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Companies And Users Can Do More To Stay Secure With Smart Devices

NPR | March 26, 2017

None of the top internet and telecom companies passed in the latest Ranking Digital Rights rankings in regard to individuals' privacy standards. But what can they do better and what can we do at home?

Police Videos Aren't Going Away. How Can We Learn From Them?

NPR | March 25, 2017

In the era of body cameras and cellphones, the act of seeing police do their job is radically altering the public-police relationship, and changing civilian and police behavior and perceptions alike.

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

NPR | March 24, 2017

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

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Can Arianna Huffington Save Uber?

NPR | March 24, 2017 10:07 a.m.

While Uber wades through crisis after crisis, the sole woman on its board, Arianna Huffington, is emerging as chief of culture change.

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U.S. Senate Votes To Repeal Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules

NPR | March 23, 2017 12:26 p.m.

The rules would require Internet providers to tell consumers what data they collect and get consent before selling. Republicans said ISPs were facing stricter regulations than companies like Google.

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Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

NPR | March 23, 2017 7:01 a.m.

Self-driving delivery robots have popped up on the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. — and other locations have expressed interest. The bots learn about traffic patterns with every trip they take.

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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

NPR | March 22, 2017 11:03 a.m.

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

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Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Hyphen-Labs is a group of women of color who are scientists, engineers, architects and designers addressing issues who have designed clothing that camouflages against facial recognition software.

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Trump's Electronics Restrictions Could Cause Headaches For Touring Musicians

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:28 a.m.

Cities like Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca have become popular touring destinations for prominent artists. What effect might the new baggage restrictions have on their work?

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

NPR | March 22, 2017 6:06 a.m.

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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New Device Restrictions On Some Flights: Few Facts, Many Questions

NPR | March 21, 2017 3:40 p.m.

Homeland Security says most personal electronics won't be allowed in carry-ons on flights from some majority-Muslim countries. The U.K. has acted similarly. Why the abrupt change? It's far from clear.


Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

NPR | March 21, 2017 2:48 p.m.

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book Irresistible. Alva Noë proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.

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Google Promises To Keep Ads Off 'Hateful, Offensive' YouTube Content

NPR | March 21, 2017 11:52 a.m.

On Friday, a division of a global marketing group with a digital budget of more than $200 million put its dealings with Google on "pause," citing recent controversies.