February 28, 2011 This week, Apple unveils the next generation of its iPad. The touch screen computer has come to dominate the tablet market. But this year, companies like HP, Samsung and Motorola are striking back with rival machines. Host Michele Norris talks with Donald Bell, senior editor CNET.com, about the tablet industry.
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February 25, 2011 In her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle examines our proclivity for robots, smart phones and social networks, and though far from suggesting we ditch technology, she wonders if we aren't losing out on human contact in the process.
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February 25, 2011 Extended use of a cellular telephone causes increased activity in parts of the brain next to the phone's antenna, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, Nora Volkow, author of the paper, says it's unclear what the clinical significance of that finding is.
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Variations On Chocolate Cake: Google's new Recipe View is designed to help cooks sift through recipes on the web. Here, the results for a search for Molten Chocolate Cake.
February 24, 2011 Not everyone who uses Google to look up "molten chocolate cake" is looking for an explanation of what the dish is. After all, the name kind of gives it away. The web has become the nation's recipe box — and Google's making it easier to sift through, thanks to its new Recipe View.
Kayne West performs with Rihanna at half-time of the NBA All-Star Game.
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February 24, 2011 A video for Kanye West's song "All of the Lights" has been pulled from YouTube after a British group said that the video's strobing light effects had caused seizures. The singer is also in hot water over his tweets about abortion.
An image of Christchurch Cathedral, left, was taken one day before Tuesday's quake. On the right, an image posted to Twitter shows the extensive damage to the cathedral.
February 23, 2011 Officials in New Zealand say that hundreds of victims of Tuesday's earthquake remain missing. In Christchurch, rescue workers are sifting through rubble, and a curfew has been instituted. But Wednesday also brought some dramatic rescues.
Can my app trump your speed gun?
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February 23, 2011 While a college student says the tracking app on his phone helped him get out of a speeding ticket, there are other cases where such evidence hasn't helped.
A still from the video game Call of Juarez: The Cartel.
February 23, 2011 A soon-to-be-released video game — Call of Juarez: The Cartel — that glorifies murder and mayhem in the violence-wracked city of Juarez, Mexico, is sparking an outcry. Critics on the border say it's in bad taste given the thousands of people killed in the city's drug wars over the past few years.
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Researchers found that as groups of black-tailed prairie dogs and other rodents became larger, it also became easier to identify individuals.
February 22, 2011 People who love to adorn themselves with over-the-top accessories may want to thank UCLA for opening a new path to enablement. Biologists from the school have found that heightened individuality is an integral part of life in large groups of social animals.
A mobile phone shows a Skype application.
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February 22, 2011 Companies that offer Web-based e-mail or social networking can't always cooperate with court-ordered surveillance. That's because it's not always possible to create built-in eavesdropping systems, and those back doors can leave computers vulnerable to hacking and non-government spying.
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Feb. 4: Anti-government protesters held a sign referencing the Facebook social networking website that was important in organizing protesters in Tahrir Square.
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February 22, 2011 "A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl Facebook Jamal Ibrahim," Al-Ahram reports.
February 21, 2011 Conventional wisdom says readers are only willing to pay for online news that fuels their passion or helps them make money. Across the Atlantic, however, a pair of leading daily newspapers — The Times and The Sunday Times -- have ignored that conventional wisdom, putting up an ironclad digital paywall and testing whether they can remain relevant while telling readers they can no longer enjoy a free ride.
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February 21, 2011 Andy Carvin (@acarvin), senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, discusses his recent work on Twitter. He's been tweeting about protests in Egypt and Tunisia, now Libya and Bahrain. Carvin has sought multiple sources on the ground and reported on the minute-by-minute revelations.
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Jeopardy contestants Ken Jennings (left), Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson.
February 20, 2011 The TV game show Jeopardy! experimented this week with IBM's latest version of artificial intelligence, "Watson," which destroyed its flesh-and-blood competition. Could Watson be coming for our jobs in radiology or the law next?
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February 18, 2011 What if games could help solve, rather than exacerbate, real-world problems? Jane McGonigal, author of the new book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, thinks they can. She explains how games fulfill needs that reality doesn't, and how to make real life more like a game.
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