Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
3:54 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

The popular reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, has shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screengrab from reddit.com

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:57 pm

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has apologized to users of the popular website reddit, citing a "long history of mistakes" that resulted in an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections to protest the dismissal of a key figure in the site's popular r/IAmA section.

Here's part of Pao's apology that was posted on the site Monday:

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

A Hacker Is Hacked: Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company Is Targeted

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:22 pm

A controversial cyber espionage company called Hacking Team is reeling this morning after hackers gave it a taste of its own medicine by breaking into its systems, downloading hundreds of gigabytes of data and throwing it all on the open Internet.

Hacking Team has not said whether the leaked documents are legitimate, but NPR verified that at least some of the hacked personal passwords do check out.

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All Tech Considered
5:34 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

Interim CEO Ellen Pao says Reddit is working on improved tools for the site's moderators.
Beck Diefenbach Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:19 pm

This past week, users of the social-sharing platform Reddit — one of the busiest sites on the Internet — hit a wall when moderators on several of the site's largest sections, called subreddits, locked users out.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

The components of a Google Carboard VR viewer.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:29 am

Filmmakers are using virtual reality to make the problems of the developing world seem more ... real.

But how can you see their work?

You could buy a headset, but you might end up in virtual debt. Prices range from $200 to $500 for devices from big players like Oculus Rift, Sony and Samsung. And forking over that much cash is a problem since there's not a lot of content yet.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun July 5, 2015

You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip

Cardboard Google goggles whisk viewers into a virtual reality world.
Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images

For just a few minutes, I'm standing in the streets of Kathmandu. Families pick through the rubble left behind by April's devastating earthquake. I take in the sounds of metal clanking, of footsteps and chattering. A few people walk by, staring straight at me.

I want to help — but can't.

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Technology
5:08 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:41 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Computer programs are super powerful, and they're coming for your job, right? Not so fast. In the past couple of months, Wired staff writer Julia Greenberg has noticed a new hiring trend, starting with a posting for a news editor at Apple.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 3:58 pm

A sun-powered airplane has landed in Hawaii after a five-day journey from Japan that smashed the previous record of 76 hours for the longest duration nonstop solo flight.

Pilot André Borschberg set the Solar Impulse 2 down on the tarmac at Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu after flying for 120 hours from Nagoya, his team reports.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

The popular reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, has shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screen grab from reddit.com

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:46 pm

An Internet insurrection is taking place on reddit, where moderators have shut down many of the social sharing site's most popular sections in an apparent protest over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor.

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All Tech Considered
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And Apple Disagree

Google's upcoming "now on tap" feature will let smartphone users ask a question within an app like Spotify.
Google Inside Search

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:04 am

The smartphone has become a staple of life. But what about the personal assistant inside that phone? Not so much.

Maybe you turn to Apple's Siri or Google Now for a quick search or a snarky answer to a question. But imagine a world where your phone actually gets you. You, personally. Turns out two tech giants — Google and Apple — disagree on whether that's a worthy goal.

Introducing 'Now On Tap'

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All Tech Considered
5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Former Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, is the first person to fly a jet-fitted wing.
Kamran Jebreili AP

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 10:38 am

This is the first story in an occasional series exploring gadgets that can give you real-life superpowers.

Summer is the season of superhero movies. Coming soon to a theater near you: Fantastic Four and Ant-Man.

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