technology

Technology
4:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:11 am

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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Housing
10:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, partly fueled by an influx of tech workers and companies, some activists say that not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

Google bus protests are becoming an increasingly regular occurrence in San Francisco, with activists targeting the bus that takes Google workers from San Francisco to Silicon Valley.

There was another protest on Friday, where protesters held signs with the name of a Google executive who is also a landlord. Activists say he’s unfairly evicting tenants.

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Culture Shift
9:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle

Labs desks at WeWork can be rented for $300 per month and include additional access to investors, curated events, monthly demo days and office hours.
Credit Courtesy of WeWork

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph explores the work needs of the millennial generation.

The millennial generation is taking control over how they work and how they live. The group, currently about 18 to 33 years old, is adopting technology that is disrupting old structures and writing the playbook on how to take advantage of technological change.

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Social Media
10:09 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Twitter Lessons From The Boston Marathon Bombings

Twitter exploded with misinformation during the Boston Marathon, but research Kate Starbird said that first response organizations were an example of good social media during a crisis.
Twitter Image/Boston Police Department

When the deadly Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago, people flocked to social media sites like Twitter for information. But that led to some problems, including the misidentification of one of the suspected bombers and other reports that turned out to be false.

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Psychology
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True?

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Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction.

Computer Security
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer

Credit Flickr Photo/Matthew (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Teresa Seyfried, program operations manager at the UW Surplus Store, about how to properly wipe data off of your computer before reselling or donating it.

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

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Spinal Cord Regeneration
11:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Kent Stephenson, a research participant at the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, has his level of muscle activity and force measured by Katelyn Gurley.
Courtesy of the University of Louisville

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 3:47 am

A report that four young men who are paralyzed below the waist were able to move toes, ankles or knees when their lower spine was electrically stimulated was hailed as a breakthrough.

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Internet Security
2:51 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:27 am

With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — has been bleeding out information, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.

"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.

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Security Issues
1:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained

A screen grab from a Heartbleed test Tuesday morning showed Yahoo was vulnerable. The company has since fixed the vulnerability.
filippo.io/Heartbleed screengrab

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:45 pm

Editor's Note: A very serious bug with a scary name, Heartbleed, was discovered and disclosed this week. The bug affects OpenSSL, a popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a huge chunk of the Internet's traffic. Even if you have never heard of OpenSSL, chances are, it's helped secure your data in some way.

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All Tech Considered
8:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 9:59 am

Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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Tech Entrepreneur
6:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Central Washington Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin 'Mine,' More Coming

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin 'mine.'
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:47 pm

Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin "mine" in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash.

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Video Games
4:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Rhianna Pratchett: 'It's More Interesting To Create Diverse Characters'

Lara Croft is the protagonist of the video game series, "Tomb Raider."
Credit Flickr Photo/Joshua Livingston (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with video game scriptwriter, Rhianna Pratchett, about writing for "Tomb Raider" and the struggle of including more diversity in the gaming world.

Tech News
3:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Say Goodbye To Windows XP

Credit Flickr Photo/DrJohnBullas (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Northwest tech news, including the end of Windows XP, an update for Windows 8 and how tech companies are trying to make their mark on television and movies.

Field Notes From Oso
7:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Landslide Recovery Specialist Hopes To Use Drones In Future Rescue Operations

Volunteer Merry Killinger learns from Stacy Noland how to document rescue and recovery efforts in Oso, Wash.
Courtesy of Stacy Noland

Stacy Noland deployed to Oso, Wash., with the Global Disaster Innovation Group Field Innovation Team three days after the fatal landslide there. Noland has worked in rescue and recovery operations following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2011 Joplin tornado, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His role at the debris pile was to figure out how to make rescue and recovery most efficient. We asked what he has learned so far.

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