Martin Kaste http://kuow.org en In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://kuow.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 32842 at http://kuow.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://kuow.org/post/apple-upgrade-tracks-customers-even-when-marketing-apps-are The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048">iBeacon</a> works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.<p>IBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 32576 at http://kuow.org Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes http://kuow.org/post/survey-americans-skeptical-prison-non-violent-drug-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to a new survey from the Pew Research Center that's found more evidence of a shift in public attitudes toward illegal drug use.<p>As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the survey indicates growing public skepticism about prison terms for nonviolent drug offenders.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: This shift has been going on for a while now. Previous polls already showed a new majority in favor of legalizing marijuana. But in this survey, you also see changing attitudes toward harder drugs.<p>Carroll Doherty is Pew's director of political research. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31799 at http://kuow.org Washington Landslide Takes A Grim — And Fluctuating — Toll http://kuow.org/post/washington-landslide-takes-grim-and-fluctuating-toll The official death toll from the Washington State mudslide now stands at 24, with dozens of people still listed as missing. At one point, there were more than 170 unaccounted for. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31614 at http://kuow.org The Security Cracks In Your Smartphone http://kuow.org/post/security-cracks-your-smartphone Law enforcement's ability to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/20/291925559/your-smartphone-is-a-crucial-tool-for-police-if-they-can-get-into-it">get past your phone password</a> depends on "exploits," hacker tricks that take advantage of vulnerabilities in the phones' operating systems. Many exploits are kept quiet, to be sold to criminals or security companies. Others leak out. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:37:21 +0000 Martin Kaste 31242 at http://kuow.org The Security Cracks In Your Smartphone Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It http://kuow.org/post/your-smartphone-crucial-police-tool-if-they-can-crack-it New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/28/284131881/as-police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred">social media scanners</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/228181778/a-look-into-facebooks-potential-to-recognize-anybodys-face">facial recognition</a> and other high tech items. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31235 at http://kuow.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It Caution And Concern Prevail In Days Following Washington Landslide http://kuow.org/post/caution-and-concern-prevail-days-following-washington-landslide Officials in Washington say they've received 108 reports of people missing in the region hit by a recent landslide. But they say that is a "soft number" and rescue efforts continue. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31184 at http://kuow.org Missoula County Attorney Tells Justice Department It's Wrong http://kuow.org/post/missoula-county-attorney-tells-justice-department-its-wrong Accused of bias against female victims of sex crimes, the Missoula county attorney turned around and accused the Justice Department of bully tactics. DOJ officials showed up in Missoula two years ago. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 30339 at http://kuow.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt http://kuow.org/post/sand-grinds-worlds-largest-tunneling-machine-halt Contractors working for the state of Washington are planning a high-stakes operation to rescue Bertha — the world's largest tunneling machine.<p>Bertha is supposed to be boring a 2-mile highway tunnel under downtown Seattle, but it got stuck in December.<p>Bertha is on Seattle's waterfront, between South Main and South Jackson streets, about 60 feet straight down. At first, they thought the machine was being stymied by a big glacial rock. Then attention focused on the chewed-up remains of a metal pipe. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 29687 at http://kuow.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://kuow.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred-0 Social media monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use <a href="http://www.crowdcontrolhq.com/">a product sold by CrowdControlHQ</a>. CEO James Leavesley says the company is in the business of monitoring "social media risk."<p>Companies can use the product to keep tabs on what employees say on social media or watch what others are saying. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 29686 at http://kuow.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://kuow.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred Social monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use a product sold by CrowdControlHQ. CEO James Leavesley calls it a "social media risk media and monitoring" company, <strong>meant primarily as a means of staying in touch with the public</strong>. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 29660 at http://kuow.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA http://kuow.org/post/domain-awareness-detractors-see-another-nsa Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings.<p>"They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 29222 at http://kuow.org In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of http://kuow.org/post/cold-war-technology-sought-spy-your-pocket-sort Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>And now to All Tech Considered.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: Today is a tricky business of keeping some American technologies out of foreign hands. When a man from Hong Kong met with an aerospace company in Seattle last week, he was really dealing with an undercover Homeland Security agent. See Kee Chin allegedly tried to buy $85,000 worth of highly specialized accelerometers. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 28947 at http://kuow.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion http://kuow.org/post/new-animation-details-what-went-wrong-2010-plant-explosion The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released its draft report into the causes of a devastating 2010 explosion at a Tesoro refinery on Puget Sound. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27945 at http://kuow.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug http://kuow.org/post/holder-favors-pot-banking-and-legal-dealers-shrug When I heard late Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder had come out in favor of bank accounts for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/legal-marijuana-businesses-should-have-access-to-banks-holder-says.html">state-sanctioned pot businesses</a>, I assumed the industry would react with cheers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27603 at http://kuow.org Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug