Tech

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.

Please, Allow Yahoo! Autocomplete to Insult Your City

This wonderfully poisonous map shows what Yahoo!'s search engine thinks of places, such as "Chicago is so two years ago" and "Philadelphia is ugly."

Serious Foursquare Users Interact With Public Space in a Totally Different Way

The technology can make it easier to approach strangers, and alter our sense of belonging.

Our Memories Are Geo-Tagged

New research shows that the brain's "place cells" fire when we recall an event.

A New Census App Tells You Where You Should Be Living

Plug in key information about your preferences, and Dwellr will start looking for your new home.