Tech workers unite for the climate, pushing Amazon and other big companies to take action

Seattle student Dylan Clauson (left) marches with her sister and mother near the Amazon campus on Friday. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) The climate crisis surged to the top of the tech industry’s agenda this week, encouraged by a groundswell of activity from workers at Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other big tech companies, as part of broader global efforts to bring attention to the issue. It’s the latest example of rising activism inside the tech industry, as a new generation of workers pushes employers to speak out and take action on political, social and environmental issues. GeekWire civic editor Monica Nickelsburg, managing editor Taylor Soper and I discuss the protests… Read More

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Why apps should enhance real-world experiences, not replace them

Most mobile apps seek to be the center of attention. They are created by owners and product managers who obsess over extending as many user sessions as possible. Unfortunately, they don’t place a high consideration on the impacts of their customers’ well-being. Meanwhile, many users are increasingly aware of how much time they are spending staring and tapping at their favorite apps. Apple has even made users more aware of just how much time they are spending on their phones with their iOS 12 update. In the face of these emerging trends, it seems like the perfect time to ask… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Penny Arcade co-founder talks PAX; Acquisitions Incorporated; independent game developers

Penny Arcade co-creator Jerry Holkins. (Penny Arcade Photo) PAX, the gaming convention created by Seattle-based Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins as an offshoot of their gaming webcomic Penny Arcade, has expanded from a single show in Bellevue, Wash. more than 15 years ago to four giant events spread across the entire U.S., plus one in Australia. It’s been a wild ride since that inaugural convention, both for PAX and Penny Arcade. At last month’s annual PAX West event in Seattle, GeekWire sat down with Holkins and Penny Arcade producer Elyssa Grant to talk about PAX, the official Acquisitions Incorporated D&D Dungeon Manual, “actual play” podcasting, and indie developers. Acquisitions Incorporated… Read More

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Tech Moves: Auth0 adds two senior leaders; Nordstrom names COO; Amperity taps sales exec

Barry Plaga and Shiven Ramji. (Auth0 Photos) — Identity management startup Auth0 hired Barry Plaga as chief financial officer and Shiven Ramji as chief product officer. Plaga was previously the CFO and COO of Guidance Software. Ramji served as the senior vice president of product at DigitalOcean before joining Auth0. “Barry and Shiven bring incredibly deep experience and a proven history of taking fast-growing technology companies to the next level,” said Auth0 CEO and co-founder Eugenio Pace. “We are very excited to welcome them to the team, and will leverage their collective expertise to propel Auth0 through its next phase of growth.” In May, Auth0 became Seattle’s latest unicorn after… Read More

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How Washington state plans to create the world’s largest hybrid-powered, auto-carrying ferries

Aboard the Washington State Ferries’ MV Wenatchee with downtown Seattle in the distance. The Wenatchee is one of three Jumbo Mark II class ferries slated to become an electric-diesel hybrid. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) The world’s maritime industry is beginning to transition from air-fouling, climate-warming diesel fuel to cleaner energy — and Washington state’s ferry fleet is getting on board. The state Department of Transportation is putting together a deal to convert three of its largest ferries into electric-diesel hybrids, and recently marked an agreement to build up to five new, slightly smaller hybrid ferries. “The entire traditional [maritime] industry is shifting around the globe. It’s almost like the… Read More

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CHEAP: $150 off Beats Solo3 headphones is making the hair I’ve lost tingle

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Confession time: I’ve always yearned to be the headphones-in-public-wearing type, but due to my follicly-challenged condition — I haven’t been able to. In my dreams, I often cycle to work, donning Apple’s Beats atop my luscious, long hair. Then I wake up, full of joy, only to stare in the mirror and see the reflection of my shining bald head. Aw, how terrible I feel. But you know what, you shouldn’t let my misery stop you from living life to the fullest, goddamn it.… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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