25 Things to know about living in san francisco

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I moved to San Francisco 9 months ago from the East Coast bastion of Boston. Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here.  Some have been great, while others not so much.

If you’re planning the move here, I hope this will help you know better what to expect. And if you already live in SF, this should give you a laugh or two and hopefully inspire you to leave a comment with anything I missed. Consider this the guide I wish someone had given me when I moved here.

It gets cold at 4pm.

On the east coast I got used to it staying warm on a nice day til 10pm. If it was 70 degrees in the morning, you could rest assured that the temperature would be about 70 when you left work that night.  That is not the…

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The new angry birds, Escape from Hoth is out now !!!


A new update out today for Angry Birds Star Wars adds 20 new levels to the game for free, via the new Escape From Hoth content pack. It brings new types of enemies via the “mynock pigs,” and adds another boss fight into the mix as well as new bonus levels. I don’t know how close to canon this is, but it looks like fun and it’s a free extension of Angry Birds gameplay.

The update is available for iOS and Android versions of the game currently, though it doesn’t appear to have percolated to the Windows Phone or BlackBerry app marketplaces yet. If you’re like me, this probably means that at least part of this afternoon is a write-off. Why can’t you exclusively drop these updates late in the day on Friday, Rovio?

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Superbowl 2013 Fun Highlights

Only a few days left to go until this years Superbowl.

Facebook Breaks 🙂


“People don’t take smoke breaks anymore — they take Facebook breaks.” Now, there’s a beauty that I heard this afternoon at the IBM Connect event here in Orlando.

You can blame it on the digital natives — the young ones who feed their activity streams to network and create their digital personas. For them, it’s not so unusual. It actually makes a lot of sense considering how data is changing who we are and what we represent.

Welcome to the second-person workplace, where a person is becoming a double of themselves. They live and work, and while they do their online persona is engaging, too. And we take breaks to feed that double identity.

Mark Fidelman of harmon.ie and a writer for Forbes moderated the discussion during which this topic of the new smoke break surfaced. The talk focused on the need for people to engage in social tech. It’s universal here at…

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Facebook Speeds Up Android App By Ditching HTML5 And Rebuilding It Natively Just Like The iOS Version


Facebook’s HTML5 app nightmare is over. Later today it’s releasing Facebook for Android 2.0, which replaces the hybrid native/webview code with an all-native infrastructure to answer years of complaints by making the app much faster. The push follows August’s speed doubling iOS update that drastically improved user reviews. It’s a fitting end to the year when Facebook truly pivoted into a mobile-first company.

Here’s how the HTML5 horror story began. Facebook was looking for a way to reduce strain on its mobile teams. So it changed its native iOS and Android apps to partly become webviews wrapped around its HTML5 mobile site. This let it push code once to update m.facebook.com, and both apps simultaneously. It also let Facebook rapidly deploy small tests to segments of its mobile users without forcing them to download new versions.

That wasn’t a bad idea when the company was a bit smaller and…

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Bigger Is Better: Samsung Will Allegedly Slap A 6.3″ Display On The Galaxy Note III


According to the Korea Times, Samsung is trying to put a 6.3-inch display in the next iteration of the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note II, which launched relatively recently, debuted with a 5.5-inch display, already a step up from the original Note’s 5-inch screen.

Bigger is apparently better.

The Galaxy Note, just in case you’ve missed the hullabaloo over the past year or so, is Samsung’s combination of a phone and a tablet.

It comes with an S-pen, a glorified pressure-sensitive stylus, and has a massive display to let users draw, make notes, etc. as if they were on a tablet. At the same time, it comes with all the greatness of an Android smartphone.

Korea Times claims that officials from local parts suppliers have confirmed the 6.3-inch display, though Samsung hasn’t made anything official yet so this is still considered a rumor in my book.

The Galaxy…

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Apple’s Best Of App Store 2012 Rewards Creativity, Google; Skype And Rovio Take Top App Spots


Apple has released its annual “Best Of” feature for the iTunes and App Stores, and this year there are some apps at the top of the list that indicate Apple is interested in rewarding apps that foster creativity on its iOS devices. The iPhone app of the year is Action Movie FX (from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive studio) and the iPad app of the year is Paper, the amazing drawing and notebook app from FiftyThree.

Apple always chooses both top apps of the year, and top games, determined separately from which simply performs best based on downloads or sales. The best games as determined by the iPhone maker are Rayman Jungle Run on the iPhone, from major games studio Ubisoft, and The Room, a puzzle game with a mystery element that captivated audiences this year.

Runners up for apps included Propellerhead on the iPhone, software aimed at music…

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Apple Maps Update for iPhones and iPad coming Christmas ^^


We heart you, The Onion. America’s premier fake news channel has discovered Apple’s plans to fix its notoriously bad maps software by rearranging the Earth’s geography. “Apple is committed to providing the best user experience possible, which is why we are working to dismantle the Brooklyn Bridge and put London in Canada,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to The Onion. Watch the full report below:

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs



As you may have heard, Steve Jobs will be getting the Ashton Kutcher treatment in jOBS, the first biopic to be released since the Apple co-founder passed away last year. Not to be confused with Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography, jOBS reportedly covers the forty “definitive” years of Jobs’ life, beginning in 1971.

A lot of questions surrounded the project when it began filming this summer, and now it looks like those are going to be answered very soon — and at Sundance, no less. Yep, the Sundance Institute announced today that the film will make its public debut on the final night of Sundance.

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, caught up with Trevor Groth, the festival’s director of programming, who said that jOBS was chosen to close the event because “there’s something inspirational about it. To see what he achieved…

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