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11:29 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Google Glasses: Frightening Or Fantastic?

The view will be more sophisticated than this, but you get the idea.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 23, 2012 8:34 am

The buzz is building about the news that, as The New York Times has reported, there soon may be "Google glasses" that can "stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real time."

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Tech news
10:25 am
Thu February 16, 2012

MSN adds new feature to take Internet's pulse - targets young users

A screen grab from the new MSN service that creates 'news snacking' primarily for young people used to getting information through their mobile devices.

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is hooking up MSN.com with a hipper sidekick to broaden its appeal and stay on top of the Internet's hottest topics.

The trend-tracking service, called "msnNOW," tunes into the buzz by sifting through millions of Internet searches and links circulating among the hordes on Facebook and Twitter. The chatter is then distilled into the equivalent of a digital water cooler — a place where people can go to keep in touch without taking up a lot of their time.

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Digital Life
6:11 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Project funded online at Kickstarter hits $1 million milestone

Casey Hopkins offered supporters who funded the project exclusive colors for the Elevation Dock.
Casey Hopkins

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 7:37 am

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Tech news
2:34 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Protesters at Apple stores demand 'ethical' products

Sarah Ryan, left, and Shelby Knox, with Change.org arrive at the Apple store at Grand Central to deliver petitions asking Apple to change its manufacturing practices.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 2:00 pm

In an effort to protest the working conditions in the Chinese factories that make Apple products, demonstrators delivered a petition to six different Apple stores in four different countries.

The petition, which asks the country to make "ethical" products, included about 250,000 signatures. Organizers said they were delivering them to Apple stores in Bangalore, London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Sydney and New York City.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Google's new privacy policy will allow tracking across services

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 5:50 am

Yesterday afternoon Google announced it was making sweeping changes to its privacy policy beginning March 1. Users can't opt out, so Google is beginning to send notice to its users via email and even on its homepage.

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Technology
1:56 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Niche no more: Survey shows tablets are everywhere

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Kindle Fire tablet in New York, on September 28, 2011. The Fire's strong holiday sales were part of a trend that now has nearly a third of all American adults owning an e-book reader or tablet computer.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 1:28 pm

A few weeks ago, Mike Wendlinger bought himself a Christmas present — a Nook Simple Touch e-book reader. And when he did, he joined a wave of Americans who have combined to make e-readers and their more powerful bretheren, tablet computers, into genuine mass market devices.

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Humanosphere
11:50 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Technophilia Seattle swimming hard against the e-waste stream

A young e-waste scavenger in Lagos, Nigeria.
Basel Action Network

Americans like to buy the latest devices and that makes us happy ... but it also makes us the biggest contributor to the global problem of electronic waste.

However, Seattle is home to two entreprenuers who are effectively swimming against the e-waste stream: Charles Brennick of Interconnection and Craig Lorch of Total Reclaim.

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transportation choices
4:33 am
Wed December 28, 2011

520 Tolls starting tomorrow

Tolling rates for the 520 bridge. You can save money by registering with the state's Good to Go system. Drivers without transponders will pay the highest rates
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

Tomorrow (Thursday, 12-29-11), electronic tolls will kick in on the 520 bridge across lake Washington.

A series of technical glitches caused multiple past delays.  But now, the reader boards are going live and billing drivers on the most popular route between Seattle and the east side.

There are many creative ways to get around the tolls, but you’re bound to have to pay, sooner or later.

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Digital Life
10:17 am
Mon December 26, 2011

The touchy-feely side of technology ... or how we learn to touch

While many think of the tablet computer as a new idea, the concept can traced back to the original Star Trek series and Arthur C. Clarke's 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 9:24 am

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:15 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Rain, rain and more in the forecast - but, embrace the weather and you'll be fine

Count the raindrops, go Singing in the Rain, or join the "surface data revolution" to beat the winter blues. It will be rainy, cold and stormy in the week ahead.
*Psycho Delia* photo Flickr

"It was like Palm Springs around much of the Northwest" recently, says KPLU's weather man, Cliff Mass. But that will be shifting soon. 

"Unfortunately, we're about to make a major shift into a much rainier pattern - a much more normal pattern."

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Transportation
4:30 am
Thu December 22, 2011

SR 520 Tolls – kicking in one week from today

Get ready! It might hurt, but there's no choice about tolls on the 520 bridge starting on December 29th.
Courtesy Zach Lewis theseattlesalmon.com

Get ready for tolling charges on the 520 bridge.

The state department of transportation will be flipping a virtual switch one week from today.

That means now is a really good time to set up a Good to Go account online – or face more expensive travel.

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Technology
4:10 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Northwest chip maker to tap demand for smartphone memory

Consumers are using their phones to do what their computers once did. And that's prompting a major technology company in the Northwest to shift its focus too.

The bread and butter of Micron Technology has been memory for PCs. But the CEO of the Boise chip maker told Bloomberg BusinessWeek the company will expand its base of products for mobile devices.

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Transportation Funding
3:36 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

It's (finally) official: Tolls on SR-520 Bridge start in December

An example of the signs that will be installed to let drivers know the SR 520 bridge is a toll bridge - starting in December. A trip during rush hour will cost $3.50 each way.
WSDOT photo

Get ready to pay if you drive on the floating bridge across Lake Washington. The state Department of Transportation has announced the much-delayed tolls on the 520 bridge will start in December.

Tolling on the bridge was originally set to begin this spring, then that was bumped to this summer. Now, the state says the all-electronic system will be up and running four months from now. 

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Technology
5:14 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Seattle's Pioneer Square could get internet boost

Workers lay conduit under First Avenue South. The pipe belongs to the city, but Mayor Mike McGinn wants to allow private companies to use it to bring faster internet service to small businesses and residential customers.
Charla Bear KPLU

A new effort could make internet speeds 100 times faster for some small businesses and residential customers in Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan to bring fiber optic broadband to Pioneer Square as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the neighborhood.

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Other News
5:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

President Obama's Chief Technology Officer in Seattle

University of Washington Computer Science Professor Ed Lasowska (l) interviewing his friend, Aneesh Chopra, the United States' Chief Technology Officer. Chopra keynoted the annual Technology Alliance State of Technology luncheon this week in Seattle.
Photo by Annie Laurie Malarkey Courtesy of the Technology Alliance

There are 25 assistant advisors in the White House who report directly to President Obama.  One of them is the President's Chief Technology Officer. Anish Chopra has been in Seattle this week, meeting with all kinds of players - in everything from energy and education to global health. 

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