Culture

Black Angels in VR: frustrating, super cool and a possible glimpse at a future for concerts

It’s likely that five years from now, attending concerts via virtual reality will be a thing.   It’s plausible that superstar artists booking one-off live performances, and big ticket festivals — the Coachellas and the Lollapaloozas of the world —...

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Did Austin tech doom Austin’s music scene in 1984? Not so much, it turns out

If you’ve got a few minutes, you should read this delightful “Wayback Wednesday” post from Austin360’s Peter Blackstock about a 1984 UPI story that proves the more things change, the more they stay the same. The story’s headline is “Austin’s high-tech...

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Got a billion-dollar startup? Put on this horn, you’re a ‘Unicorn’

It’s become a word that draws envy, admiration and, more recently derision and skepticism, but if you’re not wrapped up in Silicon Valley tech culture, you may not be familiar with the term “Unicorn.” At its most basic, a unicorn in the tech world...

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Austin's Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives

Despite a desire to engage politically spurred by the most recent presidential election and protests that followed, the postcards lay on a table, unsent. “We got actual postcards,” said Mercedes Cooper, a former speech pathologist who’s now a part-time...

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Talking about Facebook’s video violence problem with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed a topic that came up in a Tech Crawl item this week: the increasing amount of horrific crime that’s being broadcast, often live, on Facebook and how the social network is trying to deal with...

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One Austin house. Five esports stars. Training for glory.

If this were a “Rocky” movie, this would be the montage where Rocky Balboa is eating raw eggs, slamming the side of beef with his fists and running up the 72 steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Instead, in this montage, there might be some slight...

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Faces transform via neural network with popular ‘FaceApp’

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes...

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