Tech

Most People Would Let a 'Smart Toilet' Share Their Personal Data

In a new survey, 70 percent said they would share personal information online if it lowered their healthcare costs.

Maps

A Trance-Inducing Simulation of All the Winds In the World

"Earth" relies on supercomputers to paint an almost real-time picture of the atmosphere's feverish churning.

An App for Making Friends on the Subway

Playdope connects people whose paths through the city overlap.

The Most Instagrammed Place in the World Is a Mall in Bangkok

And the city's airport falls from the top spot to the ninth.

On Admitting That Homeless People Make You Uncomfortable

A San Francisco CEO says that in a perfect city, the homeless wouldn't be so visible. He's only mostly wrong.

The Surveillance City of Camden, New Jersey

A community beset by crime, and the intrusive tools they're using in hopes of stopping it.

Computers Can Now Automatically Stereotype 'Hipsters' and 'Bikers'

Scientists have trained algorithms to determine your "urban tribe" from your online photos.

China's Air Pollution Is So Awful You Can See It From Space

NASA captures a 750-mile trail of haze on camera.

The Oceans Are Vibrating With Humanity's 'Background Hum'

These maps show how shipping vessels are creating loud neighborhoods for oceans and the animals that live there.

How Instagram Alters Your Memory

A cautionary note about constant digital photography.

Maps

Now You Can Make Your Own Street View Scenes

Google opens up its mapping functionality to allow for DIY imagery.

Maps

The World's Top Facebook Check-In Locations Include 4 Disneylands

And a red-light district.

Videos

The Deeply Private Information Hidden in Plain Sight

A project mapping every pool in Los Angeles raises awkward questions about the tradeoff between privacy and big, public data.

How Digicell Brought Cell Service to the Remotest Countries on Earth

And what it'll do now that it's run out of places to go.

Apps for the Elderly

Tricycles, computer magnets, and other technologies that could help people grow old comfortably.

Across Europe, a Growing Sense That Legalized Prostitution Isn't Working

France has just made buying sex illegal, and the rest of the continent will be watching.

The Rise of Civic Tech

Technology is poised to seriously disrupt some of the last remaining domains: government, city hall, and your neighborhood.

In the Future, We Will All Scoot Around on Robotic Stools

That's the vision of Honda, anyway, which has invented a Segway-like pedestal for personal mobility.