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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

You'll get brunch, too.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

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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.

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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.

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How to Make Google-Glass Users Really Sad

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

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Will Self-Driving Cars Have Road Rage?

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

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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.

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A Better Way to Camouflage Eyesores

Researchers are developing algorithms that can generate "invisibility cloaks" for ugly objects like utility boxes.

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The Economic Data Hidden in Nighttime Views of City Lights

Getting satellite luminosity data right could help us better understand what works and what doesn't in urban development.

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Finding a Better Word for 'Autonomous Car'

A computer was once a human who computed; how long until "a driver" is a machine that drives?

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On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.