October 24, 2012 Google is doing for the backcountry what it has done for cities and towns — making digital maps that can be accessed on the go. Will it change the experience of the wilderness? NPR's Steve Henn travels to the Grand Canyon as Google engineers make their first trip with the Street View Trekker.
October 24, 2012 While supersized TV screens have a proud place in many American homes, our viewing habits are changing. Even as DVRs and online services alter the meaning of "TV," phones, tablets and game devices crowd pockets and coffee tables, offering new chances to watch video.
October 23, 2012 Researchers have found dozens of free apps on iPhones and Androids that promote and glamorize smoking. Many of the apps target children and teens by using cartoons, celebrities and games. Health experts say these apps, downloaded by millions of people, violate bans on tobacco advertising.
October 23, 2012 Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That's compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.
October 23, 2012 These days, there are many ways to catch a TV show, even if it's no longer on the air. Often, the trick is finding out which service — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. — has the episodes you want to watch. And if the show is in reruns, it can get complicated.
October 22, 2012 Photographer Meggan Gould explores an obsession with computer screen backdrop images. What does your desktop say about you?
October 22, 2012 TV is changing, and this week, Morning Edition is looking at the new technologies and new behaviors involved. NPR's David Greene talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about shakeups in the world of sports and the business of cable.
October 21, 2012 For years, television has been not just a device, but a style of programming. That's all changing now, as viewers make new demands about how we watch TV — and even what we consider to be "TV." A special series looks at where TV is heading, and how it's going to get there.
October 20, 2012 Twitter agreed to remove a flood of racist and anti-Semitic tweets on its service in France, following threats of a lawsuit by a Jewish student group. The move is part of a larger balancing act to comply with local hate-speech laws while avoiding over-policing its content.
October 20, 2012 Amazon is expanding its top 100 lists to rank writers, not just books. The new list features a funky mix of authors, from big names to children's classics to Ayn Rand. Essayist Amanda Katz wonders whether the list is silly, useful, a play for world domination, or possibly all three?
October 19, 2012 The micro-blogging site has begun implementing a policy of weeding out and removing offensive content from its site at foreign governments' requests.
October 18, 2012 In her book Alone Together, psychologist Sherry Turkle explains how digital devices are affecting our communication and relationships. "What is so seductive about texting, about keeping that phone on, about that little red light on the BlackBerry, is you want to know who wants you," Turkle says.
October 17, 2012 It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.