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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets

Green With Envy
If you haven’t already heard of the Olive O3HD, tune in. This stunner of a music server stores up to 1,500 CDs, tunes in more than 3,000 radio stations, plays HD music in the original quality used in the recording studio, and even comes with a free iPhone/iPad remote control app. And it couldn’t be prettier.
$999 at olive.us


Beyond Black Friday: Local Deals App

If the thought of Black Friday shopping scares the bejesus out of you, there's good news. Signpost, the local community-powered deal site, just announced the launch of its free iPhone app. An extension of its member-driven site (which launched earlier this year), this new app will clue you in while you're out—whether it’s a steep clothing discount from your favorite boutique or a dinner special from a trendy local restaurant that would make for the perfect post-shopping date.

Best Phone Apps For The Food-Obsessed

We're a town of foodies and gadget freaks. Be both with this guide to the best smart phone apps for the food-obsessed. Note: many (not all) of these apps are still for iPhone, but are poised to spread to droid and Windows phones as well. The more downloads the more likely the switch! Which ones do you use and love? Tell us in the comments below!

Foodspotting Our homies at Foodspotting help you find the tastiest eats wherever you are based on what you're craving. Then you can share the stuff at specific restaurants you love via big photos and descriptions. You can earn street cred from friends or experts based on how many goodies you've spotted first. Their free iPhone app features our Big Eat, Burger Guide, Path to Ramen Enlightenment and this year's Big Sweet! Best of both worlds!

Say "I Do" to Anti- Bride's Handy New iPhone App

Calling all brides-to-be: the Anti-Bride, purveyor of out-of-the box wedding planning, has just launched a free iPhone app filled with daily inspiration to help you along your alterna-bride journey. Ready to join the fun?

Layer Smartly: An App for San Francisco's Microclimates

The go-to advice in this city is always "to layer," which isn't all that helpful when it's 75 degrees and sunny in the Mission and a chilly fog pit in Cole Valley. A new android app tackles these tricky microclimates, telling you exactly how hot/cold/foggy/sunny it is across this 7 mile by 7 mile city of ours (yes, that's where 7x7's name comes from). Powered by Weather Underground and created by R/GA San Francisco, SF Weather provides real-time and next day conditions and forecasts in 18 different neighborhoods. They're only on Android for now, so Android users (sadly, 7x7 HQ is without one), tell us what you think (it's free).

Golden Gate Park Gets an iPhone App

Being lost in Golden Gate Park (I know it's happened to all of you), just got more entertaining. The California Academy of Sciences unveiled its Golden Gate Park Field Guide app today, a cool tool that helps you discover what lies within that 1,017-acre urban oasis of ours. Apparently there are wild coyotes in the park, which are one of the 170 plant and animal species highlighted in the app's Field Guide. The app also features tour routes for foot, bicycle or car and the opportunity to unleash your inner Dora the Explorer and add your own sightings and photos to its growing database.

San Francisco's New Wave of New Media

It’s a Thursday night, and the Herbst Theatre is buzzing with people, including a disproportionate number of 20- and 30-somethings sporting some article of vintage attire. It seems as though the entire San Francisco writing community is here. There’s the creative director of Mother Jones, a couple of Wired editors, The New Yorker writers, and folks from McSweeney’s and Salon.

New Smart Meter Sensors Just Installed in the Marina

We heard through the grapevine that the folks at SFMTA and SFPark (purveyors of the city's snazzy new smart meters) tore up a few blocks of Chestnut Street this week. The Marina is the latest 'hood to get wireless sensors (SOMA, Fisherman's Wharf and Civic Center are others) installed in each parking spot for their congestion-based pricing project.

Where the Ladies At? Ratio Finder Tells You

Put data behind those girl-to--guy ratio complaints with Ratio Finder, a site that scrapes Foursquare and tells you where the (social media-savvy) ladies (and gents) at.

Some surprises:
Bourbon & Branch: 23% more guys than girls
Bus Stop: 3% more girls than guys

Some givens:
Grumpy's American Pub: 15% more girls (Grumpy's is also known as William-Sonoma's cafeteria)
Zeitgeist: 29% more guys

Check how your favorite spots weigh in here. Lots of blue (which is for guys) in bars and clubs and lots of pink (which is for girls) in markets and parks.

Date 1 Without Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn ... Scary!

Q: I met a guy on OKCupid. We’ve IMed, and he’s asked me out, which is all fine. But I can’t Google him, and he’s not on Facebook or even on LinkedIn. I notice I feel uncomfortable about going out with him. Am I crazy? I don’t think he’s a serial killer or anything but even my 76-year-old Cincinnati grandmother shows up on a Google search these days!
 

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