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7:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Social media rising to the top of places to go in natural disasters

New Zealander Kaleb Urike used social media to let people know he survived last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:59 am

The next time a big wildfire erupts or an earthquake unleashes near you, Twitter, Google and Facebook might be useful places to turn. And not just you. Disaster response agencies are plunging into social media.

They can develop better situational awareness by seeking out your online gripes and observations. Digital platforms also provide an avenue to give more frequent official updates and correct misinformation during a catastrophe.

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12:19 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that are probably infected is more than 277,000 worldwide.

The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

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9:39 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Mobile emergency alert capability coming to cell phones

Emergency managers and National Weather Service forecasters can now issue warnings and alerts by text message. Photo by Alex Ragone via Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:09 pm

Emergency managers and National Weather Service forecasters have a new way to alert you to imminent danger. They've teamed up with all of the Northwest's major cellular providers on a system to broadcast emergency alerts to mobile devices. You don't need to sign up for anything; it's automatic.

In the Northwest, the National Weather Service is first to get the capability to issue warnings to all cell phones in the path of danger.

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12:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.

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Boeing 'eye candy'
4:01 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

10 scenes from aviation history in Boeing’s iPad app

An image from Boeing's new app for iPad.

Boeing launched its new iPad app today – 'Milestones in Innovation.’ The app is free and available on iTunes.

The app carries images and information from nine decades of aviation innovation. You can find 10 of those moments in the story below.

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Tech news
5:08 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Seattle precursor to iPhone uncovered by Men's Journal?

Myhrvold's 'consumer computer' vision in 1991, as published by Men's Journal.

A diagram from 1991, published by Men’s Journal, shows what appears to be a sophisticated mockup of a smart phone, and it comes as no surprise that it was from the deep and mysterious vaults of Nathan Myhrvold, ex-Microsoft tech chief.

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10:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise

A diagram from the patent, showing the environmental sensing and ad delivery system.

By Todd Bishop at Geekwire

Google patented system would use noise at games and other settings to determine location and target ads.

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5:26 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

How much would you rent your driveway for?

Michael Goodin Flickr

By John Cook of Geekwire

A new online service that allows home owners near airports, sports stadiums and movie theaters to rent out parking spots in their driveways is coming to Seattle. ParkatmyHouse, a matchmaking service for drivers and property owners that’s popular in Europe and recently expanded to New York, Boston and D.C., plans to launch its service in Seattle later this month.

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1:18 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Taiwan company, execs guilty of fixing LCD prices

SAN FRANCISCO — A Taiwan company and two of its top executives have been found guilty of working with competitors to inflate prices of liquid screen display screens used in computer monitors and televisions.

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12:33 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Apple's new iPad with sharper screen is thicker, heavier

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, today. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set.
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is revealing a new iPad model. New features include a sharper screen and a faster processor.

It will go on sale March 16.

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