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EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

NPR | Sept. 30, 2014

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

NPR | April 25, 2015

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

NPR | April 24, 2015

As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.

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Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

NPR | Sept. 21, 2014 2:30 a.m.

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Technology

A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

NPR | April 24, 2015 1:42 p.m.

The Apple II watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the new Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. But he says he probably wouldn't wear one.

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Uber, Lyft Launch In Portland Friday

OPB | April 24, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

Portlanders looking for a ride after work or a night out are about to have a lot more options.

Technology

Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?

NPR | April 24, 2015 6:49 a.m.

These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufecki. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?

Business | Technology

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

NPR | April 23, 2015 4:03 p.m.

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

World | Technology | Nation

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

NPR | April 22, 2015 3:21 p.m.

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba.

Business | Technology

Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

NPR | April 22, 2015 12:11 p.m.

The service will only work on Google Nexus phones, but it could potentially disrupt the wireless industry with its pay-only-for-what-you-use data plans.

World | Business | Technology

Norway Becoming First Country To Eliminate FM Radio

NPR | April 22, 2015 3:22 a.m.

The switch from analog to digital radio offers more channels at a fraction of the cost, the government says.

Education | Technology | Nation

What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

NPR | April 21, 2015 7:38 p.m.

Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

Economy | Business | Technology | Nation

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

NPR | April 21, 2015 6:40 p.m.

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

Technology | Nation | Energy

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

NPR | April 21, 2015 6:39 p.m.

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.