Discover digital surprises as ArtWalk season concludes

August 30, 2011

QR code exhibition is designed to launch conversation

The latest exhibition from artEAST is a series of stark images — square and oblong patterns in a “Tetris”-esque arrangement against a colorless background.

The smartphone-equipped in-crowd recognizes the patterns as QR codes, barcodes designed for mobile devices to read.

Expect to see oversized QR codes along Front Street North as the spring- and summertime ArtWalk concludes Sept. 2. The nonprofit artEAST collective plans to deploy the codes to connect attendees to images and videos at the Art Center & Up Front Gallery and along the street during the event.

Seattle artists Stephen Rock and Nichole DeMent used QR codes to connect smartphone users to data and images during a spring exhibition in Seattle.

Now, the duo plans to offer a similar experience to ArtWalk attendees. Rock is creating a sculpture up to 12 feet tall designed to evoke building blocks — and covered in QR codes — for the event.

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Girl Scouts offer app to locate cookie sales spots

February 26, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011

Girl Scouts fanned out across the region Friday to offer Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and the rest to the cookie-craving public.

Cookie sales continue at many locations in Issaquah and beyond through March 13. Use the Cookie Locator to find cookie booths.

Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche all cost $4 per box, payable by cash or check.

Finding a cookie booth is easier nowadays, thanks to the Cookie Locator smart phone app.

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Secretary of State’s Office offers election results app

October 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

If you want to check up-to-the-minute election results, there’s an app for that.

Really.

Less than a week before the Nov. 2 election, the Secretary of State’s Office has unveiled an iPhone app to provide statewide results. Download the free app here or from the App Store. Search for “WA State Election Results.”

Unofficial results should start to be published after 8 p.m. Election Day and refreshed as county elections offices update tabulations.

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Metro asks riders to create apps

May 4, 2010

Information about the next bus to the Issaquah Highlands could someday be available from the Apple App Store — and developed by a Metro Transit rider.

Metro has offered behind-the-scenes data to tech-savvy riders to develop Web or mobile phone apps to make riding buses easier and more convenient.

Metro opened up the data about bus schedules and routes to independent programmers April 1. Metro offers the data free of charge to anyone who agrees to the terms of use. Learn more about the program here.

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Metro asks riders to create apps

April 8, 2010

NEW— 6 a.m. April 8, 2010

Information about the next bus to the Issaquah Highlands could someday be available from the Apple App Store — and developed by a Metro Transit rider.

Metro has offered behind-the-scenes data to tech-savvy riders to develop Web or mobile phone apps to make riding buses easier and more convenient.

Metro opened up the data about bus schedules and routes to independent programmers April 1. Metro offers the data free of charge to anyone who agrees to the terms of use. Learn more about the program here.

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