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In Bid To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them More Kindly

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:28:36 -0400

Uber is changing its harsh termination policies and launching a new 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.

Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:15:00 -0400

The Apple co-founder's complicated story is the subject of The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It premieres Saturday in Santa Fe.

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:02:00 -0400

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:41:00 -0400

This month, the first wireless-charging laptop hit the market. But making wireless power a standard consumer feature is a big technological — and psychological — challenge.

Spotify Sued, Yet Again, Over Compositions

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:05:00 -0400

Two new lawsuits against the music streaming leader landed this week, over issues that have already twice led to settlements.

How Did The Afghan All-Girl Team Do At The Robotics Competition?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:27:00 -0400

The Afghan team made headlines even before the event started when their visas were denied. But they made it after all!

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.

In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

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

In places like rural Oregon, politicians are working to bring in large data centers to town. It's great for folks who want good jobs but don't want to move away. But it's also raising housing costs.

Justice Department Announces 'Largest Darknet Takedown In History'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:25:00 -0400

A joint operation by the department, the FBI and international law enforcement has shut down AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the world's largest anonymous marketplaces for illicit drugs and goods.