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Artificial Intelligence
3:52 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

UW Professor Oren Etzioni To Lead Paul Allen's New Artificial Intelligence Institute

University of Washington computer science professor Oren Etzioni will lead a new institute on artificial intelligence founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Etzioni designed the technologies behind startup companies Netbot and Farecast. He talks with Ross Reynolds about what he could do working for Allen that he couldn’t do at the University of Washington.

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Apple Release
1:50 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Does Another New IPhone Live Up To The Hype?

Apple's Phil Schiller unveils the new iPhone 5S yesterday with new Touch ID technology.
Flickr Photo/cwnewserpics

Two new iPhones are hitting the market later in September. The upscale iPhone 5S, and the cheaper iPhone 5C . But will the iPhone 5c be cheap enough?

There used to be a time when a new iPhone meant a jump in Apple’s stock. This time, not so much. Apple's stock fell 5 percent due to concerns that the new  iPhone 5C is not cheap enough to compete with Google's Android phones, which currently lead the pack. Joining us to talk tech is Todd Bishop co-founder of the independent technology news site and online community Geekwire.

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Mobile Apps
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

I'll See You As You Get There

Smart phones inspire a lot of creativity, from apps to do-it-yourself fixes.
Flickr Photo/el cajon yacht club

Seattle Times tech columnist Monica Guzman is back on the grid and using her phone to help navigate the city. Guzman tells us about a smart phone app that helps her get where she needs to go with the least amount of trouble. The app is called Waze.  It incorporates user data and the more you drive, the better it gets. Ross Reynolds chats with Guzman about how she gets around town.

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"Distraction Addiction"
12:28 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang On Putting Our Devices Down

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang's book "The Distraction Addiction."

Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent years studying people, technology and how devices have invaded our lives. In his book, "The Distraction Addiction," he explains how overusing technology is "destroying our souls." Ross Reynolds talks with Pang about how people can be more mindful with their technology.

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Tech News
11:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about pricing for the new iPhone during an Apple product announcement on Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:40 pm

Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.

CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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Concrete Entrepreneurship
7:46 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Websites Help You Rent Out Your Driveway

parkatmyhouse.com

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 4:40 pm

First there was Craigslist. Then other more specialized websites arrived to make it easier to rent out your spare bedroom, vacation home, or even your car. A new category to catch on in the Northwest allows drivers to reserve a parking spot in someone else's driveway.

The concept is pretty simple says Alex Stephany, London-based CEO of the website parkatmyhouse.com.

"The idea is just if you have a parking space or driveway that is not being used some of the time, you can let someone else use it and you can make some money in the process."

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10:12 am
Fri September 6, 2013

The Periodic Table

Lead in text: 
With last week's confirmation of the existence of a brand new element (ununpentium), we're thinking about the periodic table of the elements, which predicts the behavior of elements long before they're discovered. Many of us haven't thought about the periodic table since high school. But it's one of the most powerful visual graphics ever created.
Above: A lovely wall ceramic tile periodic table from the main facade of the Sciences Building in the University of Jaén (Spain). (Dr. Antonio Marchal) Everyone knows it when they see it. The classic "castle with turrets" periodic table is a beautiful and concise icon that contains a great deal of amazing information, if you only know how to read it.
Science
6:55 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Forecasting The Changing Ocean Conditions

Flickr Photo/Wizetux

We take for granted the fact that we can predict long-term weather forecasts. Now scientists at the University of Washington are working on ways to forecast the changing conditions of the ocean. They hope these forecasts can help them better understand how those conditions affect Northwest fisheries. 

Samantha Siedlecki is a research scientist at the University of Washington Joint Institute of the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean; she helped develop the forecasting tools and explains the way they work.

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Smart Phone Fast
1:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Your Smart Phone: You Can Quit Anytime, Right?

Could you do without your smart phone for a day? For a week?
Flickr Photo/Sigfrid Lundberg

Is being bored really an endangered state of being? Are you too afraid of missing out to turn off? Seattle Times tech columnist Monica Guzman says that her reliance and dependence on technology is why she decides to go without every few years. Ross Reynolds talks with  Guzman about why she decided that she had to tune out technology to tune into her surroundings.

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Tsunami Aftermath
1:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Japan Aims To Contain Nuclear Contamination With Wall Of Ice

NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane and other NRC officials stand in the darkened interior of Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex on December 13, 2012.
Flickr Photo/Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Japanese officials are still battling radioactive groundwater that is leaking as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear plant meltdown triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The latest effort to block contaminated water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean is a $470 million ice wall. How do you build an ice wall and how does it work? Larry Applegate, the president of Seattle-based firm SoilFreeze, a company that  creates frozen walls and tunnels, explains the technology to Marcie Sillman.

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New CEO
11:52 am
Wed September 4, 2013

The Future Of Microsoft Without Steve Ballmer

Retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

There are many changes afoot at Microsoft these days. CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement last month, giving the company an opportunity to move in a new direction.

Just this week the company also announced it was acquiring Nokia's mobile phone business in a $7.2 billion  deal. So what does the new CEO need to do to keep the company relevant and innovative?

Sandeep Krishnamurthy is the dean of the business school at UW Bothell. He talked with us about the future of Microsoft after Ballmer’s exit.

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Fight For Smartphones
5:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Microsoft Buys Nokia Devices For A New Shot At The Smartphone Market

Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft’s $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s mobile device business is an important step toward gaining ground in the worldwide smartphone market, analysts say.

But bigger challenges await as the company works to get consumers to love the Windows Phone.

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Earthquake Research
10:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Research Cruise Makes New Discoveries About Cascadia Megaquake Fault

Cascadia Advective Conductive Heat Expedition. Launching the ROV Jason, the unmanned minisub which deployed heat flow sensors and probes on the seafloor.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:50 pm

It's been a busy summer on the high seas for researchers trying to figure out the inner workings of an ominous earthquake fault. The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs offshore from Vancouver Island to Northern California. When it rips, we could have a magnitude 9 catastrophe.

University of Washington geophysicist Paul Johnson led a nearly month-long research cruise to the likely epicenter for the Big One. His ship carried an unmanned minisub to probe the seafloor directly over the still somewhat mysterious Cascadia earthquake fault.

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Tech News
10:17 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile?

Nokia was the only large phone manufacturer in the world to commit to selling phones running Microsoft's operating system. Now Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:30 am

Nokia was once the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, the most valuable company in Europe and an icon in its home base of Finland. But the rise of Apple and Android smartphones knocked the company on its heels.

Now comes news that Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion. NPR's Steve Henn answers some questions about the deal.

So what is Microsoft getting here?

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Stories Of The End
6:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The Conversation Faces The End

Producers David Hyde, Arwen Nicks and host Ross Reynolds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

The World Is Not Ending! But What If It Was?

Some people believed the world would end on December 21, 2012, and they were completely wrong about that. David Hyde asked listeners how they would spend their last day on earth. Thankfully, the apocalypse did not come so we can bring you the best of listeners’ plans for their final hours on earth.

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