Elise Hu http://tpr.org en Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://tpr.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 30308 at http://tpr.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking http://tpr.org/post/weekly-innovation-better-luggage-checking-and-tracking <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFUHACwp8VA</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 30130 at http://tpr.org Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://tpr.org/post/restaurants-modern-day-lab-our-smartphone-obsessed-ways When <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/24/293508375/what-to-do-with-your-smartphone-while-youre-having-dinner">we asked you</a> about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">hundreds of stories</a> poured in. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Elise Hu 30032 at http://tpr.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://tpr.org/post/tech-week-heartbleed-latest-bubble-and-windows-xp-retires Site administrators were sent scrambling this week when researchers disclosed the potentially catastrophic Heartbleed bug, <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/qa-on-heartbleed-a-flaw-missed-by-the-masses/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0">a coding error</a> that left much of the Internet vulnerable to data theft since March 2012. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29949 at http://tpr.org Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 http://tpr.org/post/one-day-sale-google-glass-will-be-available-cool-1500 Google Glass, the computer and camera you wear on your face, can be yours starting next Tuesday. Google has been rolling out Glass to a select group of "Explorers" since early 2013, but soon, anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 plus tax <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/">can get a headset at this link</a>.<p>There is a catch. This is a limited sale that starts April 15 at 9 a.m. and ends on the same day. Google is touting the wider sale as an ongoing experiment with its users — a time to get more feedback under an expanded (as in, open to all) Explorer program. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29857 at http://tpr.org One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet http://tpr.org/post/what-do-now-heartbleed-bug-exposed-internet With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">has been bleeding out information</a>, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.<p>"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.<p>Are you affected? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29782 at http://tpr.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing http://tpr.org/post/packing-tape-innovation-takes-hassle-out-unboxing <em>Our </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation</a>" <em>blog series<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation"></a> explores an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkmQ6smYmKiQIL-W6leAp3KgpZf32G9qzL7O6JgwYos/viewform">Use this quick form</a>.<p>Trying to open tightly sealed boxes can be particularly annoying without the right tools around. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29760 at http://tpr.org This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://tpr.org/post/windows-xp-users-its-time-upgrade-heres-how Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.<p>An estimated quarter of PC users are still running XP, despite Microsoft's notices that this day would come. Part of the reason many users haven't migrated is Microsoft's uneven record of improving its operating systems as new ones roll out. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29682 at http://tpr.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture http://tpr.org/post/what-silicon-valleys-cast-thinks-about-silicon-valley-culture Sunday night, HBO's new comedy, <a href="http://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley">Silicon Valley</a> premieres, and <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2014/04/mike_judge_hbo_series_silicon_valley_reviewed.html">as a Slate review notes</a> of the titular place, "Rarely has a show had to do so little to find so much to mock."<p>It's from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1397656">Mike Judge</a>, the man who so hilariously captured <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118375/">suburban ennui</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/">white colla Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29581 at http://tpr.org What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall http://tpr.org/post/tech-week-amazon-fire-mozilla-debate-nests-recall It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the tech week that was. It wasn't a slow week, so here we go:<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>The Mozilla Mess</strong>: If you're interested in the way technology culture is influencing broader culture, the debate over how much it matters that the Mozilla CEO gave money to a campaign to ban gay marriage was particularly fascinating. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Elise Hu 29565 at http://tpr.org Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall