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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, 25 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0700


Seattle trucking-software startup Convoy hauls in $62M from investors

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0700

The fast-growing Seattle startup announced plans to expand its trucking software service nationally.

Foxconn eyeing swing states for U.S. manufacturing plant

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:30:06 -0700

Taiwan-based Foxconn plans to invest $7 billion in a U.S. manufacturing facility. Where it places its factory has as much to do with politics as business.

Microsoft pushes further into chip design as it jockeys to be artificial-intelligence leader

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:40:46 -0700

Microsoft is developing a chip for its HoloLens augmented-reality goggles that will analyze what the user sees and hears right there on the device rather than wasting precious microseconds sending the data back to the cloud.

Microsoft may pull the plug on Paint

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:33:31 -0700

Microsoft Paint, the graphics editor found in Windows, will not receive new updates and may be removed from future versions of the operating system.

Here’s a prediction: Apple predictions will be very wrong, again

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0700

If historical patterns hold, analysts’ predictions for Apple’s sales results 14 months in advance will be wildly inaccurate.

How a 16-hour road trip led to the creation of Seattle startup Apptentive

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Apptentive develops ways for app owners to talk to their customers and get feedback within the app.

Can Google prevent traffic, housing woes as it plans big San Jose campus?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Google’s plans for a new San Jose campus puts it at the epicenter of the controversy over the power of huge tech companies to transform communities — often not for the better.

Nintendo may be moving away from its twin product line strategy

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Nintendo’s new hybrid Switch may upend the company’s two-decade-old strategy that was the envy of rivals: having twin product lines — home console and a handheld gaming device.

A gamer channel on Amazon’s Twitch sends the trolls packing

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0700

An unusual channel on the video-game streaming platform, Misscliks, is designed from the ground up to minimize the type of sexist or misogynistic commentary that’s all too prevalent in the genre.

Lyft to develop self-driving car technology in new Silicon Valley facility

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:32:21 -0700

Lyft announced what it calls its Open Platform Initiative, a way to develop autonomous vehicle technology in conjunction with automakers and technology companies.

5 simple rules to improve your computer’s security

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:53:57 -0700

Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.

Alexa, what happens if the Echo has a screen? You get a review like this

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Tech review: The Echo Show — Amazon’s new smart speaker with a touch screen — is ideal on a kitchen counter or an office desk, but it’s superfluous if you already own an Echo speaker and a smartphone or tablet.

For 4 Seattle women called Alexa, it’s funny, frustrating to share name with Amazon device

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:40:00 -0700

Being named Alexa in a landscape dotted with an estimated 11 million plus Echo devices can be funny — and just as often, frustrating. As the use of Alexa expands, the name seems to be on everyone’s lips.

Microsoft scrambles to become player in new game of sports analytics

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Seattle Reign women’s soccer team has a new tool to help in player conditioning. It’s among a dozen teams piloting Microsoft’s Sports Performance Platform, a data monitoring and analytics program that officially launched last month.

29 minutes from New York to Washington? Elon Musk teases a new Hyperloop

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:52:32 -0700

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said he had been given “verbal” government “approval” for his vision, in which one of his companies, The Boring Company, would build an underground transportation system connecting New York City to Washington, D.C., in a 29-minute trip.

Microsoft’s sales of Office 365 beat out traditional Office for first time

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:43:35 -0700

Revenue from business sales of the Office 365 productivity suite topped traditional corporate Office sales for the first time last quarter — a milestone in Microsoft’s transition from selling packaged software to cloud-computing products.

Beijing wants AI to be made in China by 2030

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:37:09 -0700

The world’s second-largest economy will be investing heavily to ensure its companies, government and military leap to the front of the pack in a technology many think will one day form the basis of computing.

Microsoft’s results beat analysts’ forecasts as profit more than doubles

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:26:38 -0700

The Redmond company’s quarterly profit more than doubled from a year ago on growth in its cloud-computing products.

Party like it’s 1999? We’re past that now

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:52:55 -0700

Tech stocks just hit a milestone, topping a record set at the height of the dot-com boom. Are we in a similar speculative bubble?