October 23, 2012 On today's show, we talk with a Stanford law professor about the problems with software patents — and how to fix the system.
October 19, 2012 A couple of Stanford professors have set up a company called Coursera to offer free classes to anybody anywhere in the world. Anywhere in the world, that is, except Minnesota.
September 26, 2012 Rent-to-own companies installed invasive software on hundreds of thousands of computers that enabled them to spy on users, the Federal Trade Commission has ruled. The program logged keystrokes, captured personal information, and, in some cases, took webcam photos of people without their knowledge.
August 16, 2012 Lots of entrepreneurs are starting companies in order to sell them. A new Tumblr captures the zeitgeist.
July 31, 2012 This week's Apple-Samsung case is just the latest battle in a global war over high-tech patents. Judges, it seems, are getting fed up.
June 27, 2012 A Japanese beer foaming machine aims to keep beer cold for up to 30 minutes without watering it down. Unfortunately, it won't be available at your next happy hour, unless you're at a selected bar in Japan.
June 4, 2012 It's the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. China's Internet censors are blocking even more than usual.
April 23, 2012 Eric Von Hippel of MIT explains why so many Americans are inventing new products at home, even though the odds of commercial success are stacked against them.
April 18, 2012 "Most of us who are in this business got into it to make stuff, not to own patents or be in patent litigation."
April 10, 2012 Wired reports that "sushi bots" were among the eye-catching products at the World Food and Beverage Great Expo, which just wrapped up in Tokyo.
January 10, 2012 Metal detectors just don't cut it when it comes to keeping shards of bone or plastic and other nasty stuff out of food. Enter the X-ray. Costco and other big retailers now require food processors to X-ray food to screen for foreign objects. The process is more automated than airport baggage screening.
December 27, 2011 KHNHospitals may be the only places in America that aren't crazy for iPads. Security issues and incompatibility with hospital systems are two big reasons why tablet computers haven't caught on. But some doctors and patients say they're great for explaining complex medical issues.
November 16, 2011 When he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs was eulogized as the tech visionary who put elegantly designed gadgets into the lives of people who often hadn't realized the devices were essential — until Jobs, and Apple, created them. A recently recovered 1995 interview offers another chance to hear from the late CEO.