Tech

Damien Roue / Flickr

Why It Doesn't Really Matter If UberX Is Cheaper Than a Cab

The difference in cost is negligible, but the convenience gap remains.

Navigator
Taktil

To Find a Bus Stop, Just Hold Up Your Smartphone

Departures NYC just won grand prize in the MTA's "best consumer/transit rider app" category.

Something's Not Right with San Francisco's New iPhone Ads

But pranksters, not Apple, are behind the hilariously ugly selfies.

Google

Google's Driverless Car Might Come With Airbags on the Outside, to Protect Pedestrians

The airbags would be made out of a material with a consistency somewhere between that of an earplug and memory foam.

Play This London Fountain Like the Classic Video Game 'Snake'

Or just use it to chase children around—your choice.

Maps
The Geological Society

The First-Ever Geologic Map of a Nation Was Just Rediscovered in London

William Smith's kaleidoscopic 1815 geologic map of England was the bedrock of many modern land-based industries.

placespeak.com/Yukon Government

You Know Where They're Doing an Amazing Job Tracking Infrastructure? The Yukon

A sparsely populated Canadian territory is beating out big-city interactives with a public-engagement plan combining the best of high and low tech.

Vector Map

A Mesmerizing, Futuristic Map With Animated Traffic and Glowing Buildings

It basically turns your city into Tron.

NASA

10,000 Years of War and Immigration Captured in This DNA Map of Britain

Take a look at the regions of Europe that had the greatest genetic influence on the people of the U.K.

San Francisco Gets the Ridiculous Luxury Bus It Deserves

The smartphone-enhanced, coffee-slinging, pro-networking Leap Transit could only exist in the Bay.

Flickr/wikileakstruck, Wikimedia Commons/Paethon, Laura Bliss

The 'Oculus Rift' and the Courtroom

Immersive virtual reality could shake up jurors and judges across the globe.

Carma Carpooling

Carpooling Tries for a Comeback

Several emerging services are betting that technology can revive the shared commute.

First West of England

The U.K.'s 'Poo Bus' Is Becoming a Crappy Reality

The biomethane vehicle will soon run on the (ahem) "Service 2" route.

University of Minnesota

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

But partial autonomous technology can still improve transit systems.

Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP

Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.

City of Boston

Why Crowdsourcing City Projects Actually Works for Boston

The city has made a habit of soliciting insight on municipal projects from its well-educated residents—but with strict guidelines.

Asunder

How Controversial Advertising Technology Is Helping Writers Tell Stories in Austin

An experimental new app uses Bluetooth "beacons" to push narratives instead of ads.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Like Yelp, but for Autism-Friendly Businesses

A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.

@AstroSamantha

Can You Spot the New Street Art in the Space Station?

After a long journey, a famed urban artist gets his work launched into orbit.