Category: Tech News

Amazon shareholder proposals on climate and facial recognition won about 30 percent of vote

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the company’s 2019 shareholder meeting on Wednesday in Seattle. (Screenshot via YouTube) Updated below with full results and news...

Game Boy nostalgia: New handheld gaming system from Portland company to debut in 2020

An official press asset for Panic’s new handheld system, the Playdate. (Panic Photo) Game Boy nostalgia, anyone? Portland, Ore.-based software company Panic just...

Amazon says millions of custom Alexa voice apps have come out of no-code Skill Blueprints program

(GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Amazon has counted on others to spread Alexa everywhere — first developers, then device makers, and most recently everyone else. It’s...

GitHub introduces “Sponsors” button, allowing users to donate money to open-source contributors

GitHub CEO Nat Friedman (GitHub Photo) Software developers that maintain and contribute to open-source projects will now be able to put out a virtual tip far on their...

Ex-Amazon Alexa exec lays out Control4’s vision of an operating system for smart homes

(Control4 Photo) Smart home devices are everywhere, but getting them to work together smoothly remains a headache to even the most tech-savvy of homeowners. That’s a...

Walmart targets Amazon Fire tablets with new line of low-cost devices starting at $64

One of Walmart’s new tablets. (Walmart Photo) Walmart has released its long-rumored set of low-cost tablets, the latest challenge in the retail giant’s multi-faceted...

Rapper Ice-T gets Amazon’s attention after saying he ‘almost shot’ a delivery driver outside his ‘crib’

Rapper and actor Ice-T in New York in 2014. (BigStock Photo) Amazon Help appears to be extra ready to help when a legendary gangsta rapper is tweeting at them. Hip-hop...

Reach Now acquires Validated, a Seattle startup providing transportation incentives

Validated CEO Tov Arneson pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day. (GeekWire Photo) Reach Now is bringing Seattle startup Validated under its roof as the joint mobility...

Amazon is reportedly building a wellness device that senses emotions in your voice

The project reportedly brings together teams who worked on Alexa and the Echo smart speaker. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Amazon is reportedly working on a health and...

Tech Moves: Convoy grows its data science team; Seattle Genetics adds a chief commercial officer; and more

From left: Max Schmeiser, Aaron Terrazas, Kyle Foreman, Steve Brownell, Gwen Spencer, Casey Olives. Not pictured: Gaurav Sood. (Convoy Photo) Trucking startup Convoy has...