Category: Technology

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 posts $500M sales and it’s still a disappointment

Activision’s latest entry in the venerable Call of Duty franchise is cleaning house and then some. After only a few days on the market, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already made half-a-billion dollars — and yet apparently that’s still not enough to impress some of the company’s investors. According to Activision, the number of players over the opening…

Geek of the Week: Alexa is music to his ears, but Fred Clarke also conducts business with the Amazon Symphony Orchestra

Fred Clarke conducts the Amazon Symphony Orchestra during the summer in Seattle. (Amazon Photo) Fred Clarke was a music geek before becoming a tech geek. But now that’s he’s a tech geek at Amazon, he’s returned to being a music geek, too. “Yes, I went to band camp — technically band and orchestra,” said Clarke, our latest Geek of the…

Inside Niantic’s Seattle-area engineering office, where they make the engine that powers Pokémon Go

Edward Wu, senior director of engineering at Niantic. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) When throngs of Pokémon Go fanatics took over Downtown Bellevue Park two summers ago during the height of the augmented reality game’s initial craze, just a few blocks away Edward Wu and his teams were hard at work making sure the game would be more than a…

12-pound lunar meteorite known as ‘The Moon Puzzle’ sells at auction for over $600K

A lunar meteorite comprised of six fragments that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing slightly over 12 pounds. (RR Auction Photo) A lunar meteorite discovered in a Northwest African desert in 2017 has sold at auction for $612,500, Boston-based RR Auction announced on Friday. The rare rock, classified as NWA 11789 and unofficially called “The Moon Puzzle,” is…

The buzz is building for Amazon’s HQ2

(GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The buzz is building for Amazon’s highly-touted HQ2 efforts — the company’s ambitious plan to build a secondary headquarters that could rival — or possibly surpass — its massive operation in Seattle. The stage is set, with 20 finalists now in the running for a new headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 workers.…

Here’s the one key advantage Seattle’s tech ecosystem has over Silicon Valley

Flying Fish Managing Partner Heather Redman (left); Madrona Venture Group Venture Partner Hope Cochran; and Madrona Venture Labs Partner Shauna Causey speak at the Seattle Interactive Conference on Thursday. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Silicon Valley may be the startup capital of the world, but Seattle has a leg up when it comes what is arguably the most impactful technology…

Last week’s best Android games to distract you from your inevitable death

Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. We’re actually a week behind this time; please bear with us while we get back on track next Friday. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something…

European regulators sign off on Microsoft’s $7.5B acquisition of GitHub

GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Microsoft CFO Amy Hood. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft’s deal to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion cleared a major regulatory hurdle Friday. The European Commission, the regulatory arm of the EU, approved the acquisition without conditions, finding that the deal would not harm competition. Microsoft has vowed to…