Elise Hu http://wgcu.org en Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack http://wgcu.org/post/weekly-innovation-inflatable-car-seat-comes-backpack Forget wearables, let's talk about inflatables.<p>Volvo's new child safety seat concept is a fully inflatable device designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.<p>So compact is this prototype that it goes from a stylish-looking backpack into a rear-facing car seat in less than a minute. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9608 at http://wgcu.org Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet http://wgcu.org/post/price-war-over-cloud-has-high-stakes-internet This week, our tech reporting team is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud">exploring cloud computing</a> — the big business of providing computing power and data storage that companies need, but which happens out of sight, as if it's "in the cloud."<p>It's a timely topic, since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/technology/google-takes-on-amazon-and-microsoft-for-cloud-computing-services.html">there's a price war</a> going on as tech titans aim to control the cloud market. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9588 at http://wgcu.org The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet http://wgcu.org/post/americas-less-religious-study-puts-some-blame-internet America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/09/nones-on-the-rise/">has been growing rapidly</a>, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage of Americans who say they used the Internet went from nearly zero in 1990 to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/summary-of-findings-3/">87 percent this year</a>. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9521 at http://wgcu.org America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://wgcu.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9462 at http://wgcu.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://wgcu.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 19:58:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9305 at http://wgcu.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://wgcu.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 14:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9246 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 21:00:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9192 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 9156 at http://wgcu.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://wgcu.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 15:11:00 +0000 Elise Hu 9084 at http://wgcu.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://wgcu.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 19:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 8984 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 20:38:00 +0000 Elise Hu 8960 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 8930 at http://wgcu.org Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present http://wgcu.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 8854 at http://wgcu.org The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg http://wgcu.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 8539 at http://wgcu.org Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide http://wgcu.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 8460 at http://wgcu.org Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask http://wgcu.org/post/computers-know-what-you-need-you-ask We're already giving voice instructions to virtual personal assistants, like Apple's Siri. But artificial intelligence is getting even smarter. The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you ask.<p><a href="http://www.google.com/landing/now/#whatisit">Google Now</a>, which is available on tablets and mobile devices, is an early form of this. You can ask it a question like, "Where is the White House?" and get a spoken-word answer. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Elise Hu 8348 at http://wgcu.org Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC http://wgcu.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 8180 at http://wgcu.org SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://wgcu.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 21:34:00 +0000 Elise Hu 8110 at http://wgcu.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://wgcu.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 8076 at http://wgcu.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins http://wgcu.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 8036 at http://wgcu.org Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins