technology

Drug Distribution
12:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mechanized Marijuana Dispenser Offers One Regulation Solution

Now that Washington has approved legalized marijuana, the state faces logistical challenges regarding marijuana dispensing, including defining consumer limits and determining business regulations. Weekday spoke with consultant and Medbox CEO Dr. Bruce Bedrick who shared his advice about marijuana dispensing.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

Why does legal marijuana need different controls than alcohol?

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Relaunching The 787
3:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Boeing Says It Can Install A Better Battery

Boeing presented a graphic to the public to demonstrate proposed improvements to the 787 battery.
Boeing

The Boeing Co. unveiled what executives called a "proposed permanent solution to the 787 battery issue" Thursday  night. The company’s 787 fleet has been grounded for two months because of safety concerns over the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. Two batteries in the fleet’s first 50 planes have had smoke and fire incidents.

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Employment Future
12:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Will Your Job Be Terminated By A Robot?

The helpful robotic vacuum. The cat is not so convinced.
Flickr Photo/Eirik Newth

Earlier this year IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, took a job with health care company WellPoint. Watson isn’t the only robot taking our jobs. By the end of the century, an estimated 70 percent of current occupations will be replaced by automation. Digital labor will take over assembly lines, write articles and even give legal advice. Where will that leave humans? 

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Inventions
12:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Shining Light On The Age Of Edison

An original carbon-filament Edison lightbulb from 1879.
Flickr Photo/terren in Virginia

When Thomas Edison displayed the first lightbulbs the reaction was utter amazement. University of Tennessee history professor Ernest Freeberg talks with Ross Reynolds about how Edison’s wonder invented modern America.

Gaming Culture
1:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Dad's 'Donkey Kong' Hack Recasts Female As Hero For Daughter

A screenshot shows game designer Mike Mika's Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition he created for his daughter show she could play as a female hero.
Screengrab via YouTube

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:42 pm

The world of video games has a long history of damsels in distress. It's the go-to framework for endless heroic adventures where fabulous male heroes journey to save [insert female captured by villain here].

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Online Communities
11:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The 'Nasty Effect': How Comments Color Comprehension

Researchers found that exposure to uncivil comments can polarize opinion on news issues.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 2:56 pm

At its best, the Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But Web-savvy news junkies have known for a long time that reader feedback can often turn nasty. Now a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication suggests that rude comments on articles can even change the way we interpret the news.

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Tech Culture
11:26 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Spring Break For Geeks: SXSW Interactive Starts Friday

At SXSW 2012, the app "Highlight" was touted but failed to break out like Foursquare or Twitter in years prior.
Jack Plunkett AP

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 12:01 pm

Every year, the South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival gets larger, and navigating the blur of panels, parties and shows gets more daunting. The girth of it all is enough to keep many SXSW old-timers away from Austin this year.

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Technology Policy
7:51 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why The Library Of Congress Has A Lock On Your Phone

A law designed to protect copyrights on music and movies put digital locks on all sorts of things.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:56 am

What it means to own something in the digital age is being re-negotiated.

Few of us own the music we listen to or the movies we watch in exactly the same way we did a decade ago. And today if you buy a smartphone from a cellphone company, what you can legally do with it — how and where you can use it — may be proscribed even if that phone is fully bought and paid for.

I keep a lot of music on my phone. I have the Stones, Janis Joplin and OK Go.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Gavin Newsom: Taking The Town Square Digital

Gavin Newsom at the Web 2.0 Summit in 2008.
Credit Flickr Photo/JD Lasica

It’s not news that government can get bogged down by layers of bureaucracy. The solution to cutting the red tape, says California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, is technology. He joins us to talk about his new book "Citizenville," and how to put technology to use to take citizens from observers to collaborators.

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Technology
1:43 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Street Lights, Security Systems And Sewers? They're Hackable, Too

An analyst works at a federal cybersecurity center in Idaho in 2011. Experts say Internet-connected infrastructure is a possible target of cyberwarfare.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:05 pm

Allegations that the Chinese military has been hacking U.S. corporations are raising tensions. But in the case of a full-fledged cyberwar, things would look very different.

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Education Reimagined
8:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

New Ways To Educate With Salman Khan

Salman Khan delivering his TED talk in 2011.
Credit Photo Courtesy/Wikipedia

    

Khan Academy started when Salman Khan posted a video online to help his 12-year-old cousin pass a math test. Today, Khan has made more than 3,000 videos about topics like organic chemistry and photosynthesis. Khan's videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and in his new book he talks about how human interaction could be the root to solving America's education crisis.

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Technology
10:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Old Hollywood And Going Paywall

Will the digital subscription model work for The Seattle Times?
Credit Flickr Photo/Mr T In DC

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton considers Burt Lancaster, Frances Farmer, Vivien Leigh and others in the movie business who would have turned 100 this year. Geekwire's Todd Bishop reviews what's happening in tech, including a dust-up between Microsoft and online advertisers over a new browser privacy setting, rumors of an "iWatch" coming from Apple, and the new digital paywall at The Seattle Times.

Tech Culture
10:13 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Working From Home: The End Of Productivity Or The Future Of Work?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Feb. 20, 2013. Under Mayer, Yahoo is ending its remote work policy for employees.
Peter Kramer ASSOCIATED PRESS

In its bid to reshape itself for the future, Yahoo is returning to a workplace culture of the tech industry's past. The Internet giant has reportedly notified its employees they'll no longer be allowed to work from home.

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Gaming Industry
12:05 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Consoles Vs Phones: What Is The Future For Video Games?

Sony rolled out their next generation video game console, the PS4, this week. But gaming has steadily been moving away from consoles to phones. What’s the future for video games? Ross Reynolds talks to Universtiy of Washington Professor Ken Rufo.

Information Security
10:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

US Security Company Tracks Hacking To Chinese Army Unit

The building housing Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army is on the outskirts of Shanghai. A U.S. security firm claims that cyberattacks against more than 140 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in the building.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:17 pm

Cyberattacks on dozens of American companies have been traced to an area on the outskirts of Shanghai that houses a Chinese military unit, according to a report out Tuesday by Mandiant, a U.S. cybersecurity company.

The 60-page document, first reported by The New York Times, says the group behind the attacks — nicknamed "Comment Crew" — is the most prolific the company has ever tracked and has been hacking U.S. companies since at least 2006.

Mandiant says the hackers' real identity is Unit 61398 of China's People's Liberation Army, or PLA.

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