Tech Tuesday

Technology is defined as the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life. A broad definition, yes but one that underscores today's reality. No arena of life has escaped the impact of technology's revolution. Education. Health. Politics. Spirituality. Entertainment. Science. The list goes on. More...

Recent Shows

Internet Creeps: Privacy, Protection and Bad Behavior on the Web

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The release of nude celebrity photos online, as well as recent incidents of abusive language on Twitter, have renewed debate about civility online, privacy and the role websites play in hosting objectionable content. Kojo explores bad behavior on the web, its evolving role on the Internet, and how companies use legal and moral guidelines to keep it in check.

Beefing Up Photo, Cloud and Online Security

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

The recent theft of digital celebrity photos is prompting a new look how secure our picture and documents are online and in the cloud. One expert says it's time for everyone to turn on two-step verification. Tech Tuesday explores the options.

Facebook Uses Algorithmic Curation. Is Twitter Next?

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Many Americans get their news through social media. But the stories that surface on our Facebook news feeds are heavily curated by an unseen force...

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Amazon bets on video games as spectator sport, paying $1 billion for Twitch. Apple reportedly plans to announce a new phone and smart watch this month. And we examine back to school gadgets. The Computer Guys and Gal are here.

The Future of Personal and Photo Drones

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Personal drones with cameras attached are increasingly popular with everyone from filmmakers to hobbyists. We explore the evolving legal and social norms for flying them.

Virtual Assistance

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A proliferation of apps, online services, gadgets and tools are now available to act as our virtual personal assistants. We find out how these existing technologies help us cross off items ranging from grocery shopping to waiting for the cable guy off our to-do list and learn about devices bringing us closer to the promise of the 'Internet of Things.'

Online Privacy in Court

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

Kojo explores the state of online privacy and what can and will be used against you in court.

Planning Parties and Marking Milestones with New Technology

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Invitations go out online, ideas for favors and games are sourced via Pinterest, the cake is ordered for delivery through a bakery website and moments captured by guests on cell phones posted instantly to social media. Websites, apps and innovative software platforms keep legwork to a minimum and help streamline the party planning process. We consider the pros and cons of deploying tech ahead of and during milestone events.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Amazon opens a 3D printing store, experts warn that USB devices can be an entry point for malware and Apple tests a new operating system. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

Travel Tech for a Great Vacation

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We ask travel and tech writers to share their favorite apps, websites and devices for a great summer vacation.

Hashtag Diplomacy

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

From Michelle Obama's "BringBackOurGirls" tweet to the Islamic State's gory and militant tweets, we explore how social media are changing international communications.

Teaching Computers to Understand Sarcasm

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Marketers, diplomats and even the FBI are trying to teach computers to understand the avalanche of Tweets and Facebook posts. We explore the exploding field of sentiment mining.

Predicting the Future with Phone Data and Tweets

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

What if data from your phone, email, GPS, tweets and even movie downloads could be used to predict your every move? We explore the predictive possibilities of big data.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Google plans to update its Android mobile operating system and push it out to new places: your wrist, car and TV. The Computer Guys and Gal explain your options.

Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

About

Too often, mainstream media accepts a new technology, touts its benefits and moves on. Every Tuesday, The Kojo Nnamdi Show reverses this trend -- putting technology in context and assessing its relevance in your life.

We understand that technological accomplishments don't occur in a vacuum. Technology shapes society, and all the while, society is shaping technology. A typical Tech Tuesday always includes the political or social implications of any new innovation, and explores the unexpected ways in which change creeps (or steam rolls) into our lives.

Anchoring Tech Tuesday, on the first Tuesday of every month, are The Computer Guys. A staple on WAMU since 1990, PC expert John Gilroy joins former Mac-Genius Bill Harlow and IT Professor Allison Druin for a thorough yet humorous romp through today's tech world, keeping listeners abreast of the latest developments, and providing solutions to computer problems we all face.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.