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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Contour in Apple stores, Puzzazz on iOS and more startup news

Here’s a quick roundup of some news and updates from Seattle-area startups and other tech companies:

— Seattle camera maker announced that its new high-def Contour+2 model is now on sale at retailers, including Apple stores. The $400, helmet-mountable cameras can pair with an iOS device that functions as a viewfinder and remote control. They also have GPS that adds location, speed and elevation information to videos.

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— It’s not a startup anymore, but Redmond’s Concur today announced “Trip Maximizer,” a new travel and expense tool for Concurforce, the integrated CRM and travel expense system it developed with Salesforce. With Trip Maximizer, a user entering travel plans into the system will receive suggestions for additional sales calls to be made during the trip. It also suggests places to eat and shares itinerary details with colleagues. It does not yet place a chocolate on users’ pillow at night, but they’re probably working on it.

— Redmond puzzle software company Puzzazz is expanding to Apple’s iOS platform after its earlier push on Amazon.com’s Kindle. On Monday it launched new iOS apps with an integrated puzzle store and Puzzazz’s “TouchWrite” handwriting-recognition interface.

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Familiar, a Seattle company building a service for privately sharing photos with friends and family, disclosed the investors who provided $1.3 million in seed funding. They include brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi — who have been advising Familiar — and Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Index Ventures, Acequia Capital and Allen & Company. The service launched in November and is how handling more than 20 million photos per month, including this one shared in its press release:

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