Technology & Digital Life http://wfae.org en Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash http://wfae.org/post/uber-airbnb-under-attack-spain-old-and-new-economies-clash This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 55815 at http://wfae.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple http://wfae.org/post/ibm-and-apple-team-become-techs-new-odd-couple In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones, selling Apple devices and IBM software to big businesses. <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=IBM+And+Apple+Team+Up+To+Become+Tech%27s+New+Odd+Couple&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Audie Cornish & Steve Henn 55809 at http://wfae.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks http://wfae.org/post/its-boom-times-pop-shops-mobile-shopping-clicks Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.<p>Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.<p>"As long as they can change it back, they can do whatever they want," says Joe LaPadula. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Elise Hu 55789 at http://wfae.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks 'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please http://wfae.org/post/something-social-networks-would-you-buy-it-too-please <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=%27Like%27+Something%3F+Social+Networks+Would+Like+You+To+Buy+It+Too%2C+Please&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 55792 at http://wfae.org What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet http://wfae.org/post/sold-harrier-jump-jet-bought-auction The Harrier Jump Jet combines the speed of a jet with the maneuverability of a helicopter.<p>These single-seater planes are known for vertical take-offs and landings, making them ideal for close-air support near the front-lines where runways may be damaged or non-existent.<p>Designed by the British and now flown by the U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 editor 55740 at http://wfae.org What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://wfae.org/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <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=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Every day, it seems that more places are invaded by mobile devices. But the concert hall- surely that's the one place where it's completely unacceptable to pull out that iPhone, right? Well, no. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 55722 at http://wfae.org For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope http://wfae.org/post/rare-languages-social-media-provide-new-hope At a time when social media users, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/16/263096375/researchers-are-totes-studying-how-ppl-shorten-words-on-twitter">for no particularly good reason</a>, are trading in fully formed words for abbreviations ("defs" instead of "definitely"), it may seem that some languages are under threat of deterioration — literally.<p>But social media may actually be beneficial for languages.<p>Of the estimated <a href="http://www.unesco.org/culture/languages-atlas/">7,000 languages</a> that are spoken around the world, UNESCO projects half will disappea Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Lydia Emmanouilidou 55708 at http://wfae.org For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos http://wfae.org/post/citizen-evidence-lab-separates-truth-fiction-viral-videos <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=Citizen+Evidence+Lab+Separates+Truth+From+Fiction+In+Viral+Videos&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>With each new conflict, there seems to be images of alleged human rights abuses posted on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and websites, where they can ricochet around the world. But how does a viewer know if they're real? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 55689 at http://wfae.org Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality http://wfae.org/post/tech-week-industry-diversity-digital-afterlives-net-neutrality What happened in technology this week, you ask? Here's a roundup of the tech stories reported by NPR and others since you last checked in.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Hack The Hood: </strong>Twitter this week followed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/26/325798198/facebooks-diversity-numbers-are-out-and-theyre-what-you-expect?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=alltech&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140723">Google, Facebook and Yahoo</a> in releasing numbers on the makeup of its workforce. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Avie Schneider 55680 at http://wfae.org Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality 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