Technology

Word of Mouth
10:51 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Adopt a Fire Hydrant, Fix a Pothole...There's an App for That

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The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities.  Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.

Word of Mouth
7:54 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Are Video Games Art?

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently added 14 video games to its permanent collection. Killscreen says they helped.

Killscreen co-founder Jamin Warren explains how, and helps us answer the burning question, are video games art?

Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mourning a Loved One Via the Internet

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The funeral industry is embracing the digital age. Funeral homes are beefing up their websites and social media to include tributes and photographs of the departed.

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top 3 High-Tech Marriage Busters

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We discussed the quickly-developing market for spousal surveillance technology with Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Valentino. You can listen to her interview here:

In the meantime, we were surprised to learn how marriage and divorce are being affected by technology...and how quickly it's all happened:

1) Social Media: Breeding Ground for Evidence

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Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The End of Smartphones?

Word of Mouth's favorite explainer of all things wired Rob Fleischman discusses our beloved internet devices and the emerging technologies that may be gearing up to take their spot.

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Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Word of Mouth 12.01.2012

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Word of Mouth's weekend program includes some of our favorite stories from from the daily program.

Part 1: Syria/Chemical Dangers

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Word of Mouth
3:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life

Because who doesn't want their vacuum to look like an Orca?

When we first saw Robert Ito's Pacific Standard piece on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:

But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot is the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:

1) Buy him a snazzy costume!

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Exploring One Laptop Per Child in Ethiopia

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The trope goes something like this: one minute you’re teaching your kid to tie his shoes, and the next he’s showing you how to use the new Blu-Ray player. No doubt, fresh minds tend to have an easier time adapting to new technologies – but does the cliché hold water in third-world countries where kids have never seen so much as a calculator? 

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Using Robots As...Friends?

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From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Today we examine the increasing melding of fantasy and reality…the social robot has begun to win the hearts and minds of people all around the world.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The e-Text Revolution

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With E-book sales outpacing print books, the days of the heavyweight backpack are numbered. In New Hampshire, thirty-three public schools banded together to purchase E-books instead of textbooks. Producer Sam Evans-Brown finds out why public schools are making the switch now, and why the long wait.

Read and Listen to Sam's story here.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Apple vs Samsung, An Ad-war Brewing?

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In 2010, Ad Week declared the “Get a Mac” campaign to be the the best campaign of the first decade of the 20th century. The beloved series of ads pitted John Hodgman as a stodgy stand-in for PC’s trading barbs with Justin Long and a cast of hip-looking, unflappable surrogates for Macs. Samsung took a page from that ad, rolling out a new commercial; its Galaxy s-3 that takes a stab at Apple true believers, waiting in a long line for the new iPhone 5.

What do you think?

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Word of Mouth
1:25 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

There's an App for that: Super Secure, High Level Encryption

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An app released this week called Silent Circle says it offers NSA level encryption tools to ordinary citizens. That means e-mails, phone calls, and text messages can’t be traced, intercepted, or recovered by just about anybody. Russell Brandom is a staff writer for Buzzfeed, where he wrote about the developers of Silent Circle.

Check out "A Peek into Silent Circle":

Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The Secret Servers

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Every Google search, every saved photograph, streamed song, text message and each stroke of the e-mail send button is served and stored on a digital infrastructure that is – to the end user – invisible.  The New York Times has spent a year investigating the tens of thousands of data centers that support the information industry, and discovered a secretive, power-sucking infrastructure sharply at odds with its sleek, e

Word of Mouth
2:46 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Clues to a U.S. Cyber-attack on Iran?

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New forensic evidence may confirm what many suspected behind-the-scenes: that the US and Israel conspired earlier this year to target Iran with the espionage malware “Flame”. Dan Goodin is Security Editor at Ars Technica and he's closely followed the unfolding story.     

Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon September 17, 2012

All You Need to Know About the New iPhone 5

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It’s been only been a year since Apple revealed the iPhone 4s to the world:  it looked a lot like its predecessors, but included one game changing new feature: voice assistance technology.  A short time later, we had Apple guru and explainer-of-all-things-wired Rob Fleischman on the show.  Well, it’s one year later and Rob is back to talk about the iPhone 5,

Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Voter ID Problem? There's an App for That.

Last week, the Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, or to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity in order to vote. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter, is here with more on what New Hampshire voters can expect. 

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Word of Mouth: 9.01.2012

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Part 1: Chasing Lightning/Birth Photography

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Word of Mouth
11:08 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Social Networking...For Cars #Yup

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Automotive safety is generally focused on the driver and the  vehicle,  rather than unknown dangers of the road … features like anti-lock brakes, airbags, back-up cameras and crumple zones increase buyer confidence and sticker price. 

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Aug. 25: Wesley Wildman-Make it Start! Make it Stop! Technology & the Future of Religious Experience

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This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on August 19. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Steve Jobs Reincarnated?

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But we begin with news from the world of computing…the cult of Steve Jobs is a buzz over remarks made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak last week at the Entel Technology Conference in Chile.

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Word of Mouth
1:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

So, how'd it go?

Earlier this week, we talked to our go-to internet guy about a switch to be flipped on a whole new version of the internet. Yesterday was World IPV6 Day, and as tech decoder Rob Fleischman explained, converting to the new web protocol was designed to solve the impending problem of the internet running out of IP addresses…those are the numerical codes designating the addresses of websites, pages, computers and hardware on networks. Well, Wednesday passed…the conversion happened…and our computers are still working.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Tue June 5, 2012

A Shiny New Internet

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Tomorrow will bring a long-awaiting moment for the internet…it’s IPV6 Day, when a whole new version of the web will officially go live. But don’t worry, says our next guest, there should be no change in the way most of us use the internet…as long as everything goes as planned. Here to explain IPV6 and a few other tech stories bubbling up is Rob Fleischman. He’s a web developer and entrepreneur, CTO of Xerocole, and Word of Mouth’s explainer of all things wired. 

 

Rob explains some challenges for developers when IPV6 goes live:

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Word of Mouth
10:16 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The 'I' in Innovation?

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Icons of creativity like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are romanticized as lone wolves, toiling alone deep into the night on ideas that one day change the world. Truth is, most get help along the way. Even Thomas Edison had a crew: 40 or so scientists helped him invent the light bulb. So is it the 'I' or the team that matters most?

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Minority Report Made Reality

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Modern advertisers will put commercials and billboards just about anywhere, but they’re not nearly as intrusive as depicted in the futuristic 2002 Steven Spielberg thriller Minority Report, where street side billboards address city-goers by name, and holographic spokespersons are literally projected into your path.

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Word of Mouth
11:04 am
Tue May 22, 2012

High Tech Athletic Support

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Every four years, the world gears up to become rabid, two-week fans of sports we’d never otherwise watch those featured in the Summer Olympics, like swimming, gymnastics, even equestrian eventing. For the elite athletes who compete at the Olympic level, however, the games are anything but a quadrennial concern. They’re the reward for working the hardest, being the best, and increasingly, it seems, having the latest hi-tech gadgetry in your corner.

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Word of Mouth
10:35 am
Mon May 7, 2012

From Light to Sound

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How laser technology is being applied to a new line of cochlear implants.  Now, can someone please just get us some freaking shark with some freaking laser beams attached?

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Word of Mouth
1:00 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Word of Mouth 05.05.2012

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Part 1: Beautiful Souls

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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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All Tech Considered
5:08 am
Thu April 19, 2012

To Read All Those Web Privacy Policies, Just Take A Month Off Work

Many Web users have little idea about how, or when, they're being tracked. In this 2011 photo, Max Schrems of Austria sits with 1,222 pages about his activities on Facebook — the company gave him the file after he requested it under European law.
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Internet surfers have long worried that they have insufficient control over their online privacy — despite the privacy policies many people agree to when they visit websites or use online services.

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

Gaming the Forest

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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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