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Enlarge (credit: Dell) Most companies that make gaming PCs and laptops are trying to snag the attentions of new "casual" gamers. These customers either can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end gaming device—or they don't want to. However, they still want a machine that can handle their regular bouts of gaming. Dell's current answer for these customers has been its Inspiron 15 gaming laptop, but now it's adding its first desktop PC to the Inspiron Gaming line. Today, the co...
Intel AMD announced its new high-end desktop (HEDT) platform, the 16 core 32 thread ThreadRipper a couple of weeks ago. At Computex in Taipei, it's Intel's turn to update its HEDT platform, and it's one-upping AMD in the process. The Intel platform, consisting of the new X299 chipset and new X-series processors, will go all the way up to 18 cores and 36 threads. The HEDT segment is aimed at gamers, video stre...
Enlarge / Back in February, Intel said only "greater than 15 percent" boost from 7th generation (Kaby Lake) to 8th generation (Coffee Lake) on its incrementally improved 14nm process. Now the company is saying "30 percent" improvement. (credit: Intel) While Intel's big news today is the announcement of its 18 core, 36 thread, high-end desktop X-series processors, the company has revealed one detail for the 8th generation mainstream processors that are due to be released later this year: the n...
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...
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...
Sometimes, it would be hard to create nice visuals when you do not have the help of a graphic designer! Today, I will not tell you about Photoshop, but about FotoJet(www.fotojet.com), a free online tool, which offers you an easy way to create visuals: posters, flyers, invitations, cards, and banners for your blog and social networks. All that you have to do to use FotoJet is to access the link www.fotojet.com. It is not necessary to do registration or any other action to use it. You entered, ...
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...
(Courtesy: Raspberry Pi) Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo — two organizations working to get kids interested in computing at an early age — are going to start working together. The two groups announced a merger Friday morning, in which Raspberry Pi will become a member of the CoderDojo Foundation. CoderDojo is a global organization based in Dublin that teaches children as young as seven to code, with 1,250 locations (including Seattle) in 69 different countries. Raspberry Pi is working on ...
AmazonFresh Pickup is the tech giant’s new experiment in brick-and-mortar retail, but it’s also a new frontier for the rapid fulfillment of online orders. Amazon promises that it will have orders ready in as little as 15 minutes for people who pay an extra $15/month for the “Fresh Add-on” on top of their $99/year Amazon Prime subscription. And to think, not that long ago, delivery in an hour was considered state-of-the-art when it came to speed. Of course, the big diffe...
Enlarge (credit: US Food and Drug Administration) Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they're in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major surgeries aren't required. A study recently found that pacemakers from the four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that make it possible for the devices to be stopped or adjusted in ways that could have dire effects ...
GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop shows off his groceries. The GeekWire team were the first people outside Amazon to try the company’s new Fresh Pickup service. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Thursday morning, we awoke to a surprise: AmazonFresh Pickup, the company’s previously secretive grocery pickup service, was finally opening to the public — or to anyone who has an Amazon Prime account, at least. If you’re not familiar with the AmazonFresh Pickup saga, catch up on the whole...
Attendees at the 20th annual UW Business Plan Competition give a standing ovation to longtime Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Director Connie Bourassa-Shaw. (GeekWire photos) The University of Washington held its 20th Business Plan Competition on Thursday evening in Seattle. But it also doubled as an evening of gratitude toward the “heart and soul” of the university’s entrepreneurship program. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Director Connie Bourassa-Shaw spent nearly tw...
Luke Smith, Bungie’s game director for “Destiny 2.” (Bungie Photo) Luke Smith is all about community and connecting with people, whether it’s the friends he chats with in Slack or the ones who join him to defeat alien beings in the video games he creates. The 36-year-old game director at Bellevue, Wash.-based Bungie is especially communicative these days, as he’s touting “Destiny 2,” the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s “Destiny.”...
A new Salesforce implementation is a big step for any company, and consulting and venture capital company Point B is looking for a go-to Salesforce expert to help the company with that process. The Salesforce Systems Analyst will join Point B’s information technology team and will be responsible for the administration, configuration and support of the Salesforce Sales Cloud and FinancialForce PSA applications. They will also partner with Point B’s IT and business teams to support o...
The Method-2 robot’s arms stretch wide with Amazon’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, at the controls. (Jeff Bezos via Twitter) Amazon stock is close to hitting $1,000 per share for the first time, another indication of the e-commerce giant’s growing strength. As Amazon trumpeted its 2016 accomplishments at its annual shareholder meeting this week, the company’s stock was surging and on Thursday came within a hair of passing the $1,000 per share threshold. It has sat in ...
Comcast’s customer satisfaction score for subscription TV service fell 6 percent in a new survey, putting the company near the bottom of rankings published by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Comcast’s score fell from 62 to 58 on ACSI’s 100-point scale, a drop of more than 6 percent between 2016 and 2017. The ACSI’s 2017 report on telecommunications released this week attributed the decrease to “price hikes for Xfinity (Comcast) subscriptions.” Satisfaction with pa...
Concure Oncology CEO Sandra Rorem. (Concure Oncology Photo) One of the greatest fears for a recovering cancer patient is relapse: the return of cancer years or decades after it is initially beaten back. But for breast cancer patients, there’s a tried-and-true treatment that can go a long way towards preventing relapse. The treatment has been available in Canada for more than a decade, and now health startup Concure Oncology is bringing that treatment to the U.S. Concure co-founder and C...
Enlarge (credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Early in March, President Donald Trump surrendered his personal Android phone—the phone from which scores of controversial Twitter posts had been launched. Based on Twitter metadata, Trump retired the Android device after expressing outrage over the DNC's failure to let the FBI search its servers and taunting Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 5. The next day, he replaced it with an iPhone. ...
PitchBook CEO John Gabbert accepts the award for Deal of the Year at the GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo). Becoming a startup CEO was never an explicit career goal. I started PitchBook because of a simple and pure motivation — to solve a customer problem. At my previous employer, I saw too many smart customers (investors, advisors, corporate development) held back by a lack of quality data, research, and insights into the private markets. This bothered me. I’ve always liked finding a better...
Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock) (In the wake of this spring's Senate ruling nixing FCC privacy regulations imposed on ISPs, you may be (even more) worried about how your data is used, misused, and abused. There have been a lot of opinions on this topic since, ranging from "the sky is falling" to "move along, citizen, nothing to see here." The fact is, ISPs tend to be pretty unscrupulous, sometimes even ruthless, about how they gather and use their customers' data. You may not be sure ho...
An artist’s conception shows connections between biologically based CRISPR-dCas9 NOR gates. (University of Washington Graphic) Researchers from the University of Washington have taken advantage of synthetic biology to turn yeast cells into building blocks for digital information processing. The experiment, described today in Nature Communications, turned the cells’ genetic code into NOR logic gates suitable for biologically based circuitry. In digital circuitry that deals with ones ...
Enlarge / This fraudulent e-mail was sent in a successful attempt to phish the Gmail password for reporter David Satter. (credit: Citizen Lab) E-mails stolen in a phishing attack on a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin were manipulated before being published on the Internet. That's according to a report published Thursday, which also asserts that the e-mails were manipulated in order to discredit a steady stream of unfavorable articles. The phishing attack on journalist Davi...
Spencer Reeder performs at Paul Allen’s Upstream Festival in Seattle. (Vulcan Photo) It’s easy to see why Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen brought on Spencer Reeder to run Vulcan’s climate change-focused philanthropic initiatives. Reeder holds two engineering degrees, he’s done geophysical field research in Central Asia, South America, and Antarctica, and he’s held environment-focused roles in academia, government, and tech. But it probably didn’t hurt Reeder&...
(Instagram Photo / @Bulletproof) Bulletproof 360, the Bellevue, Wash.-based lifestyle brand with a focus on “clean coffee” and other high-performance food and drinks, has gotten another jolt in its quest to get people to “live better.” The startup has raised $19 million in a new round of funding. In the backyard of coffee giant Starbucks, Bulletproof founder and CEO Dave Asprey is the man behind the movement, mixing coffee and butter to promote brain power. Bulletproof fo...
Enlarge (credit: Robert) Those of you with long memories might remember one of the more amusing (or perhaps annoying) bugs of the Windows 95 and 98 era. Certain specially crafted filenames could make the operating system crash. Malicious users could use this to attack other people's machines by using one of the special filenames as an image source; the browser would try to access the bad file, and Windows would promptly fall over. It turns out that Windows 7 and 8.1 (and Windows Vista, but th...
(credit: DonkeyHotey) A Florida GOP campaign consultant who runs a blog under a pseudonym directly contacted the hackers behind the breach of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he solicited material from them. The Wall Street Journal reports that Aaron Nevins set up a Dropbox account specifically for “Guccifer 2.0” to drop files into, and he received 2.5 GB of data from the Democratic Party breaches—including “get out the vote”...
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking at the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit this year. Seattle is the fastest-growing big city across the U.S., but a potential new income tax would sway folks away from the area and negatively affect its bustling business ecosystem. That’s what Steve Ballmer told KIRO Radio this week, with the former Microsoft CEO noting how an income tax, which is currently moving through city council and would target Seattle’s wealthiest residents, could cause a...
Congress is reviewing a new bill that could allow officials to damage personal drones. (Credit: FAA via Twitter) In a dystopian episode of “Black Mirror,” a hacker tracked and seized control of robotic bees, and the Trump administration is reportedly looking into ways to do that with drones. But instead of targeting unpopular people, this plan aims to bring down the drones. According to Recode, administration officials and congressional staff members are discussing legislation tha...
T.J. Miller as Erlich Bachman on “Silicon Valley.” (HBO Photo) Curl up in your bathrobe and hold that bong rip a few extra seconds for this news: T.J. Miller, the actor who portrays entrepreneurial tech doofus Erlich Bachman on “Silicon Valley,” will not be returning to the HBO comedy next season, it was announced Thursday. Interview: T.J. Miller on startup culture, women in tech, Elon Musk, and weed The comedian has starred for four seasons on the show, as the owner of a...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Palto) Fourteen people who say their names and addresses were attached to anti-net neutrality comments without their permission have asked the Federal Communications Commission to notify other victims of the impersonation and remove fraudulent comments from the net neutrality docket. As we've previously reported, there have been hundreds of thousands of identical comments that were ostensibly submitted to the FCC by ordinary people who hate the current net...
Dave Fetterman. (Amperity Photo) Dave Fetterman has had what you might call an illustrious career. He earned two degrees from Harvard, spent his first two years out of college as a software design engineer at Microsoft and then joined Facebook as one of the company’s first employees in 2006. Now Fetterman has made another jump to join Seattle-based Amperity, a stealthy startup working on machine learning marketing solutions. Fetterman is now serving as Amperity’s VP of engineering at...
Opening of Amazon Fresh Pickup in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon launched its new AmazonFresh Pickup grocery service to Amazon Prime members at two Seattle locations this morning, and GeekWire jumped at the opportunity to be the first people outside of the company’s own employees to try it out. Watch the video below, and continue reading for details. The concept is simple: Order your groceries online and pick them up in a designated time ...
(Peloton Photo) Peloton, the freshly-minted unicorn company that makes $2,000 high-tech spin bikes, is opening up a showroom in the Seattle area. According to the company’s website, the showroom will be in the Bellevue Square Mall. Peloton is hosting a launch party for the new studio June 8. Peloton just closed a $325 million Series F funding round, at a $1.25 billion valuation, led by Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments, Kleiner Perkins and True Ventures, with participation from ...
An image from the Juno orbiter shows Jupiter’s south pole, seen from an altitude of 32,000 miles. The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles in diameter. (NASA / SwRI / MSSS / JPL-Caltech) NASA’s Juno orbiter has been sending back stunning pictures of Jupiter for months, but now the mission’s scientists are sharing their first peer-reviewed findings about the planet’s previously unseen polar storms and powerful magnetic field. “The results from Juno’s initial...