Did you know that Seattle’s beloved (mostly) Starbucks is on the cutting edge of technology?  For all you iPhone peeps out there, the java giant has unveiled a new app that will allow customers to tip from their phone (right now all tipping at Starbucks in done in cash).  This promises to be good news for the company’s baristas, with Starbucks processing five million mobile payments per week. 1    Ca-ching, ca-ching.

And speaking of coffee shops, Curbed Seattle contributor Elizabeth Tudor unveiled 10 free Seattle Wi-Fi spots that AREN’T coffee shops!

On March 12, she posed the existential question: “Tired of getting the stink-eye from the barista while you sit at the same table for six hours?  Sick of cramming your gullet with $5 muffins just because you feel like you have to order something to justify your existence?  You’ve been huddled in front of your MacBook in drafty, old world style coffee shops with eight-foot tall, cold-brew, drip towers for long enough.”  Those ready for a change of scene where you can spend a chunk of your day using someone else’s Wi-Fi in Seattle are encouraged to consider checking out the “10 Best” free Wi-Fi outside-the-cafe locations, including:

–  South Fountain Lawn, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, <http:www.seattlecenter.com/wifi/>.

–  Hotel Monaco,1101  4th Ave., <http://www.monaco-seattle.com/&gt;.

–  BMW Seattle, 1002  Airport Way S., <http://www.bmwseattle.com/index.htm&gt;.
“Pretend like your car is getting services, or maybe you’re just waiting on a friend who’s buying a new 7 Series.  Enjoy the smell of tires and success until a man in white shirt and blue tie asks you to leave.”  Uh, think I’ll skip trying that one…

–  Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.,  <http://www.fryemuseum.org&gt;.

–  SeaTac International Airport,  17801 International Blvd., SeaTac, <https://www.portseattle.org /Sea-Tac/Passenger-Services/Pages/Tech-at-the-Airport.aspx>

–  Third Place Books, 6504  20th Ave., NE, <http://ravenna.thirdplacebooks.com&gt;

–  South Lake Union Whole Foods Market, 2210 Westlake Ave., (206) 621-9700.

–  Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave., <http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library&gt;

–  W Seattle, The Living Room, 1112 4th Ave., <http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=1154#photo_section_1Link&gt;

…And last, but certainly NOT least:

–  Safeway (Any Location), <http://www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/Store-Locator-Results&gt;.
“There are no fancy coffee machines or chic hotel sofas, just hard chairs and nice people with warm smiles.”  Sounds like my kinda place!

1  As reported by Angel Gonzales, Seattle Times business reporter

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