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Amazon’s New Kindle Ad Loves Gay Marriage

Seattle-based retail giant Amazon.com just launched a national ad for its Kindle Paperwhite. The star of the ad isn’t the new e-reader, though. It’s the subtle notion presented that gay marriage is a totally benign and normal aspect of life. Oh, and any thinking that defaults to heterosexuality as a norm. Well, that’s sort of…

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UW to Offer Digital Publishing Continuing-Ed Program

If you’re interested in blogging professionally, self-publishing digitally, creating e-books—or your employer wishes you knew more about such things, look into the University of Washington’s new certificate program in digital publishing. The nine-month-long course launches this fall, and it promises a good mix of hands-on training and theoretical insight about many of the legal, aesthetic…

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Wood Grain for the iPhone

Lazerwood skins are almost more exciting than the new iPhone itself.

You might want to change that setting to “sent from my iPlank” after snapping your constant companion into a new Lazerwood iPhone skin. Working with graphic designers and artists (such as fashion illustrator Lisa Lee) on limited-edition design runs, Squire Park husband and wife Apryl and Erick Waldman accent their stylish iPhone 4 veneer covers…

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The iPad Joystick

Local gaming company Discovery Bay Games bridges new and old-school gaming.

It’s a nerdy dilemma: Stay true to old-school video games or follow your fever for high-tech gaming gadgets? Pioneer Square–based company Discovery Bay Games (discoverybaygames.com) feels your pain, and in response, has invented a device representing the best of both worlds. Building on the massive success of Atari’s “Greatest Hits” app (100 classic games for…

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On the Bright Side: Despite Zune, Microsoft Still on the Map

I know. We’re all bummed that Microsoft’s Zune player has officially gone the way of the cassette tape. But on the bright side: Microsoft has added to its search engine, Bing, a special airport map function that lets you find the Burger King at SeaTac Airport within a moment’s notice. Phew! Back on top.  

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Kindle Fire Enters the Tablet-Hunger Games

News of Amazon’s trio of new gadgets released today is spreading like wildfire — namely about the hopeful iPad competitor, Kindle Fire. Local news site Tech Flash reports: The Kindle Fire’s strengths lie in a swift Web browser running on Amazon’s EC2 cloud, Amazon’s souped-up version of the Android app store, connections to the retailer’s…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

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Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…