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Several cast members from ‘Stark Trek: Next Generation’ on a panel moderated by William Shatner at Silicon Valley Comic Con. (Photos by Alyssa Rasmus / Pink Camera Media ) Silicon Valley Comic Con held a panel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) this spring in San Jose’s historic City National Civic theater. At this panel the near-capacity crowd, siphoned from the Con’s 65,000 attendees, could confess their adoration, ask questions and spend ...
The DxtER Basil Leaf device. (Photo by Daniel Rasmus) According to Star Trek, 23rd century doctors will diagnose most illnesses and determine the general state of health via a device called a Tricorder. But as with many of Star Trek’s futuristic technologies, aficionados of the show don’t want to wait for their great-great grandchildren to experience its wonders. Channeling Willy Wonka’s Veruca Salt, they chant, “I want it now.” RELATED: 30 years later, the legacy of ‘Star Trek: Th...
(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Be careful the next time you take a BMW ReachNow vehicle on a ferry. GeekWire has learned of multiple recent incidents with BMW ReachNow vehicles — part of the automaker’s car-sharing program in Seattle — getting stuck on Washington State Ferries, including two from this holiday weekend. One knowledgeable source said a ReachNow customer was forced to spend four hours on the Whidbey Island ferry this weekend because his vehicle’s wheels were ...
RPV away, off the stern of the USS Iowa in 1987. (credit: US Navy photo) Today is Memorial Day in the US, and we wanted to recognize the Ars readers and staff who've served by resurfacing another military memory from our resident Navy man, Sean Gallagher. Sean served aboard the USS Iowa, and here he recalls how he contributed to drone warfare with chocolate chip cookies (seriously). This piece originally ran in May 2015. Two weeks ago, I made a pilgrimage to the Port of Los Angeles to v...
Enlarge / Tron 2 may not have been the best movie, but it sure made the internet look pretty. (credit: Disney) There's nothing like the feeling of finding a group of true friends, or a gang of like-minded people who share your interests and annoyances. If you love technology as much as we do at Ars, that feeling probably hit you at some point when you were online. Today the Ars staff is celebrating some of the Internet communities we've loved. Sometimes an online group is just a place to bitc...
The American Cemetery in Normandy at Omaha Beach. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook). As the first warm-weather holiday weekend of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in barbecues and road trips and lose touch with Memorial Day’s roots. But today is also about reflecting on those who have passed while serving in the armed forces. In their honor, we’ve rounded up some of our veteran and military-related coverage. We’ve also checked in on what the people and organizations have been u...
Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller uses a HoloLens augmented-reality system to manipulate virtual objects during a demonstration at Camp Foster on Okinawa in April. (U.S. Marine Photo / Tayler P. Schwamb) Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality system is scoring victories with the U.S. military, which means the goggle-eyed headsets are more likely to pop up at a wargame near you. Last November, the HoloLens system was incorporated into a platform known as the Augmented Immersive Team Tra...
Brad Duea (left) and Antoine Leblond run Sonos’ Seattle office. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Sonos, the high-tech connected speaker maker that opened a Seattle office about two years ago, is turning up the volume on its local presence. Sonos established its Seattle presence at the Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000-square-foot structure on Capitol Hill that bills itself as the “greenest commercial building in the world,” in 2015 and started with just 10 people. Today, the compa...
Photographer Tim Durkan’s image from West Seattle looking back at the city, with the Space Needle on the right, and the northern lights. (Tim Durkan Photo) The beautiful sunshine in Seattle on Saturday gave way to an equally awesome display in the night sky as the northern lights made a rare appearance over the city and parts of Washington state. Photographer Tim Durkan, who captured a similar display last May, was at it again in the wee hours of Sunday morning. “Just home from an am...
Enlarge / An image of the Siege of Rhodes from the Süleymannâme, a chronicle of the Sultan's life. (credit: Detail from the Süleymannâme) Suleiman the Magnificent earned his epithet, at least militarily. The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 years, he spent much of his time on campaign. Hungary and Persia felt the brunt of his martial genius, but perhaps his most famous victory was the Siege of Rhodes in 1522. It was a grudge match. The island of Rhodes was a blemish on the Ottoman Em...
Maybe we blew it by not not spotting this photo a week ago, on the actual anniversary of the eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens, but social media has taught us that some things are just too good not to share, no matter the time peg. It is a holiday weekend after all, and plenty of folks are sure to head out into nature to mark the unofficial beginning of the summer season. And certainly some will visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument — the 110,000-acre destination ...
Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 21, 2017. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Legendary computer scientist James Gosling joining Amazon Web Services The father of Java is joining forces with Amazon Web Services. … Read More Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: At 200+ miles w...
The woman on the seatback screen makes it look so easy. Just grab your iPad, plug in your headphones and connect. But it’s not. that way for everyone. (Geof Wheelwright photo for Geekwire) SOMEWHERE OVER MEMPHIS – I’ve never been a fan of tech support. Perhaps it comes from having survived the most grueling, intense experience that anyone who has ever tried to provide tech support has endured. Those moments came years ago when I had to provide tech support to my pre-teen boys after...
This Week in Seattle is your weekly dispatch of need-to-know news from the Emerald City. (BigStock Image) Seattle is the fastest-growing city in the country Seattle’s infamously crowded Mercer Street.(GeekWire Photo) The Seattle Times ‘FYI Guy’ Gene Balk crunched the latest Census data to reveal what many of us already instinctively new: Seattle’s population is growing faster than any other major city in the U.S. The city’s population hit 704,352 in 2016, growing at...
The Churchill Tank will be unveiled at TankFest. (Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum Photo) This weekend’s Tankfest Northwest serves as the coming-out party for the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, the recently rebranded showcase supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Flying Heritage is considered the West Coast’s largest collection of operational military vehicles and warbirds, and the addition of a new hangar is likely to keep the museum’s ranking high for...
Scott Thornbury, Ryan Kastilani, Greg Newbloom and Robert Nelson pose with their $25,000 award at the UW Business Plan Competition. (Photo by Taylor Soper/GeekWire) A team of chemical engineering and business students from the University of Washington earned the top prize at the 20th annual UW Business Plan Competition hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Thursday evening in Seattle. Membrion won the Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grand Prize and took home the $25,0...
(Vimeo screen grab / Spektra) Promising a “fun, mind-bending experience with friends that doesn’t involve legal marijuana,” a new Seattle-based Kickstarter project called Spektra is looking for funding so that it can build out a virtual reality experience room. The project’s creators are Corey Paganucci, Erik Molano, and Ben Chaykin, who list varying design, development and art experience in their bios on the crowdfunding site’s page. They’re looking to raise $50...
Google has always been a company run by engineers for engineers. It looks like it’s also going to give some of them a shot at running a venture capital project that will fund research into one of the company’s most central efforts. Axios reported Friday that Google is setting up an investment arm aimed squarely on artificial intelligence, and it seems like it will be separate from Google Ventures, the company’s formal investment organization. Dan Primack reported that the group will be le...
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million investment round in the social petition site Change.org, and he is joined by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Sam Altman, president of startup accelerator Y Combinator. Change was founded in 2007, and Hoffman wrote in a post on LinkedIn that Change has close to 200 million users who have helped delivered 21,000 “victories,” instances of a government organization or business making a change due to a petition. Hoffman wrot...
A simulation shows the kind of alert that would be generated by an 8.0 quake. (PNSN via YouTube) The Trump administration wants to eliminate federal support for the West Coast’s ShakeAlert earthquake warning system, but its backers in Congress won’t let it go without a fight. “Defunding the earthquake early warning system isn’t just irresponsible – it’s dangerous,” Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., told GeekWire in an emailed statement. “This is about giving peo...