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"LightRail": The Cool Light Sculpture We So Desperately Need

Buried within last week's plea to keep BayLights going—as it should, since a twinkling Bay Bridge is a glorious Bay Bridge—was a nascent project called LightRail. Described as the world's first subway-responsive light sculpture, the art installation would reflect the public transportation madness happening below your feet with so much color and light. It would be, in a word, astounding. We like it. You'll like it. It needs to happen. Here's why:

SF Bans App That Allows Drivers To Auction Off Public Parking Spaces

No more monkeys parking on the street.

Today, San Francisco tried banning the use of a controversial parking app, MonkeyParking, one that allows users to auction off their parking spots to the highest bidder—their public parking spaces, that is.

Oakland, the Next Big Thing in Tech?

Oakland Jack London Square

Is Oakland an attractive spot for new technology? Yes, I'm talking about this Oakland. Well, to many it might seem like a bad idea, mostly due to the fact that the city reports one of the highest crime rates year-after-year, stigmatizing the city as one of the more unsafe cities in the state. But new evidence suggests that Oakland is in turnaround. And we've plotted out the four best reasons why.

Contrarian Elon Musk Goes All Open Source with Tesla, Promises Not to Sue Patent Violators

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On Thursday, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk announced on the company’s site (in a post titled “All Our Patents Are Belong to You”) that the electric car company would stop pursuing patent enforcement for anyone using their technology “in good faith.” (What that means exactly is still open to interpretation.) 

The Complete Tech Gift Guide for Father's Day

Father’s Day is undoubtedly the best time of the year to show dad just how much you care. But with so many gift ideas available, it’s hard to pick out just the right one amongst all the clutter. Fortunately, we’ve done the busy work for you. So let's take a look at what toys Dad might enjoy on his special day. 

Detailed 3D-Printed Model of SoMa Used for Future City Planning

With the constant construction breaking down and rebuilding almost every corner of downtown SF, you might wonder what our iconic city skyline will look like in 5 or 10 years. Thanks to local tech gurus Autodesk and Steelblue, a new, extremely detailed, 3D-printed, scale-model of San Francisco is now being used to mold the city's future. 

Local Company QuiQui Delivers Pharmaceuticals Via Drone

Eureka moments spring from the most mundane experiences. For ancient Greek scholar Archimedes, it occurred while he was soaking in a bath. For Joshua Ziering, founder of QuiQui, the San Francisco–based drone delivery service for pharmaceuticals, the revelation arrived while he was standing in his kitchen, seeking relief from a throbbing headache.

Whistle Activity Tracker + GPS Ensures Your Dog Stays Healthy and Safe

Considering the national obsession with tracking our every calorie, movement, and nap a la Jawbone and fitbit, it was only a matter of time before we extended the same technology to man's best friend. 

2014's Top Gadgets, Apps, and Wearable Tech

7x7 Magazine's annual Best of SF showcases all you could ever hope to eat, drink, see, buy, know, and do in the city. Here is the Best of Tech:

Drones Are Now Delivering Champagne to Sausalito Hotel Rooms

For Sausalito tourists who have no interest in visiting the shoreline or Copita, there's a novel new way to be entertained right from your hotel bed, and it's way better than a minibar. 

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