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Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

Morning Edition

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

Apps offer games and rewards to keep you taking your prescription medicine. While rewards may not be for everyone, they could give some people a helpful motivational boost.

Morning Edition

Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.

Morning Edition

Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

When Disaster Strikes, Facebook Lets Friends Know You're OK

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.

Your Car Won't Start. Did You Make The Loan Payment?

Growing numbers of lenders are getting tech savvy, remotely disabling debtors' cars and tracking customer data to ensure timely payment of subprime auto loans.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Phillip Morris May Enter E-Cigarette Market

October 17, 2014
Most e-cigarettes use liquid nicotine, but tobacco giant Phillip Morris will release a smart e-cigarette, that uses heated tobacco. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Phillip Morris has patent approved for an e-cigarette that uses tobacco and can log the user’s smoking habits to incentivize quitting.

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

October 17, 2014
In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. (AP)

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

Creating Safe Drivers? There’s An App For That

October 17, 2014
A cow stands between vehicles passing along National Highway NH-55 in Siliguri in India on April 4, 2014. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

Every year, an estimated 50 million people worldwide get in traffic accidents. A company in Massachusetts created by a pair of MIT professors is trying to change that.

Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch

October 17, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky., center, and Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP)

The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New Wearable Device Administers Electric Shocks To Break Bad Habits

October 16, 2014
The new wearable device, Pavlok, administers electric shocks when you give into bad habits, like using the snooze alarm. (Sean McGrath/Flickr)

A new wearable device doesn’t just track your habits but tries to change them with a Pavlovian electric shock.

Tesla Unveils Latest Electric Model, Wall Street Not Impressed

October 14, 2014
Tesla owners take a ride in the new Tesla "D" model electric sedan after Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla 'D' model at the Hawthorne Airport October 09, 2014 in Hawthorne, California. ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tesla founder Elon Musk recently unveiled an all-electric, all-wheel drive with some “auto-pilot” features.

What’s The Best Way To Design A Work Space?

October 14, 2014
What kind of workspace works best for you? (madrideducacion.es/Flickr)

Here’s one thing we know about office design: it’s often the result of fads. Cubicles, no cubicles, open design, closed meeting rooms, rotating desk assignments, standing desks, treadmill desks — even no desks.

Could The Tech World Have A Depression Problem?

October 10, 2014
Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods and Thomas Middleditch in a scene from the television series, "Silicon Valley," in which characters seek venture capital and try to launch a startup called Pied Piper. (HBO, Jaimie Trueblood/AP)

Most depictions of the tech startup world include all-nighters, beating the competition and smooth-talking investors to make their “billion dollar idea” a success. But the less than healthy subtext is — forego sleep, food, family, friends, all for your company.

Washington Post App: Reversing the Paper's Problems?

October 10, 2014
Pictured is the Washington Post building on August 5, 2013. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Post will distribute a new app through Amazon. Will it help solve the paper’s digital and financial woes?

Drive Safe, Score Well: App Is A Driving ‘Report Card’

October 9, 2014
Cambridge Mobile Telematics founder Hari Balakrishnan uses his firms' safe driving app. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

With its app, a Cambridge startup is trying to make roads safer by making safer drivers.

Biometrics For A Better Gaming Experience

October 9, 2014
A crowd gathers around a big screen as gamers play Sunset Overdrive on Xbox at annual E3 video game extravaganza in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2014. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Video games are the newest arena for biometrics.

HubSpot Shares Jump In Wall Street Debut

October 9, 2014
HubSpot's founders Dharmesh Shah (l) and Brian Halligan (r). Courtesy photo.

Shares of the Cambridge Internet marketing firm jumped 20 percent in value in their first day of trading.

Cheap Oil At An Energy Inflection Point

October 9, 2014
This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo shows oil pumps the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe, both higher and lower, are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. (AP)

Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We’ll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.

Explaining The Science Behind The Nobel Prize In Physics

October 7, 2014
A giant screen displays the images of (up, L to R) Japanese-born researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamurawho received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics on October 7, 2014 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in Stockholm, Sweden. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

This year’s Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists who created LED light technology. Columbia’s Brian Greene explains how it works.

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