Elise Hu http://krwg.org en Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking http://krwg.org/post/weekly-innovation-better-luggage-checking-and-tracking <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFUHACwp8VA</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 64143 at http://krwg.org Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://krwg.org/post/restaurants-modern-day-lab-our-smartphone-obsessed-ways When <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/24/293508375/what-to-do-with-your-smartphone-while-youre-having-dinner">we asked you</a> about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">hundreds of stories</a> poured in. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Elise Hu 64032 at http://krwg.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-heartbleed-latest-bubble-and-windows-xp-retires Site administrators were sent scrambling this week when researchers disclosed the potentially catastrophic Heartbleed bug, <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/qa-on-heartbleed-a-flaw-missed-by-the-masses/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0">a coding error</a> that left much of the Internet vulnerable to data theft since March 2012. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63926 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 http://krwg.org/post/one-day-sale-google-glass-will-be-available-cool-1500 Google Glass, the computer and camera you wear on your face, can be yours starting next Tuesday. Google has been rolling out Glass to a select group of "Explorers" since early 2013, but soon, anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 plus tax <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/">can get a headset at this link</a>.<p>There is a catch. This is a limited sale that starts April 15 at 9 a.m. and ends on the same day. Google is touting the wider sale as an ongoing experiment with its users — a time to get more feedback under an expanded (as in, open to all) Explorer program. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63823 at http://krwg.org One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet http://krwg.org/post/what-do-now-heartbleed-bug-exposed-internet With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">has been bleeding out information</a>, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.<p>"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.<p>Are you affected? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63725 at http://krwg.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://krwg.org/post/windows-xp-users-its-time-upgrade-heres-how Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.<p>An estimated quarter of PC users are still running XP, despite Microsoft's notices that this day would come. Part of the reason many users haven't migrated is Microsoft's uneven record of improving its operating systems as new ones roll out. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63599 at http://krwg.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture http://krwg.org/post/what-silicon-valleys-cast-thinks-about-silicon-valley-culture Sunday night, HBO's new comedy, <a href="http://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley">Silicon Valley</a> premieres, and <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2014/04/mike_judge_hbo_series_silicon_valley_reviewed.html">as a Slate review notes</a> of the titular place, "Rarely has a show had to do so little to find so much to mock."<p>It's from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1397656">Mike Judge</a>, the man who so hilariously captured <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118375/">suburban ennui</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/">white colla Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63464 at http://krwg.org What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-amazon-fire-mozilla-debate-nests-recall It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the tech week that was. It wasn't a slow week, so here we go:<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>The Mozilla Mess</strong>: If you're interested in the way technology culture is influencing broader culture, the debate over how much it matters that the Mozilla CEO gave money to a campaign to ban gay marriage was particularly fascinating. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63445 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://krwg.org/post/its-complicated-when-ceos-personal-position-becomes-public The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich <a href="http://tillschneidereit.net/2014/04/03/on-brendans-success/">spent his life's work</a> defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63406 at http://krwg.org It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign http://krwg.org/post/week-his-new-job-controversy-forces-mozilla-ceo-resign Brendan Eich, embattled co-founder of Mozilla and creator of the JavaScript programming language, has stepped down from his new role as CEO of Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.<p>After being appointed to the chief position last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/31/297342868/the-new-mozilla-ceos-political-past-is-imperiling-his-present">Eich became embroiled in controversy</a> that pitted the foundational values of his company — equal rights and free speech — against one another. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:26:45 +0000 Elise Hu 63333 at http://krwg.org A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason http://krwg.org/post/cyclings-catching-texas-very-texas-reason For years, cyclists have faced long odds in Texas, where sprawling highways teem with trucks. Dallas was ranked <a href="http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2012/05/its-official-dallas-is-still-the-one-and-only-worst-city-for-bicycling-in-the-entire-country.html/">the worst city for bicycling in the country</a>, several years in a row. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63258 at http://krwg.org Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present http://krwg.org/post/new-mozilla-ceos-political-past-imperiling-his-present For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.<p>At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/129009295/proposition-8">California's Proposition 8</a>, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 63103 at http://krwg.org The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-smartphones-and-you-virtual-reality-npr-plays The tech news cycle didn't stop churning this week, with <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/03/the-oculus-fairy-tale.html">the fairy tale story</a> of the Kickstarter-backed Oculus VR getting purchased by Facebook for $2 billion, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/26/5545422/king-digital-nyse-debut">the flop of a Candy Crush IPO</a> and <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26773702">Turkey banning YouTube</a> after already <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/21/292393830/so-you-want-to-evade-your-countrys-twitter-ban-a-workaround" Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 62948 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-robots-turkish-twitter-and-frustrated-zuckerberg Happy weekend! If you've missed our tech coverage and the larger conversation at the intersection of technology and culture this week, here's your look back. <strong>ICYMI</strong> is what we reported on NPR, <strong>The Big Conversation</strong> includes news from all sorts of places, and <strong>Curiosities</strong> are important or fun links we think you should check out.<p>What was on your radar? What should we look out for next week? Tell us in the comment section below. We do read them, you know.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Robot apocalypse?</strong> Nah, but we covered 'em anyway! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Elise Hu & Emily Siner 62499 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide http://krwg.org/post/gender-disparities-tech-flare-again-reading-guide We are three weeks deep into an <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/283505648/enter-title">on-air exploration of women in technology</a> through our midday show, <em>Tell Me More</em>. Host Michel Martin has led some really thoughtful conversations about the dearth of women in tech and the areas of notable improvement. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Elise Hu 62336 at http://krwg.org Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC http://krwg.org/post/sxsw-tech-industry-inspires-new-shows-hbo-amc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69V__a49xtw</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:41:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61760 at http://krwg.org SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://krwg.org/post/sxsw-software-apps-still-rule-hardware-resurgence The task of building your very own toy, or robot, or radio can seem daunting for someone without much background in engineering. But a set of color-coded electronic bits that can be magnetically snapped together called <a href="http://littlebits.cc/pressroom">littleBits</a> is aiming to make creating your own electronics easy for everyone. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61612 at http://krwg.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://krwg.org/post/sxsw-snowden-speech-has-conference-buzzing-congressman-stewing Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/monday-march-10-edward-snowden-speak-sxsw-interactive-videoconference">will speak via videoconference</a> to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum as he faces felony charges of espionage here in the U.S. The man behind leaks that revealed U.S. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61563 at http://krwg.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing SXSW Diary: Aereo, The Supreme Court And TV's Future http://krwg.org/post/sxsw-diary-aereo-supreme-court-and-tvs-future The crowds are so thick in Austin, Texas, that locals are using an Avoid Humans app to find some peace and quiet, and the warning at the convention center of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/06/285799235/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing">South By Southwest Interactive</a> goes something like this: "Only one person per escalator step OR YOU WILL BREAK IT!"<p>So it goes at this sprawling showcase of startups and big ideas. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61517 at http://krwg.org SXSW Diary: Aereo, The Supreme Court And TV's Future Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-was-women-tech-bitcoins-man-and-sxsw-begins Another hectic week in the technology space wraps up just as the massive festival for interactive geeks and the marketers who love them — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/06/285799235/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing">South By Southwest</a> — gets under way in Austin, Texas.<p>If this is your first <em>All Tech</em> roundup, we organize it in three sections: <strong>ICYMI</strong> for some highlights from NPR's coverage this week, <strong>Big Conversations</strong> for what's buzzing across the Internet in the technology and culture space an Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61485 at http://krwg.org Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing http://krwg.org/post/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">South by Southwest Interactive</a> is the technology-driven part of the annual Austin-based festival for digital, film and music and it starts on Friday. An expected 30,000 people will take part in the interactive and film week that precedes music, and they love it for the spontaneity and the chaos. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61354 at http://krwg.org SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing Tech Week: Bitcoin, Everywhere Camera And A Big Anniversary http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-bitcoin-everywhere-camera-and-big-anniversary It's time for your weekly look back at technology and culture coverage from NPR and beyond. A quick guide, for first-time readers: Our NPR interviews or stories are in the ICYMI section, links to the broader conversations in tech this week are in "The Big Conversation" and links we loved are in "Curiosities."<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Caring, </strong><strong>Or Creepy</strong><strong>? Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 61042 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Bitcoin, Everywhere Camera And A Big Anniversary 'Rent It Out': Portlandia Spoofs The Sharing Economy http://krwg.org/post/rent-it-out-portlandia-spoofs-sharing-economy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ-N9aZ99FE</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60899 at http://krwg.org 'Rent It Out': Portlandia Spoofs The Sharing Economy The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force http://krwg.org/post/web-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-positive-force For something that's become so ubiquitous in our lives, the World Wide Web is just a youngster. It was only 25 years ago that Tim Berners-Lee first created a rudimentary information retrieval system that relied on the Internet. It's since exploded into a primary means by which we learn, work and connect. (To put things in perspective, the film <em>Die Hard</em> is older than the World Wide Web.)<p>How far have we come and how much impact has Internet connectivity made in our lives? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60856 at http://krwg.org The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force Facebook Shuts Down Its Email Service Since No One Used It http://krwg.org/post/facebook-shutters-its-email-service-no-one-used-it Facebook's foray into email ended Monday, when the social media giant quietly retired the email service that many users didn't even know existed. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60717 at http://krwg.org Facebook Shuts Down Its Email Service Since No One Used It 4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast http://krwg.org/post/four-takes-netflixs-streaming-deal-comcast If you are in the middle of a <em>House of Cards</em> binge, the news from Netflix over the weekend is good — video streaming quality will improve. After reports of declining performance in recent months, Netflix — which accounts for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2014/02/24/does-netflixcomcast-deal-remove-obstacle-to-twc-merger/">30 percent of broadband traffic</a> — cut a deal with Comcast to pay the cable provider for direct access to its systems.<p>The implications of this deal are complicated and wildly different, depending on whom you ask. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60669 at http://krwg.org 4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment http://krwg.org/post/cool-or-creepy-clip-camera-can-capture-every-moment With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video">there are few moments</a> we <em>don't</em> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.<p>"The dream of a photographic memory has come true," reads the box. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60649 at http://krwg.org Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment Tech Week: Facebook's Bet, Streaming Fight, Google Maps Indoors http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-facebooks-bet-streaming-fight-google-maps-indoors No rest for weary tech reporters this President's Day week, as the news on this beat tumbled forth fast and furiously. A look back at some of the topics dominating conversation follows, with NPR coverage in the "in case you missed it" section, and largely curated coverage from elsewhere in "The Big Conversation" and "Curiosities."<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>WhatsApp's Worth</strong>: Many Americans were introduced to WhatsApp this week when Facebook made its most massive acquisition ever, purchasing the global messaging company for $19 billion. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60457 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Facebook's Bet, Streaming Fight, Google Maps Indoors Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $19 Billion http://krwg.org/post/why-facebook-thinks-whatsapp-worth-19-billion Facebook's purchase of messaging service WhatsApp — at a price tag of up to $19 billion — is its largest acquisition yet. To put things in perspective, the social giant <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/14/245234352/snapchats-big-news-week-and-questions-about-its-worth">tried to purchase Snapchat</a> for a fraction of that cost — $3 billion. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Elise Hu 60380 at http://krwg.org Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $19 Billion Tech Week: Love In Digital Times, Big Cable, Facebook Genders http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-love-digital-times-big-cable-facebook-genders Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweethearts. Since we saw that the holiday was falling on a Friday this year, our tech reporting team spent the week exploring love in the digital age. To go along with the theme week, our weekly innovation pick was Nothing. Emily Siner <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/11/275478853/weekly-un-innovation-theres-nothing-to-see-here">explains in the post.</a><p>What were you talking about this week? Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:35:00 +0000 Elise Hu 59988 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Love In Digital Times, Big Cable, Facebook Genders