And here our SXSW Interactive journey begins: What’s new and different for 2017

When your downtown wine bar transforms into a multimedia live-streaming news depot… When the flight you’re on to Austin is packed with geeks wearing T-shirts bearing startup logos, names missing key vowels… When the sound of flapping badges and lanyards...

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Talking about where SXSW and TV meet with Texas Standard

This week’s “Texas Standard” radio segment is about how South by Southwest Interactive (and the whole conference, really) has embraced television and how that jibes with SXSW’s themes of convergence and the rise of on-demand and streaming TV. Lots...

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What it’s like riding in an Audi that drives itself (at least on the highway)

There’s something about that moment when a driver takes their hands off a car’s steering wheel that sets off the “DANGER!” signal in the brain of a passenger. It’s not dissimilar to hearing the word “shark” near a beach or being told “Let me show...

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Google Jigsaw’s Yasmin Green an SXSW Interactive keynote; new featured speakers include Alexis Ohanian, Kara Swisher, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

In one of its last big pushes before South by Southwest starts next Friday (March 10!), the conference has announced its last set of keynote speakers and another cluster of featured speakers across tech, film, music and the increasingly popular area...

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Tech Crawl: YouTube joins streaming TV fray, even MORE Uber trouble and the great Amazon S3 outage

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we’re talking about today. YouTube’s TV deal Following in the footsteps of Sling TV, DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, YouTube will offer a $35-a-month “Skinny bundle” of channels...

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Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ arrives with Friday’s Nintendo Switch launch

New video games out this week: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Any new full-scale “Zelda” game is typically cause for celebration, but this one rides in as a launch title for Nintendo’s Switch portable/home hybrid game console. Both launch...

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Tech Crawl: Uber’s month of woes continues, YouTube viewership booms and Twitch will sell games

Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech stories we’re following today: Uber’s troubles continue Uber’s no-good, very-bad, terrible month continues: its senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, is out after the tech site Recode revealed...

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Find 512tech at Social Media Week Austin

Social Media Week, a conference taking place in cities around the world, has begun in Austin and runs through Wednesday. 512tech staffers and some Austin American-Statesman staffers are moderating or participating in panels. Here’s where you can find...

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