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Huawei exec extradition hearing begins in Canada

The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom Monday, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Lost in the wilds? Even best tech may not help

We may live in an age of modern technology and hyperconnectivity, but it’s still remarkably easy for people to become lost in the great outdoors.


Navy Lt. Kayla Barron of Richland completes astronaut training, sets her sights on the stars

The 32-year-old graduated Friday from a two-year astronaut training program in Houston. She’s among the class of new astronauts who’ll be eligible for space flight as NASA sets its sights …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Gym class without the gym? With technology, it’s catching on

For students whose tests and textbooks have migrated to screens, technology as gym equipment may have been only a matter of time


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Spokane developers create app to help transgender people transition

The app, which released for Android and Apple devices last week, is intended to be a first-of-its-kind, safe and secure way for people in the midst of transition to receive …


We picked the 10 most-influential technologies of the decade. It isn’t all bad.

A decade ago, we typed on computers. Now we talk with them.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Verizon rolls out 5G Ultra Wideband network in areas of Spokane

Verizon customers are now able to access its 5G Ultra Wideband network in parts of Spokane, the company announced Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied children

A University of Michigan research team has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together.


T-Mobile rolls out 5G service in Spokane area this week

T-Mobile is rolling out its 5G network nationwide this week, but it won’t be at blazing fast speeds


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Even computer algorithms can be biased. Scientists have different ideas of how to prevent that

Scientists say they’ve developed a framework to make computer algorithms “safer” to use without creating bias based on race, gender or other factors. The trick, they say, is to make …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Vacation rental company Stay Alfred cuts workforce by 10 percent

The company confirmed the layoffs Thursday, stating it frequently assesses areas to function more efficiently amid its growth across 33 markets.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Liberty Lake-based OpenEye announces plans to double workforce, expand headquarters

OpenEye is expanding its Liberty Lake headquarters following an acquisition by Alarm.com, a home automation and monitoring company.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Seattle-based Remitly opening second Washington office in downtown Spokane

Seattle-based Remitly, an online international money transfer company, is expanding to Spokane, with plans for a second Washington office in the Bennett Block building.


Comcast expands low-income internet program in Spokane, partners with Goodwill on technology lab

Internet expansion program allows residents receiving any type of government assistance benefit to potentially qualify for $9.95 monthly internet service without a contract, modem fees, installation charges or a credit …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Alexa in your ear: Amazon launches wireless earbuds

The online shopping giant unveiled wireless earbuds at a Seattle event Wednesday, its first major attempt at getting its Alexa voice assistant outside of homes and worn by customers all …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Comcast increasing internet speeds for Spokane customers

Comcast is increasing download speeds for its Xfinity Performance Plus, Performance Pro, Blast! Pro and Extreme Pro internet packages. The upgrade impacts 85% of customers statewide, according to a company …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

TikTok’s Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds huge U.S. audience

A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals a vast visual patchwork of the city’s unavoidable protests, including pro-China agitprop, sympathetic memes and imagery from the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

GM hires Google to make infotainment system more like phones

General Motors is hiring Google to run key parts of its dashboard infotainment system, admitting that the tech firm can do a better job.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Nightly drone light show coming to Silverwood amusement park next year

The “Light Up the Night” show, featuring more than 300 drones in various formations, will begin in June.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Viral Chinese app replaces your face with Leonardo DiCaprio’s in ‘deepfake’ videos

Zao is only available in China. After launching Friday, the app quickly gained popularity and was the most downloaded iPhone app in China on Monday, according to data and analytics …


Apple announces Sept. 10 launch event to unveil the latest iPhones

Apple announced the date for unveiling its next iPhones and potentially a slew of other products. The launch event will take place Sept. 10 in the Steve Jobs Theater at …


Computer program at Coeur d’Alene senior-living facility much more than fun and games

The system, known as “iN2L” or “It’s Never 2 Late,” is a picture-based, touch-screen interface with more than 4,000 pieces of easily accessible content geared toward seniors interested in using …


High-speed fiber ’net coming to Schweitzer Mountain Resort

The project will extend Coeur d’Alene-based Intermax Networks’ broadband fiber network from Sandpoint to the resort.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

Moscow, Idaho-based Emsi to build new company headquarters

Moscow, Idaho-based Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, is expanding with plans to build a new, 70,000-square-foot company headquarters that will house more than 500 employees.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Justice Department launches antitrust probe of Big Tech

The U.S. Justice Department opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Sex tech in, skimpy outfits out as CES seeks diversity

CES is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new “sex tech” category after a debacle over a robotic personal …


Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe …


House call: Technology can be good for your health

You probably use technology at work to make your job easier. Why not do the same with your health? There are websites,


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

‘Uber for lawn care’ app expands to Spokane

Nashville-based startup GreenPal is aiming to make lawn care easier for Spokane homeowners by connecting them with local landscaping professionals. GreenPal, described as the “Uber of lawn care,” by co-founder …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Apple buys more self-driving car technology in latest deal

Apple buys struggling self-driving car startup as it continues to explore the potential of robotic vehicles.