Technology

Welcome to the You Decade. Retailers have a much better understanding of what it takes to get you to open your wallet.

Seattle-based Convoy has been busy since it launched — with a splashy roster of investors — an online service linking shippers and truck-freight carriers in October 2015.

When Derek Orr left Microsoft last fall to join Uber in its new Seattle office, he was one of a handful of Uber employees who ate lunch at a makeshift picnic table in a small Pioneer Square office.

LabConnect’s steady expansion stems from a canny assessment of an opportunity to improve how pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers conduct their clinical trials. The company recognized a need for better management of the clinical trial process, from identifying research laboratories that excel in certain areas to handling specimens and managing data.

"Death by Design" sounds like a Woody Allen film. It’s not.

It’s a documentary by Sue Williams, who has been making films in and about China for 30 years. And it’s kind of scary.

Seattle’s geek influx seems to be causing a “disturbance in the force.” The New York Times’ Timothy Egan worries that Amazon has become “a large foreign presence growing inside us.” At risk, old-timers say, is Seattle’s very identity as a culturally rich, economically diverse city.

After years of hype about virtual reality, it stands ready to move from The Matrix and Avatar into real life, with applications ranging from gaming to e-sales, from collaborative product design to remote surgery. What’s more, many companies in the Seattle region will reap the benefits.