While we often discuss the digital divide in terms of access to high-speed Internet service (or lack thereof), the digital divide also includes lack of access to the hardware (computers) and technical skills a person needs to easily navigate the Internet and create computer documents.
Niels van Hoof, a graduate of Dutch design school Design Academy Eindhoven, recently created the Taggie mobile phone app to help teach children about the food they eat. A kid can use the Taggie app while his or her parent shops to scan various food items' barcodes. The app then pulls up a set of information about the food item to give kids (and adults) more insight on how healthy (or unhealthy) the food product is. Read More
As we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012, we at Reset San Francisco want to wish everyone a happy New Year! Read More
We have often discussed the cool things crowdsourcing has been used to do, from creating Iceland’s Constitution to helping teachers. The 2012 TED winner is even based on crowdsourcing solutions to make a better world. But even we have to admit crowdsourcing isn’t always perfect. This point was made especially clear when we read OpenTable’s list of the top 100 restaurants in the nation. Read More
According to a new study by MarketWatch, San Francisco is the second best city In California for business. The survey included only cities with populations greater than 500,000. San Francisco is the 31st best place in the nation for business (Washington, D.C. is first). The only California city to fare better in the study was San Jose, which came in 25th nationally. However, the study was not all positive for California. Five inland California cities made up the bottom 10 of the list. Read More
To ease that burden on students, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed using money from the state’s general fund to help make certain textbooks available online for free. While this program could cost the state $25 million, the benefits, in Steinberg’s view, far outweigh the cost. Read More
We’ve discussed how useful technology and access to high-speed Internet is to help college students succeed and to also create jobs, but now a recent Jobvite survey shows how vital high-speed Internet access is to bridging the two into the next step in every college grad’s life — finding a job.
So you used the SFPark app and found a parking space without circling the block for forever, but after parallel parking you realize you have no change to feed the meter.
Thanks to a new program, you no longer have to worry about having a roll of quarters constantly on hand. On December 14, San Francisco drivers were able use their phone to pay for a parking meter in the Castro for the first time. While the new PayByPhone program is currently only available in one neighborhood, it will be expanded throughout the City in the coming months. Read More
Once again this holiday season, the Santa Clara Police Department is offering local residents who are wanted on misdemeanor nonviolent offenses a way to avoid spending the holidays booked in jail. Under the Operation Second Chance program now in its seventh year, local law enforcement agencies let anyone with a nonviolent misdemeanor warrant or traffic warrant to voluntarily surrender and receive a citation with a new court date anytime during the month of December. Read More
At Reset we’ve often discussed the idea of gamification, the growing body of thought about how to use gaming tools to improve our world — everything from learning disaster preparedness to environmental education. Imagine if you actually got points and rewards for surviving Muni. Now a new app in London called Chromaroma is turning transportation into a game, allowing players to track their transit journey with personalized visualizations. It already has 3,000 users. Read More