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Sunday, December 21
New versions of classic games helped Nintendo rally in 2014 | Brier Dudley

After several difficult years, Nintendo may be one of the comeback stories of the year. It has managed to reinvigorate itself with new titles featuring classic characters that appeal to now grown-up gamers who can play the games with their families.

Sunday, December 14

Zymatic brews beer at home with head in the cloud | Brier Dudley

I just spent a few weeks living with a PicoBrew Zymatic, the cloud-connected, robotic beer-making machine developed in Seattle by veterans of Microsoft and the food industry.

Sunday, December 7

Lots of tech freebies to grab for the holidays | Brier Dudley

Tech companies are offering a surprising amount of freebies this holiday season and handing out stuff that might otherwise cost hundreds of dollars.

Monday, December 1

Tableau software makes charitable move | Brier Dudley

Tableau Software in Seattle announces creation of foundation with assets of more than $20 million.

Sunday, November 23

Cheap gadgets a first step toward pricier online services | Brier Dudley

Giving someone a Fire Tablet or Fire TV device is not the same as presenting them with a cellphone that ropes them into a two-year, $1,500 wireless plan. But either way there are follow-on costs to these gifts.

Sunday, November 16

Syntonic’s ‘sponsored data’ stirs net-neutrality debate | Brier Dudley

The national debate on net neutrality can be viewed through the work of a Pioneer Square startup that’s building tools that help develop ways to cover the cost of data delivery.

Saturday, November 15

Screen racers: Microsoft's Turn 10 Studio drives innovative games | Brier Dudley

Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studio drives innovative games for the racing genre, timed for the release of new machines, such as the Xbox One, when the quality of racing simulation games helps people gauge how much the graphics capabilities have improved.

Sunday, November 9

‘Re’-imagining a camera | Brier Dudley

A a quirky L-shaped camera from HTC and designed in Bellevue may be a surprise holiday gift hit.

Sunday, November 2

Microsoft Band right on time as wearables about to take off | Brier Dudley

The new wearable computing device Microsoft introduced last week is more than a fitness tracker and activity monitor. It appears to represent a shift in how the company approaches the market.

Sunday, October 26

UW researchers pulling energy out of the air | Brier Dudley

UW computer-science faculty members Joshua Smith and Shyam Gollakota are starting a company to produce wireless, battery-free sensing devices that could go on sale within a few years.

Sunday, October 19

Tim Cook is turning out to be the Steve Ballmer of Apple | Brier Dudley

Steve Ballmer and Tim Cook were both “business guys” who took over huge tech companies from brilliant founders who built unmatchable brands. And their approach to their businesses may have more similarities than many think.