Gadgets

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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Open Source

Talking with Texas Standard about devices that listen and watch you all the time

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re talking about all the technology devices that are continually listening to you (usually waiting for a command) and whether you should be worried about where that audio is going and how it’s being...

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Open Source

Yahoo Finance says it has photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch

It’s a scoop, but will anyone care by fall? On Monday, Yahoo Finance posted what it claims are exclusive photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The watch, which is similar in design to the company’s Blaze, was...

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Open Source

Want to stay hydrated and help the planet? Have an edible 'water bottle'

Want to quench your thirst but hate the idea of yet another plastic bottle in floating around on a landfill? Skipping Rocks Lab is trying to help ease that concern by making biodegradable water capsules that you can eat. With record temperatures already on...

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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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Open Source

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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