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Tech News
3:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tech News: AT&T Set To Acquire DirecTV, Amazon Programming, And Halo 5

Flickr Photo/Matt Hollingsworth (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about AT&T's move to acquire DirecTV, Amazon's first children's show and the release of the video game Halo 5.

Conversion To Digital
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Troubled State Patrol Radio System

File photo of one of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:32 pm

Washington’s troubled State Patrol radio system is getting fresh scrutiny from state lawmakers. The Joint Transportation Committee got an update Wednesday on the $40 million conversion to digital technology.

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Tech Future
2:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Internet Of Things: Connecting All Objects With Mini Devices

The Internet of Things as visualized by an artist.
From Wikipedia

Ross Reynolds speaks with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, about the Internet of Things, and how it will connect with our bodies, our homes, our communities, our goods, and even the dirt beneath our feet.

IoT refers to the idea of equipping all objects with minuscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers. A Pew Research Center report predicts IoT will thrive by 2025.

Pet Ownership
10:28 am
Mon May 12, 2014

To Know Thyself, Collect Data On Your Dog

Whistle is a wearable device for your dog that tracks the pup's activity.
Whistle

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 2:40 am

If you walk your dog after dinner each night, does that help you sleep better? Maybe you've noticed that this seems to be the case, but access to hard data would help confirm it.

As technology advances and more people dig into the metrics of how they live, the market is exploding with wearable devices that enable deeper self-monitoring. There's even a fancy name for this: the quantifiable self, basically using technology to gather data on your life.

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Art and Tech
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Flight Path: Bees, A Hackathon And Sea-Tac Airport

Beekeepers manage hives at Sea-Tac airport as a plane flies overhead.
Rod Hatfield

Did you know there are bees at Sea-Tac Airport? Twenty beehives are already in place in green space around the airport. And tonight, a two-day hackathon gets going that’s centered around the idea of bees and flight. It’s connected to a new art installment that’s going in at Sea-Tac: “Flight Path.”

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Todd Bishop Explains
3:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bill Gates Owns A Little Less Of Microsoft, And Other Tech News

Bill Gates.
Credit Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk

Steve Scher talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the latest news in northwest tech, including Bill Gates no longer being the largest shareholder of Microsoft and Amazon's efforts to expand same-day delivery.

Technology
2:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

How Drones Quietly Mapped Oso Landslide Area

Brittany Duncan of Roboticists Without Borders flies a drone to survey the Oso mudslide on April 23, 2014.
Credit Tamara Palmer

As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill in April that would have regulated drone use statewide, a consortium of disaster recovery specialists quietly negotiated the use of drones to make a 3-D model of the Oso mudslide.

Inslee vetoed the Legislature's bill on April 4 citing privacy and transparency concerns that he said were not adequately addressed, but he said he would still let drones fly in emergencies.

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Cryptocurrency
10:12 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Belltown Bar Back From The Future With A Bitcoin ATM

A bitcoin ATM was installed inside Spitfire Grill in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood.
Credit Rae Ellen Bichell / KPLU

The world's first bitcoin ATM launched last year in Vancouver, Canada. Now there's also a physical place in the Northwest to buy and sell the virtual currency – at the Spitfire Grill in Belltown.

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Technology
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In

Fit Bit uses your smart phone to track the steps a person takes in a day.
Flickr Photo/Bryan Zug (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds asks Dr. David Bates, physician at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, how consumers can navigate the exploding marketplace of mobile health apps.

Digital Media
3:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

'Taking Back Power And Culture:' How The Internet Is Changing Our Lives

Credit Astra Taylor's book, "The People’s Platform."

Ross Reynolds speaks with writer and filmmaker Astra Taylor about how the Internet has become a victim of its own success. She is the author of "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age."

Internet & Cable
3:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Comcast-Time Warner Merger Could Cause A 'Huge War' In Washington, D.C.

Comcast Executive VP David Cohen (left), and Time Warner Executive VP and CFO Arthur T. Minson Jr. wait to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Comcast provides Internet and cable service to more households than any other cable company in the U.S.

In Washington, D.C., Comcast has hired more than 80 lobbyists to sell its $45 billion mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. The deal, filed earlier this month, is now pending approval from the FCC and Department of Justice.

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Technology
2:58 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Homeland Security: Don't Use Microsoft's Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

Credit Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Todd Bishop, co-founder of Geekwire, about the major security flaw affecting Microsoft's web browser Internet Explorer.

Video Game Culture
9:45 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Gaming While Male: A 'Privilege' Few Men Recognize

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:08 am

In video games, sexism often comes in the form of male-dominated storylines and character archetypes. In the video game community, it takes a more menacing shape.

It ranges from attempts to silence female critics to the harassment of fellow players. Some harassment even goes so far as phone calls and rape threats, as one female game developer found out last year.

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Education
9:31 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Steve Jobs' Death Inspired Goal To Get Kids Coding

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes, we are going to tell you more about former Texas governor Ann Richards. There's a new HBO documentary about her, and we are going to speak with her daughter. But first, something we like to focus on a lot on this program, which is efforts to open up tech careers and education to young people. Computer programming is one of the most sought after skills in the job market.

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Data Wizard
3:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Big Promises And Big Problems: Nate Silver Talks Big Data

Nate Silver in KUOW's green room.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Nate Silver, editor in chief of the ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog, about the promise and peril of using big data to make predictions.

He is also the author of "The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't."

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