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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

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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How Computers Sense and Reflect: MS Research Fellow, Eric Horvitz, Receives AI Award

How Computers Sense and Reflect: MS Research Fellow, Eric Horvitz, Receives AI Award

Eric Horvitz,  a distinguished technical fellow at Microsoft Research and a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), has been named the recipient of the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. The award recognizes advancements that span the computing and decision sciences through developing […]

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E-City

‘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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Seattle Sounders FC Launches New Video App With DeskSite

Seattle Sounders FC Launches New Video App With DeskSite

New HD “Big Screen” video platform delivers exclusive Sounders FC content on-demand to desktops, laptops, and tablets Seattle Sounders FC is the most recent MLS team to partner with DeskSite, officially launching the Sounders FC DeskSite, a new, interactive video app that proactively delivers premium, high-definition video content on-demand to fans – for free.   […]

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Pioneer Squared

Join the “Party for the Park,” June 2, with QuoteWizard in Pioneer Square

Join the “Party for the Park,” June 2, with QuoteWizard 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, will host a “Party for the Park” this Thursday in Pioneer Square — and you’re invited. From 3-7 p.m. in Occidental Square, adjacent to the […]

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Microsoft Launches Bot Framework & Cognitive Services, part of Intelligence Vision

Microsoft Launches Bot Framework & Cognitive Services, part of Intelligence Vision

At this year’s Build 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group, talked to thousands of developers about the work Microsoft Corp. is doing to help them embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business. Nadella showcased […]

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MSR Enable Team Pushing Limits on Technology that Empowers

MSR Enable Team Pushing Limits on Technology that Empowers

It began as an overhauled wheelchair fitted with electronic gadgets, hastily cut Styrofoam and a fair amount of duct tape, but the enormous promise of the hackathon prototype was unmistakable. Just one year later, the technology gives former pro-football player Steve Gleason, who lost the ability to move his limbs to ALS, the capability to […]

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Advisor-X

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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Rand Fishkin’s “10X Content” is the Universal RX for Better Search Ranking

Rand Fishkin’s “10X Content” is the Universal RX for Better Search Ranking

The mustachioed impresario of Seattle-based Moz, our own native son of SEO software (+ strategies + link building), Rand Fishkin, aka “The Wizard of Moz,” has minted a new term that has been reverberating across the Web — from Seattle with love! The term is “10X Content.”  Rand first coined it in a “Whiteboard Friday,” the […]

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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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