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GeekWire is an independent technology news site and online community based in Seattle, Wash. — covering the people, companies and innovations emerging from the Pacific Northwest and impacting the world. Founders John Cook and Todd Bishop bring their popular website to radio life weekends on KIRO Radio.

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Review: The 6 best third-party keyboards for iPhone, so far

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With the launch of iOS 8, Apple opened the floodgates for third-party developers to create keyboards for the iPhone and iPad. Already, the App Store has seen the launch of a number of new entrants into the keyboard space, and I?m sure that there are more coming in the near future. If this sea of new typing options has left your head swimming, don?t worry: what follows is GeekWire?s guide to the best typing options available on the App Store. Generalists These keyboards do what you?d expect from an everyday, modern mobile keyboard. When opening up a text field, odds … Read More on GeekWire

Apple: Nearly half of all iPad and iPhone users have already updated to iOS 8

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When Apple releases a new version of its mobile operating system, loyal users snap it up at an alarming rate, and the launch of iOS 8 is no different. In an update to its App Store Distribution support page for developers, Apple revealed that 46 percent of all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches have been updated to the new operating system in the 4 days after its launch last week. That’s big news for developers who are looking to release new apps, and a big incentive for developers who haven’t updated their apps to take advantage of iOS 8. The update … Read More on GeekWire

Xbox One now cheaper than PS4 in the UK as Microsoft slashes console price again

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For a limited time, the Xbox One is now cheaper than the PlayStation 4 in the U.K. As part of a retail promotion, Microsoft has dropped the price of the Kinect-less console at its online store to £330, which is about £20 cheaper than the PS4. As GameSpot notes, some retailers are even offering Xbox One bundles at that price point. This is the third time Microsoft has cut the Xbox One price in the past 10 months in the U.K. The company launched the console in November at £429.99, dropped the price to £399 three months later, and then announced an Xbox One without the Kinect sensor in May … Read More on GeekWire

Study: Shopping on Amazon up to 15% cheaper than buying from stores

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Did you ever have a hunch that you were saving money by shopping on Amazon.com, but you never knew for sure? Well, here’s your proof: A report released today estimates that Amazon prices are anywhere from 6 to 15 percent cheaper than identical items being sold at retail stores. The study, conducted by William Blair, an investment bank, analyzed 4,000 items across 40 retailers to evaluate the competitive landscape. On average, it said Amazon’s prices are 5.9 percent lower at the 40 retailers when you are a non-Prime customer in a state charging online sales tax. The Amazon pricing advantage increases to 8.3 percent … Read More on GeekWire

GeekWire Summit is next week: Full agenda released, last-minute tickets available

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The big GeekWire Summit is coming up Thursday, Oct. 2 in Seattle ? that’s next week! ? and boy do we have a lineup for you. Our annual technology conference is bigger and better than ever, featuring some of the leading thinkers, leaders and innovators across a wide variety of industries, from mobile (T-Mobile CEO John Legere) to online retail (Zulily co-founder Mark Vadon) to government (U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel) to media (Re/code founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher). We just released the full agenda, which you can see below. And grab your tickets here. Yes, we’ll even feature an informative … Read More on GeekWire

Cancer research startup VentiRx lands $50M

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Seattle’s biotech industry has been on an up-and-down roller coaster ride over the past 12 months, with layoffs and R&D center closures as well as huge financing rounds. Now, the region is getting another dose of good news, with Seattle-based biotech VentiRx Pharmaceuticals disclosing in a SEC filing that it has raised $50 million in funding. The company, which is working on cancer treatments that activate immune cells to fight infectious agents, is led by former Dendreon chief medical officer Robert Hershberg. In a press release earlier this month, the company noted the new funding, but it did not disclose … Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft unveils $60 TV streaming device for Windows 8 and Android

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Microsoft today opened pre-orders for a $59.95 wireless display adapter that connects any Miracast-enabled device with at least Windows 8.1 or Android 4.2.1 to a HDTV, monitor, or projector. The device connects to the HDMI and USB ports on a TV ? those without a USB port can use a USB power brick ? and lets users mirror what’s on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop within a 23-foot range. Internet access is not required. It’s similar to Google’s $35 Chromecast, but does not require specific apps ? you can stream anything on your device to the TV with Microsoft’s device. Chromecast only mirrors screen content … Read More on GeekWire