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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

  Paul Gambill’s favorite thing to do when he’s high is to listen to the Seattle Symphony. “There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra play a rich, Romantic-era piece,” the 26-year-old mobile-apps project manager tells me. We were sitting at Ballard Coffee Works, where a drink made from beans enjoys a sophistication Gambill craves for the…

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June 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

My tech book binge: 11 top books for our technological moment

I read a lot of emails, tweets and articles about technology. You know what I hardly read at all? Books. You’ve told me about some great ones over the past two years, but those emails, tweets and articles have a way of hogging my attention. No more. Below are 11 technology books I will read at the no-joke pace…

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April 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

The future of credentials: Will degrees and resumes make room for the badge?

The Providence After School Alliance issues this badge to  students who complete their 10-week program.

The Providence After School Alliance issues this badge to students who complete a 10-week photo program.

How do we tell other people what we’re good at?

It’s an important question. Not just when it’s time to look for work, but when we’re signing up for activities, applying to colleges, or just trying to pass second grade.

The systems we use to convey that information have been around a long time.

What if they got way better?

An eclectic network of technologists, educators, businesses and nonprofits is quietly working to revolutionize credentials with a set of ideas that has an unassuming name:

Badges.

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April 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Is it enough? Sea-Tac Airport adding power to combat ‘outlet outrage’

For years, passengers traveling through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport complained the most about Wi-Fi. Now, we’re demanding power.

I shared how our local airport plans to feed these and other tech cravings in my Sunday column. But there was more to pass on about Wi-Fi and power than I could fit. Here, then, is a better breakdown.

Soon after Sea-Tac’s free Wi-Fi became available, complaints about it dropped as gripes about power outlets rose. Airport officials shared the following chart to illustrate. The blue line tracks complaints about Wi-Fi while the green line tracks compliments about Wi-Fi. The dotted red line tallies complaints about power outlets:

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February 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Toddlers and tech: ‘Whenever we denied her the tablet, we had an instant meltdown’

Now that tablets are on the media menu, parents have new decisions to make. How much “tablet time” is OK for kids? At what age? And what kind — the “shows” that just stare at them or the puzzles, games and books that keep them engaged?

In Sunday’s column I explored some of the current thinking about screens and kids — particularly toddlers. Pediatricians recommend no screen time for kids under the age of 2. But when screens are so tactile and interactive, does that still mean the same thing?

Reader Heath Hunnicutt emailed me his experience with his 21-month-old daughter, who began showing an interest in the family’s iPad at 9 months. It’s a fascinating account he was generous enough to let me share with you.

Here it is, in his own words:

My wife and I have a 21-month-old girl. We also have an Android tablet and an iPad.

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