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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Inside La Marzocco: Starbucks’ original espresso machine gets a high-tech makeover

Walking into the La Marzocco distribution center and showroom, the ambiance is pretty low profile. Amidst the rows of smooth, stainless steel coffee machines, the static sound of frothing milk hangs in the air as a single cappuccino is prepared. Positioned on a quiet corner in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, the warehouse and showroom blend into the… Read More

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Starbucks roasted over Square confusion, glitches

Have you tried Square to pay for your coffee at Starbucks? If your experience was anything like what FastCompany’s correspondents and volunteers have gone through, you might not want to try it again. The site today published an extensive piece documenting the futile attempts of various Starbucks baristas across the country to get the much-ballyhooed… Read More

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How to bypass the New York Times paywall: Go to Starbucks

Those who like reading the New York Times but don’t want to pay for an online subscription have a new option: Starbucks.  The New York Times announced a new partnership with the Seattle coffee giant yesterday, offering Starbucks customers free access to 15 NYT articles per day that are read using the Starbucks Digital Network… Read More

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Fortune’s most-admired companies: Amazon 3rd, Starbucks 5th, Microsoft 17th

According to Fortune, the state of Washington has some admirable companies. Fortune released its 2013 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list today, with five Washington corporations in the top 25. Amazon finished at an impressive No. 3, while fellow tech-titan Microsoft came in at No. 17. Three other Washington companies made the top 100: Starbucks at… Read More