Marketplace Tech®

with Ben Johnson

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Hosted by Ben Johnson, this daily "journal of the Digital Age" airs during broadcasts of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition.

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Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the New York Times' new Political Ad Tracker, a tool that will allow you to send metadata about political ads you encounter on Facebook; optimism over Twitter's recent livestreaming deals; and Adobe's creation of the Digital Price Index. 

(09/27/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, September 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the first 2016 presidential debate and news that questions gathered from Facebook will be allowed at the event; reports that Apple might be working on a smart-home device similar to Amazon Echo; and the possibility that BlackBerry might be getting out of the phone business. 

(09/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Yahoo's data breach and the possible origins of the hack. We'll also play this week's Silicon Tally with Rhonda Milrad, the CEO and founder of Relationup, a company that lets you text experts for relationship advice. (09/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the benefits that social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook, get from streaming political debates; wireless signals that can detect emotions; and AT&T's new patented technology that will able to deliver super-fast internet.  (09/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the Transportation Department's push to formalize data sharing on autonomous vehicles between companies and the government; scientists' collection of gene data from residents living in Sardinia, Italy — a region with a high life expectancy; and the possibility that the European Union may investigate some U.S. companies, like it did with Apple, over unpaid taxes.  (09/21/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 20, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a study that showed video gamers beat scientists at identifying proteins; check out the release of GoPro's new drone, Karma; and look at bomb-diffusing technology amid the discovery of homemade bombs in New York over the weekend.  (09/20/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, September 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about GoPro's entrance into the drone market, and how Google subsidiary Jigsaw is trying to make the internet safer for people around the world.  (09/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 16, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about sounds of possible life beyond planet Earth; play this week's Silicon Tally with Ben Gilbert, a senior correspondent at Business Insider; and look at the launch of Pandora Plus. (09/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the Friday opening of the film "Snowden," a movie that looks at Edward Snowden's release of classified information about government surveillance programs; the leak of private emails sent by former Secretary of State Colin Powell on a website that reportedly has ties to Russian intelligence services; and a drop off in the number of Pokemon Go players who pay for the game's services.  (09/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 14, 2016
On today's show, we're reporting to you from this year's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. AOL's Tim Armstrong talks to us about the future of the company's relationship with Yahoo amid news that their parent company, Verizon, has decided to merge them. We'll also hear from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter about his support for strong encryption, and chat with Neal Stephenson, author of the new book "Seveneves," about the potential dangers of social media.  (09/14/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 13, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the vulnerability of electronic voting systems amid this year's election season. Plus, we'll interview Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from the band "Survive" about their musical involvement in the TV show "Stranger Things." (09/13/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, September 12, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Twitter's deal with the NFL to livestream the first of 10 Thursday night football games; Mastercard's plans to release new data about the adoption rate for its chip-enabled cards; and the use of open-source research to combat corruption. (09/12/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 9, 2016
On today's show, we'll look at why the latest video game console from Sony happens to be a newer version of the PlayStation 4 that launched in 2013; play this week's Silicon Tally with Marketplace Weekend senior producer Dan Szematowicz; and share your favorite memories of "Star Trek."  (09/09/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about why the iPhone 7 will have no headphone jack; look at Mercedes' investment in vans that launch delivery drones; and interview Brannon Braga, a writer, producer and creator of several "Star Trek" series, about his time working behind-the-scenes.  (09/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's plans to unveil a new iPhone and how the device could go over with consumers. Plus, to celebrate "Star Trek's" 50th birthday, we're visiting a "Star Trek" exhibit called "The Starfleet Academy Experience," located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum in New York City.  (09/07/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the first-ever 3-D printed prosthetic to be used in the Paralympics. Plus, to celebrate the 50th birthday of "Star Trek," we're interviewing NASA technologist David Batchelor, who's ranked the technologies in the series based on how plausible they are.  (09/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, September 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about how technology affects the democratic process. Plus, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek," we're interviewing Mark Altman, the world's "foremost Trekspert," about the franchise's history.  (09/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about controversy over the way YouTube now notifies its users if their videos aren't advertiser friendly; look at the issues plaguing the video game "No Man's Sky"; and play this week's Silicon Tally with New York Times reporter Mike Isaac. (09/02/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about news that many of Nest's engineers are moving over to Google Home; visit a diversity accelerator in Brooklyn that's trying to help minorities get better access to funders; and look at the dicey nature of crowdsourcing names on the internet. (09/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 31, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the tough run for cloud services provider Box since it went public last year; interview the CEO of Coursera, a tech company that offers massive open online courses, about its new business subscription model; and hear from European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about Apple's $14.5 billion tax bill.  (08/31/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 30, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the possible release of a new iPhone on Sept. 7 and what that could mean for your old iPhone; Apple's hunt for the next big thing: and the Clinton campaign's reported use of the "Snowden-approved" Signal, a secure messaging app used for communicating about sensitive topics. (08/30/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 29, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about looser drone regulations for businesses, and new research that reveals we prefer robots that are expressive and nice, but perhaps not the most efficient.  (08/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, August 26, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about technology's presence at Burning Man, a Nevada festival of art and self-expression; play this week's Silicon Tally with Tricia Berry, director of the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin; and look at how Nextdoor, the social network for neighborhoods, is aiming to get neighbors to do less racial profiling.  (08/26/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 25, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Uber's partnership with Betterment to give its drivers saving-for-retirement options; increased efforts from employers to retain good workers; and Japan's plans to use e-waste in the creation of its Olympic medals for the 2020 games. (08/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 24, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the aftermath of Hewlett-Packard's decision to split into two companies; a project in Baltimore where aircraft used cameras to watch citizens and help police solve crimes; and changes to Google's search rankings that are aimed at burying sites with distracting mobile advertising. (08/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, August 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the decision from Tekserve, a store that repaired Apple devices, to close up shop; look at Sony's plans to offer two different versions of the PlayStation 4; and interview Bryan Johnson, the founder of OS Fund and Braintree. (08/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, August 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about how Best Buy is aging in the era of online retail; Uber's venture into the world of autonomous driving; and an experiment that looked at the better predictor of people's moods based on Instagram photos: humans or algorithms?  (08/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, August 19, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about cheaper price plans from the big four U.S. wireless carriers; look at technology used to determine the winners in Olympics' events; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Lindsay Michael, co-host and senior producer of the CBC radio show "Podcast Playlist." (08/19/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Intel's new virtual-reality headset, Project Alloy; Cisco's decision to cut 7 percent of its global workforce; a Stanford University study that looks at whether machines might be better than humans in predicting types of lung cancer; and milestones that the Mars Curiosity Rover has reached.  (08/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 17, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Ford's announcement that it will have an autonomous car ready by 2021;  Intel's plans to launch a virtual-reality headset; and Google's new video-calling app, Duo. (08/17/2016)

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