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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.

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.

Justice Department Announces Seizure Of Dark Web Marketplace

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:00 -0400

The Department of Justice announced Thursday its seizure of an international marketplace on the dark web. AlphaBay provided an anonymous site for people selling illegal drugs, firearms and other items.

YouTube Star Jake Paul's Neighbors Tell Him: We're Not Jake Paulers

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:45:00 -0400

Residents of the street where Paul rents a large house are meeting with police and city officials to review code requirements after a series of pranks and antics at his West Hollywood home.

The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:18:00 -0400

Celebrity chef Rosanna Pansino hosts the YouTube show Nerdy Nummies and has more than 8 million subscribers. Among her fans are thousands of children who want to learn how to bake.

Tour Rio De Janeiro's Oldest Slave Port With This New App

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Rio de Janeiro was home to the Americas' largest slave port, which received nearly a million slaves over several centuries. Now modern day Cariocas have developed an app that provides an immersive tour through that history.

Font Could Be The Key To Corruption Probe Of Pakistan's Prime Minister

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:25:00 -0400

An investigation into Nawaz Sharif's wealth found forensic evidence that papers were forged to "camouflage truth." A document dated 2006 uses Calibri, a font that wasn't widely available until 2007.

Challenge Accepted: Visual Parody On Instagram

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:03:54 -0400

Australian stand-up comedian Celeste Barber parodies on Instagram some of the more ridiculous fashion shots she sees. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to her about how she got the idea.

This 10-Pound Keyboard From The 1980s Is Making A Comeback

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:57:00 -0400

IBM's Model F keyboard was manufactured from 1981 until 1994 and cost hundreds of dollars. Computer aficionados treasure it, but it's hard to find these days. So one man is working to bring it back.

Lawsuit Says It's Unconstitutional For President Trump To Block Critics On Twitter

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:53:00 -0400

"The White House is transforming a public forum into an echo chamber," says an attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute.

A Novelist Forces Himself To Press On After Losing 100 Pages In A Tech Glitch

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:12:00 -0400

Mat Johnson's recent hard-drive failure wasn't the first time he experienced data loss. This time, despite losing more work than ever before, he's less panicked: "I can write new words," he says.

Barbershop: Internet Trolling

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 18:04:00 -0400

Host Michel Martin talks to Rants & Retorts author Anita Samuels, TrollBusters founder Michelle Ferrier and The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance. (LANGUAGE WARNING: The N-word is not bleeped at 3:59.)

Instagrandma Baddiewinkle Says She's 'Always Been A Rebel'

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:05:45 -0400

Baddiewinkle is an Instagram influencer with more than 3 million followers. She's also a great-grandmother, and, at 88, she's written a new book: Baddiewinkle's Guide to Life.

Can Snapchat's New 'Snap Map' Bring The World Closer Together?

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:31:00 -0400

From cute puppies in Guatemala to daring teens in Jordan, the feature lets users share video clips and photos from their daily lives. Is that a good thing — or is it just making us all voyeurs?