Tech + Gadgets
As some 25,000 attendees begin to gather at the Moscone soon for the 29th annual Macworld show that opens on January 31st, we spoke with Paul Kent, general manager of the event, about the way the long-running show is changing.
“It is evolving into a consumer mobile lifestyle show,” Kent said. “It is a big coming together, where the attendees are looking to presenters for new apps and ideas, and the presenters and developers are looking to these early adopters for feedback.”
If you were going to make some generalizations about the people who work downtown in San Francisco these days, one choice would be to note the high density of foodies.
From farmer’s market ingredients and artisan products to fresh dishes made from locally grown, seasonal crops carefully prepared by great chefs at affordable prices, the city by the Bay comes pretty close to a food paradise.
The real problem for many people with jobs downtown is time.
My girlfriend has a couple of vibrators that she likes and has been using for years, more often (she says) when she was single or when we’ve been away from each other on business trips and the like. The other day she suggested using one while we were having sex, and I was open, but when I saw how quickly and powerfully it got her off, I felt a little taken aback. She orgasms with me nearly every time, but not in like three minutes flat. I want her to have as much pleasure as possible, but I worry that if we bring the vibrator into bed with us, she'll get more attached to it than she is to me, if you know what I mean.
One of the main buzzwords emerging from the tech world the past two years has been “big data.”
But from a non-techie perspective, what exactly is big data? And how does it work?
I sat down with Barry Eggers, the Managing Director of Lightspeed Venture Partners the other day to discuss his unique approach to the subject of big data. He likes to explain its impact by focusing on how it is beginning to transform major league baseball.
Between fines from the state PUC and class-action lawsuits by taxi drivers, several of the ride-sharing services we’ve covered here – Lyft, Uber and SideCar – have been under fire lately.
On the surface it appears to be a classic case of technology startups disrupting an industry that has failed to innovate, of using smartphone apps to find rides almost instantly vs. waiting on the street corner wondering whether the cab you ordered the old-fashioned way will actually show up.
Well, Flywheel (formerly Cabulous) is a San Francisco company with a different solution. Since 2009 it has been building digital dispatch apps and forming relationships with the taxi companies to help bring the industry into the 21st century.
“We are trying to do something that's never been pulled off -- to build a platform where it is easy for people to share what they've bought,” says Mine co-founder and CEO Pierre Legrain. “We are about creating a directory of ownership, of people and their recent purchasing history of items they want to share.”
At first glance, this may remind you of the ill-fated startup Blippy, which allowed people to see what their friends were purchasing with credit cards in real-time.
“So it turns out that almost nobody wants people to check out their purchases,” was the memorable way Alexia Tsotsis started off her Blippy obit in TechCrunch in May 2011.
Ordering food for pickup can sometimes be problematic.
First, you have to place the order by speaking to someone over the phone; next you often have to stand in line at the restaurant to pick it up; and then you have to pull out your wallet to pay at the register.
After all of that, it’s not uncommon -- once you get back home or to your office -- to discover that mistakes have been made.