Microsoft acquires ‘Gears of War’ franchise, securing exclusive rights for Xbox One

One of the cornerstone games for Microsoft’s Xbox consoles is staying in the family. Microsoft this morning announced that it’s acquiring “Gears of War” from Epic Games, bringing former Epic executive producer Rod Fergusson on board to oversee the franchise at Microsoft’s Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, B.C. The move ensures that future installments of the game will… Read More


Seattle vs. Denver: Who is the winner of the startup bowl?

Oh, the mountains; the music; and the marijuana. Seattle and Denver — the two crunchy Western cities — share a lot in common. (Though, we’re smarter and richer here on the Puget Sound). And now these two up-and-comers are facing off in the Super Bowl — or as some have dubbed it “The Bong Bowl.” We’ve… Read More


2″ x 3.5″ evolution: Business cards reflect our tech

All hail the lowly business card. For it is the most concise chronicler of the advances in communications technology. Despite calls for its elimination as wasteful in an era of phone bumping (or, in nerd-speak, Near Field Communication wireless data exchange) and e-mail signature cutting-and-pasting, the stats remain impressive: 10 billion printed each year in… Read More


It’s on! Seahawks vs. 49ers is now GeekWire vs. Re/code

Just when you thought the stakes in Sunday’s NFC title game couldn’t get any higher, GeekWire has challenged those upstarts down at Re/code — the new California-based tech news venture from Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and crew — to a friendly bet over the game, matching our Seattle Seahawks against their San Francisco 49ers. Yes, the… Read More

Eric Levine considers the Cru Beaujolais. (Photo: Mónica Guzmán)

Drink geek: Four wines to please the geek palate

If you’re a geek, you probably like to think. Conventions annoy you. New things intrigue you. Puzzles beg to be solved. If you’re a geek, you might reward experimentation, loathe limits and have a soft spot for the uninhibited, the unexpected and the unexplored. So when a geek wants to close her laptop and open… 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

The photo that got T-Mobile CEO John Legere booted from the AT&T party

T-Mobile’s John Legere makes most of AT&T party ejection

LAS VEGAS — Getting the boot from AT&T’s private party and Macklemore concert last night was apparently the best thing that could have happened to T-Mobile CEO John Legere here at CES this week. The outspoken wireless executive has been having a field day with the incident on Twitter, garnering loads of coverage and making… Read More


On the scene at CES — the Super Bowl of technology

LAS VEGAS — Team GeekWire has arrived at the 2014 International CES, which gets rolling today with preliminary press briefings followed by the traditional CES Unveiled event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. After some mixed results at the sports book over the past day (seriously, Cincinnati?) we’re ready to get to work. Our goal… Read More


Lessons from Highway1: Brady Forrest’s tips for fledgling hardware startups

Brady Forrest has a unique perspective on the world of hardware these days as the leader of Highway1, a hardware startup incubator in San Francisco created by the product development and supply chain company PCH International. Forrest, the former Seattle resident who was the co-founder of the popular Ignite event series, was back in town this week… Read More


This morning’s Seattle snow is a triumph of technology

If you’re just waking up in the Seattle region, there’s a surprise waiting outside: a nice coating of snow. In fact, this would have surprised meteorologists in the past. But not this time, thanks to advances in the computer systems and scientific approaches used to predict weather. The new generation of WRF models were predicting this… Read More


These industries get cussed out more than any others

From the folks who earlier this year brought us the list of the most foul-mouthed Americans (yes, my home state of Ohio is frickin’ No. 1) here comes the latest in expletive-tossing. Marchex, the Seattle mobile advertising company, has put together a list of the industries that get cussed out the most on the phone…. Read More


GeekWire Calendar Highlights: Startup Grind, DevCon5 and Code Chix

You know, sometimes you just need to take a break from all the holiday cooking, cleaning, shopping, planning and stressing. Here’s some upcoming holiday-free events picked from the GeekWire calendar. These events are chock-full of information, education and inspiration, just what you need as you prepare to move ahead into 2014. (P.S. Don’t worry, there’s… Read More