technology http://wnpr.org en When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://wnpr.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Steve Henn 20269 at http://wnpr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-and-utilities-prepare-defenses-against-cyberattacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">Governor Dannel Malloy has <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2014.04.14_pura_cyber_report.pdf">released a plan </a>to protect Connecticut's utilities against cyber attacks. Connecticut's electric, natural gas, major water companies and the regional distribution systems have already been penetrated in the past.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">When asked just how many cyber attacks have happened, Arthur House, chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said he can't go into much detail.</font></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Alan Yu 20139 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's http://wnpr.org/post/pope-francis-poses-selfies-crowd-st-peters After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.<p>Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 20077 at http://wnpr.org NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public http://wnpr.org/post/nsa-denies-it-knew-about-heartbleed-bug-it-was-made-public The National Security Agency says it did not know about a critical security bug until it <a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/">became public earlier this month</a>.<p>The NSA was responding to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/nsa-said-to-have-used-heartbleed-bug-exposing-consumers.html">a report from Bloomberg</a> that the agency had known about the vulnerability known as "Heartbleed" for two years and instead of alerting the tech community, it exploited the bug to "gather critical intelli Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 editor 20031 at http://wnpr.org NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public UConn Partners With Comcast on Cyber Security http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-partners-comcast-cyber-security <p>UConn will partner with cable giant Comcast on a new center to study cyber security.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:28:41 +0000 Harriet Jones 20011 at http://wnpr.org UConn Partners With Comcast on Cyber Security How Yale Scientists Are Trying to Read Minds http://wnpr.org/post/how-yale-scientists-are-trying-read-minds <p>New research out of Yale University is claiming clairvoyance. It's called "neuroimaging," a fancy way of saying scientists are reading your mind.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:09:24 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19873 at http://wnpr.org How Yale Scientists Are Trying to Read Minds No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales http://wnpr.org/post/no-laptops-no-wi-fi-how-one-cafe-fired-sales Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of <a href="http://augustfirstvt.com/">August First Bakery & Cafe</a> in Burlington, Vt., but there's something different here. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Annie Russell 19889 at http://wnpr.org No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-share-its-obamacare-computer-code <p>Connecticut's Obamacare enrollment website did well enough this year to attract the interest of other states. Officials from Access Health CT said they are finalizing a deal with the state of Maryland to share computer code.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:03:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19735 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code Malloy Announces P-Tech School; Two Charter Schools Approved http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-p-tech-school-two-charter-schools-approved <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WLkh_9OksmU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Governor DannelTech stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The new school will be located at Norwalk High School. By the start of the next academic year there will be about 27 of these schools across the country. The schools integrate high school and college curricula for grades nine through 14. Students who complete the program graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in applied science at no cost.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:00:29 +0000 Teri McCready 19600 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-open-first-p-tech-school-norwalk <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are to announce today that Connecticut’s first P-TECH model school will open in September.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, and by the start of the next academic year there will be about 27 of these schools across the country.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:57:31 +0000 Diane Orson 19586 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/newspapers-municipalities-still-divided-over-legal-notices <p>The state's daily newspapers, and its towns and cities, remain divided over how to change the state’s laws on printed legal notices.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:13:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19227 at http://wnpr.org Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV http://wnpr.org/post/why-playing-minecraft-might-be-more-healthy-kids-tv Doctors say children shouldn't log more than two hours a day of screen time, though what with phones, computers and TV most children put in much more.<p>But it may be that not all screens are equally evil.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan found that sixth-graders who watched a lot of TV were more likely to eat junk food and drink soda than their peers who spent the same amount of time on the computer or playing video games, researchers from the University of Michigan say.<p>Of course, running around outside is still much better for children's health than playing Temple Run on an i Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 editor 19219 at http://wnpr.org Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help http://wnpr.org/post/need-money-your-startup-being-attractive-male-may-help Google. Twitter. Facebook. Back before they got big, companies like these were just startup ideas, born in dorm rooms and run out of garages. Then came the venture capitalists: rich, older men ready to fund the brilliant ideas of younger, creative men.<p>But what if you are a woman with a startup idea? A new study says you might not do so well. It's been well-documented that businesses started by women receive very little venture capital money. <br /> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 18872 at http://wnpr.org Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban http://wnpr.org/post/feathers-fly-top-turkish-officials-square-over-twitter-ban A move by embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/21/turkey-twitter-users-flout-ban-erdogan">shut down Twitter</a> in Turkey looks to be backfiring. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18812 at http://wnpr.org Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban Comics, From Niche to Mainstream http://wnpr.org/post/comics-niche-mainstream <p>Once upon a time, comic books were a niche for kids and nerds. Now they are mainstream culture. "The Avengers" is the number three all-time worldwide grossing movie.</p><p>I would like to pause, and say that I owned, as a kid, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_3m5gzNYc">issue number one of <em>The Avengers</em></a>. I remember distinctly where I got it, and how I felt about it. I do not remember distinctly what happened to it.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:15:08 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Colin McEnroe & Chion Wolf 18754 at http://wnpr.org Comics, From Niche to Mainstream Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance http://wnpr.org/post/last-words-cockpit-may-be-clue-jets-disappearance <h6>We're updating this post as new information comes in.</h6><p>There's still no sign of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/287635756/malaysia-airlines" target="_blank">Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> or the 239 people on board.<p>The plane went missing March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on what was supposed to be about a six-hour flight to Beijing.<p>It's thought the jet turned west, crossing back over Malaysia, before heading either north or south for at least six more hours. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18547 at http://wnpr.org Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance Flight 370: Investigators Seek Help, Motive For Jet's Disappearance http://wnpr.org/post/flight-370-investigators-seek-help-motive-jets-disappearance Malaysian officials are asking more than a dozen nations to help find the jetliner that went missing last weekend. The search area for the Boeing 777 was widely expanded Saturday; investigators are now looking for potential motives among the plane's crew and passengers to disrupt the flight.<p>The new call for help comes after ships and planes spent days looking for signs of the plane in the South China Sea. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 18515 at http://wnpr.org Flight 370: Investigators Seek Help, Motive For Jet's Disappearance The Unfolding Evolution of Origami http://wnpr.org/post/unfolding-evolution-origami <p>How do you make a 100 meter telescope that folds down to 3 meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand year-old art of paper folding. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18313 at http://wnpr.org The Unfolding Evolution of Origami Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours http://wnpr.org/post/officials-dispute-report-malaysian-jet-kept-flying-hours <h6>This post is being updated.</h6><p>Just a few hours after a stunning report from <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> — headlined "<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914904579434653903086282?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304914904579434653903086282.html%3Fmod%3DWSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories" target="_blank">U.S. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:37:07 +0000 Mark Memmott 18354 at http://wnpr.org Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-wants-ban-sale-e-cigarettes-minors <p>Governor Dannel Malloy wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. He said the makers of the devices may be trying to hook smokers while they're young.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:14 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18322 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate http://wnpr.org/post/feinsteins-cia-outrage-splits-senate The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 18277 at http://wnpr.org Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-was-typewriter-capital-country <p></p><p>In the second season of the Netflix series, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856010/"><em>House of Cards</em></a>, the protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, pulls out an old family typewriter, an Underwood of course, to write a pseudo-heartfelt letter to the President.</p><p>Frank's father gave him the typewriter saying this Underwood built an empire. Now you go build another.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:15:08 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18219 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country Edward Snowden Tells SXSW He'd Leak Those Secrets Again http://wnpr.org/post/live-edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Two-Way+%22Edward+Snowden%22" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a>, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, spoke via video to a sympathetic audience at South By Southwest Interactive on Monday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., was in Russia, where he's been given temporary asylum. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 18155 at http://wnpr.org Witness in New York City Terror Trial May Testify in Connecticut Sentencing http://wnpr.org/post/witness-new-york-city-terror-trial-may-testify-connecticut-sentencing <p>A witness,&nbsp;expected to testify today in a terrorism trial in New York,&nbsp; is also believed to be the person federal prosecutors want to testify at the sentencing later this year of two British citizens imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:46:01 +0000 Diane Orson 18149 at http://wnpr.org Witness in New York City Terror Trial May Testify in Connecticut Sentencing The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-losing-jeopardy-finding-lost-dogs-and-winning-back-lost-freedom-information <p></p><p>Amanda Hess is one of our favorite social critics. She writes for Slate and lately, well always, she's thinking about the depiction of women in mass media, including a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/03/05/gender_differences_in_jeopardy_alex_trebek_says_women_wager_less_in_daily.html">statistical disparity between the performances of men and women on Jeopardy</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:36:50 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18152 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://wnpr.org/post/sxsw-snowden-speech-has-conference-buzzing-congressman-stewing Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/monday-march-10-edward-snowden-speak-sxsw-interactive-videoconference">will speak via videoconference</a> to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum as he faces felony charges of espionage here in the U.S. The man behind leaks that revealed U.S. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Elise Hu 18132 at http://wnpr.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing http://wnpr.org/post/sxsw-tech-preview-snooping-wearables-and-more-3-d-printing <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">South by Southwest Interactive</a> is the technology-driven part of the annual Austin-based festival for digital, film and music and it starts on Friday. An expected 30,000 people will take part in the interactive and film week that precedes music, and they love it for the spontaneity and the chaos. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 17993 at http://wnpr.org SXSW Tech Preview: Snooping, Wearables And More 3-D Printing Facebook Moves To Restrict Posts About Gun Sales http://wnpr.org/post/facebook-restrict-posts-about-private-gun-sales <em>This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6.</em><p>Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking.<p>"This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:09:19 +0000 editor 17976 at http://wnpr.org Facebook Moves To Restrict Posts About Gun Sales The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-are-aj-jacobs-lupita-nyongo-and-john-rowland-related <p></p><p>Today on The Scramble, one of our favorite writers, <a href="http://ajjacobs.com/">A.J. Jacobs</a> takes us deep inside the world of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/sunday/are-you-my-cousin.html?_r=0">modern ancestry research </a>where websites are all &nbsp;too happy to tell you that you're distantly related to Gwynyth&nbsp;Paltrow, Michael Bloomberg, Quincy Jones, and King David. &nbsp;Those are all actual examples of people A.J. was told are his relatives.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:34:09 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17805 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money http://wnpr.org/post/more-mouse-click-professionalism-e-sports Online competitive gaming is increasingly mirroring the world of professional sports. E-sports are attracting hard-working teams that compete for millions of dollars in prize money.<p>Generally, gamers wage battles with one another using rapid clicks of a computer mouse. "A lot of it comes down to reflexes, but a lot of [it] is strategy," says David Gorman, a sportscaster for the popular e-sport, Dota 2. "It's very much like chess, except it's in real time. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Martha Ann Overland 17763 at http://wnpr.org E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money