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GeekWire Awards FAQ: What to know if you’re going to our sold-out celebration of Northwest tech

We can’t wait to see more than 800 of you for Thursday’s big GeekWire Awards bash. Here are some important details as you prepare for this one-of-a-kind celebration, honoring the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, including presenting sponsor Wave Business Solutions, for making this event possible…. Read More

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Coffee Mecca: Inside the Specialty Coffee Association’s ‘Big Event’ in Seattle

If you notice an extra buzz on the streets of downtown Seattle this weekend, it’s probably because the people around you are even more caffeinated than usual. Thousands of coffee industry professionals, producers, roasters, baristas and others from around the world are in town for the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual exposition, better known… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geekiest Office Space

Nerf gun wars, orange toilet paper, a cafeteria in a former bar, a great indoor putting green, and windows repurposed as whiteboards. Yes, tech company headquarters are some of the geekiest places in the world, and this is one of the most competitive categories in our annual GeekWire Awards — crowning the greatest tech pad in the Pacific Northwest. It’s time to… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar picks: Ride-sharing hacks, Nate Silver, Sci-Fi Film Fest, and more

With controversial ride-sharing rules dividing Seattle, next week’s Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup will explore the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the “sharing economy” — the phenomenon that’s transforming industries as diverse as transportation, housing, errands, and yes, even dog-sitting. The free meetup, on the theme of “Hacking the Sharing Economy,” will be held from… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More

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Phished! Lessons learned from my smartphone stumble

When it comes to tech scams, in the immortal words of Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots, I have shamed myself. It was probably only a matter of time. Hadn’t I parried “Windows tech support” phone scammers to a draw? Damn, I was good. But that feeling of secure self-assurance slowly tipped toward cockiness at the… Read More

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These geeks spent hundreds of hours building Lego robots that do amazing things

Legos. Robots. Software. Yes, EMP was turned into a geek paradise Thursday night as seven teams from top technology companies in the state faced off in the “Build for Good Robot Competition,” a unique competition sponsored by Lego Mindstorms. Teams — including developers from Amazon, Expedia, HTC, Microsoft and Zulily — competed for glory and prestige with… 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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GeekWire Bash, Full Results: Crowning our 2014 ping-pong and foosball champs

It was an epic night for geek sports as more than 150 competitors went head-to-head in our annual GeekWire Ping-Pong & Foosball Championships during the GeekWire Anniversary Bash at the Showbox SODO in Seattle. The final in the expert ping-pong division featured a clash between two past champions, as perennial champ Valeri Kim, representing Akvelon,… Read More

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First, we kill all the ‘futurists’

This is a tale of two keynotes. One, by a working scientist explaining the work being done in her field. The other, by a recycling expert dropping an inexcusable f-bomb: “futurist.” Don’t get me wrong. I am interested in the future. I expect, as inventor Charles F. Kettering once noted, to be spending the rest… Read More

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Man vs. Robot: The ultimate ping pong challenge

As many of you know, we love our ping pong here at GeekWire. In fact, we’ll be hosting our annual GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong tournament next Thursday at the Showbox Sodo. We’ve got some awesome players in the lineup this year — including past champions Avi Cavale of Shippable, Sanjay Puri of 9Mile… Read More

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Zach Galifianakis to President Obama: Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your Web site?

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama This is pretty hilarious stuff. President Barack Obama goes toe-to-toe with comedian Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns” — with the two shooting from the hip as they touch on everything from gay marriage to football to Bradley Cooper. The best part is when Galifianakis… Read More

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Zillow was just an answer on Jeopardy! Can you answer these 5 other geeky questions?

Well, it looks like Zillow has finally made it. The Seattle online real estate company was the subject of a Jeopardy! answer Monday night. Appropriately enough, it occurred in a category dubbed “dot-com,” and a history professor from Cypress, Texas by the name of Babu Srinivasan nailed the $400 question. In fact, Srinivasan is probably a fan… Read More