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10 virtual tours to enjoy while social distancing

Ready to go somewhere –– anywhere –– other than the confines of your residence? While the world outside our front doors remains paused, there thankfully exist a few virtual windows into places and worlds of incredible historical and natural beauty….

Air-purifying headphones aim to help urban dwellers breathe easy

Dyson, a company best-known for its innovative line of vacuums and fans, is apparently also interested in providing urbanites with a portable way to filter air pollution. The company recently filed a patent in the UK for a pair of…

Should texting while walking be banned?

Will Rogers famously wrote, “You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people.” And yet, several cities and states are considering doing just that when it comes to people who walk while texting. A law passed in Honolulu allows police…

​How the smartphone changed our cities and our lives in the last decade

Urban planner Brent Toderian recently tweeted: QUESTION: As we approach the end of not only the year, but the DECADE, what do you think is the most important change, trend or new thing that has changed our cities, for the…

What's wrong with batteries?

We are a country that loves our electronic gadgets, but when it comes to keeping them charged, it gets complicated. The Sierra Club estimates about 5 billion batteries are purchased in the United States every year, but less than 10%…

How to cut the cable cord and not miss a thing

The Internet is taking over everything. For the first time, the number of people watching cable TV in America dropped by a quarter of a million subscribers in 2013. That’s not a lot out of 100 million subscribers, but fast…

MIT's Mini Cheetah robots just want to have fun

[embedded content] You may have seen some of Boston Dynamics’ very life-like robots before. These days, students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are getting in on the fun. The MIT Biomimetics Department posted the video above of nine…

Should I unplug my appliances and, if so, will I save money on my electric bill?

All things plugged in will bleed some energy. Called “standby” electricity loss because it’s so often associated with electronics in standby or idle mode, it’s also known as “phantom” or “vampire” electricity (for obvious reasons). Even turned off, many appliances…

IrisVision is a VR headset that delivers reality to people with low vision

Barely a month ago I noted that Apple and Google are going to own the tech sector for aging baby boomers. And then what pops into my inbox but a pitch for IrisVision, a sort of virtual reality headset with…

What's that secret chip in the new iPhone?

There are lots of neat things in the new iPhone 11 that was just introduced. I really want that wide-angle lens on the camera. But there’s one feature that Tim Cook didn’t even talk about, one that Brian Barrett of…