Laura Sydell http://wkms.org en That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://wkms.org/post/thats-just-her-could-we-ever-love-computer The film <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/16/251625458/spike-jonze-opens-his-heart-for-her">Her</a>, about a man who falls in love with his computerized personal assistant, has been nominated for <a href="http://oscar.go.com/nominees">five Oscars</a> including best picture. It takes place at an unspecified time in the future when computer voices sound like Scarlett Johansson instead of Siri. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38599 at http://wkms.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://wkms.org/post/what-bill-gates-new-role-could-mean-microsoft Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of its board and into a new role, which the company is calling "technology adviser." The change comes as a new CEO — Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">takes the helm</a>. Gates says he will actually be spending a little more time at Microsoft. Microsoft watchers say if he manages his new role well, it will be good for the company.<p>Gates is certainly the visionary who turned Microsoft into a software juggernaut. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38509 at http://wkms.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://wkms.org/post/small-cinemas-struggle-film-fades-out-picture Cinema owners who don't have a digital projector in their movie house can't show Paramount Pictures' latest release: <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. This year Paramount <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/26/266515266/paramount-cuts-film-giving-the-starring-role-to-digital">became the first big studio</a> to distribute a major release in the U.S. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38394 at http://wkms.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised http://wkms.org/post/retailers-can-wait-tell-you-your-card-datas-been-compromised You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked and someone steals your account information.<p>But recent disclosures by Target and Neiman Marcus that their networks were hacked, and data about their consumers were stolen, have raised questions about how quickly merchants need to alert their customers.<p>In the case of Neiman Marcus, the company may have had evidence of a breach as far back as July. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38240 at http://wkms.org Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing http://wkms.org/post/game-over-nintendo-not-if-mario-and-zelda-fans-keep-playing Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered. Holiday sales of its new console, the Wii U, have been lackluster compared to Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.<p>But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.<p>In preparation for this story, I put out a call to talk to die-hard Nintendo fans. I was inundated with responses. Among them, Brian White, 30, grew up playing the Zelda games.<p>Now he's got a daughter. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 38007 at http://wkms.org What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty http://wkms.org/post/security-guards-big-tech-companies-struggle-low-pay <em>This week, we're exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and the way <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/12/16/251608120/exploring-economic-inequality-from-heart-of-the-tech-boom">income inequality is affecting the region</a>. Check out the other pieces of the week, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/251652256/income-inequality-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area">aggregated on this page</a>.<p>Santa Clara County, Calif., is home to Google, Apple and eBay. So it's no surprise that the median household income was $91,000 a year in 2012, one of the highest in the country. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 37426 at http://wkms.org What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland http://wkms.org/post/amid-cuts-and-tax-hikes-tech-companies-get-love-ireland Ireland is about to become the first European country to emerge from an international bailout in the wake of the financial crisis. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:42:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 37284 at http://wkms.org Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier http://wkms.org/post/advocacy-groups-video-games-are-next-frontier Movies and books have long been used to advocate for causes, such as climate change or breast cancer. As video games become more mainstream, advocates are beginning to see how this art form can be a new way to reach out and get people engaged in a cause.<p>Take <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134162888">Half the Sky</a>, a book about the struggles of women and girls in the developing world. Teacher and mom Suzy Kosh read it in her book group. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:49:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 36956 at http://wkms.org For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law http://wkms.org/post/judge-googles-book-copying-doesnt-violate-copyright-law Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Google won a key victory in a nearly decade-long lawsuit over fair use of the collections of works at the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and various other university libraries. A U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 36594 at http://wkms.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster http://wkms.org/post/what-todays-online-sharing-companies-can-learn-napster <em>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/11/244538728/this-week-exploring-the-sharing-economy">exploring the sharing economy</a><em>. You'll find the stories on this blog and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/244583579/the-sharing-economy-a-shift-away-from-ownership">aggregated at this link</a>,<em> and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 36477 at http://wkms.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster