Elise Hu http://publicradioeast.org en Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack http://publicradioeast.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 39622 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 39576 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 39445 at http://publicradioeast.org America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://publicradioeast.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 39299 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking http://publicradioeast.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 39035 at http://publicradioeast.org Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://publicradioeast.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 20:27:00 +0000 Elise Hu 38918 at http://publicradioeast.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://publicradioeast.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 38787 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 38637 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 38534 at http://publicradioeast.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing http://publicradioeast.org/post/packing-tape-innovation-takes-hassle-out-unboxing <em>Our </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation</a>" <em>blog series<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation"></a> explores an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkmQ6smYmKiQIL-W6leAp3KgpZf32G9qzL7O6JgwYos/viewform">Use this quick form</a>.<p>Trying to open tightly sealed boxes can be particularly annoying without the right tools around. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 38487 at http://publicradioeast.org This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://publicradioeast.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 38380 at http://publicradioeast.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture http://publicradioeast.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 38224 at http://publicradioeast.org What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall http://publicradioeast.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 38203 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://publicradioeast.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 20:30:00 +0000 Elise Hu 38150 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 20:32:00 +0000 Elise Hu 38037 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 37939 at http://publicradioeast.org Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason Weekly Innovation: Turn A 3-D Printer Into A Tattoo Machine http://publicradioeast.org/post/weekly-innovation-turn-3-d-printer-tattoo-machine Behold, the first human to be tattooed by a 3-D printer. The machine tattooed a ring on his forearm.<p>It all started with an idea that came to Pierre Emm, a young student in France, while riding his bike on the way to design school. (Another reason to cycle for your commute — wacky yet innovative ideas!)<p>Working with his fellow design students, Piotr Widelka and Johan Da Silveira, Emm took a MakerBot Replicator 3-D printer and reconfigured it to "make the machine more incarnate," as he describes to NPR. "An image passes very quickly ... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 37884 at http://publicradioeast.org Weekly Innovation: Turn A 3-D Printer Into A Tattoo Machine How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-wean-yourself-your-smartphone-least-temporarily We have been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">exploring</a> our increasingly smartphone-aided interactions and what they're doing to the old-fashioned ways of being together, like talking face to face. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Elise Hu 37806 at http://publicradioeast.org How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present http://publicradioeast.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 37765 at http://publicradioeast.org The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays http://publicradioeast.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 37601 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays