The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle—that it almost seems easier to list the things they don’t mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices. Even so, emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents. Yes, parents now have more face time with their children than did almost any parents in history. Despite a dramatic increase in the… Read More

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Someone Flew a Drone Too Close to a Wildfire, Again

It happened again this week. On Thursday, firefighting crews battling the Bocco Fire, which has burned hundreds of acres in Colorado, had to stop their efforts when an unauthorized civilian drone flew into their airspace. Neither tankers nor helicopters could fly for an hour while firefighters waited for the drone to clear. “If you have aviation equipment moving quickly and they hit a drone, that’s going to cause significant damage and really be a safety issue for that pilot,” Steve Hall, a spokesman for the Colorado Bureau of Land Management, told Denver 7 ABC. “[It’s] not a distraction anybody needs—whether they’re on the ground or in the air.” (The bureau… Read More

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Desaulnier, Harris, Feinstein introduce bill to give Contra Costa Canal to water district

MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa Water District is looking to upgrade the 48-mile aqueduct that serves half a million county residents, but to invest millions in the aging system, it first wants to own it. Last week Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris introduced SB 3001 to Congress, alongside parallel legislation in the House – HR 6040 – by Representatives Mark Desaulnier, Mike Thompson and Jerry McNerney. Both bills would transfer ownership of the 80-year-old canal system over to the water district. The water district has operated the system since 1972 and fully paid off the canal, the Shortcut Pipeline, two reservoirs and other facilities in 2010, a district news… Read More

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PipelineDeals cuts staff in ‘hard choice’ to keep up growth trajectory

Seattle startup PipelineDeals is cutting staff, as the sales management software maker looks to maintain its growth trajectory. JP Werlin In response to a GeekWire inquiry, PipelineDeals CEO JP Werlin said “it is true we had to make a very hard choice this week.” He added that the company does not have financial issues, and the moves represent “fundamentally sound business decisions that keep us on our same positive year-over-year growth trajectory.” Werlin wouldn’t go into specifics, but a source said about a third of the company’s staff is affected. PipelineDeals, ranked number 124 on the GeekWire 200 sported a LinkedIn employee count of 40 at the end of May.… Read More

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Hey, kids: Put a rocket in space and win a million dollars in Base 11 Space Challenge

News Brief: Students from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada are being recruited for the Base 11 Space Challenge, a $1 million competition to encourage the development of a liquid-fueled, single-stage rocket powerful enough to reach 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude. That height marks the internationally accepted boundary of space. Deadline for winning the $1 million grand prize is Dec. 30, 2021, and there’ll be smaller incentive prizes awarded along the way. The program aims to boost participation by women and minorities in aerospace. For details and instructions on how to enter, check out the Space Challenge website. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Zillow hit with patent infringement lawsuit over ‘real estate information search’ apps

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Zillow Group and its subsidiary Trulia have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that the real estate tech companies’ mobile home search apps violate a patent for “real estate information search and retrieval system.” The suit, brought by Virginia-based Corus Realty Holdings in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeks to block Zillow and Trulia from using location-based mobile search apps that display information about homes. Corus said in 2001 it developed and patented a “mobile device that used location technology to identify and obtain relevant information about real estate near a user’s location.” Corus’ listed address in court documents matches that… Read More

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NASA’s most experienced astronaut, Peggy Whitson, hangs up her space helmet

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is framed by one of the windows in the International Space Station’s Cupola during her 2016-2017 tour of duty. (NASA Photo) NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring after 22 years in the astronaut corps and three tours of duty on the International Space Station. Whitson, 58, became the station’s first female commander in 2007, the first woman to head the Astronaut Office in 2009, and the oldest woman to fly in space in 2016. She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman (10). Her total in-space time of 665 days — gained… Read More

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Monkey do! Nintendo releases classic arcade version of ‘Donkey Kong’ for Switch

Save the lady! “Donkey Kong’s” retro action is now available for Nintendo Switch. (Nintendo Image) Roll out the barrel, Nintendo is up for a barrel of fun with the release of the original “Donkey Kong” video game for Switch. The game is the classic version that became an arcade mainstay in the 1980s and features Mario climbing through a construction site, dodging fireballs, barrels and more in his quest to rescue a lady from the damn dirty ape at the top. The game is available now, for $7.99, from Hamster on its Arcade Archives web store for Nintendo Switch. The site says that early and later versions, as well as… Read More

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Without more women, tech is facing a serious problem. Here’s how men can be part of the solution

(Photo via Shutterstock). As tactile social beings, we know instinctively there is safety in numbers. By adulthood, this concept has been reinforced by parenting and life experience. Finding our tribe, our herd, our pack becomes an imperative. We seek like-minded humans to share a home, to share hobbies, to share professional aspirations. Women in our tech companies, however, look around the room at their work tribe and discover themselves a stranger in a strange land. If you are a man working in tech, try to imagine what it’s like for the women in our midst who have had to put up with this kind of experience every single day for… Read More

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Amazon-Whole Foods one year later: How tech is reshaping grocery, and how rivals are responding

The Whole Foods location in South Lake Union, just blocks from Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (GeekWire photo / Taylor Soper) One year ago, Amazon agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, sending shockwaves through a grocery industry suddenly faced with competing against the world’s second most valuable tech company and the number one most fear-inducing. The announcement of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, its biggest ever by a long shot, came June 16, 2017, and immediately set off a chain of speculation that Amazon would revolutionize the grocery industry the same way it did online retail. Amazon has spent the last year putting its stamp on Whole Foods, and… Read More

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