A weekly podcast has riveted millions with its exploration of a true crime story and its questions about whether the man at its center is guilty or innocent. “Serial” probes the 1999 conviction of a high school senior who was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s David Haglund about the runaway success of the show, now the most popular podcast in history. Continue reading
Researchers at North Carolina State University are inventing technology to decode dog talk. Hari Sreenivasan visits a computer science lab that has designed a harness to monitor physiological and emotional changes and send wireless commands through vibrations, which could be used with guide animals or search and rescue dogs. Continue reading
While 2014 holiday sales boast the latest generation of home video game consoles — such as the Wii U, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — Ralph Baer, an inventor and engineer, was instrumental in giving life to the original idea of playing an interactive game connected to a television screen nearly 50 years ago.
Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry, is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing regions in the country. But the rapid development and influx of tech workers has revved up competition for housing and a growing income divide. Special correspondent Scott Shafer of KQED reports on the demolition of a notorious homeless encampment in San Jose. Continue reading
Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports. Continue reading
Sony is settling government charges that it misled consumers about its PlayStation Vita hand-held gaming console. Continue reading
Following an unfavorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sided with TV networks, startup Internet company Aereo said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Continue reading
From Home Depot to the State Department, reports of large-scale cyber attacks have come with increasing frequency. As holiday season approaches, retailers are on the lookout for security breaches. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Brian Krebs, author of “Spam Nation,” about who’s behind these attacks and how to prevent them. Continue reading