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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

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Generational blindness: Is sexism in tech forever?

There are many things that seem stubbornly cyclical in their refusal to be resolved in the tech industry. Password management. Bubble valuations. Sexism. I’ve addressed the first two elsewhere. I’ve been hesitant to tackle the third, because it’s the most sensitive and frequently a matter of perception. Yet when it comes to tasteless, clueless, and… Read More

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Name that Tech Tune: Do you know this crazy game?

Updated below with answer and winner. One of the most popular segments each week on our GeekWire radio show and podcast is Name that Tech Tune — a contest that challenges listeners to identify a random song or sound from the technology world. And whenever we get the chance, we like to pose the challenge to readers… Read More

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Seattle needs a new nickname, but please no Silicon!

During the dot-com boom years, it seemed like every major city (and even some minor ones) looked to affix the “Silicon” moniker to themselves, part of some false hope that a nickname would in some way help bring prestige, jobs and wealth. Names such as Silicon Alley (New York); Silicon Hills (Austin) and even the… Read More

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It’s all ’bout Seattle, boss: What do we make of this Super Bowl moment?

The Super Bowl clinched it: Seattle is having a moment. “We’re not just some harmless, damp dorks up in the corner anymore,” Seattle’s Lindy West wrote in Jezebel. “We’re winners now.” The Seahawks’ dominating victory Sunday has trained a spotlight on Seattle that the city hasn’t seen in years, illuminating our current culture and character… Read More

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Commentary: A teen’s take on the Pebble smartwatch

Over the last several months, I’ve been testing the Pebble smartwatch and thinking about the future of wearable technology. The Pebble links by Bluetooth wireless technology to my cell phone and allows me to access certain information on my wrist rather than on my phone. Here are the pros and cons of the Pebble smartwatch. One… Read More