, pulling a "seat" ...


Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Uber's public-relations nightmare dominated the week's technology news. A senior executive at the ride-sharing firm suggested that Uber should dig up dirt about media critics of the company. The comments came after Uber faced negative press over a promotion in France featuring scantily clad female drivers.


Lollipop, Lollipop: NPR's ...


Amid The Stereotypes, Some Facts About Millennials

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Millennial" is the buzzword of the moment — with much of the national conversation focused on stereotypes and anecdotes. But are young adults today really all that different from those of previous generations?

A review of data shows that millennials do have characteristics that set them apart. Unlike their parents' ...


Innovation: Smart Yoga Mat Could Help You Find Your Zen

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

If you've ever tried yoga, you know it can be difficult to find your balance in a downward dog or pigeon pose. Especially if you lack flexibility like me.

Whether you've found your zen or are just starting out, the SmartMat, a responsive yoga mat with built-in sensor ...


The Prosthetics Industry Gets A Human Touch

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the latest in the ongoing series.

"There's been more advancement in the field of prosthetics since 1945 than there ...


Weekly Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The relationship between man and dog is unlike any other.

Many people dream of understanding what their dogs are thinking and feeling. Technology even lets us strap a camera on a dog's head to see what it sees.

Soon, we may be able to talk to our dogs ...


Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Everyone hates the sheer agony of an umbrella flipping inside out in a windy rainstorm. Even with the best umbrellas, this happens all too often.

Justin Nagelberg feels your pain. His new umbrella, the Sa, totally shakes up the umbrella's tired design. To put the project in motion, ...


Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

So your child moved back in with you after graduation, and it seems like she will never leave. Or worse, you're sending rent checks each month while she searches for jobs in the big city.

You ...


Getting Some 'Me' Time: Why Millennials Are So Individualistic

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

They are a class of self-centered, self-absorbed, selfie-snapping 20-somethings. This is how many critics have come to define the millennial generation.

But hold on, isn't this what was said about every generation when it was young? ...


Microsoft CEO Nadella's Remarks Add To Tech's Sexism Problem

Friday, October 10, 2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comments on women asking for raises triggered an instant backlash, but they also raise more questions about the tech industry's male-dominated culture and spotlight the challenges women in tech face.

Ironically, Nadella made these remarks Thursday at a conference named after Grace Hopper, one ...


Weekly Innovation: This Drone Fits In Your Pocket

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The narrative around drones is that they are killing machines. Unmanned tools of war that the government uses to avoid putting boots on the ground in conflict zones around the world.

But drones are actually much more than that. In September, the Federal Aviation Administration gave approval to six Hollywood ...


From GI's To Gen Z (Or Is It iGen?): How Generations Get Nicknames

Monday, October 06, 2014

Nobody likes to be labeled. We especially hated labels back in high school, when we were forced into one of several groups: jocks, nerds, theater kids, freaks and so on.

Now imagine categorizing people based on the years they were born: the GI generation, Generation X, baby boomers, millennials.

When ...