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Console vs. cloud: What Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X says about the future of gaming

Console vs. cloud: What Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X says about the future of gaming

A few months after the announcement of Project Scarlett, Microsoft took to the Game Awards stage on Thursday night to debut the next Xbox by its new, official name: the Xbox Series X. Much of what Microsoft has said so far about the new console is what you’d expect from a new video game system. The...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 8, 2019

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 8, 2019

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 Dec. 8, 2019. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Hands-on review: Panic’s Playdate device pairs old-school games with new-school content delivery

Hands-on review: Panic’s Playdate device pairs old-school games with new-school content delivery

Panic’s portable gaming system, the Playdate. (Photo: Thomas Wilde for GeekWire) The most impressive thing about the Playdate is that it’s being made at all. Portland, Ore.-based Panic announced its new portable gaming handheld back in May, and has been clear from the start that it’s a deliberately...

Regulation is coming: How startups should be thinking about data, security and privacy

Regulation is coming: How startups should be thinking about data, security and privacy

BigStock Photo From the earliest days of the Internet in the mid-1990’s, the technology industry and its advocates have fought aggressively against government regulation. It is ironic, given that the Internet itself is directly a product of a government program, the Defense Advanced Research...

Beacons of hope for the unhoused: Samaritan donation platform adjusts approach, expands reach

Beacons of hope for the unhoused: Samaritan donation platform adjusts approach, expands reach

Since joining the Samaritan platform, Raven has found a community and returned to the workforce. (Photo by Judy Furlong) Raven stoops on a bench tranquilly flint-knapping an obsidian arrowhead by an I-5 overpass in North Seattle. His 10-man tent holds his guitar, banjo, art supplies and essentials....

What the Ring camera hacks say about security, privacy and technology

What the Ring camera hacks say about security, privacy and technology

Ring Photo The hacking of multiple Ring cameras this week brought the sometimes abstract world of tech security and privacy into stark relief, as hackers watched and harassed families and children in their homes, demonstrating the frightening real-world consequences of weak password security. On...

Tech Moves: Microsoft IP chief Erich Andersen is leaving; Kristen Hamilton joins board of education software startup; and more

Tech Moves: Microsoft IP chief Erich Andersen is leaving; Kristen Hamilton joins board of education software startup; and more

Kristen Hamilton, then CEO of Koru, on stage at GeekWire Startup Day. — Entrepreneur and startup advisor Kristen Hamilton joined the board of Toronto-based Top Hat, an education software company. Since selling Seattle-based Koru, where Hamilton was CEO and co-founder, in an unusual exit earlier...

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Snowball fights, beer and board games, Star Wars fondue, and more

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Snowball fights, beer and board games, Star Wars fondue, and more

Snowzone at the Pacific Science Center (Pacific Science Center photo) -There might not be any snow on the ground just yet, but Seattle’s Pacific Science Center will have plenty of it starting Dec. 21. A special installation called Snowzone will be on display until Jan. 5. The space will feature a...

Geek of the Week: Bioengineer by day and artist by night, Amanda Woodcock lives to create

Geek of the Week: Bioengineer by day and artist by night, Amanda Woodcock lives to create

(Photo courtesy of Amanda Woodcock) Whether she is brainstorming solutions to a medical problem, or coming up with a new ceramic form, Amanda Woodcock is constantly creating in her worlds as both a bioengineer and as an artist. “That is really where I shine — creating something from nothing,” said...

Amazon is delivering half of its own packages, reducing reliance on third-parties, analysts find

Amazon is delivering half of its own packages, reducing reliance on third-parties, analysts find

An Amazon-branded van at the company’s June announcement of the Delivery Service Partners program. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Amazon is coming for couriers. The Seattle tech giant is now delivering 50 percent of packages itself, according to Morgan Stanley estimates spotted by CNBC. Analysts...

The most powerful console yet, or a refrigerator? Reactions to Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X

The design and power of the new Xbox Series X captured the attention of the internet in the wake of Microsoft’s surprise reveal of the next-generation console Thursday night. RELATED: Microsoft’s next Xbox console will debut in 2020, with mini-tower design The new device, which Microsoft calls the...

Wizards of the Coast expands ‘Magic’ and ‘D&D’ further beyond tabletop with two new video games

Wizards of the Coast expands ‘Magic’ and ‘D&D’ further beyond tabletop with two new video games

Wizards of the Coast announced two new video games Thursday night, expanding its iconic tabletop gaming franchises further into the digital realm. The company, based in Renton, Wash., unveiled a new Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game for PCs and consoles called Dark Alliance; and a new...

Despite Amazon’s legal challenge, Microsoft reportedly moving forward with JEDI hiring push

Despite Amazon’s legal challenge, Microsoft reportedly moving forward with JEDI hiring push

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at Build 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Microsoft’s push to recruit people to work on the JEDI project to build cloud infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Defense is in full swing, according to a new report, unhindered by Amazon’s legal challenge of...

Hiya’s ‘State of the Phone Call’ report shows 108% jump in spam calls to 54.6 billion in 2019

Hiya’s ‘State of the Phone Call’ report shows 108% jump in spam calls to 54.6 billion in 2019

(BigStock Photo) Well, these are some discouraging numbers — both the unidentified robocall variety and just how many of them there are in the U.S. In its new “State of the Phone Call” report, Seattle-based Hiya, providers of protection against nuisance calls, found that those types of calls grew...

Microsoft unveils its next Xbox console: ‘Series X’ will debut in 2020, with mini-tower design

Microsoft unveils its next Xbox console: ‘Series X’ will debut in 2020, with mini-tower design

The Xbox Series X. (Microsoft Image) Microsoft revealed the name and look of its next Xbox console on Thursday night, unveiling the new Xbox “Series X” with a hardware design that quickly drew comparisons to a mini PC tower. The new system, which previously went by the code name Project Scarlett,...

Hubble image shows distant galaxy photobombing an interstellar comet as it swings around the sun

Hubble image shows distant galaxy photobombing an interstellar comet as it swings around the sun

Comet 2I/Borisov appears as a bright dot within a haze of dust, with a distant spiral galaxy in the background of the Hubble Space Telescope image, taken on Nov. 16. The comet was about 203 million miles from Earth when the picture was taken. (NASA / ESA / UCLA / D. Jewitt) The Hubble Space...

Rocket Lab’s Virginia launch pad opens for business, with Air Force as first customer

Rocket Lab’s Virginia launch pad opens for business, with Air Force as first customer

With Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck at center, dignitaries gather at Launch Complex 2 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Wallops Island. (NASA Wallops Photo) Rocket Lab today celebrated the opening of a launch complex on the Virginia coast, half a world away from its first launch pad...

Tech experts agree it’s time to regulate artificial intelligence — if only it were that simple

Tech experts agree it’s time to regulate artificial intelligence — if only it were that simple

AI2 CEO Oren Etzioni spakes at the Technology Alliance’s AI Policy Matters Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Artificial intelligence is here, it’s just the beginning, and it’s time to start thinking about how to regulate it. Those were the takeaways from the Technology Alliance‘s AI...

Tech industry’s password problems come home to roost with Ring security camera hacks

Tech industry’s password problems come home to roost with Ring security camera hacks

Ring Photo After a series of high-profile hacks involving in-home Ring security cameras, some people are finding that devices they bought to increase their sense of security at home are doing just the opposite: leaving them feeling less secure, at risk and even violated as outsiders hijacked the...

It’s all systems go from NASA for uncrewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner to space station

It’s all systems go from NASA for uncrewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner to space station

Perched atop its Atlas 5 rocket, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi is being prepared for launch. (United Launch Alliance Photo) After conducting a flight readiness review today, NASA gave its go-ahead for launching Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi on an uncrewed demonstration flight to the...

Leaders from Seattle’s ‘boring’ unicorns on staying private and their most important lessons learned

Leaders from Seattle’s ‘boring’ unicorns on staying private and their most important lessons learned

From left to right: Craig Sherman, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, moderates a TiE Seattle panel with Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace, Convoy VP of Operations Kristen Forecki, Icertis CEO Samir Bodas, and UiPath CPO Param Kahlon. (GeekWire Photos / Taylor Soper) Seattle’s unicorns are...

Be cool, Alexa … actor Samuel L. Jackson now voices the weather and more for Amazon

Be cool, Alexa … actor Samuel L. Jackson now voices the weather and more for Amazon

(Amazon Image) “I’m in the cloud, baby!” Only Samuel L. Jackson, the longtime Hollywood star with a distinct voice and vocabulary, could introduce himself through a smart speaker in such a way. But that’s what he did on Thursday when Amazon introduced the celeb as a fun way to change up its Alexa...

How Jeff Bezos personally helped the University of Washington recruit its AI ‘superstars’

How Jeff Bezos personally helped the University of Washington recruit its AI ‘superstars’

UW Computer Science Chair Hank Levy speaks at the TechAliance AI Policy Matters Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) About eight years ago, leaders of the University of Washington’s computer science department decided to zero in on artificial intelligence. The goal was to recruit machine...

New documents reveal details of Seattle scooter-share pilot, including ban on sidewalk riding

New documents reveal details of Seattle scooter-share pilot, including ban on sidewalk riding

A Lime scooter and Lime bikes in Seattle (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Seattle’s plan for a free-floating scooter-share pilot program is coming into focus with a newly released environmental impact statement and other filings that reveal key details of the proposal. The motorized scooters will be...

Airbus acquires MTM Robotics, which makes aircraft-building systems in Boeing’s backyard

Airbus acquires MTM Robotics, which makes aircraft-building systems in Boeing’s backyard

MTM Robotics’ light automated robotic systems are already in use in Airbus’ manufacturing facilities. (Airbus Photo) Airbus says it has acquired MTM Robotics, a Seattle-area company that provides automated systems for aerospace manufacturing, for an undisclosed sum. MTM’s headquarters are in...

Hackers infiltrate Ring cameras in Florida and Tennessee and harass children

Hackers infiltrate Ring cameras in Florida and Tennessee and harass children

The Ring Stickup camera. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Hackers accessed Ring security cameras in Florida and Tennessee over the last few days and communicated with children, raising questions about the safety of the devices made by the Amazon subsidiary. Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera in...

Riipen raises $3.75M to help colleges use real-world problems from employers in coursework

Vancouver, B.C.-based education technology startup Riipen has raised $3.75 million to fuel growth of its technology that connects colleges and universities to employers. There are several companies aiming to build a bridge between students and postsecondary institutions, but Riipen focuses on...

Need a ski lift? New Uber feature will allow riders to request a vehicle to get them to the slopes

Need a ski lift? New Uber feature will allow riders to request a vehicle to get them to the slopes

(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A big storm is set to finally dump some snow on Washington’s mountains this week, and Uber is offering a new way to get skiers and snowboarders to the good stuff. The ride-hailing company announced this week that Uber Ski is coming. The new feature in the Uber app...

These 11 startups will be part of the WeWork-Washington state maritime accelerator program

These 11 startups will be part of the WeWork-Washington state maritime accelerator program

WeWork’s newest location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has a maritime theme. (WeWork Photo) A healthcare provider for mariners, a maker of electric outboard motors and a shipping logistics startup. These are just a few members of the cohort of startups chosen for WeWork’s Washington state...

Qualtrics doubles down on Dallas office as it unveils new experience management technology

Qualtrics doubles down on Dallas office as it unveils new experience management technology

Qualtrics’ Plano, Texas office. (Qualtrics Photo) Qualtrics today unveiled a series of new features to beef up its “experience management” platform through the infusion of artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning. The new techs comes at a time of rapid growth for the company, and it...

Lift Aircraft says 13,000 people have signed up for drone rides; flights begin in beta mode in Texas

Lift Aircraft says 13,000 people have signed up for drone rides; flights begin in beta mode in Texas

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sits in the Hexa rotorcraft and chats with Lift Aircraft CEO Matt Chasen, standing alongside the craft, during Amazon’s MARS conference in March. (Lift Aircraft Photo) A year after its unveiling, Lift Aircraft says more than 13,000 people have signed up so far for rides on the...

Tech Moves: RealNetworks adds board members; LegUp CEO joins FFA advisory board; and more

Tech Moves: RealNetworks adds board members; LegUp CEO joins FFA advisory board; and more

Jessica Eggert. (FFA Photo) — LegUp co-founder and CEO Jessica Eggert has joined the Female Founders Alliance’s board of advisors. Her startup, inspired by the challenges she faced as a working mom, is creating a marketplace to help other working parents find and enroll in childcare. Eggert...

Windows dressing: Microsoft’s latest holiday ‘ugly sweater’ soft-wear pays tribute to XP

Windows dressing: Microsoft’s latest holiday ‘ugly sweater’ soft-wear pays tribute to XP

The Windows XP ugly sweater. (Twitter via @tomwarren) Microsoft seems to have rebooted a holiday idea from last season and is bringing back some “ugly sweater” soft-wear that pays homage to its classic software. In a tweet on Wednesday, Tom Warren, a senior editor at The Verge, showed off the...

Seattle launches data dashboards to show residents how the city is performing on key issues

Seattle launches data dashboards to show residents how the city is performing on key issues

Seattle City Hall. (Flickr Photo / Daniel X. O’Neil) The City of Seattle unveiled seven data dashboards Thursday in an effort to give residents and government employees more insights into how the city is performing. The Performance Seattle website tracks how well the city is meeting its goals on...

Checking in with new Foursquare CEO David Shim, Seattle startup vet with big plans in location tech

Checking in with new Foursquare CEO David Shim, Seattle startup vet with big plans in location tech

Foursquare CEO David Shim. (Foursquare Photo) David Shim’s entrepreneurial journey took a wild turn in 2019. The longtime Seattle techie sold his location analytics startup Placed to Snapchat parent Snap in 2017 for a reported $135 million, marking a significant milestone for the company he founded...