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Front Porch: ‘Rosie’ has writer warming to robotic ways

Each fall and winter, I’m blessed to use the home of snowbird friends as a writing retreat. When they left Spokane in September, they left behind a new member of …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Jury rules Apple owes Qualcomm $31M for patent infringement

A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Young Seychelles researcher offered surprise, historic dive

Young Seychelles researcher makes surprise first dive to depth in nation’s uncharted waters.


Tate Technology relocating to Spokane Valley

Spokane-based electronics manufacturer Tate Technology is relocating to Spokane Valley.


Photo startup Snappr to start bookings here

California-based startup Snappr, an on-demand professional photography service, is expanding into the Spokane market with an official launch Monday.


Defense intel report fuels worries of China attack on Taiwan

A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win.


Decades-old bomb disposal robot presents challenge for Sacajawea engineering class

A public-service appeal came Thursday morning from Spokane Police Officer Toby Bryer, who told an advanced engineering class at Sacajawea Middle School that the public could use their help.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at …


AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies

Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases – but a new poll shows they’d draw the line …


Did your favorite company donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns? This startup will tell you.

The Washington D.C.-based startup, Progressive Shopper, has set out to mine political spending from hundreds of major brands. The site shows shoppers what percentage of a company’s political spending went …


Ness fourth-graders take robotics prize

The fledgling fourth-grade robotics team at Ness Elementary in the West Valley School District won first place in strategy and innovation at a recent First Robotics competition.


Knowing when to turn it off: Spokane teens struggle with addictiveness of smartphones, sleep

With almost every American teenager now reporting they have access to a smartphone, concerns have risen from researchers, parents and schools that the physical effects of compulsive device use could …


China summons U.S. envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of an executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington’s behest and demanded Washington cancel …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Former University of Idaho staff recalls project related to Bush surgery

Twenty-nine years ago, instructional media services researchers at the University of Idaho received an eerie phone call.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear

The agreement by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a cease fire on tariffs postpones the threat of more disruption for China’s exporters and their Asian …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

Mead School District smartphone app enhances communication with parents

The Mead School District has been using a smartphone app to keep connected with parents for the last two years.


Amid political turmoil, Ivanka Trump attempts a quiet swing through Idaho

The head of one of the world’s leading technology companies, and an adviser to and daughter of the nation’s president came to Idaho on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

Mead-based ‘Myst’ creators to publish new virtual reality game ‘ZED’ early in 2019

It’s the first time the small developer Cyan Worlds has collaborated to release a title with another developer, though the relationship isn’t a new one. Chuck Carter, a former Spokesman-Review …


Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

Alexa might have been listening, as she almost always is, when Christine Sullivan was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the Farmington, New Hampshire, home where Sullivan lived with …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

Spokane to partner with Verizon on Smart Cities project

Spokane has added telecommunications company Verizon to it’s list of partners for a smart city project, which will add technology to improve air quality monitoring, save light energy and potentially …


New technology, housekeeping among concerns in hotel strikes

How much input workers have as new technologies are introduced is among the core issues for the nearly 8,000 workers that have walked off their jobs at Marriott hotels from …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports

China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policy.


Proposal to ban drones in Spokane Valley parks raises concerns among hobbyists, commercial operators

As drones gain popularity among hobbyists and commercial operators, the Spokane Valley parks department is grappling with how to balance their use with public safety and privacy.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Getting There: Driverless technology is closer than you might think

Driverless technology is already here. The first sector to really use it is the shipping industry, with its American fleet of two million tractor-trailers.


Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology

To understand why the United States and China stand on the brink of a trade war, consider the near-death experience of American Superconductor Corp.


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spark Central nonprofit receives $100,000 grant

The Washington Women’s Foundation gave a grant of $100,000 to Spark Central, a Spokane nonprofit, on Wednesday. The money will go toward teaching innovative technologies like programming, robotics and media …


Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …