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The Best of Tech, 2013

photo by Robert Schlatter

We present to you the most envelope-pushing, Bay Area-made inventions of 2013.

PasswordBox Offers NSA-Level Protection for Your Passwords


For many people, creating and remembering passwords is a vexing part of online life.

New App ParkNow Takes the Dread Out of Parking

How many hours have you wasted circling the block looking for a parking space? How much fuel? Or how about the tedious worrying of “what will I have to pay?” or “when do I need to leave home to make it to my appointment on time?” New app ParkNow is about to change the parking game.

Highlight Mobile App Helps You Know Who's Nearby

Paul Davison wanted to take on a big problem in the world, so he did.

“The people we bring into our lives are the most important things in our world,” he says. “But the way we meet and connect with people is completely random and inefficient. Especially when people move to new areas, it’s really hard to meet new people. It’s a bad system -- if you could take a bird’s eye view from above and put the right people together, life would be better for everyone.”

Study: Teens Employ Many Techniques to Protect Their Online Privacy

At virtually every conference or gathering in the tech world, there are passionate discussions about the major trends shaping the future of social media, especially the tradeoffs between sharing and privacy.

The Technology Behind How Smitten Has Seduced San Francisco

If you haven’t looked at the list of ingredients on a carton of ice cream from the grocery store lately, you might be surprised by the number of sweeteners, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and preservatives geared more to packing and preservation of the product than its taste.

Locally produced Smitten Ice Cream changes all that. Every scoop is made from fresh mostly organic, locally harvested ingredients right before your eyes.

Scenes of the City: Handmade Surfboards at Sunset Shapers

We traveled to the Outer Sunset to witness boutique surfboard manufacturing at Sunset Shapers.

Boutiika Offers Indie Fashion on Demand With Same-Day Delivery Service

Boutiika, the online-to-offline platform for independent boutiques, recently launched a same-day delivery service in San Francisco.

The Perks and Woes of Being a Sidecar Driver

I’ve been driving to work here at 7x7 every day for the past nine years. Having a car on hand is a requirement of the job. Sometimes I’m out and about all week, but a majority of the time my car sits on alert (I was once stationed on a aircraft carrier) in the company garage.

Zumper Offers Real-Time Neighborhood Search for Rental Units


Anthemos Georgiades says he grew up in a real estate family in London, so it’s quite natural that his startup, Zumper, is initially geared to helping landlords and brokers do business on the go.

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