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Pictures and impressions from the concert in San Francisco!
Last night Maximum PC had the chance to check out the very kick-ass Video Games Liveevent. For those unfamiliar with the show, Video Games Live is the premier videogame-themed orchestral touring concert, and this week the group is performing in San Francisco at the Davies Symphony Hall with the amazing San Francisco Symphony.
Google catches a lot of flak over privacy issues for its various services, but at the same time, the company knows how to create some goodwill for itself, too. Apparently in a giving mood as of late, Google is footing the $600,000 bill to bring free Wi-Fi hotspots to at least 31 city parks, plazas, and open spaces across San Francisco. The installation of free Wi-Fi service will kick off in December 2013 and is expected to be complete by Spring 2014.
With video camera in tow, we went deep into the trenches at GDGT.
One of the things we look forward to every year is San Francisco's annual consumer electronics event called GDGT (pronounced "gadget"). This year's show was utterly packed with vendors and attendees, but that didn't stop us from lugging around a camera (check out our photo gallery of the event) and video camera. We spoke with several vendors about their products, and thankfully none of them were particularly camera shy. On the contrary, they were more than willing to show off their wares.
Showfloor snapshots of San Francisco's annual gadget event
Maximum PC had the opportunity to attend this year's GDGT, San Francisco's annual gadget event for consumers. As usual, the event took place at the city's famous Metreon Mall and was full of companies eager to raffle off prizes and show off their latest doodads. If you weren't able to attend and were curious as to what the event was like, check out our show floor images and impressions in the gallery section below.
Good news if you’re from the Bay area: blazing fast broadband might just lie in your future. Yesterday, Sonic.net – the modestly sized, ISP that was chosen by Google to build a fiber network for Stanford University – announced plans to bring a fiber-optic network capable of 1 Gbps speeds to the city. Sonic already offers it in another city for just $70 a month (including unlimited domestic VOIP), and hey! The company doesn’t impose data caps either. Don’t get too excited yet, though – the company still has some big hoops to jump through to make it happen.
The human language is a funny thing. In most circumstances, the words “Anonymous nude photos online” could land you in some pretty hot water with your significant other. Not today, though. On August 25th, “Anonymous nude photos online” translates into “Anonymous posts nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson online in an escalation of its war with the San Francisco transit system.”
The hacking group known as Anonymous turned its attention on San Francisco's mass transit system called BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) over the weekend, swiping and posting the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of more than 2,400 Bay Area residents, according to a report in the L.A. Times. The agency believes another round of cyber attacks may be right around the corner.
Maximum PC readers probably already know that sysadmins can be your best friend if you treat them right – or your worst enemy if you don't. Just ask the city of San Francisco, whose FiberWAN network was held hostage for 12 days in 2008 by rogue sysadmin Terry Childs.
Zynga just can't help making a mess of things. Updates from games like Mafia Wars and Farmville nearly ruined the Facebook experience until the social networking site cleaned up the application spam. But out in the real world, cleaning up Zynga's mess is proving costly.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Zynga last week threatening to hit the company with a lawsuit over a messy guerrilla marketing campaign. Apparently Zynga thought it was a good idea to glue fake $25,000 bills to select sidewalks in five locations in Hayes Valley to promote the latest version of its Mafia Wars game.
According to the city's Department of Public Works (DPW), cleaning up the mess involves bringing in a steam cleaner and is a 45 minute affair, plus administration time.
"We don't have any staff to spare," said DWP spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
The city is demanding that Zynga fork over all its information about the marketing campaign, including "emails, work orders, scope of work, contracts, marketing plans, or other records -- that show when and where the graffiti in San Francisco was placed, and by whom." In addition, the city wants Zynga to come up with a "proposal to fully resolve the issue," one that goes beyond just paying for the cleanup.