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Find the latest technology news from Seattle, the Northwest and U.S. by technology reporter Rachel Lerman, Microsoft reporter Matt Day, Amazon reporter Ángel González and the Seattle Times business staff.



Last Build Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:57:20 -0800

 



AI’s ability to read is hailed as milestone, but there’s still long way to go

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0800

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Alibaba and Microsoft announced this month that their computer models surpassed humans for the first time in a reading-comprehension test. But AI experts say computers still aren’t that close to understanding words and processing meaning with the same ease as humans.



Alexa, we’re still trying to figure out what to do with you

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0800

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Most people using virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa aren’t using them to do much more than they could with the old clock/radio.



Amazon Go cashierless convenience store opening to the public

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

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After a nearly 14-month trial run open only to the Seattle company’s employees, Monday marks the public debut of the store — among Amazon’s boldest efforts to reshape brick-and-mortar shopping.



Reporting sexual misconduct: Now there’s an app for that

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:43:26 -0800

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A user can keep a harassment or abuse report secret or print or email it to police or a human-resources department. Future versions will allow users to send their complaints directly to a school or employer — if that human-resources department also has the app.



Here’s the skinny on streaming TV options for cordcutters

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:38:43 -0800

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Tech Review: If you want to ditch your traditional pay TV provider, you have a lot of streaming options available. Here’s an overview.



Don’t like Facebook’s change to its news feed? Wait five minutes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:34:32 -0800

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Commentary: Facebook’s fixes to problems sometimes need fixes of their own. It’s useful to remember that nothing at Facebook is permanent, not even its principles.



This robotic maid takes us one step closer to ‘The Jetsons’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0800

The Aeolus Robot, inspired by Rosey the Robot, can distinguish the subtle differences between a bagel and a doughnut.



Tech industry urges U.S. to keep work permits for H-1B spouses

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:53:54 -0800

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The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposal to remove the work eligibility of spouses of H-1B holders — a move that industry groups expect next month.



What you need to know about bitcoin-searching malware

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:58:54 -0800

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.



iPhones and iPads can be attacked by malware, but risk is still low

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:45 -0800

Mac owners, this is for you. Practical Mac explores Apple's new software offerings, hardware upgrades and more. Appears every other Saturday.



Facebook to emphasize ‘trustworthy’ news via user surveys

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:03:22 -0800

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Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news […]



IBM ends 22-quarter streak of falling revenue

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:51:09 -0800

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The fourth-quarter sales gain of 4 percent was modest, and it won’t erase the doubts of industry analysts who are skeptical that a genuine turnaround is underway at IBM.



Seattle startup generator Pioneer Square Labs raises $15 million

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:15:23 -0800

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The company has spun out nine startups and will use the new investment, primarily from Boulder-based Foundry Group, to churn out more.



See how the 20 Amazon HQ2 finalists compare, and vote on your choice

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:21:19 -0800

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An interactive comparison of the Amazon HQ2 finalists' talent pool, housing costs and other demographic data.



Facebook helping to turn Seattle area into hub for virtual, augmented reality

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:19:08 -0800

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A growing cluster of Facebook specialists in the Seattle area are working at the cutting edge of virtual and augmented reality. The company’s investments are helping to turn the area into a hub for research and development in the new technologies.



Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch grabs executives from Pandora, Slack

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:39:57 -0800

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Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming service, has bolstered its executive ranks with three technologists.



Correction: Uber-Autonomous Vehicles story

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:19 -0800

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DETROIT (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about autonomous vehicles, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from Uber, reported erroneously that the company has test vehicles carrying passengers with human backup drivers in Toronto and San Francisco. The company is testing autonomous vehicles in both cities but is not carrying passengers. A corrected […]



Sound familiar, Seattle? Apple shops for site to build a new campus, will also add 20,000 jobs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:33:41 -0800

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after […]



More than half of Seattle’s software developers were born outside U.S.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:39 -0800

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The share of foreign-born IT workers has increased from 11 percent in 1990 to 40 percent today in the Seattle area. And for software developers — the No. 1 IT job here — nearly half were born outside the country.



Seattle startup Usermind pulls in $23.5 million, helping it expand internationally

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

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The latest round of funding from prominent Silicon Valley investors will help Usermind set up its first international office in London.