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Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

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Though Most Americans Are Wired, Seniors Lack Internet Access In U.S.

While the U.S. is pretty well connected, there are still 20 million people who aren't online. Lee Rainie of Pew Research describes who they are and why that matters.

A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home

A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.

How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.

Hi-Tech Now An Essential Tool On Southwest Farms

March 30, 2015
Robots still haven't caught up to the precise hand/eye coordination of human hands. Here, a crew strips heads of iceberg lettuce, and gets them ready to be packed and shipped for Dole. (Kate Sheehy/KJZZ)

As labor shortages on American farms increases, farm owners are looking more and more towards robotic solutions.

Silicon Valley Reacts To Ellen Pao Gender Discrimination Verdict

March 30, 2015
Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in her trial Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

The plaintiff claimed that while working for a venture capital firm, she was denied promotion and ultimately fired because of her sex.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

March 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Is It Time For Pilotless Planes?

March 27, 2015
Tom LeCompte: "Who’s going to land the plane if things go wrong? We already ride on trains without engineers and are preparing for driverless cars. Why not pilotless airliners?" Pictured: Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

Who’s going to land the plane if things go wrong? We already ride on trains without engineers and are preparing for driverless cars. Why not pilotless airliners?

Mobile Payments Offer Convenience If You Keep Your Email Safe

March 26, 2015

Thinking about moving your wallet to your phone? You can! And maybe you should? But TechCrunch senior writer Josh Constine has a few things to tell you before you do.

Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside

March 26, 2015
A view of winter constellations on a starry, clear night. (Phillip Chee / Flickr)

The latest and greatest — using apps to make natural exploration more fun for your kids.

To My Selfie-Obsessed Fellow Travelers, An Apology — And A Plea

March 26, 2015
Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take. (stefanedberg/flickr)

Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take.

2 Cambridge Students Participate In White House Science Fair

March 25, 2015
Kate and Sayed presented their inventions at the White House science fair on Tuesday. (Pool photo via Getty Images)

Kate Reed and Mohammed Sayed developed innovative ways to improve the average wheelchair. As a result, they earned tickets to the White House Science Fair Monday.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

March 25, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

“Tap and pay”: mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We’ll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

Meerkat — Not The Furry Animal — Is The Latest Social Media Obsession

March 24, 2015
Meerkat is the hottest new app. But will it last? (Screenshot)

The social media app is enjoying success many startups dream of and few ever achieve. But will its success last?

Coal And American Energy Futures

March 24, 2015
In this Jan. 5, 2015, photo, dozens of people rally in Santa Fe, N.M., as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission considers a proposal that calls for shutting down part of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.  (AP)

The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.

Hiawatha Bray On Tech: Premium Cable Networks Cut The Cord

March 19, 2015
Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, talks about HBO Now for Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

We discuss HBO, Showtime and other premium cable networks cutting the cord, and the fall of Internet Explorer.

In Los Angeles, Surfing Catches On As The Newest Way To Network

March 19, 2015
The mild weather and activities of Southern California are draws for entrepreneurs to the fledgling tech startup scene in Los Angeles, known as "Silicon Beach." (Di Sanders/Flickr)

When you think “tech startup” you probably don’t think Los Angeles. But entrepreneurs are trying to draw investors and others to so-called “Silicon Beach.”

The Growing Allure – And Ease — Of Unbundling Cable TV

March 19, 2015
In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, talks about HBO Now for Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco. For the first time, Americans will be able to subscribe to HBO without a cable or satellite TV subscription. (AP)

The Internet “unbundles” cable TV. We’ll look at big new deals and what they mean for cost, content and you.

Privacy In The Age Of Big Data

March 18, 2015
Circuit board. (Twechie /Flickr)

It’s a also a device of mass surveillance. Every time you slip that phone into your pocket, you’re making a deal with the carrier: you get to use it, but the company gets your data. All of your data: where you are, where you travel, where you shop, who you’re with, where you sleep — even who you sleep with.

Firm Uses Artificial Intelligence In Drug Development

March 17, 2015
A researcher at Berg Health's laboratory in Framingham. (Courtesy of Berg Health)

A cancer drug known as BPM 31510 may be the first drug candidate that was developed by artificial intelligence.

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