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It’s time to kill the password — before it kills us

It’s time to shoot the password. And multiple screens are the trigger. I had this epiphany when wrestling with one Rhapsody music service on two devices using three pieces of software. Firing up the Rhapsody Android smartphone app, I unexpectedly was prompted for my password. Okay, I figured, the app had been updated and needed… Read More

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Earthquake may have severed underwater cable that caused Internet and phone outage in San Juan islands

Thousands of residents in the San Juan islands northwest of Seattle have been operating without phone or Internet service for a week after an underwater cable was mysteriously severed. Now, more information is coming to light about the cause of the problem. CenturyLink says it has identified both ends of the severed cable, which had… Read More

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Amazon and Microsoft bite back, Twitter takes the plunge, and more quotes of the week

Some of the best quotes, comments and random zingers from the past week … “We appreciate Bloomberg’s foray into fiction and look forward to future episodes.” — Microsoft’s Frank Shaw, as quoted in the news service’s story about purported Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop’s supposed plans for the company. “Well, you could just give it… Read More

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When technology – and time – overtake research

For the past three decades, I have been a psychological test subject. Not in a creepy NSA-and-tin-foil-hat kind of way, but as part of a long-term study designed to understand how mental abilities change as people age. Yet as time affects cognition, technology is encroaching on the study itself. The Seattle Longitudinal Study is something… Read More

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Name That Tech Tune: Win Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s new book, signed and doodled by the author

Updated below with answer and winner. We’ve got a very special prize up for grabs in this week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge: A copy of “Without Their Permission,” the book by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, signed by the author himself specifically for this contest. This is the dogeared and marked-up copy of the book… Read More

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Why Washington state’s Obamacare site doesn’t suck

My husband and I were browsing wahealthplanfinder.org this week, to see if any of these new options were better than our current self-employed health insurance plan, when we realized something. Unlike healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace that’s barely worked since its Oct. 1 launch, our state’s online insurance exchange doesn’t suck. In fact, wahealthplanfinder.org… Read More

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GeekGirlCon photos: Where you can be whatever you want

I had a great time at GeekGirlCon in downtown Seattle this weekend, and took a bunch of pics for your viewing pleasure! If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon, I highly recommend attending. Especially since it’s growing: Passes were sold out with tons of programing and extended hours. Obviously, it’s not just for girls (it is… Read More

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Commentary: Do we have an emoticon problem? :-/

So. Where do you come down on emoticons? They’re everywhere, these tiny typed expressions, and locally, reviews are mixed: “I rely so much on emoticons to convey my emotion,” wrote Lauren Hall-Stigerts. “Shakespeare didn’t need emoticons! We can suck it up too!” wrote Vanessa Fox. “I learned to write in the 20th century B.E. (before… Read More

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Set-Top Box Showdown: A graphical guide to your options

[Editor's Note: Jon Mann is a design director at Artefact, the Seattle-based technology product design firm. This post and graphic are republished with permission from the company's blog.] Remember when your choice of a TV service provider was your cable box or a set of rabbit ears? Life was simpler, less than 10 years ago……. Read More

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Geek of the Week: David Mattes is bringing security to the ‘Internet of Things’

David Mattes was a research engineer for Boeing for more than 13 years — playing a key role in the aerospace company’s transition to wireless networks for the connected systems and machines used to assemble airplanes. That shift from wired connections opened up new technological possibilities, and resulted in fewer cords on the factory floor,… Read More

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Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian cracks the startup code in ‘Without Their Permission’

[Editor's Note: GeekWire's Todd Bishop will be talking with reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian about his book, "Without Their Permission," tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall in Seattle. Tickets are available here.] Growing up in suburban Maryland, Alexis Ohanian had the words “Lives Remaining: 0″ written on the wall of his room. He’s been leveling up like a… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in Seattle

With fall upon us, it’s a busy season for books, and a look at the GeekWire Calendar shows some great events coming up in Seattle featuring some newly-published authors. First, I’m fortunate to be interviewing Alexis Ohanian — entrepreneur, investor, co-founder of Reddit, Y Combinator “ambassador” and All-Around Defender of the Free Internet — about… Read More