We tested out a JUMP e-bike as Uber plans Seattle launch of the dockless bike-share service

GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg tested the only JUMP bike currently in Seattle. Uber is eagerly awaiting final bike-share regulations from the Seattle Department of Transporation so it can deploy JUMP — its competitor to Lime, Spin, and Ofo — in the city. In the meantime, I got to test out the one JUMP electric-assist bicycle currently in Seattle, the same bike spotted by a canny GeekWire reader on a ferry over the Puget Sound. The horseshoe shaped JUMP lock attaches to the bike with a magnate while its in use. My adventure with JUMP started at University and 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle, where the bike was locked to a bike… Read More

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Amazon Echo Look review and unboxing: What it’s like to use this fashion-focused Alexa device

[Editor’s Note: Starla Sampaco is the host and producer of GeekWire’s TLDR daily news show. Watch and subscribe here.] I just got my hands on Amazon’s new Echo Look. It’s an Alexa-enabled device, so it has the same functions as an Echo, but it also takes photos and six-second videos of your outfits with help from built-in LED lights and a voice-controlled, depth-sensing camera. Watch my review and unboxing of Amazon’s Echo Look. The $200 device, originally announced in April 2017, was previously available for purchase only via invitation, but Amazon made it available for purchase by anyone in the U.S. earlier this month. I took the Echo Look home… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of June 10, 2018

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of June 10, 2018. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Monster catfish pulled from Seattle lake by Microsoft employee turns heads in salmon country It’s not the type of fish you see flying over the display case at Pike Place Market in Seattle. … Read More After leading 4,000 job interviews, here’s what Smartsheet’s co-founder loves to ask candidates As a veteran tech entrepreneur and co-founder of… Read More

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The Cities That Never Existed

It was a bright summer morning in 1940. As Paris emptied of people, a single panic-stricken thought swept through the chaos of the crowds: Il y a péril en la demeure—there is danger in delay. The thief thought so too, though in a different sense. He watched as the families scrambled onto trains bound for no particular destination, just anywhere south of the capital, out of reach of the advancing Germans. He left the station by another exit, the secret pocket in the lining of his jacket already full. Closing his eyes briefly, he felt the sun on his face. Then he headed for the river and the rows of… Read More

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Braking nudes! Seattle’s naked Solstice cyclists use Spin, Ofo and LimeBike in new bike-baring tradition

A naked cyclist on a LimeBike in the Fremont Solstice Parade in Seattle. (GeekWire Photos / Kevin Lisota) People who use bike-sharing services are often criticized for not wearing bike helmets, but that was the least of the issues Saturday in Seattle. The traditional naked bike ride at the outset of the Fremont Solstice Parade appeared to get a boost from the urban bike-sharing phenomenon, as even more people than usual shed their clothes to take part, many of them taking advantage of the proliferation of Ofo, LimeBike and Spin bikes in the city. Some of them put protective coverings on the seats, and others, well, let’s just say you… Read More

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Amazon ends Mayday live video customer support on Fire tablets, five years after high-profile rollout

Rolled out in 2013, the Mayday video chat feature gave Fire tablet users access to a live rep on screen who could control and annotate the screen for assistance. (Amazon Photo) Amazon will pull the plug on its Mayday video calling feature for on-screen customer support on its Fire tablets sometime this month, ending a service that was personally unveiled by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos nearly five years ago. “The Mayday video calling service will be discontinued in June 2018,” the company says on a customer support page spotted by GeekWire this morning. The announcement, which hasn’t been widely noticed, represents the quiet demise of a feature that the company… Read More

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YouTube Star Jake Paul’s Fame Is Fading

24 hours before Jake Paul was set to take Central Park’s Summerstage on Thursday night, would-be concertgoers heard the show would be switching venues, from a sprawling outdoor arena that holds 5500 people to the smaller, subterranean Playstation Theater in Midtown. Some parents attending with their kids said they didn’t even receive email notification about the change — they only heard about it from their children or other parents, already en route to the event. “It’s awful and terrible, this whole show,” said Dana Ferraro, who was chaperoning her daughter. “I’m a concert-goer my whole life and this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen, changing venues on us. Tell… Read More

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Week in Geek Podcast: The story behind the dramatic reversal of the ‘Amazon tax’ in Seattle

The fight over taxing big businesses in Seattle took a dramatic turn this week. The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the Head Tax, sometimes called the ‘Amazon Tax,’ less than a month after it was put in place. On this episode of the Week in Geek Podcast, we explain what happened, why it matters and where things stand with Seattle’s huge homelessness problem. I’m joined for the discussion by Monica Nickelsburg, GeekWire’s civic innovation editor, and GeekWire co-founder John Cook. On the Random Channel, we figure out which team to root for in the World Cup, get inspired by a debate over vocal fry, and talk about the Showtime… Read More

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CEOs celebrate moms at the big Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony

David Wasielewski of Din Tai Fung Resaurant with his mom. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) It might be Father’s Day this weekend, but moms took center stage at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year event Friday night in downtown Seattle. Several of the night’s winners took time to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of their mothers, pointing out that their journey to the winner’s circle did not come alone. Universal Cells CEO Claudia Mitchell — who sold her gene editing company earlier this year for $102 million — talked about the “long and arduous journey” she started 20 years ago when she moved alone with her four month daughter from… Read More

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Tablets or textbooks? Elementary students take on one of the great tech debates of our time

North Beach Elementary team member Raven Taylor argues for tablets. (GeekWire Photo / Frank Catalano) In the ongoing discussion about whether tablets or textbooks are better for students, the kids have a lot to contribute. That was clear in a citywide debate involving elementary school students from across the Seattle School District. Roughly two hundred debaters from 15 different schools descended upon Catharine Blaine K-8 in the city’s Magnolia neighborhood last weekend, all to argue the pros and cons of a timely proposition: “Tablets should replace textbooks in elementary schools.” This series by contributing writer Frank Catalano examines the evolution of digital content, from creation to consumption, and the technology… Read More

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