Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., asks about website security questions Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on problems with HealthCare.gov.
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October 31, 2013 To the long list of problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, add data security. The enrollment site for the new health insurance exchanges had a security flaw that didn't get patched up when the exchange marketplace went live.
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Virgin America released a song-and-dance themed safety video this week.
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October 30, 2013 Airlines know well that frequent fliers tune out the familiar in-flight safety messages. These new efforts to present funny-yet-informative safety videos are getting some well-deserved attention.
When charged, the Bulb Flashlight can stay on for three hours.
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October 30, 2013 With this dual-purpose device, you won't have to fumble around for a flashlight for trick-or-treating, or the next time the power goes out. The Bulb Flashlight is a low-heat, rechargeable LED bulb that doubles as a handheld flashlight.
Among families with children age 8 and under, ownership of tablet devices has jumped fivefold since 2011, reports the nonprofit Common Sense Media.
October 29, 2013 NPR readers wrote in to share how they're dealing with the technology tension in modern parenting — raising technologically adept kids without making them technologically dependent.
Eva Hu-Stiles virtually interacts with her grandmother. iPad assist by Elise Hu-Stiles.
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October 28, 2013 Researchers are still learning about the effects of touch-screens on kids. But scientists say that certain kinds of screen time, involving interaction with other people, can help youngsters learn.
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This week, we'll explore the touch-screen generation.
October 28, 2013 From infants to almost independent teens — technology is transforming how kids grow up and how parents raise them. This week, we are going on a ride through a digital childhood. Send us your questions and thoughts.
An attendee looks at the new Mac Pro during an Apple announcement event in San Francisco.
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October 25, 2013 In this week's tech roundup, the revelations from Edward Snowden that the U.S. spied on its global allies, the Apple iPad event and the ongoing fallout over HealthCare.gov, a system one source described as "too big to succeed."
An attempt to draw out the various parts of HealthCare.gov's tech system, based on the testimony of its contractors.
October 24, 2013 We used the testimonies of the biggest contractors involved with the HealthCare.gov application system to create this guide to how the site's various parts work together, and how the complex system for registering you for health insurance is supposed to work.
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Mike Bracken is executive director of digital for the U.K. government.
October 23, 2013 Does this sound familiar? A national IT project plagued with high-profile problems, integration breakdowns involving contractors, and taxpayers left footing a multimillion-dollar price tag: The scenario's playing out with HealthCare.gov, but a similar one in the U.K. led to major reforms.
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The Soft Light is currently a prototype only.
October 23, 2013 German design student Simon Frambach's prototype works like any other lamp except that its shade is made of soft, foamed polyurethane. You can use the Soft Light as a pillow or stuff it into dark corners.
HealthCare.gov has been plagued with problems since the health insurance exchange site opened Oct. 1.
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October 21, 2013 The Obama administration is sending in computer engineers from inside and outside government to fix the ongoing problems with HealthCare.gov. But the Affordable Care Act's legal deadlines mean that the programmers will be racing against the clock.
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Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is moving to Apple, where she will head the company's retail division.
October 18, 2013 This week's tech news was dominated by revelations about NSA data collection and Apple's hire of Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. And ongoing problems with sign-up for new health exchanges got us thinking about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would have approached the project differently.
October 14, 2013 When HealthCare.gov opened for people to start signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, there were glitches. Now, two weeks later, people are still having problems with the federal government's health exchange website, so some are turning to an older, trustier technology to apply: pen and paper.
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Twitter Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.
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October 11, 2013 The back story on Twitter's founding is profiled as the social giant prepares for its public stock offering; the site to help consumers buy health insurance gets more scrutiny; and NPR goes to the quiet zone — all in this week's tech roundup.
You check your phone a lot, even when it's not ringing or buzzing. But just how much? New numbers say it's more than 100 times a day.
October 10, 2013 You check your phone a lot, even when it's not ringing or buzzing. But just how much? New numbers say it's more than 100 times a day.
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