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Last Build Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:40:52 -0500

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Welcome To The Age Of Digital Transcendence

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:40:52 -0500

Smartphones have become an extension of the owner; it is the closest we've ever become to being omnipresent and omniscient and — in a metaphorical sense, at least — divine, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:27:26 -0500

"As unprecedented numbers of people channel their political energy through this medium, it's being used in unforeseen ways with social repercussions that were never anticipated," says Facebook.

No Carts, No Cashiers: Amazon Opens Brick-And-Mortar Convenience Store

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Amazon opened its new brick-and-mortar convenience store to the public on Monday in Seattle. There are no carts or cashiers, and it's BYOB situation, meaning customers have to provide their own bags.

Tech Companies Working On Fixes For Fake News As Midterms Approach

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Fake news, hate speech and foreign interference are the notable examples of what went wrong online during the 2016 campaign. Facebook, Google and Twitter want to avoid a repeat in the 2018 midterms. They're working on fixes, but the solutions won't be easy.

Amazon's Cashier-Less Seattle Grocery Opens To The Public

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:57:00 -0500

The store, which has been open only to Amazon employees for the past year, uses a smartphone app and a network of cameras to track a customer's purchases.

How Apps Helped Log One Long-Distance Couple's 'Love Letters Of Our Time'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:00:53 -0500

The odds of finding your future mate on an anonymous chat site seem low. But that's how a woman in Detroit and a man in Wales met. And their romance blossomed thanks to apps like Snapchat and Skype.

How Dangerous Is Misinformation On Facebook?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:58:44 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook. He believes the company threatens democracy because it has helped spread fake news.

Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:46:21 -0500

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

What's The Best Way To Help Refugees Land A Job?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:34:00 -0500

Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab has created an algorithm to predict where a refugee has the best chance of finding employment.

Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:40:00 -0500

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.

Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Google's popular art selfie feature isn't available in Illinois or Texas. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matthew Kluger, a law professor at NorthwesternUniversity, about how biometric privacy laws are affecting tech companies in certain states.

Drone Used To Save 2 Teens Caught In Dangerous Australian Waves

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:03:55 -0500

The full rescue was caught on the drone's camera as it flew out over crashing surf, dropped a floating device and hovered over the boys as they swam to shore.

Apple Plans To Create 20,000 Jobs And Build New Campus

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:26:00 -0500

Apple says it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to build a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.

Finding Your Lost Bitcoins

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

The digital currency bitcoin used to only be a big deal in small circles of libertarians, but has exploded over the last year. Some early investors are now trying to find bitcoins they lost.

Apple Says It Will Create 20,000 Jobs In The U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Apple says that it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to create a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.