Technology

3:18pm

Tue September 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

Calculated To Win: Supercomputers Power America's Cup

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Oracle Team USA heads to the waterfront after winning the ninth race of the America's Cup with a 47-second victory over Emirates Team New Zealand.
Eric Risberg AP

The 2013 America's Cup isn't just about using human muscle to race faster than the wind. This year, the international sailing competition is about supercomputing.

Tech teams are working behind the scenes to crunch numbers and model things like how a half-degree change in wing angle could add 5 knots in speed.

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3:15pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Smartphones Became Vital Tools Against Dengue In Pakistan

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 12:14 pm

Inspector Mohammad Saleem Taqi takes a photo of sanitation workers as they clear out debris in sewers. The government feeds the photos into a map to track the city's effort to stop dengue fever.
Beenish Ahmed NPR

A line of men in black rain boots push trash carts through the alleys of Lahore, Pakistan. They stop at an open sewer along a neighborhood street and start to pull up shoes, bricks, plates and any other trash that might block the flow of wastewater.

Standing water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. And the local government in Lahore is on a focused mission: Stop the spread of dengue fever by mosquitoes.

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1:35am

Mon September 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Dear Apple: Good Luck Against The Smartphone Black Market

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:09 pm

Apple's fingerprint technology is an effort to combat smartphone theft.
Ng Han Guan AP

Last week, Apple introduced two new iPhones with new features, including fingerprint recognition on one model, and extra password protections. But the new technology is up against a sophisticated black market that has had years to grow and adapt to meet the world's desire for smartphones.

To call smartphone-related crime an epidemic is not an exaggeration. By one estimate, more than 4,000 phones are stolen every day in the United States.

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3:47pm

Sat September 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Musical Robots Take The Stage For Harmony, Not Domination

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 3:38 pm

Stickboy, Compressorhead's four-armed drummer rocks out in front of thousands of fans at the Big Day Out music festival.
Shar Try ekto23

Robots aren't taking over the planet yet, but they are doing jobs in more and more places: hospitals and offices, movie sets and battlefields. They're making a mark in the world of music, as well.

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10:08am

Sat September 14, 2013
Arts & Life

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 4:02 pm

An artist's rendering shows computer stations at the new BiblioTech bookless public library in Bexar County, Texas. The library is holding its grand opening Saturday.
Courtesy of Bexar County

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.

On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech library explains how its patrons can access free eBooks and audio books. To read an eBook on their own device, users must have the 3M Cloud Library app, which they can link to their library card.

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