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October 25, 2014 | NPR · The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone’s.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · In this week’s roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.
 

October 24, 2014 | NPR · Facebook’s new app, Rooms, harkens back to the days of 1990s anonymous chat rooms. New York Times tech reporter, Mike Isaac, talks about why having secret identities online is a good thing.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn’t work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.
 

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October 23, 2014 | KERA · The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it’s still selling the product.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · “When it comes to voice mail, they’re just over it,” says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it’s still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That’s the question that’s been puzzling a team of scientists. And they’re using drones to find the answer.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple’s iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.
 

 

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NPR
October 25, 2014 | NPR · The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone’s.
 

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October 25, 2014 | MPB · The University of Mississippi is making an ongoing effort to remove potentially divisive and racially charged symbols to try and make the campus more welcoming, but not everybody welcomes the changes.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · You can thank audio engineer Joe Carpenter and his 80 microphones every time you hear the crack of a bat, smack of a glove or thud of a base in this World Series.
 

Arts & Life

October 25, 2014 | OZY · Fondue sets, ice cream makers and juicers are fun to have, but they take up a lot of cash — and counter space. So a new Toronto start-up offers subscription-based access to borrowed appliances.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such “apparitions.”
 

Music

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Wayne Coyne says his band was dying to take The Beatles’ masterpiece apart and see how it works.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Playing alongside Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums, Bruce sang such hits as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room” and “I Feel Free.”
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, “Monster Mash” aside, what of Halloween?
 

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