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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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Cyanogen aims for mainstream Android market: New Alcatel device, Qualcomm deal, and big plans

Cyanogen Inc. is launching a new effort to take its Android-based operating system further beyond its hacker roots ? posing a stronger challenge to Google in the mainstream Android smartphone market with a new Alcatel device, a partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm, and rebranding of the company … as a start. Alcatel just announced a new smartphone, the HERO 2+, preloaded with Cyanogen OS and slated to go on sale in North America early in the second quarter for $299. It will be sold online without a wireless contract, with the ability to work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States. Cyanogen, with nearly 20 million…

Led by two brothers, this startup turns smartphones into microphones at events and big meetings

MESA, Ariz. ? During a session on Thursday at Phoenix Startup Week, an investor advised entrepreneurs in the crowd that founders within the same family may have a harder time raising money for their company, let alone building a successful business. Two brothers inside a small garage in Mesa are proving that theory wrong. Sean and Tim Holladay are the co-founders of CrowdMics, a two-year-old startup that lets audience members at big events and meetings use their smartphones as wireless microphones. The CrowdMics app uses an existing Wi-Fi connection inside an auditorium or large meeting room ? letting people simply touch their phone’s screen and have their voice…

Confirmed: Samsung’s Galaxy S6 comes with Microsoft apps pre-installed

Skype, OneNote and OneDrive are all preloaded on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 devices being shown by the smartphone maker at Mobile World Congress, according to multiple reports out of the event today in Barcelona, Spain. The sightings confirm earlier reports indicating that Microsoft worked out the pre-installation as part of the patent settlement announced between the two companies. Official specs for the Galaxy S6 and new Galaxy S6 Edge also note that users will get 115GB of storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service for two years. It’s an important move for Microsoft as the company tries to expand its services and apps…

Samsung unveils Galaxy S6, shows off Apple Pay competitor with ‘Samsung Pay’

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung today unveiled two new smartphones, a new virtual reality headset, and a mobile payment system that will compete with Apple Pay. The tech giant showed off the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, successors to the Galaxy S5 that feature new metal casings. Both are quite similar in specs and looks, but the Edge has a curved design on each side of the device. The devices, which have a 16-megapixel rear camera and new wireless charging capabilities, will be available worldwide on April 10 for all four major U.S. wireless carriers. Pricing has yet…

App of the Week: Bond helps you stay in touch with friends and family

Even with all the communication tools at our disposal, it can be hard to remember to stay in touch with people we love and care about. We live busy lives, and that means sometimes forgetting to call, text or email just to check in. Enter Bond: an iPhone app designed to keep you in touch with the important people in your life. The app connects with several different communication and messaging services, and reminds users to keep in touch with their contacts on a regular basis. Users choose a communication method, select a contact, and indicate how frequently they want to reach that person ?…

Pedal carts, skate parks, and giant slides at GoDaddy’s new Tempe engineering center

TEMPE, Ariz. ? Less than two minutes after entering GoDaddy’s new engineering center in Tempe, I was taken aback when an employee whizzed down a slide from the second floor into the cafeteria. Then, once arriving upstairs, I was riding a green and black pedal cart around the outskirts of the office. A half hour later, I basked in the Arizona sun on the concrete basketball and sand volleyball courts. Yes, this does seem like a pretty fun place to work. GeekWire was in the desert for Phoenix Startup Week and made a pitstop at GoDaddy’s new 150,000 square-foot “Global Technology Center” in the…

HTC joins forces with Valve for new ‘Vive’ virtual reality headset

HTC announced a surprise partnership with Valve this morning, unveiling a new virtual reality headset called Vive during an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The HTC Vive will deliver “the first room-scale experience,” said Jeff Gattis, HTC executive director of global marketing. The device uses 70 sensors for 360-degree tracking. The device sets “a new benchmark for performance and comfort,” he said. “In other words, you’re not going to get sick.” It’s based on Valve’s Steam VR platform, coming with a 90 Hz refresh rate, which matches the Oculus Crescent Bay prototype. It will work in conjunction…