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Looking for a co-working space? Check out our map

These days it seems like co-working spaces are popping up on every street corner, more ubiquitous than a Starbucks. Fueled by the rise in contract and freelance workers, these flexible spaces are increasingly in demand.  One estimate predicts that...

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With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art and artifact

Even in an age when practically anything can be looked up instantaneously, there are some pieces of knowledge that defy second-hand learning. Such as: why the joystick for the arcade console version of “Ms. Pac-Man” feels so perfectly clicky, with...

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Quiz: How well do you know Austin tech offices?

The 512tech team has seen its share of Austin tech offices, and after a while, they all start to look alike.  Tech companies big and small have embraced the open-office layout, with exposed ductwork and playful colors and furnishings. It’s the stainless...

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Rooster Teeth offers up more animation, musical  performances with RTX 2017 event in Austin

In the summer of 2011, Gustavo Sorola, one of the co-founders of Austin’s Rooster Teeth Productions, approached the Austin Convention Center about hosting the video collective’s 2012 RTX event, a big video game and Internet culture conference. It...

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A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

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Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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Tech Crawl: Tech leaders unhappy about Paris pullout; Nintendo’s Switch subscription plans and Blue Apron’s IPO

TGIF, folks! You made it through another week. Here’s some of the tech stories we’ve been catching up on today: Tech leaders weigh in on Trump’s climate decision Elon Musk’s Thursday Tweet about leaving president Donald Trump’s advisory councils...

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Looking to change Austin through 'civic hacking'

Civic engagement isn’t a new concept.  To many, it might not seem like there is new ground to break, but there is something fresh brewing: civic hacking, fueled by the evolving role of technology in this space. So what is "civic hacking?" The concept...

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Talking about WannaCry ransomware’s aftermath with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware, which infected hundreds of thousands of Windows systems, mostly overseas, and which involved the NSA, Microsoft and Wikileaks, among others. You...

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