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Apple Scraps Headphone Jack In iPhone 7, Reveals Cordless AirPods

Why is Apple pushing users toward wireless earbuds? "Courage," says an Apple executive. Other news from the Apple event involved Super Mario, Pokemon Go and water-resistant features.
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Hit The Road, Headphone Jack: New iPhone Goes Wireless

In light of the news that Apple is eliminating a headphone jack from its newest iPhone, NPR's Audie Cornish explores the history of the headphone jack with Jonathan Sterne, author of the book, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction.
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Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues

Has the social media site been good for our mental health or not? The evidence isn't straightforward, researchers say, despite lots of study. How Facebook makes you feel may depend on how you use it.
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Apple May Test iPhone Users' Loyalty If It Dumps The Headphone Jack

The next iPhone, expected to be unveiled Wednesday, may be missing something familiar: the ubiquitous headphone jack. Usability experts say the change could really sit badly with Apple customers.
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Decrying Hair Rule, South African Students Demand To Be 'Naturally Who We Are'

Pretoria High School for Girls has long banned certain hairstyles so that students would have a "neat" appearance. Now black students are pushing back.
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Maglev Between D.C. And Baltimore? MTA Embarks On Environmental Study

Maryland is serious about exploring the possibility of a high-speed maglev train between D.C. and Baltimore, with transportation officials kicking off an environmental study of the potential routes the train could take.

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QWERTY Traveled From Typewriter To iPhone, But Alternative Keyboards Do Exist

The QWERTY keyboard layout has been around since the 19th century. Aren't there other arrangements better fit for the computer age? They vary from radical changes to slight alterations.
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White House Proposes Loosening Restrictions For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The Obama administration plans to make it easier for immigrants to start or scale up businesses in the U.S., which matters a lot to the tech industry. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nitin Pachisia, co-founder of Unshackled Ventures, a venture capital firm that exclusively funds immigrant entrepreneurs.
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Encore: In Omaha, A Library Without Books Offers Access To Technology

Do Space is a new "technology library" in Omaha, Neb., that has no books but offers access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers and laser cutters.
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Why Your Facebook Habit At Work Makes Economists Worry

Productivity, a key measure of the economy's health, has been growing more slowly in recent years. Can Facebook and other social media distractions on the job be partly to blame?

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