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  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Here Are Some New Developments That'll Hopefully Halt Apple-Picking Crimes

    Last week, we told you about the bi-coastal crime fighting duo, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who this week brought a much-needed initiative to protect people from those dumb smartphones thieves. The plan, called S.O.S. (secure our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    S.F. Joins NYC to Tackle "Apple-Picking" Crime

    A new crime-fighting duo has emerged. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced they're joining forces to fight the nationwide rapid rise of mobile phone thefts, better known as "Apple-picking." The duo is hosting a smartphone sum ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Your iPhone is Just as Nasty as BART

    With flu season here and all why not drum up a little more terror inside your germ-infested body? Hell, it's worth it if gets your to wash your hands one more time today. Two years ago, the Bay Area was grossed out (yet not surprised) after the Bay Citizen did its investigative journalism revealin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Kamala Harris' Lawsuit Against Delta Could Change Privacy Policies for Apps

    Last week, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines, claiming that the company's smartphone app violates state law because it does not have a privacy policy. It is somewhat of a landmark legal action: the first time an app maker has faced a privacy suit. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Our New Hero WordPress Releases Tools For Restaurant Websites

    You've heard it all before, we know -- restaurant websites are the worst, with their flash-heavy animation that doesn't work on smartphones, tinny soundtrack that normal humans mute within two seconds, and out-of-date information that's scattered across the site in an "artistic" fashion. (Note: To b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    OMGig Lets You See the Concert as Ruined By Smartphone Videographers

    Here's something we can get behind: A cheeky new site that lets those who shoot endless smartphone video at concerts see just how thoroughly they're ruining them for themselves and everyone else. Called OMGig, the minisite lets you turn any live YouTube clip into a chiding demonstration of the idio ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 29, 2012
  • Calendar

    April 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Sierra LaMar: Police Hope App Will Help Find Missing Teen

    Police are desperate to find 15-year-old Sierra LaMar so much so that they have issued a "QR" code (short for "quick response"), which allows anyone with a smartphone to download information about the missing teen. The code has been released on missing posters of LaMar, making all information a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street App Comes in Handy When You Get Arrested

    Ping NewsThere's an app for that...​Some might say that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are out there trying to upend capitalism by demonstrating against big banks and economic disparity. But, somewhat ironically, it's these very protests that have spurred a new enterprise -- with the inevitable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    California Asks Facebook to Close Down Prisoners' Accounts

    Would you be his Facebook friend?​Prison is just that place where you have tons of time to kill (no pun intended) and not that many friends. So it makes sense that inmates in California prisons are finding creative ways to access Facebook and other social-networking sites. However, the state has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Foodspotting App Shows the World What You Ate

    ​Most startups have an "elevator pitch," a short one-liner or phrase that explains what they do. I can think of several for Foodspotting: Yelp 2.0, Instagram for meals, FourSquare for food, or a foodie social network. Foodspotting is a free smartphone app that lets you take a picture of your ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    How to Get a Cab in San Francisco with Your iPhone

    Was it ever easy to hail a cab?​We just told you that in 30 years we could be living in a spooky world where we use our iPhones to do everything -- even robbers will you hold you up with iGuns. And here is evidence that we are well on our way to living in the iWorld. The Examiner this morning kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Spotify Is Coming to the U.S. Soon -- You Should Be Excited

    What Spotify looks like​Over the past few weeks, streaming music startup Spotify has quietly been signing deals with the major U.S. music distributors as it prepares for a U.S. launch. But now that the Swedish firm has locked up EMI and Sony (with Universal in tow), it's also begun to hire people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    The Flaming Lips Release a New Song -- and You Need 12 Smartphones to Properly Enjoy It

    ​On a day when pretty much every musician had some special release lined up for V-day, The Flaming Lips made sure to distinguish themselves by nerding out pretty hard. They released a new song titled "Two Blobs Fucking," and while the title stands out on it's own, how you listen to it is even more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Starbucks Now Allows Customers to Pay for Coffee Order with Smartphone

    Starbucks Caters to Coffee Addicts​Starbucks and its obnoxious customers have found yet another way to be self indulgent. The coffee retailer has now made it possible for caffeine-crazed customers to consume their drinks even sooner. With the creation of a Starbucks app, customers can now pay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    mSpot Lets You Stream Your iTunes Library on Your iPhone

    via VentureBeat​There are smartphone apps which give you access to millions of streaming songs. But sometimes they don't have those rare recordings that you spent months tracking down. And there are smartphone apps that kinda, sorta let you connect to your home-based server or hard drive. But the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recycling Robbery Turns Violent

    Ha! The mother lode.​One man's trash is another man's treasure -- and, over the weekend, one man's recycling became another man's swag.A 36-year-old Hispanic man at the corner of Valencia and Mission found himself at the wrong end of a kitchen knife Saturday night. But the blade-wielding assailant ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Study Finds Many iPhone Users Are Tea Party Supporters (Really)

    Apple's iPhone: The preferred mobile device of semi-literate morons​We certainly wouldn't have seen this one coming. A poll released today by the tech policy group CALinnovates.org reveals that iPhone users -- whom we would have firmly placed in the same consumer class as those who sip lattes and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Broadcasters and the RIAA Want to Force FM Radio into Smartphones

    ​In today's news from Planet Too Dumb To Exist, Ars Technica and others are reporting that the broadcast radio industry and the Recording Industry Association of America are working on proposed national legislation that would, among other things, require that all portable electronics like smartpho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Jailbreak! iPhone Users Can Now Legally Download Apps Apple Hasn't Approved.

    Tough luck, Steve...​The Library of Congress' copyright office today approved an application submitted by San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation which will allow millions of iPhone owners to get out of jail -- free. It is now legal for iPhoners to break electronic locks and download applic ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2008
  • News

    April 18, 2007

    Future Games

    She wants to harness the power of the communal cerebellum her games create and put it to work solving real-world problems

  • News

    July 12, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Tire Iron vs. Baseball Bat; Trashing SUVs Is Rude? Well Then, We'll Stop Doing It.; Or We Could Just Deport Them to Fresno; Modesto, My Modesto; Say, People Are Still Saying "Meme"?

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    You Could Be Jammin'

    There's a way to foil rude cell phone users. But it's illegal.

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 17, 2000
  • News

    January 12, 2000

    South to the Future

    Caught Unawares: Mobile Phones Linked to Violent Crime

  • News

    May 8, 1996
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