Tech + Gadgets
Handing out parking tickets is big business for the City of San Francisco – to the tune of some $134 million a year.
And there are oh-so-many ways you can get one of those citations, given the city’s complex and expanding set of parking rules. (For example, did you realize that you now have to feed the meters all over town on Sundays?)
Luckily, a new smartphone app (for iOS and android) called Park.IT, has a built-in SFMTA parking regulation interpreter that is regularly updated to help you avoid some of those tickets.
Meghan Higney, who just launched a new website and email subscription service called Ajent, which curates style content and product offers, has one of the more dramatic founder’s stories I’ve come across lately.
“I was outside, wearing heels and my feet hurt. I sat down on a ledge and fell backwards some distance to the concrete. I crushed four vertebrae in my back and was bedridden the next two months.
The search for innovative solutions to societal problems by encouraging entrepreneurs to get involved is one of the notable features of the current tech boom centered in and around San Francisco.
The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world’s great regions for dining out, both in terms of the quality and sheer diversity of cuisines available here.
But when it comes to going out to restaurants, the people I’ve known have fallen into two broad categories – those who like to return again and again to a favored spot, and those who are more adventurous, always on the prowl for a new place or a new type of cuisine.
Oomea, which is launching today, is most definitely for the latter type of diner.
It’s no secret that the workplace is not always the healthiest environment for people. There tends to be a lot of sitting around at desks or in meetings; there’s often a lot of stress; opportunities to exercise can be rare; and rushed, unhealthy snacks and meals are often the norm.
SF-based Keas is focused on mitigating all that. It offers employee wellness programs to large companies (and in the future, smaller companies as well) that draw on social media, gamification, motivation theory and psychology.
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.