Starbucks launching mobile ordering pilot later this year, testing how long coffee will stay hot

Starbucks is brewing up a way for customers to not just pay for their coffee via the company’s popular smartphone app, but to order coffee from their phone, too. The coffee chain’s Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman outlined the plan at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., describing how mobile ordering will work when a pilot launches later this… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Amazon music, Lively shutdown, and the new world of tech design

We’ve got a lot to discuss on this week’s GeekWire radio show, starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s new Prime Music streaming service — the online retailer’s latest push into the world of digital media, and a prelude to its expected smartphone unveiling next week. As detailed in this review by GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank, the new service is a nice… Read More


Power up: Starbucks starts national rollout of wireless device charging mats

Your next visit to Starbucks might deliver a different kind of jolt. After testing wireless smartphone charging in Boston and the Bay Area, the coffee giant and Duracell Powermat are starting to roll the technology out to Starbucks stores across the country. The Duracell Powermat charging spots will be embedded in designated tabletops at Starbucks locations, letting customers charge phones and… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Seeking the perfect cup of coffee, with a shot of technology

How can you brew the best cup of coffee at home or work? Are convenient home-brewing technologies making your coffee better or worse? What are the tricks for getting the best espresso at a coffee shop? And should you consider roasting beans yourself? Those are just a few of the topics on this special edition of the GeekWire radio show, featuring three guests… Read More

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iTunes bug delays new tipping app from Starbucks

Coffee drinkers will have at least a few more hours before they can start tipping their Starbucks barista from their iPhone. Seattle’s mega coffee chain promised the new app would go live in iTunes on Wednesday, but more than 24 hours later, the release has yet to arrive. Update: At around 10:45 a.m., some people started noticing… Read More


More than 14% of Starbucks transactions are now made with a mobile device

Recently, Starbucks has announced a flurry of new digital tools for customers from pre-ordering drinks remotely to a feature debuting today that lets you tip baristas with your smartphone. But the Seattle coffee giant is just getting started. At the company’s annual shareholders meeting today in Seattle, Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman noted that this is just the… Read More


Starbucks to let customers skip lines by ordering from smartphones

Ever wish it was possible to skip the line at Starbucks by punching in an order through the company’s smartphone app? It’s coming soon. Adam Brotman, Starbucks’s Chief Digital Officer, told Bloomberg that the company is “actively working” on making mobile ordering a reality. According to Brotman, it’s one of the features the company’s customers… Read More


Fortune’s most-admired companies: Apple 1st; Amazon 2nd; Microsoft 24th

Fortune released its annual list of “most-admired companies” today, and Apple remained at the helm as Microsoft dropped out of the top 20. While Apple stayed ahead of the pack, rival Microsoft dropped seven spots from 2013′s rankings to 24th. Six Washington-based companies made the list, including: Amazon (2nd), Starbucks (5th), Costco (12th), Nordstrom (17th),… Read More


Your latte, at risk? Starbucks challenged over mobile password security

[Follow-up: Starbucks updating iOS app to address ‘theoretical vulnerabilities’] Look out, the hackers may be coming after your morning cup of joe. Security experts are challenging Starbucks over the way passwords are stored in its widely used mobile payments app, saying that a lack of common security protocols makes it possible for a hacker with physical… Read More


Tweet-a-Coffee: You can now buy a Starbucks latte for a friend via Twitter

Here’s something that coffee-crazed and tech-mad Seattleites will certainly love. Starbucks is launching a new partnership with Twitter called Tweet-a-Coffee which allows customers of the coffee store chain to buy $5 gift cards for friends on Twitter. Users must connect their Starbucks and Twitter accounts, and then add their credit card information to the account…. Read More


Microsoft tops Apple as America’s most inspiring company; Google 7th, Amazon 8th

Is it Bill Gates and his foundation? The company’s corporate giving program? Or maybe it’s just Steve Ballmer’s passion-packed speeches. Whatever the reason, Americans believe Microsoft is the most-inspiring company according to a new study by consulting firm Performance Inspired. The firm, which helps leaders of organizations learn how to activate inspiration in others, surveyed nearly… Read More


Starbucks rolling out wireless charging in tables to Silicon Valley

You can get a little extra jolt at Starbucks locations in the Bay Area both for your mental state, and now, for your smartphone. Starbucks, which began testing wireless charging mats for mobile phones in selected Boston-area locations last fall, is now rolling out Duracell Powermats in the smartphone-saturated Silicon Valley. Adam Brotman, Starbucks’ chief digital officer… Read More


Placed Insights reveal how much Americans love fast food and McDonald’s

America sure loves its fast food. That’s the latest from the April rankings of Placed Insights, a platform that is essentially the Nielsen TV ratings system or Google Analytics, but for the offline world. Seattle location analytics startup Placed unveiled the service last month, which tracks the paths and places of U.S. consumers and quantifies it to bring… Read More