Microsoft Imagine Cup winner aims to transform blood glucose monitoring with eye testing app

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with Imagine Cup winner Bryan Chiang. (Microsoft Photo) This year’s winner of the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s global student developer competition, aims to transform how diabetics test and monitor their blood glucose levels with an app that gets the information by taking a picture of their eyes. EasyGlucose is a creation of Bryan Chiang, a freshman at UCLA, who has a patent pending for the technology. Chiang said the technology can replace the painful pricks that diabetics have to do numerous times per day to check blood glucose. “Our blood glucose levels are actually highly correlated with the glucose levels in the eye,” Chiang said during his… Read More

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Future of work: Experts sound off on preparing for seismic shifts driven by automation and technology

(Crosscut Photos by Stephanie McGuire/Aowyn) The nature of work is changing dramatically in the U.S. and experts say this is just the beginning. Economists estimate that anywhere from 14 to 80 million American jobs are at risk of displacement from automation. Meanwhile, employers are transitioning millions of jobs once held by full-time employees into independent contractor, on-call, and temp gigs that don’t offer the same benefits or protections. I discussed these trends Saturday with a panel of experts at Crosscut Fest in Seattle. Representing the private sector was Caleb Weaver, public affairs manager at Uber. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Oren Cass and Seattle University economics professor Meenakshi Rishi brought an… Read More

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This is the Apollo 11 HoloLens demo that Microsoft hoped to show at Build

Science journalist Andrew Chaikin and Industrial Light and Magic chief creative offer John Knoll try unsuccessfully to get the demo off the ground at Build. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) The opening demo at Microsoft’s Build conference was supposed to be a real showstopper, and ultimately it did stop the show, but not in the way the tech giant, Epic Games and Industrial Light and Magic had hoped. An unspecified technical glitch kept science journalist Andrew Chaikin and Industrial Light and Magic chief creative offer John Knoll from using the HoloLens 2 headsets to recreate the Apollo 11 Moon landing in mixed reality. As Chaikin said before walking off the… Read More

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Together at last: Microsoft will ship a Linux kernel with Windows

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at Build 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) There are countless things about the state of technology in 2019 that would startle a visitor from 2009, but this is up there: Microsoft will include a custom-built Linux kernel in the next version of Windows, it announced Monday at Microsoft Build. Microsoft already offers Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows users that want to run a Linux distribution on their PCs, but it has taken things a step further in building its own version of the most recent Linux kernel designed to work with Windows. “This marks the first time that the Linux kernel will be… Read More

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Spaceflight strikes a deal to put rideshare satellites on Relativity Space’s rocket

An artist’s conception shows Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket lifting off from Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Relativity Space Illustration) Seattle-based Spaceflight has signed a launch services agreement to put payloads on Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket. Relativity, a startup that got its start in Seattle but is now headquartered in Los Angeles, says the agreement covers the purchase of a first launch that’s scheduled to take place in late 2021. There are also options for additional rideshare launches in the future, the company said in a news release. Spaceflight is a service offering of Spaceflight Industries that specializes in arranging launch logistics for payloads on… Read More

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Microsoft teams up with Starbucks on predictive drive-thru ordering and bean-to-cup blockchain

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discusses the company’s work with Starbucks. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Starbucks is quickly becoming as much a tech company as a coffee company, but that hasn’t stopped its leadership from turning to a familiar Seattle ally to up its digital bonafides. Today at Microsoft’s Build developers conference, the two companies ran down a series of initiatives they are working on together. The new projects include everything from using machine learning to gather customer preferences, to connecting coffeemakers in stores to the internet to blockchain services for tracing coffee. Microsoft and Starbucks have teamed up before, and they have an established connection at the highest levels.… Read More

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Bill Gates on the rise of socialism in America: ‘Most people really aren’t arguing against capitalism’

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates sat down with GeekWire for an interview in early 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Three of the business leaders who have benefited most from the current economic system sat down Monday morning to discuss the rise of socialism in American politics. There weren’t many surprises in CNBC’s interview with business leaders Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Charlie Munger. They defended capitalism as the system that they believe is most effective and criticized the emotionally charged environment in Washington, D.C. But Gates, the Microsoft co-founder who went on to become one of the world’s most prolific philanthropists, offered a unique perspective on socialism’s growing popularity. What… Read More

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Augmented reality Minecraft? Microsoft teases Pokémon Go-style adaptation of popular game

(Screenshot Via Microsoft) A new augmented reality, mobile version of the popular Minecraft game looks to be on the way. Microsoft ended the opening keynote of its Build developer conference with a teaser video showing what appeared to be an AR adaptation of Minecraft, the world-building game that came under its umbrella with the $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang in 2014. The video ended with the date May 17 and directed viewers to the Minecraft website. What’s @Minecraft up to? Tune in to https://t.co/E7ZPoCQKus on May 17 to find out. #MSBuild pic.twitter.com/CVurJW4eWw — Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 6, 2019 The game is expected to use Azure Spatial Anchors, a program for… Read More

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Algorithms helps spot cancer ‘lottery winners’ in new Fred Hutch study

Dr. Bernardo Goulart led a study that trained artificial intelligence to read cancer patient records in search of two critical mutations. (Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service Photo) For most patients, a diagnosis of stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer comes with a dire prognosis. But for patients with specific mutations that cause the disease, there are potentially life-saving therapies. The problem is that these mutations, known as ALK and EGFR, are not always identified in patients — meaning they never get the treatment. A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle used machine learning to find these needle-in-a-haystack patients. The idea was to leverage… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ gets roasted for leaving a Starbucks coffee cup in a shot during episode four

The Starbucks cup is seen at right, on the table in front of actress Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) during a scene from “Game of Thrones” on Sunday. (HBO screen grab) Even the Mother of Dragons needs her coffee fix, apparently. In a gaffe for the ages, HBO’s popular and nearly complete fantasy series “Game of Thrones” was being roasted following the discovery Sunday night that someone left what appears to be a Starbucks coffee cup in a scene that aired during episode four. While celebrating the defeat of the Army of the Dead, those who managed to keep on living decided to keep on drinking during a feast and party at… Read More

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