About Todd Bishop

Todd Bishop is co-founder of GeekWire, covering subjects including the Internet, video games, mobile technology and tech giants such as Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft and Google. Reach him at todd@geekwire.com.

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Should Amazon buy Sears? Retail analyst makes the case

Amazon should acquire Sears Holdings, including 2,400 Kmart and Sears stores, creating a major physical retail presence in the U.S. and allowing the stores to double as new distribution centers. And the Seattle company should axe the Kmart and Sears brands. At least, that’s the contention of retail industry analyst Robin Lewis, writing this week… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Innovation of the Year

We’re back with another day of voting in the GeekWire Awards, our annual community-wide effort to identify the top technology companies and innovators in the Pacific Northwest. And today’s category is an important one: Innovation of the Year. As with each of our categories, the five finalists below were nominated by the community and then selected with… Read More

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Windows Phone Diary: My 5 favorite tweaks in WP 8.1

Using previous versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone could feel at times like interacting with a high-school graphic arts project, with its tendency toward large, spaced-out typography (as shown on the device to the right) creating a general lack of information density. But that’s no longer the case in Windows Phone 8.1 (as you can see in the device at left). That’s… Read More

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Amazon and Samsung partner on special Kindle app, book deals

A specialized app called “Kindle for Samsung” will debut this month, starting on the Samsung Galaxy S5, under an agreement announced this morning between Amazon and Samsung. Under the partnership, Samsung tablet and smartphone users will also get one free Kindle book a month. The deal is notable in part because Amazon is separately poised to become… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for App of the Year

Marijuana, music, a secure Internet connection and the iPad. What more could a person want? OK, that’s a stretch, but those do represent some of the top trends in technology and our broader culture over the past year, and they’re also well-represented among the finalists for App of the Year in the GeekWire Awards: Leafly, Cloak… Read More

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Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri

They’re not calling it “Bing Now,” but a new service just announced by Microsoft will feel very familiar to some Google users. “Starting today, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that will help you keep track of things that matter to you. Set up your interests in Bing settings and you will start… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: A glimpse of ‘projected augmented reality’ with Technical Illusions

You’ve heard about augmented reality and virtual reality, with all the buzz about Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and other technologies designed to enhance and replace the world around us. But what about projected augmented reality? Our guest on this week’s GeekWire radio show is software engineer Rick Johnson, one of the co-founders of a Seattle-area… Read More

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Chart: PC industry resets, aims to return to growth

The traditional notebook and desktop PC industry experienced its best quarter in nearly two years, according to numbers released by the Gartner research firm this week. Yes, shipments declined by 1.7 percent, but that was much better than in recent quarters, exceeding forecasts for the period. Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP played a… Read More

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Windows XP’s death gives a boost to declining PC market

The worldwide market for desktop and notebook computers continued to decline in the first quarter — down 1.7 percent according to Gartner, or down 4.4 percent according to IDC. But that was a smaller decline than expected, and better than in recent quarters. One of the main reasons was Microsoft’s end of support for Windows… Read More

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Amazon already designing 8th generation of delivery drones

Amazon’s plan to deploy fleets of aerial drones has been met with skepticism even inside the technology industry, but CEO Jeff Bezos is making it clear that the company is pressing ahead. In Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders this morning, he references the company’s “Prime Air” delivery drone plan, which he unveiled dramatically on an episode… Read More

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Viral Video: Microsoft goes Broadway with ‘OneNote More’

Hey, if this software thing doesn’t work out, Microsoft’s OneNote team might just have a future on stage. Marking the release of OneNote for Mac, the Microsoft group behind the note-taking product put together this funny parody of “One Day More” from Les Miserables that reveals some great pipes among certain members of the team…. Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech companies deploy fixes for ‘Heartbleed’ bug

Amazon Web Services has rolled out fixes for several of its online services to address the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has roiled the Internet this week with reports that hackers can use the flaw to access account information and passwords. It’s one of many technology companies that have been scrambling to roll out updates to fix the… Read More

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T-Mobile exec: ‘Our competitors know that we cleaned their clocks in Q1’

It’s not officially the “Uncarrier 5.0” rollout, but T-Mobile is resurfacing this week with a series of new initiatives that aim to continue the company’s momentum against larger rivals Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. The Bellevue-based company, the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, added a net total of 4.4 million customers in 2013 after announcing a series of steps… Read More

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T-Mobile targets industry’s ‘predatory bait-and-switch schemes’ with $40/month plan, without overages

Taking another jab at its wireless rivals, T-Mobile is launching a new monthly “Simple Starter” plan that will cost $40 per month for unlimited calls, texting and up to 500MB of data on T-Mobile’s LTE network, with the promise that customers won’t be surprised with unexpected costs for exceeding their monthly data allotment. The Bellevue-based… Read More

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New ‘Porch Premium’ service helps home remodelers nab leads from competitors

Home-improvement data startup Porch this morning launched a new “Porch Premium” service that aims to give home remodelers, contractors and other service providers new tools for generating business — including the ability to let customers contact them from the Porch profiles and project pages of their competitors. It’s the latest in a series of new… Read More

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Ingram Micro invests in Parallels, in new alliance

Technology distributor Ingram Micro, one of the quiet giants of the industry, is making an equity investment in virtualization and cloud technology company Parallels as part of a broader strategic alliance between the companies. The size of the investment and equity stake weren’t disclosed by the companies. The news was announced this morning at the Ingram Micro… Read More

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Rhapsody, Napster top 1.7M subscribers, up 63%: ‘It’s us and Spotify and everyone else’

The combined subscriber base of the Rhapsody and Napster music services has grown to more than 1.7 million globally, achieving a 63 percent year-over-year increase and sending a message about parent company Rhapsody International’s status in an increasingly competitive market for digital music services. “It’s really us and Spotify and everyone else,” said Paul Springer,… Read More

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Xbox TV boss: Microsoft CEO Nadella on board with original content push

Microsoft’s Xbox division this morning provided new details about its plans for original TV shows on the game console, including a comedy sketch show involving Sarah Silverman; a stop motion show involving Seth Green and the creators of the Robot Chicken franchise; and a robot-themed drama called “Humans” to be developed and broadcast in partnership with… Read More