Technology & Digital Life

All Tech Considered
4:58 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:27 pm

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET for clarity.

How would you — or do you — identify on online dating sites? Gay? Straight? Bisexual? Well you're about to have many more options on OkCupid, one of the most popular sites for people seeking love and connection.

OkCupid has about 4 million users, and within the next few weeks the site will give all of them brand-new options for specifying their gender and sexual orientation — options like androgynous, asexual, genderqueer and questioning.

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Law
6:05 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:17 pm

The leader of the Justice Department's criminal division is expected to announce today the creation of a new unit to prevent cybercrime and work alongside law enforcement, private sector companies and Congress.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell will debut the initiative at a daylong CyberCrime2020 symposium at Georgetown University's law school, according to a copy of her prepared remarks.

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Planet Money
5:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:57 am

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Parallels
3:37 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World

Ronaldo Mouchawar, a native of Syria, is the founder of Souq.com, which is now considered the leading e-commerce site in the region. He says his company, which is based in Dubai, reflects a quiet transformation that is taking places in parts of the Arab world.
Courtesy of Souq.com

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 9:11 pm

When Ronaldo Mouchawar was working in a Boston engineering firm he dreamed of moving back to the Arab world. Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, he had come to the U.S. to study, then got a high-paying job, but he believed he "owed something" to his home region.

It turned out his ticket back was a smart idea at the right time.

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All Tech Considered
6:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

No More Word Puzzles: Google Can Tell You're Human With One Click

Old CAPTCHAs required the user to decipher complicated word puzzles to verify that they were not an automated bot.
Google

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:48 pm

A squiggly word puzzle pops up as you're trying to buy concert tickets. You stare at the words, scratching your head, as time disappears for you to purchase those tickets. Your first few attempts are utter failures, and you wonder why confirming your humanity on the Internet has to be so difficult.

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All Tech Considered
12:41 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Weekly Innovation: A Smart Pan That Helps You Cook Like A Chef

The Pantelligent frying pan uses a smartphone app to control cooking temperature.
Pantelligent

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:19 pm

For the average cook, stovetop cooking is often a complicated game of guess and check.

You throw some meat into a pan with some olive oil and all you have to go on is the sound of sizzling and popping to guess the temperature of the pan. Often this leads to charred or undercooked food.

So why don't we measure temperature when we cook on our stovetop like we do in the oven?

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Shots - Health News
12:25 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:27 pm

Are you reading this after a long day's work, lounging in bed with the love of your life?

If so, I promise I won't feel bad if you stash the phone to take some time to talk in real life.

But if you're still reading, you're probably not alone — 70 percent of women in a recent survey said smartphones were interfering in their romantic relationship.

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All Tech Considered
8:47 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Microsoft Says Goodbye To Clip Art

Microsoft's Clip Art has come to an end.
Microsoft Office

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:20 pm

Microsoft Office announced Tuesday that it's moving on from Clip Art, the image service that proved oh-so-popular in many a school paper and work presentation for years:

"The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices (phones, tablets, and PCs), OneDrive, and SharePoint."

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Twitter Targets Trolls With New Rules On Abuse

An image from a Twitter video shows how a user would report harassment under a new process announced Tuesday.
Twitter

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:48 pm

Saying it wants to build "a safer Twitter," the company is announcing changes to two areas: how it handles harassment and the tools that let users block people who've sent abusive messages. One woman who has experienced such abuse calls the change "a big step up."

Twitter announced the changes in a blog post Tuesday, which reads in part:

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Technology
5:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

3-D Printers Now On Sale At Your Neighborhood Home Depot

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:09 pm

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