5 ways Apple’s Swift will make developers happy

We engineers are a picky bunch. We spend countless hours coding apps and websites. So, when it comes tools and programming languages, we have lots of opinions. With the recent announcement of a new language for iOS, Swift is being viewed as a pleasant, but unplanned surprise by many in the tech community. While general… Read More


Apple capitalizes on Amazon’s contract dispute with sale on Hachette pre-orders

Apple is currently featuring a limited-time sale on pre-orders for 26 upcoming e-books, including J.K. Rowling’s “The Silkworm” (her second book written under the pen name Robert Galbraith), four new books from James Patterson and Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking.” People can pick up those books through the iBookstore for $9.99 each, and get… Read More


Apple settles e-book antitrust suit

Apple has reached a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit brought by state Attorneys General and consumers over e-book price fixing, according to a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Steve W. Berman, an attorney for Hagens Berman, which represented the plaintiffs, filed a letter with Judge Denise Cote saying that… Read More


Amazon sets the stage for device launch by bragging it now has 240,000 apps

Amazon’s PR machine has officially kicked into high gear as the company begins building interest ahead of its Wednesday press conference. This morning’s press release from the Seattle retail giant announced that its Appstore now has more than 240,000 apps and games, or triple the selection over the past year. The milestone itself is not particularly noteworthy, but app… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Behind the scenes of the Internet with F5 CEO John McAdam

One of the largest tech companies in the Seattle region is one you don’t often hear about: F5 Networks, whose technologies manage Internet traffic — helping online services and cloud applications run smoothly, securely and reliably. F5, based on the Seattle waterfront and traded on the NASDAQ, has more than 3,300 employees, $1.5 billion in annual revenue and a market… Read More

iOS 8

Don’t touch that beta! Early iOS releases are devs-only, for good reason

Now that Apple’s WWDC keynote is over, reasonably technical iOS users are faced with the annual temptation: should they sign up for an iOS developer program membership and install the iOS 8 beta on their daily-use iOS devices? Here’s the short answer: no. Other tech companies like Google have taken to releasing roughly finished products to consumers for… Read More


Code Fellows switches its iOS curriculum to Apple’s new Swift programming language

Graduates of Code Fellows’s iOS Development Accelerator programs this year will be on the cutting edge when it comes to developing apps for the iPhone and iPad. The company announced today that its iOS development curriculum will now be focused on developing apps using Swift, the new programming language that Apple unveiled at its Worldwide… Read More


Glympse unfazed by Apple’s new location-sharing features in iOS 8

The updated Messages app in Apple’s iOS 8 includes a series of features that will look familiar to users of popular third-party apps. There are self-destructing video messages (similar to Snapchat), quick audio messages (reminiscent of WhatsApp), and time-based location sharing — a concept that has been popularized by Glympse, the Seattle-based location-sharing technology startup. “We assumed it… Read More

Mozilla Chairman Mitchell Baker

Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker: Firefox OS targets all of humanity, not just Apple iOS users

While Apple was busy in San Francisco announcing a new set of features that will wow its fan boys, Mozilla’s Chairman Mitchell Baker was in Seattle discussing devices and tools that can that support a more broader and global community. “Humanity is smart. Sometime in the technology world we think we are smarter, but we are not smarter… Read More