GeekWire Podcast: Digital tipping point for Post Office

How many of you still send or receive letters and bills in the mail on a regular basis? This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we explore the larger trends that are leading the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail, and get a sense for how the shift to a paperless society is surpassing and, in some cases, falling short of expectations.

Doxo CEO Steve Shivers (Erynn Rose photo)

Our guest in the studio is Steve Shivers, co-founder and CEO of doxo, a Seattle startup that offers a digital file cabinet for keeping records, paying bills and interacting with utilities and other service providers. We talk about the growth of digital bill-paying and communications, but also explore the areas where paper billing is still sticking around.

That discussion begins at the 8-minute mark in the audio player above, following our weekly news roundup. We cover the launch of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, the debut of Zillow Digs, and the news that J.J. Abrams is talking with Valve about making a movie based on the Half-Life or Portal franchises.

App of the Week: The newly updated TED app for iOS (and Android), chosen in honor of the news that the main TED conference is headed to Vancouver, B.C., in 2014.

Name that Tech Tune: Answer to last week’s challenge is … Arkanoid.

Listen to the show above or access it directly via this MP3 file.

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