Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Oct 23, 2013

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Most actors are lucky to play one iconic role over their careers. LeVar Burton has played at least three. Besides his breakthrough role in 1977's "Roots" and his career-defining turn as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," for over 20 years, Burton was best known to a few generations of American children as the host of PBS's "Reading Rainbow." The series went off the air in 2005, but Burton keeps "Reading Rainbow" alive as an app and an educational company. Plus, a look at the new iPad, and a discussion of why Blackberry Messenger will outlive the Blackberry phone.

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Apple unveils new iPads, but no smart watch yet

Oct 23, 2013
If you were waiting for Tim Cook to debut a revolutionary smart watch or television, yesterday wasn't your day.

Blackberry is dead; Long live BBM!

Oct 23, 2013
Blackberry Messenger was downloaded over 5 million times in eight hours when it was made available for iPhone and Android.

LeVar Burton talks literacy and his 'Reading Rainbow' app (Plus, a quiz!)

Oct 23, 2013
LeVar Burton sits down to talk with Marketplace Tech. Plus, check out our LeVar Burton quiz. We'll give you a plot line, and you tell us: Is it a "Star Trek" episode? Or a "Reading Rainbow" book?

Marketplace voicemail: Take a look, it's in a book

Oct 23, 2013
It's hard to have a conversation with LeVar Burton about Reading Rainbow without getting the show’s iconic theme song stuck in your head.

Facebook (sort of) lifts ban on graphic videos

Oct 23, 2013
Nudity is still not okay, though.

Most actors are lucky to play one iconic role over their careers. LeVar Burton has played at least three. Besides his breakthrough role in 1977’s “Roots” and his career-defining turn as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” for over 20 years, Burton was best known to a few generations of American children as the host of PBS’s “Reading Rainbow.” The series went off the air in 2005, but Burton keeps “Reading Rainbow” alive as an app and an educational company. Plus, a look at the new iPad, and a discussion of why Blackberry Messenger will outlive the Blackberry phone.

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