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5:33 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Microsoft Looks To Make Mark With Smartphones

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And moving west, now, to the tech world. Microsoft has been trying to break into the smartphone market for years, but it hasn't had much luck. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer derided it as overpriced and poorly designed. Since then, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world and Microsoft has struggled to capture just four percent of global smartphone sales. But NPR's Steve Henn reports the company and Steve Ballmer haven't given up.

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All Tech Considered
6:14 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

Cray employees put the finishing touches on Titan at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The supercomputer may be the world's fastest. It's designed to do 20 petaflops — or 20,000 trillion calculations — each second. It consumes enough electricity to power a small city of 9,000 people.
Courtesy of Nvidia

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:46 pm

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.

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Technology
5:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Could Threaten Cell Infrastructure

Robert Siegel talks with Maggie Reardon, mobile technology correspondent for CNET, about how the nation's cell phone infrastructure is expected to hold up through Hurricane Sandy.

The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Competing With Apple, Google Announces Three New Devices

The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
Google

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:34 pm

Small, medium and large. That's basically what Google announced today: That they will now offer touch-screen devices in three different sizes.

Like Apple — which has the iPhone, the iPad Mini and the iPad — Google now has the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

The 4 is a smartphone, the 7 is a medium-size tablet and the 10 is a large tablet.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Tracking Hurricane Sandy: Handy Maps And Apps

NASA Earth Observatory

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:35 pm

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Sweden Wants Your Trash

In May 2011, uncollected rubbish piled up in Naples, Italy. Sweden hopes Italy might be willing to export the problem.
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Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 1:59 pm

Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.

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Technology
7:00 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Week In Tech: Microsoft's Big Gamble

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 11:18 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Big week for Microsoft. The company introduced Windows 8, its new operating system, and entered the ever-expanding tablet market. These are major steps for a company that has been perceived as lagging behind Apple and Google in innovation. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn in Silicon Valley.

Steve, thanks for being with us.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Oh, my pleasure.

SIMON: Why is Windows 8 considered such a defining moment for Microsoft?

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How We Watch What We Watch
4:36 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Future Of 'Short Attention Span Theater'

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We've been looking at how technology has totally changed what it means to watch television or a movie. One of the biggest changes has been in demand — people want a baseball game — on their smartphone, wherever they are, right now. They want to pull up a video and stream it — on their laptop or phone, immediately, with no wait.

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Technology
4:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

What Windows 8 Could Mean For You

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Microsoft grabbed the spotlight this week with two big new product launches. First, a new tablet computer - Microsoft's first. And yesterday, it unveiled a radically new version of its Windows operating system.

To talk about the significance of Windows 8 and how it might affect you, we're joined by Rich Jaroslovsky, he's technology commentator at Bloomberg News and a regular guest on our program.

Good morning.

RICH JAROSLOVSKY: Good morning.

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

This laser's just pretty, not powerful: Artist Yvette Mattern's laser rainbow in Whitley Bay, England, earlier this year.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

"World's Most Powerful Laser Beams To Zap Nuclear Waste."

That Bloomberg Businessweek headline got our attention. We were imagining the explosion that might result.

But as it turns out, the zapping "could destroy nuclear waste and provide new cancer treatments," according to the story.

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