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Give Yourself a Higher Pay Grade

Give Yourself a Higher Pay Grade

Paperless Billing, Cardless Cash Create Easier Ways to Pay

 

With all of the payment options competing for a share of your electronic wallet these days, it’s easy to feel your pay grade, or “how to pay” grade, slipping under a steep learning curve. Android Pay. Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Amazon Pay. PayPal. Venmo. Mint.

Two Seattle-based offerings are seeking […]

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Seattle’s Winterfell: Bountiful New Products from Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Apple

Seattle’s Winterfell: Bountiful New Products from Amazon, Microsoft, Google & Apple

While “Winter is Coming!” may be the starkest warning in Game of Thrones, the heralding of the winter holiday season in Seattle is a quest for glory, and market leadership, in new tech products. This year’s fall harvest is no exception.

The Houses of Amazon, Microsoft, Apple & Google have announced a royal courting of smartly […]

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Chasing Amazon HQ2 on Twitter

Chasing Amazon HQ2 on Twitter

The competition to host the second headquarters of Amazon.com, dubbed HQ2, is already being called the “Corporate Olympics” as qualified cities across North America flex their economic development muscles to respond to the penultimate RFP decathlon.   To show their mettle, the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) must have a population of over one million, possess a well-educated workforce with […]

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“Tell-the-Truth” Monday: Is 2017 Seahawk Scrum Less than Agile?

“Tell-the-Truth” Monday: Is 2017 Seahawk Scrum Less than Agile?

In a preview of what some have suggested will be the NFC Conference Championship showdown in January, the opening game of the 2017 pro football season for the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers was played out in something other than the frozen tundra and arctic temps of Wisconsin’s historically unwelcoming Lambeau Field.

On this particular day, the sun was out, the sky […]

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Seattle’s Lingua Franca: Alexa and Cortana

Seattle’s Lingua Franca: Alexa and Cortana

The vocal, verbal, virtual assistants of Amazon and Microsoft, better known as Alexa and Cortana, are now on speaking terms. The two companies have enunciated that their voice-activated AI assistants will soon be able to communicate with one another to access their respective features.

According to the Amazon announcement, interoperability will be available later this year. If you want to check your Outlook calendar […]

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Bumbershoot 2017 Lights Up Stagecraft, Art, Code, Comedy & Film plus Live Streaming to Flood-Ravaged Houston and Beyond!

Bumbershoot 2017 Lights Up Stagecraft, Art, Code, Comedy & Film plus Live Streaming to Flood-Ravaged Houston and Beyond!

This year’s Bumbershoot continues its legacy of celebrating innovation and the search for what’s next in the multi-disciplinary art forms of dance, film, literacy, theatre, visual arts, and of course, music.

The name Bumbershoot was chosen both as a knowing nod of respect to our city’s most famous weather pattern, and a symbol of the overarching […]

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Amazon Expands Retail Footprint With Bellevue, Fresh Grocer Footholds

Amazon Expands Retail Footprint With Bellevue, Fresh Grocer Footholds

A new Amazon brick-and-mortar bookstore opens today in Bellevue Square, making it a “tech twin” with the first, proto-store in Seattle’s University Village. “Bell Square” is also home to a Whole Foods store making Amazon the pending owners of two branded storefronts in the upscale shopping center which also boasts an Apple and Microsoft […]

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Tech-spresso News Shots from Around the Sound

Tech-spresso News Shots from Around the Sound

Vern Fonk Goes Wonk — Deploys Conversica AI

Artificial? Vern Fonk Insurance is legendary for its parodies of pop culture in kitschy television advertising.

Intelligent!  The company has turned to Conversica whose Seattle office is rapidly expanding (CenturyLink is a marquee client) and whose new Chief Scientist, Sid Reddy, has come onboard from Microsoft.

Conversica is the leader […]

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“The International” DOTA 2 Championships Steam Into Seattle, Stream Live to You

“The International” DOTA 2 Championships Steam Into Seattle, Stream Live to You

Returning to Seattle for the fourth consecutive year, the eyes of the international gaming world are once again riveted on Key Arena as the main event of  “TI,”“The International” DOTA 2 Championships for 2017 enters the final phases of the penultimate championship.

With a prize pool of more than $23 million dollars, including a […]

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I-P-Oh! Redfin’s Big Day Nets 44% Gain

I-P-Oh! Redfin’s Big Day Nets 44% Gain

Seattle’s online real estate brokerage Redfin became the latest real estate company to go public, when the company’s shares began trading on the Nasdaq on Friday morning.

Interestingly, the company priced its initial public offering at $15 per share, which is actually beyond the range the company set in its prospectus. However, traders ate up the stock.

In early trading […]

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