26.Feb.2011 TechFlash Podcast 046

Our guest this week is our former Seattle P-I colleague Art Thiel, the veteran Seattle sports columnist and co-founder/president of SportsPress Northwest, an online sports journalism venture. We talk about subjects including sports journalism in the digital age, how technology has changed the way teams and athletes communicate with fans, and the tech moguls behind the region’s pro sports teams.

In our weekly news roundup, we talk about an innovative new travel technology startup, and the future of Microsoft’s Kinect sensor.

19.Feb.2011 TechFlash Podcast 045

With the final release of Internet Explorer 9 just around the corner, we talk with Ryan Gavin, senior director on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, about the features of the new browser, web standards, plans for IE9 on Windows Phone 7, the meaning of a “modern” browser, and the competition with Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Our weekly news roundup covers Gist’s acquisition by RIM, Apple’s in-app subscription controversy, the auction of Bill Gates’ old Lexus, and the performance of IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy.

12.Feb.2011 TechFlash Podcast 044

This week on the TechFlash Podcast, we get inside details on the chart-climbing Cheezburger network of comedy websites with in-studio guest Scott Porad, chief technology officer for the Seattle startup. Our weekly news recap covers topics including Nokia’s mobile partnership with Microsoft; Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s investment in Groupon; Paul Allen’s new book; and a new approach to online dating. And we wrap things with a rundown of our latest favorite mobile apps.

29.Jan.2011 TechFlash Podcast 043

This week on the TechFlash Podcast, we talk about Amazon.com replacing Microsoft as the Seattle region’s economic growth engine; discuss Facebook’s acquisition of a Seattle startup; delve into LinkedIn’s IPO filing; and get the inside scoop on the CubeDuel co-worker rating service from special guest, co-founder Tony Wright.

22.Jan.2011 TechFlash Podcast 42

This week on the TechFlash Podcast, we rehash the week’s news — including Cheezburger’s $30 million financing; an innovative beer dispenser, and changes at the top of Apple and Google — before interviewing Bill Schrier, the chief technology officer of the city of Seattle, better known as the “Chief Seattle Geek. In our final segment, we revisit our new “My Favorite Apps” feature, with plenty of submissions from Android and Windows Phone 7 users.

15.Jan.2011 TechFlash Podcast 041

The behind-the-scenes story of Cubeduel, the latest hot web app to emerge from the Seattle region; technology lessons from a Seahawks press conference; details of the iPhone coming to Verizon; the latest ups and downs at Microsoft; and a rundown of our current favorite mobile apps, or whatever Apple is allowing us to call them these days.

24.Dec.2010 TechFlash Podcast 040

A special episode of the TechFlash Podcast featuring some of our favorite moments from the past year.

20.Nov.2010 TechFlash Podcast 039

This week on the podcast we relive the mayhem of the Microsoft Bellevue Square store opening, recap the Microsoft shareholders meeting; talk about the sale of Isilon Systems to storage giant EMC for $2.25 billion; assess the reaction of USC students to the on-stage collapse of Bill Nye, the Science Guy; and get the inside word on the world of venture capital from guest Greg Gottesman, managing director at Madrona Venture Group in Seattle.

13.Nov.2010 TechFlash Podcast 038

This week, on a special early edition of the TechFlash Podcast, we look back on a wild week in tech news with a discussion of Amazon’s stance on a controversial Kindle book; the online retailer’s patent on a “bad gift defense system”; the Windows Phone 7 launch; Microsoft hiring Miley Cyrus to help open its Bellevue Square store; and the overwhelming response to last week’s TechFlash Trivia contest.

06.Nov.2010 TechFlash Podcast 037

This week we assess the prospects for the Xbox 360 Kinect and discuss the uncertain future of location-based check-in services before talking with guest Mark McDiarmid, senior director of engineering and operations for T-Mobile USA, about the company’s bold new attitude and “largest 4G network” claim.