Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
5:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

'Latin@' Offers A Gender-Neutral Choice; But How To Pronounce It?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:38 pm

In Spanish, most nouns default to masculine or feminine, as do the adjectives that describe them. So if you're referring to a group of people that includes a man, the word you'd use for that group would be masculine — even if that group is mostly made up of women.

(For a handy explainer on how words in languages become gendered, check out the "When Nouns Grow Genitals" episode of Slate's Lexicon Valley.)

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All Tech Considered
5:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Are You Eating Too Fast? Ask Your Fork

A electronic HAPIfork, which can monitor users' eating habits, is on display at a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:19 pm

What's the coolest new gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week? It's too soon to tell. But I have an early favorite for the title of oddest new gadget: the HAPIfork and HAPIspoon. They may sound like characters from a nursery rhyme, but this fork and spoon connect to the Internet and can monitor and record how you eat.

The HAPI utensils measure how long your meals last, how long you pause between each bite and how many mouthfuls of food you consume.

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Digital Life
4:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

'RunPee' The Ideal App For Lovers Of Movies And Large Drinks

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:19 pm

It's the mobile app for both lovers of film and large soft drinks. RunPee tells users the best times to make a run to the bathroom during a movie without missing any important plot points or scenes.

Theater
11:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

You're Invited: Verdi's 200th Birthday Celebration

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:17 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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Planet Money
2:09 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

3-D Printing Is (Kind Of) A Big Deal

The printed cup.
via Shapeways

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:15 pm

The first key to thinking about 3-D printers is this: Do not think printer. Think magic box that creates any object you can imagine.

In the box, razor-thin layers of powdered material (acrylic, nylon, silver, whatever) pile one on top of the other, and then, voila — you've got a shoe, or a cup, or a ring, or an iPhone case.

It's miraculous to see. Press a button, make anything you want. But just how important is 3-D printing? Unlike earlier big-deal technologies (like, say, the tractor) 3-D printing won't really replace what came before.

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NPR Story
10:50 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Looking Back On A Year In Science

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:33 pm

In 2012 the Higgs boson was spotted at CERN, private company SpaceX began supply flights to the International Space Station, and the world bade farewell to the Galapagos tortoise Lonesome George. A panel of journalists discusses the year's top stories in science.

NPR Story
10:46 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Science Looked Good In 2012

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 12:23 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

And now joining us is Flora Lichtman. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: Multimedia editor with our Video Pick of the Week, and it's topical, of course.

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Business
4:41 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Google Avoids Antitrust Charges

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Federal Trade Commission has closed its long running anti-trust investigation of Google. While the search giant agreed to change some of its business practices, the FTC did not launch a formal anti-trust case against the company or impose any financial penalties.

Here's NPR's Steve Henn.

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Business
4:41 am
Fri January 4, 2013

California Law Addresses Social Media Privacy

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:46 am

California has a new law in affect this year that bars employers from forcing employees to hand over their social media passwords. Some companies have been asking for these passwords to keep tabs on employees.

Technology
4:52 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

FTC Closes Google Anti-Trust Investigation Without Penalties

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:02 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The Federal Trade Commission has closed its long-running antitrust investigation of Google. The search giant avoided any financial penalties, and the FTC's move is widely seen as a victory for Google. NPR's Steve Henn has been following the story and joins us now to fill us in on the details. And, Steve, this investigation has been going on for years. And now that it's over, I mean, how big a victory is it really for Google?

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