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A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Voters may be asked to tax SF tech companies

San Francisco five years ago lured technology companies like Twitter to the…

A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
A student uses an electronic tablet during the grand opening of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) lab at the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

New integrated learning lab opens at Chinese Immersion School

The Chinese Immersion School at De Avila opened an integrated learning classroom…

A student uses an electronic tablet during the grand opening of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) lab at the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Hall.

June election becoming ‘ground zero’ for battle over SF politics

San Francisco remains in a throes of a political slugfest over crucial…

San Francisco City Hall.
Karen Chen (right) and Lim Leeting (left) from Singapore use their mobile devices for directions on Powell Street in San Francisco Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Report examines how SF could provide Internet access to all

San Francisco’s longstanding effort to provide Internet access to all residents and…

Karen Chen (right) and Lim Leeting (left) from Singapore use their mobile devices for directions on Powell Street in San Francisco Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Selfie sticks, or any other technology, allows people to continue being themselves — only more so. (Sergei Chuzavkov/AP)

Disrupting disruption

When I was a kid, my grandparents rented a vacation home on…

Selfie sticks, or any other technology, allows people to continue being themselves — only more so. (Sergei Chuzavkov/AP)
This July 29, 2015 photo made in New York shows Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that continually listens for commands such as for a song, a sports score or the weather. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter, like it or not

Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around…

This July 29, 2015 photo made in New York shows Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that continually listens for commands such as for a song, a sports score or the weather. (Mark Lennihan/AP)
Technological advances are changing the way Muni and its mechanics are able to maintain San Francisco's bus fleet. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Muni mechanics at crossroads over old, new technology

It’s a fact of San Francisco life — buses break down. When…

Technological advances are changing the way Muni and its mechanics are able to maintain San Francisco's bus fleet. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, State Sen. Anthony Canella, R-Ceres, uses his smartphone at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP 2014)

New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

NEW YORK — California now requires police to get a court order…

In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, State Sen. Anthony Canella, R-Ceres, uses his smartphone at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP 2014)
Virtual reality is reaching a point that can benefit many people, from doctors to patients, coaches to athletes. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Virtual reality gets real

Virtual reality is just about to hit the inflection point. Soon, nearly…

Virtual reality is reaching a point that can benefit many people, from doctors to patients, coaches to athletes. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Ron Conway/Mike Koozmin 2013/SF Examiner

Tech investor, SF mayoral backer Ron Conway continues to sink big bucks into local elections

Money from the mayor’s most prominent backer — tech investor Ron Conway…

Ron Conway/Mike Koozmin 2013/SF Examiner
A Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP File Photo)

Microsoft releases Windows 10

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday,…

A Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP File Photo)
Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud, is shown, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in New York.  (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities…

Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud, is shown, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in New York.  (Mark Lennihan/AP)
Co-creator David Harris Smith carries hitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot, during its' introduced to an American audience at the Peabody Essex Museum Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Salem, Mass. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)

Hitchhiking robot embarking on coast-to-coast tour across US

BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its…

Co-creator David Harris Smith carries hitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot, during its' introduced to an American audience at the Peabody Essex Museum Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Salem, Mass. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)

SF Rec and Park looks to embrace technology and nature simultaneously

It is no secret that a primary goal of spending time outdoors…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The ExaminerA worker is shown preparing the new "techmobile" for its Saturday debut.

SF Library's new techmobile to debut Saturday

After a $66,000 overhaul, one of four bookmobiles operated by the San…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The ExaminerA worker is shown preparing the new "techmobile" for its Saturday debut.

Largest middle-wage industry in SF suffered a steady decline

The obvious signs are everywhere that San Francisco’s local economy is booming.…

Damian Dovarganes/AP File PhotoTech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your…

Damian Dovarganes/AP File PhotoTech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying
mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoFormer tech CEO Greg Gopman

Ex-tech CEO pushes ‘transitional villages’ after homeless town hall meeting

Jean Bogiages, a Potrero Hill resident for 40 years, showed up at…

mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoFormer tech CEO Greg Gopman
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe City has not been able to figure out a way to provide places like the Mission Neighborhood Center a public Internet service.

SF’s five-year technology plan silent on achieving public broadband

San Francisco might have a comprehensive new technology plan, but it lacks…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe City has not been able to figure out a way to provide places like the Mission Neighborhood Center a public Internet service.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSupervisor David Campos

Mission nonprofit cancer center fights off tech displacement

A nonprofit cancer resource center in the Mission has staved off displacement…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSupervisor David Campos