NEW YORK — AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire
ALBANY, N.Y. — A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.The comptroller's office, which has audited 100...
Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire
ANAHEIM, Calif. — When 29-year-old YouTube star Meghan Tonjes launched a podcast with crowd-funding site Patreon a year ago, it was one of dozens of things the singer-songwriter was doing to grind out a living online. Today, it’s paying her rent.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire
AshleyMadison, the dating website designed for those who want a little extramarital action, was hacked over the weekend by a group that threatened to release the personal information of its estimated 37 million users — unless the site took itself offline.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Off the Wire
NEW YORK — The online photo websites of Rite Aid, CVS, Costco and Wal-Mart Canada remain offline in the wake of a possible data breach at the company that hosts all four sites.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire
"So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Meet the Press'?"No."Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Hardball'?"No.So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who...
Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists
NEW YORK — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.The new cuts come on top of the 18,000 jobs that were trimmed last year and just over a year after the company made an...
Date: 07/08/2015 | Business Wire
The contractor hired to field inquiries about the Chinese hack of federal data and sign up employees for credit monitoring acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by calls in June.
Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World
Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the after pressing the Engine Stop button.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire
Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — Snohomish County’s 911 centers are asking people to refrain from a social media prank that was tying up dispatchers on Thursday morning.At least a dozen of the 911 prank calls had been reported by SNOPAC, the dispatch center based in Everett, by noon, director Kurt Mills said.
Date: 07/02/2015 | Sirens
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?
Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — For more than four decades a White House tour was a hushed affair, where visitors moved at timed intervals through the executive residence, their cameras in their pockets, taking in portraits of past presidents, the antique furniture and the color of the drapes.
Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World
SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix will execute a seven-for-one stock split next month in a widely anticipated move designed to make the Internet video service’s shares more affordable to a bigger pool of investors.
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — The price of Showtime is being trimmed to $9 a month for Hulu subscribers in a deal that will make it the first premium pay TV service offered through Hulu.
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...
Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials
Glacier Peak High School’s Corey Person, 17, teaches kids to code
Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News
NEW YORK — Taco Bell executives are studying a strange new vocabulary emerging on this side of the border — the lingo of its young customers.CEO Brian Niccol said the company features a "Millennial Word of the Week" at its headquarters as a reminder...
Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire
MONROE — The mayor and City Council members are now "strongly discouraged" from friending each other or liking the posts of fellow politicians on Facebook.That's part of a new
Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News
I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...
Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.Appearing before the House Homeland...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World
Semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp. is expected to announce plans Monday to buy chip designer Altera Corp. for about $17 billion, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World
They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...
Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle last week.The suggested subject from...
Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World
GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support...
Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire
Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire
TACOMA — A new Senate policy is attempting to reduce lawmakers’ partisan squabbling on social media sites such as Twitter.
Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest
When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...
Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World
The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the Web. But the alternative really dot-sucks.Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based...
Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app...
Date: 05/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Something very weird is happening in the tech world: Microsoft looks cool again.The guileless, style-less suburban dad of digital America — maker of Clippy, Vista and the Zune — is suddenly intriguing developers, exciting customers and building things people...
Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire
SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology’s shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
Date: 05/05/2015 | Nation & World
Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of a Web page loading in slo-mo?The Edmonds School District says it’s had a problem with Web speeds becoming increasingly slow, but it reached a low point about a week ago.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Local News
Why spend time researching the best price on a Ninja blender or Shark Cordless Sweeper and not on your prescription drugs? Insurers don’t always have the best prices, particularly on generics.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Life
There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. Some say we should loudly thank Tara Hills for publicly disowning her anti-vax campaign. Others — me, for...
Date: 04/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
STANWOOD — For Miriam Lancaster, the website has been a seamless way to connect with others living around Lake Ketchum north of Stanwood."It's just as though we are talking to a neighbor over the fence, even at midnight," she said.Many Snohomish...
Date: 04/20/2015 | Local News
Think teenagers are always glued to their phones? A new research report says you're right.A survey of more than 1,000 teens found 92 percent of them go online daily and 24 percent of them go online "almost constantly."The preferred method was...
Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World
DETROIT — From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright.From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Business Wire
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Most people who asked Oregon State University students Alex Jacobson and Ryan Kalb about the bus in their driveway assumed they’d bought it as a party bus. Others asked if it was stolen.“We were shocked by how many people were interested,” he said.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code.
Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World
About a year ago, Lee Jacobson noticed a Facebook group for hikers. It had members from all over the world. He liked the idea, but thought it would be even better with a local focus. So, he told a friend, Michael Restivo, that he wanted to create a local Facebook page and...
Date: 04/03/2015 | Explore NW
The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.A horrific event that could have been...
Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the...
Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists
RICHLAND — The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved a student-led proposal to charge undergraduates on the Pullman campus a $20 per-semester technology fee.The fee is slated to begin in the fall.
Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter’s cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross.
Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest
Two techies use their skills to promote their love of beer
Date: 03/22/2015 | Hops & Sips
For years, we've been hearing that print is dead and the electronic reading medium is the future — the whole future. And it's not hard to imagine a day when no tree has to die for people to get all the reading they could want.Half of Americans have already sprung for...
Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has given a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses two weeks to disclose all of his assets.
Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest
DETROIT — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge — and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.Tesla's latest update — which will be...
Date: 03/20/2015 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES – It was students who alerted Los Angeles Unified School District officials about possible sexual abuse among their peers at Venice High School, a senior district official told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World
Negative perceptions don’t deter girls on school’s robotics team
Date: 03/14/2015 | Local News
There are 20,000 open computing jobs in Washington state. And yet there were only 1,200 computer science graduates at the university level here last year. Only 260 high school girls took the Advanced Placement computer science exam last year, along with just 48 black or Hispanic...
Date: 03/14/2015 | Commentary
SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term...
Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire
National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and University of Texas officials are investigating whether the racist chant used in Oklahoma has been sung by members of other chapters.The University of Texas said in a statement that it is trying to find out if...
Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World
The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage. Not the kind that fits in the overhead bin, either. I'm talking steamer trunks.How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official email account, instead...
Date: 03/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists
CALDWELL, Idaho — An Idaho fugitive was caught Saturday after he made a post on Facebook inviting friends to join him at batting practice in Boise.
Date: 03/08/2015 | Northwest
Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin'...
Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.
Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has sent out invitations to an event on March 9 in San Francisco, where it will unveil details for the release of the Apple Watch, a person with knowledge the matter said.Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last month that the smartwatch will...
Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders."Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than...
Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire
Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.Penn, just before announcing...
Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — An Olympia-area man accused of starving, torturing and slaughtering small pets that prosecutors say he purchased through online ads has been ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest
SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.
Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire
Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their Facebook pages after they die. Starting Thursday, users saw a new option pop up in their security settings that will let them choose whether they want to pass their information and account management...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Life
WASHINGTON — If you've been remiss in cleaning out your email inbox, here's some incentive: The federal government can read any emails that are more than six months old without a warrant.Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Nation & World
Lory Kelsey’s eyes grow wide like a child with a secret. She can feel it. She’s on the verge of a love match.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Business Wire
MUNICH — Robots long ago earned a place in factories, where their pneumatic pumps and steel welding arms help manufacture everything from cars to planes. Now, they're learning to behave around people, bringing them one step closer to the Jetsons-esque dream of automated servants...
Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire
Here’s some bummer news well-suited to the year’s most bummer holiday: All those obnoxiously couple-y Facebook couples, forever flaunting their “ussies” and “in a relationship” statuses, may actually be as blessed and happy as they say.
Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer’s unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler finally confirmed Wednesday his proposal to protect high-speed Internet service for all Americans. He will ask the commission to reclassify it as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.This regulatory...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, who won't yet say whether she is running for president, is assembling a massive campaign team-in-waiting that outstrips anything on a Republican side that remains factionalized and focused on knocking off one another.At this point, without...
Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World
PORTLAND, Ore. — The people who own the rights to the film “Dallas Buyers Club” have a recurring role in U.S. District Court.
Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest
On Tuesday, Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed — and add a warning on hoax stories indicating that they're...
Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World
Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve...
Date: 01/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you'll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.It's a sham. The engine growl in some of America's best-selling cars and trucks is...
Date: 01/22/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Sen. Maria Cantwell says proponents of “net neutrality” need to be “loud, just like the Seahawks fans” in the run up to an expected federal decision on the issue.
Date: 01/19/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — A Russian man who prosecutors say made millions as a "prolific computer hacker" and "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers" was allowed to dismiss his private lawyers on Wednesday and is waiting for a federal judge to decide...
Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military’s U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the nation. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market...
Date: 01/01/2015 | Business Wire
With the new year begun, it's customary to make a few resolutions. Typically, the custom applies to resolutions for oneself, but we'll make an exception here and recommend a few resolutions for others.Resolved: Those running for office should stop making...
Date: 01/01/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — U.S. officials have deported a former University of Washington student from India who was convicted of cyberstalking for making threats on social media.
Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest
Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore.Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as an SLR. There's just no way to squeeze a powerful, SLR-type lens into...
Date: 12/26/2014 | Business Wire
"I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed...
Date: 12/25/2014 | Commentary
YAKIMA — The text messages that got the city’s Engineering and Utilities director suspended included derisive comments about other city officials and labor leaders, according to the messages made public through a public records request.
Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”
Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World
Pro vs. con: Should colleges and industries team up?
Date: 12/21/2014 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says about 231,000 T-Mobile customers in Washington may be eligible for a share of a settlement with the company over billing unauthorized charges, a practice known as cramming.Consumers can request a refund online www.t-mobilerefund.com .
CHICAGO — Boeing is teaming up with BlackBerry on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.
NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."A growing number of retailers are using software that...
It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." At this point, I'm guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.Let me first note that Hollywood actor-auteur Seth...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists
The intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely "morally treasonous and...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists
Instagram now has more than 300 million users worldwide, making it bigger than Twitter.The popular photo-sharing app announced its latest user figures in a blog post from chief executive Kevin Systrom on Wednesday, saying users share more than 70 million photos and videos every day.
Date: 12/11/2014 | Business Wire
In Wednesday's editorial we outlined the findings of a report by the Boston Consulting Group that found that while Washington is producing a healthy number of jobs in technology fields, very few residents born...
Date: 12/11/2014 | Editorials
MILL CREEK — A series of disturbing posts on Twitter that made reference to Jackson High School in Mill Creek has led to confusion among parents and the Everett School District.
Date: 12/10/2014 | Sirens
Washington state is actually doing pretty well in producing family-wage jobs in technology fields. The Boston Consulting Group, in its recent report,
Date: 12/10/2014 | Editorials