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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: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:20:52 -0700


Turbulence at Uber complicates efforts to fill top jobs, ease crises

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:27:00 -0700

The ugly split with Uber’s president further complicates CEO Travis Kalanick’s attempts to navigate the company’s crises — including the search for a COO.

Microsoft outages hit some Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype services

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:31:24 -0700

Microsoft services went down for some users Tuesday. The company said it was working to fix the problem.

Prime Now deliveries are now on Alexa’s can-do list

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:18:05 -0700

The move underscores Amazon’s knack for wrapping together seemingly disparate parts of its business to turn a buck.

Microsoft, Adobe build on cloud partnership

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:18 -0700

Microsoft and Adobe will create a shared data language to make it easier for customers to make sense of information.

Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:42:07 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals. The […]

Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to information, tools on phones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:03:08 -0700

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called “shortcuts ,” will appear as a row of icons below the Google search box. Instead of having to ponder and then […]

Trump’s immigration policies give Vancouver’s tech sector an extra bump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Vancouver’s tech payroll has grown 27 percent in the last decade, fueled partly by flexible Canadian immigration policies. Though that’s drawn U.S. companies frustrated with U.S. limits, B.C. officials consider it a short-term advantage and hope to develop homegrown talent.

Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:03:02 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and fair elections depend on access to information.  To ensure such access, Jigsaw says, sites for news, […]

Uber’s latest executive exit follows string of controversies

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:56:57 -0700

President Jeff Jones quit the ride-hailing company after just six months, saying, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.”

The suit makes the man: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dons robotic armor

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:31:28 -0700

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stepped into a giant robotic suit at a private conference for automation enthusiasts.

Insider Q&A: Girding for net neutrality fight

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:03:06 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Some tech companies are gearing up for a fight over Obama-era rules that prohibit broadband providers from treating some web services — ahem, their own — better than rival services. These rules made the Federal Communications Commission a tough overseer of telecom. But the new FCC chairman, appointed by President Donald […]

Tech Spotlight: ExtraSlice serves up work space, training for tech startups

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The Bellevue co-working space aims to give growing companies not just a flexible space to work in, but training and services as well.

College students turn James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ into a virtual-reality game

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, says the Boston College professor coordinating the project.

Sprint’s case for combining with T-Mobile undercut by flourishing wireless competition

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Sprint needs to persuade regulators that the public will be better served if a competitor is eliminated from the market. That’s a tall order at a time when prices are plummeting and coverage has never been better.

How the internet is saving culture, not killing it

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700

In just about every cultural medium, digital technology is letting in new voices. And now the business side of culture is changing: People have started paying for online content.

T-Mobile moves the needle in its research lab to compete with larger rivals

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

T-Mobile is expanding its research lab in Bellevue — hosting 5G trials and doing more device testing — as the No. 3 wireless carrier competes with larger rivals AT&T and Verizon

Buying a new TV? Here’s how to cut through the jargon

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:49:57 -0700

If you haven’t purchased a television in the last two years, consider upgrading, so says an analyst. Here are some tips to prepare yourself.

Use Migration Assistant to move email from PC to Mac

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:50:10 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each Saturday.

4 ways to share groups of photos on the Mac and iOS

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:24:03 -0700

There are better and easier ways to share photos with several people than by using email. Here are the most common ways I do it from my Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Vancouver, B.C., eases foreign homebuyer tax to attract tech workers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:20:14 -0700

Foreign workers entering the country through a so-called Provincial Nominee Program won’t have to pay the real-estate tax, in a bid to ensure the Canadian province attracts skilled workers and entrepreneurs.