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Apple's Lousy Week Could Signal Times Of Trouble For Tech Giant

Apple got hit with a lot of bad news this week. First, the company posted its first quarterly revenue drop since 2003. And then billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn revealed that he has dumped all of his shares in Apple. NPR explores whether the company is really in trouble or if is this all just a bump in the road.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

Code Switch And Hidden Brain Teamed Up For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

On Friday, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam led a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

Not A Drone After All? Unclear What Hit That British Airways Plane

The incident prompted calls for more drone regulation, but a U.K. lawmaker now says it probably was not a drone that struck the plane. And an investigation has ended because of a lack of evidence.

Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.

Yahoo's Security Chief On Encryption Debate: What Is The Greater Good?

When Bob Lord talks about encryption, he invokes the imagery of a whisper — the idea that you should be able to re-create the most private means of physical communication in the digital world as well.

FBI Explains Why It Won't Disclose How It Unlocked iPhone

The agency says it doesn't have the rights to the technical details of the unlocking method, and so it can't submit it to a special review that would have determined whether Apple should be informed.

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Intel Layoffs Are 'Significant' In Oregon, The State's Largest Private Employer

Intel is reducing its workforce by 12,000 people as it pivots away from chips for personal computers and toward other business lines. There will be cuts in California, Arizona and Washington too.

Autonomous Vehicles Could ‘Change Everything,’ But ‘Growing Pains’ Are Likely

April 29, 2016
Bryan Reimer, right, of the New England Transportation Center at MIT and the MIT AgeLab, confers with Thomas McWilliams about upgrading a Volkswagen Beetle driving simulator with new equipment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The formula for a congestion-free future is intelligent intersections and smart, driverless vehicles. But there are also societal and ethical questions to consider.

New App Will Grade You On Your Driving

April 28, 2016
A Cambridge-based company developed an app to grade drivers. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Once you active EverDrive on your smartphone, it monitors how well you’re driving and once you reach your destination, it will give you a grade. The goal is to make roads safer by making drivers better, said Hari Balakrishnan, co-founder of the Cambridge company that made the app.

Does Ditching Cable TV Really Save You Money?

April 28, 2016
Comcast, the nation's largest cable television operator, at work (AP)

Would opening up cable box competition make cable more affordable?

Using Video Games To Help Stroke Victims Recover

April 28, 2016
With the support of a physical therapy student, a stroke patient works her way through a level of the game V-Step. (Todd Bookman/WHYY)

There’s growing scientific evidence suggesting that these types of games may improve physical therapy outcomes.

HBO's CEO On Virtual Reality And ‘Sesame Street’

April 28, 2016
Sesame Street on HBO (HBOKids.com)

In the second part of our interview with Richard Plepler, he discusses why the premium cable network picked up “Sesame Street.”

Technology Is Changing How We Move — And Traffic Too

April 28, 2016
Early morning traffic passes through the intersection of Seaport Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue in South Boston. The city used Waze data to re-time traffic signals there. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Apps like Waze and Uber and services like Bridj are changing how we get around. And they’re changing traffic patterns.

Without Traffic Solutions, People Will ‘Turn Away’ From Seaport District, Jim Rooney Says

April 27, 2016

Jim Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, told us that he sees increasing diverse forms of public transit as key to tackling congestion around the Seaport District.

Beyond The Science Wars: Stories Of A Shared Future

April 27, 2016
Wade Roush: The gridlock in many areas of science and technology policy is not a sign that we disagree about the fundamental nature of reality. Mostly, I think we’re just avoiding difficult conversations about our core values. (Daria Nepriakhina/Unsplash)

Maybe the problem is that people on opposing sides aren’t having the right conversations.

WBUR’s BostonomiX: Covering The Intersection Between Brains And Business

April 25, 2016

Welcome to BostonomiX, a new editorial initiative from the WBUR newsroom.

Eric Lander On Genetic Research And The Patent Battle Over CRISPR

April 25, 2016
Eric Lander, pioneering geneticist and biologist.

A revolutionary method of gene-editing called CRISPR holds the promise of changing the way we think about medicine, biology, and healthcare.

Northeastern Launches Consortium To Develop Nanotech Materials

April 19, 2016
Northeastern University's Kostas Institute in Burlington will house a new consortium to develop nanomaterials. (Courtesy Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University)

The school will work with other universities and private companies to develop smart sensors and other tiny devices.

The Almost Self-Driving Car Is Here

April 15, 2016
General Motors' V2V (vehicle to vehicle) communication technology has the potential to mitigate many traffic collisions by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel, between vehicles that are approaching each other. It will provide useful warnings to drivers, like this "Hard Braking Ahead" warning. Cadillac will introduce V2V technology on the 2017 Cadillac CTS. (Photo by Rob Widdis for Cadillac)

Cars that brake, steer, drive and see in the dark. The almost self-driving car is already here. Car Talk’s Ray Magliozzi joins us to kick those tires.

Week In The News: Dems Debate, Trump Says ‘Rigged,’ New Zika Warnings

April 15, 2016
Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's facilities Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday morning after little progress in negotiations since their contract expired nearly eight months ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Democrats battle in Brooklyn. Trump says “rigged.” Verizon strike. Russian jets buzz the US Navy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Blinded By The Shiny New Thing: When Innovation Is A Double-Edged Sword

April 14, 2016
Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk delivers a conference at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, Dec. 2, 2015. (Francois Mori/AP)

As our capabilities become ever more advanced, so too does our need to assess and debate the possible consequences of our technological advances.

Behind The Verizon Workers Strike

April 13, 2016
Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's facilities Wednesday in Boston. Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike Wednesday morning on the East Coast. (Steven Senne/AP)

About 40,000 Verizon landline and Internet workers along the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday after going eight months without a contract. It’s one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years.

Verizon Is More Than A Phone Service Company

April 13, 2016
A sign hangs on the Verizon headquarters on May 12, 2015 in New York City. Verizon announced today that it is buying AOL for $4.4 billion. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Verizon’s purchase of AOL in 2015 gave it content providers like TechCrunch and the Huffington Post. It’s also preparing to bid for Yahoo.

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