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Russian Trolling Continued After Election

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

U.S. citizens continue to be targeted by Russian operatives online. Ajah Hales was contacted by a Facebook page that promised to promote black-owned businesses like hers. She talks with Scott Simon.

Follow Up: Did The Computerless Computer Teacher Ever Get A Computer?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:11 -0400

The story of the middle school teacher without a computer prompted an outpouring of support. But did he get any laptops?

Facial Scanning Now Arriving At U.S. Airports

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:40 -0400

Airlines say taking a picture of your face speeds boarding, and Homeland Security says it stops fraud. Critics worry about privacy and bias.

How Cobalt Metal Affects Big Tech Firms Like Apple

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Cobalt used to be a byproduct of copper mining, used in everyday, boring stuff like tires and magnets. Now it's one of the most important and sought after metals on the periodic table. This has implications for big tech firms like Apple.

Critics Concerned About Privacy Issues As Biometric Scanning Increases

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

The government is steadily increasing the use of facial or biometric scanning at the nation's airports. Airlines say it can speed the boarding process, but critics say the scans aren't always accurate and there are privacy concerns.

Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:34 -0400

The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times' Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:00 -0400

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

Google Follows Facebook In Banning Cryptocurrency Ads

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:24:32 -0400

The search giant also announced new restrictions on advertisements for other financial products. The ban on cryptocurrency-related ads follows a similar move by advertising competitor Facebook.

An Ode To Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, And Other Dangerous Technologies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:43:00 -0400

The most successful technologies are so seductive, user-friendly, and so apparently innocuous that we hardly notice them entering our lives, says Jimena Canales. One such technology? The pushbutton.

President Trump Blocks Broadcom's Takeover Of Qualcomm, Citing National Security

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:49:00 -0400

By acquiring Qualcomm, a leading American chipmaker, the Singapore-based Broadcom "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," the president said.

Can You Believe It? On Twitter, False Stories Are Shared More Widely Than True Ones

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:21:00 -0400

An MIT study tracked 126,000 stories and found that false ones were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than ones that were true. Twitter is asking outside experts to help it deal with the problem.

At SXSW, London Mayor Sadiq Khan To Touch On Policymakers' Role In Tech Revolution

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:46:00 -0400

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will address this year's South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the mayor about the themes of his speech.

Owners Flip The Off Switch On The Burger-Flipping Robot

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:16:24 -0400

At CaliBurger in Pasadena, Calif., the plug has been temporarily pulled on Flippy, a robot that can grill as many as 2,000 burgers a day.

Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:01:05 -0500

Proposals for drones to carry blood, trauma supplies and lab samples are awaiting approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. If the ideas get a green light, they could usher in a new drone age.

Kang Lee: Can Technology Detect Our Hidden Emotions?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:09:32 -0500

Developmental researcher Kang Lee says scientists can detect emotions by reading subtle physiological signals beneath the surface of our skin.