NPR tech news http://kplu.org en In Eye Control, A Promise To Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free http://kplu.org/post/will-eye-control-take-your-tablet-hands-free <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef0qLb8-4k8</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:51:06 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 7262 at http://kplu.org In Eye Control, A Promise To Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free Reports: Apple lets go one more employee in maps fiasco http://kplu.org/post/reports-apple-lets-go-one-more-employee-maps-fiasco In the aftermath of the maps fiasco, the heads continue to roll at Apple. Today, there is news that one more employee has been let go. This time it was manager Richard Williamson, who oversaw the maps project, who lost his job.<p>Bloomberg broke the news <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-27/apple-said-to-fire-maps-manager-after-flaws-hurt-iphone-5-debut.html">and it reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was pushed out by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information wasn't yet public. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:33:17 +0000 7210 at http://kplu.org Reports: Apple lets go one more employee in maps fiasco News Outlets Punk'd, Somebody Profits: Google Wi-Fi Buy Is A Hoax http://kplu.org/post/news-outlets-punkd-somebody-profits-google-wi-fi-buy-hoax This Associated Press report today wasn't true:<p><blockquote><p>"Google has bought an operator of Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic locations such as airports, hotels and fast-food restaurants. Google Inc. is paying $400 million for ICOA Inc., a Warwick, R.I., company, as part of the search company's efforts to diversify its portfolio."<p></blockquote><p>It was so wrong, in fact, that the AP later moved a "KILL BULLETIN" saying it was:<p><blockquote><p>"Withdrawing its story about a purported acquisition of ICOA Inc., a wireless and broadband internet provider, by Google Inc. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:51:17 +0000 Mark Memmott 7196 at http://kplu.org News Outlets Punk'd, Somebody Profits: Google Wi-Fi Buy Is A Hoax Embracing your inner robot: A singular vision of the future http://kplu.org/post/embracing-your-inner-robot-singular-vision-future <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR57633ztYc</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:49:12 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 7126 at http://kplu.org Embracing your inner robot: A singular vision of the future Boeing successfully tests electronics-frying, microwave missile http://kplu.org/post/boeing-successfully-tests-electronics-frying-microwave-missile It's not the sexiest of weapons, because it doesn't cause big explosions, or fly around the world in minutes. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:29:20 +0000 6828 at http://kplu.org Boeing successfully tests electronics-frying, microwave missile 'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids http://kplu.org/post/addictive-cigarette-smoking-games-smartphones-target-kids You can do just about anything with your phone these days. Take an <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160542842/cellphone-medical-test-wins-nprs-big-idea-contest">electrocardiogram</a>. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/09/133629830/iPhone-App-Helps-Catholics-Confess">Confess</a> your sins. Even <a href="http://apps.su/program/15918/electric-smoke.html">smoke</a> a cigarette<p>Yup, you read that correctly. Android and Apple offer apps that let you light and smoke a virtual cigarette. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:15:01 +0000 6804 at http://kplu.org 'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids Microsoft, an empire under siege, makes its next moves http://kplu.org/post/microsoft-empire-under-siege-makes-its-next-moves Microsoft, the company that defined the PC, is still enormously profitable — but not as profitable as it once was.<p>This week, Microsoft will try to regroup. It is rolling out the largest upgrade of its Windows software in more than a decade. All of this is meant to help the company break into the exploding market for mobile.<p>While the company still commands a formidable computing empire, it is now under attack.<p>Microsoft's CEO is Steve Ballmer, a big, bombastic, balding guy. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:32:42 +0000 6802 at http://kplu.org Microsoft, an empire under siege, makes its next moves For Nobel winner's agency, precision is the only way to operate http://kplu.org/post/nobel-winners-agency-precision-only-way-operate David Wineland is the American half of the scientific duo celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics today.<p>Wineland and French scientist Serge Haroche developed new ways for scientists to observe individual quantum particles without damaging them. This may not sound so impressive, but the work opens a world of possibilities— including the development of a quantum computer and super-precise clock.<p>But who needs a better clock? Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:02:41 +0000 6657 at http://kplu.org For Nobel winner's agency, precision is the only way to operate Predicting The Future: Fantasy Or A Good Algorithm? http://kplu.org/post/predicting-future-fantasy-or-good-algorithm After failing to predict the Arab Spring, intelligence officials are now exploring whether Big Data, the combing of billions of pieces of disparate electronic information, can help them identify hot spots before they explode. The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs among other things — can help them do that faster and more precisely.<p>Enter a Swedish-American start-up company called <a href="https://www.recordedfuture.com/">Recorded Future</a>. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:57:30 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 6626 at http://kplu.org Apple Is 'Extremely Sorry' For Its Much-Maligned Maps, CEO Tim Cook Says http://kplu.org/post/apple-extremely-sorry-its-maps-ceo-tim-cook-says How much of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/27/161858564/has-apples-fued-with-google-hurt-its-iphone-5" target="_blank">"public relations disaster"</a> has Apple's new mapping software been?<p>Big enough that the famously proud company has apologized — and suggested that users can turn to arch rival Google Maps instead.<p>In a message "to our customers" <a href="http://www.apple.com/letter-from-tim-cook-on-maps/" target="_blank">posted this morning</a>, CEO Tim Cook says:<p><blockquote><p>"At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our c Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:43:47 +0000 Mark Memmott 6518 at http://kplu.org Apple Is 'Extremely Sorry' For Its Much-Maligned Maps, CEO Tim Cook Says Some rental computer users got more than they bargained for http://kplu.org/post/some-rental-computer-users-got-more-they-bargained Rent-to-own companies<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-designerware-pc-rental-agent-20120925,0,992059.story."> may have a right</a> to use software to track the computers they lease out — and disable them remotely if a customer stops making payments.<p>But they don't have the right to spy on their customers, which is exactly what the Federal Trade Commission says took place. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:31:10 +0000 6492 at http://kplu.org Some rental computer users got more than they bargained for 'Amazing scene' as riot shuts Foxconn plant in China http://kplu.org/post/amazing-scene-riot-shuts-foxconn-plant-china At one point overnight as many as 2,000 workers at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161665518" target="_blank">were involved in a riot</a> that drew 5,000 police officers to the site and has closed the facility that makes parts for Apple's iPhones and hardware for other companies including Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.<p>It was, NPR's Frank Langfitt <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/24/161670004/foxconn-closes-plant-for-1-day-after-employees-rioted" target="_blank">said on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, an "amazing scene." He's Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:08:54 +0000 Mark Memmott 6428 at http://kplu.org 'Amazing scene' as riot shuts Foxconn plant in China The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It :-) http://kplu.org/post/emoticon-turns-30-seems-happy-about-it The emoticon, punctuation to depict a facial expression, began 30 years ago this week. Using three keystrokes, the colon, dash and parenthesis, to suggest a smile may not be a great scientific advance, like the coronary stent or computer chip. But the emoticon has been simple, useful and enduring.<p>There had been previous hints of emoticons. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:02:57 +0000 Scott Simon 6424 at http://kplu.org The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It :-) Apple Unveils New, Thinner, Lighter iPhone 5 http://kplu.org/post/apple-unveils-new-thinner-lighter-iphone-5 Moments ago in San Francisco, Apple's Phil Schiller unveiled the latest incarnation of the company's massively popular smartphone.<p>The iPhone 5, said Schiller, is "the most beautiful product we've ever made."<p>Of course, you want to know what's different about this model: Essentially it's thinner, lighter, faster and also has a bigger screen than the iPhone 4s.<p>The device also comes equipped to work with faster wireless networks like LTE, which AT&T, Sprint and Verizon carry.<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"The iPhone 5 will likely go on sale in a week or two. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:18:57 +0000 6301 at http://kplu.org Apple Unveils New, Thinner, Lighter iPhone 5 11 Takeaways From Zuckerberg's First Interview Since Facebook's IPO http://kplu.org/post/11-takeaways-mark-zuckerbergs-first-post-facebook-ipo-interview Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave his first public interview after his tech company's rocky IPO and the disappointing stock performance that followed. Facebook's share price is now worth about $19 — half as much as it was priced back in May when its stock first went on the market.<p>Zuckerberg took questions from Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt, a San Francisco conference for startups. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:40:54 +0000 Elise Hu 6293 at http://kplu.org 11 Takeaways From Zuckerberg's First Interview Since Facebook's IPO