Laura Sydell http://krwg-tv.org en Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://krwg-tv.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 63362 at http://krwg-tv.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player Apple And Samsung Face Off In Court Again Over Patents http://krwg-tv.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 63036 at http://krwg-tv.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://krwg-tv.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 06:38:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 62790 at http://krwg-tv.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player http://krwg-tv.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 61725 at http://krwg-tv.org Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://krwg-tv.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 20:22:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 61593 at http://krwg-tv.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://krwg-tv.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 61323 at http://krwg-tv.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle http://krwg-tv.org/post/win-fair-use-after-record-label-picked-wrong-guy-sue An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.<p>The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/27/226834651/record-label-picks-a-fight-over-copyright-with-the-wrong-guy">we previously reported</a>, Lessig posted one of his lectures about the fair use of copyrighted work. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:39:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 60939 at http://krwg-tv.org A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://krwg-tv.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 60790 at http://krwg-tv.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Facebook To Buy WhatsApp Message Service http://krwg-tv.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 60360 at http://krwg-tv.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://krwg-tv.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 59942 at http://krwg-tv.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://krwg-tv.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 21:53:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59656 at http://krwg-tv.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://krwg-tv.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 21:09:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59321 at http://krwg-tv.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://krwg-tv.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 21:48:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 58915 at http://krwg-tv.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised http://krwg-tv.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 21:28:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 58417 at http://krwg-tv.org Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised Court: FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality http://krwg-tv.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 11:36:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 57822 at http://krwg-tv.org Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest http://krwg-tv.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 57739 at http://krwg-tv.org Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing http://krwg-tv.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 22:52:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 57718 at http://krwg-tv.org Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access http://krwg-tv.org/post/class-trumps-race-when-it-comes-internet-access A <a href="http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2014/African-American-Tech-Use/Main-Findings.aspx">new study from the Pew Research Center</a> finds that age and income play a larger role than race when it comes to high-speed Internet access. Lower-income African-Americans often buy smartphones to compensate for not having a broadband connection at home. Smartphones, however, may not be enough.<p>Black Americans who are young and college graduates are on the same footing as their white counterparts when it comes to getting online or using a smartphone. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 57288 at http://krwg-tv.org Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too http://krwg-tv.org/post/hot-youtube-videos-about-video-games-and-science-too <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVhDbYt_awA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxcbppCX6Rk</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:23:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 56812 at http://krwg-tv.org Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty http://krwg-tv.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 56121 at http://krwg-tv.org What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty Wireless Companies, FCC Reach Deal On 'Unlocking' Cellphones http://krwg-tv.org/post/wireless-companies-fcc-reach-deal-unlocking-cellphones U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.<p>The deal came in the wake of a consumer rebellion over the policy of locking cellphones to a carrier. A petition that garnered more than 114,000 signatures landed at the White House, and the Obama administration sided with the petitioners.<p>The law changed this year after a ruling by the Library of Congress, which oversees U.S. copyright law and reviews exemptions every three years. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:45:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 55775 at http://krwg-tv.org Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland http://krwg-tv.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 10:22:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 55700 at http://krwg-tv.org Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier http://krwg-tv.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 54849 at http://krwg-tv.org For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer? http://krwg-tv.org/post/will-new-playstation-xbox-click-beyond-hard-core-gamer <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGa7AWHhk70</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6726gzLZq88</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:37:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 53995 at http://krwg-tv.org Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer? Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law http://krwg-tv.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 53948 at http://krwg-tv.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster http://krwg-tv.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 22:52:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 53675 at http://krwg-tv.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning http://krwg-tv.org/post/raising-social-media-teens-means-constant-parental-learning <em>This week on All Tech,</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/240783313/on-the-air-this-week-were-exploring-digital-childhood-kids-and-technology">we're exploring kids and technology</a><em> </em><em>with posts and radio pieces about raising digital natives.</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/241605846/raising-digital-natives-technology-and-our-kids">Look back at the stories</a> <em>and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments, by </em><a href="mailto:LSydell@npr.org">email</a><em> or</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/NPR Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 52784 at http://krwg-tv.org Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning AOL Takes No. 1 Spot For Online Video Ads http://krwg-tv.org/post/aol-takes-no-1-spot-online-video-ads AOL, an online company many had given up for dead, is making a comeback. It recently acquired Adap.TV, a company that automates the purchase of video ads. And in September, it topped Google in one category: it had the most video ads watched, with 3.7 billion views. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 52085 at http://krwg-tv.org 3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room http://krwg-tv.org/post/3-d-printing-masterwork-your-living-room You may never be able to get to Italy to see Michelangelo's <em>David</em> — but advances in 3-D printing technology are making it possible for you to create an almost perfect replica.<p>It's an idea that <a href="http://cosmowenman.wordpress.com/">Cosmo Wenman</a> is hoping will catch on. He's pushing the edges of how 3-D printing can be used to make classic works accessible.<p>I followed Wenman on an excursion to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:57:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 51611 at http://krwg-tv.org 3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room Ad Dollars Follow Consumer Eyeballs To Smartphones, Tablets http://krwg-tv.org/post/ad-dollars-follow-consumer-eyeballs-smartphones-tablets Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. You might already know this if you spend some time on the Internet, but revenue for online advertising is way up - reaching more than $20 billion in the first half of 2013 - that's an almost 20 percent hike from the same period last year, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.<p>As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, ads on mobile devices are growing the fastest.<p>LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: As consumer eyeballs move from laptops to mobile phones and tablets. the ad dollars are following. Mobile revenues nearly tripled. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 51524 at http://krwg-tv.org