Technological innovations could help revamp the battered infrastructure of the U.S., Mike Haney writes, pointing to an array of futuristic technologies that are being tested or already in use. Some of the most promising innovations include cars that detect and report potholes, road coatings for built-in de-icing, self-healing concrete and trackless elevated rail systems.
Technology blogger Amit Agarwal designed five steps for improving the online security of Google Apps after discovering his account had been hacked. Registering a phone number and a backup e-mail account, writing down account details and checking the IP address on your inbox can all improve security, he writes.
Visitors to Times Square destroyed bills, letters from ex-lovers, photos and news clippings of sports losses in an industrial shredder set up by the Times Square Alliance in honor of "Good Riddance Day" on Monday. A sledgehammer and industrial trash bin were also on site for those with bulkier baggage to unload ahead of 2010.
Drivers who wonder whether their car will fit in a parking space can make use of a mathematical formula describing optimal parking conditions, developed by University of London professor Simon Blackburn for Vauxhall Motors. "Everyone has had the experience of ignoring a space because you're not sure if you can fit in or not. This formula solves that problem," he says.
Technology workers should learn the art of sales, Vivek Wadhwa writes, since they often come off as more knowledgeable and credible than a typical salesperson. IT leaders need to be comfortable in a sales role to help improve customer service and secure additional business, he writes.