Elise Hu http://kut.org en 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://kut.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 10825 at http://kut.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles http://kut.org/post/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:13:22 +0000 Elise Hu 10792 at http://kut.org FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws http://kut.org/post/ubers-rapid-growth-pits-innovation-against-existing-laws To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.<p>The 5-year-old company — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/06/319527353/uber-car-service-company-is-now-valued-at-17-billion">now valued at $17 billion</a> — is growing so fast that it's operating in 128 cities globally, on every continent except Antarctica. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:34:16 +0000 Elise Hu 10584 at http://kut.org Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups http://kut.org/post/tech-week-apple-homes-snowden-anniversary-sexism-flare-ups It's time for your quick rundown of the week that was in technology and culture.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Tech's Gender Gap</strong>: Getting women to join and stay in technology company ranks is a well-documented issue; a few incidents this week probably didn't do much to help the problem. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/05/318936846/chicago-conference-is-the-latest-in-tech-sexism-hall-of-shame">Chicago's Techweek apologized</a> for using provocatively posing women in a party invite after losing big names and a sponsor. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 21:17:41 +0000 Elise Hu 10556 at http://kut.org Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask http://kut.org/post/computers-know-what-you-need-you-ask We're already giving voice instructions to virtual personal assistants, like Apple's Siri. But artificial intelligence is getting even smarter. The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you ask.<p><a href="http://www.google.com/landing/now/#whatisit">Google Now</a>, which is available on tablets and mobile devices, is an early form of this. You can ask it a question like, "Where is the White House?" and get a spoken-word answer. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:59:52 +0000 Elise Hu 9981 at http://kut.org Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC http://kut.org/post/sxsw-tech-industry-inspires-new-shows-hbo-amc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69V__a49xtw</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:08:28 +0000 Elise Hu 9956 at http://kut.org SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On http://kut.org/post/sxsw-software-apps-still-rule-hardware-resurgence The task of building your very own toy, or robot, or radio can seem daunting for someone without much background in engineering. But a set of color-coded electronic bits that can be magnetically snapped together called <a href="http://littlebits.cc/pressroom">littleBits</a> is aiming to make creating your own electronics easy for everyone. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:20 +0000 Elise Hu 9933 at http://kut.org SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://kut.org/post/sxsw-snowden-speech-has-conference-buzzing-congressman-stewing Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/monday-march-10-edward-snowden-speak-sxsw-interactive-videoconference">will speak via videoconference</a> to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum as he faces felony charges of espionage here in the U.S. The man behind leaks that revealed U.S. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:52:01 +0000 Elise Hu 9927 at http://kut.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing http://kut.org/post/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">South by Southwest Interactive</a> is the technology-driven part of the annual Austin-based festival for digital, film and music and it starts on Friday. An expected 30,000 people will take part in the interactive and film week that precedes music, and they love it for the spontaneity and the chaos. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:01:37 +0000 Elise Hu 9903 at http://kut.org SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment http://kut.org/post/cool-or-creepy-clip-camera-can-capture-every-moment With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video">there are few moments</a> we <em>don't</em> document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. The solution: the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.<p>"The dream of a photographic memory has come true," reads the box. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:12:46 +0000 Elise Hu 9838 at http://kut.org Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You http://kut.org/post/obamas-state-union-playing-second-screen-near-you Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:46:36 +0000 Elise Hu 9661 at http://kut.org Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes http://kut.org/post/target-hack-tipping-point-moving-away-magnetic-stripes The credit and debit card data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus compromised more than 70 million American consumers, and analysts say <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/17/263375116/analysts-credit-card-hacking-goes-much-further-than-target">even more of us are at risk</a>. That's because the technology we use to swipe for our purchases — magnetic stripes on the backs of cards — isn't hard for a skilled fraudster to hack.<p>"It's totally unprotected and it's static, so it's the same data that's read every single time. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:30 +0000 Elise Hu 9624 at http://kut.org Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target http://kut.org/post/analysts-credit-card-hacking-goes-much-further-target The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:38:53 +0000 Elise Hu 9584 at http://kut.org Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target Take A Look At The Top Tweeted Moments Of The Year http://kut.org/post/take-look-top-tweeted-moments-year We're preparing to bid adieu to 2013, which means it's time for the ever-reliable year-end lists. <a href="http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2013/">NPR's Book Concierge</a> lets you explore the best books of the year. NPR Music <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2013/2013/12/10/249243871/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2013">chronicled the best albums</a>. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:44:38 +0000 Elise Hu 9359 at http://kut.org Take A Look At The Top Tweeted Moments Of The Year Anonymous Person Posts $500,000 Bond To Free Texas Teen http://kut.org/post/anonymous-person-posts-500000-bond-free-texas-teen Justin Carter, the 19-year-old who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/07/03/198129617/teen-jailed-for-facebook-comment-reportedly-beat-up-behind-bars">was arrested and jailed</a> in February after making a Facebook comment about a school shooting, is out of jail. An anonymous donor posted the $500,000 bond to allow Carter to go home. Carter plans to stay near New Braunfels, Texas, to await his trial on a felony terroristic threat charge.<p>"He's glad he's out. His family is ecstatic. He feels good. He is relieved. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:14:18 +0000 Elise Hu 8349 at http://kut.org Anonymous Person Posts $500,000 Bond To Free Texas Teen Rick Perry's War On The Blue States http://kut.org/post/gov-perrys-war-blue-states <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1izHVRxv7Y</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:47:02 +0000 Elise Hu 8090 at http://kut.org Rick Perry's War On The Blue States Self-Tracking Apps To Help You 'Quantify' Yourself http://kut.org/post/self-tracking-apps-help-you-quantify-yourself Technology has made it easier than ever to track your activity levels, your sleep cycles, how you spend your time, and more. The self-trackers who near-obsessively capture and analyze their own data are part of a growing "<a href="http://quantifiedself.com/">Quantified Self</a>" movement.<p>Interested in giving self-tracking a try? Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:21:47 +0000 Elise Hu 6918 at http://kut.org Self-Tracking Apps To Help You 'Quantify' Yourself The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive http://kut.org/post/biggest-tech-and-culture-trends-sxsw-interactive Everywhere you walk in downtown Austin, Texas, new names compete for the attention of the tens of thousands wandering the SXSW Interactive festival. Which of this year's emerging ideas and brands — MakerBot, Leap Motion, Geomagic — will break into mainstream consciousness? Here's a quick rundown of the conversation topics in coffee lines, and some notes on appearances and panels that caught our attention:<p><strong>Beyond The Keyboard And Mouse</strong><p>Gamers are used to devices like Xbox Kinect that read our body's waving and swiping motions. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:46:58 +0000 Elise Hu 6901 at http://kut.org The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive Spring Break For Geeks: SXSW Interactive Starts Friday http://kut.org/post/spring-break-geeks-sxsw-interactive-starts-friday Every year, the <a href="http://www.sxsw.com">South By Southwest</a> music, film and interactive festival gets larger, and navigating the blur of panels, parties and shows gets more daunting. The girth of it all is enough to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/03/05/173097673/why-im-not-going-to-sxsw-this-year" target="_blank">keep many SXSW old-timers away</a> from Austin this year.<p>But the interactive part of SXSW is still an important place for many startups and industry illuminati. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:13:22 +0000 Elise Hu 6867 at http://kut.org Spring Break For Geeks: SXSW Interactive Starts Friday A History of Human Fingers Found in Fast Food http://kut.org/post/history-human-fingers-found-fast-food A Michigan teen says he got a taste of more than just roast beef when he bit into his Arby's sandwich last week. Ryan Hart was nearly finished with his meal when he tasted something chewy — an employee's finger.<p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2012/05/it_was_just_nasty_says_14-year.html#incart_river_default" target="_blank">The <em>Jackson Citizen Patriot</em> reports:</a><p><blockquote><p>"'I was about to puke... It was just nasty.'<p>"The piece appeared to be the back of a finger, including the pad and extending beyond the first knuckle. Thu, 17 May 2012 20:39:09 +0000 Elise Hu 4267 at http://kut.org A History of Human Fingers Found in Fast Food