Category: Technology

Geek of the Week: Data whiz Nate Sterken of Placed is a football fanatic who caught the NFL’s attention

Nate Sterken, right, presents his work during the NFL’s Big Data Bowl event last month in Indianapolis. (AP Photo for NFL / Doug McSchooler) Nate Sterken loves football and he loves data. He’s developed such a deep understanding of the routes that wide receivers run he might as well be a defensive back in the NFL. While he’s unlikely to…

A ‘Numbers Geek’ Mystery: Can Steve Ballmer identify a company solely from its financial results?

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer records an episode of “Numbers Geek,” a podcast produced by GeekWire in partnership with Ballmer’s USAFacts. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Can Steve Ballmer figure out the identity of an anonymous company just from the numbers on its income statement? Can you? On this episode of Numbers Geek, we challenge the former Microsoft CEO to…

Report: Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines seeks to cancel 737 MAX jet order in wake of crashes

An artist’s conception shows a Garuda Airlines 737 MAX jet in flight. (Boeing Illustration) Garuda Airlines, Indonesia’s national air carrier, is saying it wants to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, citing the effect of two catastrophic crashes on passenger confidence. The order, announced in 2014, has a list-price value of roughly $6 billion. Only one…

Ex-Microsoft CTO David Vaskevitch is building an app store for autonomous machines

Gaia co-founders Mehtap Ozkan, David Vaskevitch and Hal Berenson. (Gaia Photo) As a former longtime Microsoft chief technology officer, David Vaskevitch has seen most of the major computer revolutions. He’s ready for the next wave, autonomous machines, and is building a platform to get in on the ground floor. Vaskevitch is one of three co-founders behind Gaia, a new Seattle-area…

Walmart reportedly eyes game streaming service to rival offerings from Google and Microsoft

(Bigstock Photo) First it was Microsoft planning a cloud-powered game streaming service. Then Google, and now … Walmart? According to a report from U.S. Gamer, Walmart is the latest big company to think about jumping into the competitive race for game streaming. The video game site reports through multiple anonymous sources familiar with Walmart’s plans, that the company has been…

Led by Microsoft vets and Intelius co-founder, Clocktree rolls out telehealth platform for healthcare counseling

The Clocktree team, from left to right: (sitting) co-founders Nanduri Ramakrishna, David Chalmers and Chandan Chauhan; (standing) Byron Dazey, Rudy Moreno, Kimberly Bower. (Clocktree Photo) Early Microsoft engineers and Intelius co-founder Chandan Chauhan are behind a stealthy telehealth startup that just launched its customer-facing product, four years after the company was founded. Seattle-area startup Clocktree offers a service for patients…

You can now play scratchcards with Bitcoin, thanks to the Lightning Network

The Lightning Network is where all the weird and wonderful use cases of cryptocurrency micro-payments come to life. You can order a Coke, feed chickens, dispense candy, and even play roulette or Pokémon, all courtesy of the Bitcoin sidechain. But thanks to one enterprising dev, the Lightning Network now has scratchcards. This one has 1,000,000 Satoshis (0.01 BTC) hidden in…

PSA: MetaMask reveals your Ethereum address to sites you visit, here’s how to hide it

There’s a setting that popular Ethereum service MetaMask doesn’t enable by default, and its putting users‘ privacy at risk. MetaMask works as a gateway to decentralized apps (dapps) running on Ethereum’s blockchain. It’s a browser extension that seeks to simplify the use of cryptocurrency, which tends to intimidate unfamiliar users. It’s one of the most popular apps of its kind,…