Culture

Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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Why’s retro tech making a comeback? We go back in time with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we take a look back (WAY back) to the 1980s and 1990s, decades that contain gadgets that appear to be making a comeback, from Polaroid film to retro game consoles such as the Nintendo Super NES Classic...

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Mozilla pledges $95,000 to Austin tech-for-good projects

Mozilla, the Mountain View, California-based nonprofit, said it is awarding $95,000 total to seven Austin-based educational tech projects. The money is from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, which awards funding to projects in so-called “Gigabit...

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Thousands of engineers gather in Austin for the Society of Women Engineers conference

More than 14,000 people descended on Austin this week for the sold-out Society for Women Engineers conference, also known as WE17.  The popular conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for primarily women engineers...

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Talking with Texas Standard about portrayals of tech in movies and TV 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talk about how technology and people in the tech industry are portrayed on movies and television, from “Mr. Robot” and “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Silicon Valley” and ‘24.”   You can listen to the segment...

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TV rating measurements are trying to catch up with U.S. viewing habits

A reader from Loganville, Georgia named Jim asks, “Is there any way they (satellite company, broadcaster, advertiser) can know what TV show I am watching? I believe NOT! How are TV ratings derived?” The short answer is that increasingly, yes, satellite...

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Rejected Austin proposals to attract Amazon’s HQ2

They say that there’s no such thing as a bad idea. But what if saying that in the first place was itself a bad idea? In the rush to meet the deadline to attract Amazon’s second headquarters and its 50,000 employees for the so-called “HQ2” project...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech giants forming pro-DACA coalition, Stitch Fix’s IPO and sexual harassment allegations against Robert Scoble

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning: DACA lobbying group is coming Reuters says it has uncovered documents showing that at least 20 tech companies are forming a pro-Dreamers lobbying group to push...

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Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart has spent billions buying up websites like Jet.com and ModCloth, and investing in new technology as it goes head-to-head with Amazon.com. Now, the world's largest retailer is setting its sights on virtual reality. Imagine this, says Katie...

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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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