NPR Topics: Technology Podcast
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||NPR: 04-16-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales 2) What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy 3) Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City' 4) Tech Alternatives To Passwords Could Help Thwart Hackers 5) Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead 6) Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 04-09-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign 2) Transatlantic Duo Looks Into The Future Of Flight 3) Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player 4) .guru, .tips, .sexy: The Wild West Of Internet Domains 5) It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public 6) Keeping Robots In Line With The Law||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 04-02-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints 2) When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? 3) Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point 4) Why Don't Planes Stream Their Flight Data In Real Time? 5) Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses 6) This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 03-26-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Does Google Glass Distract Drivers? The Debate Is On 2) Preserving Audio For The Future Is A Race Against Time 3) When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame 4) Lyndsey Scott: Runway Model And Tech Programmer 5) Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It 6) Sony Steps Into Virtual Reality With 'Project Morpheus'||3/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 03-19-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) It's Been 25 Years Since World Wide Web Debuted 2) App Connects Military Families 3) With 3-D Printing, Affordable Prosthetics Are In Reach 4) Google's Flu Tracker Suffers From Sniffles 5) Report: Target Missed Its Chance To Prevent Data Breach 6) U.S. Monitors For Cyber Operations In Crimea Standoff||3/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 03-12-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Wake Up And Smell The Bacon 2) Global Insight On Drawing Girls To Tech 3) Investors: Oversight Is Needed For Bitcoin To Become Mainstream 4) Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online 5) After Newsweek 'Outs' Purported Bitcoin Founder, Questions Follow 6) Making A Computerized Voice A Little More Human||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 03-05-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Post A Survey On Mechanical Turk And Watch The Results Roll In 2) A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid 3) Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials 4) 'Mad Black Men': Yes, There Were Black People In '60s Advertising 5) Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom 6) Venezuela Protests Proof President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-26-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) FCC To Propose New Rules On Internet Neutrality 2) Facebook To Buy WhatsApp Message Service 3) What's Up With Facebook's Big Acquisition? 4) Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Tell Things Apart 5) Video Streaming Is Straining, But Who Will Ease The Tension? 6) Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-19-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required 2) With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away 3) Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites 4) Are Tech Execs Uncomfortable Around Young Black Men? 5) Tech Innovator And Master Of Maps Dies At 80 6) Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-12-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon? 2) AeroCop: Police Put An Eye In The Sky 3) Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting' 4) Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire 5) 4 Million Forgotten Songs Might Finally Find Ears 6) Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!||2/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
Weekly tech highlights with a human-interest twist.
If you missed NPR on your morning or evening commute, then this is a great way to catch up. While they do not discuss every tech story that emerges during the week (get a news reader for that), they usually cover the big ones, and present a few human-interest, NPR-style stories that deal with technology. A good listen for those who are not tech-saavy, but want to stay up to date on the technology news makers.
Inconsistent to poor investigative reporting
I love listening to NPR. But when it comes to technology, an area I have deep knowledge, I've found NPR's reporting to often be surprisingly inaccurate and lazy. Too often they quote "analysts" who don't know squat, consultants who are biased by who pays them and even product vendors without much question. Too often they let these quotes stand without a counterpoint from experts without conflicts of interest. And finally too often I hear NPR just plain mistate *facts* about high tech. This lazy, shody reporting unfortunately has me wondering how accurate the non-tech reporting is on NPR.
Wonderful for a quick geek fix
Being an ex-engineer, I'm a bit of a science and technology nut, but job and family can crimp my other passions somewhat. Being able to snatch snippets of different topics when I have 5 or 6 minutes free is just fantastic. Not to mention being able to enjoy the typically outstanding production values of an NPR broadcast. Keep 'em coming!