Category: Tech News

Microsoft acquires four game studios, including Forza maker Playground Games, and creates ‘The Initiative’

Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer speaks at E3 during the company’s keynote. (YouTube screenshot) Microsoft announced four new acquisitions and the creation of a new...

Microsoft reveals it’s working on new Xbox consoles, doubling down on game hardware

Three years later, Xbox’s backward compatibility for older games has become one of the console’s defining features. (GeekWire Photo) Engineers at Microsoft are...

New Azure chief Jason Zander, a Microsoft lifer, is a link between the company’s past and future

Jason Zander, Microsoft’s new Azure chief, speaks at a past company event. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota.) Microsoft Azure Executive Vice President Jason Zander has...

Microsoft’s game streaming service Mixer reaches 20M users, doubling in six months

News Brief: Mixer, Microsoft’s live game streaming service, has reached 20 million monthly active users. That’s up from 10 million six months ago. Microsoft said a...

‘New magic’ at Disneyland: How the iconic theme park is enhancing its content with digital touches

Star Tours, upgraded since 1987 with high-res screens and 3D adventures. (GeekWire Photo / Frank Catalano) ANAHEIM, Calif. — What is “content?,” I mused while my...

Life lessons from artificial intelligence: What Microsoft’s AI chief wants computer science grads to know about the future

Harry Shum: Thank you, professor, for inviting me to offer my thoughts to this amazing group of people. What a privilege to celebrate with you and your family and...

This dad left Amazon to launch a startup, and along the way his daughter, 5, became a YouTube star

Dave Crosby, of Bothell, Wash., and his daughter, Claire. Now 5 years old, Claire is a mini celebrity on the internet, with a huge following on YouTube and Facebook....

Week In Geek Podcast: Why Redfin and Zillow might want to buy your home

This house in Chandler, Ariz., was the first one Zillow bought through its new Instant Offers program. (Zillow Photo) Right now, plenty of people use Redfin and Zillow,...

Flame on! Elon Musk says Boring Company delivers its first ‘Not-a-Flamethrowers’

The Boring Company’s $500 flamethrower gets a demonstration. Billionaire Elon Musk says the device should be called “not a flamethrower” to stay on the regulatory...

High-tech home closing startup JetClosing raises $20M to capitalize on ‘tipping point’ in real estate

Some of the JetClosing team. (Photo via JetClosing) Daniel Greenshields sees a tipping point in real estate. Homebuyers, particularly digital natives, are demanding...