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15 moments that have defined Austin’s Rooster Teeth 
 It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes. But that video, which itself was preceded by a jokey trailer for...

Posted: 4 days ago

It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes. But that video, which itself was preceded by a jokey trailer for...
Three questions to ask yourself before you buy wireless headphones
 As the race to take away headphone ports on smart phones continues, you may still be thinking about switching from wired to wireless headphones, especially if there’s a phone upgrade in your future. Before you commit to a set of cans or earbuds, especially if they’re pricey, here’s three questions you should consider: 1...

Posted: 4 days ago

As the race to take away headphone ports on smart phones continues, you may still be thinking about switching from wired to wireless headphones, especially if there’s a phone upgrade in your future. Before you commit to a set of cans or earbuds, especially if they’re pricey, here’s three questions you should consider: 1...
Apple’s new recycle robot, Daisy, calls Austin home
 If you’ve ever broken an iPhone screen, dealt with a drained-of-life iPhone battery or unsuccessfully tried to rescue an iPhone from ocean water, the gigantic pile of dead devices might feel a little haunting. They sit in a rose gold, space gray, white, jet black pile, dozens and dozens of them, deader than dead. Then, one by one, they...

Posted: 5 days ago

If you’ve ever broken an iPhone screen, dealt with a drained-of-life iPhone battery or unsuccessfully tried to rescue an iPhone from ocean water, the gigantic pile of dead devices might feel a little haunting. They sit in a rose gold, space gray, white, jet black pile, dozens and dozens of them, deader than dead. Then, one by one, they...
Austin Game Conference sitting out 2018; Game Leadership Summit coming in September
 In September, Austin will be missing one of its key videogaming-focused conferences. But another one, more focused on the management of game companies, will be taking its place. The Austin Game Conference, which made a return to Austin in 2016 and 2017 after a long hiatus, won’t be back for 2018, said its founder and executive director...

Posted: 7 days ago

In September, Austin will be missing one of its key videogaming-focused conferences. But another one, more focused on the management of game companies, will be taking its place. The Austin Game Conference, which made a return to Austin in 2016 and 2017 after a long hiatus, won’t be back for 2018, said its founder and executive director...
Talking with Texas Standard about Apple Pay’s big (and possibly annoying) push
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about why Apple has been so aggressive of late pushing its Apple Pay digital wallet platform, to the point that some users are trying to figure out ways to get rid of an alert badge that it generates to get users to sign up. Why does Apple want you using its Pay service...

Posted: 11 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about why Apple has been so aggressive of late pushing its Apple Pay digital wallet platform, to the point that some users are trying to figure out ways to get rid of an alert badge that it generates to get users to sign up. Why does Apple want you using its Pay service...
Friday Tech Crawl: Backpage CEO faces charges, phone security woes and what’s a computer, really?
 Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following In case you missed it yesterday, the company behind classified ads site Backpage.com has pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking in Texas and its CEO Carl Ferrer plead guilty on money laundering charges here. The state attorneys general in Texas, California...

Posted: 11 days ago

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following In case you missed it yesterday, the company behind classified ads site Backpage.com has pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking in Texas and its CEO Carl Ferrer plead guilty on money laundering charges here. The state attorneys general in Texas, California...
Pilot program to help blind and visually impaired Cap Metro riders could eventually go citywide
 An executive for the Paris-based company Connecthings says that a pilot program it started last month with Capital Metro to provide real-time bus information to the blind and visually impaired in Austin is going well and that he hopes it will expand to the entire city. Louis-Alban Batard-Dupré, the company’s North America...

Posted: 14 days ago

An executive for the Paris-based company Connecthings says that a pilot program it started last month with Capital Metro to provide real-time bus information to the blind and visually impaired in Austin is going well and that he hopes it will expand to the entire city. Louis-Alban Batard-Dupré, the company’s North America...
Friday Tech Crawl: more Facebook fallout, Trump’s Amazon grudge and ‘Legion’ stars on Tinder
 Good Friday morning, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning. Facebook has been on the ropes of late over its Cambridge Analytica data snafu, but that hasn’t kept it from making moves that are making it look even worse this week. TechCrunch reports that the social network has removed messages...

Posted: 18 days ago

Good Friday morning, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning. Facebook has been on the ropes of late over its Cambridge Analytica data snafu, but that hasn’t kept it from making moves that are making it look even worse this week. TechCrunch reports that the social network has removed messages...
Talking about the Hell that is conference calls on Texas Standard
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss why so many of us dread web meetings, videoconference chats and conference calls. Sometimes, it’s technological issues (why can’t people mute themselves? Why won’t this browser plug-in work?), other times it’s simply the drudgery of long meetings...

Posted: 19 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss why so many of us dread web meetings, videoconference chats and conference calls. Sometimes, it’s technological issues (why can’t people mute themselves? Why won’t this browser plug-in work?), other times it’s simply the drudgery of long meetings...
Things to check before you hand-me-down a gadget to your kid
 My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might be a good compromise: I’d give her an old iPod Touch that was collecting dust, unused...

Posted: 20 days ago

My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might be a good compromise: I’d give her an old iPod Touch that was collecting dust, unused...
Austin panel with originator of #MeToo, Tarana Burke, Ronan Farrow and Ashley Judd urges sustainable workplace changes
 The woman who originated the #MeToo movement, meant to support victims of sexual harassment and assault, said Wednesday that although we’re in a different time than we were before a wave of recent activism around the topic, much work is left to be done. “It’s not a culture shift yet,” said Tarana Burke on the...

Posted: 20 days ago

The woman who originated the #MeToo movement, meant to support victims of sexual harassment and assault, said Wednesday that although we’re in a different time than we were before a wave of recent activism around the topic, much work is left to be done. “It’s not a culture shift yet,” said Tarana Burke on the...
Friday Tech Crawl: MyFitnessPal breach, Google takes out ‘Kodi’ autocomplete and leaked Facebook memos aren’t a good look
 Happy Friday, Good or otherwise, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: On Thursday, Under Armour, which owns the MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness brands (the latter of which started in Austin) said Thursday that it had a data breach in late February that affected about 150 million user accounts...

Posted: 25 days ago

Happy Friday, Good or otherwise, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: On Thursday, Under Armour, which owns the MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness brands (the latter of which started in Austin) said Thursday that it had a data breach in late February that affected about 150 million user accounts...
Talking about Bitcoin and the basics of blockchain tech with Texas Standard
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we go back to basics explaining why Bitcoin is a thing that people care so much about and what blockchain technology actually does. Are we entering a new technological Valhalla of online transactions? Will these technologies live up to the hype? You can hear the segment on the...

Posted: 25 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we go back to basics explaining why Bitcoin is a thing that people care so much about and what blockchain technology actually does. Are we entering a new technological Valhalla of online transactions? Will these technologies live up to the hype? You can hear the segment on the...
The de-register/re-register trick that might help your stalled app downloads
 I ran into a problem recently when ebooks purchased or borrowed from Amazon’s Kindle store wouldn’t download to the company’s iPad app. After some frustrating attempts to keep downloading the same digital files over and over, seeing them get to 50 or 60 percent and then stalling out, I dug online for a solution and found...

Posted: 26 days ago

I ran into a problem recently when ebooks purchased or borrowed from Amazon’s Kindle store wouldn’t download to the company’s iPad app. After some frustrating attempts to keep downloading the same digital files over and over, seeing them get to 50 or 60 percent and then stalling out, I dug online for a solution and found...
Amazon de-register
De-registering a cloud-based service such as Amazon's Kindle app and registering again could be a way to fix a problem if ebooks aren't loading within the app.

Posted: 26 days ago

De-registering a cloud-based service such as Amazon's Kindle app and registering again could be a way to fix a problem if ebooks aren't loading within the app.
Can gliding through downtown Austin on electric bikes (URB-E) and scooters (LimeBike) fix congestion woes?
 The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances from pedestrians are inevitable. It might be that they haven’t seen a foldable...

Posted: 26 days ago

The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances from pedestrians are inevitable. It might be that they haven’t seen a foldable...
LimeBike scooter
San Mateo, California-based LimeBike, a bike-sharing startup, showed off electric scooters at various locations at this year's South by Southwest, including this location at the Hilton Austin Downtown on March 10, 2018.

Posted: 27 days ago

San Mateo, California-based LimeBike, a bike-sharing startup, showed off electric scooters at various locations at this year's South by Southwest, including this location at the Hilton Austin Downtown on March 10, 2018.
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