Elise Hu http://krcc.org en Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://krcc.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 17915 at http://krcc.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://krcc.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 20:15:00 +0000 Elise Hu 17692 at http://krcc.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://krcc.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 17619 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 17535 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 17475 at http://krcc.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://krcc.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 17388 at http://krcc.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://krcc.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 20:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 17252 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 20:25:52 +0000 Elise Hu 17201 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 17154 at http://krcc.org Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present http://krcc.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 17055 at http://krcc.org The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg http://krcc.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 16651 at http://krcc.org Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide http://krcc.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 16540 at http://krcc.org Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC http://krcc.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 16178 at http://krcc.org SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://krcc.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 21:22:00 +0000 Elise Hu 16085 at http://krcc.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://krcc.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 16049 at http://krcc.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins http://krcc.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 15997 at http://krcc.org Tech Week That Was: Women In Tech, Bitcoin's Man And SXSW Begins SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing http://krcc.org/post/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">South by Southwest Interactive</a> is the technology-driven part of the annual Austin-based festival for digital, film and music and it starts on Friday. An expected 30,000 people will take part in the interactive and film week that precedes music, and they love it for the spontaneity and the chaos. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15923 at http://krcc.org SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force http://krcc.org/post/web-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-positive-force For something that's become so ubiquitous in our lives, the World Wide Web is just a youngster. It was only 25 years ago that Tim Berners-Lee first created a rudimentary information retrieval system that relied on the Internet. It's since exploded into a primary means by which we learn, work and connect. (To put things in perspective, the film <em>Die Hard</em> is older than the World Wide Web.)<p>How far have we come and how much impact has Internet connectivity made in our lives? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15643 at http://krcc.org The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force Facebook Shuts Down Its Email Service Since No One Used It http://krcc.org/post/facebook-shutters-its-email-service-no-one-used-it Facebook's foray into email ended Monday, when the social media giant quietly retired the email service that many users didn't even know existed. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15563 at http://krcc.org Facebook Shuts Down Its Email Service Since No One Used It 4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast http://krcc.org/post/four-takes-netflixs-streaming-deal-comcast If you are in the middle of a <em>House of Cards</em> binge, the news from Netflix over the weekend is good — video streaming quality will improve. After reports of declining performance in recent months, Netflix — which accounts for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2014/02/24/does-netflixcomcast-deal-remove-obstacle-to-twc-merger/">30 percent of broadband traffic</a> — cut a deal with Comcast to pay the cable provider for direct access to its systems.<p>The implications of this deal are complicated and wildly different, depending on whom you ask. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15538 at http://krcc.org 4 Takes On Netflix's Streaming Deal With Comcast Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment http://krcc.org/post/cool-or-creepy-clip-camera-can-capture-every-moment With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video">there are few moments</a> we <em>don't</em> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.<p>"The dream of a photographic memory has come true," reads the box. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15522 at http://krcc.org Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment Tech Week: Facebook's Bet, Streaming Fight, Google Maps Indoors http://krcc.org/post/tech-week-facebooks-bet-streaming-fight-google-maps-indoors No rest for weary tech reporters this President's Day week, as the news on this beat tumbled forth fast and furiously. A look back at some of the topics dominating conversation follows, with NPR coverage in the "in case you missed it" section, and largely curated coverage from elsewhere in "The Big Conversation" and "Curiosities."<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>WhatsApp's Worth</strong>: Many Americans were introduced to WhatsApp this week when Facebook made its most massive acquisition ever, purchasing the global messaging company for $19 billion. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15398 at http://krcc.org Tech Week: Facebook's Bet, Streaming Fight, Google Maps Indoors Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $19 Billion http://krcc.org/post/why-facebook-thinks-whatsapp-worth-19-billion Facebook's purchase of messaging service WhatsApp — at a price tag of up to $19 billion — is its largest acquisition yet. To put things in perspective, the social giant <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/14/245234352/snapchats-big-news-week-and-questions-about-its-worth">tried to purchase Snapchat</a> for a fraction of that cost — $3 billion. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15357 at http://krcc.org Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $19 Billion Niche Online Dating Promises A Different Site For Every Preference http://krcc.org/post/niche-online-dating-promises-different-site-every-preference The numbers show Americans are getting more comfortable with online dating — a <a href="http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Online-Dating.aspx" target="_blank">recent Pew survey</a> found at least 11 percent of us have tried to find a match on the Internet. And the places to cyberdate are proliferating. No fewer than 1,500 dating sites are available in the U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15046 at http://krcc.org Niche Online Dating Promises A Different Site For Every Preference How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology http://krcc.org/post/how-meritocracy-myth-affects-women-technology The numbers on women in the tech industry are so out of whack that ladies register in the single digits: Women account for just <a href="http://www.ncwit.org/pdf/2007_Scorecard_Web.pdf">6 percent</a> of the chief executives of the top 100 tech companies, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14849 at http://krcc.org How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do http://krcc.org/post/sensory-fiction-books-let-you-feel-what-characters-do <em>In our</em><em> </em><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">"Weekly Innovation" blog series</a>, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</em><em> </em><em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkmQ6smYmKiQIL-W6leAp3KgpZf32G9qzL7O6JgwYos/viewform">Use this quick form</a>.</em><p>You know the power of a great book. It transports you, taking you into another place and time. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14778 at http://krcc.org Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do 8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella http://krcc.org/post/8-things-worth-knowing-about-microsofts-new-ceo-satya-nadella While it's never been considered a "cool" company, Microsoft is still a force — worth $300 billion, and Windows operating systems still run on a big chunk of the world's computers. While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, outgoing leader Steve Ballmer took the reins in 2000. And Tuesday, the board chose an internal candidate — 46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">to head the company</a>. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:31:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14683 at http://krcc.org 8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella A Boarding Pass Design That's So Much Better Than What We Have http://krcc.org/post/boarding-pass-design-thats-so-much-better-what-we-have <em>In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore 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><em>.</em><p>Airports are probably the closest real-life example of purgatory. Everyone's "in between" places, waiting to go somewhere or stressing out about it. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14451 at http://krcc.org A Boarding Pass Design That's So Much Better Than What We Have Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You http://krcc.org/post/obamas-state-union-playing-second-screen-near-you Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14388 at http://krcc.org Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters http://krcc.org/post/one-way-lawmakers-are-trying-prevent-government-it-disasters HealthCare.gov's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/19/246132770/this-slide-shows-why-healthcare-gov-wouldnt-work-at-launch">infamous failure to launch</a> has inspired some <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/202620444/Eshoo-Connolly-RFP-IT-Discussion-Draft">fresh legislation</a> that aims to organize and streamline the currently scattered — and expensive — approach to multimillion-dollar technology projects built by the government and its contractors.<p>Specifically, the measure, which is co-sponsored by Reps Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., calls for Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Elise Hu 14383 at http://krcc.org One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters