Economy & Innovation

All Tech Considered
9:41 am
Sat April 25, 2015

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

A typical interaction with a Lark weight loss coach.
Lark

One day soon, you may be waiting in line for a coffee, eyeing a pastry, when your smart watch buzzes with a warning.

Flashing on the tiny screen of your Apple Watch is a message from an app called Lark, suggesting that you lay off the carbs for today. Speak into the Apple Watch's built-in mic about your food, sleep and exercise, and the app will send helpful tips back to you.

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Business
9:33 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

A reporter stands outside the front door of a house registered to a trading company operated by Navinder Singh Sarao in Hounslow, west of London. on April 22, 2015. Sarao was arrested in connection with the Wall Street flash crash of 2010.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 3:58 pm

It has been five years since the so-called flash crash on Wall Street raised big questions about computerized trading. What caused the flash crash has been a topic of debate ever since. U.S. officials revived the debate this week by arresting a little-known trader in London.

May 6, 2010 started out as an ordinary trading day on Wall Street. Then, at around 2:45 in the afternoon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged nearly 600 points within the space of a few minutes, before correcting itself.

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All Tech Considered
5:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

The author, modeling her mother's watch.
Laura Sydell NPR

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 4:55 pm

When my mother passed away, I was by her side in a peaceful, sunny room at a hospice in South Florida. The sliding glass doors looked out to a flourishing garden filled with bougainvillea, rosebushes and carefully cultivated grasses. A block of sunlight, alive with swirling dust, hit the edge of my mother's bed where the tops of her small bony feet made a lump under the light cotton covers.

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All Tech Considered
9:50 am
Fri April 24, 2015

A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

The Apple II Watch is meant to parody the Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s.
Jon Brown Instructables

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:42 pm

One tech nerd is bringing the '80s back, this time in wearables.

The Apple II Watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the Apple Watch, which was released Friday, and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. The design is bulky and retro, with a tan body and the rainbow Apple logo evocative of the '70s and '80s.

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TED Radio Hour
9:49 am
Fri April 24, 2015

What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?

"Why does everyone have to be here at the same time? Why do we need to know how many hours a week people work?" — Ricardo Semler
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Ricardo Semler's TED Talk

When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.

About Ricardo Semler

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TED Radio Hour
9:49 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?

"Today's protests have become a bit like climbing Mt. Everest with the help of 60 Sherpas, and the Internet is our Sherpa." — Zeynep Tufekci
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk

These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?

About Zeynep Tufekci

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All Tech Considered
4:34 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

As the Apple Watch goes on sale Friday, it's unclear if the gadget and others like it can attain the utility and prominence smartphones have in the past eight years.
Ryan Emberley AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:11 pm

The Apple Watch is making quite a splash with its launch Friday, but most of us have never thought about this new gadget, the "smart watch." Is it a luxury item, or is the smart watch destined to be the next great essential, something we don't know we'll need but will.

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All Tech Considered
6:20 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Biometrics are increasingly replacing the password for user identification.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

Passwords get hacked — a lot. In an effort to move beyond passwords, big companies are embracing biometric technology: the use of fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition for user identification.

To heighten security, smartphones are being outfitted with biometric features. But, ditching passwords for biometrics may not make the hackers go away.

Selfie Security

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

15 Years After The Dot-Com Bust, A Nasdaq Record

As the Nasdaq closes above the record set 15 years ago, stock analysts are debating whether the market is approaching another bubble.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

When it closed at 5,056.06 on Thursday, the Nasdaq Composite Index hit a new high — surpassing the old record close of 5,048.62, reached March 10, 2000, during the dot-com craze.

That also makes it 15 years since that infamous tech bubble burst, sending the index down more than 75 percent by the time it hit bottom.

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Shots - Health News
2:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Work partners Jon Chintanaroad (left) and Mike Prestano are all smiles now, but founding a tech startup together threatened their friendship — and their business.
April Dembosky KQED

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

Startups fail for a lot of reasons: bad product, wrong timing. But sometimes, it's just you.

Relationship problems between co-founders are among the biggest reasons companies don't make it. Increasingly in Silicon Valley, business partners are looking for help before things go downhill — they're signing up for couples counseling.

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