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Talking about the evolution of USB (yes, the port) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we had an entire discussion about USB ports, cables and the increasingly popular USB-C standard. Seriously! A whole segment! About USB! You’d be surprised how much there was to talk about. Find out...

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Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

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Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

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LISTEN: laptop shopping advice on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re advising host David Brown on buying a new laptop. We took a look at three categories: Chromebooks, Windows laptops and Apple Macs.  You can listen to the segment over on the Texas Standard website...

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A reader asks: how safe are fingerprint scanners?

A reader, Gina, asks, “I heard something on the radio that for security reasons it is not safe (secure) to use your thumbprint to log into your phone or any of your email or other accounts that have this choice. Could you answer this for me?" The...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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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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How the Nintendo Switch defied skeptics (including this one) to become the most-wanted console

I was wrong. I can admit that now with the comfort of knowing that I don’t have to be wrong any longer and with a Nintendo Switch gripped tightly in my hands. Back on March 3, gaming titan Nintendo released Switch, a frankly weird video-game device...

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