Drone deal: Microsoft partners with DJI to develop new aerial Internet of Things technologies

A DJI Matrice 200 Series drone, designed for industrial inspections. (DJI Photo) Microsoft will collaborate with drone company DJI to develop commercial drone solutions for sectors including agriculture, construction and public safety, seeking to extend Windows 10 and the Microsoft Azure platform to new devices and industrial applications. The partnership, announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the company’s Build developer conference in Seattle moments ago, is part of Microsoft’s focus on what it calls the “intelligent edge,” the practice of devices running in the field without a persistent dependence on the cloud. The company announced at Build that it will open-source the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, a move the… Read More

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Live blog: Microsoft makes its pitch to developers at Build 2018

(GeekWire Photo / Tom Krazit) One of the key events on Microsoft’s yearly calendar kicks off later this morning, as thousands of developers crowd into the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle for Build 2018. CEO Satya Nadella will kick off three days of keynotes and technical sessions at 8:30 a.m. Pacific on Monday, and here you’ll find coverage from myself, Todd Bishop, and Nat Levy as we follow the events live from Microsoft’s annual developer show. Today’s keynote will likely be heavy on cloud computing technologies and Microsoft’s evolving vision of what it calls “the intelligent edge” during a three-hour address. We’ll post links to our coverage as… Read More

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U2’s Bono and The Edge revealed as investors in Convoy on-demand trucking tech startup

U2’s Bono and The Edge in concert Friday night on the 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour in St. Louis. (Photo by Remy, via U2 Start, Creative Commons License 4.0) Seattle-based on-demand trucking technology startup Convoy already counts several rock stars of the tech world among its investors — including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. But it turns out some actual rock stars have invested in the company, as well. Convoy this morning revealed that U2’s Bono and The Edge quietly invested in the company last year. Convoy declined to disclose the amount of the investment or size of… Read More

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Your Body Acquires Trillions of New Mutations Every Day

As you read this article, the cells in your body are dividing and the DNA in them is being copied, letter by letter. So long is the human genome—more than 3 billion letters—that even an astonishingly low error rate of one in many million letters could amount to 10 new mutations every time a cell divides. Oh, perhaps you’re also catching some sun (ultraviolet rays) while you read this, or enjoying a beer (alcohol), or have recently been high in the atmosphere on an airplane (cosmic rays). Congratulations, you’ve given yourself even more mutations. In a typical day, scientists estimate, the 37 trillion cells in your body will accumulate trillions… Read More

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With $125M Series D round, Mesosphere has now raised over $250M to automate the data center

Mesosphere co-founders (L to R): Florian Liebert, CEO; Tobias Knaup, CTO; Benjamin Hindman, chief architect (Mesosphere Photo) Data centers have never been more powerful, but they’ve never been more complicated to manage. Mesosphere is hoping that as hybrid and multicloud architectures become widespread among late-comers to cloud computing, it will be able to cash in on the need for simpler tools. The five-year-old startup just raised a $125 million round from some rather unusual investors in the enterprise tech space as it doubles down on its automated data center strategy, bringing the total amount of funding raised by the company to just over $250 million. New money is coming in… Read More

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A Design Lab Is Making Rituals for Secular People

Religions have long been the dominant suppliers of rituals, gamely stepping in with an answer to every question from How do I celebrate the birth of my baby boy? to How can I transfer my own sins onto a live chicken? But in an age of increasing religious disaffiliation, these rituals now feel hollow to millions of people. And even when they don’t, there’s a wide range of new experiences for which the traditional rituals offer no script: How do I cope with my rage after receiving a parking ticket? How can I keep a smart car from exacerbating my loneliness and narcissism? What can I do to mourn the… Read More

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Nestle to pay Starbucks $7.15B for rights to its packaged coffee and tea business, in ‘historic deal’ for giant coffee brands

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) Starbucks just confirmed a previously rumored deal to license its consumer packaged goods business to Nestle, but at a much higher price than expected. Under a new alliance between the companies, Nestle will pay the Seattle-based coffee giant $7.15 billion for global rights to market, sell and distribute Starbucks’ packaged coffee and tea. The deal, announced a short time ago, is designed in part to help Starbucks focus on its own stores and cafes, where the company has been increasingly turning to technology to enhance and personalize the experience for its customers. “This global coffee… Read More

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Virtual reality unleashed: Early impressions of Oculus Go from a bunch of us at GeekWire

GeekWire’s Stefania Hajnosz and Taylor Soper try out Oculus Go. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) It wasn’t the most social happy hour, at least not for those of us back in the real world. But as we took turns trying out the Facebook’s new Oculus Go at our Friday afternoon get-together, a consensus emerged among members of the GeekWire team: Finally, this is a virtual reality experience that many of us would actually use. We used two Oculus Go headsets: one a 32GB device and another 64GB. Afterward, I asked everyone for their impressions, and also polled my family after a few days of using one of the headsets at… Read More

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Capcom Vancouver ending Puzzle Fighter, focusing on Dead Rising in latest shakeup for B.C. studio

Capcom Vancouver has announced, via the community outreach site Capcom Unity, that its mobile title Puzzle Fighter is being shut down. The game can still be downloaded from app stores until July 1 and will be playable until July 31, when the servers will officially go dark. Players of Puzzle Fighter will be able to play with three new characters (Resident Evil‘s Ada Wong, Mega Man‘s Dr. Wily, and Dino Crisis‘s Regina) and two new stages for free for the rest of the game’s lifespan. If you already own it, Capcom has provided a thank-you gift of 10,000 gems. Initially announced in August of last year, Puzzle Fighter is a… Read More

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A print-on-demand, blockchain-powered collectible card game: Cryptogogue’s Volition

Official art for Cryptogogue’s Volition, featuring Volition Man, by Ken Foo. Volition is an upcoming collectible card game (CCG) from Cryptogogue, a Seattle startup founded in 2017 by Patrick Meehan, a veteran software developer who’s worked on mobile titles like Wolf Toss and Crimson: Steam Pirates; and Ken Pilcher, one of the designers who created The Spoils, a 2015 Origins Award winner for Fan Favorite Game. Unlike other CCGs, Volition will not ship on physical media at all. Instead, cards are cryptographically assigned to their owners via blockchain technology. They can then print them off in order to play the game. In turn, players can use the same blockchain to… Read More

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