Laura Sydell http://kbia.org en Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://kbia.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 50763 at http://kbia.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://kbia.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 50311 at http://kbia.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://kbia.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 20:13:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 49339 at http://kbia.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://kbia.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 49139 at http://kbia.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://kbia.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 48760 at http://kbia.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://kbia.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 14:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 48167 at http://kbia.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://kbia.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 47937 at http://kbia.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://kbia.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 22:16:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47704 at http://kbia.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://kbia.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 21:25:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47428 at http://kbia.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised http://kbia.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 22:53:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47063 at http://kbia.org Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing http://kbia.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 23:46:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 46609 at http://kbia.org Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too http://kbia.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 45957 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 45453 at http://kbia.org What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland http://kbia.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 10:08:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 45156 at http://kbia.org Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier http://kbia.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 44508 at http://kbia.org For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer? http://kbia.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 43853 at http://kbia.org Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer? Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law http://kbia.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 43823 at http://kbia.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster http://kbia.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 43601 at http://kbia.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning http://kbia.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 20:41:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 42914 at http://kbia.org Raising Social Media Teens Means Constant Parental Learning 3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room http://kbia.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 41949 at http://kbia.org 3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room Calif. Bans Jilted Lovers From Posting 'Revenge Porn' Online http://kbia.org/post/calif-bans-jilted-lovers-posting-revenge-porn-online After a breakup, raw feelings can set off a desire for revenge. Some jilted lovers have taken to posting intimate pictures of a former partner on the Internet. It's a phenomenon known as "revenge porn," and on Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law making it a crime.<p>The new law is a victory to Holly Jacobs, who was a victim of revenge porn. Jacobs went through what sounds like a typical boy-meets-girl story of falling in and out of love. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 41491 at http://kbia.org Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy http://kbia.org/post/record-label-picks-copyright-fight-wrong-guy An Australian record label may have picked a fight with the wrong guy. The label sent a standard takedown notice threatening to sue after YouTube computers spotted its music in a video.<p>It turns out that video was posted by one of the most famous copyright attorneys in the world, and Lawrence Lessig is suing back.<p>Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, has lectured around the world about how copyright law needs to adapt to the Internet age. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 41225 at http://kbia.org Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy Fake Reviewers Get Zero Stars From New York Attorney General http://kbia.org/post/fake-reviewers-get-zero-stars-new-york-attorney-general No doubt most of you reading this post have looked at Yelp or Google+ Local to check the user reviews before you tried that fish store, bakery or even dentist. On occasion, you may have wondered if some of those reviews were too good to be true.<p>It turns out that some of them were.<p>New York's attorney general revealed the results of a yearlong investigation into the business of fake reviews. Eric T. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40986 at http://kbia.org Fake Reviewers Get Zero Stars From New York Attorney General Female Fans Love New Grand Theft Auto Despite Demeaning Content http://kbia.org/post/female-fans-love-grand-theft-auto-v-hate-it-demeans-women Grand Theft Auto made video game history this week: The latest version of the game had a record $800 million in sales on its first day. As with past versions, the game is generating controversy over its glorification of violence and drugs and its demeaning portrayal of women.<p>But around 15 percent of its fans are women, who find much to like about the game, even if they do have some ambivalence about it.<p>Game developer Whitney Hills, 28, says initially she was nervous about even trying it. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:47:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40833 at http://kbia.org Female Fans Love New Grand Theft Auto Despite Demeaning Content Twitter Files For Initial Public Offering http://kbia.org/post/twitter-files-initial-public-offering Twitter announced via Tweet Thursday that it's launching its long awaited initial public offering. It will be the most high profile IPO since Facebook went public last year. But Twitter hopes to avoid the mishaps that's marred Facebook's stock market debut. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:58:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40452 at http://kbia.org Long Before Most, Intel Chased The Smart Watch http://kbia.org/post/long-most-intel-chased-smart-watch In the past couple of weeks, several major companies — Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm — have announced they will release smart watches this fall. As the name suggests, the gadgets do more than keep time.<p>The latest spate of computerized watches promise to do everything from working as a phone to taking photos and fielding emails. Smart watches have actually been around for a long time, but they've never really taken off as a product.<p>The first time that smart watches showed up in popular culture probably goes back to 1946 and the cartoon detective Dick Tracy. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40384 at http://kbia.org Long Before Most, Intel Chased The Smart Watch What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-song-costs-5-sound Last week, Sony Corporation announced a new line of high-end audio components that promise to deliver a better online audio experience. The announcement comes amid growing evidence that music fans are tired of the crappy sound they hear on their portable music players. Case in point is the success of Cookie Marenco's business of selling super high-definition music downloads.<p>Marenco's been in the music recording business for over two decades. Marenco, a sturdy-looking, energetic woman, recently stood in front of a room of eager ears at the California Audio Show just outside San Francisco. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:28:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40295 at http://kbia.org What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like? Basic Internet Economics At Stake In Net Neutrality Suit http://kbia.org/post/basic-internet-economics-stake-net-neutrality-suit Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Time now for All Tech Considered.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: The Internet has been one of the great engines of economic growth. How to keep it that way is at the center of a federal court case today. Verizon is suing to scrap regulations that prevent Internet providers from charging different rates for different kinds of websites. The FCC calls these rules the Open Internet Order. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 40213 at http://kbia.org Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public http://kbia.org/post/taking-battle-against-patent-trolls-public Patent trolls — a term known more among geeks than the general public — are about to be the target of a national ad campaign. Beginning Friday, a group of retail trade organizations is launching a <a href="http://stopbadpatents.internetassociation.org/">radio and print campaign</a> in 17 states.<p>They want to raise awareness of a problem they say is draining resources from business and raising prices for consumers.<p>Patent trolls, known officially as nonpracticing entities, or NPEs, are companies that don't make or sell anything. They just own patents. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39741 at http://kbia.org Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds http://kbia.org/post/how-vine-settled-6-seconds Six seconds isn't a lot of time. If you were to read this sentence out loud, by the time you finished, six seconds would be up. But the brevity of Vine, the app that lets users make and share six-second video clips, has attracted 40 million registered users since its January 2013 launch.<p>When popular photo-sharing app <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/06/19/193531259/will-video-ruin-instagrams-appeal">Instagram added video</a> to its capabilities this summer, time was part of its distinction. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 39137 at http://kbia.org How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds