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    Stationless in Seattle: Bike-Sharing has Landed

    On March 31, 2017, Seattle’s bike-sharing system, Pronto, died. From its ashy, burnt-rubber-smelling remains, something new is rising. Last week the Seattle Department of Transport approved a pilot program to bring accessible public biking back to the good people of Seattle. After the first weekend of this program, the phoenix here may very well be in the form of the new stationless bike-share system brought to us by San Francisco-born tech company, Spin.It isn't easy to become a city’s primary form of city-ordained biking. The City of Seattle had to reimburse Pronto users’ [...]

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    Learning from Tech Archetypes – Don’t be a Nathan

    The smell of pine woods, a white-noise crashing waterfall and hundreds of miles of private forest. An ultra-modern, ultra-expensive home is nestled in the thick of the expanse. The stoic lodge has all the amenities of the 22nd century, really, and is without a doubt as beautiful as the surrounding nature, in a technological singularity sort of way. If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is the home of Nathan Bateman (above), infamous techie of Blue Book, a fictitious take on Google from the movie, Ex Machina. It could also very well describe the home of Bill Gates.Bill Gates' [...]

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    In Wake of Paris Accord Exit, 4 Positive Environmental Developments

    The United States is now the leader of the Paris Climate Discord after President Trump announced last Thursday that the United States will be exiting the Paris Accord - an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperatures from rising over 2 degrees Celsius that all countries in the world have signed/ratified except for Nicaragua (which said it isn't tough enough), Syria, and now, the United States. A development with very far-reaching implications. With that said, there are plenty of positive environmental developments happening around the world that deserve more [...]

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    Mysteries in Tech World #1: Network Marketing, Gigging and Steak Sauce

    What do network marketing, autonomous work in an increasingly science-fiction-y workforce and BBQ condiments have in common? They are clues in an Emerald City mystery that unfolded in this booming city. Cozy up and riddle me this. Union Bank Plaza was as hard to find as the plot in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I had just moved for a job with KIND Snacks. They send me around Seattle working all sorts of events. This was one of my first. I was fresh-faced, optimistic and excitable, despite the slough of rain.A man walked up to our KIND table. He was young-ish, had a [...]

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    The Rise of Pet Tech: The Rover App

    Doodle puppies courtesy of DoodlesNW.com. Are you a dog or cat owner who loves your pets probably more than you should? Do you like them almost more than people, sometimes? If the answer is yes, you can join thousands of Americans across the country who see their furry friends as family. And, like most pet owners, this love for your pets can lead to a familiar, dreadful feeling: separation anxiety for both you and your pet. How do you look after your pet while you're travelling, or during that 12-hour nursing shift? Do you board Fido at a kennel, or do you call a pet sitter? Finding [...]

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    Seattle’s First Virtual Reality Pop-up, a Step Towards Diversifying Tech

    South Seattle just saw its first "Virtual Reality (VR) Pop-Up" last Sunday. It was a collaborative effort between City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), University of Washington CoMotion Labs, and Office of Film + Music to whet the palate for what's to come.  When it comes to established tech-topias, Seattle is a hub that’s quickly staking its claim to fame. Big-name tech players, such as Google & Facebook from neighboring Silicon Valley and Alibaba from across the pond, are already planting roots here in [...]

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    Rewriting the Future of Food

    Why should the future of food matter to you? Aside from the fact that we eat food everyday — unless we’re fasting, that is — and that much of our social life revolves around tables of food, the horizon of food is evolving. Efficiency, intelligence and innovation are vital to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population. From new ways to deal with food storage & waste, to cutting-edge alternatives, here are 3 players already at the wheel of a tech-driven food world:With concerns surrounding food supplies, the fact is that total current world food production can already [...]

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    Augmented Reality, the New Industrial Revolution

    Google, Microsoft, Apple, and even Amazon have been feverishly at work over the past decade, refining and honing separate technologies into what will become the new industrial revolution.  It’s called augmented reality, and it’s going to change the way you work, travel, shop, and even socialize. Like many technologies, AR isn’t a standalone development. Rather, it’s the culmination of many research disciplines, including voice recognition, GPS, and 3D sensors —- All to make wearable devices that can see, hear, and understand our world. I sought to find [...]

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    Meet Wrench, an Industry-Shaking Mobile Mechanic Service

    Owning a car is expensive. You've got monthly payments, insurance, gas, routine maintenance- these costs can add up, but at least you know what to expect every month. What you can’t always see coming is when your transmission breaks down, your engine fails, or suddenly your car won’t start. That’s money you didn’t expect to spend, and time you can’t afford to waste getting your car fixed at the shop. Taking your car into the dealership or a shop to get it repaired can be costly, and of course, extremely time consuming. Luckily, the team at Wrench have come up[...]

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    The Problem with Software Obsolescence

    For quite a while, almost everything that uses electricity has been controlled by a microcontroller, a tiny computer programed with specific behavior. This means that device capabilities and user experiences are determined not just by the device itself, but by the embedded software installed on a device.But what happens when a device's programming becomes obsolete- incompatible, outdated or broken? The idea of upgrading a perfectly good device by replacing it with an identical one with slightly different code seems incredibly wasteful. In most devices, the programing code is baked into the [...]

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    Apple Announces New iPhone 7 With Some Big Changes

    The wait is over and the rumors are true. Apple announced today that the iPhone 7 will have upgraded cameras, a new home button and an improved screen, but it will no longer have an auxiliary port/headphone jack. Rather, you will have to use either Bluetooth headphones or special headphones that connect via the “lightning” port. But not to worry, an adapter will come in the box upon purchase to connect your old 3.5mm headphones if you would like (you'll just need to purchase an additional accessory if you want to charge and listen at the same time).Apple released photos of their [...]

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    How Netflix Made TV Even More Anti-Social

    Remember when there were less than 100 channels on cable? They were all “standard definition” and you only had one TV in your house? Maybe if you were lucky you had two… But regardless, they weighed three times as much as you and took 5 minutes to warm up before you could watch anything anyways. Those were the days. You used to wake up at the crack of dawn. You’d race to the basement to snag the best spot on the couch for Saturday morning cartoons. Then you, your brothers and sisters, the friend who slept over the night before, would watch the show together. All week [...]

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    How Pokémon Go is Changing Our World

    Here in Seattle, you don’t have to walk far to find the nearest PokéStop. Which means, you don’t have to walk far to find someone with their face buried in their phone, playing Pokémon Go. The game is immersive, interactive, and addictive. And at this point, if you haven’t heard of it, you’re probably living under a rock.   No one, not even the game's creators (Niantic), could have predicted the scope of the game’s popularity. Upon release, the game soared to the top of the charts, making it the most downloaded app on any Apple device in less [...]

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    Virtual Reality at the Rio Olympics

    When people used to think of Virtual Reality, they would probably imagine wearing a giant helmet to transport themselves into some sort of digital world. VR has taken massive strides in the gaming world, with consoles like the Oculus Rift revolutionizing at-home gaming, creating fully immersive 360 degree worlds for our imaginations to explore. What most people don’t realize, is how life-like VR experiences can be, and surprisingly, how affordable. This year for the 2016 Rio Olympics, NBC is providing Samsung Gear VR users over 100 hours of 360 degree footage. A first for any Olympics. [...]

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    Advocates for Uber and Lyft Union Clear First Legal Hurdle

    This past Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Seattle over the ordinance allowing the formation of an Uber and Lyft union. The city has been praised by worker’s rights advocates this past year due to its progressive “pro-worker” policies - especially its $15/hr minimum wage. However, the city of Seattle faced considerable backlash upon the passing of this ordinance back in December, which has been widely criticized as illegal according to federal labor laws. And although it was passed unanimously by Seattle’s city council, the Mayor of[...]

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    New Online Service Josephine Serves Up Home-Cooked Happiness

    When was the last time you had a home-cooked meal? For a lot of us, the answer is probably way too long. What is it about a home-cooked meal that makes it different? Perhaps a unique recipe, a special family trick, better attention to detail? Maybe it’s the authentic cuisine and the healthy portion of love. Whatever it is, everyone knows that nothing beats a delicious home-cooked meal. And now, thanks to Josephine, you don’t even have to turn on the stove, or preheat the oven. The first service of it’s kind, Josephine gives you easy access to delicious meals cooked [...]

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    The Effects of Brexit on Technology

    On June 24th, 2016, the majority of U.K. citizens voted to leave the European Union. The ‘Brexit’ decision was supported by 52% of the population, but the ‘leave’ votes came primarily from England (except for London) and Wales. There have been reports that even more countries are threatening to leave the EU and the pound plummeted to a 31-year low. Prime Minister David Cameron has also announced his resignation. The results of the referendum evoked an enormous wave of negative responses, including shock, regret, disappointment, disbelief and a lot of uncertainty, but [...]

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