Elise Hu

Elise Hu is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters who helped launch The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

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7:03am

Wed April 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 2:14 pm

Coming in December: the eTrack and the eTag, from Air France and KLM. The innovations let you drop off your bags without checking them, and track them throughout your journey.
Courtesy of FastTrack Co.

4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Courtney Cranch tends bar at The Red Hen in Washington, D.C., where she estimates at least half her customers have smartphones out at mealtime.
Elise Hu NPR

When we asked you about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, hundreds of stories poured in.

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10:49am

Sat April 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Each new billion-dollar IPO is raising the speculation that another tech bubble will soon burst.
iStockphoto

Site administrators were sent scrambling this week when researchers disclosed the potentially catastrophic Heartbleed bug, a coding error that left much of the Internet vulnerable to data theft since March 2012. Here's our look back at Heartbleed coverage — and more.

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5:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:32 pm

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in February 2013.
Jeff Chiu AP

Google Glass, the computer and camera you wear on your face, can be yours starting next Tuesday. Google has been rolling out Glass to a select group of "Explorers" since early 2013, but soon, anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 plus tax can get a headset at this link.

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5:08pm

Wed April 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:27 am

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.
iStockphoto

With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — has been bleeding out information, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.

"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.

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12:46pm

Wed April 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:26 am

The Rip Cord
Courtesy of Quirky.com

Our "Weekly Innovation" blog series explores an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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11:16am

Tue April 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:59 pm

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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5:17am

Sun April 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

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Cast and crew on the set of HBO's Silicon Valley (from left): Zach Woods, Thomas Middleditch, Alec Berg, Mike Judge, T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani.
Jaimie Trueblood Courtesy of HBO

Sunday night, HBO's new comedy, Silicon Valley premieres, and as a Slate review notes of the titular place, "Rarely has a show had to do so little to find so much to mock."

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11:28am

Sat April 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall

Amazon's vice president of Kindle, Peter Larsen, displays the Amazon Fire TV.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

It's the weekend, which means it's time to look back on the tech week that was. It wasn't a slow week, so here we go:

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3:46pm

Fri April 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:18 pm

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich in 2010.
Drew McLellan Flickr

The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich spent his life's work defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. It raises questions about how a company leader's personal convictions should be judged.

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