Really cool and a bit of drool: Wearing a VR headset while soaring in an iFly wind tunnel 

If you are someone who has dreamed all your life of having the gift of flight — of soaring up in the air in unlawful defiance of gravity — here’s the thing you don’t want to think about the moment your wish is granted: drool. That was what was at...

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Friday Tech Crawl: PayPal buys big, Google gets even creepier and study shows rampant fraud in cryptocurrency offerings

Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning. PayPal’s biggest acquisition is all about retail PayPal is going big with a $2.2 billion acquisition — its biggest ever — in the purchase of Stockholm-based iZettle, which...

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Talking about Google’s creepy Duplex voice technology on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed Google’s recent artificial intelligence voice technology, “Duplex,” which has some in the tech industry freaked out by its natural-sounding speech for booking appointments. Does Google...

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Maybe your HDMI cable really is to blame

For my birthday, my parents were nice enough to get me an Apple TV 4K to replace the aging older-gen Apple TV in our living room that was struggling to keep up with our 4K television. As I was setting it up, instead of rearranging our whole home theater...

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Think jeans shopping is the worst? An Austin woman can help – with AI

It began a few years ago in a fitting room. “I had a really hard time in a boutique once trying to find jean that fit and i remember thinking to myself there has to be a technology solution for this,” said Kelly Ernst. “I tend to tie a lot of my self...

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VR projects get real at UT Arts and Entertainment Showcase

Attendees of an Arts and Entertainment Showcase held Thursday night at the University of Texas Foundry got an eye- and earful of projects that students in the program have been working on in areas including animation, virtual reality and 3-D projection...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Google’s ‘Um’ backlash, Russia-linked Facebook ads released and Spotify’s stand against R. Kelly

Happy Friday, Austin! And say hi to your mom for us this weekend. Here are a few of the tech stories we’re following right now: ‘Um... that’s a little creepy’ Google might be doing things a little too well, if the backlash over its newly announced “Duplex”...

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Talking about the troubles at MoviePass with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the disruption and (possibly short?) future of MoviePass, the controversial entertainment service that allows you to watch a movie a day for a flat monthly fee. What will happen if MoviePass...

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Here’s a road-trip idea: how about TWO of those USB charging ports?

As we begin to head into summer road trip season, it’s time to find little ways to cut down on any little thing that might cause a stress blowout when you’re going to be grouped up in the car for hours at a time. If you have a car with the traditional...

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