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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, 19 Feb 2017 20:44:04 -0800


Melinda Gates is on a mission to boost women in tech fields

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Seattle’s powerful philanthropist Melinda Gates is throwing her weight behind efforts to bring more women into computer science — and may offer funding for female entrepreneurs.

Tech Spotlight: Seattle startup ReplyYes adds chatbots to e-commerce

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0800

The Seattle startup runs a chatbot that suggests products to customers via text and Facebook Messenger and learns about customer preferences over time. To make a purchase, they just reply “yes.”

Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0800

Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with “natural branding,” a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables.

Microsoft helps build a mosquito trap with brains

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

A new high-tech mosquito trap is promising to accurately capture particular mosquito species — those capable of spreading the Zika virus and certain other diseases — that health officials wanted to track, and let others buzz on.

Hotel companies bolstering tech staffs to improve hospitality

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

As guests increasingly use their phones and computers as they research, book and stay in hotels, the hospitality industry is scrambling to recruit tech talent, use digital marketing and data analysis and introduce innovations like cellphone keyless entry.

T-Mobile stock climbs on report SoftBank open to Sprint combination

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:32:13 -0800

The stock of Bellevue-based T-Mobile US rose 5.5 percent Friday following a report that SoftBank would be willing to give up control of Sprint if it would help cement a potential merger of the two mobile-phone carriers.

Music startup Soundtrack Your Brand raises $22M

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:25:48 -0800

The Spotify-backed music startup is based in Stockholm and has its U.S. headquarters in Seattle.

This bright-eyed talking doll might just be a spy, Germans warn

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:20:40 -0800

German regulators have pulled the Cayla doll, made by U.S.-based Genesis Toys, off store shelves and banned it in Germany, They said hackers could use the “smart” doll to steal personal data.

How to auto-forward text messages from an iPhone

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:58:46 -0800

Judging from the chatter on the web, iPhone users have been encountering mixed results trying to accomplish text forwarding. Patrick Marshall suggests a method that seems to offer the best results.

A new MacBook Pro, and dragging old applications into the future

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:59:16 -0800

I’ve moved into the present with a Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro. That doesn’t mean everything is shiny and new. As many Mac-owning readers know, plenty of older software gets pulled into the modern age because it still runs perfectly fine even on new hardware.

Laptop bag is not too big, not too small for toting just what you need

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:01:00 -0800

The STM Radial Laptop Messenger has a padded sleeve for 14- to 16-inch laptops and pockets on every surface.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, bucking tide, takes public stand against isolationism

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:38:37 -0800

In a 5,800-word letter he posted publicly, Zuckerberg expresses alarm that what was once considered normal — seeking global connection — was now seen by people and governments around the world as something undesirable.

Life-sciences industry losing jobs, leaders say, urging state to renew incentives

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:00:00 -0800

The state’s life-sciences industry, which includes biotech, medical device and global health companies, lost 900 jobs between 2011 and 2014, according to a study.

AP fact check: Bill Gates didn’t say Trump would be like Reagan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:24:59 -0800

A story shared widely on social media falsely attributes to Bill Gates a tweet saying Donald Trump would be regarded as “one of the greatest presidents,” like Ronald Reagan.

Microsoft delays February’s batch of security updates

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:41:34 -0800

The patches have been delayed until March, the company said, citing an unspecified “last minute issue that could impact some customers.”

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:37:02 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of the social network Snapchat is valuing itself at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry’s biggest initial public offering in years. Snap Inc. said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the IPO is likely to be priced between $14 and $16 per share. […]

Yahoo reportedly near revised deal with Verizon

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:30:58 -0800

Yahoo is close to renegotiating its original deal with Verizon, taking close to $300 million off the price to preserve the sale, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

China’s Huawei reportedly plans its own digital assistant for smartphones

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:53:05 -0800

The efforts by the third-largest smartphone maker are extensive and are aimed at Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Alphabet’s Google Assistant, a person familiar with the matter said.

Microsoft calls for digital Geneva Convention to shield civilians from government-sponsored cyberattacks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:30:00 -0800

Following an increase in cyberwarfare, which can inflict collateral damage on individuals, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for governments to agree on norms to shield civilians in cyberspace.

T-Mobile one-ups Verizon’s new unlimited data plan; 4Q results top forecasts

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:10:10 -0800

Outspoken CEO John Legere announced the additions to T-Mobile’s data plan in a series of tweets, first calling out Verizon for “caving” when it announced its own unlimited plan.