Laura Sydell http://apr.org en Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://apr.org/post/twitch-boosts-new-pro-category-video-game-player It may not surprise you that Netflix uses more bandwidth at peak hours than any other company, followed by Google and Apple. No. 4 on the list, though, is Twitch.tv.<p><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch</a> is a company devoted to live interactive broadcasting of people playing video games. It's helping to launch a new type of broadcast professional.<p>"I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love. His stage name is Man, and his show is <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/manvsgame">Man vs. Game</a>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 49597 at http://apr.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player Apple And Samsung Face Off In Court Again Over Patents http://apr.org/post/apple-and-samsung-face-court-again-over-patents Each company claims the other one has swiped its patents. This time Apple is going after patents in the Android operating system that run Samsung's Galaxy S3. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 49330 at http://apr.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://apr.org/post/no-sugar-high-wall-street-candy-crush-makers-ipo-disapoints Candy Crush is played by trying to line up at least three of the same color of candies.<p>In February, an average of 144 million daily active users got sucked in to the challenge.<p>Candy Crush is one of more than 180 games made by King Digital Entertainment, and it alone brought in three-quarters of the company's revenue in the last quarter of 2013.<p>Roger Kay, president of research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, says to a lot of investors, the game seemed like Farmville, the hit game by Zynga that Zynga can't seem to repeat.<p>"It's very difficult to replicate the alchemy of a great Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:28:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 49120 at http://apr.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player http://apr.org/post/kickstarter-campaign-begins-neil-youngs-music-player Amid the thousands promoting new music at this week's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one artist took to the stage Tuesday to promote a new way to hear it. Before a crowd at the Austin Convention Center, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his long-planned high fidelity music player and online store, <a href="http://www.ponomusic.com/#home" target="_blank">Pono</a>.<p>Young was plainspoken as he explained what motivated him to develop a new digital music player. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 48251 at http://apr.org Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://apr.org/post/path-televisions-future-may-be-paved-virtual-reality On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 48134 at http://apr.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://apr.org/post/anti-muslim-video-still-stirring-controversy-courtroom Google intends to fight a court order to remove a controversial anti-Muslim video from YouTube in the U.S.<p>The company plans to file for a hearing before a full nine-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after two of three judges on a smaller panel forced the company to take down the film, <em>Innocence of Muslims</em>, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/21/161528858/more-protests-in-muslim-nations-some-violence">caused uproar</a> in the Islamic world in 2012.<p>The battle in the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47901 at http://apr.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://apr.org/post/ios-6-users-left-lurch-after-security-flaw-discovered As has been widely reported, Apple recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apples-security-bug-what-to-know-about-it-and-what-to-do-about-it/2014/02/24/b59404e4-9d59-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html">discovered a critical bug</a> in its iOS and OS systems. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47474 at http://apr.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Facebook To Buy WhatsApp Message Service http://apr.org/post/facebook-buy-whatsapp-message-service Facebook is buying an instant messaging service called WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion. It's the latest salvo in an arms race by Silicon Valley giants to stockpile mobile technology. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47122 at http://apr.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://apr.org/post/internet-match-apps-are-dating-steroids It's Valentine's Day, and if you aren't giving roses to someone special — or getting them — you might be thinking ahead to next year.<p>But OkCupid and Match.com may be considered old-school ways to find a mate. These days, whether you're gay or straight, the online dating scene is all about apps. Like a lot of technological change, apps bring efficiency to the process. But that isn't always a good thing.<p>Kristy Vannatter used to use the online dating service eHarmony, but she says it was a lot of work.<p>"It was just a lot of time looking at people's profiles," she says. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 46790 at http://apr.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://apr.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 46558 at http://apr.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://apr.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 21:44:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 46273 at http://apr.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://apr.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 22:30:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45927 at http://apr.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised http://apr.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 45505 at http://apr.org Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised Court: FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality http://apr.org/post/court-fcc-cant-enforce-net-neutrality Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Over the years, Americans have grown used to getting anything they want when they want it on the Internet. But yesterday a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission cannot require Internet providers to offer unfettered access. It was Verizon that brought the case against the FCC. The ruling could have far-reaching implications for what's known as net neutrality. Here's NPR's Laura Sydell to help us out with what all this means. Welcome.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Hello. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45000 at http://apr.org Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest http://apr.org/post/google-buys-home-automation-company-nest On Monday, Google announced it had purchased Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Nest is focused on the "automated home" concept, making smoke detectors and thermostats that connect to the Internet. Google's purchase signals a strong interest in this arena. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 44923 at http://apr.org