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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: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:03:58 -0800

 



One call does it all: T-Mobile tech rings many devices at once

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800

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T-Mobile US is testing a system to send one call to many devices regardless of the operating system or cellular carrier. Also: Amazon knocks down report that it plans 2,000 brick-and-mortar stores, and Boeing’s campaign to cut costs leaves a Portland contractor out in the cold.



Michigan law permits cars with no steering wheels, drivers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:20:12 -0800

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The legislative package is intended to make the state “the epicenter for driverless vehicle technology,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.



Snapchat’s whimsically goofy Spectacles are worth the strange looks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:11:34 -0800

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As a matter of style, the Snapchat glasses device may not suit you, but it may be one of the more compelling new gadgets released by a major tech company in years.



Anti-malware, anti-virus go after different things

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:11:18 -0800

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Patrick Marshall addresses a tricky question on the difference between viruses and malware. He also has a complaint to air about glitches related to shuffling music files.



Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:04 -0800

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DETROIT (AP) — Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up to automakers […]



How Seattle became ‘Cloud City’: Amazon and Microsoft are leading a tech revolution

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

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Cloud computing is transforming how business works, and much of it is being driven by Amazon, Microsoft and a group of Silicon Valley companies with local outposts.



What is cloud computing? Its tech tentacles reach everywhere, from the Seattle Aquarium to BECU

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

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Migrating their technology to the cloud frees companies to refocus more of their efforts on their business and less on IT needs and issues.



2,000 stores? Amazon knocks down report of retail plans

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:39:36 -0800

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The response came after a Wall Street Journal story said the company was working on several brick-and-mortar retail store formats.



Microsoft seals $26 billion LinkedIn deal; now comes the hard part

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:33:55 -0800

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The deal gives Microsoft, whose Office and Windows software are default portals for information workers, the leading online resume repository and workplace relationship database.



T-Mobile develops feature that lets multiple devices share a single phone number

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:31:00 -0800

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Called Digits, the technology is designed to work on pretty much any device regardless of cellular carrier. It’s now being tested with a small group of customers.



Microsoft makes moves to pack more punch into PCs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:01:00 -0800

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At a hardware engineering conference in China, the company announces “Project Evo,” a collaboration with Intel to add new capabilities into Windows computers.



Glassdoor annual rankings list five area companies among best places to work

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:54:27 -0800

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At No. 24, Concur is the highest-ranking area company on the Glassdoor list, which is based on reviews of companies by current or former employees.



Grocery-workers union lashes out against new Amazon store

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:05:10 -0800

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The largest union representing grocery-store workers has come out against Amazon.com’s launch of a store sans cashiers, a sign of how a recent generation of futuristic technology comes with a dose of angst for big parts of the workforce.



Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:25:04 -0800

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BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup. The low-cost device was tested in Spain on six people with quadriplegia affecting their ability to grasp or manipulate objects. By wearing […]



Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:08:30 -0800

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to “read” traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be. It’s […]



Morale is sinking, pilots for Amazon cargo say in survey

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:01:00 -0800

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In a survey, pilots for one of the companies Amazon has contracted for air- cargo services complain about pay, attrition and a looming pilot shortage.



After meeting with Trump, Japanese mogul pledges $50B U.S. investment, spurs T-Mobile speculation

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:03:05 -0800

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After meeting with Donald Trump, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he will invest $50 billion in the U.S. — the latest instance in which Trump appears to be conducting economic policy via ad hoc deal-making, sometimes taking credit whether he deserves it or not.



EU clears Microsoft’s $26 billion LinkedIn deal

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:29:31 -0800

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The European Commission's OK is the last major regulatory approval the deal required, paving the way for Microsoft to seal its purchase of the professional social networking website.



ReachNow expands to all of Seattle, adds SUVs

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:01:19 -0800

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ReachNow will now have 700 vehicles in the city of Seattle.



Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:03:05 -0800

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The internet company believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That’s significant, given Google’s […]