Joshua Brockman

Joshua Brockman joined NPR in 2008 as a producer for Digital News, covering consumer business and technology for NPR.org.

Brockman has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A., Magna cum laude, in history from Amherst College.

He has written for The New York Times, Outside, American Banker and other publications about business, arts and culture, scientific expeditions and adventure travel.

5:36pm

Tue March 29, 2011
All Tech Considered

Music In The Cloud: What's In Store For Consumers?

We may be moving closer to the reality that Julie Andrews sang about when she crooned: "The hills are alive, with the sound of music."

At least that's if Amazon's new Cloud Drive delivers on the promise to enable consumers to store music remotely in the cloud and access it wherever they go.

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2:52pm

Mon March 21, 2011
Business

AT&T's Expansion Raises Questions For Consumers

AT&T's plan to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a $39 billion merger would combine two giant wireless communication companies and reshape the telecommunications landscape.

But is it a winning proposition for consumers? Some wireless carriers and consumer advocacy groups are already raising concerns about the proposed deal. Here, a look at some of the questions the plan has raised.

Will consumers find a better AT&T network as a result of the merger?

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11:33am

Thu March 10, 2011
All Tech Considered

Voice Quality On Hold For Smart Phones

It seems as if there's a new smart phone released every day. Each device promises a full menu of features that's better than its competitors' and the list keeps growing.

Surf the Web? Check. Listen to music? You bet. Send e-mail and texts? Absolutely.

And even though American consumers still talk a lot on their smart phones, there's one fundamental function that's consistently falling short — voice quality.

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