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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

Personal-Productivity Efforts Are Doomed To Fail

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0500

Every culturally imposed time-logic is an invention, it's something we made up — and we lie to ourselves if we think we can get more out of time, says commentator Adam Frank.

Can Virtual Reality Make You More Empathetic?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:46:00 -0500

Charities are using virtual reality to immerse people in the plight of refugees and others who need help. Researchers are studying whether it's more effective than other media. And there are skeptics.

Apple's iPhone Turns 10 Years Old

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500

This is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of Apple's iPhone. NPR talks to Steven Levy of Backchannel about the anniversary.

Using Smartphones For Smarter Social Science

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:44:00 -0500

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced us to the iPhone. Let's consider a not-so-obvious advantage of the technology — the potential to revolutionize behavioral science, suggests Tania Lombrozo.

Using Social Media, Students Aspire To Become 'Influencers'

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:08:08 -0500

Syracuse University Professor Corey Takahashi offers his commentary on the challenge of teaching students who, instead of wanting to be writers or filmmakers, aspire to be online "influencers."

Amid Isolation, 2 Cubans Develop Island's First Video Game

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0500

Video game enthusiasts in Cuba face big obstacles with limited access to the Internet. With the opening to the U.S., two young Cubans hope to release the first independent game produced on the island.

Worried About Screen Time? Don't Let Kids Go It Alone

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:30:00 -0500

New research reinforces the role of a human — an adult or older child — when young kids learn from technology.

For French Law On Right To 'Disconnect,' Much Support — And A Few Doubts

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:35:00 -0500

Some companies in France have already recognized the need to reduce office intrusions into personal and family time. But others worry that the new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, may not work.

How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:39:00 -0500

Creators of Mafia III, set in a fictionalized Louisiana, took a documentary approach to confronting players with prejudice and bigotry of the 1960s South from the perspective of a black protagonist.

What's Your 'Public Credit Score'? The Shanghai Government Can Tell You

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 05:09:00 -0500

The app gathers personal data and gives residents a rating. A good score ensures discounts. A bad score may lead to problems. It's part of China's effort to create nationwide social credit system.

French Law Giving Workers 'The Right To Disconnect' Goes Into Effect

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:02:00 -0500

As of Jan. 1, French companies with more than 50 workers will be obligated to allow their employees to ignore work emails outside of work hours.

Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:01:00 -0500

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

Amazon Echo Murder Case Renews Privacy Questions Prompted By Our Digital Footprints

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:38:08 -0500

Smart devices like the Amazon Echo record snippets of conversation when they're being used. NPR's Scott Simon asks Scott Stein of CNET to explain what happens to the data that is collected.