Technology & Digital Life

It's All Politics
5:16 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices

Energy Secretary Steven Chu tours the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Ga., last year.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 5:43 pm

Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, physicist Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington.

The Energy Department secretary, after all, was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from the University of California, Berkeley, the first science laureate to serve as a Cabinet secretary.

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NPR Story
11:57 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Preserving Science News in an Online World

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 1:49 pm



This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. When you read a news article online, how much attention do you pay to the comments that follow at the bottom? What about how many times the story has been re-tweeted or how many Facebook likes it has? Do you pay attention to those?

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All Tech Considered
3:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

What's Next, A Patent For The Lines Around Apple Stores?

Apple has trademarked its minimalist store design.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Officially as of last week, there's nothing quite like Apple's stores. After an array of patents of its products, Apple has decided to go whole hog and trademark its minimalist store design. The trademark was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 22, Reuters reported.

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The Picture Show
10:45 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Google Street View Takes A Hike. So?

A view of the Grand Canyon captured by the Google Trekker

A few months back, Google released a few of its engineers into the wild with a camera called the Google Trekker.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Hack Attack On 'New York Times' Looks Like Part Of Chinese Campaign

Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:57 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Nicole Perlroth

This news ...

"For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees."

... appears to be "part of a broader campaign against American media reporting on Chinese leaders," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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5:49 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

After Struggling, Blackberry Unveils Two New Smartphones

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

Melissa Block speaks with Steve Henn about the reinvention of Samsung and Blackberry.

Digital Life
5:48 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Women Enlistees Use Video Blogs To Share Advice With Other Recruits

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm



In today's volunteer force, when women sign up, they may have questions about military life that are different from the ones men would ask.

NPR's Brenda Salinas has discovered one place where female recruits are turning for help. They're going to video blogs.

BRENDA SALINAS, BYLINE: If you want to be let in on a military secret, go to YouTube and search for Sock Bun.


DOLLY MARIE SPICE: Hi, YouTube. This video is going to be a tutorial on how to create a Sock Bun.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

BlackBerry Maker Unveils New Phones, New Corporate Name

A member of the RIM team poses with one of the new touchscreen Z10 Blackberry devices.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

It's no secret that Research In Motion is in trouble. The tablet device it released in 2011 did so poorly the company took a $485 million hit. Android phones and Apple's iPhone have left the company in the technology graveyard.

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12:02 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Keeping Up With Kids' Online Privacy

Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki helps student Allison Wyndham at a computer during class.
George Nikitin AP

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 2:26 pm

"Youth are much savvier about their online privacy than most adults give them credit for," says Rey Junco, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In the final installment of Tell Me More's series Social Me, Junco tells NPR's Michel Martin that research into teenagers' online behavior on sites like Facebook show that they adjust privacy settings and behave in ways that prove "they're very aware of privacy issues."

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5:33 am
Wed January 30, 2013

RIM To Unveil BlackBerry Makeover

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 10:44 am



And there was a time only a few years ago when the BlackBerry was the undisputed champion of the smartphone market - a title now held by Apple's iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy. After years of falling sales and strategic blunders, the company that many have already written off, is unveiling a new device today. It's called the BlackBerry Z10.

And to talk about whether it can save the company, we called Rich Jaroslovsky. He's technology commentator for Bloomberg News.

Glad to have you on the show again.

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