Up to Date
3:24 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Surveying the Battlefield Of Technology Titans

  When it comes to personal technology in America, Google and Apple are locked in a battle of the titans for supremacy. We take a look at that fierce competition, and the risks each is willing to take, in their quest to be on top.


  • Fred Vogelstein, author of Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

HEAR MORE: Fred Vogelstein speaks at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

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4:16 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’

This painting of a Twitter logo by Ashley Raletz, the sister of KCUR Social Media Producer Alyson Raletz, sits on her desk in the station's newsroom.
Credit Alyson Raletz/KCUR

 The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.

When we asked “Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?” on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City.  

We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.

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Up to Date
10:51 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Ethics Professors: Don't Be Evil

How Google lives up to its 'Don't be evil' slogan is on the Ethics Professors' slate of topics on Up to Date.
Credit Steve Rhodes/Flickr-CC

Google’s unofficial moral slogan is “Don’t be evil,” but some are questioning whether privacy and censorship concerns break that self-imposed creed.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss slippery ethics surrounding Google’s well-meaning slogan, preemptive breast cancer surgery based on genetics and more.


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Business & Tech
6:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Roeland Park, Kan. Council Votes To Bring In Google Fiber

A screenshot, dated September 3, 2013, of the installation progress of Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kan.

The Roeland Park City Council Tuesday voted to bring Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service, to the city. Spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says Roeland Park marks the "14th local Kansas City expansion (in addition to the original announcements in Kansas City, Kan.

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3:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

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Business & Tech
10:02 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Google Makes Final Push For Fiber

Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11,000 other cities for something called Google Fiber.  Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first. 

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City

Eric Baker KCUR

1,100 other cities wanted it, but we got it: Google Fiber.  Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. 

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Google Fiber
5:18 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Google Fiber: The Big Reveal On Thursday

Aaron Deacon (@aarondeacon) posted this photo with the tweet: "The illustrious location of tomorrow's #googlefiber announcement."
Aaron Deacon Social Media Club of Kansas City

Google Fiber is scheduled to make a "special announcement" on Thursday, July 26, at 11 am CDT.

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Splicing Into Google Fiber
2:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Free Wifi For Rosedale?

Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm:  Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta.  He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements."  Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.

Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.

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11:02 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A circuit judge is backing the Cass County board of commissioners in its decision to not hold a vote on a zoo tax.  Prairie Village leaders have rejected a parks sales tax proposal... It's a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Up to Date
11:03 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Techsperts: Free WiFi (Everwhere!), Laptop Lookout & Google Drive

Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Tue April 24, 2012

It's Zip It Day On Google


Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:31 am

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Central Standard
1:28 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Computer Guys: What Privacy?


In a world where we might all someday wear glasses that check the weather, give us directions, and let us take photos… where do you draw the line?

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Monkey See
3:11 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Google's New Glasses And The War On Serendipity

A woman wears a design version of Google's intended smart glasses from its Project Glass.
Google AP

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:54 am

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Central Standard
1:13 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Computer Guys: Tech Tools For Entrepreneurs

Maurits Doetjes Flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the technology tools available to help you launch your new business.

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Up to Date
11:51 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

The Techsperts: Google TV, iPad 3, Facebook Timeline

Last week Apple unveiled its 3rd generation iPad, the aptly-named "the new iPad." (a.k.a. "iPad 3.") Is it worth the upgrade?

Around the same time Google Fiber applied for permission to sell TV services in the Kansas City area; is this a sign that they'll offer up TV services to its Google Fiber customers - in direct competition with providers Time Warner, SureWest,  and AT&T? And will Google know what you want to watch before you've even turned on the TV? 


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7:37 am
Mon January 30, 2012

High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care

What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office?  That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.

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Up to Date
11:19 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The "Googlization" Of Everything

Whether you're searching online for the best shoe sales or driving directions, chances are good that the first thing you do is "Google it." And why wouldn't you? With its recent foray into social media and services offering everything from out-of-print books to cell phones, Google is fast becoming a one-stop shop for, well, everything. But could the search engine be too good at what it does?

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