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How blockchain can transform the public sector

INDUSTRY INSIGHT<p>One of government's most important functions is managing its citizens' most personal and private information -- everything from birth …

Blockchain

Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as they get older, building a national mind-set that you’re never quite middle class until you’ve qualified for a mortgage.<p>It amounts to a vast social …

Real Estate

Next-Gen Cities: 3 Jurisdictions Get Smarter

Technology is no longer confined to PCs or even smartphones. It’s everywhere, in everything, and it aims to make life as easy as possible. Running …

Smart Cities

Under 5 Minutes Drill to Improve Running Performance

This set of drills is a quick and easy supplement to any run, warm-up or strength workout you may have on your schedule. You can do them just about …

Workouts

Mesmerizing maps reveal which cities around the world are most likely to fall apart

In these distressed urban areas, the unemployment rate is high, equality is low, healthcare and safety are poor, and people fear for their life on a daily basis, wondering whether the government will ever step in to help.<p>Robert Muggah, a global security expert and research director at the think …

Middle East

Mumbai won t be a Smart City withdraws from NDA government s flagship mission

India's financial capital Mumbai will not be listed in the last batch of Smart Cities, which will be unveiled by Urban Development Minister M …

Cincinnati Seeks Developers to Create Smart City Platform With Free Wi-Fi

Cincinnati, which last year updated its small-cell wireless facilities ordinance and released its CincyInsights portal to 15 different informational …

4 Must See Climate Films in 2017

By Daisy Simmons<p>When climate denial and "alternative facts" pervade the body politic, it's time to zoom in on the science. Climate change is real and …

New York City

Emerging Trends That Will Shape the Future of Architecture

Before we can contemplate the practice of the future, we must sharpen the tools we have at hand.<p>What will the future of architecture look like? We …

Smart Cities

A tour of Microsoft's massive, sprawling headquarters

It's gigantic, sprawling, and when you arrive, you feel like you're entering a futuristic college. It's got a hallway dedicated to high fives. <i>Really</i>.<p>Unlike Apple, which is mostly a phone company, Microsoft has 12 different divisions that generate a billion dollars in revenue. When the Windows …

Pool Table

China teams up with HSBC, Arup to launch smart cities hub

A partnership including global bank HSBC launched a UK-China development and investment hub focused on fostering smart cities. The banking giant teamed up with the China Centre for Urban Development and engineering firm Arup Group in the initiative.<p>The UK-China Smart City initiative will allow …

Smart Cities

Free ebook

We’re happy to announce the availability of a new free ebook, <i>Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016</i> (ISBN 9781509304318), by Buck Woody, …

Mayors from 70 global cities are gathering to try to solve the world’s problems

When it comes to the issues facing the modern world—climate change, international terrorism, a global refugee crises—large success stories are hard to come by. Nation states are embroiled in infighting and bureaucracy, and international organizations can’t find consensus on anything. Who’s left to …

Urbanization

Why the City of London will continue to be top dog after Brexit

The UK is the world’s leader in financial services, well ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, with a narrow lead over New York – and absolutely wiping the floor with Europe. But judging by some of the reaction to the EU referendum result, this is suddenly at risk. The evidence, however, suggests that …

Embracing the Dark Side: How to Use Negative Emotions to Your Advantage

In the constant pursuit of happiness, it's easy to miss the opportunities negative emotions provide.<p>Everyone wants to be happy.<p>When we're happy, the coffee tastes better. The flowers look prettier. The glass is always half full, and there's no challenge too great to handle.<p>When we're happy, …

Emotional Intelligence

Smart city accelerator grows in Brooklyn’s hippest zip code

Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city challenges.<p>Technical.ly reports on the hardware-focused accelerator program’s move from Manhattan to trendy Greenpoint. It is relocating to the A/D/O center in order to boost its …

Startups

How a fitness app for cyclists is reshaping city planning

Strava started as an app to help map your rides. Now, its data is being harnessed to transform the urban landscape.<p>How do you build a case for better bike lanes? Traditionally, urban planners have manually counted cyclists, tracking ridership numbers and identifying routes that might need …

Urban Planning

Preparing for a World of 50 Billion Connected Things

We live in a smart and connected world. From smartphones and watches to automobiles and appliances, everyday objects and devices are now connecting …

Internet of Things

New York City Is Channeling the Sun to Build the World's First Underground Park

By using mirrors to redirect natural sunlight from the surface, the city plans to foster significant subterranean plant growth.<p>In July, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) approved the development of the Lowline, soon to be the world's first underground park. In a few years …

New York City

SimCities: Designing Smart Cities through Data-Driven Simulation

In cities across the world, governments use data—about infrastructure, health and safety, or citizen satisfaction—to improve services. But data also …

Harvard

US Ignite Sets Stage for Smart Cities

It's sometimes hard to see the method in the madness of local government, but a renaissance in city planning is creating shape around strategies that …

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like

California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason.<p>Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, …

Climate

Are consumers, automakers and insurers really ready for self-driving cars?

Ernie Bray Contributor<p>Ernie Bray is the CEO of insurance technology solutions company ACD Corp.<p>Since news broke of the fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S that was on “Autopilot,” the media and various experts have been locked in high-speed Socratic dialogs on the pros and cons of self-driving …

Autonomous Cars

The future is a smarter world of dumber devices

With smartphones in all of our pockets, it’s easy to laugh at Thomas Watson’s reputed remark that “there is a world market for about five computers.” But what if he was off by only four computers instead of four billion?<p>In the early 2000s, we lived in an era of expensive storage and slow …

Internet of Things

What is a Site Plan? 12 Elements of a Smart Plot Plan, Plus a Floor Plan vs. a Site Plan -- What's the Difference?

Home and property improvements can result in significant changes to your residence and outdoor space including landscaping and backyard. Whether you …

The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change

The total area covered by the world’s cities is set to triple in the next 40 years – eating up farmland and threatening the planet’s sustainability. Ahead of the latest Urban Age conference, Mark Swilling says it is time to stop the sprawl<p>I have just spent two days in Barcelona, one of the most …

Urbanization

The smart city C-Suite? 5 jobs that could save cities

So far, the 21st century has been an interesting time to work for a city.<p>On one hand, urbanism is having a moment in the sun as young residents flock …

Cisco CEO: No one wakes up in the morning and says 'I want to buy a router'

This week is Cisco's annual massive customer conference in Las Vegas. Robbins flew in to Aspen for the interview in the morning and is flying back to Vegas for lunch.<p>He's been so busy, in fact, that when Fortune's Andrew Nusca reminded him on stage that he's been in charge for a year, he joked: …

Internet of Things

Microsoft's new online certification program kicks off with data science specialization

Microsoft is launching the pilot of an online certification program, called the "Microsoft Professional Degree", with a data-science-focused …

Data Science

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I …