July 12, 2013 In the wake of the NSA spying scandal, the Kremlin is said to have ordered typewriters to make sure its secret communications stay that way.
July 12, 2013 The combination sink-toilet is actually an "old" innovation. NPR's Madhulika Sikka had one when she lived in Japan in the 1980s.
July 12, 2013 "The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects," says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.
July 12, 2013 Paul Stoute says his 14-month-old daughter recently used his smartphone to tap her way through the app's purchasing prompts and bought herself an early Sweet 16 present — a vintage car. The Internet is full of stories of technology getting the better of both buyers and sellers.
July 11, 2013 Justin Carter, a 19-year-old Texas gamer who was arrested for writing Facebook messages about a school shooting, is out on bail.
July 11, 2013 More than 20 years ago, science fiction writer David Brin wrote about "Tru-Vu" goggles, used to surveil and record. It's not unlike Google Glass, which is available to testers today. Brin offers his predictions about how this technology will play out in the next decade.
July 11, 2013 One of the world's largest and most open gatherings of hackers is asking federal workers to skip this year's event. "Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect," the founder of the Def Con conference says.
July 11, 2013 Can technology help cities become more efficient and sustainable? Or does the drive toward a new kind of "technopolis" raise concerns about privacy, equity and cost? Please join the NPR Cities Project for a Twitter conversation about technology and urban innovation.
July 11, 2013 Around the world, cities like Rio de Janeiro are using new technologies to solve their problems. And while there's great promise in many of these "smart" city programs, urban planner Anthony Townsend is wary of putting so much power in the hands of tech companies.
July 10, 2013 An Internet service provider is refusing to turn over customer information in response to a subpoena. It's part of a larger tug-of-war over how much access law enforcement should have to customer data.
July 9, 2013 The design, called Stand, is already selling to customers across Europe. The same water running while you wash your hands is also used to flush, says the designer.
July 9, 2013 More than half of health-related websites checked by a health policy researcher used trackers that could provide data about visitors to third parties. Some also shared search terms that could be linked to a visitor.