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The urban ultimatum: what should our future cities be like?

The landscape has changed radically in the decade that LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme has travelled the world – but the questions it explores are more important than ever, writes <b>Deyan Sudjic</b><p>Outside the echo chamber of religious fanaticism of all descriptions, this is not a moment in which the …

Future Cities

Self-driving cars will rule the roads in 2030, says Internet of Things visionary

LONDON -- We will discover extraterrestrial life in this century. We will survive climate change. By the 22nd century, most people will be vegetarian.<p>These are bold predictions, but then the man who made them, entrepreneur, author and founder of MIT's Auto-ID Center Kevin Ashton, has had a good eye …

These earbuds custom-fit to your ears in 60 seconds

Revols wants to use Kickstarter to upend the custom-molded earphone business<p>Earbuds are one of those technologies that still come loaded with annoyances. Cheap ones are almost always bad, with a terrible fit and atrocious sound. Expensive ones offer better sound quality, but often times they can …

Think Small When Using Elemental Design for the Cities of Tomorrow

New report from PSFK and Architizer looks at how simple and elemental design creates peaceful space amongst the chaos of modern life<p>At a time when …

Google's self-driving cars are coming sooner than you think

The Google self-driving car project is looking more and more like a valid, tangible and feasible technology that could be commercialized sooner …

Robot Taxi aims for self-driving car service by 2020

A new challenger in the self-driving car space emerges, with an ambitious goal.<p>Robot Taxi, Inc., has announced that it will begin testing a taxi …

Self-Driving Cars Could Save 300,000 Lives Per Decade in America

Automation on the roads could be the great public-health achievement of the 21st century.<p>If driverless cars deliver on their promise to eliminate the vast majority of fatal traffic accidents, the technology will rank among the most transformative public-health initiatives in human history. But how …

Public Health

Architect imagines a neighborhood and a whole new building type designed around bikes

When writing about a giant yellow bike ramp in a London office building, I remembered the work of Dr. Steven Fleming, an architect, professor, …

Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Reach 620 Miles On A Single Charge “Within A Year Or Two,” Be Fully Autonomous In “Three Years”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down with a Danish TV show last week and had some interesting predictions to share.<p>Asked, for example, when he thought the company could produce a car that can “break 1,000 kilometers” (or 620 miles) on a single charge, he said his guess would be “within a year or two,” …

How London and Berlin's Daily Travel Habits Compare to the U.S.

Major European cities may use cars less, but they still have a long way to go.<p>Americans are not the only ones still caught up in their love affair with the car. Although we may like to imagine Europe’s major cities to be veritable nirvanas for pedestrians and cyclists, two of the densest European …

AmpMe connects phones and tablets to create one giant speaker

A free app that makes a lot of noise<p>There are lots of ways to use your phone to fill a room with sound, from using wireless speakers to throwing your phone in a bowl. But every once in a while we all find ourselves in a situation where none of those options are at our fingertips. A new company …

Apps

GM exec calls Apple Car a ‘gigantic money pit’

Industry insiders are absolutely positive that Apple has no business entering the<p>smartphonesmartwatchcar industry — with former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz telling CNBC that an Apple Car has the potential to be a, “gigantic money pit.”<p>Yep, we agree Lutz — an autonomous Apple Car has the potential to …

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Green buildings and better infrastructure would not only spur economic growth but also cut carbon emissions equal to India’s annual output<p>Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management - could save as much as $22tn and …

New York City wants to track your car to save you time and money

Insurance outfits have been eager to track cars in the name of lower costs and driver safety, but it looks like even major urban centers are getting in on the action. New York City is launching a Drive Smart test program that will have 400 drivers install an OBD-II tracking device in return for a …

Honolulu solves traffic – with protected bike lanes

<b>City links:</b> Pro-cycling policy in Hawaii’s capital, street art in Accra and LA finally gets a bike share programme in this week’s best city stories<p>This week’s best city stories from around the web include some good cycling news from two US cities, argue for more psychologists in architecture and …

Bike Lanes

Why it may be harder than you think to make it as an independent developer

Anyone can make an app. You need look no further than TNW Deals to find tutorials on creating your own app for distribution into the App Store or Google Play. Making a living from those apps — that’s not so simple.<p>The romantic notion of making an app that goes viral and makes some lucky developer a …

Automakers, Google take different roads to automated cars

DETROIT (Reuters) - From his laboratory at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, automated vehicle pioneer Raj Rajkumar says self-driving cars will evolve step-by-step, with humans staying in charge for a long time to come.<p>A Google self-driving vehicle drives around the parking lot at the …

An early look at Nextbit's 'cloud first' Robin smartphone

Nextbit wanted to celebrate the launch of its debut smartphone today at a party in San Francisco, but it turned out to be a celebration of success as well. In just under 12 hours, the startup reached its $500,000 Kickstarter goal to fund the Robin, an Android phone that isn't only "cloud first," …

Could Slack's Slackbot herald the era of virtual colleagues?

Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield says AI in the workplace ‘will be about making us more efficient rather than taking our jobs’<p>Virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence are a staple of popular culture, from HAL 9000 in the Space Odyssey series to Samantha in 2013 film Her.<p>But these …

Artificial Intelligence

Google revamps Docs with voice typing, search functionality and data analysis

Google has made some crucial updates to its Docs, Sheets and Slides development within Google Drive that will likely make power users and hip young teens pleased.<p>Announced at Google’s San Francisco office today, the company introduced new, in-app features to help manipulate and quickly add content …

Google

51 free online resources for starting a business

Being an entrepreneur means sticking your neck — and wallet — on the line for a product you believe in.<p>It won't be cheap.<p>There will be plenty of costs, some you've never expected.<p>Thankfully, there are free tools to start a business available online.<p>We've compiled this list of free tools to start a …

Google Analytics

The Social Media Handbook: Five Tips For Entrepreneurs Looking To Leverage The Internet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Social media: two words, which have become loaded with meaning, misunderstanding and momentum over the past ten years. As a new business, it is …

Social Media

6 reasons why your app hasn't gone viral

Virality is the ultimate goal for developers. Word gets out about a new app, and suddenly it spreads like wildfire.<p>You don’t always need to spend time or money coordinating launch dates and sending out press releases. Your app should be designed for virality, so you can leave the rest of the work …

Apps

Inside BIG Ideas, the Incubator Where Architects Become Inventors

How do you turn dreams into reality? Make it your business, say Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange of the architecture firm BIG.<p>A common complaint with architecture today is that the experimental, exciting design presented at the beginning rarely finds itself expressed in the final building. That which …

With A New SMS Service, Gone Turns Your Unwanted Stuff Into Cash

Gone, an app that helps you sell off unwanted stuff, has just launched an SMS service to make unloading your crap even easier.<p>Gone launched its concierge service in San Francisco and Austin last July, which lets you sell nearly anything with a minimum value of $100. After you enter the necessary …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …