technology

Twitch Acquisition
2:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Amazon Buys Video-Gaming Service For $1 Billion

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business reporter Jay Greene about Amazon’s Monday acquisition of Twitch, a popular video-game viewing service.

Technology
2:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Yes, Your Fancy New Car Can Get Hacked

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Ross Reynolds talks with Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at IOActive, about his research into the "hackability" of new automobiles.

Girls Who Code
11:36 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Teen Girl Loves Computer Science, But Struggles To Fit In

16-year-old Ifrah Abshir says she is in a committed relationship with Computer Science. But she still struggles to fit into the tech industry.
KUOW Photo/Ahlaam Ibraahim

It was the first day of freshman year at Rainier Beach High School and everyone had first day jitters. The first period bell rang: computer science class. It wasn't a good experience for 16-year-old Ifrah Abshir.

"I could never get it right," Abshir said. "Everything just kept crashing. Nothing worked, and I got mad, and I'm short tempered!"

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Tech News
1:46 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

How Amazon's New Phone Competes In The Market

Courtesy GeekWire

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop, co-founder of Geekwire, about the new Amazon Fire phone, Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, and more tech news.

Technology
8:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Seattle: Up In The Computing Clouds

Computer servers in California
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Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide about Seattle's role in cloud computing.

Heartbleed
10:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Five Hospitals In Washington And Oregon Among Victims Of Computer Hack

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:56 am

A national hospital chain says it suspects Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

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Venture Capitalism
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Why Invest Millions In Companies That Are Just Beginning?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer about what investors look for when scoping out new projects.

Startup accelerator TechStars just started its fifth installment in Seattle, after having chosen ten startup companies out of a pool of 600 for a three-month crash course on development and pitching in the University District.

Technology
3:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Libraries Fit Into E-Book Culture

Libraries now offer electronic ways to experience literature beyond paper and ink.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, about the advantages and challenges libraries have  in the e-book market.

Tech Culture
11:46 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Respondents in a survey of women with engineering degrees said that many companies did not provide opportunities for women like them to advance and develop.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 5:57 am

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.

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All Tech Considered
2:30 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 10:37 am

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Tech News
2:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette

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Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

Technology
8:57 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Steve Cohen and his students fly a drone at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. The FAA prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet or from being used for commercial gain.
Sarah Gonzalez WNYC

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 7:38 pm

It's getting easier for the average civilian to own drones.

The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn't have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes.

They're available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area.

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Election Turnout
3:32 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Is Voting Still Too Hard?

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Ross Reynolds speaks with political science professor Michael Alvarez about why less than 30 percent of eligible voters in Seattle voted in the August 5 primary. They discuss how to better engage the average voter, which includes something suspiciously like OKCupid.

Public Etiquette
9:02 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

Seriously, do you need to send that text right now?
Anna Bryukhanova iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:28 pm

You know how frustrating it is when you can't catch your waiter's eye? He may be thinking the same thing about you.

Diners distracted by their phones have become a real pain in the restaurant business, interfering with the flow of transactions and generally slowing things down.

"I would say probably 7 out of 10 people play with their phones throughout their meals," says Catherine Roberts, general manager of Hogs and Rocks, a ham and oyster bar in San Francisco's Mission District. "People are definitely on their phones excessively. It does gum things up."

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Forensics
1:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Super Sketchy: How A Cop Learned To Draw Suspects

Forensic artist Gregory Bean at work.
Credit Courtesy of Gregory Bean

About 15 years ago, the Bellevue Police Department decided it needed an artist to sketch suspects.

A lieutenant stopped by Detective Greg Bean’s desk with a flyer that promised, “No experience necessary.”

“He throws it on my desk and says, ‘You’re going to art school,’” Bean said.

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