Wired writer Mat Honan has spent much of the past year wearing Google Glass, the device that brings the Internet, a camera and other high-tech features right to your face — literally. He says the reaction from his family and friends has definitely been mixed.
Qiu Xiaolong has written eight detective novels based in his hometown of Shanghai. Qiu, who lives in St. Louis, embraces the advantages and problems of writing detective fiction in the Internet era, when Chinese people know so much more dirt about their system and leaders.
Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.
The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.
Two years ago, strange sets of bewildering puzzles appeared on the Internet, with a message encouraging "highly intelligent individuals" to try to break the code. The code led to more clues spanning a global Internet mystery, that has yet to be solved.
The Internet Archive has made hundreds of classic video games available for free play, right in your browser. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Casey Johnston, writer for Ars Technica, about the re-release of the vintage games, and one she tried playing called Karateka.
Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, talks with host Arun Rath about what he's most excited about in 2014: Japan's burgeoning role on the world stage, the rise of actor Idris Elba and Tesla's electric cars.
Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.
Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.
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