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Consumers Speak Up on Net Neutrality

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Discover how the net neutrality debate could affect consumers with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 15, 2014.

‘Talking Cars’ Could Prevent Accidents Before They Happen

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In recent years, car companies have used technology to make cars safer. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering making features that were previously optional standard. One of these advances is automatic braking. Experts suggest that it could prevent accidents and save lives. Other technologies discussed include vehicle to vehicle communication and the "connected car".

Which Comes First, Hydrogen-Powered Cars or the Fueling Stations?

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Learn about the cars of tomorrow and hydrogen power with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 21, 2014. After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations.

Technology: Will End of Net Neutrality Rules Impact Future Innovation?

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 16, 2014.

The FCC's net neutrality rules were adopted to guarantee equal access to all sites on the Internet. But an appeals court ruling releases broadband providers from those guidelines, allowing them to prioritize certain traffic.

U.S. Charges Chinese Officials with Cyber-Spying on Businesses

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Provide students with a real world example of cyber-spying and engage them in an ethics discussion about this type of crime with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 20, 2014. In this story, the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officials for stealing trade secrets by hacking into six major American businesses. Learn more about these unprecedented charges and the Obama administration’s strategy to stop these latest alleged Chinese cyber-attacks.

Tricking the Brain with Transformative Virtual Reality ERG

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 19th, 2013

Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room?

Technology: How Companies Use Tech That Tracks You at Home and on the Road

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 24, 2014.

Smart gadgets collect user information so that they can adapt to individual habits and personal tastes. But as this technology becomes more pervasive -- embedded in automobiles, refrigerators, even fire alarms and thermostats -- many fear the ways that private companies could misuse private customer data.