Posts Tagged ‘2.0’

San Jose and the Bay Area’s Second-Largest City Create the First Large-Scale Municipal “Hotspot 2.0″ WiFi Service

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is the first I’ve heard of this.

I’ll have to check it out sometime, see how it works…

“San Francisco and San Jose Create the First Large-Scale Municipal Hotspot 2.0 Service with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach

Landmark Effort Gives Millions of Bay Area Residents and Visitors Secure, Automatic Connections and Seamless Connectivity with San Francisco and San Jose Free Wi-Fi Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless, Inc., (NYSE: RKUS) today announced a major initiative with the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose, CA and Global Reach Technology to create the first large-scale municipal Hotspot 2.0 service that allows millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and seamlessly roam using San Jose and San Francisco free Wi-Fi services. The new Hotspot 2.0 service is now live and operational.

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An innovative approach to providing public Wi-Fi access, Hotspot 2.0 is a new technology specification developed by members of the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) that radically simplifies and automates how users securely connect to and roam between Wi-Fi networks without requiring users to manually select a network or sign-on.

Leveraging new Hotspot 2.0 technology, users in San Francisco and San Jose now can enjoy seamless and secure Wi-Fi data connectivity that mirrors today’s cellular experience, with the added benefit of working on Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and laptops. The initial Bay Area Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 deployment supports Hotspot 2.0 enabled iOS 7 devices (iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and iPod Touch 5th Gen) as well as Apple laptops running OS X Mavericks.

“With the adoption of Hotspot 2.0, we are literally transforming the user Wi-Fi experience,” said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose. “Hotspot 2.0 makes our infrastructure smarter by eliminating tedious and cumbersome device configuration. Now people can securely connect to and roam using our networks in a transparent fashion. Things don’t get much easier.”

“People want their devices to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks whenever they are in range, and to use strong encryption as well,” said Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francisco.  “This is precisely what we have achieved.”

They go an on, after the jump

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Attention News-Gatherers: Now You Can Buy a News-Gathering Drone for $290 at Costco #144 – Control with Cell Phone

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

It’s kind of  new, it’s totally for you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

I told you all about this contraption before, but at the time it was only available online. These days, you can head on down to the SoMA Costco (America’s First Urban Costco) and get one for less than $300.

Then, you train your new pet to listen to simple commands from your cell phone (yes, there’s an app for that) and then you’re on your way to a Pulitzer:

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Attention Bay Area Media: Buy a Drone – Built-In Camcorder – Operate with iPhone – $320 at Costco – Do It

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s new, it’s you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

Your Android or iOS device, which you already have, can run an app to tell this thing where to go.

Then you can get video like this.

Oh, and they throw in an extra battery for you.

And don’t worry too much about any legal hassles.

Get with the times, people.

Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Our Recent Fancy Food Show: Pickling! Nutty Drinks! Gluten-Free 2.0! Coconuts! Ancient Grains!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The recent Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center revealed a bunch of food trends. Check them out, below.

This thing was big, baby. You’d have need about four hours to check everything out:

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“Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Winter Fancy Food Show

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2012 — The top five food trends for 2012 have been identified by a panel of trendspotters at the 37th Winter Fancy Food Show, which ends today in San Francisco.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display from 1,300 exhibitors from the U.S. and 35 countries.

The trends are:

Pickling 2.0
—  Unbound Pickling: Pickled Peas and Carrots
—  Boat Street Pickles: Pickled Golden Raisins
—  Sonoma Brinery: Raw Sauerkraut

Drinks Go Nuts (and Seeds and Grains)
—  Victoria’s Kitchen: Almond Water
—  Simpli: Chocolate Oat Shake
—  Chill Drinks: C+Swiss Hemp Iced Tea

Gluten Free Grows Up
—  Cup4Cup: Gluten-free flour blend from Thomas Keller
—  Stonewall Kitchen: Gluten-free Herbed Pizza Crust
—  Love Grown Foods: Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola

Coconut Cracks Open
—  Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss: Ginger Cookie Caramel Coconut Ice Cream
—  Noh Foods of Hawaii: Coconut Pudding Mix
—  Hey Boo Jams: Hey Boo Coconut Jam

Ancient Grains
—  Culinary Collective Zocalo Heritage Grains: Pink Amaranth
—  Al Dente Pasta: BonaChia Pasta
—  Origen Chilean Gourmet: Quinoa Puffs

Other trends identified at the Winter Fancy Food Show include savory sweets such as bacon brittle, mindful snacks such as raw bars, bean chips and seaweed, cocktail mix makeovers, new takes on chai, and everything fig. Read more about these trends and their related products on foodspring.com.

The trendspotters are Stephanie Dean, Sunset Magazine; Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation; Evan Orensten, Cool Hunting; Jennifer Pelka and Ruth Reichl, Gilt Taste; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Media; Kalena Ross, Blackboard Eats; Stephanie Stiavetti, contributor to NPR, KQED, Huffington Post; Susie Timm, Girl Meets Fork; and Joanne Weir, PBS television host, cookbook author and chef.

About the NASFT The NASFT is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 that fosters trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food trade. The NASFT’s website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information about the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.”

Hospital Rooms at the Forthcoming “UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay” are Oprah-Approved, More or Less

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Future is coming to Mission Bay and this is what it will look like. Get all the deets below.

Hurray!

  • Private room. Nearly all patient rooms will be private, with the exception of intensive care nurseries designed for multiple births.
  • Spacious bathroom with double doors. Every UCSF patient room will have its own large bathroom with a wide entry door.
  • Adaptable head wall. Patient rooms will include an optimized boom mount on the ceiling that will increase room flexibility and open up more floor space.
  • Hand-sanitizer pump. Hand-washing sinks will be located upon the entrance to each room.
  • Sound-absorbing ceiling tiles. The accessible ceiling tiles in each room are designed to absorb sound and can be cleaned easily.
  • Soothing music. Patients will be able to personalize their music selections; music will not be piped in.
  • A view of nature. Rooms will offer a range of views, from gardens to the San Francisco Bay to the ballpark.
  • Light-filled window. Every room will include a huge window.
  • Carpeting. Rubber floors will promote infection control, reduce noise and offer increased comfort for patients and staff.

(Source: Mary Phillips, project manager for interior design for Mission Bay Hospitals Project)

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“Patient rooms in the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, including this acute care patient room at the future women’s specialty hospital, are designed to maximize comfort, efficiency and safety.

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is planned as a shining example of evidence-based hospital design, an increasingly prevalent trend built on research suggesting that design can improve health outcomes by increasing safety and reducing stress among patients, their families and hospital staff.

Evidence-based design concepts recently reached a huge new audience when O, The Oprah Magazine ran an article in its September issue highlighting the “Fable Hospital 2.0,” a conceptual patient room designed by a team of researchers, architects and health care experts as an ideal facility.

Features of UCSF’s 289-bed Mission Bay hospital complex — including private rooms and bathrooms for nearly all patients; individualized lighting, temperature and music controls; and large windows offering views of serene outdoor spaces — match up almost exactly with those of the Fable Hospital. The most notable exception is UCSF’s decision not to use carpeting in patient rooms, a feature of the Fable room that was deemed an infection risk. Instead, UCSF’s floors will be made of rubber, which absorbs noise and can be cleaned using fewer chemicals than vinyl flooring.

Such decisions about the new women’s, children’s and cancer hospitals slated to open in early 2015 are the result of an extensive, highly collaborative process that engaged leading architects teams of university staff and caregivers, and patients and their families.

“Overall, the facilities will be spectacular, contemporary, appealing and sophisticated,” said Cindy Lima, executive director of the Mission Bay Hospitals Project. “Patients, families and staff alike will benefit from a beautiful and soothing environment that I hope will feel more like a sun-drenched retreat than a hospital.”

Lima was quick to point out that “while stunning, the design is simple and the buildings are highly efficient.”

“We didn’t want people to end up feeling we’d been lavish and irresponsible with resources,” echoed Dr. Elena Gates, chief of the UCSF Division of General Gynecology, who has been involved in the planning process since the beginning. “It’s amazing what one can do while also being quite reasonable.”

More deets after the jump

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And Another One Bites the Dust: Electric Carmaker “Green Vehicles, Inc” Dies, Taking a Ton of Government Dollars

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I don’t know what made the mayor of Salinas, CA think that he could See The Future, but he used to think that way, back when he sunk about $500,000 of municipal funds into now-defunctGreen Vehicles, Inc.

This was the three-wheeler that was going to sell for $25k:

From happier times:

“Green Vehicles was co-founded by Ehab Youssef and Mike Ryan in the wake of a failed ZAP! dealership originally in Los Gatos, California. Disappointment in the state of the battery electric vehicle industry at the time led the small company to take on the ambitious goal of making the world’s most sustainably made, energy efficient freeway commuter.

In 2008, the company changed course, abandoning its manufacturing base in China for an 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) facility in Salinas, California in order to make changes to manufacturing operations more consistent with the principles on which the company was founded. Green Vehicles recently applied to the state of California and received supplemental funds to implement Design for Manufacturability and Design for Environment changes before increasing commercial production volumes of the Triac 2.0

And here’s your timeline:

“On July 30, 2010, Green Vehicles was awarded a grant for over $2,050,000 by the California Energy Commission to assist the company’s efforts to scale up manufacturing operations in Salinas, California.

On July 18, 2011, Green Vehicles announced it had ceased operations, citing a lack of capital. Virtually all of its funding had come from state and local government grants”

Oh well…

OMG, KQED News Wants to Hear From You! Help “Shape the News” at the Brand New “Public Insight Network”

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Oh baby, it’s on! Our KQED wants your stories, your ideas, your perspectives ‘n stuff.

(Remember when KQED was talking about doing Media 2.0 tings with the people behind what turned into The Bay Citizen? I think this is a part of what KQED has been planning as an alternative.)

Anyway, check it:

KQED News has joined a new project designed to engage the community and increase the depth and breadth of our news coverage. The Public Insight Network at KQED relies on people from all walks of life to help shape the news. It blends the public’s knowledge with journalism’s core values: accuracy, integrity, and public service. You can find out more about the Public Insight Network at KQED at KQEDnews.org/publicinsight.”

All the deets, below.

Which experience, which sperpective, will you share?

“The Public Insight Network at KQED allows you to share your experience directly with our newsroom. Whether it’s your profession, your neighborhood, your hobbies, or that story you tell over and over again at dinner parties — you have knowledge we want. Become a Public Insight source and help keep the news real.

As a source for the Public Insight Network you can expect:

  • About one email a month. We’ll regularly send out short questionnaires looking for background information and sources for stories we’re working on.
  • An occasional follow-up. If you’re a fit for a story, our editors and reporters will contact you by phone or email.
  • Confidentiality. We won’t quote you (on-air or online) without your permission. We also won’t ever use your information to seek donations or sell your information to a third party. Not even Ira Glass.
  • A direct line to the KQED Newsroom. While KQED accepts ideas and pitches from everyone, joining the Public Insight Network will expedite our communication and let you know about specific stories we’re reporting on.
  • To have an impact. You’ll not only inform KQED reporters and editors, but other newsrooms in the Public Insight Network as well.

Ready to sign up? Step right this way and fill out our sign up form or respond to one of the questions on the right. (And don’t forget to tell your friends!)

Want more information? Visit the FAQ page.

Already part of KQED’s Public Insight Network and need to update your email?

Resolved: Earthquakes with Magnitudes of Less than 3.0 are Not Worth Reporting – Danville’s 2.0 Was No Big Whoop

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Well, run for the hills, Ma Barker – it’s been reported that Danville, CA had an earthquake of magnitude 2.0 on the Richter (or, IRL, moment magnitude) scale this morning.

Now really, is this event worth reporting if nobody even felt it? I mean, don’t we have hundreds of tiny earthquakes going on all the time? So why inform readers about quakes of magnitude 2, or 1, or zero, or less than zero?

Now, what if The Great Danville Micro-Quake of Novembre 7th in the Year of Our Lord Twenty Hundred and Half a Score, well what if it had had about thirty times as much energy? Well, then it would be a 3.0 and people would have felt it and then it’d be worth reporting.

You know where you want to be the next time a Big One comes? The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed state building in San Francisco’s Civic Center. It’s resting on 288 eight-foot hydraulic seismic dampers. Like this one:

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Ergo, resolved: Earthquakes with Magnitudes of Less than 3.0 are Not Worth Reporting.

Level the Playing Field 2010, the Anti Meg Whitman Campaign, Kicks Off

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

It begins, the independent expenditure against the gubernatorial dreams of Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman begins, with a single radio ad.

Appears as if the former brand manager for Mr. Potato(e) Head and the Teletubbies is going to take a few more hits before all this is done.

But it’s your choice – you can sign up now for Meg’s site, or you can sign up with the anti-Meg site, complete with Facebook and Twitter pages (but, alas, nothing on the Google Buzz so far.) 

Trust Level the Playing Field 2010 to quickly direct you to new articles like Dan Walters’ “arrogant cowardice” bit in today’s Sacramento Bee:

“Running for or being governor of California is not the same thing as being the CEO of a multibillion-dollar corporation surrounded by sycophants. Ultimately, remaining in her cocoon will probably backfire. If Poizner cannot exploit her cowardice, Jerry Brown surely will.”

(Ouch.)

Choose or Lose, Vote or Die.