Lyft will let riders round up trip fares and donate to charity

Lyft announced a new feature that lets riders round up a ride fare and donate the difference to a charity of their choice. It’s similar to what RideAustin does in Austin, where there is no Uber or Lyft. The new feature is being rolled out as Lyft is being labeled as the “light side ridesharing alternative” in light of Uber’s recent troubles. …read more Source:: GeekWire

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Learn Android development by build 14 full-functioning apps

Numbers don’t lie. Over 80 percent of the world’s mobile devices run on Android. Those devices account for about 40 percent of the entire globe’s web traffic. That’s a huge market for developers. Start connecting — and creating — for the Android community now with the Complete Android Developer course, which is on sale now for $17 (91 percent off) from TNW Deals. Your course is led by top-rated web developer Rob Percival, who’ll guide you through what it takes to learn and master the Android development environment. Since there’s no better way to learn than through practical experience, this course… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of March 19, 2017

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of March 19, 2017. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Boy meets artificial girl: My son got an Echo Dot, and here’s what he’s saying to Amazon’s Alexa In my 10 years as a parent, I’ve served as the authority on a number of subjects, ranging from when one might expect a cut to stop bleeding to why there are no more dinosaurs. … Read More Amazon… Read More

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How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

For centuries, humans have been fretting over “technological unemployment” or the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Never has this sentiment been accentuated more than it is today, at the cusp of the next industrial revolution. With developments in artificial intelligence continuing at a chaotic pace, fears of robots ultimately replacing humans are increasing. However, while AI continues to master an increasing number of tasks, we’re still decades away from human jobs going extinct. With AI finding its way into more and more domains, the demand for tech talent is growing. There’s an unprecedented shortage of programmers, data scientists,… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a business before Microsoft, and this engineer was their partner

Paul Gilbert with the original computer that he built for Traf-O-Data, the company that Bill Gates and Paul Allen started before they founded Microsoft. (Photo Courtesy George Sammit) Microsoft is one of the most successful and influential companies in the world, but did you know that Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched an earlier venture as high school students in Seattle? It was called Traf-O-Data, a startup in the 1970s that aspired to provide technology to count traffic. Their partner in Traf-O-Data was Paul Gilbert, who was a University of Washington electrical engineering student during the era that Gates and Allen were (now famously) using computer labs on the college… Read More

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