Elise Hu http://iowapublicradio.org en Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked http://iowapublicradio.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 43628 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.org/post/friday-feline-fun-ranking-most-famous-internet-cats <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdhLQCYQ-nQ</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Elise Hu 43603 at http://iowapublicradio.org Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey http://iowapublicradio.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 43169 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls http://iowapublicradio.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 42930 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.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 21:09:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42869 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.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 14:43:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42831 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facebook's Diversity Numbers Are Out, And They're What You Expect Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch? http://iowapublicradio.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 42581 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.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 42530 at http://iowapublicradio.org Yo Is The Buzzy App Of The Moment, Whether Yo Like It Or Not How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-yahoos-diversity-numbers-compare-googles <a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/89085398949/workforce-diversity-at-yahoo">Yahoo has responded</a> to the years-long calls for tech companies to disclose their staffs' gender and racial breakdowns. The numbers released Tuesday show its workforce, like much of the tech industry, is dominated by white and Asian males. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42383 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/democrats-unveil-bill-ban-internet-fast-lanes Net neutrality has become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/03/318458496/john-oliver-helps-rally-45-000-net-neutrality-comments-to-fcc">a hot topic</a> this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.<p>Now, congressional Democrats want to put a ban on fast lanes, using legislation. A bill unveiled by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42352 at http://iowapublicradio.org Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-snooping-steve-uber-battles-3-d-nutella-printing So much tech news, so little time. Let's run down the highlights of our tech coverage this week.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Project Eavesdrop</strong>: In a series for <em>Morning Edition</em>, our Steve Henn got white hat hackers to tap his data and communications, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/10/320347267/project-eavesdrop-an-experiment-at-monitoring-my-home-office">in an experiment</a> to see just how much of a digital trail — and pieces of heretofore private data — could be easily obtained. It turns out, it's a whole lot. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42211 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging http://iowapublicradio.org/post/starbucks-makes-itself-more-addictive-wireless-phone-charging Starbucks' latest innovation has nothing to do with coffee beans or breakfast, but it may lure the technologically dependent among us into its stores.<p>The beverage giant is partnering with Duracell Powermat to roll out wireless phone charges in Starbucks and Teavana locations. That's right — wireless. You'll be able to put your phone down on designated spots on a table, and batteries will charge from there, sans cables, adapters or outlets. The rollout starts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42129 at http://iowapublicradio.org Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ubers-rapid-growth-pits-innovation-against-existing-laws To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.<p>The 5-year-old company — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/06/319527353/uber-car-service-company-is-now-valued-at-17-billion">now valued at $17 billion</a> — is growing so fast that it's operating in 128 cities globally, on every continent except Antarctica. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Elise Hu 42084 at http://iowapublicradio.org Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws 'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/digital-deadly-sins-morality-our-digital-obsessions One running thread here at All Tech is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">smartphone distraction</a>, and whether our increasing dependence on connecting through our devices is bringing us together — or tearing us apart. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41923 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-apple-homes-snowden-anniversary-sexism-flare-ups It's time for your quick rundown of the week that was in technology and culture.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Tech's Gender Gap</strong>: Getting women to join and stay in technology company ranks is a well-documented issue; a few incidents this week probably didn't do much to help the problem. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/05/318936846/chicago-conference-is-the-latest-in-tech-sexism-hall-of-shame">Chicago's Techweek apologized</a> for using provocatively posing women in a party invite after losing big names and a sponsor. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41882 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cool-war-china-unseen-comes-consequences The days of the Cold War are long gone — no more zero-sum showdowns against communism, no <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_1jkLxhh20">duck-and-cover lessons</a> in propaganda videos. But some scholars argue that something else has taken that conflict's place: a "cool war," pitting the U.S. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:13:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41803 at http://iowapublicradio.org The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chicago-conference-latest-tech-sexism-hall-shame Times may be slowly a-changin' for the Y-chromosome-dominant technology sphere, where it's becoming a tougher environment to objectify women, at least publicly.<p>We've already covered <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/04/318882549/women-complain-a-lot-interrupt-developer-says-at-conference?live=1">the sexist presentation slide</a> that showed up at a software conference on Wednesday. But also this week, Techweek Chicago organizers sent out a party invite for a "Black Tie Rave" featuring beautiful, scantily clad women. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41759 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame Girlfriend 'Complains A Lot ... Interrupts,' Developer Tells Conference http://iowapublicradio.org/post/women-complain-lot-interrupt-developer-says-conference The consequences of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/11/221052414/sexism-in-the-tech-industry-takes-center-stage">dearth of women in technology</a> are showing up again, this time in a show of sexism at a tech conference in Berlin. (<em>See update at end of post.</em>)<p>Atlassian, the company behind software products Jira, Confluence, HipChat and more, is holding its #AtlasCamp for developers, and a developer there took the stage to present. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41725 at http://iowapublicradio.org Girlfriend 'Complains A Lot ... Interrupts,' Developer Tells Conference John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC http://iowapublicradio.org/post/john-oliver-helps-rally-45000-net-neutrality-comments-fcc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41634 at http://iowapublicradio.org John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances http://iowapublicradio.org/post/apple-makes-play-smart-homes-connecting-appliances Into the quickly crowding field of automated home gadgets and appliances comes Apple, which announced HomeKit at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. HomeKit is its entrance into a nascent, fragmented market for home automation, aka the Internet of Things.<p>HomeKit will be a single, centralized way to control various automated appliances — everything from your smart thermostat to lights or locks or garage doors. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41596 at http://iowapublicradio.org Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-c-e-bros-diversity-numbers-and-beats-deal The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Bros in The Valley</strong>: As companies like Google and Snapchat seek to lead the new information age, they are looking pretty backward when it comes to equality and diversity. Sat, 31 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem http://iowapublicradio.org/post/googles-white-male-heavy-staff-underlines-techs-diversity-problem When it finally <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/getting-to-work-on-diversity-at-google.html">published a demographic breakdown</a> of its workforce this week, tech giant Google admitted, "We've always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41413 at http://iowapublicradio.org Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem Snapchat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him http://iowapublicradio.org/post/snapchat-ceos-emails-didnt-disappear-come-back-shame-him We are in the midst of a realignment in the global economy, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Second-Machine-Age-Technologies/dp/1480577472">new machine age</a> in which technology is disrupting nearly every industry in the world. And who are the hot young stars of this great realignment? Wed, 28 May 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Snapchat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wash-and-deliver-startups-aim-solve-first-world-problems Sick of doing the laundry? Mon, 26 May 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41225 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems Tech Week: Baby Photos Online, Facebook V. Shazam, Ebay's Fail http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-baby-photos-online-facebook-v-shazam-ebays-fail Each week, we take a look back at the headlines at the intersection of technology, business and culture. ICYMI features NPR reporting, the Big Conversation includes the larger conversations in the space and Curiosities are any links we thought you should see.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Facebook Moms:</strong> The streams of baby photos you see on Instagram and Facebook underline this interesting notion: Today's babies are the first generation to have digital footprints since birth (or even before, if you post sonogram images). Sat, 24 May 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41170 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Baby Photos Online, Facebook V. Shazam, Ebay's Fail What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-those-baby-photos-social-media-can-teach-us-about-moms You can't miss 'em. Baby pictures have flooded so many Instagram and Facebook feeds that an app is now available to block them, if you want. But as the newness of social media collides with an experience as old as time — motherhood — researchers are beginning to study its sociological and psychological impacts.<p>"We're living in a different era, where families are not necessarily living in the same neighborhood, on the same block, seeing their grandparents every Sunday," says Brooklyn mom Nicole Jedinak, who has been snapping and sharing photos of her son Jackson since he was born. Fri, 23 May 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Elise Hu 41089 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-questions-now-europeans-can-edit-google-search-results In case you missed it, Europe's highest court has set a new precedent: Individuals in 28 European countries can now <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/13/312125549/google-must-delete-personal-data-when-asked-european-court-says">request the removal of search results</a> they consider harmful. Is this ruling a big win for the individual? Or does this break the Internet?<p>Companies like Google already routinely field takedown requests for material that violates defamation or copyright, but this is different. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Elise Hu 40558 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-target-ceo-out-drones-question-apples-big-deal Another week in tech is wrapping up with talk of another multi-billion dollar buy. Let's get to it with our roundup, starting with the ICYMI section, which features stories we've been telling on air and online, the Big Conversations in tech and closing with our Curiosities — other fun links you should see.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Drones Can't Take Off</strong>: The murky legal guidelines for flying commercial drones test the limits of the Federal Aviation Administration's authority and enforcement of current laws. Sat, 10 May 2014 10:07:00 +0000 Elise Hu 40417 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drone-journalism-cant-fully-take-flight-until-regulators-act <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH1gHrKIcyw</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Elise Hu 40181 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-egg-innovation-twitters-future-fccs-defense It's the weekend, which means it's time for your review of the technology and culture headlines from NPR and beyond.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Eggcellent</strong>: Our most popular post this week was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/30/307978652/innovation-a-gadget-that-scrambles-the-egg-inside-the-shell">our Weekly Innovation choice</a> — a kitchen tool that scrambles the egg inside its shell, making for a unique culinary creation. Sat, 03 May 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Elise Hu 40083 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense