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The Virtuous Reality of Gamification

The Virtuous Reality of Gamification

Brayden Olson and Recurrence are illuminating the virtues of gaming technology for real-world learning For Brayden Olson, the CEO and Co-inventor behind Recurrence Inc., the concept of gamification is about keeping it real. Before the “G”-word became fashionable, the term that best described the kind of educational software he was designing was “enterprise simulation.”  No Pokémon here, unlike the arcade games he enjoyed playing as a kid on his Super NES device, nor one […]

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Northwest Trek: On the Evolutionary Path of NW Business, Sappington is Your Digital Trail Guide

Northwest Trek: On the Evolutionary Path of NW Business, Sappington is Your Digital Trail Guide

Forget firewalls or paywalls — the greatest impediment to the rise of technology empowerment in big business today is office walls, plain sheet rock and glass, that separate the corporate C-suite of business moguls from the IT department of technology maestros. Even thinking about information services as a “department,” as a silo, can get you into […]

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SEO SOS: Seattle Executives Optimizing the State of Search

SEO SOS: Seattle Executives Optimizing the State of Search

A virtual lifeline for business and searchers alike, SEO is in a constant state of transition. How do the latest changes in search engine optimization affect your business and your ability to find the best answers to your search queries? We queried Seattle’s Wizard of Moz, Rand Fishkin, and Moz CEO, Sarah Bird, about Google’s dominance, Apple’s emergence, […]

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People

Two Explorers, 50 Peaks, 50 Days, Two Microsoft Bands

Two Explorers, 50 Peaks, 50 Days, Two Microsoft Bands

Eddie Bauer guide and Mt. Everest American women’s record holder Melissa Arnot, and guide in training Maddie Miller, are at the summit of their mission to climb the highest peak in every state in the U.S.A. in 50 days. With the help of Microsoft, the two explorers have tracked their progress using the Microsoft Band every step of the way. From training […]

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OpenFL Founder Joshua Granick Joins FlowPlay in Platform Development Role

OpenFL Founder Joshua Granick Joins FlowPlay in Platform Development Role

FlowPlay, the Seattle-based company behind the immersive gaming platform for casual and sports wagering games, virtual worlds and social casinos, has announced the appointment of OpenFL founder and managing director Joshua Granick as scientist-in-residence. In this platform development and evangelist role, Granick will work to support the growth and evolution of FlowPlay’s platform, while continuing to support […]

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Alexa’s “Better Half” — Amazon’s Mike George Echoes Innovation

Alexa’s “Better Half” — Amazon’s Mike George Echoes Innovation

At the 2016 TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, seven out of nine top awards revolved around a single platform. A tip, (or “Tap”), of the hat is in order for Mike George, the Amazon Veep who oversees the prized tech disruptor —the  Amazon Echo product line and its all-too-human, vocal persona named “Alexa.”  With his arching, glabrous brow, we estimate the appropriate hat size […]

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E-City

Amazon One, First in Prime Air Fleet, Takes Flight for Seafair

Amazon One, First in Prime Air Fleet, Takes Flight for Seafair

Amazon will showcase its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seattle’s Seafair Air Show this weekend, Aug 5-7. The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air, is flying in the Air Show to above of thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees. “Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to […]

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‘Pokémon Go’ Pushes Redmond-Based Nintendo Stock to Augmented Reality Breakthrough

‘Pokémon Go’ Pushes Redmond-Based Nintendo Stock to Augmented Reality Breakthrough

The game is immersive, based on augmented reality. But the stock surge of Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo is all too real. Nintendo North America, which is headquartered in Redmond, saw its stock soar nearly 25 percent Monday after the release of  “Pokémon Go,” which directs its users to explore their physical surroundings to find, catch and train Pokémon characters. The […]

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100,000 Opportunities Initiative Starts Hiring on May 5

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Starts Hiring on May 5

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of 40 top U.S. companies, will bring its national youth hiring movement to Seattle beginning with a job fair on May 5 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center. Hiring managers from Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Hilton, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, […]

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Pioneer Squared

Playing it Smart in Real Estate Continuing Education — Gamified “Generation” Simulates the Winning Moves for Realtor Success

Playing it Smart in Real Estate Continuing Education — Gamified “Generation” Simulates the Winning Moves for Realtor Success

In the tomorrowland of interactive, digital learning, text-based continuing education requirements are so … yesterday. Take the renewal process for a real estate license in the state of Washington. Every two years, the state makes it mandatory for agent-realtors to complete 30 hours of continuing education or “CE” credits to update their certification — that’s 30 hours on top of the usual demands of […]

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Amazon Prime Day was the Largest Online Shopping Day in History

Amazon Prime Day was the Largest Online Shopping Day in History

Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, has repeatedly been crowned the biggest online shopping day of the year in America. So what chance does a Tuesday in the middle of July have — without the generosity of holiday gift-giving incentives — to become the top “Prime Time” shopping day on the annual E-commerce calendar? Based on a panel of […]

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QuoteWizard Supports Seattle Parks Foundation in Pioneer Square

QuoteWizard Supports Seattle Parks Foundation in Pioneer Square

To celebrate ten years of a pioneering effort to save consumers money on the best values in home, health, auto, renter’s and life insurance products, QuoteWizard, Seattle’s leader in online insurance comparison shopping, hosted a “Party for the Park” in Pioneer Square — and the town was invited. QuoteWizard donated all proceeds from the event to enhance Occidental Square.  On the […]

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Advisor-X

Microsoft’s New Front in the Battle for Consumer Privacy

Microsoft’s New Front in the Battle for Consumer Privacy

by  Eric Packel  | BakerHostetler Prior to the Information Age, sensitive papers were stored in file cabinets and drawers. When home computers arrived, information was digitized and moved to hard drives or other electronic media, still possessed by the user. Today, with the general availability of high-speed Internet service, many individuals are moving information to the so-called […]

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The Seattle24x7 Hillary Clinton Interview

The Seattle24x7 Hillary Clinton Interview

We interrupt this Web-zine’s customary focus on high technology, the Internet and electronic commerce in and around the great city of Seattle, to share with you an unprecedented editorial feature — a very different kind of interview we think is vitally important to the people of Seattle, the Puget Sound, and these United States. We believe that any […]

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The State of Search — Unregulated Results and Privacy Questions Loom Large

The State of Search — Unregulated Results and Privacy Questions Loom Large

The annual SMX Advanced Search Marketing Expo has once again taken up advanced SEO and PPC discussion on the Seattle waterfront this week. The multi-track symposium tackles the leading organic and paid search advertising questions affecting search engine visibility, search engine lead generation and the conversion analytics that flow from click-throughs to sales. Unlike year’s past, however, the virtual real estate that divides […]

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Previews & Reviews

The Bellevue Festival of the Arts, a 21st Century Event, July 29-31, 2016

The Bellevue Festival of the Arts, a 21st Century Event, July 29-31, 2016

The 2016 edition of  the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, opening July 29-31, has emerged as a social media-savvy, 21st century event. This year’s event begins with an informative website offering an array of helpful and high-tech options for previewing artist works, sampling the event’s musicians, planning your trip to the Festival, and more. Visitors to the BFoA website can view the 2016 Artist Catalog immediately to get […]

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Calendar Synchronicity! BusyCal 3 Syncs iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange and iOS. That’s Life!

Calendar Synchronicity! BusyCal 3 Syncs iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange and iOS. That’s Life!

According to Pythagoras, the number 3, which he called a triad, is the noblest of all digits. Everything in the universe has a three-part structure, he stated, and every problem in the universe can be reduced diagrammatically to a triangle and the number three. In developing great software, version 3.0 also holds special significance. It represents a kind of maturity, emerging from software […]

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Premieres ForEveryone.Net at SIFF

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Premieres ForEveryone.Net at SIFF

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee drafted a proposal in 1989 for a different kind of computer network that he named the World Wide Web (not the runner-up name which was “Mesh”), he became a “founding father” on a scale that would surpass even Broadway’s Alexander “Hamilton.”   Could he have envisioned how his brainchild would transform the worlds of education, entertainment and commerce? […]

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