Meet the matchmaker who helps tech geeks meet other geeks

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Trouble meeting that special someone? Perhaps Fabulous Geeks can help. The brainchild of Lana Dolinska, Fabulous Geeks is a personalized matchmaking service that helps those in the tech world connect with other professional, like-minded people. At least 70 percent of Dolinska’s clientele come from tech fields. A former software engineer for Microsoft, Dolinska witnessed her colleagues’ office grumblings about how hard it was to meet someone. She saw an opportunity to help. Her fix? Setting aside a lot of the digital wizardry and going old school, as in actually meeting people in person and talking. According to her site, she is now… Read More

Casting call: We’re looking for 25 geeky kids to star in a fun video project for this year’s GeekWire Summit

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Got a geeky kid? A book nut or science whiz who is fascinated with robots, drones, space travel, Legos or Star Wars? We’re looking for 25 kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old to star in a special video project we’ve got cooking at GeekWire, tied into our big GeekWire Summit on Oct. 1-2. No TV experience required. Just looking for funny and curious kids who can answer a few goofy questions on camera about general technology and pop culture trends. We’ll air portions of the clips at the Summit, and also feature them on GeekWire. We also have… Read More

Twitter sets public goals for increasing diversity in its workforce

Twitter today made public its hiring goals for increasing diversity in its workplace, committing to increasing the number of women and minorities on its staff and encouraging the world to hold it accountable. “We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter,” said Janet Van Huysse, vice president of diversity and inclusion, in a blog post. The move comes amid growing complaints that women and minorities are woefully underrepresented in the world’s biggest tech companies.

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YouTube as you know it is about to change dramatically

The way you experience YouTube may be dramatically different before the end of the year. According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key, which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.

With the exception of a few video rentals, YouTube has always been a free, ad-supported service. But the company is about to get serious about subscription services, offering new ways for the users that create videos to…

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The Vergecast 168: iPhone 6s, Ashley Madison, and the Note 5

This week on the podcast, we discussed Apple’s upcoming iPhone event, where we’re expecting the iPhone 6S and a whole lot more. We also talked a bit about the Ashely Madison hack, the Note 5 stylus design flaw, and the upcoming IFA tech conference. We were also joined by Nicola Fumo from Racked, who turned the Hypedesk into a Hype Jungle. If the previous sentence doesn’t make sense, well, you’ll just have to listen to hear what codeine does to a podcast.

You may also notice that The Vergecast has its very own YouTube channel now! Subscribe, share, and Chromecast to your heart’s content.

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Microsoft nips Xbox One Mini rumor in the bud

Microsoft nips Xbox One Mini rumor in the bud

If you were hoping for Microsoft to release a new Xbox One Mini this October, you’re better off saving your prayers.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer quickly dismissed rumors on Twitter noting the reports were “not real.” Although the terse remark seems to put a definitive kibosh on any potential plans in the coming months, there’s still a chance Microsoft will introduce a miniaturized Xbox One further down the line.

It would make sense too given that the outgoing Xbox 360 went through three iterations in its lifespan. For the 360, the Slim and E models made the console smaller, more efficient and cheaper.

Up until now, the so-called Xbox One Mini would have dropped the Blu-Ray disk drive, making the system quieter. The rumored micro console would have also reduced the weight of the system by a third and likely helped cut down on the Xbox One’s massive proportions.