Elise Hu http://wfpl.org en HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says http://wfpl.org/post/healthcaregov-now-working-smoothly-white-house-says White House officials say the government's health insurance website, which has been plagued with problems ever since it launched in October, is now working smoothly for most users.<p>"The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity with greatly improved performance," Jeffrey Zients, the president's appointee to fix the site, said during a telephone conference with reporters on Sunday. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:06:07 +0000 Elise Hu & Eyder Peralta 7738 at http://wfpl.org HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline http://wfpl.org/post/healthcaregov-team-working-through-holiday-meet-deadline Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/22/239220962/the-healthcare-gov-tech-surge-is-racing-against-the-clock">the "tech surge"</a> to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.<p>The pledge came from the president, the vice president, the Health and Human Services secretary, and the numerous spokespeople that represent them, like White House s Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:35:24 +0000 Elise Hu 7724 at http://wfpl.org HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work http://wfpl.org/post/how-sharing-economy-changing-places-we-work <em>This week, we've been reporting on</em><em> </em><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/11/244538728/this-week-exploring-the-sharing-economy">the sharing economy</a></em><em> </em><em>— a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:52:27 +0000 Elise Hu 7550 at http://wfpl.org How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions http://wfpl.org/post/healthcaregovs-rocky-first-month-leaves-plenty-questions When the federal health exchange marketplace opened Oct. 1, <a href="http://wap.npr.org/story/230424841">we visited jazz musician Suzanne Cloud</a> in Philadelphia. She tried to start an account early in the morning, but technology thwarted her plans.<p>She wasn't alone, as it became clear quickly that the unprecedented system for Americans in 36 states to shop and enroll for health insurance was broken in several places. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:09:59 +0000 Elise Hu 7416 at http://wfpl.org HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers And Screen Time http://wfpl.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-babies-toddlers-and-screen-time This week, we're exploring the tech frontier through <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/241605846/raising-digital-natives-technology-and-our-kids">the eyes of our children</a>. So we're starting with the littlest ones — babies. Can certain kinds of screen time help babies learn?<p>To find some answers, I employed the help of my 1-year-old daughter, Eva. She's still a wobbly walker and the sum total of her speaking skills sound like gibberish. But she has no problem activating Siri, the virtual assistant on my iPhone. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:19:31 +0000 Elise Hu 7350 at http://wfpl.org What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers And Screen Time A Diagram Of HealthCare.gov, Based On The People Who Built It http://wfpl.org/post/diagram-healthcaregov-based-people-who-built-it One of the major issues that's emerged since the failed rollout of HealthCare.gov is that there was no lead contractor on the project. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:33:41 +0000 Elise Hu 7325 at http://wfpl.org A Diagram Of HealthCare.gov, Based On The People Who Built It Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout http://wfpl.org/post/tech-problems-plague-first-day-health-exchange-rollout Many Americans got "please wait" messages Tuesday when they tried to start shopping for health coverage on the federal government's new health insurance website, <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/" target="_blank">healthcare.gov</a>. A series of technological glitches, delays and crashes kept people from getting to several of the 16 state exchanges, too.<p>"Like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we are going to fix. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:34:48 +0000 Elise Hu 7055 at http://wfpl.org Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout This Board Game Aims To Teach Preschoolers How To Code http://wfpl.org/post/board-game-aims-teach-preschoolers-how-code <em>In our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">"Weekly Innovation" blog series</a><em>, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:58:41 +0000 Elise Hu 6895 at http://wfpl.org This Board Game Aims To Teach Preschoolers How To Code In Bezos' Purchase Of 'Post,' Tech And Media Keep Melding http://wfpl.org/post/bezos-purchase-post-tech-and-media-keep-melding The news spread with the speed of the Internet: <em>The Washington Post</em>, a newspaper that helped bring down a president, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/05/209263622/washington-post-to-be-sold-to-amazons-jeff-bezos">would be sold to Jeff Bezos</a>, the tech titan who started Amazon.<p><em>The Post</em>'s sale is a stunner. But that a big-name tech entrepreneur bought a struggling media company isn't — it's part of a move becoming more common in recent years. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:43:04 +0000 Elise Hu 6364 at http://wfpl.org In Bezos' Purchase Of 'Post,' Tech And Media Keep Melding The Effort To Write Laws For Your Digital Life After Death http://wfpl.org/post/effort-write-laws-your-digital-life-after-death Time was when the belongings you left behind after death were tangible — furniture, jewelry, letters — and financial property, which hundreds of years of experience have taught executors how to handle. Today, some of the most valuable keys to our lives and identities exist digitally, and are technically owned by companies like Google or Facebook.<p>For the digital assets stored on shared servers in the cloud, legal systems have yet to catch up to help decide who controls your data when you're dead. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:18:38 +0000 Elise Hu 6354 at http://wfpl.org The Effort To Write Laws For Your Digital Life After Death