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Family Buries First Victim Of AirAsia Plane Crash

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-01 06:08

Authorities returned the remains of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid to her family in a ceremony in Indonesia. It was the first of many more to come.

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Quiz: Do you know the federal FAFSA deadline?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 05:31

The widely-used Free Application for Federal Student Aid form for the 2015-2016 school year becomes available on New Year’s Day. There is a standard deadline to submit the form for federal aid, but states and colleges that use FAFSA may have their own deadlines.

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Watch: In Dubai, The Coolest New Year's Eve Spectacle?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-01 04:20

The city already known for its extravagance upped the ante by lighting up the world's tallest building with a Guinness-breaking 70,000 LED bulbs.

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Egyptian Court Orders Retrial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-01 03:06

The court tossed the men's convictions, but it did not order their release. It's unclear when a new trial would start.

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Internet's only just begun to run your life

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:31

Plugging everyday items onto the Internet is expected to be an expanding trend at this year's CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas. 

"Things like your toothbrush or your door locks or other objects around your workplace or home" are all getting censors and being plugged onto the Internet, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES. DuBravac says last year was a turning point in this trend, known as "The Internet of Things." And this year, he says, there are more such objects than ever.

"For example, Adidas has a connected soccer ball ... and will measure your kick," DuBravac says. "How high it was, how fast it's rotating." Such a service can connect to a smartphone app, allowing athletes and amateurs to improve their form, he says.

But with more censors in everyday objects come more data collected about our everyday actions.

"Obviously there are privacy and security risks," says Adam Thierer, a technology policy researcher at George Mason University.

Thierer says consumers need to be more aware of who is collecting what information, and they need to become more vigilant about passwords and data protection. But Thierer says companies need to do their part, too, but adopting best practices "to make sure that these new technologies are as secure as possible and safeguard our information, and do not share it too freely or openly."

Tech companies plugging more stuff onto the Internet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:31

Plugging every day items onto the Internet is expected to be an expanding trend at this year's CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas. 

"Things like your toothbrush or your door locks or other objects around your workplace or home" are all getting censors and being plugged onto the Internet, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES. DuBravac says last year was a turning point in this trend, known as "The Internet of Things." And this year, he says, there are more such objects than ever.

"For example, Adidas has a connected soccer ball ... and will measure your kick," DuBravac says. "How high it was, how fast it's rotating." Such a service can connect to a smartphone app, allowing athletes and amateurs to improve their form, he says.

But with more censors in everyday objects come more data collected about our everyday actions.

"Obviously there are privacy and security risks," says Adam Thierer, a technology policy researcher at George Mason University.

Thierer says consumers need to be more aware of who is collecting what information, and they need to become more vigilant about passwords and data protection. But Thierer says companies need to do their part, too, but adopting best practices "to make sure that these new technologies are as secure as possible and safeguard our information, and do not share it too freely or openly."

2014 by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:23
18,136,006

The total Tweets mentioning "#Ferguson" sent in August, after unarmed teenager Micheal Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. Twitter mentions spiked again after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson, making Ferguson the most tweeted-about story of the year by a longshot, according to analytics firm Echelon Insights

A survey of 184.5 million tweets shows the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri were the biggest news story of 2014, courtesy of Echelon Insights.

 

$3.7 billion

The entire cost of the 2014 midterm elections, which saw Republicans take over the Senate and grow their majority in the House. Incidentally, Bloomberg points out three of the country's biggest campaign donors saw their net worth increase by that same amount.

7,842

The worldwide death toll of this year's Ebola outbreak, largely in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, though several cases were reported in the U.S. this fall.

46 percent

That's how far the price of oil dropped in 2014, thanks in part to more output from domestic fracking. Prices are expected to stay low well into 2015. Last month we did a whole show about oil's role in the economy. 

Courtesy:Wall Street Journal

Wage rises for new federal contractors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:00

New federal contractors are getting a new wage in the new year: $10.10 per hour.

Analysts say the biggest impact as being mostly regional, in cheaper parts of the country.

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Wage for new federal contractors rises

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:00

New federal contractors are getting a new wage in the new year: $10.10 per hour.

Analysts say the biggest impact as being mostly regional, in cheaper parts of the country.

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Back to the Future II takes place this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:00

Every decade produces iconic pieces of futurism that help to define a generation. For the 1960s it was The Jetsons and Star Trek. For the 1970s it was Future Shock and Soylent Green. What about the 1980s? It was almost certainly Back to the Future Part II.

Sure, Back to the Future Part II didn't get great reviews when it first came out. The 1989 film was seen as a lesser achievment than the original Back to the Future. But it became firmly wedged into the brains of a generation that wanted to believe the future was going to be filled with amazing technological advances.

I know I wanted to believe. It's half the reason I write about past visions of the future! When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than that hoverboard Marty zips around on. But BTTF2 was more than just hoverboards. 

It's now the year 2015 (the year that Marty McFly travels to in the film) and Marketplace Tech and Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog are launching a series looking at the different futuristic aspects of the movie.

You can hear the first episode in our series by clicking the media player below, and feel free to let us know what your favorite BTTF2 technology is by emailing deloreanhistorians@gmail.com. Was it the automatic dog walker? How about that thumbprint payment system? Some of the technological predictions were spot on, while others are still yet to be realized. We'll be exploring many of them in the next few months.

Tax season outlook: 'Miserable'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:00

April brings more than showers for many people. It's tax season, and the Internal Revenue Service commissioner predicts it will be "miserable." Big funding and staffing cuts, new mandates and the last-minute extension of several dozen tax breaks are making things complicated.

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A look at the upcoming tax season

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-01 02:00

April brings more than showers for many people. It's tax season, and the Internal Revenue Service's commissioner predicts it will be "miserable." Big funding and staffing cuts, new mandates and the last minute extension of several dozen tax breaks are making things complicated.

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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-01 00:02

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:50

In many parts of the country, demand for adoptive pets outstrips the supply of healthy dogs. Many shelters and rescue groups now import dogs from other states — and even other countries.

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.

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Flood Damage Restored, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:48

Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, Colo., was damaged in 2013 when a flood brought mud, sticks and other debris into the building. So the aging congregation came together and restored their oasis.

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Kim Jong Un Welcomes Talks With South Korea, In New Year's Day Speech

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 21:04

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in nationally televised New Year's speech on Thursday that he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart.

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A Break In Weather Allows Search For AirAsia Jet To Resume

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 20:20

Blue skies and calmer seas mean divers can enter the water to look for bodies. Also a source close to the investigation says radar shows the jet climbed steeply before crashing into the Java Sea.

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Stampede Kills 35 At Shanghai New Year's Celebration

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 19:38

At least 42 were hurt in the incident at the city's historic waterfront district, despite efforts made by organizers to reduce crowd sizes from last year.

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