Elise Hu http://kuow.org en Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://kuow.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32851 at http://kuow.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://kuow.org/post/restaurants-modern-day-lab-our-smartphone-obsessed-ways When <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/24/293508375/what-to-do-with-your-smartphone-while-youre-having-dinner">we asked you</a> about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">hundreds of stories</a> poured in. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32523 at http://kuow.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://kuow.org/post/tech-week-heartbleed-latest-bubble-and-windows-xp-retires Site administrators were sent scrambling this week when researchers disclosed the potentially catastrophic Heartbleed bug, <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/qa-on-heartbleed-a-flaw-missed-by-the-masses/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0">a coding error</a> that left much of the Internet vulnerable to data theft since March 2012. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32438 at http://kuow.org Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 http://kuow.org/post/one-day-sale-google-glass-will-be-available-cool-1500 Google Glass, the computer and camera you wear on your face, can be yours starting next Tuesday. Google has been rolling out Glass to a select group of "Explorers" since early 2013, but soon, anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 plus tax <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/">can get a headset at this link</a>.<p>There is a catch. This is a limited sale that starts April 15 at 9 a.m. and ends on the same day. Google is touting the wider sale as an ongoing experiment with its users — a time to get more feedback under an expanded (as in, open to all) Explorer program. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32331 at http://kuow.org One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500 What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet http://kuow.org/post/what-do-now-heartbleed-bug-exposed-internet With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">has been bleeding out information</a>, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.<p>"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.<p>Are you affected? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:51:08 +0000 Elise Hu 32239 at http://kuow.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://kuow.org/post/windows-xp-users-its-time-upgrade-heres-how Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.<p>An estimated quarter of PC users are still running XP, despite Microsoft's notices that this day would come. Part of the reason many users haven't migrated is Microsoft's uneven record of improving its operating systems as new ones roll out. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32108 at http://kuow.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://kuow.org/post/its-complicated-when-ceos-personal-position-becomes-public The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich <a href="http://tillschneidereit.net/2014/04/03/on-brendans-success/">spent his life's work</a> defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Elise Hu 31944 at http://kuow.org It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign http://kuow.org/post/week-his-new-job-controversy-forces-mozilla-ceo-resign Brendan Eich, embattled co-founder of Mozilla and creator of the JavaScript programming language, has stepped down from his new role as CEO of Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.<p>After being appointed to the chief position last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/31/297342868/the-new-mozilla-ceos-political-past-is-imperiling-his-present">Eich became embroiled in controversy</a> that pitted the foundational values of his company — equal rights and free speech — against one another. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:32:03 +0000 Elise Hu 31879 at http://kuow.org A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason http://kuow.org/post/cyclings-catching-texas-very-texas-reason For years, cyclists have faced long odds in Texas, where sprawling highways teem with trucks. Dallas was ranked <a href="http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2012/05/its-official-dallas-is-still-the-one-and-only-worst-city-for-bicycling-in-the-entire-country.html/">the worst city for bicycling in the country</a>, several years in a row. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 31801 at http://kuow.org Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily http://kuow.org/post/how-wean-yourself-your-smartphone-least-temporarily We have been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/294842209/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction">exploring</a> our increasingly smartphone-aided interactions and what they're doing to the old-fashioned ways of being together, like talking face to face. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:44:37 +0000 Elise Hu 31698 at http://kuow.org How To Wean Yourself From Your Smartphone, At Least Temporarily The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present http://kuow.org/post/new-mozilla-ceos-political-past-imperiling-his-present For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.<p>At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/129009295/proposition-8">California's Proposition 8</a>, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:16:19 +0000 Elise Hu 31638 at http://kuow.org The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present Pay Attention: Your Frustration Over Smartphone Distraction http://kuow.org/post/pay-attention-your-frustration-over-smartphone-distraction Smartphones are so prevalent in our lives that they're interrupting everything from meals to movies. And engaging with them is sometimes taking precedence over enjoying the real, live human beings seated next to us.<p>So what should be the norms around smartphone use? Is it completely situational — OK for some places or times, but not others? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:57:52 +0000 Elise Hu 31384 at http://kuow.org Pay Attention: Your Frustration Over Smartphone Distraction What To Do With Your Smartphone While You're Having Dinner http://kuow.org/post/what-do-your-smartphone-while-youre-having-dinner There was a time when checking your smartphone at the dinner table was considered offensive. But social norms and behaviors change as we adapt to technologies. Heck, that's the whole <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/06/21/194315138/rebooting-the-all-tech-blog-with-your-help">central theme</a> of this blog.<p>Not long ago, I found myself at dinner with young political reporters from a Washington-publication-I-won't-name and felt oddly isolated despite being at a table with a dozen people. Why? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:07:05 +0000 Elise Hu 31153 at http://kuow.org What To Do With Your Smartphone While You're Having Dinner Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg http://kuow.org/post/tech-week-robots-turkish-twitter-and-frustrated-zuckerberg Happy weekend! If you've missed our tech coverage and the larger conversation at the intersection of technology and culture this week, here's your look back. <strong>ICYMI</strong> is what we reported on NPR, <strong>The Big Conversation</strong> includes news from all sorts of places, and <strong>Curiosities</strong> are important or fun links we think you should check out.<p>What was on your radar? What should we look out for next week? Tell us in the comment section below. We do read them, you know.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Robot apocalypse?</strong> Nah, but we covered 'em anyway! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Elise Hu & Emily Siner 31090 at http://kuow.org Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide http://kuow.org/post/gender-disparities-tech-flare-again-reading-guide We are three weeks deep into an <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/283505648/enter-title">on-air exploration of women in technology</a> through our midday show, <em>Tell Me More</em>. Host Michel Martin has led some really thoughtful conversations about the dearth of women in tech and the areas of notable improvement. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Elise Hu 30914 at http://kuow.org Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide