Tech

Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

Naturally, the Architecture of StoryCorps Tells Its Own Story

With a new physical exhibition space, StoryCorps is expanding the way it presents stories in Chicago.

The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

Cable Boxes Use an Absurd Amount of Energy, Even When They're Off

That innocuous little device atop your TV has a surprisingly large carbon footprint. 

Maps

Google Street View Is Finally in Athens, and It Was Well Worth the Wait

You can see what it actually feels like to live in a 5000-year-old city.

Chili's Is Betting You'll Spend More Money If Your Server Is a Screen

The restaurant chain has already installed 45,000 tablet ordering stations nationwide. 

Ghana Is Rationing Electricity to Make Sure People Can Watch Today's World Cup Match Against the U.S.

It's purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast.

A New Portal to Pair Eager Developers and Underused Properties

OpportunitySpace is a website where city governments can link up with private investors looking for development data.

Uber Is Offering Helicopter Rides Over Mumbai and Bangalore for $85

You'll get brunch, too.

From NASA, the World Cup's 12 Cities Lit Up at Night

The space agency gives a highly detailed look at the tournament's vast geography.

A Lighting System That Imitates Daylight, Sun and Sky Included

An exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale demonstrates visionary technology that recreates the clear blue sky.

Uruguay's Hot New Crime App Is a Bit of a Hot Mess

Anyone can report an incident on CityCop, but it's not at all clear what that means. 

You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

Next Economy

Can Your Facebook Profile Help Determine Whether You Get a Mortgage?

It could if your lender is one of a growing number using innovative ways to assess customers' creditworthiness.

The Real Reason Apple Wants You to Talk to Your House

Apple's foray into "the Internet of Things" is less about the things, and more about the Internet.

How to Make Google-Glass Users Really Sad

Shut off their techno-goggles without them knowing how, or why.

Will Self-Driving Cars Have Road Rage?

Technically they could. But in a driverless world we probably won't want them to.

Videos

MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box

And you can control it all with voice and gesture commands.