Seattle startup Latchel applies Amazon delivery strategies to building maintenance

Latchel co-founders from left to right: Will Gordon, Ethan Lieber and Jullian Chavez, (Latchel Photo) The challenge of fixing a leaky sink and delivering groceries might sound like two very different problems, but Will Gordon would tell you that’s wrong. For close to three years, Gordon worked at Amazon, focused on product delivery and leading an international expert team that was tackling last mile planning and execution. In any logistics or fulfillment process, he said, “it’s all about getting the right information to the right people at the right time.” That’s true whether it’s an Amazon delivery or property management emergency. Latchel CEO Ethan Lieber. (Latchel Photo) Now Gordon is… Read More

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Larry Ellison says Oracle’s new database is pulling companies away from Amazon Web Services (ORCL)

Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison said Oracle’s new cloud database has nearly 1,000 paying customers. The company also said there are nearly 4,000 trials of it going on at other companies. Ellison said that the all-important product, representing the tech titan’s cloud ambitions, was “the most successful introduction of a new product in Oracle’s forty year history.” And he discussed one customer that ditched arch-rival Amazon Web Services in favor of Oracle. Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison has been talking up his latest, greatest database for a couple of years now — but on Thursday the company gave an update as to how well the recently introduced cloud… Read More

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Adventurous taps live actors and AR to take families on high-tech scavenger hunts

Augmented reality looked like it was supposed to a ubiquitous success, Apple and Google and Facebook seemed to say so, but things are taking a bit of time to get kicked off so the startups in the space are having to get real weird with it. Adventurous is an augmented reality scavenger hunt geared towards families, but it drags in enough elements of the real world to make it a pretty robust experience. This isn’t your typical AR phone app that you pop open once. For one thing you have to be at a certain physical location in order to try it out, you also have to make an appointment,… Read More

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‘Ape Out’ and ‘Baba Is You’ demonstrate the depth of simplicity

The games we see advertised the most aren’t necessarily the best representatives for what has become an incredibly diverse medium. Yearly AAA installments and massive open worlds are all well and good, but simplicity is rarely on display — which makes two recent releases, Ape Out and Baba Is You, all the more delightful. Both are, in a way, very simple games, but from that simplicity arises complex and enjoyable gameplay concepts that can entertain (or frustrate) for hours. It’s a refreshing reversal of games that appear complex but ultimately have very little depth. Ape Out is certainly the more simple of the two, at least in gameplay terms. You’re… Read More

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After hammering Colorado, ‘bomb cyclone’ turns to Upper Midwest

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow | Washington Post From the Palmer Divide to the Plains Wednesday, an exceptionally-powerful “bomb cyclone” brought 100 mph wind gusts and conditions rivaling those of a hurricane, except with blinding snow in many places. The cyclone of “historic proportions,” according to the National Weather Service, is racing into Upper Midwest. Blizzard conditions, which stranded more than 1,000 motorists in Colorado Wednesday and shut down Denver International Airport, continue to plaster parts of the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota. A severe storm threat extends on the massive cyclone’s south and east side, from northern Mississippi and Alabama into southern Michigan. “Damaging winds and a few tornadoes… Read More

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