May 30, 2011 KPLUA Seattle company is adding "quick-read" codes to gravestones, allowing cemetery visitors to connect with the dead's life stories. Using their smartphones, passers-by can scan the QR code and access a website that shows photos and other information about the deceased.
April 11, 2011 Sure, YouTube is the place to get your fix of cute babies and cats, but how-to videos are also becoming increasingly popular — and lucrative. YouTube says hundreds of entrepreneurs earn more than $100,000 a year through a program that shares ad revenue with people who post videos regularly. One of the stars: a guy who teaches you how to tie a tie.
April 4, 2011 A new service called Memolane promises to feed your nostalgia by tapping your social media history. It lets you create a graphic online album using content from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Last.fm, Vimeo, Foursquare and other outlets.
March 14, 2011 Scaled-down versions of the military's unmanned flying machines are popping up all over the place. They may seem like souped-up toys, but these drones, especially those equipped with onboard cameras, are creating new questions about privacy in a world where technology moves faster than the law.
February 28, 2011 MRNearly 300 people die each year when hit by vehicles that are backing up. A Michigan company has designed a rearview mirror with an embedded video display. The device helps drivers see people or objects in their blind spots using a tiny camera mounted to the back of the car.
January 31, 2011 Ford is working with other major automakers to turn vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology into a basic safety feature of every car. The wireless technology sounds an alarm to alert drivers if they or another car pose a threat on the road.
January 17, 2011 WBURSome restaurants and bars are trying out a new service that allows customers to communicate with their server via text messaging. The technology is designed to reduce wait times and to increase revenue. But it's getting some mixed reviews at a bar in Cambridge, Mass.
December 6, 2010 This past weekend, software engineers met in 21 locations around the world to take part in a humanitarian effort called Random Hacks of Kindness. In 30 hours, teams of software developers competed by trying to solve problems that arise during humanitarian crises.
November 1, 2010 Columbia law professor Tim Wu writes that information technologies have all gone through a similar life cycle: "Information technologies give rise to industries, and industries to empires." Wu says this cycle ultimately destroys the innovative spirit that creates new information technologies and the openness that typifies them in their early years. In his new book, The Master Switch, Wu asks if the Internet is next. NPR's Robert Siegel asks Wu if the history of various information technologies — the telephone, movies, radio, television — can predict the future of the Internet.
October 25, 2010 Halloween is decidedly high-tech these days, with stores selling zombie babies or animatronic Freddy Krueger dolls. But many Halloween purists prefer a DIY approach. As technology gets cheaper, more people are experimenting with robots, microcontrollers and movement detectors.