Tech

Reuters

The 'Silent Majority' Overlooked by Big Data

Be wary of self-selection bias when measuring engagement with digital platforms, a New York City official warns.

Public Record

Mugshots Shouldn't Be in the Public Record. Here's Why.

The mugshot extortion industry should make us rethink open records laws. 

Reuters

Are Smartphones the Solution to Urban Loneliness?

Tech enthusiasts argue that the rise of mobile will create more face-to-face relationships.

Botched German Demolition Leaves Building Looking Karate-Chopped

A falling block of concrete weighing several tons cleaved this building in two, making it look like Stonehenge.

Videos

Watch Live: CityLab 2013

Streaming video from The Atlantic's summit on urban innovation, happening now in New York.

A Devious App That Tricks You Into Destroying Your Phone

There's a good reason that "Send Me To Heaven" has been banned from the Apple Store.

Maps

One Map With Each Country's Favorite Website

Facebook, Google, and—a newspaper?

Adrian Frith

An Amazing, Dizzying Map of All the Languages and Races in South Africa

The legacy of apartheid, in technicolor.

This Robotic, Self-Propelling Airplane Suitcase Is Utterly Ridiculous

This sad luggage can't climb stairs and will phone you like a needy friend if you outrun it.

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The End of Waiting for the Restaurant Check Is Nigh

New iPhone app Cover will team up with restaurants to put the ability to pay at any time right on the customer's phone.

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Reuters

Watch Amtrak's Trains Move Along Their Routes in Real Time

The useful, clean, and customer-friendly service lets anyone follow how fast a train is moving at any given time.

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Matti Schneider

These Massive Data Facilities Could Be Targets of Government Spying

The physical infrastructure of the Internet presents tantalizing targets for the NSA and other eavesdropping agencies.

An Image of Everyone on Facebook

At our best, we are dots.

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Now Here's an Idea Well Worth Copying: 'LEED for Broadband'

If you're looking to launch a tech start-up in New York City, you'll want to check this first.

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It Takes Drivers 3 Months to Warm Up to Electric Vehicles

A trial in Berlin found that people stopped worrying their battery would run out after about 12 weeks with an EV.

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NASA

Entrancing NASA Model Reveals the Feverish Future of Climate Change

Hotter, wetter weather and new droughts are shown in this weirdly undulating simulation of Earth's atmosphere.

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Why Skeptics Are Happy With Today's Big Climate Change Report

The IPCC's latest assessment is frightening... but it's also bolstering the claims of deniers. 

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New Yorkers Stay Out Later, Eat More Brunch Than San Franciscans

And other findings from a mobile app that tracks how people in different cities spend their time.