Elise Hu http://publicradioeast.org en Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff http://publicradioeast.org/post/some-loyal-foursquare-users-are-checking-out-after-swarm-spinoff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQAJmmVsi1g</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Elise Hu 47624 at http://publicradioeast.org Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi http://publicradioeast.org/post/solving-scourge-slow-hotel-wi-fi You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.<p>It happens too often and hotels don't seem to care, despite charging you a few hundred bucks a night to stay in the comfort of their rooms. So now, a couple of competing sites and apps are trying to solve the problem. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 47527 at http://publicradioeast.org Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks http://publicradioeast.org/post/its-boom-times-pop-shops-mobile-shopping-clicks Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.<p>Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.<p>"As long as they can change it back, they can do whatever they want," says Joe LaPadula. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Elise Hu 47484 at http://publicradioeast.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://publicradioeast.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46937 at http://publicradioeast.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call http://publicradioeast.org/post/better-culture-could-have-prevented-viral-comcast-call This week, one man's customer service <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331681041/comcast-embarrassed-by-the-service-call-making-internet-rounds">call to Comcast</a> turned into a badgering — a simple request to cancel his service was repeatedly beaten back by the employee on the other end of the line. It was a familiar feeling for a lot of us, which perhaps explains why more than 4 million people have listened to it in less than a week.<p>"It was frustrating to listen to. It's almost a PTSD we have with bad customer service," said journalist Emily Yellin. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46667 at http://publicradioeast.org Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel http://publicradioeast.org/post/dont-fire-comcast-guy-says-caller-who-tried-cancel Ryan Block, whose hilariously tedious <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331681041/comcast-embarrassed-by-the-service-call-making-internet-rounds">customer service experience</a> with Comcast struck a chord with millions, says the customer service rep who harangued him should not be fired.<p>In a <a href="https://soundcloud.com/ryan-block-10/comcastic-service">phone call that went viral</a> (more than 4 million audio plays and counting), Block tries and nearly fails to cancel his Internet service because Comcast's unnamed customer service rep is frustratingly persis Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46536 at http://publicradioeast.org Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles http://publicradioeast.org/post/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46476 at http://publicradioeast.org FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds http://publicradioeast.org/post/comcast-embarrassed-service-call-making-internet-rounds When a customer service call is described as <a href="http://gawker.com/hellish-comcast-call-sets-new-standard-for-shitty-custo-1605200994">"Kafkaesque" and "hellish,"</a> you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46417 at http://publicradioeast.org Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears http://publicradioeast.org/post/tech-giants-make-net-neutrality-case-deadline-nears It's not just comedian <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/03/318458496/john-oliver-helps-rally-45-000-net-neutrality-comments-to-fcc">John Oliver coming out against</a> cable companies to support net neutrality. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46336 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked http://publicradioeast.org/post/tech-week-googles-world-cup-play-amazon-sued-and-kids-tracked Summertime in the tech world has made us eager for some lighter news, which you can find below. But the weightier legal battles in technology continue, as highlighted in our Big Conversation section. And links we think you should see are filed under Curiosities. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46195 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats http://publicradioeast.org/post/friday-feline-fun-ranking-most-famous-internet-cats <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdhLQCYQ-nQ</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Elise Hu 46166 at http://publicradioeast.org Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-burritos-and-sandwiches-can-teach-us-about-innovation When you slap some meat inside two slices of bread, you have a sandwich, at least according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the safety and labeling of meat and poultry.<p>"We're talking about a traditional closed-face sandwich," says Mark Wheeler, who works in food safety at the USDA. "A sandwich is a meat or poultry filling between two slices of bread, a bun or a biscuit."<p>That excludes items like burritos, wraps or hot dogs. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45977 at http://publicradioeast.org What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey http://publicradioeast.org/post/future-internet-not-so-free-or-open-pews-new-survey What we know as the World Wide Web — the main way by which most of us access the Internet — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/27/282965383/the-web-at-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-as-a-positive-force">just turned 25 this year</a>. Its existence has allowed for all kinds of learning and free expression, coding and making, rule-breaking and platform-making. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45478 at http://publicradioeast.org The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup http://publicradioeast.org/post/facebook-manipulates-our-moods-science-and-commerce-roundup So, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/28/326453204/facebook-scientists-alter-newsfeeds-find-emotions-are-affected-by-it">that happened</a>.<p>Scientists <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full">published a paper</a> revealing that in 2012, Facebook researchers conducted a study into "emotional contagion." The social media company altered the news feeds (the main page users land on for a stream of updates from friends) of nearly 700,000 users. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45227 at http://publicradioeast.org Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls http://publicradioeast.org/post/tech-week-googles-plans-aereos-loss-and-occupied-stalls It's officially summer, but there's no slowdown on the technology news front. Here's your weekly roundup of notable stories in tech, from the team at NPR and beyond.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Aereo No Longer?</strong>: The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, decided that the streaming TV startup Aereo's service, which lets users watch and record live TV from Internet-connected devices, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/25/325488386/tech-firm-aereo-performs-an-illegal-service-supreme-court-says">is in violation of copyright laws</a>. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45102 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done http://publicradioeast.org/post/binge-watch-purge-now-aereo-likely-done The Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/25/325488386/tech-firm-aereo-performs-an-illegal-service-supreme-court-says">gave broadcasters a big win</a> this week in their battle against the startup service Aereo. Subscribers in select cities have been watching and recording live broadcast TV with <a href="https://www.aereo.com/">Aereo</a>, at a cost of $8 to $12 a month. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44972 at http://publicradioeast.org The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect http://publicradioeast.org/post/facebooks-diversity-numbers-are-out-and-theyre-what-you-expect The summer of tech company demographic data dumps continues apace. Facebook is the latest big firm to share its staff's racial and gender breakdowns, following similar releases from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/05/29/317024113/googles-white-male-heavy-staff-underlines-techs-diversity-problem">Google</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/17/323040120/how-yahoos-diversity-numbers-compare-to-googles">Yahoo</a>. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44908 at http://publicradioeast.org Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect Watch This To Put Your Facebook Feed In Perspective http://publicradioeast.org/post/watch-put-your-facebook-feed-perspective <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxVZYiJKl1Y</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44839 at http://publicradioeast.org Watch This To Put Your Facebook Feed In Perspective Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch? http://publicradioeast.org/post/tech-week-yo-amazon-fire-phone-and-apples-iwatch It was a big week for product news in the tech world, a topic we typically reserve for your weekly round-ups. Here we go ...<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>SCOTUS And Facebook Threats</strong>: A case for our modern times. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44542 at http://publicradioeast.org Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch? Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not http://publicradioeast.org/post/yo-buzzy-app-moment-whether-yo-it-or-not <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLZCy-_m3s</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44459 at http://publicradioeast.org Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not