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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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More human than ‘Humans,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ concludes with the hope of big ideas

Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of...

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As code schools gain in popularity, the University of Texas hopes to mimic their success

A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative...

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An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

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Like ‘a rave in space’: Austin’s TheWaveVR teams with musician to create virtual-reality album-art experience

At 8 p.m. Central time on Sunday, fans of Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA will get to participate in a listening-party concert. But fans will be wearing virtual-reality headsets connected to PCs and will be experiencing an interactive version of the “Lune...

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Austinites really, really like to work from home, census data show

More people are working from home in the Austin area than any other major U.S. cities, according to recently-released Census Bureau data.  Nearly 9 percent of people ages 16 and up with jobs in the Austin area telecommute, the data shows. The national...

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6 Texans, 3 from Austin, land on Forbes’ ‘100 greatest living business minds’

Marking 100 years in publication, Forbes compiled a list of the 100 “greatest living business minds.” And Texas didn’t go without its share of recognition. Six Texans, half of whom are from Austin, were included on the list, and shared tales of their...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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How the city’s innovation fellows program is applying private-sector design thinking to public sector problems

Austin Resource Recovery had a problem. The city department responsible for collecting waste and recycling had set a goal of reaching “zero waste,” which means keeping nearly all materials out of the landfills, by 2040. But it wasn’t going very well...

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Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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