Technology & Digital Life

Goats and Soda
12:11 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Volunteer Recap: Connecting Moms To Midwives In Timor-Leste

In the rural Manufahi district, health centers, like this one in the Turiscai village, are using a mobile health program to connect expectant mothers and their midwives.
Courtesy of Gena Barnabee

At first the tiny country of Timor-Leste reminded Gena Barnabee of being in the U.S. It had movie theaters, malls and plenty of roads.

Then Barnabee left the capital city. And the scenery changed dramatically.

Mountains and hills stretch for miles and miles in the rural southern part of Timor-Lest. There are only a few villages sprinkled throughout. And there's only "a little bit of a road," recalls Barnabee, who spent three months there.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Apple To Replace AT&T In Dow Jones Industrial Average

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:11 pm

Updated at 9:49 a.m. ET

Apple is in. AT&T is out. That's the word from the Dow Jones industrial average Friday morning.

The tech giant will replace the telecom giant after the close of trading on March 18, the S&P Dow Jones Indices said in a statement. The change is effective March 19.

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Shots - Health News
3:38 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough.

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:10 pm

Technology entrepreneur Jonathan Bush says he was recently watching a patient move from a hospital to a nursing home. The patient's information was in an electronic medical record, or EMR. And getting the patient's records from the hospital to the nursing home, Bush says, wasn't exactly drag and drop.

"These two guys then type — I kid you not — the printout from the brand new EMR into their EMR, so that their fax server can fax it to the bloody nursing home," Bush says.

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

A man walks by with a basket of bread during the official presentation ceremony of three new robots that were installed Tuesday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to help tackle the city's traffic.
Federico Scoppa AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Perhaps, we will welcome our robot overlords after all.

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All Tech Considered
2:38 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Mass-Market Stocks In Handcrafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

Etsy's IPO paperwork is full of numbers and facts — plus a few pages like this.

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:00 pm

For sale: lovingly handcrafted shares of Etsy stock, proudly produced in the USA by a team of entrepreneurs, designers and coders. Please note, there may be some variation in size, color and profits.

A decade ago, Etsy launched as a way for crafters and DIY-ers to sell their handmade goods online. Now the New York-based e-commerce site has filed for an initial public offering.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:20 pm

Ryan Pate's anger stemmed from Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics' refusal to extend his leave so he could recover from a back injury. He took to Facebook in January to express his displeasure, calling his employers "backstabbers" and Arabs "filthy." When he returned to the United Arab Emirates, he received a call from the police asking him to come in.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Clinton's Private Email Server Has Advantages, Vulnerabilities

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 10:11 am

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:52 am

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Congress Tuesday his agency is implementing changes to ensure the nation's air traffic control system is protected against computer hackers. Huerta told a House panel "the system is safe," despite a Government Accountability Office report that found "significant security control weaknesses."

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All Tech Considered
4:32 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Laina Morris became the "Overly Attached Girlfriend" meme. She has embraced her online fame.
Courtesy of Complex

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 12:10 am

"Scumbag Steve," "Overly Attached Girlfriend," "Bad Luck Brian." All these Internet celebrities have one thing in common: They didn't intend to become famous. Their pictures just happened to go viral.

Is nothing off-limits? That's something Kyra Pringle has been asking herself in the past couple of days. The South Carolina resident recently found out her 2-year-old daughter Mariah's birthday pictures were being shared online by thousands.

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2:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Kevin Carey'€™s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Amanda Gaines Courtesy of Riverhead

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:58 pm

A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt.

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