Do the Over-the-Top Twitter References In Chef Totally Ruin the Movie?

I finally got around to seeing Chef, the Jon Favreau film about a chef who joins Twitter and (SPOILER ALERT) starts a food truck. Now food trucks and Twitter go together like Korean BBQ and tacos but in this film the tweet-integration was ridiculously blatant—really, to the point of distraction. So much so that when… » 11/21/14 8:25pm Yesterday 8:25pm

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 1:42pm Yesterday 1:42pm

Kohler Is Manufacturing a Solar-Powered Toilet With The Gates Foundation

Globally, about 2.5 billion people don't have access to basic sanitation facilities. One of the biggest initiatives to improve this statistic comes from the Gates Foundation, which sponsors an annual challenge to reinvent the toilet. Now big-time bathroom manufacturer Kohler is making one of the winning ideas a… » 11/20/14 12:42pm Thursday 12:42pm

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings. Around the world we're seeing quirky takes on walking signals that not only add a bit of whimsy to the street, they also help keep all citizens… » 11/20/14 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

This Kid-Proof Outlet Wouldn't Power Up Until You Plug Something In

Any household with small roaming humans inevitably has to block its electrical sockets from tiny probing fingers. But most of the childproof measures out there—plastic plugs, sliding faceplates—can still be impregnated by determined hands. This outlet prototype wouldn't supply any electricity to its sockets until a… » 11/19/14 5:40pm Wednesday 5:40pm

6 Ways the World's Mega-Cities Could Deal With Explosive Growth

People are moving into cities at an astounding rate—so fast, not even the cities themselves will be able to keep up. A new show at the Museum of Modern Art opens this week to examine how that explosive growth will affect six cities globally: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. » 11/19/14 9:20am Wednesday 9:20am

Is It Really Possible To Trick Waze To Keep Traffic Off Your Street?

Anyone who has used Waze to navigate a soul-crushing commute in Los Angeles can see just how the community-driven navigation app works: On any given night, the app might direct hundreds of cars down an obscure street to avoid an accident or gridlock nearby. Now, residents of quiet neighborhoods are pissed at Waze, and… » 11/18/14 4:42pm Tuesday 4:42pm

This Dude Wants To Wear Oculus for a Month and Live As Someone Else

Virtual reality is used to transport us to other worlds, but usually just for a short burst here and there. One British artist is prepared to do it for much, much longer. Mark Farid wants to live in a gallery wearing a VR headset and noise-canceling headphones for 28 days, streaming another person's daily experiences. » 11/18/14 3:14pm Tuesday 3:14pm