Tech

The Streetlight of the Future Will Do So Much More Than Light Your Street

It could also catch criminals, broadcast WiFi and... detect meth labs?

Maps

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Make GPS Work for India

A "classic example of copy-pasting a first world solution in an emerging economy."

Back When We Thought the Internet Was Like a City

Once we all built homepages on GeoCities, the "city" turned out to be a poor metaphor for the web.

Finally, a Good Reason to Send Somebody a Photo of Your Genitals

The  "STD Triage" app lets you email pictures of your "intimate problem" to a panel of dermatologists.

What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car

Even the most ubiquitous technologies eventually disappear.

Time-Waster of the Day: Guess that City

A new online game has a very simple goal: guess the city in a Google Street View. That's harder than it sounds, let me tell you.

Videos

From Resort Town to Tech Center: The Future of Miami

Can the city become the next great start-up hub?

A Mad Lib for Urban Dreamers

What could you change in your community if you just knew more about it?

Why New York City's Open Data Law Is Worth Caring About

"You always hear that information is power, and in this case it really is."

Next Economy

Can San Antonio Displace Austin as Texas's Tech Hub?

The city has been quietly establishing itself as a center for computer industries.

Maps

Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Before Cities Had Street Lights, They Had Giant Towers That Mimicked the Moon

When electricity was new, town leaders looked to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination.

The Smell of Nature Is Almost As Good As the Real Thing, As Far As Our Brains Are Concerned

Hard science is finally backing up centuries of aromatherapy wisdom.

Death Defying Video of the Day: Mountain Unicycling

They're not just for hippies anymore.

Not-So-Green 'Green' Car of the Day: The Ferrari Hybrid

Base price: $1.3 million.

New Firefighting Tech Could Save Lives, Scare the Heck out of People

This device to "see" people trapped behind flames also makes them look supremely creepy.

Just Think of All the Things You Could Do With an Affordable Infrared Scanner for Your Smartphone

The Mu Thermal Imager, which detects drafty doors and windows, aims to be an affordable device for improving your home's energy efficiency.

CityFixer

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?