Gadgets

Two Austin startups, Rap Charge and JumpStart Charging, focus on upping the power-station game

Remember when there were two disaster-themed movies coming to theaters, “Volcano” and “Dante’s Peak?” How about “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact?” Or for a more recent example, that time there was an FX docu-series, “American Crime Story: The People...

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The five coolest things I saw at South by Southwest 2017 (so far)

As I am continually being reminded by crowds that won’t disperse, South by Southwest’s tech portion (”Interactive,” as us old-timers will keep calling it) isn’t over. There’s still another full day of panels and programming, and then there’s SXSW...

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Coming soon: a Fitbit-like wearable for men in the bedroom

Statistics are great. If you wear an exercise watch, you know how many steps you took today or your average heart-rate, pushing you harder to achieve your fitness goals. RELATED: Conservation group to hand out endangered species-related condoms on...

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What it’s like riding in an Audi that drives itself (at least on the highway)

There’s something about that moment when a driver takes their hands off a car’s steering wheel that sets off the “DANGER!” signal in the brain of a passenger. It’s not dissimilar to hearing the word “shark” near a beach or being told “Let me show...

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UT inventor John Goodenough on verge of another revolution in battery tech

John Goodenough, the University of Texas physicist whose battery research ushered in the era of modern portable electronics, says he and his colleagues think they have just made a similarly important breakthrough. The research team has developed the...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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Tech Crawl: Apple TV evolving too slowly, Facebook shifts to social good and Samsung exec arrested

Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we? Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late? Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution...

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How to save photos and other data on a dying iPad

A reader, Shanon, asks: “After reading your article regarding iPhone holding a charge, I wanted to ask you about same issue for my iPad. A few weeks ago, my iPad started losing battery power very quickly. I would work on it while keeping it plugged...

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Talking about cooking and food-delivery tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we tackled the subject of how technology is changing our eating habits, from food delivery to meal kits ordered online to newly popular kitchen gadgets. We discussed a recent story I wrote about Austin-based...

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Charging problems on an iPhone? Time to do a lint check

I was traveling recently and the day before my flight back home, my iPhone stopped charging. I tried different Lightning cables and different power adapters, but nothing worked. The only way I could get my rapidly draining phone to take a charge was...

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