This and another app, "Make me Indian," superimpose characteristics the developer thinks relate to those ethnic groups. An online petition is urging Google to remove the apps from its store, saying they reinforce and reproduce racist stereotypes.
More than 156,000 people descended on Las Vegas this past week to gawk at acres and acres of the latest shiny gadgets. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Steve Henn, who has been road-testing new gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Facebook's stock sank after its initial public offering last May. But since the new year began, its share price has soared nearly 20 percent. Is this the year it finally figures out how to make money from mobile users? There's lots of speculation about what it might announce next Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced proposals for minimum sound requirements on hybrid and electric vehicles. They say the vehicles pose a safety issue for pedestrians and cyclists, especially for those who are visually impaired. If you have an idea for how the vehicles should sound, email it to: email@example.com
Millions of computer users who run the most recent versions of Oracle's Java software should disable it owing to security flaws, says the cybersecurity section of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency says, "Web browsers using the Java 7 plug-in are at high risk."
Petitions are an age-old tool for activists, but the Internet is transforming their creation and their spread. Kojo explores the surge in online petitions and their power to influence the national discourse.
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