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British Hacker Known As 'Spiderman' Sentenced Over Cyberattack

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:58:00 -0400

The 29-year-old man was given a suspended sentence of one year and eight months in an attack that reportedly knocked out Internet for nearly 1 million people in Germany in November.

What If You Booked A Ride — And There Was A Matchmaker In The Backseat?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:56:00 -0400

Pakistan's popular Careem app ran the campaign. The company thought it was funny. But a lot of women hated it.

Social Media Lets Anti-Government Bundys Reach Followers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Groups who monitor far-right extremists warn that anti-government militants are increasingly using social media to promote armed protests and violence.

Rep. Keith Ellison On Trump And The Media

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tells Rachel Martin that he thinks Twitter should ban President Trump after the president tweeted insults to members of the media.

Morning News Brief: Health Care, Transgender Service Members, Foxconn, Charlie Gard

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Republicans continue debating health care plans while President Trump tweeted about transgender people in the military. Tony Romm of Recode discusses electronics-maker Foxconn's U.S. factory plans.

How New York's Roosevelt Island Sucks Away Summer Trash Stink

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:32:00 -0400

Underneath high-rise apartment buildings along the 2-mile island, an automated trash disposal system whisks away nearly 6 tons of trash per day through pipes and tubes.

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients' health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.

Military Tries To Cut Through The Noise Of War

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:11:00 -0400

The military wants to reduce the deafening, chaotic roar of firefight noise so that front-line commanders can communicate with their troops.

To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them Better

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:28:00 -0400

Uber is changing its harsh termination policies and launching a hotline for drivers in distress. Leaders at the tech company are trying to repair the relationship they say is "broken."

Alabama Woman Stuck In NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented The Windshield Wiper

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:52:00 -0400

Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."

Apple Unveils New Emoji Designs — Including T. Rex And A Zombie

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:00 -0400

The world is getting new emoji. Emjoi expert Jeremy Burge talks with Robert Siegel about who gets to decide what icons join the emoji lexicon and how the meaning of those icons can change.

Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0400

In a wired world, summer camp is one of the last phone-free zones. But campers, staff and especially parents don't always appreciate the message.

Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:45:00 -0400

Autonomous vehicles have gotten pretty good at detecting other cars and pedestrians. But "seeing" bikes and predicting what they'll do is still a challenge. The answer may lie in bikes themselves.

Creating A 'Dadbot' To Talk With A Dead Father

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with James Vlahos about his article in Wired. He wrote about creating a chatbot that allows him to "communicate" with his father who died of cancer.

Screen Saviors: Can Activism-Focused Games Change Our Behavior?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:01:00 -0400

In recent years, there has been an influx of games centered on social and political issues from sexism to racism to the refugee crisis. In one of the latest, you rescue animals in a slaughterhouse.