Tue May 28, 2013

How Code For America's Apps Benefit Kansas City

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 5:58 am



Now for people who enjoy using technology, it might feel like there's an app for everything. Some are mindless. I mean I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how much time I spend baking fake pizza on my mobile device. Then there are apps that are meant to actually be productive. And let's hear about one of those now.

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Thu April 18, 2013

App Helps Icelanders Avoid Dating Family

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:22 am



Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Dating can be tough in a small country like Iceland. There are only 320,000 people and many of them are distant relatives. So the government came up with an idea. They created a genealogy Web site. There's even a Smartphone app. Just tap phones with your date. And if you happen to share a grandparent, you'll get an alert. If a date is out of the question, the app does also track relatives' birthdays and so you can send them a card.

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Mon April 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Speak Up! Advertisers Want You To Talk With New Apps

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:02 pm

Drinks columnist David Wondrich is seen on Esquire's new Talk to Esquire app, which allows users to interact with several of the magazine's columnists through voice recognition.
Screengrab via YouTube

Imagine for a second what it would be like if you could talk to your radio, and your radio would actually listen. To get an idea of what this might be like, I downloaded an app called Talk to Esquire, from the magazine of the same name.

When I opened it, the app asked me a question: What's your favorite type of liquor? That's a little forward, but it's Esquire so I played along and told the app that I'm more of a beer drinker.

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Wed March 27, 2013

Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:38 am

In Long Beach, Wash., Chinook Observer editor and publisher Matt Winters has overseen his paper's transition to the Internet and, more recently, to a pay wall.
Ashley Gross for NPR

The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle recently said they will start charging readers for online content, joining big papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some large papers have made it work because they offer a lot of unique content.

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Tue March 12, 2013

Who Needs Smoke Signals? Conclave Watch Goes High-Tech

St Peters Square, the Vatican
Xiquinho Silva Creative Commons/Flickr

The conclave to select the next pope is underway at the Vatican. The method the cardinals use to choose a pope is a very old practice, first implemented in 1179 and heavily rooted in tradition.

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