Elise Hu http://ripr.org en Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack http://ripr.org/post/weekly-innovation-inflatable-car-seat-comes-backpack Forget wearables, let's talk about inflatables.<p>Volvo's new child safety seat concept is a fully inflatable device designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.<p>So compact is this prototype that it goes from a stylish-looking backpack into a rear-facing car seat in less than a minute. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32502 at http://ripr.org Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet http://ripr.org/post/price-war-over-cloud-has-high-stakes-internet This week, our tech reporting team is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud">exploring cloud computing</a> — the big business of providing computing power and data storage that companies need, but which happens out of sight, as if it's "in the cloud."<p>It's a timely topic, since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/technology/google-takes-on-amazon-and-microsoft-for-cloud-computing-services.html">there's a price war</a> going on as tech titans aim to control the cloud market. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32478 at http://ripr.org The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet http://ripr.org/post/americas-less-religious-study-puts-some-blame-internet America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/09/nones-on-the-rise/">has been growing rapidly</a>, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage of Americans who say they used the Internet went from nearly zero in 1990 to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/summary-of-findings-3/">87 percent this year</a>. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32381 at http://ripr.org America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://ripr.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 32295 at http://ripr.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways http://ripr.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 20:01:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32040 at http://ripr.org Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires http://ripr.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 31961 at http://ripr.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://ripr.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 21:00:00 +0000 Elise Hu 31873 at http://ripr.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://ripr.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 21:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 31801 at http://ripr.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://ripr.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 31702 at http://ripr.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How How A Cold Brew Can Stop You From Checking Your Smartphone http://ripr.org/post/how-cold-brew-can-stop-you-checking-your-smartphone Regular All Tech readers may know that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/24/293508375/what-to-do-with-your-smartphone-while-youre-having-dinner">we've been exploring</a> the social norms around obsessively checking your smartphone while out with real, live human beings. Is it a big no-no, or a new normal? Is it totally not cool in a movie but OK to peek at dinner? Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:47:48 +0000 Elise Hu 31649 at http://ripr.org How A Cold Brew Can Stop You From Checking Your Smartphone