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All Tech Considered
2:56 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Security Cracks In Your Smartphone

Stephen Krow iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:25 pm

Law enforcement's ability to get past your phone password depends on "exploits," hacker tricks that take advantage of vulnerabilities in the phones' operating systems. Many exploits are kept quiet, to be sold to criminals or security companies. Others leak out. Here's a list of some of the known cracks in the security of the two major types of smartphone.


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12:53 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Joseph Kony Is Back In The News. Do Teenagers Still Care?

Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, is being pursued by U.S. special forces and African armies. A 2012 video about him became an Internet sensation. The U.S. government has stepped up its hunt for Kony, but the story is attracting much less attention today.

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 3:58 pm

You can learn from failures as well as successes. The story of the Joseph Kony video provides both.

Two years ago, a 30-minute video about Kony became one of the biggest viral sensations in Internet history, turning a little-known central African warlord — briefly — into a household name among American young people.

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4:07 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Weaned On Youth, Silicon Valley Keeps Older Workers On Sidelines

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 6:46 pm



This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.


I'm Audie Cornish and now to All Tech Considered.


CORNISH: Botox, plastic surgeries, an obsession with youth. We're not talking about Hollywood. That's the new culture of Silicon Valley, according to writer Noam Scheiber. His article for the New Republic is titled "The Brutal Ageism of Tech." And it describes how the infusion of power and money in Silicon Valley has sidelined older workers.

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All Tech Considered
4:07 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Does Google Glass Distract Drivers? The Debate Is On

Shane Walker uses Google Glass while driving. His favorite feature is the ability to record his trips and send them to friends.
Aarti Shahani KQED

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:54 pm

Shane Walker hops into his Toyota Prius hybrid and puts on his Google Glass. It's a lightweight glasses frame with a tiny computer built into the lens.

Google is at the forefront of a movement in wearable technology, gadgets we put on our bodies to connect us to the Internet, and perhaps nothing embodies that more than Glass. But the eyewear is raising eyebrows outside the high-tech industry. Before Glass even hits stores, lawmakers in several states want to ban it on the roads.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Smartphones And Mealtime: Turn Device-Avoidance Into A Game

One way to avoid checking your phone at mealtime? Stack 'em up in the middle of the table.

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:16 pm

We are having a running conversation about what's acceptable and what isn't when it comes to checking our smartphones during various situations. My original question had to do with mealtime, in which previously it was considered rude to check your phone during dinner. It appears attitudes are changing around that, but some of you, like me, still prize those quiet moments of reflection without a device to turn to.

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The Salt
1:37 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Oranges and apples in a row.

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:31 pm

Leave it to the folks at Reddit to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly launched at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.

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All Tech Considered
12:17 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Starting Today, Find NPR Shows And Newscasts On iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:22 pm

You'll have one more place to find public radio content starting Monday: Anywhere you can play iTunes, you'll find NPR.

Digital streams of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR station on iTunes Radio.

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All Tech Considered
11:38 am
Mon March 24, 2014

What To Do With Your Smartphone While You're Having Dinner

Where do you draw the line on smartphone use?
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:33 pm

There was a time when checking your smartphone at the dinner table was considered offensive. But social norms and behaviors change as we adapt to technologies. Heck, that's the whole central theme of this blog.

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5:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

High-Tech Training Programs Try Deferred Payment System

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm



There are plenty of open jobs in the U.S. tech industry, but companies are struggling to find qualified people, even with so many Americans out of work right now. A number of private job training programs have popped up to capitalize on the opportunity here. The problem is, many of the programs cost tens of thousands of dollars, making it harder to diversify that industry.

Alex Schmidt reports on one man's vision to eliminate that barrier.

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All Tech Considered
6:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Getting Back In The Game: Where Should A Would-Be Gamer Play?

Iconic video game character Mario is shown in the Nintendo booth at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:07 pm

This is the first installment of our Getting Back In The Game series, where we're showing you how you can get into the wide world of video games — whether you're new to gaming or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.

So you want to play video games. People from all walks of life are playing, and what was once a fringe hobby is now a billion-dollar industry.

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