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azuma architect & associates: hoshinoya fuji

<b>azuma architects and associates and studio on site orientates resort to face mount fuji</b><br>image © nacasa & partners inc<p><b>designed by azuma architect and</b> …

Incredible Aerial Photos Make London Look Like A Perfect Miniature City

Vincent Laforet is famous for photographing cityscapes from thousands of feet above the ground, sticking his head out of helicopters to get the perfect shot. Having taken on New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles for his series, "Air," Laforet recently released photos of London taken from …

Photography

Manhattan

Why 6 million Brits have never used the internet

It would be easy to assume that every adult in the UK is an internet user, or at least has some exposure to it -- but according to a survey by the …

Human Geography

Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Elon Musk has done something remarkable. He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning …

Solar Power

Samsung wants everyone to build smart home gadgets on its new platform

A new trio of chips called Artik has been designed to kickstart the creation of connected devices<p>If you plan on building or buying a connected gadget in the immediate future, Samsung wants to be inside of it. Today the company announced Artik, a collection of small system-on-chips designed to power …

Gear & Gadgets

How Big Data And The Internet Of Things Create Smarter Cities

“Smart city” is a term we are going to be hearing a lot more of in the coming years. It’s thought that by 2020 we will be spending $400 billion a year building them – but what are they?<p>The idea is to embed the advances in technology and data collection which are making the Internet of Things a …

Smart Cities

Automatic smart driving monitor now connects your car to over 20 apps

Today, Automatic launches its new App Gallery of third-party apps and rolls out the second-generation of its OBD-II adapter.<p>Two years ago, the Automatic smart driving monitor launched as a sort of "fitbit for cars," connecting on-board diagnostic (OBD) technology to the Web to present driving data …

Apps

Tesla's Gamechanging Home Battery is Sold Out Till 2016

Two weeks ago, electric car company <b>Tesla</b> announced it will debut a new line of storage batteries for homes and businesses, sparking widespread enthusiasm for an energy revolution. Consumers, it seems, are on board. In an earnings call last week, Tesla CEO <b>Elon Musk</b> revealed that more than <b>38,000</b> of …

Iris-scanning smartphone puts paid to passwords in blink of an eye

Smartphone made by Fujitsu and sold by Japan’s largest mobile phone operator leads the charge towards iris-recognition technology<p>Iris-scanning technology promises to kill the password with the launch of a new smartphone that looks into users’ eyes to unlock it.<p>The new smartphone made by Fujitsu and …

Mobile

OpenSignal now helps you find the world’s free Wi-Fi hotspots

Crowdsourced wireless coverage startup OpenSignal has launched a new app that shows you all the free Wi-Fi hotspots in your locale.<p>With Wifimapper, the London-based startup is taking its swath of existing data and pushing it into a new standalone app for iPhone. This could save millions of people …

Google Says Its Self-Driving Cars Drive Better Than You

Google has been testing self-driving cars for years. Six years in fact, with a fleet of 20+ self-driving cars, which have self-driven almost a million miles over that period — and are now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles per week.<p>So how many accidents have Google’s autonomous rides got …

Autonomous Cars
Raspberry Pi

Why Uber (and everyone else) wants to buy Nokia's maps

Good maps are hard to find<p>Nokia's mapping technology is up for sale as the Finnish giant refocuses on network infrastructure, and Uber is reportedly willing to pay $3 billion for it. The taxi-hailing service is one of several companies rumored to be interested in Nokia's mapping business, known as …

Online

10 Cities That Are Shaping The Future Of Urban Living

Cities are frequently at the front line of innovation when it comes to addressing the changing problems of urban life. Plans to combat climate change, bring about cleaner air and create safer, healthier spaces for citizens are all being executed by mayors and councils in the world's major …

Urban Planning

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

Last week I wrote about the way specific technologies have lowered the barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide: Amazon Web Services, Google Drive (and Google Search), mobile devices combined with widespread wireless Internet service, and Facebook.<p>Most of these tools are what author Jonathan Zittrain …

Self-driving semi hits the road

Look closely. That truck driver has both hands on his iPad.<p>Freightliner has been given a license to test out its autonomously driving tractor-trailer truck in the state of Nevada. The big-rig manufacturer already has such a truck in operation and will now begin test driving it on public highways …

Autonomous Cars

Eco-Towns: Three Models of Green Urban Planning

<i>Sutton, UK</i><p>Even as the British real estate market crashes with as much of a thud as the American one did, and even though local residents and some …

Cities Chase Elusive 'Innovation Economy'

Urban areas like Silicon Valley, Austin, Seattle, and Boston have built their contemporary economies on innovation: new ideas that turn into …

Drone maker DJI nabs $75 million in funding at a $10 billion valuation

The biggest company in the consumer drone market wants to become a platform for the entire industry<p>The company behind the most popular consumer drone in the world announced this morning that it was raising $75 million in funding from Accel Partners, an investor in companies like Facebook and …

Drones

Self-driving Freightliner Inspiration rolls out on public roads in Nevada

The first autonomous heavy-duty truck gets its license to drive in Las Vegas.<p>LAS VEGAS -- Truckmaker Freightliner's newest commercial big rig can steer and drive itself, while the driver relaxes and enjoys the ride. No, I'm not talking about Autobot Ultra Magnus. It's the Freightliner Inspiration …

Autonomous Cars

Scenic day-long hikes: walking in New Zealand

New Zealand may be justifiably famous for its Great Walks and other multi-day hiking trails, but don’t break out the cooking stove and sleeping bag just yet. Much of the same wilderness can be explored on day hikes, which means less gear, less effort, and quite possibly more fun.<p>1. Twilight–Te …

Hiking

10 Best Spring Hikes in the U.S.

With the arrival of spring, the ground is thawing, flowers are blossoming, and nature is jumping back to life. Take advantage of the natural beauty by heading into the wilderness for a trek on one of the country's 10 best spring hiking trails. With routes that weave through multiple waterfalls, …

Hiking

Bristol is making a smart city for actual humans

The city of Bristol has announced a multi-million pound experiment to create the smart city of the future. Work is already underway to turn the city …

Smart Cities

How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone

Researchers have been putting up fliers around college campuses and city centers to get people to participate in medical studies for decades. But the …

BBC to give out one million 'Micro Bit' computers to get kids coding

It's the first year of a major new coding curriculum in the UK, and now the BBC wants to play its part in training the next generation of star programmers. The broadcaster is developing a spiritual successor to the BBC Micro, called the Micro Bit, which will give students a physical companion in …

2030: How 4 smart cities are gearing up for the future

While the future (as a whole) is very much unwritten, the future of what our urban centers will look like is less uncertain.<p>We can assume, to a …

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

Smart Cities

National Geographic Travel

The Conscious Web: When the Internet of Things Becomes Artificially Intelligent

When Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all agree on something, it's worth paying attention.<p>All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world's foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of AI could "spell the end of the …

Artificial Intelligence