Technology & Digital Life http://wfae.org en Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://wfae.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 55655 at http://wfae.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://wfae.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 55644 at http://wfae.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://wfae.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 55592 at http://wfae.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Meet The Guy Who's Putting Your Cat On The Map — To Prove A Point http://wfae.org/post/meet-guy-whos-putting-your-cat-map-prove-point <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Meet+The+Guy+Who%27s+Putting+Your+Cat+On+The+Map+%E2%80%94+To+Prove+A+Point&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 55587 at http://wfae.org U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://wfae.org/post/us-database-glitch-delays-passport-visa-processing The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.<p>The Associated Press writes:<p><blockquote><p>"Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in 'significant performance issues, including outages' in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55559 at http://wfae.org Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk http://wfae.org/post/get-moving-while-seated-your-desk <em>This post is part of our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a>,<em> </em><em>in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Allie Caren 55495 at http://wfae.org Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone http://wfae.org/post/plan-untangle-our-digital-lives-after-were-gone Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 editor 55473 at http://wfae.org A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch http://wfae.org/post/skype-vital-bridge-palestinians-west-bank-gaza At least three times a day, Imad Abudayyah, 49, fires up his laptop at the West Bank hotel where he's currently living with his 11-year-old son, Ghassan, to reach out to relatives in the Gaza Strip. Abudayyah says Skype is the only way they can see the family members they have left behind.<p>He is a Western-educated budget expert who is working with the Palestinian Authority on finance reform, a post that makes it easier for him to obtain an Israeli permit to come and go from Gaza. But even for Abudayyah, getting permission is tough these days. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 55457 at http://wfae.org As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch Taking Stock Of 2 Tech Giants: What's Next For Apple And Microsoft http://wfae.org/post/taking-stock-2-tech-giants-whats-next-apple-and-microsoft Microsoft's new CEO is getting a lot of love from Wall Street, but the company is struggling to stay relevant. And Apple has found its footing again, mostly through a massive stock buyback program. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 55447 at http://wfae.org 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://wfae.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 55426 at http://wfae.org