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Special Ops Envisions 'Iron Man'-Like Suit To Protect Troops

The Special Operations Command, which runs the Green Berets and Navy SEALs, is teaming up with scientists and engineers to build a suit with more protection, a wearable antenna and computers that monitor wounds. They hope to have working prototypes within a few years.

The Hackable Japanese Toilet Comes With An App To Track Poop

The news that a Japanese toilet can be remotely controlled by an Android app got us curious about what else was possible with this toilet technology.

Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

The new eyeglass frames allow you to take pictures and browse the Internet while you wear them. Early adopters focused on the tiny screens have already been dubbed "glassholes." Fresh Air linguist Geoff Nunberg reminds us that in Shakespeare's time "distraction" was another word for madness.

The Effort To Write Laws For Your Digital Life After Death

Without uniformity around who controls digital assets after you die, families have to rely on Internet companies' varying terms of agreements. It can be a maddening lack of certainty in an already difficult time.

Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.

Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

Japanese-built Kirobo, which measures at just over a foot tall and looks something like a child's toy, will act as a shipboard companion to future ISS Commander Kochi Wakata.

Digital Seen Surpassing TV In Capturing Our Time

2013 is the first year in which Americans will spend more time on digital online devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets than viewing traditional TV. Still, households that subscribe to Netflix watch about the same amount of traditional TV as non-Netflix households.
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The Computer Guys And Gal

The Computer Guys and Gal are back to talk about who's watching us online, what's new in smart phones and what to do when people threaten each other on social media.


Tech Week That Was: Suspicious Searches, Def Con And Moto X

A look back at the stories in technology and culture this week, including a dubious claim that a search for "pressure cookers" led police to a writer's door, the long-awaited report on MIT and Aaron Swartz, and the more amusing ideas in innovation.

Bradley Manning: Whistleblower Or Traitor?

Army Private Bradley Manning was convicted after turning over thousands of sensitive documents to Wikileaks. He may now face more than 100 years in prison. Host Michel Martin talks about what comes next with NPR's Arun Rath.