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Candler Park modern from 2009 was in vanguard of Atlanta’s rooftop-deck craze

Asking $1.1 million, four-level property stands at the cusp of neighborhood’s eponymous greenspace<p>Modern-style houses aren’t exactly ubiquitous in Candler Park, and long before every other Old Fourth Ward new-build came with a rooftop party zone, this four-level property was standing out in more …

Countertops

21 Essential Atlanta Bars

Here, now, it’s time to consider <b>Atlanta’s essential bars</b>. Unlike the cocktail heatmap, which lists the latest hip drinking spots around town, this map of <b>21</b> breaks down the dive bars, neighborhood pubs, old standards, and snazzy lounges that have become essential components in Atlanta’s thriving …

Lyft now lets commuters use pretax dollars for Line rides to and from work

Lyft has launched a program that allows workers to use their pretax dollars toward daily commutes with Lyft Line rides. To qualify, employers must use Zenefits, Benefits Resource, WageWorks, Edenred, or Navia. Employees can use up to $225 per month. Support for commuter benefits comes nearly five …

WeMo's smart home upgrades include a dimmer switch

Belkin is continuing its quest to cover virtually every aspect of your smart home. Its WeMo brand is kicking off CES with two devices that promise to be handy even for those devices that don't have any intelligence of their own. The centerpiece is the WeMo Dimmer, a light switch that promises more …

Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.<p>For what …

GE’s new Alexa lamp shines light on internet of things

We’ve heard for years that the internet of things™ would imbue everything in our lives with the power of the web, all accessible by voice. If you’ve been waiting for something that isn’t a computer or smartphone or smart home hub to ask for driving directions or movie times, here’s your dream …

Smart Homes

Opera’s browser VPN graduates beta and arrives in the main desktop app

Norway-based technology company Opera Software has launched a free and unlimited virtual private network (VPN) feature as part of its main desktop browser.<p>To activate the VPN, head to Settings (Windows) or Preferences (Mac), select Privacy and Security, and turn on the VPN option. The VPN was first …

Net-zero passive home in North Carolina can power an electric car with solar

Architect Arielle Condoret Schecher, AIA, designed the Murphy-Dunn Net-Zero House, a contemporary family home that serves as a showcase of …

A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting plans for its new spaceship campus

While construction crews work furiously to finish Apple’s mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino this year, another critical piece of the campus’ design is taking shape 100 miles to the east.<p>In a cluster of East Bay nurseries, Apple has been growing more than 4,600 trees, which are nestled in large, …

Santa Clara County

When Money Talks, Climate Solutions Die

Californians are rightfully proud that we have led the country in establishing a cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions and set up a renewable energy portfolio requirement that has us on track to generate 33% of our electricity from non-greenhouse gas sources by 2020.<p>As a state with a …

The iPod is still more popular than Apple Watch (on Google)

Based on the number of times both terms were searched for on Google over the past three months, customers are less interested in the Apple Watch than they are in Apple’s virtually-abandoned relic, the iPod.<p>That’s according to Google Trends data published by Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, …

Apple Watch

Toll-free data plans are growing worldwide

BusinessInsider<p>While AT&T has been trying to expand the list of companies involved in their “Sponsored Data” program, interest in the program has been basically non-existent with just a few smaller companies having signed on. AT&T’s program only works if a number of big-named companies agree to be …