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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, 2:31 p.m.

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, 6:17 p.m.

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, 10:31 p.m.

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, 5:29 p.m.

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, 6:41 p.m.

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, 6:41 p.m.

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, 6:59 p.m.

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, 3:22 p.m.

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, 8:02 p.m.

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, 4:01 p.m.

‘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, 5:23 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Survey: Owners having problems with driver-assist systems

As auto companies continue to fix buggy touch-screen infotainment systems, a survey of new-vehicle buyers has found there’s a different technology posing problems: driver assist systems such as automatic emergency …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Stay Alfred’s founder, CEO named an EY Entrepreneur of Year for Pacific Northwest

Stay Alfred founder and CEO Jordan Allen has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Pacific Northwest region.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Raytheon and United Technologies to create a defense giant

Raytheon and United Technologies will join to create a massive aerospace and defense company in a sector that is already rapidly consolidating.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

King County judge rules Comcast violated state consumer protection law, orders restitution for Washington customers

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Comcast violated Washington state’s Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting its service protection plan to customers, according to state Attorney General Bob …


Gonzaga grads’ web-based startup OddJobbers links college students to area residents needing stuff done

Two Gonzaga University graduates have lauched the web-based startup OddJobbers, which connects college students with residents needing work done, such as yard maintenance, pet sitting, moving furniture, snow shoveling, house …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

German chipmaker Infineon to buy Cypress for $10 billion

German chipmaker Infineon is buying U.S.-based Cypress Semiconductor Corp. for more than $10 billion.


Waymo bringing self-driving trucks to Phoenix area freeways

Waymo announced Wednesday that its self-driving tractor-trailers will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, with many more to come

SpaceX has launched 60 tiny satellites, the first of hundreds and even thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage.


China criticizes U.S. action against Huawei

China vows to ‘resolutely safeguard’ companies after Washington imposes export controls on tech giant Huawei.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Stay Alfred picks former Itron executive as new president

Spokane Valley-based Stay Alfred announced Monday it has named former Itron executive Steve Helmbrecht as its new president and chief financial officer.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Feds target robocalls on your phone

Officials are pointing to new federal regulations that they say will stop the proliferation of “spoofing,” where caller ID displays the wrong local information about the source of a phone …


From building to selling and buying, technology’s impact on housing market widespread

Technology is revolutionizing the real estate industry by making it easier for consumers to buy and sell homes, take virtual tours of properties, compare prices or obtain a home loan.