technology http://kut.org en Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says http://kut.org/post/aereos-tv-streaming-service-illegal-supreme-court-says Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:15 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10673 at http://kut.org Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land http://kut.org/post/drones-approved-faa-gives-ok-first-commercial-use-over-land The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.<p>The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.<p>From the agency's news release:<p><blockquote><p>"The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, AK, the largest oilfield in the United States. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:27:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10569 at http://kut.org Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land 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 Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie http://kut.org/post/halt-and-catch-fire-new-amc-program-focuses-texas-silicon-prairie <p>Texas is the setting of a new AMC show touted as the next “Mad Men.”</p><p>“<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire" target="_blank">Halt and Catch Fire</a>” made its television debut last night. The show follows an unlikely group of computer geniuses in the early 1980's in the so-called "Silicon Prairie."</p><p>KUT talked with the show’s creators – Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers – at a busy downtown Austin restaurant when they <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15228" target="_blank">premiered the program</a> at South by Southwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152037770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10519 at http://kut.org Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit http://kut.org/post/spacex-unveils-sleek-new-ride-orbit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf_-g3UWQ04</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:34:11 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 10523 at http://kut.org SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords http://kut.org/post/saying-it-was-hacked-ebay-urges-users-change-passwords Online marketplace eBay says it was the target of a cyberattack in which hackers accessed a database of its encrypted passwords. Wed, 21 May 2014 17:36:36 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10465 at http://kut.org Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints http://kut.org/post/drones-fly-cities-and-yards-so-do-complaints The price of drones is dropping — a decent one could cost you $300 — but the reality of the devices flying around cities and neighborhoods doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans.<p>Are they just paranoid?<p>Three months ago, when Michael Kirschner and his wife purchased a new condo in San Francisco, they were not concerned about drones. Mon, 12 May 2014 21:32:31 +0000 Laura Sydell 10403 at http://kut.org As Drones Fly In Cities And Yards, So Do The Complaints Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway http://kut.org/post/big-hoss-world-s-biggest-hd-tv-screen-debuts-texas-motor-speedway Oh, those boys and their video toys.<p>Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.<p>The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:50 +0000 Eric Aasen 10009 at http://kut.org Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future http://kut.org/post/googles-robot-buying-binge-hat-tip-future In less than a year, Google has bought more than a half-dozen robotics companies, setting the industry abuzz. But when I ask Google what it's up to with all these robots, the company won't say a thing.<p>"They are very careful — they haven't disclosed what they are doing," says Richard Mahoney, the director of the robotics program at SRI International, a nonprofit technology accelerator in Menlo Park, Calif. Mahoney also served on the board of Redwood Robotics, one of the companies Google bought.<p>"If I had information that wasn't proprietary, I would share it," he says. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:30:31 +0000 Steve Henn 9983 at http://kut.org With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future 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 Latinos Welcome SXSW Spotlight, But Still Feel Marginalized (Update) http://kut.org/post/latinos-welcome-sxsw-spotlight-still-feel-marginalized-update <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: KUT's Veronica Zaragovia's story on Latinos at SXSW Interactive aired on </span><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">WBUR's Here and Now</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today. </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-puts-spotlight-latinos-tech" style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the conversation here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong>: &nbsp;South by Southwest Interactive is underway in Austin. This year, there’s a focus on the Latinos innovation in tech – a field where many Latinos face significant barriers.&nbsp;</p><p>When SXSW Interactive kicked off on Friday, people began discussing where Latinos stand in the tech world. Geographically, at least, they haven’t been at the center of SXSW events: the so-called Latinos in Tech sessions took place at a Holiday Inn about a mile from the Austin Convention Center.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138862638&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:10:58 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9923 at http://kut.org Latinos Welcome SXSW Spotlight, But Still Feel Marginalized (Update) Austin: Here's the App You Need to Ditch the SXSW Crowds http://kut.org/post/austin-heres-app-you-need-ditch-sxsw-crowds <p>Yogi Berra's famous quote – "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded" – has never really applied to Austin's <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest</a> festival.</p><p>Yes, there are crowds galore. But people keep coming: in 2012, the number of registrants increased by 15 percent over the previous year.</p><p>But now an Austin-based ad agency has developed an app for locals who might be looking to avoid the SXSW masses. It lets you know where people <em>aren’t</em>.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:10:05 +0000 Kate McGee 9914 at http://kut.org Austin: Here's the App You Need to Ditch the SXSW Crowds The Smartphone App Connecting Austin to Protests in Venezuela http://kut.org/post/smartphone-app-connecting-austin-protests-venezuela <div><p>According to published reports, for the first time in four years Venezuela is set to <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/venezuela-nominate-new-ambassador-u-s-n38146">send an ambassador to the US</a>. This comes despite the fact that Venezuela's president is accusing Washington of fomenting <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/21/280685585/protests-in-venezuela-intensify-as-government-deploys-military">violent anti-government protests</a> – protests that have left more than a dozen people dead.&nbsp;</p><p>Just last week, Venezuela expelled three US diplomats accused of conspiring with student protesters, a charge rejected by the Obama Administration. But that's not to say there's been no Texas role – albeit an unofficial one. &nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137056736&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:16:50 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 9862 at http://kut.org The Smartphone App Connecting Austin to Protests in Venezuela Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Dark After Theft Report http://kut.org/post/bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-goes-dark-after-theft-report "The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=282335422" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports</a>.<p>Also Tuesday, all the posts had been <a href="https://twitter.com/MtGox" target="_blank">erased from the Mt. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:53:01 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9843 at http://kut.org Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Dark After Theft Report 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 What's a Bitcoin ATM Doing in a Downtown Austin Bar? http://kut.org/post/whats-bitcoin-atm-doing-downtown-austin-bar <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first cash-dispensing&nbsp;</span>Bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ATM machine in the U.S. launched today, and it’s right here in Austin.</span></p><p>Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that was first developed in 2009; it is a peer-to-peer payment system that operates outside of a central authority or bank. As&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-bitcoiners-bring-online-currency-offline-stores">previously reported by KUT</a>, Bitcoin was created for and traditionally used as a web-based currency, but some are attempting to move the currency offline.</p><p>The new Bitcoin ATM represents a big step in the process of trying to brand Bitcoin as a more “mainstream” form of currency.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:43:01 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9820 at http://kut.org What's a Bitcoin ATM Doing in a Downtown Austin Bar? In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch http://kut.org/post/austin-fiber-wars-little-guy-beats-google-att-punch <p><em>For KUT&nbsp;News and <a href="http://reportingtexas.com/">Reporting Texas</a>:&nbsp;</em></p><p>Another competitor is joining the fiber arms race in Austin.</p><p>San Marcos-based <a href="http://mygrande.com/">Grande Communications</a> says it will begin rolling out its own super-fast Internet service – offering speeds up to 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) – in select Austin neighborhoods starting next week. The service, which Grande is calling “Power 1000,” would cost $65 per month, with no contract or activity monitoring.</p><p>As a comparison, Internet speeds of 1 Gbps allow a user to download a full-length film in about 10 seconds, compared to over two minutes with a 50 megabits per second (Mbps), which is generally the top-tier speed offered to consumers by most Internet service providers.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:29:38 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9816 at http://kut.org In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants http://kut.org/post/online-doctor-ratings-about-useful-those-restaurants If you're looking to go out for dinner, see a movie or plunk down big bucks on a new TV, chances are you'll look online for help with the decision.<p>Lots of people are now checking out potential doctors that way, too. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:06:01 +0000 9815 at http://kut.org Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs http://kut.org/post/infographic-texas-leads-us-technology-exports-jobs <p>In a neverending battle of one-upmanship it seems&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for now at least&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas has the upper hand over the rest of the nation in the tech game. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report from the <a href="http://www.techamericafoundation.org/">Tech America Foundation</a> found that <a href="http://www.techamerica.org/Docs/TechAmerica%20Foundation%20-Tech%20Trade%20in%20the%20States%20Updated%202.10.14.pdf">Texas surpassed</a> long-time tech export leader California with a total $45.1 billion in tech exports, compared to California's $44.8 billion in exports in 2012. Texas and California also led the nation in tech jobs with 330,977 and 328,301 jobs — 22 percent and 21 percent of the 1.4 million tech jobs in the U.S.</span></p><p>To illustrate the data, we've created an infographic you can see below.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:13:28 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9768 at http://kut.org Infographic: Texas Leads the U.S. in Technology Exports, Jobs Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase http://kut.org/post/facebook-10-amid-doubters-company-eyes-next-growth-phase Ten years ago, when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook at Harvard, Noah Buyon was only nine years old.<p>Facebook started out as a site exclusively for college students, so it took Buyon a few years to find out about it. But when his older brothers got accounts, he wanted one too.<p>"It became kind of the cool thing to have," Buyon says. "I couldn't hold out any more — and I got it, and I've been saddled with it ever since."<p>That's not an entirely positive sentiment. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:08:19 +0000 9710 at http://kut.org Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase