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GeekWire brings you the week's latest technology news, trends and insights, covering the world of technology from our home base in Seattle. Our regular news podcast features commentary and analysis from our editors and reporters, plus interviews with special guests.

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GeekWire brings you the week's latest technology news, trends and insights, covering the world of technology from our home base in Seattle. Our regular news podcast features commentary and analysis from our editors and reporters, plus interviews with special guests.

    The new world of hybrid work, and the next generation of smartphone users

    The new world of hybrid work, and the next generation of smartphone users

    Hybrid work is here to stay, but some big changes are needed to make it work.

    That was the message from Microsoft this week as the tech giant presented the results of a new study showing a disconnect in the perceptions of productivity between workers and leaders at companies around the world.

    Meanwhile, the number of meetings for many workers has soared since the beginning of the pandemic, in what appears to be the new normal at many companies. But there has also been a significant rise in multi-tasking during those meetings, as distractions threaten to undermine communication and productivity.

    That's our first topic on the GeekWire Podcast this week, as we go over some of the takeaways from Microsoft's study and preview the upcoming GeekWire Summit, where the future of work will be a recurring theme.

    Then we turn to the next generation of smartphones, and to the next generation of smartphone users. John Cook provides an update on his efforts to ensure that his 12-year-old adopts his first smartphone in a healthy and sustainable way, and offers Todd Bishop some tips for a parallel situation in my own household.

    Finally, we talk about John's initial experience with the iPhone 14, his first new smartphone in several years, and spend a little time doing some remedial tech support in the process.

    Edited and produced by Curt Milton
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    The world's first sustainable mega-region? Former Gov. Chris Gregoire on Cascadia's climate quest

    The world's first sustainable mega-region? Former Gov. Chris Gregoire on Cascadia's climate quest

    Business, government and environmental leaders from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia met at the U.S.-Canada border this week to discuss the next steps in the quest to become the world's first sustainable mega-region.

    The Cascadia 2050 Vision conference was led by former Washington state governor Chris Gregoire, the CEO of Challenge Seattle and the co-chair of the steering committee for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, a cross-border initiative that brings together leaders from Washington state, Oregon and British Columbia. Gregoire joins us on this episode to discuss the key innovations and funding initiatives that make her optimistic about the prospects for achieving long-term climate goals. 


    Boston Consulting Group report: How the Cascadia Innovation Corridor can serve as a global model for sustainable growth
    Cascadia Daily News: Cascadia 2050 Vision conference brings together international leaders
    Bill Gates encouraged by U.S. climate initiatives as ‘mega-region’ grapples with long-term challenges
    Microsoft’s outgoing environmental chief reflects on bold actions and navigating ‘hiccups’

    Hosted by GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop; edited and produced by Curt Milton.
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    Robot law: Public policy, legal liability, and the new world of autonomous systems

    Robot law: Public policy, legal liability, and the new world of autonomous systems

    Our guest this week is Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor who specializes in areas including privacy, artificial intelligence and robots. He's one of the organizers of We Robot, an annual conference where scholars and practitioners discuss legal and policy questions relating to robots and artificial intelligence. It's taking place this year at the University of Washington from Sept. 14-16.  
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    Why live digital audio isn't actually live

    Why live digital audio isn't actually live

    We are now decades into the digital revolution, so why haven't high-tech audio streams caught up to old-fashioned radio waves?

    That was my question on last week's GeekWire Podcast, after conducting an experiment inspired by the tradition of tuning into the play-by-play announcers while watching a baseball game in the stands.

    During a Seattle Mariners game at T-Mobile Park, I found that the audio streams from various smartphone apps, were at least 30 seconds behind the action on the field, and sometimes even further behind. That compared to a lag of just a few seconds when listening on a $22, battery-powered AM transistor radio.

    I offered my theories about the reasons for this, and heard from a bunch of people who listened to the podcast or read the article last week. One was streaming media veteran Rob Green, who was group manager of Microsoft's Digital Media Division from 1998 to 2006, a pivotal era for the industry. He went on to lead a variety of tech and digital media startups, including a past role as CEO of Seattle-based Abacast, which streamed broadcast radio stations online.

    Green is a longtime GeekWire reader who emailed me after last week's post: "Simply put, streaming requires buffers to work correctly, hence the delay you experienced," he wrote. "Broadcast expects a perfect network, and streaming expects an imperfect network, and they are respectively architected accordingly."

    I jumped on the line with him to learn more, and you can hear his comments on this week's episode, along with an explanation from Major League Baseball, and a fun story about the early days of live-streaming baseball games from Seattle tech veteran Daryn Nakhuda.
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    GeekWire at the Ballpark: AM radio vs. digital audio; robot umpires; and Amazon cuts the line

    GeekWire at the Ballpark: AM radio vs. digital audio; robot umpires; and Amazon cuts the line

    On this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, recorded on location at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, we pit old-fashioned terrestrial radio against a newfangled digital audio stream for play-by-play in the stands. Then, we debate pros and cons of baseball analytics and robot umpires. And finally, we experience the highs and lows of Amazon's latest retail technology at the tech giant's hometown stadium.
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    A deeper understanding of Amazon

    A deeper understanding of Amazon

    Amazon is one of the most extraordinary business stories of our time. Many people in the tech industry have a general understanding of this story, picking up bits and pieces of its lore and culture over the years.

    But what are the real reasons for Amazon's success? What can today's startup entrepreneurs learn from what Jeff Bezos did? And where is the company headed next? Two investors spent the better part of two months researching Amazon in their spare time to answer questions like those, and they just shared what they learned.

    Ben Gilbert, managing director at Seattle-based Pioneer Square Labs, and David Rosenthal, a San Francisco-based angel investor, this week released an episode of their podcast, Acquired, that spans nearly 4-and-a-half hours, providing a deeper understanding of Amazon and new insights into how the company works.

    Gilbert joins us on this week's episode of the GeekWire Podcast to discuss some of the key takeaways and highlights from their Amazon deep dive.

    With Todd Bishop and John Cook. Edited and produced by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell. 

     

     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Louise_Murphy ,

great

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Chuckvdw ,

Great way to stay abreast of the PNW tech scene

I really enjoy this podcast - especially those narrated by Todd Bishop. I find the reporting accurate, relevant, and their insights entertaining. I especially like their deep dives into new technologies and their interviews with authors.

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Always informative

Eagerly await each episode for insight into tech markets and trends.

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