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BitcoinJanuary was a big month for Bitcoin, the digital currency that’s been creeping its way into mainstream since being introduced two years ago. First, Overstock.com became the first major online retailer to accept Bitcoin, quickly processing $100,000 worth of orders, and resurrecting speculations about whether other players, like Amazon, would follow suit (Amazon reportedly said not in the near future, if ever). Then, the Sacramento Kings became the first major sports team to accept it at the team’s retail store. EBay will reportedly allow customers to sell bitcoins this month. read more »

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It’s not unusual these days to see a customer in a store checkout line whipping out his or her smartphone for the cashier to scan. In most cases, they are scanning an app for their loyalty shopping card or a coupon — but some are actually using their phones to pay.

In some countries around the world, digital wallets have given rise to an industry with billions of transactions. In developing countries, they’re a new way to conduct business for a population that doesn’t bank but is a power user of mobile phones. Even in countries like Japan, e-wallets are wildly popular.

But in the United States, mobile payments have been slow to take off — save for the widely used Starbucks app and some experiments like Google Wallet. Still, market research firm Parks Associates forecasted in January that 43 percent of smartphone owners will be using mobile wallets by 2017. read more »

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Customers testing LED replacements made locally call them ‘the wave of the future’ for outdoor lighting

Bob Nietfield, left, new VP for sales at Differential Energy Global, and company owner Rick Flaherty hold high-tech LED replacement bulbs at DEG's production facility in Port Orchard. (Tim Kelly Photo)Pedestrians at the University of Washington-Tacoma will notice something different soon while walking at night by a busy campus corner. Five of the university’s heritage lampposts are being relocated to the block of Court C near 19th Street and Jefferson Avenue, and observant passersby might notice a brighter glow from the vintage-look “double acorn” lights, which will have new high-intensity LED bulbs from a Port Orchard lighting company. read more »

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Duracell's video about Seattle Seahawks player Derrick Coleman is a good example of content marketing.Content marketing rose as the darling concept of digital marketing in the last couple of years, sending many companies scrambling to join the growing trend of serving up content first and advertising last or maybe not at all. Also dubbed brand journalism and brand storytelling, the concept is turning on its head the question of what, exactly, is the core competency for a corporation that previously offered, say, soft beverages. Or credit cards. Or perhaps shoes. read more »

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Several recent trips have served to be both inspiring and challenging when viewed in the context of our region. This is a dilemma I have been dealing with for a long time, more acutely since our recent West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) annual summit held in September on Raisbeck Aviation High School and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Western Washington Summit 2013 brought together Doug King, CEO of Museum of Flight; Reba Gillman, principal and CEO of Raisbeck Aviation High School; Susannah Malarkey, executive director of Technology Alliance; Dr. David Mitchell, president of Olympic College; Tim Thomson, CEO of Port of Bremerton; and Ed Stern in his leadership capacity with Puget Sound Regional Council. Raisbeck is an example of what is possible when private, public and nonprofits collaborate. The school has been in existence for 10 years, and recently moved into a $43.5 million campus adjacent to the Museum of Flight and Boeing. read more »

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The Keeping Up with Technology workshop series will present a session on using the popular online pinboard Pinterest at The Poulsbo Public Library on Nov. 13.

The free event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. at the library, 700 Northeast Lincoln Road. The workshop is sponsored by Poulsbo Friends of the Library.

Pinterest is a relatively new social media site, popular with both hobbyists and businesses. It is a virtual pinboard where users can organize and share all the things they find on the web. People use pinboards to promote their businesses, plan weddings, and decorate their homes.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to get started with Pinterest; Pinterest etiquette and good practices; how Pinterest can drive traffic to your blog; who is using Pinterest successfully; how to make your images stand out. read more »

Energy Savings

Pacific Northwest energy experts said that the energy market hit a major milestone on Oct. 16 — for the first time, wind energy production has surpassed energy generated by hydropower. Due to new wind-power infrastructure in the region and strong morning winds, 85 percent of that day’s power usage was provided by wind generation.

Wind has long been viewed as a renewable resource that can provide an alternative to hydro or nuclear power. But one of the major challenges is being able to integrate renewable energy with demand — wind, for example, frequently happens at night, when the demand for electricity is low. Wind energy cannot be stored, so it is wasted if not used when it’s produced. The industry has been trying to find ways to harness the wind more effectively. read more »

Energy Savings

Some of the HI-Lamp LED replacement bulbs developed by Differential Energy Global Ltd. of Port Orchard.The middle-of-the-night, “ah-ha!” moment came two years ago on a trip to Palm Springs, Calif.

That’s when an idea came into focus for Rick Flaherty about how to incorporate energy-efficient LED technology into replacement bulbs for high-intensity discharge (HID) lights — the kind used to illuminate spacious areas such as warehouses, gymnasiums and parking lots. read more »

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The stars of SuperStar Media's Bremerton office (left to right): Mike Walpole, Chris Clark, Sean Kelley and Joe Groh.When star musicians or comedians need a new website, one go-to designer is Bremerton-based SuperStar Media. The 11-year-old company, located downtown, has created websites, custom social media platforms and various digital content for the likes of Neil Diamond, Chris Rock, REO Speedwagon, Pitbull and George Winston — the list goes on. read more »

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