Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
10:10 am
Sat June 21, 2014

National Park Service Temporarily Bans Drones In National Parks

Technology journalist Tim Stenovec controls a Parrot Minidrone "Rolling Spider" during a demonstration in June in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 12:12 pm

For now, drones are no longer allowed to fly on National Park lands.

That news comes from the National Park Service, which said the unmanned aerial vehicles had disturbed the peace on several occasions at different national parks.

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All Tech Considered
9:56 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch?

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone in Seattle on Wednesday.
David Ryder Getty Images

It was a big week for product news in the tech world, a topic we typically reserve for your weekly round-ups. Here we go ...

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Games & Humor
8:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

How To Catch A Chess Cheater

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 11:52 am

Ken Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.

All Tech Considered
11:21 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not

justyo.co

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:41 pm

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TED Radio Hour
8:55 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Jeff Hancock explains why technology might actually keep us honest.
Jeremy Hiebert Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Jeff Hancock's TEDTalk

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

About Jeff Hancock

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All Tech Considered
7:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Is A Threat On Facebook Real? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

The Supreme Court will look at a case in its upcoming session dealing with what constitutes a "true threat" on Facebook.
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Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:48 am

This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a man on Facebook who threatened to kill his wife.

In 2010, Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis got dumped, lost his job and expressed his frustrations via the Internet.

"He took to Facebook as a form of, what he says, a form of therapy," says criminologist Rob D'Ovidio of Drexel University, who is following the case.

Is It A 'True Threat'?

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All Tech Considered
5:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Your Favorite Musicians, Straight From Their Laptop To Yours

Stageit and another startup, Concert Window, have made it easy to play online shows — and make money doing it.
Stageit.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:47 am

At midnight on a Wednesday night, the young Irish singer Janet Devlin kicks off an acoustic show. She's in London, but her audience is all over: from Norway to South Africa to the U.S. A few hundred fans have paid $8 to watch online, and some have been chatting with each other for hours — and even leaving tips of $10 and $25 before Devlin sang a note.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Harley-Davidson's New Bike Hums, Instead Of Roaring

Harley-Davidson's new electric motorcycle can hit 60 mph from a standing start in 4 seconds. The company plans to unveil the LiveWire model Monday in New York.
M.L. Johnson AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 12:21 pm

Don't expect to hear the roar of a gas engine when you see the new motorcycle from Harley-Davidson. That's because it's powered by batteries. The Wisconsin-based company unveiled its new LiveWire bike today, saying it's "time to shape the next generation" of riders.

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Iraq
12:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Iraq Turmoil: How Extremists Use Social Media To Gain Support

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Patents For Abstract Ideas

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:13 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that using a computer to implement an abstract idea does not make that invention eligible for a patent.

At issue in the case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International: Do software inventions get the same kind of patent protections as other inventions?

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