November 30, 2004 Cell phones, PDAs, computers and MP3 music players may seem a bit confusing to the average adult -- but for kids born in the so-called digital age, these devices are second nature. The second part of the Digital Generations series profiles a 13-year old and his family, who talk about what it means to grow up as a part of the "Internet Generation."
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November 30, 2004 For people with bad credit, getting a car loan can be a challenge. But the auto industry has come up with a novel idea for letting poor creditors drive new cars off the lot: a kindler, gentler and automated repo-man. Hear NPR's Jack Speer.
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November 29, 2004 Philadelphia wants to hook up the entire city with high-speed, wireless Internet access in order to spur economic development. But Verizon has successfully backed a state bill that would make it illegal for any government entity in to compete with the telecom company in providing high-speed Internet service. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
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November 29, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick and Day to Day technology contributor Xeni Jardin hit the streets to try out a few new gadgets, including a hand-held traffic reporting device and a multimedia gizmo that plays music, movies and television shows.
November 29, 2004 Our five-part Digital Generations series begins with a report on how some rural communities are installing their own high-speed Internet connections. New research indicates that access speed is the determining factor in who uses the Internet, and faster speeds are a big draw for many young professionals looking to put down roots and set up businesses.
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November 26, 2004 NPR's Michele Norris talks with Boston Globe technology reporter Hiawatha Bray about this year's video game offerings, which include realistically violent games such as Halo 2 and Doom 3; morally controversial ones such as Grand Theft Auto; and some games that the whole family can enjoy.
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November 25, 2004 The friendly skies are less than friendly these days. But does it have to be that way with the airlines? Does technology have something in store for the travel biz, like it does for just about everything else these days? Omar Wasow of blackplanet.com looks at the ways in which airlines and the travel industry are using technology to smooth some of the rough edges on your flight across country, or across the state. This segment was originally broadcast July 7, 2004.
November 24, 2004 BitTorrent, the current hot program for sharing files on the Internet, combines the computing power of several file sharers to ease the transfer of large files -- such as movies. Is it the next phase in the arms race between the entertainment industry and file sharers, or the future of legal distribution? Hear Joel Rose of member station WHYY.
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November 24, 2004 A funding crisis is affecting the federal program that subsidizes telephone service in rural areas, and Internet access for schools, libraries and medical clinics. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.
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November 24, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams talks to Tess Vigeland of Marketplace about the first anniversary of a federal rule that allows people to keep their cell phone numbers, even when they switch cell service providers. After one year, 8 million people have taken advantage of the regulation.
November 24, 2004 The much-debated video game "JFK Reloaded" allows players to reenact President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Critics are outraged. The game's developers say it's educational and meant in part to debunk conspiracy theories. Clive Thompson of Slate offers a review.
November 23, 2004 This month Massachusetts has begun to issue what it calls the most secure driver's license in America. Officials say the new card is nearly impossible to forge or alter. But some experts call the license just one step in stemming the growing problem of identity theft and the dangers of terrorism that comes with it. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.
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November 19, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams talks to Lisa Napoli of Marketplace about the move by former Viacom president Mel Karmazin to become Sirus Satellite Radio's new chief executive.
November 18, 2004 NPR's Melissa Block talks with John Lockwood, the creator of a Web site that allows people, once registered as members, to target shoot with a real gun set up with the website. He hopes to introduce live online game hunting of exotic animals at his ranch in Rock Springs, Texas, but a state rule change could block that.
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November 18, 2004 Lisa Napoli of Marketplace talks with NPR's Noah Adams about plans by SBC and Yahoo's to expand their partnership to market a "hybrid communication service," where consumers will be able to use so-called "convergent media" to control most electronic devices through a single remote, or even the telephone.
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