U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk

Stuck sitting, hunched over a computer every day from 9-5? Don't have access to a treadmill desk or an elevated, standing desk? This week's innovation is Cubii, the seated, office-friendly elliptical.

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

Morning Edition

Taking Stock Of 2 Tech Giants: What's Next For Apple And Microsoft

Microsoft's new CEO is getting a lot of love from Wall Street, but the company is struggling to stay relevant. And Apple has found its footing again, mostly through a massive stock buyback program.

9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report

Saying that the world has changed "dramatically," the report's authors write that al-Qaida groups have spread, and the threat for cyberterrorism has grown.

Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

Tell Me More

Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?

As Gaza, Ukraine and Syria trend on Twitter, has social media changed the way conflicts are covered? Host Michel Martin finds out from reporter Anne Barnard and Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch.

All Things Considered

Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

Net neutrality can be an issue that's difficult to understand and difficult to explain, so the metaphor that's used to describe it is kind of important. See what neutrality is being compared to.

All Things Considered

1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

Facebook Reports Surging Profits

July 24, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 10 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the world's wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson says mobile was once eating Facebook, but now “Facebook is eating mobile.”

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Next iPhone To Offer Bigger Screen, But Will It Fit In Your Pocket?

July 22, 2014
Apple will manufacture iPhones with larger displays for its next model. (Photo Giddy/Flickr)

Apple is asking suppliers to make iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, compared to the current model’s 4-inch display.

Modest, Obscure Deal Has Tech Industry Talking

July 22, 2014
Yahoo is reportedly set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry for about $200 million. Pictured is a screenshot of Flurry's homepage. (

Yahoo is set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry, as it tries to figure out how to increase revenue from mobile ads.

5 Everyday Objects That Can Now Be Powered By The Internet

July 17, 2014
David Rose displays an Ambient Orb, which changes colors to reflect trends in information on a particular subject which is transmitted via the Internet. (Robert Spencer/AP)

Rather than just robots and screens, an MIT researcher envisions a future of “enchanted objects” — ordinary items embedded with technology to work better for people.

Cool Or Creepy? Mass. Startup Developing ‘World’s First Family Robot’

July 17, 2014
Social robotics expert and Jibo CEO Cynthia Breazeal next to the company's robot-in-development. (Courtesy)

Robotics startup Jibo designs a home-based robot to be a trusted companion and family assistant.

Company Experiments With 3D-Printed Car

July 16, 2014
Local Motors engineer James Earl prepares to test drive the company's 3D printed vehicle prototype. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

“This is very much a prototype,” says engineer James Earl of Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona. “We refer to it as ‘the mule.’”

Facebook’s Creepy Case Of Emotional Contagion

July 15, 2014
Facebook manipulated the moods of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users. Steve Brykman wants to return the favor. Pictured: As a private company, Facebook did not have to adhere to rules on the use of human subjects. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Facebook manipulated the moods of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users. Steve Brykman wants to return the favor.

FCC Approves Plan To Increase Wi-Fi Access

July 14, 2014
Students work on laptops in the library. (Enokson/Flickr)

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a $2 billion plan to increase wireless service in schools and libraries.

Labor Watchdog: Samsung Supplier Using Child Labor

July 11, 2014
A visitor looks at a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S5 smartphone at a showroom in Seoul on April 29. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

China Labor Watch says children work 11 hours a day at Shinyang Electronics, which makes components for Samsung products.

Loopholes In U.S. Law Could Make It Easier For NSA Surveillance

July 10, 2014
Federal agencies had scanned the emails of Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi and four other prominent Muslim-Americans under a secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats. (Mel Evans/AP)

New research from Harvard and Boston University that found significant legal loopholes that could allow the NSA to freely monitor American’s electronic communications.

Innovation Districts: Reshaping Our Cities, Changing Our Economies

July 10, 2014
In this file photo, officials, including from left Vulcan real estate vice president Ada Healey, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Greg Nickels, City Councilmember Jan Drago and Capitol Hill Housing executive director Christopher Persons, toss shovels of sand in a ceremonial ground breaking for new headquarters Monday, April 20, 2009, in Seattle. The new headquarters now includes 11 buildings on six blocks in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. (AP

The rise of the “innovation district.” Everybody now wants that neighborhood dense with coffee shops, capital and talent. We’ll look at what really works.

Cracking The Girl Code In Math And Science

July 10, 2014
Erica Orthmann: "Gender stereotyping -- namely, the notion that math is for boys -- starts as early as second grade."(woodleywonderworks/flickr)

Gender stereotyping — namely, the notion that math is for boys — starts as early as second grade.

A New Kind Of Vacation In The Sharing Economy

July 8, 2014
This March 8, 2014 file photo shows strollers on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach N.J. walking past a home being offered as a summer rental.  (AP)

Summer travel in the sharing economy. What’s happening to rentals, resorts, and vacations in the age of Airbnb?

MIT Finger Device Reads To The Blind In Real Time

July 8, 2014
A model wears a FingerReader ring at MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Scientists at MIT are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired.

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