The key to smarter cities might not be technology, but the existence of dense central zones made for walking.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Indoor location technologies are a boon to retailers but may not be so welcome to consumers.
Software meant to help people interpret emotions will soon be available in several apps.
More e-mail providers are using encryption, meaning messages can’t be intercepted and read by the NSA or hackers.
A technique for using MRI to detect molecules released during brain injury could lead to quicker emergency diagnoses.
Reported plans to launch 180 satellites could provide significant competition in the developing world and rural areas.
Electric lights are 135 years old. The Internet is 45. They’re finally getting connected.
Other big Chinese e-commerce companies, including JD.com, merge social networking, payments, and mobile.
A new haptic sculpting tool heralds a coming boom in 3-D modeling and manipulation.
Some VCs say the FCC’s latest net neutrality proposal will raise costs for startups that need fast connections or use a lot of bandwidth.