Young professionals "co-living" in San Francisco-area mansions say they're doing more than cutting costs and promoting sustainability — they're building communities, and tech-powered social networking makes it easier.
Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
A new iPhone ad looks to some like a celebration of teenage alienation, but reminds others of something fundamentally true about adolescence.
Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.
Employees at Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are highly paid and enjoy a wide range of perks on the job. The security guards who watch over their workplaces earn around $16 an hour, a tough wage to get by on in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area.
Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
President Obama met with tech leaders Tuesday at the White House. The subject was the troubled Affordable Care Act website and the challenges of federal procurement. The president also tapped one of their own to take over the overhaul of HealthCare.gov: Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive and husband of Rep. Suzan DelBene.
Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
Most social networks require users to be at least 13. But Itay Eshet's daughter, like many kids, wanted to join Facebook when she was just 10. So Eshet created a site just for younger kids, designed to protect them from bullying and other risks while teaching them to navigate social media safely.
In Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, siblings journey to find a cure for their ailing father. Their adventure begins in their tiny village, but they soon find themselves traversing a vast, beautifully rendered world flecked with the dark notes of Grimm and filled with fairy-tale-like characters.
Google, Facebook and other major technology companies are boosting their efforts to control Internet transmission networks by building private fiber-optic cables across the world.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft and five other technology giants have begun a campaign to limit government surveillance of their users.