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BART Strike Proving a Boon for Transportation Apps

There’s nothing like a disruption in the transportation system to see how dependent we have become on the current modes operating at peak efficiency. When something like a bridge closure or work stoppage happens, suddenly it’s a big fat traffic mess out there.

Q&A with Watchup, the Award-Winning iPad App for News Videos


Our interview with Adriano Farano, the CEO of Watchup,  which recently won a prestigious Knight Foundations News Challenge award.

SF Startup Delivers Healthy Meals Fast For $6 Each


Four years ago, while they were students at UC Berkeley, Anson Tsui and Steven Hsiao started a junk food delivery business called Late Night Option, which proved to be popular with their fellow students. It still is.

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.

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