A frank view of Austin dating in HBO documentary ‘Swiped’

The new HBO documentary “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” opens on a postcard-beautiful shot of Austin, followed by scenes of a house party held in town. It’s the kind of party anyone who’s lived here in their 20s will find familiar...

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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Marti Noxon, Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry lead off first programming announcement for SXSW 2019

South by Southwest has made its first round of programming announcements for the March 2019 event, leading off with a set of keynotes that includes Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom, Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson and Chvrches singer-songwriter Lauren...

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HBO’s ‘Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age’ gives frank view of online dating in Austin

The new HBO documentary, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” opens on a postcard-beautiful shot of Austin, followed by scenes of a house party held in town. It’s the kind of party anyone who’s lived here in their 20s will find familiar; laid-back...

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Talking about Drake and high-tech concerts with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about how drones, giant screens and augmented reality are enhancing the concert-going experience for artists such as U2 and Drake. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website...

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Controversies aside, NFL has more ways to stream games this season

You may have heard that the National Football League has been having some issues this year. But despite controversies and perhaps because of some shifts in viewership, the league is loosening its hold on the way people watch football games this year...

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Tainted blood-testing firm Theranos is no more

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading up on this morning. A bloody end for Theranos As the Wall Street Journal reports, Theranos, the embattled biotech Silicon Valley firm, is closing up shop. In an email to investors...

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Talking with Texas Standard about raising your smart-home game

In case you missed it last week, our latest Texas Standard technology segment expanded on a weekend smart homes story that ran in Sunday’s American-Statesman. If you’re curious about automating your house with smart products such as Wi-Fi lightbulbs...

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With app and smart-device ecosystem, Austin’s Clairvoyant Networks wants to redefine eldercare

In July, Tammy Barkley got her 87-year-old mother a new watch. But the gift was meant to do more than keep time and look nice on her mother’s wrist; incorporating GPS and two-way communication via AT&T, it’s meant to help keep track of a victim...

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Three ways you can go to make a smart (or smarter) home

“The Jetsons” future we were promised back in 1962 has finally, mostly, arrived. A number of Jetsons-style technological home conveniences are already here and a lot of them work better than you might expect.  You can video chat with your boss (Mr...

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Should you be using Instagram’s IGTV feature?

A reader and proud mom, Ana, writes in: “I wanted to read articles you had about IGTV since my son has been growing on that app so much. He makes these vertical films telling stories for companies around Austin and some of my grandbabies as well....

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