Gadgets

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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Talking with Texas Standard about the problem with mobile wallets

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the ways that so-called mobile wallets (the digital kind, not the ones that by nature of being carried around are mobile) still have a ways to go before being technology you can use anywhere...

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Can one man survive for a day with only Apple Pay?

In the large list of calamities that could happen to you on a given day (let’s not dwell on the possibilities), forgetting your wallet at home is a pretty minor one. It happened to me recently and would have been absolutely no big deal, except… 1...

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Tech Crawl: Samsung finally explains Note 7 fires, @Potus problems and Qualcomm’s battle with Apple 

Happy Monday, Austin! Here’s the top tech stories we’re following this a.m. The battery did it After months of investigating, Samsung says it has an answer to a problem that led to a complete recall of the Note 7 smart phone: two separate battery...

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What’s the deal with ‘OLED’ screens?

A few years ago, a big-screen television using so-called “OLED” screen technology cost so much that it was out of the reach of most shoppers. But this year’s Consumer Electronics Show featured a flood of new OLED sets and prices have dropped enough...

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Talking about 2017 tech prognostications with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we borrowed some notes from soothsayer Omarstadamus, and peeked into the future of technology for 2017. You can hear some predictions about Apple, Uber and Lyft in Austin, and whether Amazon’s Echo devices...

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