Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
11:24 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Vint Cerf in a photo from last year. Cerf is warning of a possible "digital Dark Ages" if the world's data isn't permanently preserved.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:31 pm

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?

Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at an annual conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information as a possible "digital Dark Ages."

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Obama: Cyberspace Is The New 'Wild West'

Hoping to prevent or limit data breaches like the one that recently hit health insurer Anthem, President Obama is urging companies to work together to protect their data.
Gus Ruelas Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 4:43 pm

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

President Obama called cyberspace the "wild West" and that everyone is looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he said in his address to leaders in the tech industry, that private industry, policy makers and security experts had to do more to stop cyber attacks, the Associated Press reported.

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All Tech Considered
5:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data


Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 9:40 am

President Obama is at Stanford University today, hosting a cybersecurity summit. He and about a thousand guests are trying to figure out how to protect consumers online from hacks and data breaches.

Meanwhile, in the cyber underworld, criminals are trying to figure out how to turn every piece of our digital life into cash. The newest frontier: health records.

I grab a chair and sit down with Greg Virgin, CEO of the security firm RedJack.

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Around the Nation
3:33 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

We finally found this simple, traditional radio at Radioshack — though they are also available, in abundance, online.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:12 am

The United Nations has declared Friday World Radio Day in celebration of radio's unique status as a "simple and inexpensive" technology with the power to reach even the most remote, marginalized communities.

But we wondered — in this digital age, how hard is it to find a simple, inexpensive radio?

Our journey took us to several stores in Washington, D.C., in search of a portable and affordable radio, as well as to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md.

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Shots - Health News
3:31 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 12:46 pm

For the past month and a half, we've been exploring the invisible forces that shape our lives in NPR's newest program, Invisibilia. Now we're ending the pilot season with a visible twist — exploring the ways computers shape our behavior, and the way we see the world.

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Digital Life
4:59 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Facebook Offers New Options For Digital Life After Death

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:26 pm

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All Tech Considered
2:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Facebook is adding a "legacy contact" feature to allow selected relatives or friends to manage the account of the user after they die.

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 4:29 pm

Social Media platforms are getting closer to answering the question: What happens to our online accounts after we die? Facebook, Google and other popular services are offering more control over how we are remembered online. And at least one startup is looking at ways of using artificial intelligence to keep us alive virtually — long after we're gone.

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Shots - Health News
1:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Apps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Meredith Rizzo/NPR; Source: iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:13 am

Trying to find a date on Tinder feels a bit like playing a video game. You quickly browse through photos on your phone. If he's cute swipe right, and the app will let you know if he likes you back. If he's posing with a fancy car or a baby tiger, make a gagging sound and swipe left.

Log into OkCupid, and the suitors are purportedly better curated. The app has you answer hundreds of hard-hitting questions like, "How often do you brush your teeth?" and, "Do you like scary movies?" The app then matches you with potential dates who supposedly share interests and values.

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6:40 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

Courtesy of Bing Nursery School

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:03 pm

Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.

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Research News
5:17 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The 50 Most Effective Ways To Transform The Developing World

Students use tablets in a classroom in Mae Chan, a remote town in Thailand's northern province.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 3:31 pm

There are so many projects in global health that sometimes it's hard to figure out which ones are the most important.

So Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory set out to list the 50 breakthroughs that would most transform the lives of the poor, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Shashi Buluswar, an author of the study, spoke with Morning Edition's Renee Montagne. Here's a sampling:

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