Apps

Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

2.10.15: China's Anti-Valentine's Day, History Of Hair Removal, & A Disposable Camera App

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend and couples in love are expected to spend in the billions, but spending by singles may have even greater revenue potential. On today’s show, a look at China’s anti-Valentine’s holiday: Singles' Day and how it became the largest online shopping day in the world.

Then, from clamshell razors to electrolysis, humans have gone to great lengths to achieve a smooth, clean shave. We’ll take a look at the history of hair removal, and what it reveals about shifting views of racial and social status in the U.S. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

The 'Sharing Economy': Uber & Airbnb Come To N.H.

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With the rise of services like Uber and Airbnb, more folks who would normally use city-regulated taxis or hotels are now using apps to connect with strangers for a ride or a place to stay. But while this new ‘sharing’ configuration may be cheaper and more efficient, some worry about safety, fairness, and the future of work.

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Word of Mouth
1:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

4.28.14: The People's Platform, Naming Genocide, Rash App & Slot Car Racing

4.28.14: The People's Platform, Naming Genocide, Rash App & Slot Cars
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On today's Word of Mouth, we explore the digital world and two apps recently added to it. NHPR's Sean Hurley brings us a story of a World Record with New Hampshire origins. Finally: a look at a Sundance film about genocide. We’ll learn about Raphael Lemkin, a Holocaust survivor who coined the term, providing a legal framework for prosecuting the crimes of WWII. Listen to the full show and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees

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While the weather these days might not be an indicator, spring is officially here. Which got us thinking in the Word of Mouth pod...about the birds and the bees. And also birds and bees. On today's show a conversation about the most awkward talk a parent has to have: "the talk." Also, a bird expert tells us about this year's unusual snowy owl migration. We'll also hear about the next great frontier in self tracking apps: fertility apps. 

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Word of Mouth
10:24 am
Mon November 25, 2013

A Tracking App That Tracks Other Tracking Apps

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The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets and a certain level of self-absorption have led to a number of apps and programs that track sleep, diet, heart rate, baby weight, twitter use, mood, sweat, caffeine, memories and bowel movements. Welcome to the age of the quantified self, but with a thousand ways to keep tabs on your own life, how then, do you keep track of all the trackers?

Sarah Kessler is associate editor for Fast Company. She wrote about how developers creating tracking apps that track other tracking apps.

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Health
4:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Doctors Look To Phone Apps To Treat Mental Illness

Researchers at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon are developing mobile apps to assess and treat patients who have severe mental illness. These apps could help patients in crises and also help them manage their illnesses in the crucial time between visits to the doctor.   


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Technology
3:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Apps You Should Download If You Live In New Hampshire

Yes, this is a real iPhone case. You can buy it on Zazzle.com
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This week, NHPR's Amanda Loder is reporting a series of stories on New Hampshire's emerging app development economy. (What's that, you ask? Check out our app explainer here.)

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NH News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Gun Enthusiasts Key To N.H. App Developer's Success

Alan started his business with antique firearms collectors in mind.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Today, we wrap up our series The Download on New Hampshire’s App Economy with the profile of an independent developer.  In some ways, it’s a classic story: he left his full-time job to work on his program at home in Derry.  But  he’s anything but a stereotypical computer geek.

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NH News
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Despite Mobile Apps Boom, Women Remain Underrepresented

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In the course of reporting this series, I spoke to very few women who were working with mobile apps.  It wasn’t for lack of trying.  This gender gap isn’t unusual in computer science in general.  And it isn’t confined to New Hampshire. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

How N.H. Higher Ed Is Adapting To The Mobile App Economy

Rima Murthy was trained in advanced smartphone applications at Dartmouth College, but she's not planning on staying in N.H.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This week we’re looking at New Hampshire’s developing mobile app economy.  Although it’s nowhere on the scale of manufacturing or tourism, it’s gaining in popularity—and importance.  But how do we educate this new workforce?  Today, we talk with professors and students about how they see themselves fitting into the mobile app economy.

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The Download
12:29 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

MAP: Nashua On The List Of U.S. App Development Hotspots

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Some of our nation's hotspots for app development are fairly predictable - Seattle, San Francisco - but others will surprise you. North Carolina? New Jersey? Nashua, New Hampshire?

While the smaller markets on the list do have lower numbers of people employed in the field, their concentration in the overall job market is greater, giving them a higher "location quotient" - in other words, these are the areas most saturated with app developers.

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NH News
7:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

N.H. Entrepreneurs Carve Out Space In The Growing App Economy

Ryan Zarick's Coder Den is a New Hampshire success story. But what about other mobile app developers?
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

  Over the past three years, smartphone ownership has increased dramatically.  Seeing this trend, entrepreneurs have sensed the strong demand for the mobile apps that make smartphones so popular.  As part of our week long series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy," today we introduce you to some Granite Staters who are gambling on startup success…and the challenges they face.

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The Download
2:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Our Application Nation

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

This week,  we're getting to the bottom of the growing app development economy in New Hampshire. So, who's using smartphones and mobile apps, and how many? And the people that make apps, what do they do? This infographic provides a snapshot of the U.S. application picture.

NH News
7:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

N.H. A Surprising Hotspot For Making Mobile Apps

Alfonso Fabrega co-founded the Happ-A-Thon, a 30-day challenge for New Hampshire app developers.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

More than half of all Americans own a smartphone.  The explosion of this technology over the past few years has created a rapidly growing job sector in designing and developing smartphone apps.  This week, we launch our series "The Download on New Hampshire's App Economy." looking at how this industry is growing and changing in the state.  We begin with an introduction to the world of mobile app development.

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Word of Mouth
9:06 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Need Help Gardening? There's An App For That

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Whether you have a well-worn green thumb, or are making your first foray into home gardening, rest assured: there’s an app for that. New York Times Smart App Columnist Kit Eaton confesses he’s not an experienced gardener, but he dug in to the wide variety of garden-related apps on the market and joins us with some winners.   

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Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Making Ourselves Happier

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What makes you happier? This simple question lies at the heart of a new app called “Happier” – a social media community and iPhone app which collects and shares the little actions, moments and gesture that brighten their day. The app was developed with the idea that the key to happiness is focusing on the positive and plenty of people have joined so far. We wanted to know – are they any better off? Nataly Kogan is co-founder of the Boston-based Happier Inc. and she spoke with us about the app.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Looking For The Perfect Public Beach? Of Course There's An App For That

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New Hampshire only has eighteen miles of coastline - but even in sunny coastal California, arguments over property rights have made finding that perfect beach spot harder than ever before. From California to the New England coast, there is a swelling debate over who the beach belongs to.

Jenny Price is an environmental writer who has been fighting for more open public access to Malibu’s twenty-seven miles of beach. She co-created an app, “Our Malibu Beaches”, with app developer Ben Adair. It aims to show precisely where the public can enjoy parts of the California coast normally restricted to beach-front property owners.

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fabulous Photos? There's an App for that.

Castle in Naples by Annmarie Timmins

Fabulous photos?… There’s an app for that. In fact there are lots and lots and it seems like everybody’s got ‘em. Adam Bronkhorst  has some tips to transform your tossed off smartphone snapshots into expressive, vibrant photos worthy of keeping, printing, and showing off. Adam Bronkhorst is a professional portrait photographer based in the UK.

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Word of Mouth
10:39 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Stop and Frisk App

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Monitoring police stops by smartphone. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the city’s use of so-called “stop and frisk” searches by police.  Critics say the subjects of stop and frisks are disproportionately African-American and Latino men, which they call evidence of racial profiling. Today two New York City Council members said they’re introducing a measure to create an independent inspector general to oversee the N.Y.P.D.  to review policies and conduct.

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Gaming Town Meeting

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Produced by Jonathan Lynch

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Word of Mouth
12:02 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Gaming the Forest

(Photo by Kevin Poh via Flickr Creative Commons)

A new app transforms tree leaves into currency…kind of changes your mind about raking season, eh?

The game, called Forest, will be demonstrated at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Austin, Texas, in May. It was designed by Jason Linder and Wendy Ju of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  

 

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All Tech Considered
4:02 am
Mon April 2, 2012

You Should Keep Tax Records — But How, And For How Long?

A pile of IRS Form 1040 tax documents is seen in this file photo. Personal finance experts recommend keeping most records for three years after they're used in a tax return.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 10:01 am

Tax Day 2012 is looming — and after we file our returns, many of us will try to figure out what to do with the seemingly innocuous but possibly crucial documents we use to prepare our returns. Filing electronically can make those records easier to manage. But what should we really keep, and for how long?

Most experts recommend holding on to financial records for three years after they're used in a tax return — that's the amount of time the IRS has to audit taxpayers.

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All Tech Considered
11:31 am
Tue March 27, 2012

To Keep Customers, Brick-And-Mortar Stores Look To Smartphones

A shopper searches on her BlackBerry for coupons inside a Target store. Consumers with smartphones are changing the way stores set prices and track customer tastes.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 8:23 pm

Best Buy must live in fear of shoppers like Ave Lising. He and a group of friends walk through the Stanford mall in Palo Alto, Calif., their cellphones clutched in their hands.

Lising visited the electronics retailer recently, shopping for a video game.

"I went to Best Buy [and] looked at the price," Lising says. "I was like, 'Ehh — I'm sure I can find this cheaper online.' "

So he whipped out his smartphone and scanned the barcode, found it cheaper and ... no sale for Best Buy.

There's a word for that kind of in-store comparison shopping: "showrooming."

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All Tech Considered
1:58 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone

The GasBuddy app and website rely on crowdsourcing — people across the country sending in gas prices.
NPR

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:35 pm

Gasoline prices seem to be going up every day, and motorists are looking to squeeze every penny of savings out of each fill-up. Well, as it turns out with so many things these days, smartphone apps can help.

Companies have applications for most smartphones out there to help people find the cheapest gas in town. I tried out six applications on an iPhone and narrowed the selection to two that I found the easiest to use: GasBuddy and Fuel Finder.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:33 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Explore George Harrison's Guitars

Peter Belanger Courtesy of the Harrison Estate

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 7:30 am

George Harrison wasn't the flashiest, craftiest guitarist of his day, just the one everyone loved. His sound always served the songs, just enough to make them better, but never enough to eclipse the writing of Lennon or McCartney or even his own tunes.

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Technology
5:39 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

The New Running Game Where 'Zombies' Chase You

The Zombies, Run! iPhone app is a running game and audio adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Six to Start

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 5:39 pm

The new iPhone app called "Zombies, RUN!" is not your standard running game.

It's designed to encourage folks, such as say, video gamers, who aren't usually associated with exercise to take up running.

British writer Naomi Alderman, who is a gamer herself as well as an Orange-award winning novelist, came up with the idea for "Zombies, RUN!" while in a class for amateur runners she tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Mary-Louise Kelly.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That

With developers pumping out an estimated 2,000 applications daily for use on smart-phones and tablets, reviewers and web-critics are keeping busy sorting out what’s worth downloading, and what’s worth squat. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:11 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

iLove Don'ts

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Hallmark holiday or not, Valentine’s Day carries joy, expectations, sadness, and more than its share of tired tropes for just about everyone. What, we wondered, signals love in the age of digital-era dating? Synching calendars on Outlook? Downloading a marriage counselor app on your smart-phone?

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Random Hacks of Kindness

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There's a gathering of developers and code writers taking place globally...and they're invading Manchester to create apps for doing good. 

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Random Hacks of Kindness

Manchester gathering info

Small Dog Electronics