Microsoft stock rose 6 percent after an earnings report that had analysts cheering. The Redmond, Wash.-based employer has been struggling to change as consumers move away from computers and toward mobile devices.
Kenya had a lot of press coverage during the attack on the Westgate mall last month. The stories revealed deep class divisions in East Africa. Some entrepreneurs from Nairobi's thriving startup economy are using technology to bridge that divide between rich and poor.
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:22 am
Archimedes would be proud of the town of Rjukan, Norway. So would Sam Eyde.
Rjukan, home to about 3,500 residents and situated about 70 miles west of the capital, Oslo, has installed a trio of giant mountaintop mirrors to focus light into the valley town's square during the cold (and dark) winter months.
It’s Startup Week in Seattle: seven days of events, meet-ups, seminars, and good-old-fashioned networking for those who work in Seattle’s start-up community.
Last year, a global survey ranked Seattle as the 4th best city in the world for tech startups, behind Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. And while that may seem like a very good spot in the rankings, some people involved in Seattle’s startup scene think we can do better.
Chris DeVore is one of them. Devore is a general partner at Founder’s Co-op, a company that provides start-ups with seed money. He says Seattle has a very deep talent pool, but isn’t very productive when it comes to creating new tech startups. Why is that? And what role are Microsoft and Amazon playing?
DeVore talks with Steve Scher about Seattle’s place in the startup world.
Microsoft servers around the world are dishing out a new version of Windows 8. The new version brings back a start button, something users said they missed.
A lot is riding on the success of the operating system, which is the backbone of Microsoft’s transformation into a devices company. It’s Microsoft’s effort to create a single experience for all Microsoft devices, from smartphone to tablet to laptop.
NASA is sending a 3D printer to the space station. Right now, you can make a copy of the Space Needle out of layer upon layer of extruded plastic, or a new jawbone, or a child’s toy. Soon, if an astronaut needs a very specific part, they won’t have to wait for delivery from a space ship. Made In Space Inc. has been contracted by NASA to develop a 3D printer.
Michael Chen, chief strategy officer for Made In Space Inc., explains how they're designing the new technology. The Made In Space 3D printer will be launched for another test into space on a SpaceX rocket flight next year. If it works, the printer is expected to be delivered to the International Space Station in 2015.
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and philanthropist. You probably know him as Bill. He has done a few things, most notably, perhaps, building the software empire Microsoft. Although Bill Gates has stepped away from the daily operations at Microsoft, he’s still chairman of the board. And some influential Microsoft investors are calling for Gates to step down. That’s according to a story from Reuters Corporate Board Correspondent, Nadia Damouni.
The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."
When Facebook shows you an ad for the pasta that you had for dinner that night, you might feel a little squirmy, find it creepy even. But what exactly is the worry of companies having access to more personal data? University of Washington law professor, and co-founder of UW's Tech Policy Lab, Ryan Calo, has been trying to answer that question. Ross Reynolds talks with Calo about the use and regulation of big data.
Earlier this month, a University of Washington researcher was able to send a brain signal over the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. What do emerging brain technologies mean for the future of privacy and identity? Sara Goering joins us with some answers – and some questions. She’s a professor of philosophy at the UW and she leads the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
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The in-house recruitment team at Groupon in Seattle. Five full-time recruiters have helped hire 130 new staff members since spring of 2012. The company’s Pioneer Square offices are now packed, but it continues to hire.
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Vinayak Hegde, vice president of engineering, and Rich Williams, senior vice president of marketing for Chicago-based Groupon. Both men once worked for Amazon, and they have recruited a number of former Amazon employees to work in the new Seattle office.
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Rob Golkosky, senior developer at the tech start-up doxo, in the company’s Pioneer Square offices.
Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.
With so many global challenges — climate change, overpopulation, natural-resource depletion — Ramez Naam argues that the only solution is innovation. Naam is a computer scientist who spent a decade at Microsoft, where he helped develop early versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer. He’s currently adjunct faculty at Singularity University.