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GeekWire reporters John Cook, Todd Bishop and guests talk about the latest tech news and trends.
Very Random
Apr 13 • 33 min
Almost every week at the end of the GeekWire Podcast, we feature our “Random Channel” segment, discussing all the random items of questionable relevance that we were buzzing about behind the scenes during the course of the week. This week, with several of…
Why Amazon is pulling a giant team out of Seattle
Apr 5 • 25 min
The news that Amazon is shifting its Seattle-based worldwide operations team to Bellevue, Wash., raises a ton of questions about its future in the region. GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg, who broke the story, joins Todd Bishop and John Cook to discuss the…
To the Moon: Neil Armstrong’s son on the Apollo 11 anniversary
Apr 2 • 10 min
With the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing on the horizon, Mark Armstrong, son of the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on the moon, talks with GeekWire’s Alan Boyle at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Microsoft boxes Amazon into a corner
Mar 30 • 31 min
Microsoft is putting Amazon into a difficult position by advocating a tax increase on both companies in their home state. Meanwhile, Apple is placing an even bigger bet on privacy as a feature. We explain a surprising startup investment by two Seattle…
Bezos and the bots
Mar 23 • 34 min
Every year, Amazon and Jeff Bezos hold an elite, invitation-only conference called MARS, for Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space, which doubles as an excuse for the Amazon founder to test out the latest in autonomous vehicles, robots and…
Are you getting a fair trade for your data?
Mar 19 • 29 min
After a year of privacy scandals, consumers are beginning to realize that the volume of data tech companies collect on them exceeds what they could have imagined. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood has been helping listeners untangle the complex web of the…
GeekWire Awards preview; brave Amazon employee quizzes Bezos
Mar 16 • 31 min
We’re preparing for the GeekWire Awards, our annual event recognizing the best in Pacific Northwest tech and innovation, and on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast we provide an update on past Startup of the Year winners and preview this year’s contest.…
GeekWire Photographer’s Dispatch from Mongolia
Mar 13 • 32 min
GeekWire photographer Kevin Lisota has taken pictures of everything from rocket launches to tech luminaries, but he recently spent a couple weeks far from Seattle, on a photo expedition in far-western Mongolia. On this special episode of the GeekWire…
Break up Big Tech? A reality check
Mar 9 • 25 min
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious plan to regulate Facebook, Google and Amazon as utilities and roll back some of their biggest acquisitions, is a giant stake in the ground for the 2020 presidential campaign — but is it realistic? And would it really…
Zillow’s extreme makeover
Mar 1 • 31 min
What the heck is going on at Zillow? The online real estate giant announced the return of co-founder Rich Barton as CEO, along with a major change in its business model. John Cook and Todd Bishop sort out the news, speculate on the cause, and speculate…
Under Construction Podcast: John Cook
Feb 21 • 34 min
This is a guest episode of the new podcast Under Construction, from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, featuring a conversation with my GeekWire co-founder John Cook, talking with the podcast’s host, Seattle Metro Chamber CEO Marilyn…
Surprise! Amazon nixes NYC HQ2
Feb 14 • 28 min
Come on, Amazon, really? The tech giant spent more than a year looking for its “HQ2,” planning to establish a second headquarters equal to its Seattle home, before surprising everybody by instead splitting the giant project between New York City and…
Catching up with Bill Gates
Feb 12 • 33 min
Bill Gates sits down with GeekWire to talk about what’s on his mind in 2019, including what he would say to President Trump about nationalism vs. globalism, why he’s pushing the U.S. to double down on nuclear energy, thoughts on the future of techbooks,…
‘Day 1’ Distraction: Bezos and the Enquirer
Feb 8 • 28 min
Publicly challenging the National Enquirer’s parent company AMI for attempted blackmail and extortion, as Jeff Bezos did in his remarkable post Thursday afternoon, is bold, risky and even admirable, especially for someone in his position. But for Amazon…
What Fuels You: Life and leadership with Jane Park
Feb 5 • 46 min
We’re starting a new tradition on GeekWire, periodically sharing selected episodes of some of our favorite podcasts about startups, leadership, technology, science and more from the Seattle region and beyond. First up: What Fuels You, a new podcast from…
Week in Geek: Howard Schultz?!
Feb 1 • 28 min
Can Howard Schultz make a serious run for U.S. president? Can Zillow’s Zestimate be improved? And can a new Bluetooth feature help Todd find his freakin’ AirPods Those are just a few of the burning questions on this episode of GeekWire’s Week in Geek…
Week in Geek: Amazon’s delivery bots
Jan 25 • 28 min
Amazon rolled out its latest effort to conquer the last mile of delivery, and it’s named “Scout.” Plus, an app that helped new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get elected is spreading to other campaigns, with a catch. And the latest twist in New…
Week in Geek: Microsoft’s $500M housing bet
Jan 19 • 34 min
As two of the world’s most valuable companies, Amazon and Microsoft have created mind-boggling wealth and economic vitality in the Seattle region. But around them, housing prices have skyrocketed and the number of people experiencing homelessness has…
A better life without a smartphone?
Jan 16 • 19 min
With his AT&T Cingular Flip 2 in hand, Michael Valeri genuinely believes he’s living a better life for himself without a smartphone, and he’s interested in teaching people how they can do it, too. And the distinction is important — he doesn’t want to tell…
Groceries, Divorce and Facebook
Jan 12 • 34 min
We’re back! John Cook, Monica Nickelsburg and Todd Bishop get the GeekWire Podcast rolling for 2019 with our weekly news discussion, exploring the potential implications of Jeff Bezos’ divorce for Amazon and the Seattle region, explaining why Facebook…
Libraries in the Digital Age
Dec 26, 2018 • 39 min
New York Public Library’s Tony Ageh was recently in Seattle to talk about libraries’ digital transformation. Ageh made the point that tech now permeates pretty much all of a library’s operations. But in many ways, it’s a good thing that libraries have…
Underestimated: ‘Bootstrapped VC’ Arlan Hamilton
Dec 20, 2018 • 28 min
Hey GeekWire Podcast listeners, we hope you enjoy this latest episode of our new podcast, Numbers Geek with Steve Ballmer, featuring the remarkable story of Arlan Hamilton, who went from homeless to running her own venture capital firm, investing in…
Amazon takes Seattle baggage to NYC
Dec 13, 2018 • 25 min
“You’re worth a trillion dollars. Why do you need our 3 billion dollars?” That’s how Amazon was greeted by the New York City Council this week. City leaders in the Big Apple pointed to the tech giant’s rocky relationship with its original hometown of…
Gov. Inslee on tech, privacy and the presidency
Dec 7, 2018 • 23 min
Our guest on this special edition of the podcast, Wash. State Gov. Jay Inslee. He spoke with us on stage during a special reception prior to the GeekWire Gala, about everything from his presidential ambitions to regulating big tech to lessons learned from…
Introducing Numbers Geek
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
A preview of the new GeekWire podcast, Numbers Geek with Steve Ballmer, where we present a data-driven take on the country’s most divisive issues. Subscribe now in your favorite podcast app to hear episode one.
Microsoft re-Surfaces
Nov 30, 2018 • 23 min
This week, Microsoft rivaled Apple to be the most valuale company based in the U.S. But just a few years ago, that success seemed almost impossible. The Microsoft Surface division has been a microcosm of the company’s struggles and failures in the past…
Geared Up Tech Holiday Gift Guide: 2018
Nov 21, 2018 • 53 min
It’s the holiday season, and along with festive Amazon packaging and never-ending carols, that means its time to buy holiday gifts! This week, we’re sharing our annual Geared Up Tech Holiday Gift Guide. Todd and Andru will share their recommendations for…
‘Making weird’ with Archie McPhee
Nov 19, 2018 • 30 min
Pickles that yodel. Foot-tall punching nuns. A rubber chicken museum. What do these things have in common? They’re all brainchildren of Archie McPhee, the Seattle-based makers and retailers of whacky, delightful and (occasionally) practical items for more…
Can NYC love HQ2?
Nov 15, 2018 • 10 min
Amazon is moving into the big apple with half of its HQ2 project slated to bring about 25,000 — or up to 40,000 — new jobs to Long Island City in Queens. But can NYC learn to love HQ2? We check in with GeekWire Civic Innovation Editor Monica Nickelsburg…
Amazon reveals HQ2 locations
Nov 13, 2018 • 44 min
It’s official: Amazon’s HQ2 search has ended in not one but two new hubs for the technology giant in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City in New York. Join GeekWire Co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop as they…
What’s going on with HQ2?
Nov 8, 2018 • 29 min
Amazon’s continent-wide search for a second headquarters took a strange turn this week as news leaked that the company is planning to split its second headquarters into two different cities. Critics have decried the move as a “bait and switch” and it puts…
Dungeons, Dragons and NFL star Doug Baldwin
Nov 2, 2018 • 57 min
We’re coming to you live again this week, this time from Renton, Wash, home of Boeing’s 737 plant, the ultra-geeky Wizards of the Coast (maker of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering) and the Seattle Seahawk’s practice facility. On this special…
The little vaccine that could
Oct 30, 2018 • 21 min
In 2000, rotavirus killed more than half a million children every year. Not many people had even heard of the disease. Then an unlikely alliance of international scientists, policymakers, a first-time entrepreneur and the richest man in the world teamed…
Live: The future of news
Oct 26, 2018 • 35 min
On this live episode of the Week in Geek, we interview former Breaking News leader and Factal co-founder Corey Bergman about the changing state of news and facts online. How can people escape the Twittersphere? How do you build an engaged community over…
Paul Allen’s vast legacy
Oct 16, 2018 • 18 min
Paul Allen was the co-founder and one of the technical geniuses behind Microsoft. But he was also a billionaire with wide and varied interest: The owner of two professional sports teams, the benefactor of several museums and art organizations, and the…
Remembering Paul Allen: 1953 - 2018
Oct 15, 2018 • 36 min
We’re sad to report the passing of Paul Allen, who died Monday at the age of 65. The Microsoft co-founder had an outsized impact on technology, science, the arts and even professional football. In remembrance of his life, we are sharing an interview with…
‘This is crazy!’ Interview: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman
Oct 12, 2018 • 30 min
Glenn Kelman has led Redfin from a small, bold real estate startup to one of the global leaders in real estate technology. He’s also an outspoken leader inside the company and beyond, not afraid to criticize his community and his industry when he knows…
Interview: Uber Chief Legal Officer Tony West
Oct 9, 2018 • 33 min
Uber has run into more than a few legal troubles in the last two years. Tony West is the man who has to deal with them. We’re sharing Tony’s full interview with GeekWire Civic Innovation Editor Monica Nickelsburg on this episode, including his take on…
Amazon’s $15 minimum wage
Oct 5, 2018 • 29 min
In a surprise move, Amazon announced it is raising its internal minimum wage to $15 an hour and also vowed to lobby for a raise in the national minimum wage. The move launches the company and CEO Jeff Bezos into the broader discussion over working wages,…
CAR T: The Underdog Cancer Killer
Sep 28, 2018 • 26 min
Nine years ago, Stephanie Florence was diagnosed with incurable blood cancer. Today, she’s cancer-free thanks to a new treatment called CAR T immunotherapy. This treatment is the golden child of cancer research today — but it wasn’t always this way. Find…
Google’s Nest bids on digital health
Sep 21, 2018 • 34 min
Last year, Google secretly acquired a digital health startup spun out of the University of Washington. After requesting documents related to the acquisition, GeekWire learned there’s actually a surprising twist to the story, all to do with smart home…
Live: Startup success stories
Sep 14, 2018 • 42 min
You’ve just founded a new company, and it’s time to start pitching to investors and partners. What do you do? We go inside the story of two entrepreneurs in that position: Cassie Wallender of Invio and Kwame Boler of NEU, both winners in the first round…
Amazon HQ2: One Year Later
Sep 7, 2018 • 30 min
One year ago today, Amazon announced it is searching for a city to host a second headquarters. This search has turned the tech world upside down in some ways — it’s pitted cities against each other and really shown us how much power Amazon weilds. So…
Film to digital: Tech behind Cinerama
Sep 3, 2018 • 26 min
Seattle’s Cinerama isn’t just a movie theater. For more than 50 years, the cinema has been a center of technology and pop culture, associated with geeky classics from 2001: A Space Oddyssey to the latest Marvel movie. Tour the theater and hear about all…
Silicon Valley’s Seattle secret
Aug 31, 2018 • 28 min
Silicon Valley investors are pouring more and more money into Seattle startups. So what’s the secret behind this new influx of interest in Seattle’s tech scene? We sit down with two experts from Silicon Valley Bank to talk through the numbers and trends…
LIVE: Community + the future of work
Aug 24, 2018 • 40 min
Coworking! Accelerators! Virtual offices! The nature of work — and of workplaces — is changing in the startup world and beyond, and so are the communities built around those workplaces. Join GeekWire Co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop for a…
Saga of the stolen plane
Aug 15, 2018 • 28 min
How was an airline employee with no known flying experience able to successfully steal a plane? Why did he want to do so? And what can be done to stop something like this from happening again? We tackle those questions on this special episode of the Week…
Creating masters of science fiction
Aug 14, 2018 • 29 min
One house in Seattle’s University District is home to perhaps the most influential and least showy science fiction and fantasy hub in the world. It’s called the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and its graduates are reshaping the world with bestselling…
Can Amazon ‘fix’ healthcare?
Aug 7, 2018 • 29 min
The U.S. healthcare system needs to change. But how? Can the system be ‘fixed’ the way that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase want to fix it with their new healthcare company? What would ‘fixing’ the system even look like? We explore answers…
Judge blocks 3D printed gun blueprints
Aug 3, 2018 • 29 min
A lawsuit over 3D-printed guns took a turn this week when a judge blocked the release of blueprints that show how to make them — but the legal battle isn’t over yet. Plus, Starbucks is teaming up with Amazon competitor Alibaba to deliver coffee in China.…
Facebook’s moment of reckoning?
Jul 27, 2018 • 29 min
Facebook agreed to stop letting advertisers exclude ethnic and religious groups from seeing certain ads on its platform this week, the same week that it lost roughly $120 billion this week as investors sold off stock. So is this a moment of reckoning for…
Facial recognition tech enters schools
Jul 20, 2018 • 28 min
It was quite a week for controversial news. First up: Would you let a facial recognition program track your kids at school? One tech dad is making it happen. Plus, scooter sharing company Bird seems to be planning a launch in Seattle, even though the…
Week in Geek with Chairman Mom’s Sarah Lacy
Jul 13, 2018 • 46 min
Sarah Lacy is the founder and CEO of Chairman Mom, a subscription-based online community for working moms. She joins us to talk about the venture and sticks around to discuss the news of the week on this special Week in Geek episode. Other stories on the…
Best tech of 2018 (so far)
Jul 6, 2018 • 40 min
We’re halfway through 2018, and that means it’s time for our mid-year technoloyg roundup. On this episode we dig into three of our favorite new pieces of technology from the past six months.
Controversy over ‘why women don’t code’
Jul 3, 2018 • 12 min
Why are women underrepresented in tech? One answer to that question, offered by a University of Washington lecturer, has ignited a fierce debate in the tech industry. We sit down with Stuart Reges to discuss the ideas in his essay, “why women don’t code.”…
Amazon’s $1B acquisition
Jun 29, 2018 • 26 min
It was a big week for Amazon. The company announced a new last-mile delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS, but with an interesting twist. It also announced a $1 billion acquisition: A company called PillPack that delivers drugs straight to customer’s…
Hands-on with the Fire TV Cube
Jun 27, 2018 • 36 min
Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns Alexa into a remote control. We try it out live on this episode. Plus, Oculus announced a new virtual reality…
Predicting the future with sci-fi
Jun 25, 2018 • 37 min
Can science fiction help us predict — and prepare for — the future? How about helping us make better business decisions? Scout thinks so. The unique online magazine and futurist community connects innovators, technologists and science fiction writers to…
Amazon’s health partnership gets a CEO
Jun 22, 2018 • 26 min
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have finally picked a CEO for their ambitious health venture, and his background gives some interesting clues to his potential ideas. Plus, a lawsuit over a moving app could mean big consequences for the gig…
Doctors Without Data
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Dan Low wanted to know how his patients were doing on a new drug. Getting the data was so painful, he decided to found his own software company to make it easier. On this episode of Health Tech: Dan’s journey from career doctor to startup CEO and…
Why the ‘Amazon Tax’ was repealed
Jun 15, 2018 • 39 min
The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the Head Tax, also called the ‘Amazon Tax,’ less than a month after it was put in place. The vote was surrounded by chaos and demonstrations from both sides of the issue — some citizens were actually hauled out of…
E3’s biggest games
Jun 13, 2018 • 33 min
E3, the biggest gaming convention in the U.S., is starting with a bang this week. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards is down in Los Angeles for the show and on this episode, we run down the big game announcements of the year from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo…
Zillow wants to buy your home
Jun 8, 2018 • 28 min
Right now you use Redfin and Zillow to find homes, but what if they wanted to buy your home? Plus, Amazon’s new Fire Cube wants to make Alexa your remote control and Microsoft makes one of its biggest acquisitions ever, and some fun on the random channel.
iOS 12 hands-on
Jun 6, 2018 • 40 min
iOS, Apple Watch, Siri, Oh my! Apple just wrapped up its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and this show is all about the new features the company is bringing to its most popular devices. We’ve been trying the new tricks on iOS 12, including some…
AI vs. Cancer
Jun 1, 2018 • 21 min
Su-In Lee’s father passed away from incurable cancer. Now she’s using her expertise in artificial intelligence to help cancer patients find the most effective treatment — based on their genetic data. On this episode, we follow Su-In’s story and explore…
Jeff Bezos: ‘We will have to leave this planet’
May 29, 2018 • 33 min
On this special edition of the GeekWire podcast, the other side of Jeff Bezos. You may know him as the Amazon CEO, but he’s also the founder of the Blue Origin space venture. He talked about his space ambitions this weekend at the National Space Society…
The Seattle Art Museum’s first CTO
May 28, 2018 • 30 min
Like thousands of others, Manish Engineer moved to Seattle recently to take a new technology job — but instead of a tech startup or a giant like Amazon, his job is at the Seattle Art Museum. Manish is SAM’s first Chief Technology Officer and it’s his job…
Epic week for startup funding
May 24, 2018 • 31 min
Seattle startups raked in hundreds of millions of dollars this week. What’s behind the flurry of big-dollar deals? Plus, a new service that lets you rent your car out, Airbnb-style, and Seattle’s iconic Space Needle gets a makeover
Mysterious new smartphone from Red
May 23, 2018 • 40 min
High-end camera maker Red unveiled a mysterious new smartphone this week, and Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards was there for the hands-on experience. He said the new phone has some cool features, but also some strange ones. Plus, Microsoft once again tries…
Tech, homelessness + the future of cities
May 17, 2018 • 37 min
The Seattle City Council passed a controversial tax on big businesses, prompting outcry from the city’s tech giants and unearthing white-hot passion over the city’s growth and homelessness crisis. The money raised will go towards building much-needed…
Lenovo Mirage Solo vs. Oculus Go hands-on
May 16, 2018 • 34 min
Two portable virtual reality headsets launched onto the stage in the past weeks: The highly affordable and convenient Oculus Go and the more sophisticated but pricey Lenovo Mirage Solo. So how do they compare? We go hands-on with both devices to find out…
Tech Spotlight: Nokia Health and ThinkPad X1
May 10, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode, we take a deep dive into two technologies that co-hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop have been using lately. Andru gives us his take on two Nokia Health’s smart devices and Todd tells us how he was lured back to using Windows by his new…
Azure head Scott Guthrie live from Microsoft Build
May 8, 2018 • 41 min
On this episode, we come to you live from Microsoft’s annual Build developer’s conference. We sit down with Scott Guthrie — the head of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division — to talk intelligent edge, the future of cloud and more. We also speak with…
Amazon vs. its hometown
May 4, 2018 • 38 min
The Seattle City Council is considering a tax on Amazon and other high-earning companies in the city — and the conflict over it got nasty this week. We explain it all on this episode. Plus, a Seattle-based startup wants to give you doctors appointments…
Oculus Go: The future of VR?
May 2, 2018 • 31 min
The Oculus Go sprang onto shelves in a surprise launch Tuesday. Is the lower-power, portable VR headset the future of virtual reality? We debate on this episode. Plus: What the T-Mobile / Sprint merger means for wireless customers and Apple reports…
Sen. Maria Cantwell on tech and politics
Apr 30, 2018 • 33 min
Technology and politics are butting heads more than ever before. Issues like net neutrality and data privacy have stormed the national stage and Senator Maria Cantwell is in the middle of it all, from Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing in Congress to the fight to…
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
Apr 26, 2018 • 37 min
If you only know Marvel from the movies, you don’t really knowMarvel. That’s the sense you get when you enter the world-premiere exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes.” On this episode, we take you on a tour…
Lost and Founder with Rand Fishkin
Apr 23, 2018 • 43 min
Rand Fishkin is the co-founder and former CEO of Seattle technology company Moz, and in his seventeen years in the startup world, he’s learned a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. He shares some of those stories — personal and professional — in his…
Amazon cozies up with Best Buy
Apr 20, 2018 • 26 min
Amazon made a surprise move this week: A new partnership with Best Buy. It seems the age of the retail store is far from over. Plus, the company finally announced the number of Prime members it has: More than 100 million. And finally, former Microsoft CEO…
The HomePod bust
Apr 18, 2018 • 37 min
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker has been out for a while now — and it’s clear the device is struggling in a competitive smart speaker market. What led to its demise? Plus, Amazon reveals how they assign the preferred ”Amazon’s Choice” label to products,…
The Facebook Crisis
Apr 13, 2018 • 37 min
The fallout around data privacy scandals has put Facebook in a tough spot. After CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days testifying before Congress, many are asking, what’s next? And some say that next comes a big change in the tech economy. Plus, Uber is…
TLDR: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress
Apr 10, 2018 • 4 min
A look at GeekWire’s new daily news show, TLDR. Subscribe to TLDR in your favorite podcast app for new episodes every weekday, or get the video version by subscribing to GeekWire’s YouTube Page. If you’re an Alexa fan, both the podcast and video are…
Get ready for ‘parallel reality’
Apr 6, 2018 • 42 min
A new technology called “parallel reality” lets many different people see completely different content on the same screen, simultaneously, without goggles. So how does it work, and how could it change the world? On this episode of the Week in Geek, we…
Geared Up: ‘Locked into Greatness’
Apr 5, 2018 • 26 min
How should gadget fans think about privacy? Andru, for one, says growing concerns about data privacy with Amazon, Google and Facebook will be a boon for Apple and other companies that don’t base their businesses on advertising revenue. But doesn’t that…
Emily Chang on ‘Brotopia’
Apr 2, 2018 • 32 min
Silicon Valley is the birthplace of some of the most innovative companies in the world, but these days it’s also become infamous for something else. Bloomberg Technology host Emily Chang calls that something “Brotopia,” a culture that has built giants…
Trump vs. Amazon
Mar 30, 2018 • 27 min
President Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon, but not in the same way as the rest of us Prime members. A report that Trump is looking for ways to regulate the tech giant torched Amazon’s stock this week, but is it all bluster or a serious threat? Plus, two…
Can Apple catch up in education?
Mar 28, 2018 • 24 min
Apple announced a new $299 iPad aimed at schools this week, along with tons of other education products — but will they give the company the edge to catch up with Google and Microsoft in ed tech? We pose that question to GeekWire contributor and ed tech…
Would you pay to use Facebook?
Mar 23, 2018 • 39 min
Facebook is reeling from the revelation that a British firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly used millions of its users’ data. #DeleteFacebook is trending and those in the tech world are closely watching how users react to the news. Can the tech giant…
Apple in the classroom
Mar 21, 2018 • 28 min
Apple announced a mysterious education event, hosted at a high school in Chicago. Is the company aiming to make a comeback in the education technology market? Plus, Apple is rumored to be making its own displays, Microsoft marches on with its always on…
Cancer’s tipping point, atop Mt. Everest
Mar 19, 2018 • 28 min
Cancer research and treatment is at a tipping point. Breakthrough science is helping patients live longer, healthier lives and even curing patients in desperate situations. That’s why Seattle journalist Luke Timmerman is preparing to summit Mount Everest…
Totally 80s Rewind
Mar 16, 2018 • 27 min
This week, we take a trip back to the heyday of Walkmen and the Apple IIe. GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser got to visit the new, interactive 80s exhibit at the Living Computers Museum + Labs. Plus, a controversial lawsuit over the next generation of…
Hands on with the Galaxy S9
Mar 14, 2018 • 33 min
We get a hands-on review of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9, set to launch Friday. Plus, Apple buys digital magazine service Texture and Andru gives us his take on Amazon’s acquisition of smart home security company Ring — and why it might be bad for…
Preserving ‘web culture’
Mar 12, 2018 • 32 min
Memes, reaction GIFs and urban legends like Slenderman are all examples of a new culture developing in the U.S. and across the world — one that’s unique to the web. On this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, we speak with two archivists from the Library of…
Amazon: Savior or villain?
Mar 9, 2018 • 31 min
Is Amazon good for Seattle? That’s the question a community forum asked this week, and the results point to the complex relationship Amazon has with the communities around it. Plus, Uber and Lyft are the latest tech companies to dive into healthcare and…
Making tech more diverse
Mar 8, 2018 • 42 min
It’s International Women’s Day, and in the tech world, the discussion about diversity, harassment and inclusion is coming more and more into the spotlight. What can companies and individuals do to make tech more welcoming for minorities and women? What is…
Common sense for AI
Mar 2, 2018 • 39 min
It was a big week for AI. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen put $125 million towards a new initiative to create “common sense” for AI that will help the technology get even smarter. Microsoft announced several AI-fueled healthcare technologies. On another…
Tech tangles with the law
Feb 23, 2018 • 35 min
Tech’s entanglements with the law were on full display this week. Washington and other states are fighting net neutrality rollbacks. Advocates across the political spectrum are criticizing Amazon’s ask for government incentives in its HQ2 search, some…
New phones from Sony and Samsung?
Feb 21, 2018 • 29 min
Sony and Samsung both hinted at — or had leaks about — upcoming smartphone releases. What are they up to? Plus, Andru gives us his take after using the Apple HomePod and Dyson is taking its vacuum cleaner business in a surprising new direction. Follow our…
MIT President on next-gen AI
Feb 20, 2018 • 19 min
Can studying human intelligence help us build smarter machines? Rafael Reif thinks so. He’s the president of MIT and he spoke with us on this podcast about the university’s efforts to expand our understanding of AI and build new technologies for the…
Amazon layoffs explained
Feb 16, 2018 • 29 min
In a rare move, Amazon laid off 500 people this week. They also became the third most valuable company in the world. Plus, electric bike sharing and dealing with Saeattle’s explosive growth.