March 29, 2017

Choosing the Right Payment Processor for Your Business

Credit Card ProcessingIf you are looking at adding credit card processing to your small business, you know you need to choose carefully. After all, having the right processor means many things, all of them important. It means you have made a wise choice for your bottom line, one that reflects the best and most cost-effective combinations of service and support with low prices on your processing. It’s also important to remember that time is money, and to consider carefully how you balance the length of time payments take to process and deposit against the costs of processing to reach the right conclusions.

Knowing you need to take these considerations into account is a little different from actually making the decision for your company, though. To do that, you need a process for breaking down and evaluating your needs when it comes to credit card processing. That means understanding which cards you should be taking and why, as well as which processors are going to offer what levels of service for you. [Read more…]

Uber Under Investigation For Not Paying Sign-Up Bonuses, New #BoycottUber Initiative

Boycott Uber they rip off driversSan Francisco-based ride share company Uber, is currently being investigated for not paying drivers bonuses promised for signing up.  These bonuses are supposed to be paid to the drivers and can be as much as $750.

Local Business Scoop has more about #BoycottUber.

The public is being urged not to use Uber because of their shady business practices.  Any drivers who have not been paid what they are owed by Uber are urged to contact Ride Share Right Now, share their story and discuss a possible class action lawsuit.

If you know someone who does need a job or wants to make extra money, tell them about driving for Lyft.  Go to this link to be eligible for a signup bonus with Lyft or get up to $50 in free ride credits.

Hackers Hone in on Human Behavior: Tax Preparers Are a New Target

CMIT SolutionsBy Dallas Stewart, CMIT Solutions

Hackers are becoming smarter and are developing new ways to trick businesses and consumers into falling for one of their scams.

One of the shifts in hacking attempts is that human behavior is now being leveraged by those who seek to do harm.  As technologies that shut down traditional avenues that hackers were using to gain access to proprietary data continue to evolve, hackers are now shifting to understanding human behavior in opening up emails or responding to them.  Email continues to be one of the main avenues explored by hackers. [Read more…]

Unique Social Media Startup Launched by Young Entrepreneur in Seattle

Parade SocialParade Social, an event social media concierge service, was launched in Seattle this week. The company, which prides itself on crafting unique social media experiences for events of all types and sizes, public or private, for individuals, organizations and businesses is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the month of November, the new venture will begin partnering with local hotels, venue spaces, and event planners to diversify its cliental and reach new consumers. The concept has already begun attracting attention nationally with recent buzz building in Silicon Valley. [Read more…]

Google Express comes to the Seattle area, will roll out to all shoppers in Washington in the coming weeks

Google ExpressGoogle launches Google Express, a fast delivery service, in Seattle

Today, Google is expanding the Google Express service to a large portion of the Northwest and Southeast: Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Now, over 70 million more people will have access to two-day delivery shopping at stores like Costco, Whole Foods Market, PetSmart, Kohl’s and more – right from their mobile phones or laptops. [Read more…]

An Overview of My Experience at TwitchCon 2016

Twitchcon San Diego 2016By Makaya Loo

September 30 thru October 2nd many fans of the popular live-streaming website came together at the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate the annual TwitchCon 2016 event. Twitch is a site where thousands of people can live stream themselves playing video games for their viewers. Some things you can do on this site along with watching another live streamer are, being able to interact with the streamer in a live chat box where you can also express yourself with custom “emotes” or emoticons to show feelings and emotions. I had attended TwitchCon this weekend for the first time ever; it being the second event of its kind. This event had me starstruck at what it had in store for me.

There were plenty of activities to do which involved meeting your favorite streamer in person, exploring the expo hall full of new games and vendors to spark your interest, buying limited edition merchandise, attending panels where many successful streamers talk about specific topics to help other possible upcoming streamers, and there were even some panels for entertainment such as tournaments or making fun of your favorite streamer for your enjoyment. This event was available to all ages but on top of those many activities there was even an area on the rooftop for anyone above the age 21 to halve some drinks and jam out to some music provided by NoCopyrightSounds and special guests such as Darude who made a special appearance for one last session the morning after the TwitchCon After Party on Saturday night at Petco Field showcasing additional guests, T-Pain, and Steve Aoki. [Read more…]

TwitchCon 2016: Amazon Game Studios Reveals Breakaway, New World, & Crucible

This evening at TwitchCon 2016Amazon Game Studios announced its first three games: Breakaway, New World, and Crucible.

“Powered by Amazon Lumberyard and designed to be streamed, Amazon’s games aim to be as fun to watch as they are to play”

In addition to announcing the games, Amazon Game Studios previewed and provided the first public, hands-on demo of Breakaway, a mythological sport brawler that will begin accepting a limited number of gamers into alpha later this year. Amazon Game Studios is building all three titles on the Amazon Lumberyard game engine, and each will include new Twitch features that put broadcasters in the spotlight and bring spectators into the action. 

Here’s a little more about the games: [Read more…]

Google makes changes to Android OS for Tidyware Bellevue-based app developer

Tidyware LLC BellevueFallSafety Pro by Tidyware – Automatic Fall Detection and Alerts App for Android released by Tidyware, LLC

Designed with the direct assistance of Google, this jobsite safety app features intelligent fall detection and automatic alerts via email, phone and text to emergency contacts.

Bellevue-based FallSafety Pro for Android addresses the number one cause of death in construction accidents by providing intelligent fall detection and automatic alerts via email, phone, and texts to work teams, safety managers, and loved ones. [Read more…]

Overlake to Participate in Unique ‘Reverse Pitch’ Event for Tech Start-Ups

Overlake Medical Center logoCambia Grove Hosts Series Designed to Promote Innovation in Health Care Marketplace

 Overlake Medical Center will be participating in a unique health technology project Aug. 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cambia Grove collaborative think tank space in Seattle.  During the event, members of Overlake’s leadership team Dr. Dennis Rochier, CEO of Overlake Medical Clinics, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Knoepfler, will be presenting real-life Overlake business challenges faced by doctors and patients to dozens of health care startups from all over the world.  The scenarios are shared with the startups, and the most innovative solutions will be given the opportunity to land a paid pilot project to solve the challenge. [Read more…]

Valve Moving to Lincoln Square Expansion

Valve BellevuePopular Gaming/Technology Developer Valve Leases Nine Floors in New Building

Valve has leased 225,000 square feet of prime office space in the new office tower at Lincoln Square’s 1.5 million square foot expansion site.

With the lease of floors 11 – 19, the company will encompass nearly one third of the total office space available in the new tower which features 710,000 square feet of Class A space. Launched on the Eastside in 1996, Valve first leased space at another KDC office tower in Bellevue Place. [Read more…]