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Tech Moves: Evo Media names CEO; Seattle Angel Fund taps Preston to manage fund; and more

Susan Preston
?Porch has picked up two new high-profile employees: Justin Vanning has left his role as Director of Growth Marketing at Tune (formerly HasOffers) to become the Senior Manager of Marketing and Growth, and ValueAppeal CEO Charlie Walsh has taken on a role as the Senior Director of Data Products. Vanning said in an email to GeekWire that he will be charged with growing the Porch Professional business under Joanna Lord, and was drawn to the company because of its leadership team as well as how much room the company has to grow. “They’re building out beautiful sites and products in … Read More on GeekWire

Blast-off for Bezos: Blue Origin wins deal to develop new U.S. rocket engine for Boeing joint venture

Blue Origin's BE-3 rocket engine, a predecessor to the engine to be developed by the company for U.S. spaceflight.
Boeing and SpaceX were the big winners of the nearly $7 billion NASA contract to take U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, but Blue Origin, the Seattle-area space venture founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is now positioned to potentially play a part, as well. During an event at the National Press Club today, Bezos was on hand to announce an agreement with United Launch Alliance, the joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, for Blue Origin develop a new BE-4 rocket engine for ULA ? with the potential, at least, for the engine to be used in the NASA project for launching … Read More on GeekWire

Bungie’s Destiny grosses $325M in first five days

We already knew that Destiny, the first-person shooter developed by Bellevue-based Bungie, was off to a hot start with retailers spending $500 million to stock store shelves. But now we know how much consumers spent: Activision, which published the game, said Destiny grossed $325 million in its first five days. Bungie added that players have logged more than 100 million hours of online play during its first week, putting it on par with insanely popular Activision titles, like “Call of Duty.” The game is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Review: iOS 8 brings new features and high performance to Apple’s mobile devices

With a lot of its products, Apple has a habit of making things pretty, and then making them good. When the company unveiled iOS 8 in June, it seemed to me that Apple was in the back half of that cycle with the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. After almost two and a half months of using iOS 8 in my daily life, I?ll happily stick by that snap judgment. Apple has stuck to most of the design changes it made with iOS 7, and spent this release adding a bunch of new features that make my favorite … Read More on GeekWire

What’s the 411?: Picking the right plan and carrier for that new phone

Photo Credit: Apple
So, maybe you want the new iPhone 6, but you aren’t sure if it’s the right time to try out a new carrier, or sign up for a new plan? A new report released today by Tarifica attempts to wade through all the offers to determine which carrier is offering you the biggest bang for your buck. In making its evaluation, Tarifica took into consideration geographic coverage, data speeds, the cost of plans and whether you were buying a phone on contract or at full price. ?In today?s mobile marketplace, consumers are flooded with hundreds of plan variations and constantly shifting promotions and deals ? the … Read More on GeekWire

Video: Here’s what kids had to say when we asked them about Microsoft buying Minecraft

We’ve already heard what passionate adult Minecraft fans think of Microsoft acquiring their favorite game for $2.5 billion earlier this week. But what about the millions of children who also share that same fervor for the extremely popular title? We sat down with some of Seattle’s geeky kids to find out. It was fascinating to hear the children describe why they like Minecraft, and also interesting ? and equally impressive ? to watch them sound off on Microsoft acquiring the game. Their feedback is particularly interesting because it’s clear that Microsoft was thinking about education and the next generation of technologists when it paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the indie gaming company that … Read More on GeekWire

Ready, Set, Update! Apple’s iOS 8 is now available for download

iPhone and iPad owners who want the latest and greatest from Apple can do so right now. Right on schedule, the Cupertino-based company turned on its update servers at 10 a.m. Pacific, and opened iOS 8 up for public consumption. The update was first announced as part of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and has spent the past three months in developers’ hands as a beta. The update is fairly large ? users on Twitter are reporting that it’s more than a gigabyte in size ? so people who are hoping to update should make sure that they’re on a stable … Read More on GeekWire