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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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Talking about ways to protect kids online with Texas Standard 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources...

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California startup XCINEX is betting on moviegoers staying at home

Picture this: A new Marvel superhero movie is about to come into theaters. You’ve been excited to see it ever since the last Marvel movie. The only issue is, you live at least 20 miles from the nearest theater, and only go into town when you really...

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With free ‘Wander’ project, artists want you to choose your own downtown Austin adventure

One of the joys of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was the dead ends. In the series of books, flipping to a page to continue the story could result in your character’s death. But you could always backtrack...

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Code schools can be lifeline for those with ‘no options,’ Austin grads say

Over the past four years, code schools in Central Texas have graduated hundreds of students. Code schools say that a majority of these graduates have landed jobs in Austin’s fast-growing tech industry.  We spoke to graduates of three different Austin-area...

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Why some Austin tech companies are offering more paid time off for new parents

Soon after starting a new job in product marketing at Austin software company Bazaarvoice, Adri Nowell found out she was pregnant. Lucky for her, by the time she gave birth to her son Liam in July, Bazaarvoice had decided to add four additional weeks...

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Talking about techie kitchen gadgets ahead of Thanksgiving with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we got real about the utility of gadget for the kitchen. Are they really useful to make cooking easier and more fun? And which ones should you be considering as gifts? You can check out the segment on...

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‘DropMix’ changes the game with unique take on music creation

“DropMix” is a really curious attempt at throwing an intriguing gaming concept at the wall with as much style and skill as possible and seeing if it sticks. The hybrid video/music game costs $99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $69 recently online, and...

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Study: Dramatic rise of digital skills should shift job-training focus

A really nice black-and-white print. It’s about all Jana Birchum misses about analog photography. “Otherwise, to hell with it,” Birchum said. “It was a lot of standing around in the dark with smelly chemicals.” These days, she and most of her professional...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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