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3:10pm

Tue September 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:45 pm

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds and was a favorite of early computer aficionados.

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12:29pm

Tue September 16, 2014
NPR Ed

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:45 pm

Teachers are incorporating mobile technology and a digital sensibility into classroom lessons with assignments such as this one: to caption a historical photograph for teacher Nicholas Ferroni's high school history class in Union, N.J.
Courtesy of Nicholas Ferroni

Nestled between Julia Auster's fantasy football app and Facebook Messenger is a relatively new bucket of apps: the education tools she uses in the French classes she teaches at Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston, Mass.

Auster isn't alone.

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3:32pm

Mon September 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:46 am

Two youngsters play in a Minecraft tournament Aug. 9 in Ascot, England.
Miles Willis Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

The video game world saw a massive acquisition Monday when Microsoft confirmed it was buying Mojang, the company behind the immense world-building game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

Now let's be clear: While the ink on the deal might say Microsoft bought Mojang, they really just bought the game franchise Minecraft. The company has created and published a few other small games, but nothing in its portfolio is on the level of Minecraft.

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2:34pm

Mon September 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:40 am

Cyberstalking victims often don't know they're being tracked through their own phone because spyware apps like mSpy use misleading labels (labeled "android.sys.process" here) and don't take up much data.
Aarti Shahani NPR

We've looked a lot at privacy from the Big Brother standpoint: how the National Security Agency or corporate giants like Google track us online, say for political reasons or to make money from ads.

But there's another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother, though it's really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective.

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10:04am

Mon September 15, 2014
Parallels

No Gas Guzzlers Here; Beijing Hosts First All-Electric Car Race

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 11:32 am

German driver Nick Heidfeld of Venturi Formula E Team. The all-electric cars can go from zero to 60 in under 3 seconds, and reach top speeds of over 150 mph.
How Hwee Young EPA/Landov

Some of the world's top race-car drivers put the pedal to the metal in Formula E this weekend, the first-ever all-electric automobile race. It was held in the Chinese capital, the first of 10 cities that will host the races between now and next June.

The championship is aimed to generate interest in — and boost sales of — electric cars.

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