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San Francisco airport beacons help the blind get around using their phones

San Francisco International is about to make life decidedly easier for blind and visually impaired travelers. The airport has teamed up with Indoo.rs to unveil a Bluetooth beacon system that will help these passengers find their way through Terminal…

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San Francisco airport beacons help the blind get around using their phones

San Francisco International is about to make life decidedly easier for blind and visually impaired travelers. The airport has teamed up with Indoo.rs to unveil a Bluetooth beacon system that will help these passengers find their way through Terminal…

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San Francisco Airport testing beacon system for blind travelers

San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around one of its newest terminals, a program it could roll out to the rest of the airport if successful. An early version of the system was shown off to press today for use on Apple iOS devices, though SFO also plans to make it available for Android users and eventually expand the system to serve up information for those who can see.

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Apple celebrates diversity and equality in San Francisco Pride Parade video

Apple has released a video showing its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 29th. The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade “to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity.” According to Reuters, Apple handed out free iTunes gift cards throughout the Pride Parade and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

Apple is outspoken about its support for equal rights, with Cook penning a Wall Street Journal editorial last year urging Congress to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The company also publicly opposed an Arizona bill that would have permitted businesses to refuse service on religious grounds, which governor…

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Google Barge bids farewell to San Francisco, to make Stockton its new California home

Still think of the Google Barge as a wacky idea from a company that makes more money than it knows what to do with? Well, Mountain View will soon prove that a floating building has its merits: for one, when the company gets in trouble with…

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Square’s Pickup app streamlines ordering take-out in San Francisco

If you thought ordering a new shirt from Uniqlo and grabbing it from the store 20 minutes later was rad, Square has something similar cooked up for your favorite restaurants. The outfit is demoing a new Android and iOS application called Pickup at a…

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Square’s Pickup app streamlines ordering take-out in San Francisco

If you thought ordering a new shirt from Uniqlo and grabbing it from the store 20 minutes later was rad, Square has something similar cooked up for your favorite restaurants. The outfit is demoing a new Android and iOS application called Pickup at a…

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San Francisco installs its own free Wi-Fi internet in its busiest area

New York’s city government may be planning to install free public Wi-Fi to lure entrepreneurs and startups, but San Francisco is trying to beat it to the punch. The Californian city’s mayor, Edwin Lee, has announced the installation of free Wi-Fi along San Francisco’s Market Street, “the busiest and most economically diverse corridor” in the city. The quarter-million people who walk through the area daily now have access to a connection named “_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi,” which reportedly offers upload and download speeds of up to 50 Mbps to all.

Ars Technica reports the Market Street area was originally set to receive free Wi-Fi internet from AT&T after the city reached reaching a tentative agreement with the cable provider in…

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Join us for Engadget Live in San Francisco on December 5th!

Having just wrapped up Engadget Expand New York earlier this month, and with CES fast approaching, you’d think our Events team would take a breather. Fortunately for those of you in the City By the Bay, we can’t stop ourselves from putting on a show!

On December 5th, we’re heading to Temple Nightclub in San Francisco for Engadget Live (formerly known as Engadget + gdgt Live). While we may have a new name for the event, we’ll be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the first gdgt Meetup taking place right there in San Francisco.

Engadget Live is a unique event that isn’t a conference or tradeshow — it’s designed to bring gadget lovers and tech brands together in a fun environment where they can get to know each other a little better. Best of all, it’s free!

We’ll also have plenty of incredible tech brands at Engadget Live ready to show you their newest products and get your feedback on the spot. Speaking of products, we’ll also have tons of great swag and chances to win some amazing gear. Just look out for the flyer at the door to find out how to win.

Since music is a key part of the vibe in San Francisco, our friends at Western Digital are bringing its Creative Masters friend Mikel Paris to perform throughout the night.

Did we mention the event is FREE? Grab a ticket and don’t be shy about passing on the good word to your friends.

One more thing: If you want to be a part of the behind-the-scenes action at Engadget Live, we could use a few volunteers at the event. To learn more and to apply, head over to the volunteer form.

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‘BatKid’ saves San Francisco, takes over the internet

Twitter is awash in the tweets following the superheroics of a lone hero in San Francisco know only as the “BatKid.” BatKid happens to be a five year old named Miles, who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After his parents wrote to the Make-A-Wish Foundation about Miles’ wish to become Batman, San Fran came out in a stunning show of support for him, turning the entire city into Gotham City. And then the internet exploded.

On a local level, The San Francisco Chronicle released a special edition of its paper this morning in Miles’ honor, and reporters and citizens…

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