February 1, 2013 Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.
January 31, 2013 Apple has trademarked its minimalist store design. Though it seems over the top, the company has good reason to protect its look: Fake Apple stores cropped up in China last year.
January 31, 2013 When protests broke out across North Africa and the Middle East, NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin followed the events in real time online. In his book Distant Witness, Carvin explains how he cultivated social media sources into a new form of journalism where people on the ground controlled the news.
January 31, 2013 Google recently hit the trails with a panoramic camera called the Google Trekker. And now you can see the Grand Canyon in Google Maps. Is this a good thing?
January 30, 2013 With two new phones and a new operating system, the once mobile leader moved more along the lines of its contemporary rivals. The question now is whether it is too little, too late.
January 30, 2013 Smartphones, tablets and more affordable laptops mean that children are becoming computer literate younger than ever. But are online privacy laws and protections keeping up with them? NPR's Michel Martin learns more from Rey Junco of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
January 30, 2013 Increasingly, China's surveillance state has extended to include Chinese individuals spying on one another. Former journalist Qi Hong has helped ordinary citizens and government officials alike detect bugs and hidden cameras planted by others. In one year, his bug hunt turned up more than 300 devices for a hundred friends.
January 29, 2013 The hours children spend on the internet could have a valuable use — helping educators tailor lesson plans in school? Social media expert Rey Junco tells host Michel Martin about its potential as an education tool in Tell Me More's new series "Social Me."
January 29, 2013 There are an estimated 20 million to 30 million surveillance cameras in China — or about one for every 43 people. Officials say the cameras help fight crime and maintain "social stability." But critics say the government uses them to monitor and intimidate dissidents.